When one has heart disease, one generally consults with a cardiologist, if it is cancer then the obvious person to turn to is an oncologist. That’s the way it is in the real world, maybe not in Texas, in Texas perhaps one seeks a faith healer for these serious diseases.
The Texas State School Board is reviewing new biology text books and on the review panel is a business man who has a degree in chemical engineering and another man who is a dietician. Both are, of course “creationists” who have said that “creation science based on biblical principles should be incorporated into every biology book that is up for adoption.”
State Board chair Barbara Cargill has come to the defense of the two panelists, claiming that there were no biologists or biology teachers available for the job.
Not so, says Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, who points out that of the 183 people who applied or were nominated by board members 140 were teachers, the majority of them having had experience teaching biology.
“They might be well-qualified in their own professional fields,” Quinn said. “But they are no more qualified to review biology textbooks than a biologist would be qualified to review a mathematics or engineering textbook.”
Some of the biology teachers did make it onto the panel of 28 individuals appointed to review the biology texts, but most were passed over for the chemical engineer, the dietician and other various engineering fields — many of who have an agenda to promote the teaching of “creation science.”
Watch Cargill’s lame attempt to justify these choices below.