Is our children learning science? O, woe is Texas


So, last week or so I commented on the woes of Kentucky, where, the polls showed, 28% of voters were yoked with the millstone belief that our president-elect is Muslim. Someone commented, and sent me the link that showed 23% of Texans carry a similar burden in their own swim.

Can it get much more weird, more divorced from reality?

How about we marry bizarre, untrue beliefs about religion with bizarre, untrue beliefs about science? And then — God save us, please — how about let’s put that person on the state school board during a rewrite of science standards?

Meet Cynthia Dunbar, member of the Texas State Board of Education.

Cynthia Dunbar, Texas State Board of Education member

At the tinfoil hat website “Christian Worldview” (as if Christians are unable to see normally), Dunbar posted this bizarre statement:

So we can imagine the blatant disregard for our Constitution, but what other threats does an Obama administration pose? We have been clearly warned by his running mate, Joe Biden, that America will suffer some form of attack within the first 6 months of Obama’s administration. However, unlike Joe, I do not believe this “attack” will be a test of Obama’s mettle. Rather, I perceive it will be a planned effort by those with whom Obama truly sympathizes to take down the America that is threat to tyranny.

Challenged by the Texas Freedom Network to do the American, patriotic thing and take the comments down, Dunbar refuses.

Dunbar was not worried about martial law when President George W. Bush actually took the steps she claims to worry about now, assigning troops to domestic crowd control in the U.S. It’s the marriage of presidential power with the bizarre phantasms of “the Christian worldview” that makes Ms. Dunbar’s views so nutty. It’s her position on the Texas State Board of Education that makes her views troubling, if not downright dangerous.

Her statement is as crazy as if she had accused John McCain of being a communist sympathizer, and Manchurian candidate, for ‘having spent so much time schmoozing with North Vietnamese officials.’ It’s also every bit as offensive as such a claim would be.

One mystery remains: Do wacko views produce creationism, or does creationism produce these wacko views? We await the creationist who can make an argument in favor of creationism without making a detour off the deep end.

It’s going to take more than tinfoil to protect Texas’s children, and Barack Obama, from these nuts.

If you want to pray, pray that God grants us reason, to save us and our children from such nuts, and this one especially.

Tip of the old scrub brush to Chris Comer.

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10 Responses to Is our children learning science? O, woe is Texas

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Reasonable Citizen, the fact that religious bigots and tinfoil hat cases work against public education makes no case at all against gutting our national freedom network, the schools.

    Quite the contrary: The case is made that we need to fight to restore education, to quit bleeding education for partisan or foolish political gain.

    If Dunbar wants to turn public schools into parochial, anti-thinking backwaters, that’s not a case to retreat to private anti-thinking backwaters.

    Good heavens! She’s taking aim at democracy in America! Retreat now? You’re jesting, of course.

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  2. Thanks for pointing this out. It is a good reason to eliminate public education.
    We need people like this involved with private religious education and not public education.

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  3. “Freedom is not Free,” sayeth the bumper snickers. If they took the time to define freedom, however, they’d probably put an impeach Bush sticker next to it.

    The Bush administration has both rendered terrorist attacks more likely, and reduced the available resources for meeting new threats. Of course, Obama will get blamed when it happens on his watch in the same way that Clinton was blamed when things happened on Bush’s watch. Verifiable facts and accurate analysis are the enemy of Conservatism as practiced and preached by the Dunbars of this world.

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  4. Ed Darrell says:

    So, Michael, you think Carter should have supported the rapidly collapsing regime of the Shah of Iran, thereby pushing the nation into a closer alliance with the Soviet Union and guaranteeing a nuclear Iran? Interesting.

    Perhaps, had we functioned on genuince democratic principles much earlier, we could have let the democratically-elected, secular regime in Iran function through the 1950s. We trade with both Germany and Japan now, after World War II. We get a lot of money from the Peoples Republic of China.

    Sometimes hanging tough is hanging stupid.

    Bush had the authority to deploy federal resources to help in natural disaster emergencies. He didn’t do it. But he did seek authority to deploy troops against political protesters. Somehow, I doubt there would be political protesters at a natural disaster.

    What is the objective for Homeland Security? Is their mission to ruin the airline industry, thereby nationalizing it through the back door? If that’s their mission, let’s hope Obama changes it.

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  5. Michael says:

    I think Cynthia has a point regarding Obama’s future policy with foreign affairs. She doesn’t feel Obama will have a hard line with enemies of the United States Jimmy Carter was the one who helped bring Muslim radicals to power in Iran. It’s a little more realistic than being scare of Bush imposing martial law…lol More like a federal response force for natural or man made emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks is the objective. The question is, will Obama dissolve such an objective that Bush started for Homeland security?

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  6. […] you get when you cross a conspiracy theorist & a creationist? – Apparently, this crazy psycho, Cynthia Dunbar, creationist, Christian, and member of the Texas State Board of Education: So we can imagine the blatant disregard for our Constitution, but what other threats does an Obama […]

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  7. marleyinoc says:

    lol… well, it could have been me. I hope and believe many people will be open to the hope and leadership Obama offers and projects as he transitions into office and then of course starts leading on responsible progressive legislation that will strengthen America. I am excited about our future.

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  8. Max Verret says:

    You must have some charity for people like Dunbar. Imagine how painful it must be to see people all around you cheering happily, tears of joy streaming down their faces and energzed with hope for the future and there you are sitting around all sad and depressed as all get-out.

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  9. i know i saw that Biden said if Obama is elected I hope that doesnt happen

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