TX Gov names (fundamentalist?) Chair of Higher Education board

Texas Governor Rick Perry has appointed A. W. “Whit” Riter III of Tyler (TX) chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Does this have repercussions for the attempt by the Institute for Creation Research to get accreditation for its distance education masters degree program for certification for “science education” teachers?

See https://curricublog.wordpress.com/category/creationism/icr/ .

Riter seems to be a stellar citizen, committing much of his time and energy to a myriad of civic efforts.

Note, though, this “statement of faith” from the church in which he serves as a member of its “Stewardship Board“:

We Believe:

Complete Inspiration of Scripture

1.  In the verbal, complete inspiration of the Old and New Testaments and hold them to be the inerrant Word of God, the supreme and final authority.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” – Matthew 5:17-18

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – II Timothy 3:16-17 (See also: II Peter 1:20-21; Luke 1:1-3, 16:17; John 10:35; Genesis 3:4-5)

Reviewing their site, it looks like this church is about spiritually-infused community life, more than ideological zealotry. On the other hand, this does sound like an insistence on fundamentalist biblical literalism. Does that mean Young Earth Creationism (YEC)? Let’s hope (and see to it) that this won’t dictate the State of Texas policy on Higher Education


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  1. […] in this lawsuit is “Whit” Riter (appointed Chair of the THECB by Rick Perry), who appears to be a Biblical-literalist believer in creationism, himself. Whatever be the case with Ritter, it is certainly the case that a believer in […]

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