Texas Governor Rick Perry’s third attempt to appoint a fanatical creationist as chairman of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), after his two earlier choices — Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist, and then Gail Lowe, McLeroy’s intellectual clone — were rejected by the Texas Senate, is Barbara Cargill, who recently told a meeting of Eagle Forum that it would be difficult to control the board because, unlike the past, “Right now there are six true conservative Christians on the board, so we have to fight for two votes [to get a creationist majority].”
Today is the long-anticipated day when the SBOE selects “supplemental materials” to be used in science classes. Those materials, if the creationist faction on the board gets their way, will slavishly ape the perverted standards adopted in 2009, when the board decreed that science classes in Texas would henceforth teach the “strengths and [alleged] weaknesses” of evolution.
We can’t find a live feed of the proceedings, but the Texas Freedom Network is live-blogging the goings-on, so if you want to know what’s happening as it’s happening, their site is the place to be. All that your humble Curmudgeon can do is report the results when we find them in the press.
So now you know where the action is. The curtain is rising. The audience is in their seats. The board members are in place. The “six true conservative Christians on the board” are mumbling incantations to protect them from Darwin and fondling their replicas of Noah’s Ark — or whatever it is that creationists do on such occasions.
We don’t know what will happen, but the creationists’ antics ought to be hilarious.
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