Here's the live blog from Texas Freedom Network and here's the back story Sam posted previously.\r\n\r\nThanks to Phil for the heads up!
A 7-7 vote…yikes.
Seriously. Great news, but this isn’t going to be enough to even make the cretinists take a step back.
Thanks for posting this Rebecca. I haven’t been able to keep my head above water at work today; and on a day I really want to be following this story.
Sheesh, I need to win the lottery.
I doubt it would either, but I’m still happy that they didn’t get it this time.
One thing that baffles me: How is it that the Texas State School Board of Education actually have members who actually voted for creationism? I mean were they seriously stupid and not know what the difference between facts and fairy tales are or were they just bamboozled by the creationist advocates? If it is the former, how the heck do these guys keep their job?
You’ve never been to a red state before, have you?
Being a Texan, this is a huge concern of mine. I wish I had time to discuss it fully with you. Maybe I’ll check back in when I get a free moment, and I can tell you all I know about the board members and the voters who keep electing them.
@Sam Ogden: Nope. I’m not from the US of A (unfortunately). I am planning to move to the US one day.
I’m afraid the headline’s not quite right. The Texas School Board didn’t vote *for* anything. They just failed to get enough votes to implement a creationist curriculum.
@Sunny Ng: Just so you know, the board members who voted for the creationist curriculum weren’t bamboozled by anyone, they *are* creationists.
And the beat goes on.
This wasn’t a victory. It was a minimally successful holding action. Better than seeing the creationists ram it through, and that is appreciated, but it’s not a vindication of science, not by a country mile.
Bad news. Phil just blogged about a disturbing (but unsurprising) development:
Don’t get too excited just yet…this was a preliminary vote of a subcommittee, and there were several egregiously anti-science amendments inserted to biology and earth science curricula. The vote that really counts is on Friday. We are hopeful we can get some of these bad amendments removed, and the vote to keep out “strengths and weaknesses” will definitely go our way.
Steve Schafersman is live blogging the whole thing at http://www.chron.com/commons/readerblogs/evosphere.html, and I’m also making notes over at http://poopchucker.blogspot.com.
Paul @ Texas Citizens for Science.
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