Don McLeroy Teaches ‘Science’


Don McLeroy, the ignorant zealot from the Texas State Board of Education, is shown here in this clip from The Revisionaries teaching a Sunday school class about Noah’s Ark. I just shake me head at the idea that any adult could possibly believe this story is true.

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  1. Doc Bill says

    When he was Chairman of the State Board of Education here in Texas he gave an interview in which he was quite up front about being a YEC. He also said that he “left that at the door” and would administer the board properly and fairly.

    That was true only until the board started discussing science standards and McLeroy became a big, fat liar. He had this 3-ring binder of clippings, typical of creationists, containing all his mined quotes and tracts from Answers in Genesis which he proudly discussed.

    But, through all this the moderates and liberals on the board were just as much at fault with what went down by either accommodating the creationists or missing key votes. The whole board was a shambles and it’s a wonder things didn’t get even crazier.

    And just last year another creationist preacher was elected to the board. With textbook selections coming up it’s going to be a fun time in the old board room.

  2. TGAP Dad says

    Don McLeroy (like many god-botherers) neatly summarizes himself in this excerpt I transcribed from The Revisionaries:

    Don McLeroy: One of the nice things about bein’ a dentist is when you, uh, I have an audience every day, every morn- you know, all day long I have about seven or eight people I get to practice on…

    Unidentified Audience Member: And they can’t do much talkin’ back –

    DM: I know it’s just wonderful. So-

    Unidentified Audience Member 2 (laughing): Yeah they’re cap- you’ve got a captive audience

    DM: I know, and so I – and most of them are ideologically aligned with me, and if they’re not, they need to hear it anyway, right?

    (Emphasis mine)

  3. caseloweraz says

    McLeroy: Were there dinosaurs on the ark? Sure there were!

    Here’s what he said after that:

    Diplodocus and Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus Rex, among others.

    About the 27th day, when food ran short, Diplodicus was eaten by T.Rex and Velociraptors ate all the other animals. On the 38th day, the hungry predators began fighting each other. The resulting conflict smashed the ark to pieces, which is why, boys and girls, its remains were never found.

    Noah and his sons and daughters were left clinging to shards of driftwood. Just then the waters began to recede, so they were saved from drowning.

    And that, kids, is why humans exist today.

    I hear tell that SyFy is going to make a movie based on this story.

    /snark

  4. caseloweraz says

    Wikipedia has a very interesting article on Noah’s Ark. It notes:

    Various editions of the Encyclopædia Britannica reflect the collapse of belief in the historicity of the ark in the face of advancing scientific knowledge. Its 1771 edition offered the following as scientific evidence for the ark’s size and capacity: “…Buteo and Kircher have proved geometrically, that, taking the common cubit as a foot and a half, the ark was abundantly sufficient for all the animals supposed to be lodged in it…the number of species of animals will be found much less than is generally imagined, not amounting to a hundred species of quadrupeds”.

    By the eighth edition (1853–1860), the encyclopedia said of the Noah story, “The insuperable difficulties connected with the belief that all other existing species of animals were provided for in the ark are obviated by adopting the suggestion of Bishop Stillingfleet, approved by Matthew Poole…and others, that the Deluge did not extend beyond the region of the Earth then inhabited”.

    By the ninth edition, in 1875, no attempt was made to reconcile the Noah story with scientific fact, and it was presented without comment. In the 1960 edition, the article on the ark stated that “Before the days of ‘higher criticism’ and the rise of the modern scientific views as to the origin of the species, there was much discussion among the learned, and many ingenious and curious theories were advanced, as to the number of animals on the ark”.[24]

    This is all one paragraph in the original.

  5. machintelligence says

    Most of them, the older ones anyway, don’t even think about it. It was what they were taught as children and they have believed it all of their lives, and so have all of their contemporaries My 90 year old mother, when I described Noah’s ark as an amusing fairy tale with a disturbing subtext, said everyone she grew up with believed it and never doubted its truth. (She also believed we were living in “dangerous times” now, in spite of having lived through the Cuban missile crisis and the era when the cold war threatened to become nuclear She said she was too busy raising a family at the time to have paid much attention.)

  6. says

    What kills me about the Noah’s ark myth, and this appears to be universal among Christian churches regardless of denomination, is how they treat this story of global genocide as a cute story for kids because it has animals.

  7. catbutler says

    I always feel cheated when I see the little Christian kiddie Noah’s Ark play sets and they are missing the millions of drowning victims.
    Nothing but cute little animals….mostly mammals usually.

  8. says

    Perhaps in a longer clip we could hear McLeroy explain how it wasn’t a problem for Noah to deal with more than a year’s accumulation of poop in the lower decks. I’m guessing there was a trap door in the bottom deck that they opened periodically to flush the poop out. This suggestion is as sound as any other “fact” about the engineering of the ark. (And McLeroy might believe it!)

  9. says

    d.c.wilson “What kills me about the Noah’s ark myth, and this appears to be universal among Christian churches regardless of denomination, is how they treat this story of global genocide as a cute story for kids because it has animals.”
    Genocide isn’t immoral when God does it (or orders it). And anyway, He saved the best people. All the others were bad, you see. Like Hitler. Even the babies. Baby Hitlers, they were. And if they weren’t, they’re with Him in Heaven now, so it’s all good. {And also other excuses that may or may not conflict with other excuses}.
    There. Don’t you feel better now?

  10. Abby Normal says

    Little known fact, the velociraptor is a hybrid, the result of a distaraptor over a timeraptor. Science!

  11. bushrat says

    Does anyone else miss the time when the fundies claimed that fossils were put there by God/Satan to test/fool us. Now we have to listen to the ‘Dinosaurs were on the ark’ crowd.

  12. Francisco Bacopa says

    Does he really think that they carried around the accumulated poop the whole trip? That would release enough ammonia and methane to kill everyone on board.

    Has this dude ever cared for animals at all? Did he ever know anyone who worked for Petco? Anyone who ever kept animals in a barn? Was it hot or cold on the Ark? Either way, some species would need heating or air conditioning. Dude, it can’t be done.

  13. says

    bushrat “Does anyone else miss the time when the fundies claimed that fossils were put there by God/Satan to test/fool us. Now we have to listen to the ‘Dinosaurs were on the ark’ crowd.”
    No. Satan placed dinosaurs on the Ark to test our faith. The bible doesn’t mention dinosaurs so, like Australia, they don’t exist.

  14. Childermass says

    The Ark is a TARDIS.

    It is bigger in the inside than it is on the outside so there is plenty of room.

    And having something timey-wimey really helps when you only have eight people to take care of that many animals.

  15. says

    d.c. wilson said:

    What kills me about the Noah’s ark myth, and this appears to be universal among Christian churches regardless of denomination, is how they treat this story of global genocide as a cute story for kids because it has animals.

    Oh, I know. The most disturbing story ever to become a Fish Price toy.

    I’d like to sell a companion set to that toy. It would be a bag of plastic corpses– humans of every color, gender, and age, and animals of many different species. The included instructions would be to scatter them in an even distribution around wherever Noah’s ark is placed.

  16. davem says

    Hey! Don’t dismiss this guy. At last I learn what the real purpose of a poop deck is…

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