Ah, Texas

It would be easy to laugh at idiocy in the Texas state legislature, except when you remember that Texas, as one of the largest markets for textbooks in the US, exerts significant influence on the content of school science texts used throughout the country. Here’s the latest (ganked mostly from Daily Kos):

Republican representative Warren Chisum is chair of the Texas House Appropriations Committee. He recently circulated a memo opposing teaching evolution in Texas schools. That in itself is no big surprise. This memo, though, which was written by Georgia legislator Ben Bridges, includes a link to the web site http://www.fixedearth.com/. You have to check out the site to believe it. I’m pretty sure it’s not a parody, although the line would be hard to draw.

To summarize briefly, the Copernican “fiction” that the Earth moves is the cornerstone of a Jewish plot to destroy the Bible, promote evil-lution, legitimize perverted sex acts, and generally impurify the precious bodily fluids of our nation’s youth. Act now! Stamp out this vile, moving-Earth anti-Biblical lie!

Nota Bene:

Just in case, I don’t want anyone to think that I think all Christians, Conservative Christians, or even Biblical Literalist Christians are like the evil wack-job who wrote the fixed Earth site. I know plenty of Christians who have no problem at all with the findings of modern science.

I know some other, fairly literalist Christians who are intelligent and highly ethical people, even if I disagree with them on some fundamental points of world view. My major problem is with people who want to teach religion as science in schools that my tax dollars support, and I have an even worse problem with people who want to flavor that religion with anti-semitism.

2 Responses to “Ah, Texas”

  1. Reno says:

    Maybe that headline should be “Ow! Texas.”

  2. kicking_k says:

    I have a serious problem with all of that too, and I’m a Christian.

    The whole evolution-is-only-a-theory thing has begun to impinge in the UK, too. It really makes my mind boggle… Can’t they look up “theory” in a dictionary, for a start?

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