The creationists, you know, those folks who claim the science of evolution is false and God made the earth and the creatures thereon, follow the old maxim “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” So, you liberals on the school boards around the country brace yourselves because they’re coming at you with a new tactic. The intelligent design tactic failed when a federal judge pointed out that intelligent design was not science but “religious strategies that evolved from earlier forms of creationism.” Thus failed did the backdoor try at sneaking creationism into the schools.
Their new strategy argues for teaching the evidence against evolution so as to instill in young minds the process of critical inquiry. Never mind that there is no evidence against evolution, despite what some scientist who want to push intelligent design say.
The scientific debate is not about whether evolution happened but about how it happened. The creationists want to debate the facts of evolution so as to show that it is false, not to get at the truth. Creationists have already made up their minds, so how can there be a debate if one party has already rejected one side of the argument.
Anyway, never argue with a Christian or deeply religious person because you can’t win when their tactic is to fall back on God.
Man, they do everything big in Texas, and they sure don’t use common sense in what they do.
No, I’m not talkin bout them thinkin bout seceding from the USA.
Worse. The Texas State Board of Education has taken it upon itself to write the textbooks on economics and history according to a conservative interpretation of US history and capitalism.
This wouldn’t be so bad ifn it weren’t for the fact that Texas is the second largest buyer of textbooks, which means the book publishers will abide by the wishes of the conservative members the State Board.
If the folks in Texas want their kids to read such distortion of economics and history, fine, but why should the rest of our kids have to accept such garbage?
Example of revisionist history: Thomas Jefferson is not considered one of the Founding Fathers.
You can read the story in the Washington Monthly (http://ww.washingtonmonthly.com/), dated March 13, 2010.
Jonathan Zimmerman, while not agreeing with the Texas State Board of Education, suggests in the Los Angels Times dated March 17, suggests students maybe should be given several points of view, which would show how we Americans often disagree about how our nation was formed. Then the students could on their own “sort out the differences.”
Now, that ain’t a bad idea. But it ain’t gonna fly cause both liberals and conservatives at the extreme edges just don’t want but one point of view on anything and that point of view must be theirs.