Where the creationist chair of the Texas education board gets his information

The Texas Board of Education is chaired by one Don McLeroy, an avowed creationist, who is intent to teaching creationist bosh in Texan science classes.  I came across an amusing press release this morning (Crucial Texas Evolution/Creation Debate Impacted by ‘Sowing Atheism’ Book), emanating I think from a creationist publisher, Solving Light Books, and which claims their publications are a major influence on Don McLeroy.

Solving Light Books announced today that Don McLeroy, controversial Chair of the Texas State Board of Education, has recommended “Sowing Atheism” (ISBN: 978-0-9705438-5-1) by Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr., to other board members and to the general public. McLeroy’s timely recommendation could influence the board’s final decision on the science curriculum scheduled for March 27. The Texas decision will determine what is printed in science textbooks nationwide.

McLeroy extols Johnson’s succinct demonstration that natural selection, the vaunted lynchpin of evolutionist reasoning, is not a scientific principle at all, but rather a mere figure of speech that adds nothing to our understanding of nature. McLeroy has said he plans to raise this issue in the March 26-27 meetings.

Johnson, who holds a general science degree from West Point, wrote “Sowing Atheism” in response to the propagandistic book, “Science, Evolution, and Creationism” published by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2008. According to Johnson, McLeroy expects that “Sowing Atheism” will focus the Texas board’s attention on the “theft of true science” by the atheist-dominated NAS hierarchy.

So, if you go and look at the Solving Light Books website, you can see a few interesting things.  Firstly Robert Bowie Johnson’s book’s cover is revealing – look at those poor kids being indoctrinated!

About Sowing Atheism, the web page proclaims that it reveals “THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES’ SINISTER SCHEME TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THEY’RE DESCENDED FROM REPTILES” (capitals courtesy of the web page).  You can download a pdf of Sowing Atheism from links at the website.

Elsewhere on the page, Johnson also appears to have written a book about depictions of Noah in ancient Greek art, a book on the Parthenon Code (Mankind’s History in Marble!).  In fact the Solving Light company appears to be some kind of vanity publishing outfit devoted publishing Johnson’s output (which appears to be both copious and single-minded).

In Johnson’s Solving Light Books’ press release, he’s obviously pleased with McLeroy’s recommendation:

How, then, does the NAS sustain its “evolution is a fact” charade? Johnson answers: “The NAS resorts to intimidation and outright seductions which include repetitive false affirmations, disguised tautologies, authoritative obfuscations, and slapping ‘sciency’ lipstick on their no-evidence pig.”

This I guess is based on Johnson’s education – a general science degree from West Point.  Hopefully sense will prevail at the final curriculum decision meeting on March 27th.  I also hope that the press release is merely a bit of ego-boosting bullshit puffery for Robert Bowie Johnson and his mad books, and that even the creationists on the Texas education board don’t read this rubbish.

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