Texas Education: Don McLeroy Yet Again

FIRST, a bit of 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 Board of Education (the 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.

Since the latest frenzy of anti-rational, anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism activity, there has been other BOE madness, which we mentioned here: Texas Education War: Phase Two.

And now, McLeroy is back in the news again. Here are some excerpts from McLeroy swats back criticism on social studies, which appears in the Austin American-Statesman. The bold font was added by us:

State Board of Education member Don McLeroy was clearly unswayed by a letter from the American Humanist Association last week calling for the board to “maintain historical accuracy in the Texas social studies curriculum.”

He offered this one line answer in an e-mail to the association: “Here are some reasons I disagree with your statement.”

What was included with the brilliant dentist’s one-line answer? Let’s read on:

Then McLeroy attached an essay he wrote entitled “The Gift of Medieval Christendom to the World” and a YouTube video of his July appearance on Fox News discussing, as the caption reads, “how much faith belongs in U.S. History.”

We saw McLeroy’s appearance on Fox. To hear him speak, one would think that the US Constitution had been copied right out of the bible.

As fate would have it, we’ve already looked into his essay about the wonders of the Dark Ages, and we did so in some detail. We wrote about it last year while visiting McLeroy’s personal website in an attempt to understand his thinking. You can find what we wrote here: The Mind of a Creationist Dentist. We won’t repeat ourselves, but we modestly suggest that it’s worth a read. We also suggest that you follow the link we provide there and read McLeroy’s essay — or as much as you can tolerate. But be warned, we regard it as propaganda from the pit of hell.

We continue with the Austin American-Statesman:

Central to McLeroy’s argument is that western democratic principles are inexorably linked to Christianity.

[…]

The Humanist Association responded that McLeroy is entitled to his beliefs that Christian values are more beneficial to society than secular values, but that view should not be foisted upon public school children.

So the lunacy in Texas continues. McLeroy’s conduct is a gift to bloggers everywhere; but there’s no joke involved — he’s serious, and he’s still a powerful figure on the BOE.

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4 responses to “Texas Education: Don McLeroy Yet Again

  1. The redoubtable Don McLeroy bloviates

    Freedom is unique to the areas of the world that have been touched by Christianity…I argue that the development of medieval political structures with their limiting of the power of the governments and the resulting freedom for commerce, and the freeing or releasing of human energy coincides with the assimilation of the ideas of the dignity of the human being — ‘created in the image of God.’ This was a gift of the spread of Christianity in Europe, or as many call it Christendom

    and thereby demonstrates he is at least as pig-ignorant in the field of history as he has previously demonstrated he is in biology.

  2. Great Claw says: “… he is at least as pig-ignorant in the field of history as he has previously demonstrated he is in biology.”

    I wonder if the creatinoist dentist knows into which end of his patients the drill should be inserted.

  3. The Curmudgeon wrote

    I wonder if the creationist dentist knows into which end of his patients the drill should be inserted.

    Absent any evidence, I have to assume McLeroy is at least a competent dentist; for all I know, he may even be an exemplary one.

    My assumption here is based on the following:

    1: There must be formal examination and accreditation of practising dentists in Texas, and that whatever the formal body is that is responsible for licensing dentists in Texas, it is not in the hands of theocrats or cranks like the discoveroids but is actually qualified to evaluate dental competence.

    2: Even a genius like Einstein could be an idiot outside his own academic disciplines. He once said, “You teach me baseball and I’ll teach you relativity…no we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.” Similarly, it is possible that McLeroy, who has publicly demonstrated that he is a breathtakingly stupid idiot when it comes to biology and history may, nonetheless, be an absolute Michelangelo with a dentist’s drill for all we know. I admit, though, it’s a tad hard to imagine — but I find it harder to imagine that McLeroy could be completely stupid across the board and still practise dentistry.

  4. Yeah “Christendom” has such a democratic ring to it. Doesn’t sound like a theocratic monarchy at all!