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.
When Governor Rick Perry appointed Gail Lowe to be chairman of the Texas Board of Education (BOE), as we reported here: Lowe Named Chairman of BOE, there was a moment of relief. It could have been even worse, considering the field the Governor had to choose from. But now we’re starting to wonder.
In the Houston Chronicle we read Lowe to guide education board through hot issues. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
As Gail Lowe takes the helm of the State Board of Education, the turmoil-laden panel that has long been a battleground in the fight between social conservatives and liberal watchdogs, the incoming chairwoman is decidedly unapologetic about her conservative Christian views.
“This country was founded on Judeo Christian principles and to say otherwise is to deny what is very unique about our country,” Lowe said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “The principle of church and state would say the government cannot mandate anyone can or cannot belong to any particular church.”
This is worse than we feared. Much worse. The woman seems totally unhinged. Let’s read on:
Mild mannered and matronly, Lowe is seen by some as a calming influence, who will be better equipped to guide the board through passionate debates, including the upcoming adoption of science textbooks and social studies curriculum updates.
“Seen by some,” perhaps, but not by your Curmudgeon. We continue:
Still, critics say Texas students will be getting more of the same with Lowe, who believes students should be taught biblical motives of the country’s founding fathers.
Let’s think about this: (1) rebelling against the king; (2) establishing a federal republic; (3) dis-establishing the church in Virginia; (4) prohibiting all religious qualifications for holding office; (5) allowing secular oaths; (6) providing that a man-made Constitution was the supreme law of the land — those actions were based on biblical motives? Maybe Lowe has a special Texas bible, but we can’t find those ideas in any bible we’ve ever seen. Hey, why weren’t those “biblical motives” mentioned by Madison and Hamilton in the Federalist Papers? Perhaps Lowe is channeling sources that are unavailable to us.
Here’s more from the Houston Chronicle:
Since she was elected to the board in 2002, Lowe has consistently voted with the panel’s conservative faction, from her opposition to including contraception information in health textbooks to criticizing textbooks that she believed did not adequately challenge the theory of evolution.
There’s more to the article. Click over to the Houston Chronicle if you want to read it all. From our perspective, the situation in Texas is unchanged — the BOE continues to be in fanatical hands.
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