Texas Creationism: McLeroy Confirmation Hearing

Science Tortured in Texas

Science Tortured in Texas

Disclaimer: That’s not Charles Darwin in the dentist’s chair, it’s Dustin Hoffman; and the dentist isn’t Don McLeroy; it’s Laurence Olivier. The picture is from the 1976 thriller, Marathon Man, and it’s used here as satire — got that?

Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist whom Governor Rick Perry has just re-appointed to another term as chairman of the Texas Board of Education (BOE), is up for Senate confirmation.

The Longview News-Journal, a newspaper printed in the City of Longview, Texas, has an article about several government actions expected today, and one of them is of interest to us. The subtitle with our tidbit is: The day ahead. Here’s the whole paragraph that caught our attention:

The Senate Nominations Committee today will question Don McLeroy, whom Gov. Rick Perry appointed in 2007 to chair the State Board of Education. McLeroy is a social conservative who is likely to hear some tough questions from Democrats about the committee’s recent debates on evolution and creationism. The committee meets at 1 p.m. or 30 minutes after Senate adjournment in the Senate chamber.

That’s all we have to report on this matter. Presumably, from the lack of press attention, McLeroy’s conformation is expected to be a mere formality. If that’s how things work out, what will it say about the intellectual health of the Texas legislature?

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2 responses to “Texas Creationism: McLeroy Confirmation Hearing

  1. Disclaimer: That’s not Charles Darwin in the dentist’s chair, it’s Dustin Hoffman; and the dentist isn’t Don McLeroy; it’s Laurence Olivier. The picture is from the 1976 thriller, Marathon Man, and it’s used here as satire — got that?

    But is it “safe”?

    😉

  2. I’m sorry, Texans, but in almost any other state the appointment of this man as chair the state board of education would be met with outrage and derision. I fear that this will be a party-line vote and McLeroy will sail through.