All four Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls have embraced the teaching of creationism in public schools.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said in the first televised debate of the campaign Thursday night that they favor teaching that there are flaws in the theory that humans evolved from lower life forms.
Late last month, state Board of Education members adopted new high school science books that include full coverage of evolution without the disclaimers sought by social conservatives and other critics of Charles Darwin’s theory.
While none of the lieutenant governor candidates mentioned the board’s decision, three — Patrick, Patterson and Staples — blasted teaching only evolution as a form of “political correctness.” They linked it to what they described as a broader moral decline.
“The breakup of the family in this country has started when we took God out of the classroom,” said Patrick, a radio talk show host.
“As a Christian, certainly creationism should be taught,” said Staples, a former state legislator.
Dewhurst, who is seeking a fourth term, agreed.
“It’s a fair discussion to expose students to both sides and let them make the decision with the advice and counsel of their parents,” he said.
Patterson said the country has gone too far in deleting religious instruction from government institutions such as schools. A 1987 U.S. Supreme Court ruling banned teaching of creationism in science classes.
“We need to go back to those things that made this country great,” he said.
So to be clear each one of these idiots supports the idea of teaching superstitious children's stories alongside science in a school classroom.
There is NO evidence to support Creationism, and NO reputable scientist who would advocate that it be taught, and yet because of the ignorance of their constituents, one of these anti-intellectual dipshits will be nominated for the position of Lt. Governor while espousing this nonsense.
Now do you see why Wendy Davis needs to be the next governor of Texas?