MEET Dr Don McLeroy. He is from Texas, bullshit capital of the US.
Worryingly, McLeroy is head honcho over at the Texas Board of Education. This was what was said of him at Dr Joan Bushwell’s Chimpanzee Refuge blog back in 2007 (filed aptly under “Troglodytes at Play”):
Smiling Don, an otherwise intelligent man, has effectively seen most of his own brains leak out of his nose on a bibical tide of snot, myelin, and Lord knows what else.
Don, you see, lives in Texas, where a lot of nice folks think that it makes more sense to trust the scientific ideas of cave-dwelling apocalyptic-minded Hebrew cultists of yore rather than those of 21st-century scientists. I wonder if Don uses stone chisels when he performs root canals?
McLeroy, who is also a Sunday-school teacher, is in the news today because the Texas Board of Education is to vote this week on a new science curriculum challenging the guiding principle of evolution – a step that could ultimately influence what is taught in biology classes across the nation.
The proposed curriculum change would prompt teachers to raise doubts that all life on Earth is descended from common ancestry. Texas is such a huge textbook market that many publishers write to the state’s standards, then market those books nationwide.
Said Steven Newton, a project director at the National Center for Science Education, which promotes teaching of evolution:
This is the most specific assault I’ve seen against evolution and modern science.
The balmpot McLeroy, the board chairman, believes that God created the earth less than 10,000 years ago. If the new curriculum passes, he says he will insist that high-school biology textbooks point out specific aspects of the fossil record that, in his view, undermine the theory that all life on Earth is descended from primitive scraps of genetic material that first emerged in the primordial muck about 3.9 billion years ago.
He also wants the texts to make the case that individual cells are far too complex to have evolved by chance mutation and natural selection, an argument popular with those who believe an intelligent designer created the universe.
Will have to say that there’s a problem with evolution. We need to be honest with the kids.
But David Hillis, a biology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, snorted:
We will be teaching nonsense in the science classroom.
The Texas school board will vote after taking public testimony in a three-day meeting that starts Wednesday. McLeroy leads a group of seven social conservatives on the 15-member board.
They are opposed by a bipartisan group of seven that support teaching evolution without caveats.
Hat Tip: Matt