The original nomination took place after the 80th session of the legislature ended, so McLeroy, who has been the dominant force on the Board in getting God put back into science textbooks, has never actually been approved by the People’s representatives.
Giving me pause.
And making me question the timing of today’s Senate Committee on Nominations hearing.
Because in the time between Perry’s renomination and today’s hearing, the state board held hearings of its own on adoption of Texas’ new standards in science education. And came within a hair’s breadth of adopting language in the Biology standards that addressed “weaknesses” in the “Theory of Evolution.”
Weaknesses that exist in the minds of creationists, and not in the minds of those in the scientific community.
They spent days and days with this. Heard speaker after speaker denounce the inclusion of this notion. All driven by McLeroy.
Why, pray, did taxpayers pay for all the time that was spent on this one miniscule issue, when there is more to science than one theory (actually a biological principle) within one subdiscipline of science?
My guess is that this meeting was scheduled so all of that drama could play unhampered.
My guess is that this hearing will result in a rubberstamp approval of Perry’s nomination. And as I write this, I am watching the livestream video of the hearing. For the most part, the committee members are giving him a pass.
Going forward, my guess is that the Republican-stacked Senate will go likewise. And not necessarily because these senators approve of what McLeroy is doing and has done in the past.
Think of it. If the senate turns McLeroy out of the Chairman’s spot because of his creationist viewpoints we will have a martyr on our hands.
And all Perry has to do is lift another rock and pluck up another of this kind.
Definitely lose-lose all around. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love it if McLeroy was shown the door. I just don’t think much will change if he is.