I blogged earlier about Texans who want to proselytize to public-school kids in science classrooms, cloaking their religiosity behind a (false) veil of science. Well, the battle is heating up:

A former state science curriculum director on Wednesday sued the Texas Education Agency and Education Commissioner Robert Scott, alleging she was illegally fired for forwarding an e-mail about a lecture critical of the movement to promote intelligent design in science classes.

Christina Comer, who lost her job at the TEA last fall, said in a suit filed in federal court in Austin that she was terminated for contravening an “unconstitutional” policy at the agency. The policy required employees to be neutral on the subject of creationism — the biblical interpretation of the origin of humans, she said.

The policy was in force, according to the suit, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that teaching creationism as science in public schools is illegal.

“The agency’s ‘neutrality’ policy has the purpose or effect of endorsing religion, and thus violates the Establishment Clause” of the U.S. Constitution, the lawsuit said.

Hopefully this lawsuit will rein in the avalanche of hyperreligiosity which is rapidly overtaking Texas … you know, the state where it’s now lawful to hurt people so long as you do it for “religious” reasons. Then again, this is Texas we’re talking about, arguably “the Buckle of the Bible Belt” (or should I call it, as they do, “the Bobble Bay-Elt”? Dis is da state where we dun go bah what ahr preacherman dun tol’ us ’cause he’s in touch widda Lorduh! Hal-lay-loo-yah ’n’ puh-rayz Gawduh!

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2 Responses to “Texas & the Public-School Proselytizers”
  1. […] I blogged a couple times already about the case of Christina Comer, erstwhile head of science education for the Texas Education Agency. She’d sinned unforgivably — in the agency’s eyes — by forwarding an email about a pro-evolution seminar. This apparently violated the TEA’s enfroced “neutrality” concerning anything which is “controversial.” The AP (via Google News) reports on her appeal’s progress (WebCite cached article): […]

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