There are some rational people in Florida, as Robyn Blumner’s column makes clear. Not only does she mock Texas for their foolish harrassment of Christine Comer, but she goes on to point out the disastrous consequences of Republican religious meddling, and that Huckabee is going to be more of the same.
Here is something scary-ignorant. Last week, the Web site ChristiaNet.com, which bills itself as “the world’s largest Christian portal,” cheered the results of a survey it took finding that half of its 1,400 Christian respondents said that dinosaurs and man roamed the Earth at the same time.
Putting aside that the schoolteachers of these people should be slapped silly, these are Huckabee’s peeps. We can’t afford to put this kind of backward thinking and scientific illiteracy in the driver’s seat again.
That also highlights one of the sources of the problem: that these Christwits are proud of their ignorance.
And speaking of Chris Comer, the TEA education commissioner, Robert Scott, has spoken up. It’s nothing new, but is what you’d expect: denial. He claims there are no litmus tests for political ideology at the TEA, and that religion is irrelevant, and that Comer had a history of personnel problems that lead to her dismissal.
Here are the concluding questions of the interview, where it all gets very confusing.
Was her advocacy of evolution over creationism an element in her dismissal?
She wasn’t advocating anything. My understanding is that the e-mail she forwarded – let me rephrase that. She wasn’t advocating for evolution. But she may have given the impression that … we were taking a position as an agency – not as an individual but as an agency – on a matter.
She wasn’t advocating for evolution, OK. So why was she called into meetings to discuss the problem of forwarding this email, and why was she pressured by human resources to quit? And what “matter” caused the problem, then? I get the impression that Mr Scott is lying clumsily to obscure the actual issues involved.
And this, of course, is a good question:
Why shouldn’t the agency advocate the science of evolution? Texas students are required to study it.
I don’t think the impression was that we were taking a position in favor of evolution. We teach evolution in public schools. It’s part of our curriculum. But you can be in favor of a science without bashing people’s faith, too. I don’t know all the facts, but I think that may be the real issue here. I can’t speak to motivation but … we have standards of conduct and expect those standards of conduct to be followed.
I don’t get the impression that the TEA is favoring evolution, either, more shame to them. The rest — accusation of faith-bashing and violated standards of conduct — is simply more desperate floundering to cover what is turning into a major gaffe by the creationists.