‘Worst Person in the World’ – Texas Edition

Popular MSNBC host Keith Olbermann turned his withering gaze to Texas last Friday, excoriating Governor Rick Perry for even considering public school-hater Cynthia Dunbar for chair of the state’s Board of Education. Dunbar’s outlandish comments landed the governor the top spot on Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” list.

You won’t want to miss this video.

Though the timing is a bit unfortunate — since Gov. Perry passed over Dunbar and appointed Gail Lowe as the new chair last Friday — the larger issue this clip highlights remains salient. The Texas State Board of Education continues to make national headlines for all the wrong reasons. The serious toll on textbooks and curriculum aside, the damage to the state’s national image is impossible to deny at this point. The embarrassment the actions of this board and those on it have brought to Texas over these past few years has been a PR disaster for the state.

5 thoughts on “‘Worst Person in the World’ – Texas Edition

  1. Talk about looking like an incompetant dufus…

    That one should be on the evening news.

  2. Evolution is a fact. Man-made global warming is a fact. The bible is a fairy tale.

  3. There are certain facts people need to be aware of in the 21st centurt, in order to be literate functional members of society. I want people to know that mental disorders are due to chemical imbalances in the brain (as opposed to possesion by demons), that many diseases are caused by bacteria (as opposed to punishment by god), that the diversity of organisms on the planet is due to a process called evoloution, that people are varied culturally, and no one culture can claim superiority over another (there are no absolutes). I want the religious right to keep their hands off public education. If they want a religious state, then they can go buy some island somewhere, start a theocracy, and have the christian version of the taliban. But not here. If we are to maintain freedom of religion, then we must have freedom from religion. It is simple, separation of church and state.