The Week in Quotes (Jan. 27 – Feb. 2)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

Young-Earth creationist and former Texas State Board of Education chairman Don McLeroy, agreeing with the TFN Education Fund’s report on Texas public school Bible courses.

I agree with the Texas Freedom Network — I wouldn’t teach doctrine in public school.

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Author James Moore, finding sadness and hilarity in the TFN Education Fund’s new report on Bible classes in public schools.

We are a backwards-ass state in a fast-forward world. Texas is a land of contradictions. We are creating some of the planet’s most advanced technology while teaching our children that archaeology proves the Bible to be factual.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, complaining about schoolchildren who visit his office and say the U.S. Constitution is a living document.

It’s not a living document. It’s dead, dead, dead.

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State Board of Education member Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, R-Dallas, who served on the board for 26 years before losing the seat two years ago, on being back on the board.

It feels like coming home.

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Columnist Billy Hamilton, on potential private school voucher scheme legislation disguised as “tuition tax credits” at the Texas Legislature.

These tax credits aren’t just bad tax policy; they’re gimmicks — gimmicks used to conceal bad policy. Public schools don’t need gimmicks. They need the Legislature’s full support in educating the state’s children.

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  1. Charles
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Scalia is a dangerous man—not because he is conservative—but because his attitude about the constitution is so radically different from that of most of his predecessors on the high court. I think maybe it was Justice Charles Evans Hughes (correct me if I am wrong) who said that the U.S. Constitution IS what the 9 justices on the court SAY IT IS.

    Basically, Mr. Hughes was saying that the high court of his time and future times would have to face numerous cases about which the constitution says virtually or entirely nothing—yet the nation will be in great danger and fall apart if someone does not make a final and definitive decision on an issue so that everyone will be obligated to follow it.

    More often than not—that is the case these days because we have problems the framers of the U.S. Constitution could have never imagined and accounted for in their wildest dreams. The U.S. Constitution is a living document, and Injustice Scalia is just plain WRONG.

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