Creationists Hijack Texas Biology Book Approval to Review “Errors” on Evolution

creationistThe wackos in the state of Texas have struck again.  Creationists in Texas have apparently delayed the signing off on new biology books to be used in high schools until “errors” involving evolution can be reviewed by experts.

This doesn’t mean the book is blocked; basically, this is just an attempt by three board members to delay the inevitable.  The book published by one of the nation’s largest publishers, Pearson, will make its way into Texas’ high schools.  The approval of these text books isn’t a question of if—but when.

What happens is publishers from around the country submit textbooks to be reviewed by panels of volunteers, who were appointed by other individuals with positions of higher power in Texas.  Many of those with the power to appoint these panels are extreme social conservatives — and you know what that means, right?

People who believe that creationism should be taught along with science, and that climate change is really just God’s wrath against homosexuality.

Thankfully these major textbook publishers aren’t controlled by a bunch of religious right-wing wackos.  They chose to ignore the calls by these creationists to publish textbooks that would place the situation that led to Noah’s Ark right next to the melting of the polar ice caps.

The decision by these publishers to not give in to the ridiculous requests by those who reject proven science undoubtedly angered those who do not live among the sane.

So what they’ve decided to do was wait until the last possible minute to vote on a series of science books, while requesting a delay for the biology book citing some asinine argument about the exact time frame it took the Earth to cool.  Basically, they’re arguing that they want experts to better inform them of the scientific data behind the cooling of the Earth because there seems to be some discrepancies from enough scientists disputing whether or not the Earth cooled 4 billion years ago — or 4.2 billion.

Yup, that’s basically their “argument.”

It’s such a ridiculous move that even many Republicans have called these actions preposterous.

Thomas Ratliff, a Republican from East Texas said:

“To ask me, a business degree major from Texas Tech University, to distinguish whether the Earth cooled 4 billion years ago or 4.2 billion years ago for purposes of approving a textbook at 10:15 on a Thursday night is laughable.  I believe this process is being hijacked, this book is being held hostage to make political changes.”

That’s exactly what this is.  It’s a group of creationists who got ignored by these publishing companies, so out of spite. they’re delaying the approval of this biology book based on nothing more than some political maneuvering that many of the people within their own party don’t even believe.

It’s an absolute embarrassment, but I’ve come to expect nothing less when talking about the insane lengths creationists will go to in order to “prove” a point.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • zedinbc

    One of the many problems inherent in this story is that the idea of “creation” has been hijacked by nuts who inspire contempt and dismissal in a blanket sort of way. Actually, there is no conflict between science, evolution, and intelligent design when all the various players who lay claims to evidence and truth get their heads out of whichever box they’ve stashed their brains in. Lots of intelligent, educated “believers” have no problem with science, evolution, the Bible, creation and/or mother nature. Lumping them in the “creationists” category does a disservice to general discussions about reliable evidence and reasonable conclusions based on that evidence.

    • polliwogg

      “Intelligent design” is simply creationism in a new suit. It has no business being taught in any science class.

      • Lee

        Indeed, since Intelligent Design deals with the spiritual element of man’s existence, and isn’t by nature a scientifically provable entity, since it deals with higher levels of human consciousness outside of the third dimension we inhabit.

  • critthinker

    Actually, Mr. Clifton is one of those educated “believers” which apparently you (zedinbc) ascribe to as well. You can rationalize all you want, but current science and evolution theories completely break any connection to the Bible and intelligent design. You are simply not examining the evidence and applying any critical thinking skills to the preposterous and unverifiable claims in your religion to the same standards you require in the all other disciplines of life and its realities. You are putting religion in a special box because you simply want to believe it.

    • zedinbc

      My comment had nothing to do with “religion”. I have no argument against evolutionary evidence, which by itself has nothing to do with conclusions for or against the existence of “God”. But I will say that evidence of “design” is overwhelming, obvious, and everywhere regardless of anyone’s theories of how it occurred.

      • Midwestmom

        What is the evidence for design? So far, I have heard no plausible and scientifically proven evidence for Intelligent Design. And, if your great and powerful OZ did design, then he’s not very intelligent, and nature is filled with flaws.

      • zedinbc

        Critiquing “OZ” as you imagine it is another discussion. If you can account for the countless billions of lifeforms, how they’re put together, how they work in ecosystems, (etc etc), the design of an eyeball, the perfection of a whale in its element (etc etc) as somehow the product of blind chance arising out of nothing then you are far more prone to fantasy than I am. If you subscribe to the “Big Bang” theory, then you have as yet not managed to come up with an explanation for the origin or cause of the “Bang”, the existence of its essential elements, or the orderly and predictable way in which chain reactions happened. If you stop thinking at the point where you have issues with “religion” (everyone has issues with this), then you haven’t thought long or hard enough.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        as witnessed by fire ants,,,,,,,, glenn beck,,,,,,,,,,, rap “music” and plastic breast implants

      • Lee

        There is certainly a spiritual element of man’s existence, but the spiritual realm and higher levels of consciousness are foreign to the concrete, physical elements of the third dimension which we physically inhabit. This is the realm of science.

        I am a Rosicrucian, btw, and I think the Evangelicals are crazy loons. Rosicrucians study the actual nuts and bolts of human spirituality.

      • Gary Smith

        You’re right about evolution — and scientific inquiry in general — not speaking to the existence or lack thereof of a creator. But you’re wrong about “intelligent design”. There is no legitimate evidence of it, overwhelming or otherwise. What “evidence” exists is simply tortured misinterpretations of facts by people with little-to-no understanding of the big picture mechanisms of the evolutionary process.

      • zedinbc

        Where does evolutionary process come from? What accounts for a hawk’s eyeball? The process is a way of observing what happened to produce the eyeball. The actual fact of the eye, whatever process achieved it, is evidence of design, since every feature of the eye is for a purpose particular to a hawk. Blind, random chance over “millions and millions of years” in a hit and miss, survival of the fittest crap shoot might account for some things, but doesn’t address the underlying fact that the “web of life” on this planet is intricate beyond our comprehension, or even our ability to observe and record it all. To conclude that all this is the result of haphazard chaos/chance is a stretch. A great many respected scientists have figured this much out.

      • JoPa Mi

        We don’t know some things. Therefore everything is intelligently designed. Seems legit.

      • RioBiologist

        Natural selection. Any advantage that gives an organism the ability to reproduce and pass on its advantageous mutation and outcompete everyone else.

      • Pipercat

        The evolution of this straw man is definitely created by some kind of design…

      • Lee

        Insects and fossilized dinosaurs. There you go.

      • Jim Bean

        You’ve obviously thought about this much harder than they have (or can). So much of what is around us exists only because it was created by man. To assume that everything else that is around us is just the result of a kazillion coincidences is just . . . well . . . anti-intellectual.

      • Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid

        Why are we even having this stupid debate? Mitt Romney says all the people and animals were brought here from the planet Xenu. End of story. Except the blacks. Mormons don’t believe in black people.

        CORRECTION: Mormons began believing in black people post-1978. So…that’s settled.

      • Hayden Sanford

        evolution works from the bottom up,creationism from the top down. As the evolutionary process moves up, the organisms become more and more complex, hence the intricate web of life you question is explained!

      • Lee

        It’s not something that can be proven by the Scientific Method, but Intelligent Design is certainly a twisted misinterpretation by Evangelical zealots who have a very obvious motivation and bias.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        GOD? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! religion? ( SEE” voodoo/superstition) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, GOD si NOT anyone who “walked” on this planet– GOD is simply WHAT IS: and no scumbag human crybaby religious trash can truly identify OR define that which is so vast

      • artdude102

        If there is a “design / designer” what does it say about said designer that the product is extremely faulty being biologically delicate, easily broken, can only exist within a narrow temperature range, lives for a fleeting moment, and easily taken down by much smaller-even microscopic- creatures. Not a real good “design” if you ask me. In fact it’s down right horrible. Who can we speak to about upgrades and improvements because the current design sucks? Any hypothesis on that?

      • iseewhatyouaredoing

        This of course assumes that it was designed for humans. Maybe it was designed just right and we are abusing our place in it. By the way, I believe in God and evolution.

      • Lee

        Bear in mind that these descriptions come solely from the human mind.

      • Lee

        “Design” is a very vague word. “Creation” may be a more accurate word that communicates the spiritual element of life, outside of a rigid Evangelical Christian context.

      • John Dafesh

        God designed Cancer, Aids , All viruses, War,Hate, Greed, Famine, Earthquakes, Deadly Storms, mass extinctions,and part of the beauty of his design of having 6.6 million children under 5 years old die every year and the ones not baptized under the christian church will burn in hell for eternity! God is Great i Love Him! What a great designer!

  • Lee

    Can’t wait to see a blue Texas! Its coming. Then vote out Rick Scott in FL. Two essential old school bastions of the GOP will fade into history with the GOP’s dying demographic.

  • J.J.

    Creationist will eventually evolve into thinking human beings.

    • Lee

      It may take a few glacial shifts, but eventually it has to happen. Then, what happens to smart people? Do we get massively large skulls for our incredible brains?

  • John Dafesh

    God designed Cancer, Aids , All viruses, War, Hate, Greed, Famine,
    Earthquakes, Deadly Storms, mass extinctions,and part of the beauty of
    his design of having 6.6 million children under 5 years old die every
    year & the ones not baptized under the christian church will burn in
    hell for eternity! God is Great i Love Him ! What a great designer !

    • Jim Bean

      I’m agnostic. Your points are good ones. They’re irrelevant to this discussion, unfortunately.

      • John Dafesh

        Apparently was talking to someone but they deleted their comment so I sound out of place lol

  • Jim Bean

    When someone provides irrefutable evidence explaining why and how the human race experienced so many ‘evolutionary’ advances over the past million years while none of the other millions of species did, I’ll give up the prospect of outside intervention.

    • James Donald Bishop

      Please provide irrefutable evidence that no other species have had evolutionary advances in the past million years.

      • Jim Bean

        When’s the last time you saw an opossum driving a car?

      • Hayden Sanford

        Great proof…I guess climate change isn’t happening because it was cold this past winter! Also I looked at my clock for ten seconds and I didn’t see the hour hand move, it must be broken!!!!

  • Robb Warwick

    Humans are all idiots, fighting over things that matter not to less inteligent subspecies.