Texas Creationism: The Stakes Are High

WE’VE BEEN regularly reporting on the anti-evolution, anti-science, pro-creationism crisis in Texas. For example: Discovery Institute: In Full Spin Mode over Texas. But now the action is heating up.

In this morning’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram we read: Science is up for debate in Austin. Excerpts, with bold added by us:

The battle for science begins today in Austin.

It might not end until 2010, when Gov. Rick Perry is either replaced or re-elected.

Perry has said bluntly that he wants so-called intelligent design — creation theology — taught in science classes.

The governor seems to be the source of the problem. As Ben Franklin said: “A fish rots from the head.” (Or words to that effect.) Here’s more from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Perry put Bryan dentist Don McLeroy in charge of the State Board of Education.

McLeroy describes himself as a creationist who reads the Bible as literal. Asked how faith should affect science lessons, he told The Eagle of Bryan-College Station: “Science should be neutral.”

Right, neutral! We read on:

There is no neutral.

Right now, there is one and only one scientific theory of evolution. No other theory is widely accepted yet by scientists.

So anyone who wants to “teach the controversy” — or stage a “great debate,” as one of the exiting Episcopal churches in Fort Worth did recently — is inherently preaching.

Tell it, brother!

The State Board of Education will hear a lot of preaching today at a public hearing on changing the science curriculum.

Indeed they will.

The entire evolution debate might also hinder Republicans’ chances in 2010.

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Southern Methodist University political science professor Cal Jillson sees short-term success and long-term failure if Perry forces creationism into schools.

“Short term, it rallies some Republicans around Perry in the primary,” Jillson said. “Long term, the problem is that the Republican Party’s voter base is already narrowing. The party can’t afford to be identified as anti-science.

That’s already a problem. This country can’t afford to have one party that’s officially anti-science, and the other party … well, whatever they’re all about. We don’t want to get into that.

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