THE creationists who currently dominate the Texas public schools may be in for a few surprises on election day. A couple of months earlier we summarized things here: Texas State Board of Education Contests. Our most recent report on the overall situation was here: Texas SBOE Election Update (09 Jan ‘10). If you want background information on the Texas creationism mess, check out those two posts.
The election for Ken Mercer’s seat on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) keeps getting more interesting. Why? Because he’s a raging, flaming, full-blown creationist. See: Meet Ken Mercer, in which we quoted Mercer saying:
The controversial “macro” evolution was commonly understood as those major changes that could occur if one species jumped to another. For example, have you ever seen a dog-cat, or a cat-rat? The most famous example of macroevolution is the Darwinian “man from an ancestral primate.”
Realizing the weakness in macroevolution, Darwinists changed the meaning. Whatever their new definition, where is the evidence for one species changing to another?
Running in the democrat primary to challenge Mercer in the general election are Rebecca Bell-Metereau (we like her), Daniel Boone (nice name recognition), Josiah Ingalls, and Robert Bohmfalk. We’ve already written about some of those before. See: Texas Board of Education: Ken Mercer’s Seat, about Robert Bohmfalk’s entry into the democrat primary. He visited here and informed us:
the last part of my last name sounds like “walk” or “talk”.
And see Rebecca Bell-Metereau vs Ken Mercer. Rebecca accepts the theory of evolution. Bohmfalk says that he does too; but Rebecca laughs at our jokes (an indication of high intelligence), so she’s our pick in that primary contest.
Those are the democrats. Mercer also has a primary challenge on his hands. Today’s story is about his Republican opponent, Tim Tuggey. Here are some excerpts from Business leaders take sides in GOP education board contest, which appears in the Austin American-Statesman. The bold font was added by us:
A pivotal Republican primary for the State Board of Education has drawn an unusual amount of interest and money from some prominent business leaders. The support has helped the challenger in the District 5 race, Tim Tuggey, take a substantial fundraising lead over incumbent Ken Mercer, a member of the board’s conservative bloc. …
Tuggey brought in about $60,000, according to the latest campaign finance reports. That is more than seven times the amount Mercer raised and is considered a princely sum for a state board race.
Here’s his campaign website: Tim Tuggey for District 5. Let’s read on:
The 15-member board is sharply divided between Mercer’s conservative side and a more moderate opposition faction. Eight seats are up for election this year, and any change in board membership could tip the balance of power.
The brouhaha over the teaching of evolution in the science curriculum caught the attention of some in the San Antonio business community, said Carri Baker Wells, chairwoman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. There was a concern that decisions were being made based on ideology rather than sound science, and that affects how prepared Texas students are to compete, said Wells, adding that the chamber does not endorse candidates.
It’s not terribly difficult to see that churning out a population of young idiots isn’t good for business, and a school system run by idiots tends to discourage firms from choosing Texas as a location. Besides, free enterprise is like evolution — no one wants or needs an intelligent designer running the whole show. We continue:
Tuggey, an Austin business lawyer whose firm is based in San Antonio, has strong ties to the San Antonio business community through his professional dealings and as the former chairman of the local public transit board.
Jeepers, he sounds so normal, and he works with normal people. How could the Texas SBOE tolerate such a person among them? He just wouldn’t fit in. Here’s how the campaign dialogue is going:
Mercer is using those [business] connections to cast Tuggey as a member of the “education political lobby,” a derisive term Mercer says is defined by who it is not — “the moms and dads … the conservative educators.”
“I’m a working guy, and my opponent is a registered Washington lobbyist. He’s a registered Austin lobbyist,” said Mercer, a former state representative who was elected to the board in 2006. “I’ve had the courage and strength to stand up to the education political lobby.”
Tuggey said it was ridiculous to paint teacher groups and others who care about education as members of a “nefarious lobby.” His lobbying work is not related to any issues before the State Board of Education, he said.
Tuggey said the board has been consumed with ideological battles and is not focused on the children.
There’s much more information in the article. Click over and read it all. It’s encouraging that the creationist fanatics on the Board are attracting so much opposition.
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