Liberty Institute: Cargill Hearts Liberals

by Jose Medina

We told you that we didn’t expect the far right to take it well when they heard that students would be treated to science, and only science, in new instructional materials approved by the State Board of Education. But this we did not see this coming — the far-right embracing an entirely new standard of success for SBOE chair Barbara Cargill: pleasing us.

Yes, you read that correctly. The far right in Texas is apparently pleased that we’re pleased and hopes that we continue to be pleased.

That’s essentially what Focus on the Family’s Texas affiliate, the Liberty Institute, said when materials from publisher Holt McDougal were given the final OK earlier this month.

Liberty Institute’s lobbyist said this to the Quorum Report (paywalled article) in his latest disingenuous attempt to somehow claim victory in this debate:

“It’s great the new SBOE chair Barbara Cargill is leading the SBOE so well, that even Austin liberals are happy,” Saenz said. “Gov. Perry deserves credit as well for selecting Cargill.”


If by “Austin liberals” he means TFN and other supporters of fact-based mainstream science, then we’ll take it. To quote Oliver Twist, “Please, sir, I want some more.” Because if this new-found respect for “Austin liberals” by chairwoman Cargill means we can look forward to more outcomes like the one we just had in the science debate — when the best interests of Texas school children outweigh the personal politics of SBOE members — then sign us up. And we don’t care a lick if the Liberty Institute continues to declare victory.