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Monthly Archive: February 2008

Feb 14 2008

SBOE forced to table adoption of Donna Garner’s “alternative” Language Arts curriculum

The TFN reports today that angry responses from educators as well as the general public have persuaded them to hold off, at least temporarily, the adoption of an “alternative” language arts curriculum put together by a former teacher and current Christian-right homophobe and ideologue named Donna Garner. Creationist Dan McLeroy, who heads up the SBOE, …

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Feb 13 2008

Typical, typical, typical

The dishonest morons who produced Ben Stein’s comedy masterpiece Expelled posted a ridiculously deluded rant against Darwin Day to their blog, in which they lie so copiously and egregiously about the positions of Darwin and Dawkins that PZ Myers couldn’t resist laying down the pwnage, which he did with his usual masterful command of all …

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Feb 12 2008

Texas SBOE promoting the policies of lunatic fundie homophobe?

An email sent out today by the Texas Freedom Network alerts us to the latest shenanigans of the Texas State Board of Education, as it’s currently being run by Dan McLeroy, lackey to Governor Rick “Oh, The Evil Liberal Elite Atheists Are Persecuting Us, Now Drop to Your Knees and Pray, Mofo” Perry. I’ll just …

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Feb 12 2008

Happy 199th, Chuck D!

You don’t look a day over 162! Thanks to Google Books, there’s no reason not to read On the Origin of Species. It isn’t the last word on evolution, of course. But it was the first word that actually meant something, that stated the theory in clear terms and defended it with sufficiently sound science …

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Feb 10 2008

This is what we need to see more of in the papers!

In today’s Statesman there is a wonderful editorial by Steve Bratteng, a science teacher at Westwood High School, in which he takes on the IDiots and evo-deniers the right way: not by going into the usual routine of debunking creo canards and falsehoods (which is certainly necessary to do, but likely to fall on deaf …

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Feb 09 2008

Darwin Day fun tomorrow

Here in Austin, the fine folks at CFI have another little Darwin Day celebration going on tomorrow afternoon at Book People. Just like last year, there will be talks by UT professors on the subject of “The Relevance of Evolution to Our Everyday Lives,” while for the kiddies, there will be storytime and science activities …

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Feb 09 2008

Rick Perry: lying, meretricious asshole

There. Let it never be said I didn’t have gift for bluntness. If he wasn’t already a big enough tool for appointing young-earther Dan McLeroy to head up the State Board of Education — an act comparable to appointing a person who believes automobiles are powered by big wound-up rubber bands to the presidency of …

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Feb 07 2008

Ray Comfort’s imagination

If there were any lingering question that Ray Comfort deserved the appellation of World’s Dumbest Apologist, it would surely be put to rest by reading the exercise in vacuity that is his blog. Mr. Banana calls it “Ray Comfort Food,” and that’s a fairly apt title: perhaps tasty for undiscriminating people looking for a quick …

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Feb 06 2008

15-year-old Boy Scout massacres family

You know what they say: Be prepared. Hey, at least he wasn’t gay or an atheist. That would be immoral!

Feb 03 2008

MySpace reups Atheists and Agnostics group

I suspected this wouldn’t be any sort of a long-lasting thing. In any event, the 34,000-plus member MySpace group Atheists and Agnostics is back up. It would appear that any fears of Murdoch-imposed religious bigotry among site management might be premature, though the inordinate problems this group has had are a bit absurd and could …

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