A few weeks ago we posted Creationists in the Republican primary for Texas Lt. Governor. The candidates were incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Senator Dan Patrick. The date of the GOP runoff election was 27 May — yesterday. Surprisingly — not really, we’re talking about Texas — both favored teaching creationism in the state’s public schools.
You’ve all been wondering: What happened? Who won? Your Curmudgeon is here to help. In the New York Times we read Lieutenant Governor Loses Texas Runoff as Tea Party Holds Sway. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Dan Patrick, a state senator who has taken outspoken stands against abortion, same-sex marriage and illegal immigration, won a Republican runoff for lieutenant governor on Tuesday, handily defeating David Dewhurst, the longtime incumbent, in a race that illustrated the continuing power of the Tea Party in Texas.
Wow — the incumbent creationist lost, and he was beaten by an even more radical creationist. Everything is bigger in Texas! Look on the bright side — this is good news for your Curmudgeon. We need people like that in office to keep our readers entertained.
Most of the Times story is uninteresting — until we come to this:
At a debate in Dallas, Mr. Dewhurst and Mr. Patrick were asked whether creationism should be taught in public schools. Mr. Dewhurst [the loser] said that creationism, evolution and intelligent design should be taught.
As expected. But then we’re told:
Mr. Patrick took the chance to appeal to Christian conservatives. “We as Christians have yielded to the secular left and let them rule the day in this country,” Mr. Patrick said. “When it comes to creationism, not only should it be taught, it should be triumphed. It should be heralded.”
Aaaargh!! He’s a madman! Here’s one more excerpt:
He [Patrick] now faces the Democratic nominee, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, in November. Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature and all statewide elected offices, but a victory is not assured for Mr. Patrick. Even within his own party, detractors have described his tone as strident.
Strident? We hadn’t noticed. Anyway, that’s how things are in Texas. The same as always.
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