McLeroy Urges Texas SBOE to Destroy Evolution


Former Texas State Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy, now out of office and a private citizen, was for some reason asked to testify in front of the board on the subject of new science textbooks. My former AINN colleague Mary Tuma was there and reports that McLeroy encouraged them to destroy the teaching of evolution:

During a Texas State Board of Education public hearing over changes to public school biology books this afternoon, former board chair Don McLeroy flatly told his former colleagues to, “strike a final blow to the teaching of evolution,” and support the Bible, putting to rest any questions that McLeroy, a hotly controversial past member of the Board, sought to inject creationism in Texas schools…

McLeroy, a young-earth creationist, Sunday school teacher and dentist from Bryan, appeared elated to deliver his testimony before the board—this time talking as a citizen and not a member—saying he had been waiting four years to do so and was “excited” to finally be given the chance. “Even units on evolution support what the Bible says,” said a bubbling McLeroy, who was appointed SBOE chair by Gov. Rick Perry in 2007.

Here’s video of part of his talk. He claims that the arguments in the biology textbooks are so weak that it will turn students into creationists and “strike a final blow to the teaching of evolution.” Oh, and the biology books support what the Bible says. It’s kind of surreal to watch.

Comments

  1. MikeMa says

    In a place where sanity and intelligence were valued, there would be laughing and pointing for McLeroy and blowback for Perry. In Texas, not a chance.

  2. says

    WTF is wrong with these people?

    Doesn’t the pubic object to this insanity? Do that many Texans really believe in YEC?

    Texas is pretty much doomed if the YEC’s win. A whole generation of stupid children growing up into a whole generation of stupid adults.

    Incredible.

  3. Trebuchet says

    McLeroy Urges Texas SBOE to Destroy Evolution Education

    FTFY.

    Conservatives and Fundamentalists (largely, but not entirely, the same folks here in the US) fear education above all things. It strikes terror into the black little hearts.

  4. TGAP Dad says

    I transcripts this from the very good-yet-unsettling documentary The Revisionaries, which will tell you all you need to know about Don McLeroy. To set this up: McLeroy, who is by trade a dentist, is at an event, which looks like a tent revival, when this exchange with his companions takes place.

    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…

    Companion1: And they can’t do much talkin’ back –

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

    Companion2 (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?

  5. exdrone says

    I think it is clever advertising for his dentistry business. He showed how effectively he conducted a pulpectomy on himself to remove all his rotten brain matter and then filled his cranial cavity with a amalgam of ideology and ignorance. The result seems to be stable and inert.

  6. John Pieret says

    The sad thing is that the previously mentioned documentary, The Revisionaries, shows that McLeroy is neither “stupid” (per se) nor malicious or otherwise evil. It is some combination of his being ignorant (which we all are, one way or another), devoted to his beliefs (which we all are, one way or another), and anxious to have others share those beliefs (which we all are, one way or another).

    I wish I could hate him … but I can ony oppose him.

  7. kantalope says

    Universities need to announce that students taught with Texas school books are ineligible for admission in any science program.

  8. magistramarla says

    JaniceinToronto @3 and Kantalope @8,
    There are many of us who live in this awful state who are working against people like this guy and will be voting to turn Texas blue.
    I think that the universities need to require that Texas educated college applicants need to be required to take a science-oriented test before admittance to a science program. My daughter is a neurobiology PHD working in NY and Washington, and she completed her high school education in Texas, due to her father’s military relocation. My grandson lives here in Texas, but he has gotten a good science grounding at home from his Mom, Step-Dad, conversations with his scientist Auntie and many conversations with his scientist Grandfather. He makes us proud when he comes home reporting on the arguments that he has had with creationist science teachers and peers at school. (He’s 14)

  9. jaybee says

    I have lived in Austin, TX for about a decade now, to be near in-laws. Some stereotypes are true — Texas is in love with Texas and many Texans think the accident of where they were born make them special.

    However, I’m sick of people who claim to be rational, who claim to be on the same side as me want to write off the state. These people are as provincial as the rubes around here who think Texas is at the top of the world but have never been anywhere else. When you write off the entire state, you are also writing off at least 40% of the population who aren’t Republicans, the quantity of which just might outnumber the total population of whatever state you are crowing from. Perhaps it was said in half jest, but it is a tired, easy joke that isn’t witty.

    The problem is due in part from the far right being just a hell of a lot more motivated than moderates and the left. The far right has deep political ties and has no shame in using their power to reinforce that power. They claim to love Democracy but would love nothing better than to disenfranchise half the state and keep all the power to themselves.

    McLeroy isn’t a representative specimen — he was put in place by right winger and centerfold of the year from Dunce magazine, Rick Perry.

  10. Michael Heath says

    jaybee writes:

    McLeroy isn’t a representative specimen — he was put in place by right winger and centerfold of the year from Dunce magazine, Rick Perry.

    Where Gov. Perry’s won election to the governor’s office how many times? Don McLeroy is an illustrative example of Texas democracy in action. Ed’s blogged enough about the TX SBOE votes to know where Texas stands. Yes a minority hate that this happens where this minority has also been able to effectively obstruct some of the Christianist agenda in TX, but Mr. McLeroy, Gov. Perry, et. al are the representative faction of the state.

  11. jaybee says

    Michael Heath —

    I disagree with you because there are reasons why Perry and McLeroy are prominent faces in Texas politics beyond this is what everybody wants. But let’s say it is true. Let’s say every Republican in the state is just like McLeroy. Are you one of the people who so casually write off the more than 10 million Democrats who obviously aren’t represented well by Perry and McLeroy?

  12. chilidog99 says

    In a way, I hope that McLeroy and his ilk are successful..

    The resulting smack down will make the Dover case seem like childs play.

  13. Michael Heath says

    jaybee writes (to me):

    I disagree with you because there are reasons why Perry and McLeroy are prominent faces in Texas politics beyond this is what everybody wants.

    I claimed no such thing.

    jaybee writes:

    But let’s say it is true. Let’s say every Republican in the state is just like McLeroy.

    Why would you set up what is clearly a false hypothetical? It provides no utility in refuting my objection to your prior post.

    jaybee writes:

    Are you one of the people who so casually write off the more than 10 million Democrats who obviously aren’t represented well by Perry and McLeroy?

    I’m perfectly cognizant of voting patterns in Texas, and the debates at the SBOE. So why would I deny that millions of Texas aren’t represented, “well”, by Misters Perry and McLeroy? That’s incoherent and has you avoiding my rebuttal to your prior post.

    Again, attributes of Texas which are maligned by liberals outside Texas do in fact exist. And they exist because there’s enough majoritarian influence that either directly promotes such defective policies or at least enables such policies as demonstrated by the electoral victories of Rick Perry and the creationists appointed by Republicans on the SBOE. These attributes are representative of Texas politics, in spite of the fact not all Texans concur.

  14. Ichthyic says

    Don McLeroy, now out of office and a private citizen, was for some reason asked to testify in front of the board on the subject of new science textbooks.

    one would hope it was just for the lulz.

    McLeroy is crazy funny.

    literally.

  15. Ichthyic says

    When you write off the entire state, you are also writing off at least 40% of the population who aren’t Republicans, the quantity of which just might outnumber the total population of whatever state you are crowing from. Perhaps it was said in half jest, but it is a tired, easy joke that isn’t witty.

    there was a time when Texas was a 70% blue state. Just before Karl Rove fucked with it, and the resulting gerrymandering.

    in fact, broken down by individuals, I would wager there might STILL be more registered democrats than republicans in Texas.

    However, you’re not gonna get rid of these republican idiots in Texas government by just insisting that all democrats go out and vote. You have to fix the heavily gerrymandered districts first. How you’re gonna do that… the only thing I can think of is a statewide push for a democratic governor who really does support redoing the districting. At least then it will be a public fight, albeit still not an easy one.

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