The Year in Quotes: Science

by TFN

The religious right continued its relentless assault on science and science education in 2010. Unfortunately, even elected public officials expressed support for promoting personal beliefs over sound science in our children’s public schools. Let’s take a look at some of what we heard from the right on science over the past year. Click here other quotes from the religious right in 2010.

“I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution. The State Board of Education has been charged with the task of adopting curriculum requirements for Texas public schools and recently adopted guidelines that call for the examination of all sides of a scientific theory, which will encourage critical thinking in our students, an essential learning skill.”

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in response to a question about his stance on creationism being taught in public schools, San Angelo Standard-Times, September 11, 2010

“[Y]ou need to know that for our opponents, nothing makes sense except in the light of evolution. The great story coming out of Texas is that their spell has been broken. We have ended the dogmatic teaching of evolution, and we have restored the founders’ idea of a Creator.”

— Don McLeroy, Texas State Board of Education member and former board chair, discussing his departure from the board. McLeroy was defeated in the primary election for his seat earlier this year, but he warns: “You haven’t seen the last of Don McLeroy.” Texas Tribune, November 17, 2010

“We let them teach evolution to our children, but I think all of us sitting up here on this School Board believe in creationism. Why can’t we get someone with religious beliefs to teach creationism?”

— David Tate, member of local Louisiana school board, agreeing with his district’s director of curriculum that the district should begin teaching creationism in science classes, The Advocate (Baton Rouge), July 24, 2010

“We don’t want litigation, but why not take a stand for Jesus and risk litigation.”

— David Tate, a Louisiana school board member who proposed teaching creationism in his district’s classrooms, The Advocate (Baton Rouge), August 1, 2010

“Well, then why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?”

— Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, after calling evolution a “myth” on Bill Maher’s 1990s-era show Politically Incorrect. Maher has vowed to show a new clip of her making wacky statements every week until she comes on his show again, Talking Points Memo, September 24, 2010

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