Another peek above our garters to the Bad Astronomer Dr. Phil Plait for giving us the heads up on this and to Dr. P.Z. Myers of Pharyngula, who has also now posted about it.
It seems that Governor of Texas Rick Perry has appointed a certain Dr. Don McLeroy to head the Texas Board of Education. Dr. McLeroy, whose education credentials seem to be that he is a dentist and a Sunday School teacher, has already made rumblings as to his science textbook agenda.
Yes, here we go again. Instead of teaching Texas children about Science in Science classrooms, Dr. McLeroy will be advocating teaching them his religious doctrine from a millennia old anthology of fairy tales that have no relation to reality.
America has been through this already, Dr. McLeroy. We went through this in 1925 in Tennessee, we went through this again in 1968 in Arkansas, again in 1975 in Tennessee, again in 1982 in Arkansas, again in 1987 in Louisiana, and most recently in 2005 in Pennsylvania.
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Texas Freedom Network president Kathy Miller, whose group advocates for the strict separation of church and state, said Mr. Perry deserves an “F” for appointing “a clear ideologue who has repeatedly put his own personal and political agendas ahead of sound science, good health and solid textbooks for students.”
She noted that in 2003, Dr. McLeroy was one of four board members who voted against proposed high school biology textbooks because he felt their coverage of evolution was “too dogmatic” and did not include possible flaws in Charles Darwin’s theory of how life on Earth evolved from lower forms.
“Dr. McLeroy will now be in charge of the board’s scheduled revision of the state’s science curriculum standards, an area where he has already cast his lot with extremists who want to censor what our schoolchildren learn,” said Ms. Miller, whose group frequently battles social conservatives over textbooks and other issues.
But Dr. McLeroy said his vote on the biology books had nothing to do with censorship or religion and was based on “good science.”
“It is wrong to teach opinion as fact,” he said.
Regarding his religious beliefs, he said, “I’m a very religious guy, and I’ve taught Sunday school for several years. It’s important to me.”
For all both of you people in the United States of America who are not aware of the legal ramifications of what Dr. McLeroy is about to inflict on the educational system of The Lone Star State, let me just give you the freshest highlights:
“Critical Analysis of Evolution” is simply the latest dishonest disguise for “Intelligent Design” (after “Teach the Controversy” was stillborn), which was “Creation Science” in a cheap tuxedo, which in turn was the bastard child of “Creationism”.
The wikipedia article on the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial gives a fairly accurate depiction of the events in Federal District Court in Dover, Pennsylvania.
Judge John E. Jones III, conservative Republican appointee of His Holiness, The Glorified Houseplant Who Would Be Caesar ruled on several issues. (You can read the entire 139 page decision here on Wikipedia. Judge Jones handed the deceptive purveyors of The Intelligent Design Creationism Hoax their own asses on a silver platter.)
1. The establishment clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America forbids the teaching of religious doctrine as science in state supported public schools.
2. The Intelligent Design Creationism Hoax, in all its sundry disguises, is religious doctrine.
3. Attempting to disguise the teaching of Creationism by fluffing it up in sciency sounding words does not make it science.
4. Intelligent Design is not Science.
5. Attempting to teach Intelligent Design in state supported public schools despite the points above, despite substantial legal precedent, despite the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America is “breathtaking inanity”.
6. Get over it.
If that isn’t enough to assist you in pulling your head out of your ass, then please allow me to draw you a picture courtesy of BurntElectrons.org, Dr. McLeroy. You may click the image below for a larger version to graphically explain to you what teaching religious doctrine will accomplish in your schools.
Had the Kansas Board of Education not kicked out the pseudo-scientific nonsense of The Intelligent Design Creationism Hoax from their science standards, it would have spread like a virus to the other parts of the curriculum, and taken to its logical conclusion, the results would be about what is depicted above.
And my own little addition to the visual explanations, to try to help you in your anal extrication:
Get it through your head right now, Dr. McLeroy: What you are planning to do is to introduce your religion into the science classroom, nobody is fooled by your dishonest language, you will be in violation of the establishment clause, you will be taken to court, you will lose a vast sum of money that the school districts of Texas need for teaching real , honest science, you will only hurt the education of the children of your state, and you will be publicly humiliated as a Liar for Jesus, which as I recall is a very bad testimony to other Christians and non-believers alike.
It would behoove both you and the children in your care greatly to turn now from this disingenuous and disastrous path.