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Aggravation of the day, from Texas

November 30, 2007

Texas official resigns, cites creationism conflict

From USA Today


The state’s director of science curriculum said she resigned this month under pressure from officials who felt she gave the appearance of criticizing the instruction of intelligent design.

The Texas Education Agency put Chris Comer on 30 days paid administrative leave in late October, resulting in what she described as a forced resignation.

The move came shortly after Comer forwarded an e-mail announcing a presentation being given by the author of Inside Creationism’s Trojan Horse. In the book, author Barbara Forrest says creationist politics are behind the movement to get intelligent design theory taught in public schools. Comer sent the e-mail to several individuals and a few online communities.

Comer, who held her position for nine years, said she believes evolution politics were behind her ousting

Sigh. Is Texas really part of the Excited States (as my friend Doc is fond of calling the US)? Oh, Yeah…the Shrub hails from there, so apparently, it is. Feh.

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  1. November 30, 2007 3:32 pm

    Not exciting reading, but Dr. Forrest testified in the Dover Trial. One of the names that came up behind the ID people is Howard Ahmanson, which as you might recall was one of the names behind the IRD, which is fascinating reading at http://www.edow.org/follow/part1.html. These people seem to want to establish the Christian United States, which will, you know, run society according to their Bibles. So don’t laugh too hard at the story from the Sudan about the teddy bear named Muham…. oops, I almost committed a sin there.

  2. episcopalifem permalink*
    November 30, 2007 3:44 pm

    Careful, careful.

    It’s sounding more and more like “A Handmaiden’s Tale” by the day….

  3. November 30, 2007 3:47 pm

    They are WAY more enlightened in Sudan. Hell, I got properly scolded just for naming a Teddy Bear: “Biff” Who’d have though I’d offend yet another religous group of paranoids.

  4. November 30, 2007 4:01 pm

    Well, I’m sure people in her position ultimately serve at the pleasure of our governor – who is a rightwing git.

    Heck, our state’s tourism office puts the motto, Texas, it’s like a whole, other country on all their material 😉 See their website for details.

    (BTW, I’m terribly fond of my home state, but like the late Molly Ivins, “I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults.”

  5. chavette permalink
    December 4, 2007 6:24 am

    I think its ridiculous that they ousted her for believing in evolution, but on the other hand, maybe teachers should be “neutral” on thorny subjects like evolution vs creationism. I mean, I wouldn’t be thrilled if she had being promoting creationism over evolution. Bias is always dangerous. But what do you think? I created a poll on the subject, vote on it here: http://www.pollsb.com/polls/poll/4270/56-year-old-texas-science-educator-fired-because-she-refused-to-be-neutral-in-debate-about-evolution

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