Texas Creationism: McLeroy Supporters Strike Back!

You surely recall the Texas Republican primary election almost a year ago in which Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist, was challenged by Thomas Ratliff for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). We posted about it here: Texas SBOE Elections on 02 March.

McLeroy was the leader of the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism faction on the board. He had been appointed to be the board’s chairman by Rick Perry, the creationist Governor of Texas. But then McLeroy suffered the disgrace of seeing his appointment rejected by the Texas Senate. After that he was defeated by Ratliff, and the SBOE seemed like it would be somewhat less of a Tenth Century institution than it had been before.

But the forces of darkness aren’t going to take their defeat quietly. In the Dallas Morning News we read: Conservative group questions whether SBOE member can serve. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

State Board of Education Chairwoman Gail Lowe said Friday she will seek an opinion from the attorney general on whether a new board member meets statutory requirements to serve. Lowe announced the action after a social conservative group questioned whether board member Thomas Ratliff … is eligible to serve because he is a lobbyist. The question was raised by the Texas Eagle Forum, which supported Ratliff’s opponent – Don McLeroy – in the GOP primary last year.

Isn’t that lovely? As we mentioned yesterday in connection with a creationist legislator in Oklahoma, Eagle Forum is the outfit of which Phyllis Schlafly is president. Schlafly’s son, Andrew, founded Conservapedia — an on-line source of young-earth creationist material.

One more excerpt:

Thomas Ratliff has previously stated that he has no conflict because he does not lobby on behalf of any business or group at the TEA [Texas Education Agency]. Further, he encouraged the Eagle Forum not to wait for the attorney general’s opinion and instead call the Travis County District Attorney’s Office if they think a law is being broken.

So there you are, dear reader. Just when you thought that Texas might be on the verge of slowly crawling out of the foul pit of creationism, the creationists are launching a counter-attack. Stay tuned. This won’t be pretty.

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8 responses to “Texas Creationism: McLeroy Supporters Strike Back!

  1. For those of us who have followed the wingnuts for any length of time, we know how important language and legal details are to them, except when applied to them.

    Thus, being civil in a discussion means acquiescing to their every nutty notion.

    Critical thinking means being critical of the theory of evolution, but being critical of creationism would be uncivil.

    Time to make a donation to the TFN.

  2. Ratliff tells them to go call the DA if they think the law’s being broken.

    Ya gotta like the guy.

  3. Good, let’s take it all the way to court. All the way. Let’s see what they got.

  4. Not to wish ill on the poor kids that are the result of theitard parents, but one day I can hope that having TX in your address means that your application to a job or college automatically puts you in the circular file… One really needs to pay consequences for embracing stupidity at that sort of wholesale level…

  5. Why do they bother with all that? All they need to do is show how the evidence supports their particular “theory,” and it will be the one taught. No one will “expel” independently verifiable results supported on their own strengths. Oh wait, they don’t have a theory. Even McLeroy, as evidenced from his “big tent” rant, is well aware that previous attempts to develop one only resulted in a bunch of pathetic, mutually-contradictory, easily-falsified pseudo-explanations.

  6. one day I can hope that having TX in your address means that your application to a job or college automatically puts you in the circular file

    Given that UT, Texas A&M, and Rice are among the very best research universities in the world, that’s a pretty silly hope.

  7. “Not to wish ill on the poor kids that are the result of theitard parents, but one day I can hope that having TX in your address means that your application to a job or college automatically puts you in the circular file… One really needs to pay consequences for embracing stupidity at that sort of wholesale level…”

    “Given that UT, Texas A&M, and Rice are among the very best research universities in the world, that’s a pretty silly hope.”

    No doubt, Sy! What an unfair thing to say. I’m a Texan and a product of the Texas public education system and I’ve done well for myself academically.

    Stereotyping a group of people based on geography is as bad as doing it based on skin color or gender. It’s prejudice.

    😦

  8. We also have charter schools and magnet schools that demonstrate success regularly. Case in point, Harmony Schools:

    http://www.harmonytx.org/about/