The Dallas Morning News has this headline: GOP lieutenant governor hopefuls back creationism. In case you’re looking at that and wondering if it really means what it seems to say, your doubts are cleared up by the story’s lead sentence:
All four Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls have embraced the teaching of creationism in public schools.
It’s painful to go on, and it really isn’t necessary, but here are a few more excerpts, and the bold font was added by us:
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said in the first televised debate of the campaign Thursday night that they favor teaching that there are flaws in the theory that humans evolved from lower life forms.
And of course this ties in with the recent news about science textbooks. The last time we wrote about that it was mostly good news — see: Texas Creationism: Plan B at the Big Shootout. Since then, things appear to be working out rather well, as the National Center for Science Education reported yesterday: Encouraging news from Texas.
In Texas, unfortunately, every step forward seems to be followed by a giant leap back. Let’s read on:
Late last month, state Board of Education members adopted new high school science books that include full coverage of evolution without the disclaimers sought by social conservatives and other critics of Charles Darwin’s theory.
While none of the lieutenant governor candidates mentioned the board’s decision, three — Patrick, Patterson and Staples — blasted teaching only evolution as a form of “political correctness.” They linked it to what they described as a broader moral decline.
[*Sigh*] The story continues, and here we get a tidy catalog of insane statements from the four candidates, each one trying to sound crazier than the others so he can be declared the dumbest man in the state:
“The breakup of the family in this country has started when we took God out of the classroom,” said Patrick, a radio talk show host.
“As a Christian, certainly creationism should be taught,” said Staples, a former state legislator.
Dewhurst, who is seeking a fourth term, agreed. “It’s a fair discussion to expose students to both sides and let them make the decision with the advice and counsel of their parents,” he said.
Patterson said the country has gone too far in deleting religious instruction from government institutions such as schools. A 1987 U.S. Supreme Court ruling banned teaching of creationism in science classes. “We need to go back to those things that made this country great,” he said.
The rest of the news story is about their positions on other issues, but this humble blog is primarily concerned with The Controversy between evolution and creationism, so we’ll let you click over there to read the rest of the article if you’re interested.
Your Curmudgeon is despondent. Regardless of what some see as a series of foreign and domestic blunders by the Democrats, morons like those four will dominate the news. Therefore, whatever hopes the Republicans may have for the 2014 elections will surely come to naught.
How ironic is it that when America sinks beneath the waves of history, the savages who inhabit this land during the next Dark Age won’t sit around the campfires telling tales about the sinking of the Titanic. They’ll tell of how the Great Ones who once lived here went down with Noah’s Ark.
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