War on science, war on education: Evolution under fire at Texas education board


Ryan at the Texas Freedom Network laid out the stakes:

Just a reminder about what new chairwoman Barbara Cargill — and her five “conservative Christian” allies on the State Board of Education — have in mind for the meeting this week:

I am a little bit concerned in looking at some of these science online supplementary materials. I looked at one of the links and there was a picture of a — a graphic of a human fetus next to a gorilla fetus talking about how they only differ by one amino acid. Therefore, universal common decent. So that is of some concern. And I am not quite sure if we are going to have the votes to overturn that. We will work diligently to rectify and correct some of that. But remember we lost a conservative seat, so we’re down to six.

In this unguarded moment, Cargill drops the double-speak and is honest about her plan for the first meeting over which she will preside as chair  — pressure publishers to censor scientific information from their materials and to insert bogus information questioning evolution. And she knows exactly what her task is: to get the extra votes necessary to accomplish this.

Stay tuned to TFN Insider on Thursday and Friday as we give you a front-row seat at the contentious hearing and board vote.

Live blogging the meeting starting at about 10:00 a.m today at TFN Insider at at Steve Schafersman’s blog, from the Texas Citizens for Science.

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One Response to War on science, war on education: Evolution under fire at Texas education board

  1. Ediacaran says:

    So, the Republican Chair of the Texas State Board of Education wants to “rectify and correct” and even “overturn” reality? For all her talk of “humility”, she seems to be quick to dismiss the results of genetic testing.

    This seems awfully close to what Lady Ashley said regarding Darwinian evolution: “Let’s hope that it’s not true; and if it is true, let’s hope that it does not become widely known.”

    Not a good stance for someone entrusted with the education of children. Let’s get the rest of these creationists out of office.

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