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Texas: science curriculum director forced to resign for questioning Intelligent Design

Did these morons in the Lone Star State not see the Nova documentary (“Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial“) the other day on the legal ass-whipping ID received in the case of the Dover, PA school board? It’s more likely they don’t care that the truth is out there that intelligent design is not science or a scientific alternative to the theory of evolution. (Houston Chronicle):

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.

…TEA officials declined to comment Wednesday on the personnel matter, but they explained their recommendation to fire Comer in documents obtained by the Austin American-Statesman through the Texas Public Information Act.

Ms. Comer’s e-mail implies endorsement of the speaker and implies that TEA endorses the speaker’s position on a subject on which the agency must remain neutral,” the officials said.

What is there to remain neutral about? ID isn’t science. This nonsense has to stop. In the Dover case a clear link was proven between proponents of creationism and the genesis of ID theory, illustrated quite amusingly when a document expert, brought in to deconstruct the ID-based textbook Of Pandas and People was given access to all the draft versions of the tome. It was shown that the word “creationists” in one draft was simply searched-and-replaced to “intelligent design proponents” in the subsequent draft. It was done in so systematic a manner that it wasn’t even proofread and an errant swap was found in the text — “creationists” became “cdesign proponentsists.”

A clip on the Nova special is below. Watch the entire program here.

And the ID proponents in Texas also need to see this clip of a complete smackdown of the completely bogus ID theory about The Bacterial Flagellum (Terrance posted on this), which was served up at the trial as “proof” that things occur in nature that are so complex that they had to be created by a supernatural “designer” rather than evolve over time. It’s after the jump.

Even with the evidence blowing away ID, it’s clear that in Texas, a reality-based head of the state’s science department cannot stand up to the pressure of people who want to have their heads in the sand because they cannot reconcile science with the beliefs of fundies, so they are hell-bent on punishing those who want to teachers in Texas to instruct kids in matters of science, not play politics.

“This just underscores the politicization of science education in Texas,” said Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education. “In most states, the department of education takes a leadership role in fostering sound science education. Apparently TEA employees are supposed to be kept in the closet and only let out to do the bidding of the board.”


* Irreducible Complexity, Reduced

Hat tip, Jill.

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