OUR regular readers are well aware of Texas Governor Rick Perry. It was that worthy who appointed the creationist dentist, Don McLeroy, to be chairman of the Texas State Board of Education (the SBOE). Last year the Texas senate voted to reject that nomination. The disgrace of rejection was largely because McLeroy — a young-earth creationist and theocrat — had presided over the Texas Science Chainsaw Massacre.
With that as background, we shall proceed to today’s news. In the Dallas Morning News we read Perry says nation’s soul is at stake in election. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Gov. Rick Perry painted the upcoming election as a religious crusade to take back the soul of the country during a Thursday night speech to the conservative Texas Eagle Forum.
A religious crusade? That may thrill Perry’s audience, but it leaves your Curmudgeon feeling uneasy. Let’s read on:
While Perry has invoked God and country before, his 14-minute speech to the 500 gathered, most of them delegates to the Texas Republican state convention, was stronger and more strident than previously.
It appears that Perry’s condition is worsening. We continue:
“We will raise our voices in defense of our values and in defiance of the hollow precepts and shameful self-interests that guide our opponents on the left,” Perry said to the receptive audience.
We have no problem with that. But hang on, it gets worse:
“We are in a struggle for the heart and soul of our nation,” Perry said.
“That’s the question: Who do you worship? Do you believe in the primacy of unrestrained federal government? Or do you worship the God of the universe, placing our trust in him?”
Perry has just described your Curmudgeon’s nightmare. The two party system is becoming a choice between socialism and theocracy. We’ve complained about this a few times before (for example: The Curmudgeon at Wit’s End, or “The Crisis”). Here’s more from the Dallas Morning News:
The event at the Hyatt hotel was a kickoff event for the GOP state convention that is bringing an estimated 15,000 people to Dallas today and Saturday. The party will set its platform, elect party officers, hear from elected officials and organize for the November election.
They’re going to work on the party platform? That’s nice. Here’s what they’ve got now: The Theocratic Texas Republican Party Platform. Somehow, we doubt that the thing will get revised to our satisfaction. Let’s read a bit more:
Featured at the event was national Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly, who said she is heartened by shifts in public attitudes.
The group presented its Patriot Award to State Board of Education leader Don McLeroy, who led the board for the past two years as it tackled curriculum standards for English, science and social studies.
Aaaargh!! One final excerpt:
Among the changes instituted, McLeroy inserted that students should question the division between church and state. The board also added Schlafly’s name to the list of notable Americans about whom children should learn.
There’s nothing we can add here. The situation speaks for itself.
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