This, folks, is an utter disgrace. Dear Texas, I feel for you. You are heading ever downwards.[Warning, commentary and name calling ahead. Is a weekend, indulge me.]
All four Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls have embraced the teaching of creationism in public schools.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said in the first televised debate of the campaign Thursday night that they favor teaching that there are flaws in the theory that humans evolved from lower life forms.
All four smug men (see picture at link above) appear to link evolution to moral decline. How ignorant. In general, crime is down, teenage pregnancy is down. What moral decline? Yeah, I want a leader who makes shit up in order to push a religious agenda. Nice.
So, how about teaching just that “God did it”? Good luck with new knowledge in medicine, agriculture, animal science, energy production, land management, etc. etc… Boneheads.
Did they read the Constitution? Do they know anything AT ALL about the case law on this? Or are they such pandering weasels that they spout tripe because they want to be elected?
The Friendly Atheist covered this story which is where I saw it.
I left a comment there that I will repeat here:
Just finished reading the B. Franklin biography. Made me think how completely inept today’s politicians are. For example: When Franklin narrowly escaped a shipwreck near the English coast he joked that, were he a Catholic, he would find this an occasion to build a chapel to some saint. But, he says, were I to vow at all, it should be to build a lighthouse.
Also, when a town in Massachusetts named itself Franklin and asked him to donate the church bell, Franklin told them to forsake the steeple and build a library: “books instead of a bell, sense being preferable to sound”.[Source: Benjamin Franklin, W. Isaacson, p 467]
Ah, those were the days of enlightened people.