Evolution critics named to Texas science committee

The six-member Texas committee that reviews science curriculum standards now includes three new members who don’t believe in evolution. Social conservatives on the state board of education nominated the anti-Darwinists.

Via Little Green Footballs.

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  1. Frank Zavisca says:


    A touch of Louisiana, where ID has worked its way into the curriculum – Courtesy Discovery Institute.

    Now we must search for members of the same Committee that don’t believe in Global Warming Hysteria.

  2. Robert Wright says:

    I like Texas.

    It makes the rest of look smarter.

  3. Kinda makes you wish a small group of people weren’t in a position to dictate to the entire state, hey?

  4. Reportedly from Dissent from Darwinism:

    “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”

    Definition of skepticism according to Miriam-Webster: “an attitude of doubt or a disposition to incredulity either in general or toward a particular object”


    Definition of incredulous according to Miram-Webster: “unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true : not credulous”


    So the question in my mind is whether the focus is on doubt or incredulity. Going with the second sentence of the statement leads one to think the focus is on doubt and that seems perfectly reasonable. Going by the political connections of the signers its seems as if the focus is on incredulity, with the basis of incredulity being religious belief. That would be simply unscientific.

  5. Donalbain from the UK says:

    The great thing about this is that Texas has a huge influence on the text book choices for the rest of the USA as it is such a huge market. Hopefully this panel will select a good number of creationist/ID text books that then get used across the whole of the USA.

    That way, when my kids are looking for jobs in scientific fields, they won’t have to face competition from American kids, so they will have a better chance of getting a high level job, which means they will be richer, which means I will be put in a more expensive rest home with more attractive nurses! Wooo! Go Creationists!

  6. pm-

    Excellent post. I agree- if their focus is on examination and discussion of evolutionary theory, and possible criticism thereof, then I don’t see a problem.

    Like you, I see this eventually being an attempt to interject ID into science classrooms.

    I believe in creation, but it doesn’t belong in the discipline of science.

  7. mike curtis says:

    Just as an Englishman and a Yankee can be divided by a common language, this thread reveals opposing views of the same truth…science does not contradict, it reveals, the hand of God.

  8. Donalbain says:

    Of course, it is very strange how that “same truth” keeps changing as science finds stuff out that “God” had no clue about.