Thursday, November 20, 2008


Anti-elitism At Its Finest

Jonathan Saenz of the Free Market Foundation, a group that works to limit government and promote free enterprise and Judeo-Christian values, testifying at the Texas State Board of Education hearings concerning the proposed revisions to the state’s science curriculum:

Darwin was from England and Einstein was from Germany. The elitism and arrogance that has been going on is not what Texas is about.*

*It has been pointed out at the Panda's Thumb that this is a quote mine, in that the two sentences were not connected. Apparently, the comment about Darwin and Einstein was a rebuttal to complaints that two of the ringers the creationist members of the Texas State Board of Education installed on a panel that reviewed the proposed new science curriculum standards, Stephen Meyer and Ralph Seelke, were not Texans. The second sentence was, no doubt, the standard complaint that scientists cannot explain the entire universe in 30 words or less of 2 syllables or less.


P.S. From the Texas Freedom Network's blog:

Just to clarify, Saenz is director of legislative affairs for Plano-based Free Market Foundation, the Texas affiliate of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. If religion truly has nothing to do with this, then why, pray tell, is the lobbyist for Focus on the Family even here? Don’t see much about science in the mission statement of Focus on the Family:

To cooperate with the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible by nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide.

John, that quotation from Saenz is pretty clearly a quote mine. See my correction to my post on PT.
And yeah, I should have read your addendum before I posted that comment. Sorry.
Not a problem. Better safe than sorry. The last thing I want to be associated with is an uncorrected quote mine.
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