Online Creationist Textbook Proposed in Texas


An online biology textbook up for approval by the Texas State Board of Education is drawing fire from scientific and education groups for tacitly pushing creationism. Created by the obscure, New Mexico-based International Databases LLC, the textbook seeks to justify the existence of a higher being while avoiding direct mention of God or the Bible. The Texas Freedom Network, which monitors the religious right in Texas, said in a press release that its adoption by the SBOE would be “a shocking leap backward.”

The textbook’s “Origin of Life” chapter details lab experiments that have failed to create life from inorganic materials, concluding that there is a huge gap between “life” and “non-life” (as crudely illustrated in the photo at right). But from there it makes the considerable leap that biological explanations for the origin of life are discredited. “[T]he legitimate scientific hypothesis,” it argues, is that “life on Earth is the result of intelligent causes.”

The notes to teachers accompanying the chapter leave little doubt that pushing a belief in God is the ultimate goal:

[A]t the end of the instructional unit on the Origin of Life students should go home with the understanding that a new paradigm of explaining life’s origins is emerging from the failed attempts of naturalistic scenarios. This new way of thinking is predicated on the hypothesis that intelligent input is necessary for life’s origins.

Of course, this is far from the first attempt to insert creationism into Texas classrooms; the issue has often been a cause célèbre for right-wing members of the State Board of Education, as well as Republican state legislators. The SBOE will vote on adopting the new science curriculum materials in July.

Annnnnd I’m back to hating Texas.

  1. ihadastalkerandmadeanewaccount reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah and added:
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  4. pathos-logos-ethos reblogged this from helvetebrann and added:
    Texas is a nice enough place… to be from, it just means you were smart enough to leave.
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  6. whenitstrikesme reblogged this from savagemike and added:
    Grr… looks like I get to finally finish the post I started long ago on how fucked up Texas SBOE and McLeroy are.
  7. breanieswordvomit reblogged this from helvetebrann and added:
    Well if we are going to teach our kids about fantasy then their class schedule should include Witchcraft & Wizadry...
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  9. savagemike reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah and added:
    The “god of the gaps” is so ridiculous. Every time science fills a gap, religion now sees 2 gaps, and says god’s in...
  10. kenlink89 said: There was this social experiment which can be found on YouTube where actors attacked a gay couple. Texas defended the couple more than new Yorkers who thought it wasn’t their business. Texas isn’t that bad but like all states, needs improvement
  11. reasonoverreligion said: Your comment of “and back to hating texas”, made me snort and choke on my coffee. :)
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  14. healerirl said: Why did you ever stop hating Texas? xD
  15. ellevish reblogged this from helvetebrann and added:
    Hey. We’re not all that bad. Just our government, really. Well, our school board.
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