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.