Things are looking up in Texas.

There are a couple good stories out of Texas.  First, a Texas judge who was elected as a Republican is running for election, this time as a Democrat.  He explained his reasoning in a video:

Some of the highlights include:

“Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination.  Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake, I have not left the Republican party. It left me.”

And:

“I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office, rather than disqualifying them.  I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that will provide healthcare to millions of people throughout our country.”

Good for him.

In other good news, every textbook publisher is refusing to cave to the Texas Board of Education with regard to diluting evolution and global warming:

The Texas Freedom Network, a nonpartisan watchdog, released a statement Thursday, Oct. 17, declaring “All 14 publishers are refusing to water down or compromise instruction on evolution and climate change in their proposed new high school biology textbooks.”

The following is from a press release issued by the Texas Freedom Network announcing the news:

Materials submitted to the Texas Education Agency and examined by the Texas Freedom Network and university scientists show that publishers are resisting pressure to undermine instruction on evolution in their proposed new high school biology textbooks for public schools.

“This is a very welcome development for everyone who opposes teaching phony science about evolution in our kid’s public schools,” Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller said. “Texas parents can applaud these publishers for standing up to pressure from politicians and activists who want to put their personal beliefs ahead of giving Texas students a 21st-century science education.”

If no publisher is willing to sell themselves out to get an edge in that market, the Texas BoE has just lost all its power.  Hooray academics having integrity.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Zinc Avenger

    An interesting experiment to see if sanity can be elected in Texas.

    • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

      And Wendy Davis is running for governor! She almost certainly won’t win, but she’s running. If she can get a substantial minority of votes (say, 40%+), I think that would be great for the Democratic party in Texas.

  • Ricker

    Hurray for the textbook publishers!! It’s good to see reason taking a stand.

  • baal

    While I think it’s honorable to leave the (R) and find moderate solutions (that are based on actually checking your results) are usually good ones. On the other hand, as the number of seats is fixed, it’s a zero sum game. One more moderate means one less liberal. I’d like to see an actual liberal voice out there with liberal ideas also in the market place.


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