The Texas state Senate voted 19-11 to deny confirmation of Don McLeroy as chairman of the Texas state board of education. The vote fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority -- or 21 votes -- needed for confirmation. One of the senators -- who was present -- did not vote (there is a total of 31 senators). The voting was strictly along party lines -- all the votes for confirmation came from Republicans and all against came from Democrats. At least the Darwinists can't call McLeroy's rejection "bipartisan." Details -- including a description of the debate -- are on the Texas Freedom Network blog. link
McLeroy did a number of bad or questionable things as chairman of the Texas SBOE, but I think that the main public perception will be that he was rejected because he dared to question evolution theory. I think that his rejection will backfire on the Darwinists because it will make him into a martyr. His rejection will be seen as another example of the persecution of evolution critics that is shown in Ben Stein's movie "Expelled."
Labels: Texas controversy (new #3)