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Three of Four Republican Lt. Governor Candidates: Teach Creationism In Public Schools

by: Ben Sherman

Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 00:30 PM CST

On Thursday at a McClennan County Republican Party event, 75 percent of Republican candidates for Lt. Governor said they want one religion's interpretation of life's origin taught in Texas public schools.

Lt. Gov David Dewhurst: "I believe that in fairness we need to expose students to both sides of this. That's why I've supported including in our textbooks the discussion of the biblical account of life and creation, and I understand there are a lot of people who disagree with me, and believe in evolution."

State Sen. Dan Patrick: "Our students ... must really be confused. They go to Sunday School on Sunday and then they go into school on Monday and we tell them they can't talk about God. I'm sick and tired of a minority in our country who want us to turn our back on God."

Read what Staples and Patterson said, below the jump.

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples: "As a Christian, certainly creationism should be taught."

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson didn't mention creationism in his answer: "Show me where that's in the Constitution, because it's not in the Constitution. I see nothing wrong with standing up at least for a moment of silence, let those who wish to pray pray in their own faith. I see nothing wrong with having a prayer before a high school football game."

That's as sane as one can get in a Texas Republican primary. This is a tired, tired argument that cretins like Dewhurst, Patric and Staples have long lost. You cannot teach creationism in public schools because it (a) endorses one religion's view over others and (b) it is entirely unscientific. What these control-thirsty zealots miss is that we have a separation between church and state so that both can thrive.

Public schools should teach established facts so that students can improve their lives based on applicable knowledge. Churches should not be tied to the state since what they do is fundamentally different than governing a diverse state or nation of people with many different backgrounds. We're numbed to the insanity expressed by these three men, because it is the modus operandi of the Republican Party. But never forget that there's nothing less American than trying to force religion and government to mix.

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