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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