Texas Culture War

Below is a copy of a letter I sent to the only high ranking school official I know. He is very close to my family, but unfortunately (as of the last time we spoke on the topic) is not what we’d call a supporter of the theory of evolution.

Ordinarily I’d just call it “his loss” but the breathtaking inanity of the culture war on this topic* has me really concerned, and it clearly isn’t going away even though it should.

I sent this letter to him. I doubt he’ll even acknowledge receiving it, but I am reposting it here to show that, yes, I am actively trying to prevent teh stupid from propagating.

*[ by the way: Evolution is a fact. Get over it ]

[ edit: two hours later, Todd replied with assurances that he indeed would not help propagate teh stupid. I feel better now. ]

Todd,

A lot of crazy stuff is going on in Texas, and probably Florida, along
exactly the same lines as the recent problems in Kansas and
Pennsylvania.

If you didn’t already know, an employee of the Texas Education Agency
was recently forced to resign for implicitly violating a policy of
“neutrality when talking about evolution and creationism”. Full
disclosure: I think such a policy does a serious disservice to
students.

http://www.beaconbroadside.com/broadside/2007/12/muzzling-dissen.html

I’m sending you this simply to ask you to read this article and follow
a few of the links (which I consider very relevant) so you know what’s
going on here. And I’d like to ask for your reassurance that, at least
within your sphere of influence, this kind of silliness will never
happen.

Evolution, like it or not, is the best basis we have for scientific
understanding of life and its diversity on our planet. That this is
true has been proven (too) many times in the scientific community and
in the court system. Please assure me that, should this kind of
question come up in your school district, you will not behave like the
folks in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Florida, and now Texas. They are doing
the students in their care a disservice.

Thank you,
me