Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller, in an opinion column about the adoption of new science textbooks for Texas public schools this year.
Texans should send a clear message to board members: Stop putting politics ahead of the education of our schoolchildren. It’s high time the State Board of Education started listening to teachers and experts about what our children should learn in order to be prepared for college and the jobs of the 21st century.
Karen Beathard, a member of the biology review panel, explaining her comment to publishers on an official review document that “creation science based on biblical principles should be incorporated into every biology book.”
Any statements made were my own personal beliefs.
Ron Wetherington, an anthropology professor at Southern Methodist University, speaking at a State Board of Education hearing on proposed science textbooks for the state’s public schools.
I ask you not to let Texas once again become a national embarrassment.
Former Texas State Board of Education Chair Don McLeroy, speaking at the SBOE’s public hearing on the proposed new science textbooks publishers submitted for approval.
Support the Bible, and adopt these books.
The Houston Chronicle editorial board, calling on the Texas State Board of Education to ensure that textbook reviewers have proper credentials.
Religious freedom demands that church and state remain separate. Educational rigor demands that qualified reviewers set Texas’ textbook standards. Texans should demand that the SBOE stick to the straight and narrow of scientific consensus. We’ve had enough.
Pope Francis, saying that the Catholic Church must shake off an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality and become more merciful or risk the collapse of its entire moral edifice “like a house of cards”.
Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free. It is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person.