During their first televised debate Thursday night, the four Republican candidates to become the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas unanimously agreed that public school science curriculums needed less science and more God.
Late last month, state Board of Education members adopted new high school science books that include full coverage of evolution without the disclaimers sought by social conservatives and other critics of Charles Darwin’s theory.
While none of the lieutenant governor candidates mentioned the board’s decision, three — [Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples] — blasted teaching only evolution as a form of “political correctness.” They linked it to what they described as a broader moral decline.
“The breakup of the family in this country has started when we took God out of the classroom,” said Patrick, a radio talk show host.
“As a Christian, certainly creationism should be taught,” said Staples, a former state legislator.
[Lt. Gov. David] Dewhurst, who is seeking a fourth term, agreed.
“It’s a fair discussion to expose students to both sides and let them make the decision with the advice and counsel of their parents,” he said.
Patterson said the country has gone too far in deleting religious instruction from government institutions such as schools. A 1987 U.S. Supreme Court ruling banned teaching of creationism in science classes.
“We need to go back to those things that made this country great,” he said.
Who knew ignorance made our country great?
God, that’s embarrassing. Even for Texas.
The whole conversation evoked the unforgettable moment from 2007 when three Republican candidates for President admitted they didn’t accept evolution:
By the way, if you’d like to fight back, consider donating to Democratic gubernatorial candidate (and filibuster-er extraordinaire) Wendy Davis or her running mate State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (before science suffers even more).