Monday, July 06, 2009

If you thought Don McLeroy was bad for public education in Texas ...

Then this news might make you spill your coffee over your keyboard as you choke on it. Texas crackpot governor Rick Perry is now pushing Cynthia Dunbar (R-Richmond), who's widely known for her incredible godbot-ness, having written the book One Nation Under God, and has openly said she despises public education, for the chairman of the Texas State Board of Education.

Yeah, putting her in charge of the very establishment she openly hates sounds like a very good idea to me, too.

“It would certainly cause angst among the same members of the pagan left that rejected Don McLeroy because he was a man of faith,” said David Bradley, R-Beaumont, one of the seven socially conservative members on the 15-person board.

Perry’s office declined to comment until “a final decision is made.”

Ooh, the "pagan left" – what a zinger! Admittedly one I've never heard before and that's so utterly random I hope never to hear it again, but still! Sounds to me like someone is angwy that poor ickle McLeroy was given das boot ...

In case we weren't clear enough on how large a crackpot Dunbar is, here's some more info for your noggins:

In a book published last year, Dunbar argued the country’s founding fathers created “an emphatically Christian government” and that government should be guided by a “biblical litmus test.” She endorses a belief system that requires “any person desiring to govern have a sincere knowledge and appreciation for the Word of God in order to rightly govern.”

Also in the book, she calls public education a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion.”

The establishment of public schools is unconstitutional and even “tyrannical,” she wrote, because it threatens the authority of families, granted by God through Scripture, to direct the instruction of their children.

Dunbar home-schooled her own children.

She just sounds better and better, doesn't she?

Basically, the overall article describes Dunbar as the best choice because she makes wingnut conservatives happy. Right, no need to get a moderate who would make both sides happy – or just someone who's not a totally deluded crackpot who would ruin education in Texas for who-knows-how-many years to come. As long as she makes fellow kooks and cranks happy.

The USS Texas Education isn't just sinking; it's plowed right into the ocean bed and has crumpled into a million pieces by now. Chances of recovery: slim-to-none. Only option: get outta there.


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