Speaking at a Texas Board of Education meeting this week, former board chairman, Don McLeroy, encouraged the Board to adopt the biology text under consideration because it would be the “final blow” to the teaching of evolution. Other speakers were given two minutes, but Dr. McLeroy was given ten minutes for his tirade against teaching science in a science class.
According to him this text is appropriate because, he says, “Even the units on evolution support what the Bible says.” He said that, “There are some hidden jewels in these texts just waiting to be mined by inquisitive students that can destroy evolution.” He said that the text should be accepted by the Board because the evidence for evolution is, “incredibly weak, to non-existent — and if there’s no evidence, there’s no evolution.” The good Dr. also said that the evidence presented by the book supports what the Bible says, and of course there is ample evidence to support what the Bible says, as does the world at large.
Perhaps Dr. McLeroy should do a little research and see what it is that the world at large believes about evolution versus creationism before he tells people who the whole world sees things his way. The facts do not support his stance. The truth is that the only nation where there is more skepticism about evolution than there is here in our supposedly enlightened nation is Muslim Turkey. The rest of the world has more or less accepted that evolution is indeed a fact.
McLeroy and his fellow creation “science” supporters love to say that the evidence supporting evolution is merely dogmatic and lacking in any provable facts. They completely miss the fact that they have accepted creation as a matter of dogma themselves and that no scientist is going to make an assertion based on what he wants to believe being true. To do so would be professional suicide.
The outcome in Texas would be of little importance to the rest of us if not for the fact that historically what the Texas Board adopts as standards affects the rest of the nation because of the number of texts they purchase. Publishers want that business and so they all tend to make their texts acceptable to the willfully ignorant officials in Texas who want their state’s children to be indoctrinated with religious dogma in their schools and the Constitutional prohibitions against it be damned.