Religious right creationists on a statewide schoolbook review panel in Texas are very concerned that the state’s new biology textbooks don’t sufficiently debunk evolution.
And at least one reviewer wanted a special section devoted to “creation science,” suggesting of course that a religious theory is actual science.
Another reviewer was upset that the biology book mentioned fossil evidence as proof of evolution’s validity.
And, of course, they’re upset about the discussion of climate change too.
Keep in mind that these nuts, who run the Republican party in Texas, and nationally, want science textbooks to teach kids that Dino the dinosaur really did live with Fred Flintstone.
Oh yes, the creationist museum depicts the “fact” that dinosaurs lived alongside humans in peace only a few thousands years ago. Then Eve went and ate the apple, some time during the time of Cleopatra, or perhaps the Minoans in Crete, and then everything went to hell. These folks also teach that Noah had dinosaurs on the ark (yeah, I’m sure that’d have turned out well).
I’d posted a few months back a real 4th grade science test from a South Carolina “christian” school (the test was confirmed as real by Snopes):
My favorite part of the quiz was the response to the “theory” that earth is billions of years old:
Of course, the insanity isn’t just limited to Texas and South Carolina. GOP presidential candidate, and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, who already has had some issues with the truth, claimed last winter that the age of the earth is “one of the great mysteries.” Of course, it’s not a mystery – the age of the earth is 4.5 billion years. Rubio later relented and admitted that the earth is really 4.5 billion years old, but then added that it’s okay for schools to teach that it’s only 6,000 years old. Because 2016.
Then there’s Louisiana and Indiana, where voucher schools were using a textbook that claimed that “hippies” of the 1960s were draft dodgers who were rude, didn’t bathe, and worshipped Satan.
Of course, that was nothing compared to Bobby Jindla’s Louisiana, where pro-Klan textbooks teach that the majority of slaves in the south were treated well, and the Klan was a force for good:
Majority of slaves in the old south were treated well: “
A few slave holders were undeniably cruel. Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common, neither were they unknown. The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well.”—United States History for Christian Schools, 2nd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 1991
The Ku Klux Klan was a force for good:
“[The Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians.”—United States History for Christian Schools, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2001
“As an educator, parent and grandparent, I feel very firmly that creation science based on biblical principles should be incorporated into every biology book that is up for adoption.”
There’s a part of me that wants to just cave to the GOP’s religious extremists and let them turn the South into an even more embarrassing intellectual and moral backwater than it is already is. But I do realize that many southerners aren’t as hateful as the people running the show in Kentucky and Texas and Louisiana. And regardless of how messed up the leaders of the national and state Republican parties are, no child deserves to be treated to this kind of intellectual drivel.