The Year in Quotes: The Texas SBOE

by TFN

It’s time for our annual review of what we heard from the far right over the past year. We’ll start with some of the nonsense uttered by members of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) in 2010.

“One of the first real breaches of limited government was public education.”

— SBOE member Don McLeroy, R-College Station, in a debate with his election opponent Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, BurkaBlog, Texas Monthly, February 17, 2010

“I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state. I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.”

— SBOE member David Bradley, R-Beaumont Buna, New York Times, March 12, 2010

“Conservatives on our board are the only ones—the Christian conservatives—that are able to sit there and to think for themselves and say, well, wait. Is this really good policy? Should we just trust what’s being brought to us? Should we just rubber-stamp it?”

— Departing SBOE member Don McLeroy, speaking last week on a PBS program about the controversy over social studies curriculum standards in Texas, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, April 30, 2010

“In Texas we have certain statutory obligations to promote patriotism and to promote the free enterprise system. There seems to have been a move away from a patriotic ideology. There seems to be a denial that this was a nation founded under God. We had to go back and make some corrections.”

— Departing SBOE member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, on the board’s adoption of controversial new social studies curriculum standards, Washington Post, June 14, 2010

“This is important because leftist thinking and reasoning calls for a radical transformation of our country. Their godless, left-wing culture has taken over the mainstream media and the university. Thousands of professors have converted our universities into left-wing secular seminaries. And, for the last two years, with the help of their young converts, these so-called experts have taken over our national government!”

— Departing SBOE member Don McLeroy, in a speech to the Bastrop County Tea Party, TFN Insider, October 29, 2010

“If you sit on the mental health commission, do you have to be retarded? If you sit on the [Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission], do you have to be a drunk?”

— SBOE member David Bradley, arguing that managing the $23 billion Permanent School Fund — a responsibility of the SBOE — shouldn’t require any expertise in finance. Texas Tribune, February 1, 2010

“If Ms. Berlanga, whose only criteria is skin color, had the votes, she would name us ‘the Hispanic Education Agency.'”

— SBOE member David Bradley, criticizing fellow board member Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi, for trying to ensure that new social studies curriculum standards include more information on the contributions of Latinos in Texas and American history, Houston Chronicle, March 13, 2010

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