The creationists in Texas had a Plan B. We already know how it works in the press: If someone says something stupid, dishonest, or both the “R” is always by their name. “D” only shows up for good things. But, sheesh. These dishonest, idiotic Texas Republicans need to be taken to the wood shed.For clarity, I have put every bald-faced lie in bold type.
“There are many, many gaps that don’t link species changing and evolving into another species, so we want our students to get all of the science, and we want them to have great, open discussions and learning to respect each other’s opinions,” said Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, a former science teacher.
She scoffed at claims that social conservatives on the 15-member board were just trying to find another way to expose students to creationism — the belief that life, Earth and the universe were created by a supreme being.
“This isn’t about religion. I don’t know how many times we have to say it before people accept it,” she said. “It’s about science. We want to stick to the science.”
Also added to the proposed standards by board Chairman Don McLeroy, R-Bryan, is an amendment that directs science teachers and students to “describe the sufficiency or insufficiency of common ancestry to explain the sudden appearance, stasis and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record.”
So evolution may be OK, but common ancestry is dubious? Are they kidding? That’s like saying that gravity may be a valid theory, but things don’t fall down.
This is about religion, period. There is absolutely no science being done anywhere which doesn’t comport with evolution, which is just another name for common ancestry. These so-called Christians better bone up on the Ten Commandments – especially that fine print about “bearing false witness”.
The professional liars at the so-called Discovery Institute are rubbing their hands with glee:
“We view this as one step back, two steps forward,” said John West, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Seattle that disputes the theory of evolution. “The board unfortunately failed to reinstate specific language requiring coverage of strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories. But, in the area of evolution, it significantly improved the standards by adopting a series of amendments to make sure that students have to analyze and evaluate the major parts of evolutionary theory.”
Poor kids in Texas. And poor conservatives.