It takes courage for a politician in Texas to speak out against religious fundamentalism. Texas state Senator Rodney Ellis and Representative Patrick Rose deserve the thanks of all Americans for showing that courage.
Whether you're a Texan or not, if you want creationism out of high school science textbooks - and evolution in them - please take a moment to thank Sen. Ellis and Rep. Rose for fighting the Discovery Institute/creationist-dominated Texas State Board of Education (SBOE).
Rose and Ellis proposed legislation "to place the board under periodic review by the Sunset Advisory Commission and hold them accountable for their performance, just as we do the Texas Education Agency and other state agencies."
Why? In their own words:
"The decisions of the SBOE not only impact millions of young lives on a daily basis, but impact the economic progress of our state as well.
"For these reasons and many others, the public has a right to full disclosure and oversight.
"The board has escaped such scrutiny for far too long. The disregard for educators, instructional experts and scientists can’t continue. It’s time to take a closer look at the operations and policies of the State Board of Education.
"Our state, and especially our kids, deserve better."
--Please take a moment to send them your thanks in the petition below.
I would like to thank you for the courage you've shown by proposing legislation to reign in the Creationists on your State Board of Education.
As you're surely aware, you're not just defending science education in Texas with your courage. Texas has such a hold on the national textbook industry, you're defending science for the entire United States.
We don't thank our politicians for the good they do often enough. We hope that by thanking you in large numbers, you can show that such courage offers you political capital.
Keep up the good work and, again, thank you.