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LARRY PRATT – THE SLEAZE OF CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM

LARRY PRATT – THE SLEAZE OF CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM

 

God and guns
Keep us strong
That’s what this country
Was founded on
Well we might as well give up and run
If we let them take our God and guns

(Lynyrd Skynyrd)

 

“Sleaze” is a very derogatory term, I know, and when used as a noun, it cuts right to the quick. That’s what I intended because the man of which I speak, in my opinion, is a despicable human being without an ounce of moral fiber, and zero redeeming qualities. He is nothing more than a racist, homophobic, bigoted extremist who poses great danger to the American way of life.

Larry PrattLarry Pratt is the 71 year-old executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA). He is also president of English First, an organization which lobbies for English to be the only and official language of the United States; U.S. Border Control, an anti-immigration group; and Committee to Protect the Family. He has served on the board of the American Legislative Exchange Council and is a member of the Council For National Policy – both founded by Dominionist Paul Weyrich.

Gun Owners of America currently boasts of over 300,000 members and claims to be “the only no compromise gun-lobby in Washington.” The organization has been characterized as “eight lanes to the right of the NRA,” and I do believe that is an accurate description.

It is widely believed that Larry Pratt is the individual who brought the concept of citizen militias to the radical right. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Armed In 1990, Pratt wrote a book, Armed People Victorious, based on his study of “citizen defense patrols” used in Guatemala and the Philippines against Communist rebels — patrols that came to be known as death squads for their murderous brutality.

“Picturing these groups in rosy terms, Pratt advocated similar militias in the United States — an idea that finally caught on when he was invited for a meeting of 160 extremists, including many famous white supremacists, in 1992.

It was at that meeting, hosted in Colorado by white supremacist minister Pete Peters, that the contours of the militia movement were laid out.”

Peter J. PetersFor those unfamiliar with Pastor Pete Peters, he was a Christian Identity minister who ran the LaPorte Church of Christ in LaPorte, Colorado. In his convoluted Biblical interpretations he taught that the ten lost tribes of Israel were really Europeans and that contemporary Jews are Satanic imposters. According to Peters, Jews are spiritually degraded and pose a grave threat to civilization, and that blacks and other people of color are inferior to whites, that homosexuals should be executed and that northern European whites and their American descendants are the “chosen people” of scriptural prophecy.

The outreach arm of Peters’ “church” is known as Scriptures For America Worldwide, where they feature the Pistol and Rifle Prayers:

PISTOL PRAYER

Lord Jesus we pray, With Thy Authority we say,

DC Sorcery cease, Satanic strongholds release,

Baals be broken and bound, With all idols be cast down,

Stop the spells, Send the spell-casters into Hell,

Jesus cause it to be, And thank You for the victory!

 

RIFLE PRAYER

“A Mighty Weapon”

Lord Jesus in Thy name we pray,

With authority granted us this day.

All Baals of Babylon be torn down

We raze their temples to the ground.

Lay low their sacred groves, tear down all their strongholds

Let Satan’s Asherah cease. We dethrone, behead, defeat.

All ungodly powers, crushed beneath our feet

Their source of power, their symbols fall

At His words we speak by the King of all.

Their sorcery at our command will cease

Our Lord Jesus Christ has such decreed.

Victory in Jesus’ name, the power of DC has waned

Satanic strongholds release, the Remnant we set you free

The servants of God we set you free.

Idols, sorcery, spells they cast, We break your hold,

we break your back Your symbols in the streets you’ve laid

Will be your tomb for thus we pray.

In Jesus’ name we come, the Remnant shouts as one

Hear us our God we cry, let evil fail and die.

Let evil fail, let evil die.

Let no evil spell nor serpents bite,

Even touch Your remnant as we fight.

Cast down to Sheol, cast down to hell

All those that would charm and cast evil spells

Jerusalem be restored, we’ll walk on streets of gold

We bow on bended knee, before our Lord the King

Bow before Jesus Christ The King of Kings,

Bow before Jesus Christ The King of Kings.

He reigns, the King of Kings!

 

The theology of the Christian Identity Movement is explained thusly by the Anti-Defamation League:

The most extreme expression of Identity anti-Semitism is the so-called “two-seed” (or “seedliner”) theory, developed by Swift, his associates and his disciples in the 1960s. According to the two-seed theory, the seduction of Eve by the Serpent in Eden was sexual, Cain was the product of their liaison and Cain, in turn, was the father of the Jewish people; all Jews, therefore, are children of the devil, literally demonic. The other seedline in the two-seed scheme traces from Adam and Eve’s other son, Abel, through the lost tribes to today’s white European-derived believers. 

“One-seed” Identity adherents do not believe that Jews are physically descended from Satan, though in other respects they are no less anti-Semitic than the two-seedliners.

Many adherents, especially seedliners, also believe in pre-Adamic races. That is, they contend that Adam and Eve were not the first people created by God, but were the first created in God’s image. Other previous creations, not endowed with the divine likeness, were the forerunners of all the nonwhite peoples of the Earth, the “mud peoples,” who had no soul. Adam and Eve, and their Israelite descendants, were the first whites, a fact “proven” by the suggestion that the very name “Adam” means “to show blood,” or blush, which they claim is only possible for whites.

Pete Peters died a couple of years ago. After the arrests and convictions of many of their leaders as well as those of the neo-Nazi Movement, Christian Identity has been in decline with only a smattering of adherents left around the country. Those who were left, generally, either joined a militia, or the Tea Party. Several jumped into the political arena either by running for office or supporting various candidates on both the state and national level.

Larry Pratt first flew into my radar when I was researching the Christian Identity Movement back in 1999, when I first learned of his association with Pete Peters and the White Supremacist Movement. In that same year, the tragedy at Columbine High School took place, and Frank Brunni of the New York Times published a small article about Pratt who believes in absolutely no regulations on firearms – no waiting period, no background checks, and no trigger locks. According to Pratt, automatic weapons should be available for hunting, and he claimed that if those restrictions had not been in existence, many of the deaths might have been prevented.

Given the nature of Pratt’s politics and religion, I remember thinking that he and others like him were the last people I wanted to see turned loose with a firearm.

Over the course of the last decade, Gun Owners of America has more than doubled its membership. That alone should give cause for alarm. And, while he has always resided on the radical Christian right, Pratt has become much more strident in his message, and much more conspiratorial inclined.

In 2009, Pratt is credited with starting the rumor that Obamacare would create a data base of gun owners for future confiscation. After the claim was soundly debunked by numerous sources, Pratt continues to perpetuate the lie. Even more egregious is that others, such as Senator Rand Paul have chosen to further the theory.

Riding high on his notoriety, Pratt went even further last February when he appeared on the Talk to Solomon Show. Likening the discussion to “a dramatic reading of the Turner Diaries,” Huffington Post columnist Ian Reifowitz gives us this account:

“Pratt argued that President Obama is building his own private army and will send his agents “door to door” to “confiscate guns” — all to provoke a “violent confrontation” with gun owners.

“When the other right-wingers on the show went even further, stating that Obama’s goal was specifically to provoke a race war, Pratt agreed that Obama “would definitely be capable of something as evil as you were suggesting.”

Pratt envisions Obama as Nat Turner, Django Unchained, and a Black Panther all rolled into one.”

 

Indeed, he does. Additionally, he has now adopted the manipulative art of attempting to deflect his own racist views by projecting them upon others – something that all white nationalists engage in. Of course, we all know that white people and Christians face enormous oppression in this country, and this is all a master plan of the government. <sigh>

According to Pratt, who spoke on American Family Radio a couple of days ago, “… the attorney general, as well as the president, are racist, and they look at the world through the prism of race. The president, the first lady and Hillary Rodham Clinton are in fact trying to exploit the issue of race to “divide people” and cause “turmoil” in order to ultimately “bring collapse to the existing order” and “build their own communist society.” http://rightwingwatch.org

Pratt also postulates that Eric Holder is considering bringing civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in an effort to “intimidate the rest of the country so that we don’t think about defending ourselves against attacks by black mobs on white individuals.”

poker faceOn July 4, 2013, Larry Pratt was the headliner at Freedompalooza, an affair hosted by the band “Poker Face,” an anti-immigrant, anti-government, “Patriot” rock group led by extremist Paul Topete. Topete is a rabid anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. From the American Defamation League, we get a glimpse into who Paul Topete really is:

Under the moniker Pokerkid (aka pk), Paul Topete has posted several anti-Semitic comments to the Poker Face Online forum, some of which are included below [spelling and emphasis in original]:

  • Will somebody please stop this zionazi f–k from continuing to buy up all the media into the one global corp media monster. Its time to break up and sell his organization into a million pieces. And that it never is allowed to come back in any form again.
  • Very interesting where facts about the White Brotherhood pop up. The elite of the elite satanists are the white brotherhood. Made up of Sabbatean Jews at the top and Rosicrucian goys at the bottom. Anywhere from a 60/40 split to a more realistic 80/20 split with the Sabbateans in the drivers seat.
  • I am always amazaed at how many roads lead back to one of the largest if not THEE largest scam ever played on humanity… Yes that right… the HOLOHAUX aka holocaust. 1985 and 1988 Ernst Zundel [Holocaust denier] DESTROYED the Myth known as the cult of holohauzianity. In a canadien court of law, Ernst zundel took on the biggest frauds in the SHOAH Industry, and showed them to be the frauds that they were. Names like Raoul Hilberg and Vrba. And several other parasites known to infest this worldly sham. Wake up people, You are being played for fools for you LACK KNOWLEDGE.

An example of what their “music” is all about can be summed up in the song “Losing My Mind:”

It’s  time to hunt bankers, judges, lawyers and officials

Now you know we’ve got our eyes on you, so you better do things right;

or we’ll hang you from the highest trees, while we party thru the night.

Now it’s time to repatriate all the slave wagers invading our homeland

Then let’s  execute traitors who’ve been setting up the Global plan;

now they’re trying to take our guns away, so we have no means to fight….”

hal turner2The band is extremely popular with white supremacists and militia groups around the country. Early on they were featured on the Hal Turner talk show. Hal Turner was a white nationalist who hosted a radio talk show for years and was a featured speaker at neo-Nazi rallies across the country. He was a close ally of both Sean Hannity and Jared Taylor. Eventually, he was arrested for threatening three federal judges and sentenced to prison.

Gin Owners of America has become very active in political elections, pumping a lot of money and promotion into far-right-wing candidates. Much like the National Rifle Association, they rate current Congressional candidates. Their Political Victory Fund has successfully supported many of those ReBiblicans who currently hold office.

Larry Pratt embodies all of the negative qualities of those we find on the extremist right. He is a Dominionist. He is a racist and a bigot. He seeks power and fame. He is continuously given a platform from which to spew his toxic messages. He wields a lot of power in both the political and religious communities. He is an opportunist who exploits others and their acts of violence.

All of these things combine renders him a very dangerous person to our American society, and our very way of life. Consequently, it behooves all of us to keep our eyes upon Larry Pratt, and Gun Owners of America. A stamp of approval from either should be a red-flag on any candidate supported by them. As Hillary Clinton recently said, “Anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.” It’s rampant – from voting rights legislation, to the far right agenda, to the actual candidates. Everyone must start paying attention.

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When All Else Fails – Play the Race Card

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS – PLAY THE RACE CARD

racismRemember when the Tea Party was showing their asses up and down Main Street, U.S.A.? Remember the signs – not just the misspelled ones, but the racist ones? Remember the sanctimonious protests that their movement wasn’t racist? Uh…huh – if you believed.

 After spending decades of my life as an activist working against organized hate groups, I think I am more than qualified in identifying and classifying people and groups as racist in nature, and I have been labeling, not only the Tea Party, but ReBiblicans, in general and these Dominionist flim-flam artists as racist hate-mongers for a while now.

After struggling for the last several years to foist their radical Biblical agenda on the American people, their frustration level hit a crescendo this week, and they all seemed to have some sort of epiphany that their fear tactics needed yet another boost. Why not scare the hell out of white people?

Now, we all know that white supremacist consider Caucasians to be superior to all other races, and that one of their many tactics in their tired old bag of tricks has been to use fear of other races to recruit others into their hateful fold. Their own fear of becoming a minority in this country and losing their “white privilege” is all consuming. And, they have used their fear tactics throughout the ages.

Dominionist and their supporters use fear, as well. And, while they attempt to masquerade themselves as all-loving, tolerant, up-standing citizens we all know that when the veil is lifted, we find intolerance and bigotry.

Thus far, these individuals have targeted homosexuals, women, liberals, progressives, Muslims, and atheists with their propaganda, rhetoric, and legislation. Taking on such issues as same-sex marriage, the right to choose, terrorism, and God’s wrath they have pulled out all of the stops in their campaign of fear and foreboding. Now, they have taken a page from the White Supremacist Bible – the oppression of white people.

glenn-beck-cryingAccording to Glenn Beck, (I hardly even want to mention this imposter), progressives and liberals have been engaged in actions to start a revolution in this country. The recent flap over the rodeo clown in Missouri who dressed up like Obama and suggested that he be trampled by a bull, and the fallout that followed is proof positive of modern day McCarthyism. After all, the clown, according to Beck, was a “very brave artist.”

larry klaymanLarry Klayman, Founder of Judicial Watch, weekly columnist for the right-wing rag, World Net Daily, and well-known “birther,” has, once again, jumped on the conspiracy train to warn all of us that President Obama is engaged in a massive attempt to “keep whitey and whitey’s allies down.” In his article Obama’s Mein Kampf  he makes the following claim: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/klayman/130814

“…perhaps it was Obama’s bigoted remarks after the George Zimmerman trial – where he effectively rejected the jury’s verdict of not guilty with a statement that he could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago – that truly unmasked his hateful intentions to make “whitey” and the others pay back “his people” for prior discrimination. And, indeed, this is what is at the heart of NSA-gate; a means to keep whitey and whitey’s allies down as Obama dismantles and deconstructs the nation by having them pay their “fair share” in reparations.”

For decades, one of the most used weapons in the white supremacist propaganda chest was the notion that white people were going to be forced to pay reparations to the descendents of slaves in this country. This idea was meant to strike fear in the hearts of white tax-payers. Of course, the use of “whitey” in his column was deliberate in his attempt to create outrage, and the use of “his people” speaks volumes to Klayman’s obvious prejudices.

erik_rushBut, the racist venom didn’t stop there. Erik Rush is another World Net Daily nut. Immediately after the bombing of the Boston Marathon, assuming the bomber had to be Muslim, Rush tweeted the following:

“Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let’s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C’mon!”

Today, Erik Rush wrote a new column in which he postulated that the new Forrest Whitiker/Oprha Winfrey movie Lee Daniels: The Butler is meant to “stoke anti-white violence.”

“…there is little doubt that the film will be used in the ongoing effort to rile black Americans. As I’ve said in the past, racial tension is one of the many circuits the administration has constructed that, when completed, may be used to initiate widespread civil unrest at the president’s push of a button.”

“There have been quite a few instances of black-on-white violent crime since Obama came into office; these have gone largely unreported by the establishment press for reasons that should be obvious. The point is that some blacks have become sufficiently motivated to perpetrate these crimes, and it is all – all – due to the lies into which they have subscribed.”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/erik-rush-obama-and-oprah-will-use-butler-stoke-anti-white-violence#sthash.EFVCY2Ed.dpuf

Yet another chapter from the playbook has been unearthed. The old mantra of black on white crime, as well as riots in the streets, is a staple of the white nationalist crowd. A thinking person would know that if “Mandingo” or “A Time to Kill” didn’t create a civil uprising, the chances are a movie about a White House butler probably won’t either. But, then we ARE talking about last ditch efforts from those who would best be accomodated by life in an asylum.

JESSE-PETERSON-PHOTOThen there is Jesse Lee Peterson, the African-American darling of the Tea Party, and the founder of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND). On September 21, 2005, Peterson penned a column for WorldNetDaily, in which he suggested the majority of the African-American people stranded in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were “welfare-pampered”, “lazy” and “immoral”.

Peterson believes that Islam is an evil religion and that Muslims hate us because we are, after all, a Christian nation. According to Wikipedia:

“He has also claimed, “Barack Obama hates white people, especially white men” and “Barack Obama is Jeremiah Wright Jr. He is the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus! He embodies the aspirations of every left-wing black group that wants to tear down this country and take power away from the “oppressive” white man. He’s not an obvious race hustler like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson; but Obama is a smooth pathological liar—with a wicked heart” Peterson has also thanked “God and white people” for slavery adding if it weren’t for the slave trade, blacks might have never made it to the promise land and described slave ships as akin to “being on a crowded airplane”. Peterson is friends with Sean Hannity and is a frequent guest on his TV show.

“He has said women should not be allowed to vote:

“Women cannot handle power. It’s not in them to handle power in the right way. […] I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should’ve never turned this over to women. […] It was a big mistake. […] And these women are voting in the wrong people. They’re voting in people who are evil who agrees [sic] with them who’re gonna take us down this pathway of destruction. And this probably was the reason they didn’t allow women to vote when men were men. Because men in the good old days understood the nature of the woman. They were not afraid to deal with it. And they understood that, you let them take over, this is what would happen.”

Yesterday, Peterson was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times where he claims that most black Americans are suffering from a lack of moral character – not racism and that most black people are racist toward whites. He also believes that the Civil Rights Act didn’t do enough to protect white people:

The problem with the Civil Rights Act of 1965, Peterson tells the Times, is that it didn’t “protect white folks” against “black racism.”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jesse-lee-peterson-civil-rights-act-didn-t-do-enough-protect-white-people#sthash.Pz5FIJzS.dpuf

Perpetuating the myth that white people in this country are being oppressed on a daily basis is the stock and trade of the White Nationalist. While Peterson doesn’t fit the bill because of his race, he has no problem with furthering the message to maintain his standing within the extremist community. I doubt that he realizes how expendable to that crowd he really is. However, Peterson et.al. have become useful tools to those who are attempting to bamboozle the public into believing that they couldn’t possibly be racist pigs.

Sandy riosThe next outfit to signal their racist discontent was none other than the American Family Association which has already been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law center. Talk-show host, Sandy Rios sounded the alarm about Obamacare and Muslims in Michigan. According to Rios, Obama resettled “thousands of Palestinian refugees in the United States once he became president – a rumor long since proven erroneous – but, it makes for good right-wing radio. Here is a little clip from her rant:

“I think it is frightening because they are Islamists and they are in the heart of our country, and now they are qualified for food stamps as well. We know that in Michigan, Muslim men have multiple wives even though we don’t allow that in this country. They do still practice it so they go in and sign up for food assistance…. Is Arabic going to be the new language—how many languages are we going to have that are going to be officially acknowledged in America?”

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sandy-rios-fears-food-stamps-will-aid-islamists-and-palestinian-refugees-obama-didnt-resettl#sthash.Tfp2SyqX.dpuf

Once again, using the scare tactics that “American culture” is going to be changed, and that other etnicities are threatening our language and our way of life is simply one of the old, tired arguments of groups like the Klan, the neo-Nazi’s, the old White Citizens Party, the Council of Conservative Citizens, etc.

So, what has caused this recent spate of racist rhetoric from the extremist right? Generally speaking, only the most in-your-face, groups of organized racists speak in such caustic and despicable terms, while the closet racists, right-wing pundits, and political hopefuls keep their poker faces and attempt to defraud the public.

Also generally speaking, the extremist right has made very little headway this year in furthering their insidious agenda. What little they have accomplished has met with a great deal of derision, and in some cases, court rulings against their pernicious attempts. Consequently, their frustration has, perhaps, resulted in a dropping of the mask allowing their true colors to emerge. Desperation can sometimes cause fools to become even more foolish. As we have all witnessed before, when all else fails, as it has, they play the race card. That’s what it’s always been about, anyway.

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Who’s Crazier? The ReBiblicans or the Voters?

            Who’s Crazier? The ReBiblicans or the Voters?

 Ted YohoFlorida! Beautiful swaying palms, pristine sandy beaches, warm ocean water, great fishing, lots of fun in the sun – I grew up there, and life was good. Today? Not so much. Today Florida is home to George Zimmerman, crooked politicians and right-wing crazies. Today they claim folks like Marco Rubio and Gus Bilirakis along with a whole host of others as their “leaders.” Among that long list of whacked out nut-jobs is Ted Yoho.

Yoho recently held a town hall meeting that I wish I could have attended. But, alas, living 1,200 miles away, I just couldn’t quite get there from here. It’s probably just as well as I would probably have ended up in jail for disturbing the peace and using a great deal of profanity in the public square.

Now, it’s no secret that good ole Ted is one of those ReBiblicans that I talk so much about. He’s a veterinarian who came out of virtually nowhere and won the election last year. But, it really didn’t take long before we could determine just exactly where this man’s head is.

Standing in front of many of his constituents, Yoho took the opportunity to reignite the whole “Birther” issue. Yeah, you just thought all of that was behind us. You see, Steve Stockman, the nut-job representative out of Texas, has introduced some sort of “Birther Bill” and Yoho, who just couldn’t resist, promised his people that he would back that legislation. Stockman, you may remember, is the same idiot who brought Ted Nugent to the State of the Union Address.

Actually, Yoho indicated that there were other, more pressing issues than the birther issue, but said that an investigation into Obama’s birth certificate could bring down the whole government. “They said if it is true, it’s illegal, he shouldn’t be there and we can get rid of everything he’s done, and I said I agree with that.”

Now, if it seems that Yoho has gone a little over the edge, he has. You see, Yoho went on to tell the audience that Obamacare is racist against white people. Why? Because there is a tax on tanning beds. He claimed that white people who want to tan are being discriminated against because of the color of their skin.

Later, speaking about food-stamp funding, Yoho said that he very much doubted that 50 million Americans are dealing with food insecurity:

 “I think there’s 330 million people starving, at least three times a day, we call it breakfast, lunch and dinner.” He added that huge proposed cuts to food aid won’t impact anyone, telling the audience that “not one person would lose a calorie or crumb that deserves it.” http://rightwingwatch.org

As to terrorism – Yoho has spoken with some guy who works with Hezbollah, (uh…huh), and he said that Hezbollah has already smuggled 1,500 people into the United States who “don’t like us and want to blow us up.”

Now, no one can make this stuff up. Yoho is but one in a whole pool of like-minded individuals running this country. The numbers are frightening, but the second most scary thing in all of this is the fact that the electorate keeps voting them into office! That begs the question – “Who’s crazier? The ReBiblicans, or the Voters?”

THE SCIENCE OF THE FUTURE – CONTROL THE KIDS & CONTROL THE WORLD

THE SCIENCE OF THE FUTURE – CONTROL THE KIDS & CONTROL THE WORLD

 

 

There is a lot of evidence that tells us plainly that man walked with dinosaurs. The Bible (Word of God) has many eyewitness accounts. One case in point is when Job seen a creature that God called Behemoth and even states that the creature was created the same time man (Adam) was created. Job 40:15a says, “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee”. (Dale Stuckwish)

 

“The belief that the world was created yesterday seems to hold great appeal to those born at that time.” (Gary Malone, Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left)

 

EVOLUTIONIn 2010, the Texas State Board of Education adopted highly controversial new standards for school social studies textbooks emphasizing the Christian influences of the Founding Fathers. The changes were so egregious as to prompt the leading text-book adoption state of California to pass a Bill describing the Texas curriculum changes as ““a sharp departure from widely accepted historical teachings” and “a threat to the apolitical nature of public school governance and academic content standards in California,” and to call for their Board of Education to “screen state curricula for any of the new standards adopted in Texas.”

Well…Texas is at it again. At least six Creationist/Intelligent Design proponents have been asked to participate in the review of their high school biology textbooks which will be adopted in November. It’s important to note that with budget cuts and a financially embattled public school system these textbooks, once adopted could remain in high school classrooms for as long as ten years.

It is also important to mention that Texas is the second largest purchaser of public school textbooks next to California. Consequently, the adoptions made in Texas are often those which become most prolifically accepted throughout the United   States.

In actuality, there were to be 28 reviewers – only a dozen have shown up. Since their discussions and deliberations are held behind closed does away from public view, concerned parents, patrons, and educators will not know of the changes until the decisions are final.

The TFN Insider has provided us with a list of the known creationism/intelligent design proponents who are in attendance:

 

  • Raymond BohlinRaymond      Bohlin is vice      president of vision outreach for Probe Ministries in Plano      and a research      fellow for the Seattle-based Discovery Institute. The Discovery      Institute promotes the pseudoscientific concept “intelligent design” over      evolution. Founded in 1973, Probe works “to present the Gospel to      communities, nationally and internationally, by providing life-long      opportunities to integrate faith and learning through balanced, biblically      based scholarship.” Bohlin has a doctorate in molecular and cell biology      from the University of Texas      at Dallas, making him a star      performer for anti-evolution groups. He is listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Creation Science Hall of Fame      website. Probe and the Creation Science Hall of Fame promote a      fundamentalist, literal interpretation of the Bible’s creation story. We      know that Bohlin is in Austin      this week to participate in the biology review panel meetings.
  • Walter BradleyWalter      Bradley is a retired Baylor       University professor of engineering      who coauthored a book, The Mystery of Life’s Origins in      1984, that essentially launched the “intelligent design” movement.      “Intelligent design” suggests a scientific basis for creationism      (creationism dressed up in a lab coat). Bradley, founding fellow of the      Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and      Culture, is also listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Creation Science      Hall of Fame website. He is participating in the biology review panel      meetings this week.
  • Daniel RomoDaniel      Romo is a chemistry professor at Texas       A&MUniversity      and is listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Creation Science Hall of Fame      website. We don’t know yet whether Romo made it to Austin      for the biology review panel meetings.
  • Ide      Trotter is a longtime standard-bearer for the creationist      movement in Texas, both as a      source of      funding and as a spokesperson for the absurdly named creationist group      Texans      for Better Science Education. Trotter, listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on      the Creation Science Hall of Fame website, is a veteran of the evolution      wars at the SBOE and is participating the biology review panel meetings      this week. He testified before the board during the 2003 biology textbook      adoption and again in 2009 during the science curriculum adoption. In both      instances, Trotter advocated including scientifically discredited      “weaknesses” of evolution in Texas      science classrooms. Trotter, who has a doctorate in chemical engineering,      runs his own investment management company and served as dean of business      and professor of finance at Dallas       Baptist University.      He claims that major scientific discoveries over last century have actually      made      evolutionary science harder to defend:

“The ball is rolling and it’s going downhill. There are not enough forces on the side of Darwinism to keep pushing it back uphill forever.”

“…These are all well-known scientific problems with modern evolutionary theory, and they do not exhaust the list. The entire list is a very long one.”

White went on in his testimony to insist that teaching the mainstream scientific consensus concerning evolution without also presenting its alleged “weaknesses” amounted to forcing religious dogma on students. We don’t know whether White is participating in the review panels this week.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well, not only for the future of Texas young people, but for the future of students across the country. It signals the inroads that are being made by Dominionists into the public education arena. Once they can circumvent the separation of church and state, and indoctrinate our children into their worldview, they believe they will control the world.

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