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In Texas, Here Comes the Rain Again

Like rain dancers, Darwinists in Texas are busily engaging in political cloud seeding, trying to whip up a storm of controversy about science education. As usual they mistakenly equate creationism with intelligent design, knowing full well that the two are very different.

The drum beat of these evolutionary rain makers started up last summer when the Dallas Morning News published a thumb-sucker of a story about the majority of the state board of education's oppostion to inserting ID into Texas science classes. Even though it was clear that no one was proposing inserting ID into the curriculum, all of sudden Darwinists began chanting that the sky was falling. Throughout the fall they picked up the tempo, constantly, falsely claiming that there was an effort to revise Texas science standards to include ID. (And not just in Texas, they're dancing their pants off in Florida as well.)

Now, half a year further on and still no plans to insert ID into the curriculum, the Darwinist rain dancers are feverishly increasing their claims Texas students will soon be subjected to the theory in their science classrooms.

Friday, the Austin American Statesman published yet another of their weekly anti-ID opinion piece. This one reads like a big science encyclical. The writers are the heads or past heads of the Texas academy on science, and as such are trying to end all debate over ID and Darwinism by claiming there is no debate because ID is not science. As usual they simply throw their weight around as the establishment to bully everyone into line with their dogmatic Darwin only agenda.

They aren't just rain dancers though. Turns out they're prophets of doom and gloom, as well. If their arrogant insistence that there are no scientific critiques of Darwinian evolution isn't enough to get you in line, well then they will scare you into adherence to the Darwin party platform. Indeed to hear them tell it, the very future of mankind depends on silencing proponents of ID.

The future of the world, our nation and the State of Texas hinges on continued breakthroughs in science, engineering and medicine as we face challenges in providing adequate supplies of energy and water, a clean environment, health care, and economic competitiveness. To meet these challenges, it is necessary to continue to attract the best minds to Texas and to provide our children with rigorous and challenging scientific training. Anything that diminishes the rigor of the education of the youth of Texas or our ability to recruit the best talent creates a great risk to the State and limits our contribution to protecting the nation from the "Gathering Storm".
"The Gathering Storm" metaphor, comes from the first volume of Winston Churchill's history of WWII. The title referred to the rise of National Socialism. Incredibly, leading Texas scientists are now comparing us to Nazis.

As for science education, we would advocate that in Texas, as elsewhere, students would be best served to learn more about evolution, including the scientific evidence that challenges the theory. That's a far cry from teaching intelligent design.

No serious participants in this debate are proposing that ID be mandated in Texas schools. The members of the state board of education have made this clear. But, the rain makers continue their dance, trying to whip up a storm where there is none.

Typical Darwinists, trying to make something out of nothing.