Anti-science zealots can be pretty (unintentionally) comical. The Austin American-Statesman published an article today (behind a paywall) about Responsive Education Solutions charter schools teaching junk science that attacks evolution and promotes creationism as a valid scientific alternative. The article prompted one right-wing activist to claim in an online screed this morning:
“Libs bullying to force evolution into Texas schools”
Liberals are “forcing” evolution into Texas schools? Golly, next thing you know some folks will want Texas students to learn about gravity and how Earth revolves around the sun instead of the other way around.
Actually, the state’s curriculum standards — adopted by those crazy liberals on the State Board of Education – require that students learn about evolution in their science classrooms.
As for the “bullying” claim, she’s upset when groups like the Texas Freedom Network point out that teaching creationism as an alternative to evolution in public schools science classrooms is essentially lying to students. It’s also unconstitutional, meaning those public schools and the taxpayers who support them are at risk of lawsuits.
In fact, today’s Statesman article notes that our friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State already plan to send cease-and-desist letters to the Responsive Ed schools, which receive millions of dollars in public funding.