From the Houston Chronicle
. . . . the boy [asked] Perry about evolution.
"It's a theory that's out there. It's got some gaps in it," Perry told the boy. "In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools."
So, let me get this straight, governor: Social Security and other federal entitlements are unconstitutional. But, suddenly, religious indoctrination in public schools is just fine?
Now, sure, there are plenty of people in Texas who would like this to be so. Don McLeroy, the former head of the State Board of mis-Education, for one. He also believes dinosaurs lived alongside humans. And he eventually lost his post in 2009 after leading an embarrassing, Kansas-style attack on science standards, attempting to weaken the teaching of evolution in Texas schools.
McLeroy and others in his far-right voting bloc lost their battle, but not before making Texas a national laughingstock.
We recently had begun to lick our wounds and take pride in the fact that, just last month, the education board with several newly elected members agreed to adopt science materials backed by real science, without the drama of a Scopes Monkey Trial.
Now come the governor's comments.
I didn't know what to make of them at first. I'm one of those who still overestimates Perry, still thinks he wouldn't have gotten this far if he didn't know more than he lets on.
But does he really believe that Texas science teachers instruct kids on creationism, a Christian-based belief that a divine being created the Earth?
Does he know that teaching creationism was deemed unconstitutional decades ago by the U.S. Supreme Court? And that that's why the creationists came up with something called "Intelligent Design" - to get around the whole constitutional thing by passing their belief off as a "scientific theory"? . . .