Thursday, March 26, 2009
They like to say Texas is like ‘a whole other country,’ but the sad truth is, Texas exists in a different century, trapped in a time warp and run by Taliban-like religious loons vehemently opposed to science.
Case in point, the controversial Texas Board of Education this week will vote on science standards that critics say seek to cast doubt on the theory of evolution.
The board — considering amendments passed in January — will hear from the public on Wednesday. It will then take votes — an initial one Thursday and the final vote Friday.
According to Steven Newton:
“This specific attack on well-established science ignores mountains of evidence and years of research done by experts in a variety of fields.”
One amendment, critics say, undermines the idea that life on Earth derives from a common ancestry, a major principle in the theory of evolution. It calls for the analysis and evaluation of “the sufficiency or insufficiency” of the common ancestry idea to explain the fossil record.
Newton said the board is considering other amendments casting doubt on well-established ideas in the earth and space sciences, plate tectonics, radioactive decay and even how the solar system developed.