Briefly, she’s one of two candidates in a runoff election to be held on 24 May which will choose the Republican candidate for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). Until 2010, that seat had been occupied by Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist.
Although we’ve been paying a lot of attention to Mary Lou, we’ve done little more than mention her opponent — Keven Ellis, a chiropractor. Who is he, and how does he differ from Mary Lou?
Information has been scarce, but today in the Longview News-Journal of Longview, Texas, we read SBOE candidate Ellis would seek expert advice on textbooks. The newspaper has a comments feature. Most of the story is boring, but a wee bit is of interest to us. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
[Ellis] and Bruner hope to succeed Mount Pleasant Republican Thomas Ratliff as the District 9 representative. Ratliff, who did not seek re-election, has played a lead role in steering the State Board of Education more toward a centrist position. “He’s a lightning rod,” Ellis said of Ratliff, a kinder description than Bruner uses for Ratliff, whom she said has steered the board into socialism and communism.
Ratliff, you may recall, defeated McLeroy for that seat. Ellis only says Ratliff is a “lightning rod,” and Mary Lou is, well, a bit more extreme in her claims. That’s what Ratliff gets for defeating the creationist dentist. Okay, on with the story:
Though neither Republican will be on the board when it discusses science curriculum this coming summer, Ellis weighed in on the debate. “Students should discuss the strengths and weaknesses of evolution,” he said, after noting the U.S. Supreme Court struck down creationism, the theory that a sentient being created the universe, as a government endorsement of religion when taught in public schools.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” is creationist code for attacking evolution in the classroom. The chiropractor isn’t very different from Mary Lou. A bit more restrained in how he says things, perhaps, but he’s also a creationist.
That same newspaper has a companion story about Mary Lou: SBOE candidate Bruner says curriculum should return to basics. That one is more interesting. It says:
Bruner, 69, said a public education should focus more on instilling conservative values and basic education — the three Rs. She disagreed with today’s emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, called STEM, especially in early grades.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:
She said Wednesday she doesn’t have much respect for retiring incumbent District 9 representative Thomas Ratliff.
That’s because before Ratliff defeated him, the creationist dentist had been running the show. The newspaper quotes Mary Lou:
“(Ratliff) has tried to move it to the left,” she said, adding that the board needs to return to its pre-Ratliff philosophy. “It sure does. I believe he is taking us in the direction of socialism and communism.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Evolution is communism! Here’s another quote from Mary Lou:
“The United States of America was based on biblical principles, and we can’t deny that. And we should teach it, and children shouldn’t be ashamed that the United States of America is built on those principles.”
Here’s one last quote from Mary Lou, in which she agrees with her Republican opponent:
“At the very least, we need to be able to teach the weaknesses of evolution as well as the strengths,” she said.
So there you are, dear reader. The primary election is now only 15 days away. Stay tuned to this blog!
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