Creationist dentist and anti-science fool Don McLeroy failed to be confirmed for yet another stint as Chairman of the Texas Board of Education. The vote was along party lines, with 19 Republicans voting for and 11 Democrats (yes, we still have some in Texas) voting against, making the total two short of the 21 required. Cited reasons for the down vote were:
Divisiveness and the dsyfunctionality of the board under his leadership, leading to it becoming "the laughingstock of the nation".
Businesspeople concerned by the board's hostility to science considering leaving Texas for better schools.
McLeroy's endorsement of a book that says parents who want their kids to learn about evolution are “monsters,” scientists are “atheists,” and clergy who see no conflict between science and faith are “morons”, as well as McLeroy's comment that “Scientific consensus means nothing.”
Lack of credibility of the board under Mr. McLeroy undermining education, endless culture wars that have plagued the board, and its general divisiveness.
McLeroy's supporters by contrast, demonstrated that they are as ignorant and antagonistic towards science as he is, claiming he has a "better scientific background than most" because of his BS in engineering and his position as a dentist, "a theory is just a theory", religion is foundational to education, rejecting him would amount to a religious test for office, and that "in God we trust" applies as well in science as anywhere.
Wow. It's a nice victory, but obviously we have a long way to go. Governor Perry's next nomination is likely to be just as big an idiot, and needs to be voted down just as fervently. Further, senators Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, need to go as well for their 16th century views on the subject. Texas children deserve better.