Thursday, May 7, 2009
People tell me I’m far too hard on Texas. They say I just don’t understand the soul and character of the state and the strikingly independent nature of the people who call Texas home.
Perhaps so. Which brings me to staunch creationist and Texas State Board of Education member Barbara Cargill, who, during a recent hearing on science standards for Texas school children, threw science out the window and said the age of the Universe was up for vote.
Ms. Cargill suggests the established science of astronomy should be replaced by the standards of Biblical creationism and this is what should be the taught in Texas public schools. So, as Texas marches backward to the 4th century, I suppose it’s true: I don’t understand the state or the people who run it.