First, let’s make clear that the Texas Freedom Network doesn’t oppose the right of parents to educate their children at home. Nor does TFN oppose the right of private organizations to invite whomever they wish to speak to members at their convention. And finally, we realize that people choose to home-school their children for many different reasons, religious and otherwise.
So with that out of the way, we do think it’s interesting to see that one of the most prominent home-school lobby groups in Texas has invited Ken Ham to be the featured speaker at its state convention Aug. 1-3 in The Woodlands near Houston. Ham, a young-Earth creationist from Australia, founded the Christian ministry Answers in Genesis. The organization seeks “to train others to develop a biblical worldview” and “to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas, and its bedfellow, a ‘millions of years old earth’ (and even older universe).”
Check out this video of Ham attacking Bill Nye (“Bill Nye the Science Guy”), a science educator, engineer, comedian and popular television host. Nye has strongly criticized teaching creationism as science:
“If you want to deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it. Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”
In his video (link above), Ham says this (and more) about Nye:
“Bill Nye also has an agenda to teach children not to believe in God, to teach them they are a result of evolutionary processes, that they came from slime over millions of years. In fact, Bill Nye really doesn’t understand science.”
So that’s who will be speaking at the Texas Home School Coalition’s convention. Of course, this isn’t too surprising. The organization and its leader, Tim Lambert, are prominent fixtures on the religious right in Texas. Sadly, their anti-science agenda will undermine the education of many home-schooled children.
Ironically, the Texas Home School Coalition’s convention will be occurring in the middle of a months-long debate at the Texas State Board of Education over what textbooks and other instructional materials should be used in the state’s public school science classrooms. The state board will take a final vote on those science materials in November. Stay tuned.