Texas Republicans in Lt. Governor Race United in Push for Creationism in Public Schools

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Texas' Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls Dan Patrick, David Dewhurst, Todd Staples, and Jerry Patterson
In recent years, when conservative activists have tried to slip creationism into science textbooks adopted by Texas' State Board of Education, they have dressed it up as "intelligent design," or explained the need to teach the "weaknesses" of the theory of evolution. A Trojan horse, perhaps, and one that's been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court, but it's at least a tacit acknowledgment that teaching Genesis as science in public schools amounts to an unconstitutional establishment of religion by the state.

You'll get no such rhetorical niceties from the Republicans aiming to become Texas' next lieutenant governor. At a debate in Waco on Thursday, the Texas Tribune and The Dallas Morning News report that all four expressed support for teaching biblical creationism in public schools.

See also: Science Scores a Victory in Fight Over Texas' Biology Textbooks

Here's current Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst:

I believe that in fairness we need to expose students to both sides of this. That's why I've supported including in our textbooks the discussion of the biblical account of life and creation, and I understand there are a lot of people who disagree with me, and believe in evolution.

And State Senator Dan Patrick:

Our students ... must really be confused. They go to Sunday School on Sunday and then they go into school on Monday and we tell them they can't talk about God. I'm sick and tired of a minority in our country who want us to turn our back on God.

And Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples:

As a Christian, certainly creationism should be taught.

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Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson didn't explicitly endorse creationism, the Tribune reports, but tackled political correctness on religious issues more generally.

Show me where that's in the Constitution, because it's not in the Constitution. I see nothing wrong with standing up at least for a moment of silence, let those who wish to pray pray in their own faith. I see nothing wrong with having a prayer before a high school football game.

On a positive note, the lieutenant governor has no direct say in what Texas school children are taught.

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CitzenKim
CitzenKim

These guys are all such lightweights!  When is a true Texas Conservative going to take on the covens of witches infiltrating our school systems?

ryan762
ryan762

Why does Dewhurst claim that there are "two" sides to this? It's not like there aren't plenty of creation stories in various religions. If we need to provide equal time to religious creationism stories, why are we going to limit it to just one such story?


What does Dewhurst have against Xenu or Vishnu?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

What a bunch of stupid hick fucks.

I'm so sick and tired of this biblebook gibberish constantly being shoved down my throat.

Anybody that really believes that garbage isn't qualified for public service.


bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

I learned about science the same way I learned about sex -- on the street. I read certain books and peeked in magazines and I would sneak into museums and even visited scientists, when I could find them.

Then I saw the light. Now I live clean and get all my scientific information from GOP candidates for state office.    

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

There are biblical scholars that will happily tell you that the bible is not a book of science or a book of history. I am so hoping that these 4 seemingly educated men are just doing their politically required ass kissing of the fundamentalists. 

yankee011
yankee011

Bunch of Mullah's, how come their not wearing turbans?

luckysilverdollars
luckysilverdollars

"I'm sick and tired of a minority in our country" 


yeah we get it

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

Would you buy a used car from any of them? A new car? A donut? I see their pictures like that and I instinctively reached to make sure my wallet is still there.

plainsman1
plainsman1

Apparently these Einsteins are ignorant (probably willfully) of Edwards v. Aguillard and Kitzmiller v. Dover.

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

Ah yes here comes the elections again, Democrats and Republicans ramp up  prostituiting themselves for votes.   Such a joke our political system has become.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

And the good news is that this is all show. Every last one of them can pop up and suck off the inbred Bible-thumper vote, knowing that they don't actually have to be held accountable for getting young-earth creationism into public schools in the state. Then, every four years, they can go in front of the same crowd of xenophobic reactionaries and say "I wanted to get creationism in, but the liberal secular humanists keep fighting me! Give me more money, and I'll keep fighting them!" Works like a charm, especially when getting campaign contributions from people who obviously never read Proverbs 26:11.

NewsDog
NewsDog

It’s guys like this that make me embarrassed to tell people I consider myself a Republican.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

look, I'm a middle aged white guy too. the only thing those guys have to debate about is who was better, Journey or Styx.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Me, I'm just reminded of Bill Hicks's routine about how creationists always look unevolved. "I believe I was created by God in a single day." "Yeah, it looks like He rushed it."

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@NewsDogYou don't have to be either a Republican or a Democrat, you know. You could think, and be an independent.

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