And he’s so getting spanked for this. He suggests that perhaps Texas isn’t doomed after all, because a significant majority of the Texas Board of Education has come out saying that they don’t want to remove evolution from the curriculum, and they don’t want to include Intelligent Design.
Unfortunately, what he’s missing is the fact that this is precisely the new strategy the Discovery Institute wants them to follow. They don’t want a repeat of the Dover trial, so they want schools to avoid pushing the button that will trigger one … in the next round of the creation wars, expect the tainted terms of creationism and ID to be carefully avoided, and “evolution” of a sort to be embraced. Their prior efforts were aimed at trying to take away the public schools’ delicious hot lunch program of slightly cheapened evolutionary biology, replacing it with tasteless bowls of hot air. Their new approach is to continue the hot lunch program, but to add shredded cow pie and syrup of ipecac to all of the food so the kids will not only avoid eating it, but will develop an aversion.
The Texas Board of Education is down with this program.
Expect them to start recommending the addition of the DI’s godawful new textbook, Explore Evolution, to the Texas curriculum any time now. McLeroy will stand up there all wide-eyed and innocent, protesting that he just wants to be fair and teach the strengths and weaknesses (the new code phrase) of evolution, all as his excuse to teach bad science to the kids.
Texas is doomed after all. Unless, of course, Texas citizens rise up and scream bloody murder at their board members and make it clear that they will evict supporters of bad biology at the next election.