Monday, March 16, 2009


The Road to Perdition

The Texas Freedom Network is reporting that the Texas State Republican Executive Committee has passed a resolution calling upon the Republican members of the State Board of Education to support the retention of the "strengths and weaknesses" standard in the Texas science standards, officially making the results of science and educational content a partisan political issue. Of course we knew that before but now the Texas Republican party has gone beyond a philosophical position and is implicitly attempting to force Republicans in positions of public trust to vote against what they clearly think is right for the children of Texas, on pain of political consequences.

Interestingly, the 2008 State Republican Platform, referred to in the resolution actually says this:

Theories of Origin – We support objective teaching and equal treatment of strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories, including Intelligent Design. We believe theories of life origins and environmental theories should be taught as scientific theory, not scientific law. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.

Looks like the party is demanding that the teaching of ID be made mandatory, which we all know the Discovery Institute is against. Plus, the only court case so far that has addressed ID found it to a religious concept, which the creationist members of the board (also Republicans) all swear they don't want to teach.

What's that phrase? Damned if you do ...

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