The Presidential election didn’t involve creationism, but some other issues on state ballots did.
In Texas, about which we’ve been writing lately — see Creationism Battle in Texas Is Heating Up — we have this headline in the Houston Chronicle of Houston, Texas: No contested seats on State Board of Education change parties. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Not a single contested seat on the 15-member State Board of Education appeared poised to change political hands Tuesday, cementing ideological dynamics on the governing body that approves textbooks and education standards in a state that has made waves debating issues like creationism in its curriculum.
In the closest Board of Education race of the night, Republican Ken Mercer of San Antonio led Democrat Rebecca Bell-Metereau by only a few percentage points after losing most of a 20 percentage point lead he had gained from early and absentee voters. Mercer, an IT project manager, is one of the most conservative members of the board as a defender of creationism, skeptic of climate change and a believer that the division between church and state is not a constitutional principal.
What a guy! We wrote about one of their earlier contests a few years ago — Texas BOE: Rebecca Bell-Metereau vs Ken Mercer, in which we quoted Mercer saying:
The controversial “macro” evolution was commonly understood as those major changes that could occur if one species jumped to another. For example, have you ever seen a dog-cat, or a cat-rat?
Back to the Houston Chronicle:
The rest of the races for the state board were blowouts, with Republican members outperforming their Democratic counterparts with double-digit leads.
Okay, that’s enough. We’re assured of creationist controversies in that state for quite some time to come.
Elsewhere, in Oklahoma, there’s another issue we’ve been following — see: Oklahoma Newspaper Wants Theocracy, which has all the necessary background information. No doubt you’ve been wondering how that would work out. We have some good news in the Tulsa World of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their headline is State Question 790: Voters say public money can’t be used for religious purposes. One excerpt should be sufficient:
Oklahoma voters rejected a state question that would have removed the restriction on using public money for religious purposes Tuesday when they voted down State Question 790.
Oklahoma will be spared the unsightly clamoring of preachers and their lobbyists demanding that legislators should pay for their churches, their salaries, and — of course — teaching creationism in state schools.
So there you are, dear reader. The election giveth, and the election taketh away.
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