24 January 2008

Texas Higher Education and Creation Research, Part 15

The Dallas News reports that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has been getting an earful about the ICR's proposal to grant Master's in science education.
The coordinating board provided 286 pages of e-mails in response to an open-records request from The Dallas Morning News. Many of the notes are from Texas. But others come from all corners of the U.S. and the world – from Florida to the Philippines, Nevada to Nigeria. ...

Just as many people, if not more, wrote to defend the institute's proposal.
Support at this level is not too surprising. Fundamentalist Christians are often very good at mobilizing their fellows.

I'll comment on one question from an email:
Robert Bashaw, a doctor who sits on the Stephenville school board, wrote: "I think that presenting all sides to theories of origin and other matters is healthy. What better way to encourage critical thinking and evidence-based evaluation of controversial topics?"
This would undoubtedly work if you have an honest broker who is willing to evaluate evidence in a way that is fair and free of bias. The ICR has made it abundantly clear that they will not accept anything that contradicts the literal truth of the Bible.

Incidentally, you won't find me in those emails, several samples of which are online.

I wrote a letter.

Additional: The Austin American-Statesman has a similar story.

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