The major news organizations in the US often have a somewhat left-of-center outlook (he said with remarkable restraint), and although journalist types may not know much about science, they can usually be counted on to oppose the far-right, who are all too often opposed to science. But today we have an exception.
We found an editorial at the website of KCBD-TV, an NBC affiliate seen on Channel 11 in Lubbock, Texas. It was written by Dan Jackson, described as: “KCBD Vice-President and General Manager.” Here’s his headline: Consider This…Both sides belong in our textbooks.
“Both sides” of what? Oh, come now, dear reader! You know all about the creationist madness in Texas. Our last post on that topic was Tempestuous Texas Textbook Trouble. Now it seems that the anti-science advocates of Oogity Boogity, who long for a restoration of the Dark Ages — people like former State Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist — have a powerful ally in the media. Here are some excerpts from Dan Jackson’s editorial, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The debate over evolution vs. creationism is once again heating up in Austin. Specifically, whether or not textbooks should include facts about creationism.
Ah yes, the debate about whether textbooks should include the “facts about creationism.” So what does Dan Jackson think of the controversy? Here it comes:
Both ideas have been debated since Darwin first published his theory over 150 years ago, and evolution is the only one currently taught in Texas classrooms. They are both based on facts and both come with bias and assumptions.
Creationism is based on facts? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What would those be? And science has bias and assumptions? Well, that’s true. Science is definitely biased in favor of verifiable observations and logical thinking. Let’s read on:
But consider this: I am not going to argue the merits of why I believe God created the earth and man in it. The majority of people already believe that.
Dan’s right. There’s no need to explain the obvious. He continues:
This is not a debate of science vs. religion. This debate is about what are we going to teach our children in public schools.
Uh, but Dan — the Supreme Court has already decided that creationism is religion. See Edwards v. Aguillard. Therefore it can’t be given “equal time” in the public schools, as a Louisiana law had then required.
Here’s the brilliant conclusion of Dan’s opinion piece:
The theory of evolution is already in the textbooks. Creationism is widely accepted across the globe. It’s time the public school system in Texas accept that and include it in the classroom.
Way to go, Danny boy! Great editorial!
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