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Far Left Activist Group Seeks to Gut Texas Science Standards

In Texas, the far-left activist organization Texas Freedom Network is working overtime to try to gut the state's science standards. This week the Texas State Board of Education holds their regularly scheduled meeting and it seems the TFN will try and whip up a mob to lobby the board when they discuss the proposed update of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science.

TFN is parading a push-poll survey of scientists they did recently. They emailed over 1,000 scientists and science professors at Texas universities and less than half replied. Still, TFN is trumpeting that of the replies they did get, nearly all were in complete lock step with the Darwin-only lobby.

As Casey Luskin pointed out in an interview with the Star-Telegram:

"It's a self-selecting survey," Luskin said. "There's a well-documented culture of intimidation that makes scientists uncomfortable expressing their doubts about Darwinism. This just serves to reinforce that climate of intimidation."
Of course, it really isn't safe in Texas to speak out against Darwin. Just ask Professor Bob Marks at Baylor, whose lab was shut down by Darwinists who didn't like what he was researching. Can you imagine any scientist who doubts Darwin responding honestly to a survey like this in such a climate?

I'm not saying that there are a majority of scientists who doubt Darwin in Texas. But the minority is a silent one for sure, thanks to left-wing advocacy groups like Texas Freedom Network.