Seriously, WHEN? The evolution-Intelligent Design debate has been raging in Dover, PA, and other school districts have been experiencing problems as well. Even though there are so many scientific inadequacies for ID theory (like the fact that it can’t be tested and there’s no scientific backing for it!), at least most ID proponents make some attempt to not openly proclaim it’s a religious thing. Texas State Rep. Charlie Howard doesn’t even bother with subtlety:
“I don’t believe in evolution. I believe in creation,” he said. “Some of our books right now only teach evolution, [but] if you’re going to teach one, you ought to teach both.”
The Houston-area lawmaker also said the State Board of Education, a Republican-controlled body with strong representation by social conservatives, should have the discretion to remove evolution segments from science textbooks.
*Sigh* Why can’t they just believe in their Biblical creationism in their personal lives? Why try to irradicate scientific fact because it contradicts the writing of broze age tribesmen in the Middle East? I’m actually hoping for some Hindu kid to use their own silly reasoning against them. Perhaps s/he can insist that the Biblical account of creation does not match his/her beliefs that Vishnu commanded Brahma to create the world, and that “both sides” should be taught. Yeah, we’ll see how they like it. Or a non-Christian biology teacher teaching his own version of creation, since they are all for “teaching the controversy”.
It gets better:
Legislation similar to Howard’s includes House Bill 973 by state Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Richardson, and House Bill 2534 by state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa. Chisum’s bill also states that textbooks cannot “encourage lifestyles that deviate from generally accepted standards of
And what are the generally accepted standards of society, exactly? Some people don’t believe in interracial dating, and a few are even dumb enough to believe the races are a seperate species (and I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of these people were found in TX). Should textbooks which teach that humans are all the same species be banned for promoting a deviant lifestyle? More importantly, what is it with the Southern states and censorship? First Alabama tries to ban gay authors, now Texas wants to remove scientific facts from a science textbook. It’s almost like Fahrenheit 451. Funnily enough, I don’t the creators of these stupid bills have even read the book (they’d probably try to have it banned for promoting literacy and independent thought).
feeling sorry my mother grew up in Texas