Texas Creationism: Meet Cynthia Dunbar

HOW FOULED UP is education in Texas? As you know, the Texas Board of Education (BOE) is currently going through the procedures of deciding whether it should keep the anti-science, anti-evolution, creationism-friendly “strengths and weaknesses” language in the state’s current standards for science education.

We have frequently reported about Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist who is currently chairman of the BOE. For example: Don McLeroy: The Mind of a Creationist Dentist.

But there’s more to the BOE than the creationist dentist, and it doesn’t get any better. There is board member Cynthia Dunbar. In the Houston Chronicle we read: Not a book for the faint of heart. It’s about Cynthia’s book, and provides a few choice quotations. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Christians should “occupy” all nations. President-elect Barack Obama’s pro-choice stance on abortion is the same sort of “fascist, supremacist attitude exhibited by Mussolini and Hitler.” Public education is tyrannical, unconstitutional and the Satan-following Left’s “subtly deceptive tool of perversion.” And parents who surrender their children to government-run schools are “throwing them into the enemy’s flames even as the children of Israel threw their children to Moloch.”

Sounds like something you might find on one of those far-out internet forums that encourage lunatics to post comments. However …

State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, offers these perspectives — and other keen observations that would be labeled dangerous religious extremism in other countries — in her recent book, One Nation Under God: How the Left Is Trying to Erase What Made Us Great.

We usually provide an Amazon link to titles we mention, so here’s Cynthia’s book: One Nation Under God . Few of you will purchase the item, but you may find the reviews worth scanning. Also, her publisher is listed as HigherLife Development Services, Inc., so we looked for their website. As we suspected, it’s a vanity publisher.

Back to the Houston Chronicle:

Dunbar peddles the book on her Web site and encourages readers to share it. If it’s required reading for those who believe like her, it’s even more so for those of us who don’t. She describes a cultural war defined by absolutes. The doctrine of separation of church and state is a “fallacious principle” intended to brainwash America’s children with a secular, humanist world view, she argues.

Yeah, a “fallacious principle.” No, Cynthia, not fallacious. Just … well, inconvenient for theocrats like you.

Here’s more:

The Founding Fathers created “an emphatically Christian government” and, thus, every person who wants to govern in this country should have “sincere knowledge and appreciation for the Word of God.”

Jeepers, Cynthia. Then why didn’t they say so in the Constitution? And why did they include the following language in Article VI?

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

And what’s with that “Oath or Affirmation” phrase the Framers used all the time? Hint: Affirmation in law.

Anyway, with people like Cynthia Dunbar and Don McLeroy on the Texas Board of Education, we know that things will fine, and the quarrelsome debate over Darwin’s theory of evolution will be rationally resolved. Oh yeah!

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15 responses to “Texas Creationism: Meet Cynthia Dunbar

  1. I agree with you that the chief problem with Intelligent Design is that it struggles so hard to be science.

    The problem is distinctly not its religious affiliation.

    NS

  2. notedscholar says: “The problem is distinctly not its religious affiliation.”

    Right. I often point that out, but never enough. Creationism isn’t a necessary part of anyone’s religion. It’s a stand-alone meme that can slip into just about any of them.

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  14. More about Cynthia:
    http://tfninsider.org/2010/04/26/dunbar-takes-new-trip-on-extremism-train/

    Among other nonsense, “Dunbar suggested that supporters of separation of church and state don’t understand the Constitution and that the drafters of the First Amendment had no concerns “whatsoever” for the nonreligious.”

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