In a comment on an earlier post here, Scott calls attention to a press release on a new book attacking “evo-atheists” (such as the NAS), with an endorsement by Don McLeroy, who identifies himself in the endorsement as the Chairman of the Texas State Board of Education (!)
For more on this, see “Don McLeroy, Confused Again” (2009 March 14), by Steven Schafersman, Ph.D., President of Texas Citizens for Science (on their website).
The press release is being agressively disseminated. Based on that, I’ve seen speculation that Chairman Mc might be planning to use the book to (in the words of the press release) “influence the board’s final decision on the science curriculum scheduled for March 27.”
I’d be surprised by that.
I think Chairman Mc is smarter than that.
Thinking McLeroy might try to get his recommendation removed from the Web, at least until after the March meeting, I even saved a copy of it as a pdf.
Even Chairman Mc must know this should be extremely embarrasing for his side, with their pretense of being all about (and only about) academic freedom, and better science teaching through inclusion of “both sides.”
I don’t see any sign that Chairman Mc had anything to do with posting his recommendation on the self-publishing author’s site, or blog, or anywhere else — or with the press release. The author/publisher is doing this, apparently believing that his book provides some deadly ammunition for the war they’re waging.
(My own favorite part of the book is a chapter on “evidence” in Greek art supporting the Genesis account of origins. Even Chairman Mc understands that whatever this is, it isn’t science.)
I don’t expect Chairman Mc to be saying anything about “evo-atheism,” or even about the NAS, unless something comes up that he feels a need to rebut.