IT GOES ON. The Texas Board of Education, chaired by creationist dentist Don McLeroy, is still pretending to struggle about deciding whether it should keep the anti-science, anti-evolution, creationism-friendly “strengths and weaknesses” language in the state’s current standards.
Yes, they’re pretending. Despite their disingenuous claims that they care only about teaching science and educating the state’s students — typical of the dishonesty inherent in the entire creationist enterprise — we already know what McLeroy’s creationist-dominated board wants to do. They won’t be happy until the public schools require a pledge of allegiance to Noah’s Ark.
While this shameful spectacle continues, and intelligent Texans are horrified, the world watches. And laughs. But sometimes we slowly shake our heads in sorrow.
Here’s a good column in the Houston Chronicle: It’s time for education to evolve. Excerpts, with bold added by us:
In Pennsylvania last week, it was reported that a scientist had decoded the DNA of a woolly mammoth using a hairball found in the Siberian permafrost. Not surprisingly, the sequence was 99.4 percent equivalent to an elephant’s.
Meanwhile, in Austin, the so-called State Board of Education was still debating the merits of evolution.
Forget Kansas. If we’re not careful on this issue, people across the nation could soon be asking, “What’s the matter with Texas?”— if they’re not already.
The columnist can stop wondering if that might happen. It’s happening. Here’s more:
The so-called weaknesses usually spewed by evolution opponents are the same, tired arguments that have been adequately refuted by scientists for decades.
One of their favorites involves gaps in the fossil record.
“We’re somehow put in the position, almost literally, of having to provide a minute-by-minute description of the morphology of creatures that haven’t existed on the earth for hundreds of millions of years,” says Andrew Ellington, a biochemistry professor at the University of Texas. “Is it a surprise that we don’t have every fossil in the record, but that every one we do have fits perfectly with what you might expect for an evolutionary progression of creatures?”
What’s the big deal here? If creationist arguments had to make sense, there wouldn’t be any creationists. Continuing:
Ellington says he located both his biotechnology companies in other states, in part because venture capitalists perceived the Lone Star State as having a “lax or backward educational climate.”
The creationists don’t care.
True scientific debate is healthy. So are questions. But injecting doubt in curriculum for the sake of ideological agenda will harm our students and our state.
They don’t care about that either.
However, your Curmudgeon has figured out a benefit to all this creationism controversy — it’s a sure-fire method of identifying unqualified politicians. It doesn’t matter whether they sincerely believe all that creationism nonsense — which indicates mental problems — or they’re merely pandering to their supporters — which demonstrates zero integrity. Either way, they’re unfit for office — and a lot of other things too.
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