Friday, January 15, 2010

Christine Comer Honored by AU

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has given Christine Comer their Religious Liberty Award for her 27 years of science education in Texas. Ms. Comer, if you will recall, was forced out of her job after she used an official email account to tell people about Barbara Forrest's upcoming talk on intelligent design. It was felt by the Texas Education Agency that such use was inappropriate despite the fact that Ms. Comer made the case that such a talk was instrumental to the teaching of science. The article notes:
Saying she was “very touched and very honored” by the award, Comer told the crowd at the Nov. 9 event that they must remain diligent. She criticized Texas officials for insisting that public school teachers remain neutral on creationism.

“We are in the fight of our lives in science education in the state of Texas,” Comer said, “and, as you know, what happens in Texas doesn’t stay in Texas.”

Added Comer, “I thank you so much for everything you do. People like you are the ones who make it possible for science teachers across the United States to prepare our students for the 21st century, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Texas has a long way to go.

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  1. What can we citizens of Texas as do besides supporting candidates that have a more reasoned approach to science? Unfortunately many of them have other views that we do not agree with. Quite a dilemma.

  2. An evolutionary biologist should have enough common sense to not pollute science with the worthless adjective "theistic". You're part of the problem because Christian extremists and Muslim terrorists love people like you.

  3. Yes, it is. That is the problem that I have, usually. I support most of the limited government, fiscally responsible, tolerant of Christianity values that the conservative movement espouses (or should, anyway) but it usually brings with it that anchor of YECism. On matters of science education, I seem to be a democrat. Go figure.

  4. Christian extremists love people like me?????? Are you kidding? I am vilified by most of the Christian community precisely because I won't play ball with them on science education. I am only part of the problem if you don't believe in God, which you are free not to do. I am trying to drag other Christians toward sensibility on this issue.