Today we continue our review of the nonsense we heard from the far right in 2009. Some quotes defy attempts to categorize. So let's just say these are, well, just plain kooky. (Click here to see crazy quotes from the right about science and science education this year.) “Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here? ... Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?” -- State Rep. Betty Brown, R-Terrell, speaking to a representative of the Organization of Chinese Americans during testimony on a voter identification bill in the Texas Legislature, Houston Chronicle,April 9, 2009…… Read More

by TFN

With the new year approaching, it's worthwhile to remember what we've heard from the religious right in 2009. We will start today where we began the year: with the religious right's efforts to undermine science education by watering down instruction on evolution in public school science classrooms. "Jeffrey Dahmer Believed in Evolution.'” -- The subject line of a widely circulated e-mail attacking the teaching of evolution in Texas public schools and suggesting that learning about evolution led Dahmer, an infamous serial murderer, to kill and cannibalize 17 boys, TFN Insider, February 2, 2009 “I disagree with these experts. Somebody’s gotta stand up to experts that are… I don’t know why they’re doing it." -- Texas State Board of Education Chairman Don McLeroy, R-College Station, in a rambling defense of the creationist arguments he used to attack evolutionary theory during the final debate over new public school science curriculum standards, TFN Insider, March 27, 2009…… Read More


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