Every GOP Candidate For Lt. Gov. Of TX Wants Creationism in Schools

Push For Creationism In TX Public Schools Violates Everyone Else's Beliefs - Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons

To conservative Christians, other belief systems don’t matter. Every GOP candidate for Lt. Governor of TX wants creationism taught in public schools. – Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons

All of the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor in the great state of Texas appear to be conservative Christians who think creationism should be taught in public schools. This is in spite of the fact that Texas’ board of education voted approval of science texts that teach evolution instead of creationism earlier this year.

These conservative Christians believe heavily in creationism as fact.

Three of the four candidates say that creationism should be taught in science class, and the fourth says that creationism should be taught, but not in science class. David Dewhurst, the current lieutenant governor, more or less said that he believes in fairness, and to be fair, schools should teach both sides of the evolution/creation debate.

Senator Dan Patrick said, to the Texas Tribune“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.”

So Christian students supposedly get confused by the differences between what they learn in school and what they learn in church. However, if creationism is taught as science, would that not confuse the students who are taught something else at home or in their places of worship?

Much of the country is Christian, but conservative Christians talk the loudest.

According to this report in the Washington PostCatholicism dominates a huge part of the country, while the Southern Baptists claim nearly every county in the South. Texas is a mix of Catholicism and Southern Baptism, with a smattering of other denominations and beliefs around. A 2012 Gallup Poll showed that 77% of Americans identify as Christian.

However, we have the Constitution, which many conservative Christians only seem to understand when it works in their favor. They want to apply the 1st Amendment to themselves, meaning, they believe that the 1st Amendment should allow them to spread their religion everywhere. However, they also believe that everyone else’s beliefs are irrelevant, and therefore not subject to the law. Except, of course, the laws that conservative Christians want to make to restrict these religions and promote their own.

School is about teaching facts, not beliefs (religious schools notwithstanding). Church and Sunday school are about belief. The reason religion is not fact is because you have to rely on faith to make it real. Science, on the other hand, relies on observation and experiments, with tangible results that can be duplicated multiple times. A scientific theory is not an unproven idea, or speculation, the way an everyday theory is.

Furthermore, since our founding fathers were of the Enlightenment, and they developed our government based in part on John Locke, they knew the difference between reason and faith. They believed that reason-based governing was the best way to go. Invoking a “creator” is okay, so long as you reach your conclusions through reason, and not faith.

Teaching creationism in public schools violates the religious rights of other students.

Finally, the Supreme Court case Edwards v. Aguillard determined that teaching creationism, because it is a religious doctrine that advances the interests of one religion over others, is unconstitutional. So there it is. Case closed; requiring creationism doctrine in public schools is illegal.

This raises other questions, though. What about atheist students? What about students who believe in a pantheon of deities? What about everyone else? These candidates specifically want schools to teach the biblical version of creationism. So what about the beliefs of students who don’t believe in the Bible? Where are their rights?

Conservative Christians don’t care.

To conservative Christians, other belief systems don’t matter. They don’t, or shouldn’t, have the same rights that Christians enjoy here. So as long as the Constitution is in their favor, they’re all for it. They talk about the founding fathers, the rule of law, the foundation of our entire country. But when it goes against them, they have all sorts of excuses as to why the law is wrong. It’s not the Texas education system they care about. It’s not children they care about. Conservative Christians only care about advancing their religious agenda, and forcing it on the rest of us.