Creationist Freak Show Starting in Texas

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.

The Discoveroids are focused on today’s hearing. See: Discovery Institute and Texas Biology Texts. So is the National Center for Science Education. See Progress in Texas?

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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11 responses to “Creationist Freak Show Starting in Texas

  1. Doc Bill left a typically memorable comment at the TFN Insider site. I hope he reproduces it here, too.
    An editorial in The Statesman last week tipped us off on what to expect today:
    http://www.statesman.com/opinion/education-board-war-escalates-1618121.html
    …Oh boy! Fun and hi-jinx shall ensue, as TV sponsors of yesteryear used to say. Gosh, I wish I were in Texas, (Away, away…)

  2. Link to live hearing:
    http://www.texasadmin.com/tea.shtml
    TEA Committee of the Full Board – July 21, 2011
    [View Live Broadcast]

    Just finished testimony from audience.
    back in session at 4:30pm

  3. Charley Horse says: Link to live hearing.

    Very nice. But you need to have Real Player installed.

  4. Curnudgeon: “strengths and [alleged] weaknesses”

    Why is everyone sugar-coating it for these scam artists?! The only truly accurate way to phrase it is: “cherry-picked strengths and long-refuted misrepresentations spun as ‘weaknesses’, with the refutations deliberately censored.”

  5. @Curmudgeon:

    To be fair, your [alleged] is still better than 90% of what I read.

  6. Frank J says: “To be fair …”

    It’s short, sweet, and I think it makes the point.

  7. Real Alternative worked for me in Windows but not in Ubuntu.
    I don’t use Real Player. Real Alternative is free. Small program.
    Just be careful where you download from. Filehippo is usually
    safe. Or scan the file after downloading and before install.

  8. There must be some news by now. It’s almost 8PM in Texas.

  9. From the TFN website that SC linked to: David Shormann (PhD, meh), a noted YEC, wrote a review of the proposed biology textbook, as published by Holt McDougal. In the very first paragraph of his “review”, he states:

    Since this is biology, natural history needs to be included as a “mixed question”, that requires inputs from other areas, like philosophy.

    And it just goes downhill (fast!) from there.
    Holt McDougal is sticking to its guns and telling the board (which wants Holt to correct the “errors” that Shormann has “found”) that Shormann is pushing bad science.

  10. http://www.journaltimes.com/news/national/us/article_281869c2-ba17-59a6-823f-2f3fd038db00.html
    ….One that didn’t make the recommended list was an electronic textbook that includes lessons on intelligent design, the theory that life on Earth is so complex it was guided with the help of an intelligent higher power.

    “There’s no bad science going into classrooms” in the approved materials, said Dan Quinn, spokesman for the Texas Freedom Network, a group that sides with mainstream scientists on teaching evolution…..