WE wrote about this issue a month ago in an article titled Rick Perry’s Predicament: McLeroy’s Successor. The indented paragraph which follows is for background, which most of you can skip because you’ve seen it before:
Don McLeroy is the creationist dentist whom Texas Governor Rick Perry had appointed as chairman of the Texas Board of Education (BOE), but the Texas senate recently voted to reject that nomination. The disgrace of rejection was largely because McLeroy — a young-earth creationist — had presided over the Texas Science Chainsaw Massacre.
The press this morning brings us speculation about two possible successors to McLeroy. We’ll give you some excerpts from two separate stories, with bold added by us. The first is from the website of KCBD, a television station in Lubbock, where we read: Lubbock man could be the next TX education chairman.
Sunday evening the San Antonio Express News reports (in an article repeated on the Houston Chronicle web site) that Bob Craig of Lubbock could become the next chairman of the Texas Board of Education. The board has been embroiled in controversy this last year concerning evolution vs. creation theory.
Craig would be an interesting choice. He’s Republican, of course, but he’s also one of only three Republicans on the BOE who didn’t vote the creationist line along with McLeroy. Here’s more:
It’s the desire to avoid controversy that might elevate Craig to the chairmanship. The Express-News reports that Governor Perry wants to elevate Cynthia Dunbar of Richmond, Texas. But board member Patricia Hardy of Fort Worth is now on the record saying Dunbar would be too controversial. Hardy is on the record saying she wants Bob Craig as the new chairman.
Hardy is another sane Republican. They do exist, even in Texas.
And now for the second story today. In the San Antonio Express-News we read: Conservative eyed for State Board of Education, in which we are told:
Critics who engineered the recent ouster of State Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy, in part because of his strong religious beliefs, could end up with someone even more outspoken in her faith.
Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richardson, who advocated more Christianity in the public square last year with the publication of her book, “One Nation Under God,” is among those that Gov. Rick Perry is considering to lead the State Board of Education, some of her colleagues say.
Let’s read on:
“It [Dunbar’s appointment] would certainly cause angst among the same members of the pagan left that rejected Don McLeroy because he was a man of faith,” said David Bradley, R-Beaumont, one of the seven socially conservative members on the 15-person board.
Yowie! Those who want to teach science are now the pagan left! We continue:
In a book published last year, Dunbar argued the country’s founding fathers created “an emphatically Christian government” and that government should be guided by a “biblical litmus test.” She endorses a belief system that requires “any person desiring to govern have a sincere knowledge and appreciation for the Word of God in order to rightly govern.”
Also in the book, she calls public education a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion.” The establishment of public schools is unconstitutional and even “tyrannical,” she wrote, because it threatens the authority of families, granted by God through Scripture, to direct the instruction of their children. Dunbar home-schooled her own children.
Although she’s an all-out theocratic creationist, with a mentality that reminds of the Salem witch trials, Dunbar thinks surprisingly well of herself:
“I would strive to be just, merciful and humble in my service,” Dunbar said of a potential promotion to board chair.
It’s a strange situation in Texas. One can only watch and wait.
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