Texas Board of Education Creationist Candidate

It’s been a long while since we had good material to write about from Texas, but that may be about to change. Television station KVUE, the ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas, the state capital, has this headline on their website: Outspoken Board of Ed candidate headed for runoff. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

A Texas Board of Education candidate who believes President Barack Obama worked as a gay prostitute and calls the Islamic faith “a cult religion” is one step closer taking a seat on the board. Mary Lou Bruner, a Republican candidate for the District 9 State Board of Education seat pulled in 48 percent of the vote Tuesday night in a three-person race, according to the Houston Chronicle. She will now move into a runoff election for the seat.

Mary Lou sounds like fun, but is she a creationist? Judge for yourself:

She said school shootings “started after the schools started teaching evolution” and “after government removed the Ten Commandments and the Bible from public school buildings.”

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Mary Lou is a blogger’s dream! Let’s read on:

She also stated on her Facebook page that states “cannot accept 9 unelected judges taking it upon themselves to change the Constitution all by themselves, over-ruling the voice of the people.”

She’s a Constitutional scholar! The news story continues:

Bruner will face second-place candidate Keven Ellis in a May runoff and the winner of that race will face Democratic opponent Amanda Rudolph in the general election, according to the Chronicle.

That’s a long time for us to wait. Ah well, here’s the rest of it:

Bruner’s website states she has a Masters in Education in Special Education from Texas A&M, Commerce and was a teacher, counselor and educational diagnostician for 36 years.

Highly qualified! Hey — there’s even more news. In the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana we read Local anti-creationism advocate takes fight next door to Texas. They say, with bold font added by us:

Zach Kopplin, who as a high-school student waged a war against the creep of creationism in Louisiana, is still fighting the good fight. Kopplin, the son of New Orleans Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin, has written a piece for The Daily Beast sounding the alarm on a Texas state school board candidate whose retrograde opinions could lead to improper editing of school textbooks across the country.

This keeps getting better! Zack Kopplin is involved. He’s well-known our to readers as a tireless campaigner against the infamous and insidiously-named Louisiana Science Education Act. Moving along:

Kopplin lists what he says are some of Bruner’s more disturbing Facebook posts:

• “I am not saying the Native Americans deserved what happened to them but sometimes God removes his protection from people who worship pagan gods.”

• “In the beginning the dispute between the North and the South was not about slavery. It was about the railroad.”

• “I heard from a reliable source that Obama was also a male prostitute for a while when he lived in New York with his male ‘partner.'”

According to Koplin, Bruner also disputes that water carved out the Grand Canyon, and she has blamed the theory of evolution for school shootings.

There’s a lot more in the Times-Picayune, but we’ve given you enough to get you interested. Texas needs Mary Lou on the Board of Education. Things haven’t been the same since Don McLeroy left.

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8 responses to “Texas Board of Education Creationist Candidate

  1. I was under the impression that Bruner, public face of the modern GOP, having attracted national ridicule (if she’s not in the Encyclopedia of American Loons by now, that must be just that they have a backlog), had withdrawn her candidacy and gone off to do other, more intellectually challenging things, like work out what the perforations on toilet paper are for.

    Or be a fundraiser for Trump. Same difference.

  2. Oops! [Description of typo deleted] Jeez. I’ve spent all day writing about Stephen Hawking. Right now simply typing a blog comment is “intellectually challenging” . . . and that’s even before I was reminded of Bruner.

    [*Voice from above*] Quite understandable. Problem repaired.

  3. anevilmeme

    She’s out there where the busses don’t run.

  4. I’m not sure, but I suspect many more people have done just fine worshiping “pagan gods” than whatever one Mary Lou happens to prefer.

  5. I guess it was the Indians’ fault for not inventing Christianity or writing the Bible.

  6. There must be something seriously dysfunctional about a country that has such a large number of superstitious crackpots that believe in nonsense. That some of these people hold positions of influence is horrendous.

    What is wrong with American society?

  7. One problem in this situation is that almost no one votes in run-off elections.

    Hopefully there will be a lot of publicity leading up to it which will up the usual vote count and pull in a few rational people. In TX, people can vote in the party primary of their choice, so Independents and Democrats can add their votes to the republican run-off if they become so motivated.

  8. another embarrassing Texas Aggie! Maybe I need to stop listing my degree on my resume.