December 2008 Darwinist Censors / Ken Mercer / Petition for Strengths and
The Darwinists are at it again,
censoring out things not supportive of their
world view. As misleading as usual, they are
telling anyone in the media who will listen and
report that the dastardly conservative
Christians on the Texas State Board of Education
(SBOE) are trying to "insert strengths and
weaknesses" language into the Texas science
standards. They are wrong on the science and the
The "strengths and weaknesses" language of the
Texas TEKS has been in place since at least the
1990's, and in other forms, the 1980's!
Nonetheless, the Darwinists have now stripped
"strengths and weaknesses" language from the
TEKS. We urgently need each of you to politely
write your SBOE members (here)
to ask them to reject the Darwinists'
evolution-as-fact language and retain the
strengths and weaknesses language. (Details in
"Citizen Involvement" section below.)
"A fair result
can be obtained only by fully stating and
balancing the facts on both sides of each
question..." - Charles Darwin in
Origin of the
Species by Means of Natural Selection or the
Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle
QUESTIONS IS GOOD!
Editorial by Ken
Mercer is a former member of the Texas
Legislature, has degrees in Biology and
Business, represents District 5 (San Antonio
area) on the State Board of Education, and is a
member of Governor Perry's Homeland Security
I want to present the other side of the State
Board of Education's debate on teaching
scientific strengths and "weaknesses" of
evolutionary theory in future textbooks.
Freedom Network (TFN), an ultra-liberal advocacy
group, funded and published the research
study quoted by the Express-News.
Using political "red herrings," TFN testifiers
incorrectly implied teaching scientific
weaknesses is a new requirement. They argued
that allowing discussion of weaknesses would
lead to teaching religion and subsequent
The fact is Texas has allowed teaching
scientific weaknesses in science textbooks for
the last 20 years. In that period of time, not
one lawsuit was filed; and for the record, the
teaching of creationism and intelligent design
is not found in any current textbook adopted by
the State of Texas.
TFN's real agenda may be illustrated in this
consistent, three-fold testimony to the State
Board of Education: (1) Evolution is a fact; (2)
there are no weaknesses to that theory; and (3)
students are "unqualified" to ask questions.
Is evolution a fact? Most people of faith agree
with what is commonly referred to as
evolution," small changes that are clearly
visible. We see this in new vaccines and new
strains of flu. You can witness evidence of
microevolution downtown in any city via the
thousands of varieties of stray dogs and cats.
evolution was commonly understood as those major
changes that could occur if one species jumped
to another. For example, have you ever seen a
dog-cat, or a cat-rat? The most famous example
of macroevolution is the Darwinian "man from an
Realizing the weakness in macroevolution,
Darwinists changed the meaning. Whatever their
new definition, where is the evidence for one
species changing to another?
Are there weaknesses to the theory of evolution?
I asked the testifiers at the SBOE meeting about
Haeckel's embryo drawings, which appeared
in science textbooks for almost 100 years. His
drawings implied that a fish, salamander,
turtle, pig, etc. - each had almost the
identical embryology of a human.
When I redirected the question, the testifiers
admitted that Darwinist Haeckel was a fraud and
that his "research" should never have appeared
in textbooks. But it did.
The famous "missing link," the
survived scientific method and peer review for
almost 40 years. Finally someone was allowed to
ask a question and found a weakness. This
missing link was really the jawbone of an
orangutan fused to a human skull. British
Broadcasting called this the greatest scientific
fraud of the 20th century.
The third part of the liberal agenda is most
troubling. How can anyone state that students
are "unqualified" to ask questions?
I consistently argued for
speech and academic freedom. The
opposition publicly argued against these
In the 19th century,
Wilberforce, the focus of the recent
biographical movie "Amazing Grace," argued
against the intellectual elite of Great Britain.
He is credited with ending the
nightmare known as the "Black Slave Trade."
History is not kind to Darwinian evolutionists
who push their theory as truth, no weaknesses
and no questions allowed. In this 21st Century,
scientific research that opposes academic
freedom will never pass any "smell test."
I stand for students who will always ask
questions and search for truth.
An agenda that
opposes both freedom of speech and academic
freedom is unpatriotic, un-American, and
State School Board
All conservative incumbents won handily, in spite
of being massively outspent by money raised out of
district by ultra liberal groups.
Needed on Three Fronts! - We have an urgent
need for assistance in three areas.
please take a few minutes now to write a politely
worded letter of support to the State Board of
Education encouraging them to keep the "scientific
strengths and weaknesses" language that has served
Texas well for TWENTY YEARS without a single legal
challenge. You might also point out one or two of
your favorite weaknesses of evolution
theories--there are so many to choose from! Email
the Board at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Other contact
information is located
please take a minute and sign our "Teach
of Evolution Petition"
It will only take 30 seconds and will help counter
the Darwinist dogma that no one questions
evolution. Forward to a friend as well!
January 21, 2009 on your calendar. This is the
day public testimony will be taken before the full
State Board of Education in Austin. It is
especially important that you consider testifying
if you are a teacher or have Ph.D. credentials.
For more information, see:
The Origin of Species
by Charles Darwin.
While we certainly
agree with Sir Charles, any study of
evolution should include his landmark book. Don't
forget to read the two full chapters where he
himself raises "difficulties" and
"objections"--most of which remain to this day.
Other weaknesses of evolution are spread
throughout the book.
Darwin also famously noted that
"...I am well
aware that scarcely a single point is discussed in
this volume on which facts cannot be adduced,
often apparently leading to conclusions directly
opposite to those at which I have arrived."
Note that an inescapable result of unbridled
naturalistic Darwinism is racism, which he wrote
more about in
The Descent of Man.
ROOTS & FRUITS of
EVOLUTION - TOTALITARIAN REGIMES - PART 1
A belief in
Darwinism has supported evil since the 1800s.
Numerous totalitarian regimes have found
justification in murderous policies--finding
comfort that violence is justified in the
"struggle for survival" or "survival of the
The Subtitle of Darwin's book (nearby) is
"By Means of
Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured
Races in the Struggle for Life".
Engels, a contemporary of Karl Marx, wrote Marx
shortly after Darwin's publication and said,
"Darwin, whom I am
just now reading, is splendid."
Karl Marx reportedly wrote back to Engels,
"This is the book
which contains the basis in natural history for
our view." A few weeks later he wrote to
"Darwin's book is very important and serves me as
a basis in natural science for the class struggle
Marx later sent a personally inscribed copy of his
most important book,
Das Kapital, to Darwin, stating in his own
penmanship that he was a
There are MANY more examples. Benjamin Wiker's
Darwinism" can be ordered from Amazon
West's book, "Darwin
Day in America,"
also addresses some of these issues and may be
ordered from Amazon
No Intelligence Allowed":
If you didn't
see it in theaters, be sure to get the DVD. It
would also make a great teacher gift to your
favorite biology student, teacher or principal.
If you see a copy, don't hesitate to snap it up as
they are reported nearly sold out around the state
The Institute for Creation Research Graduate
School (ICR-GS) continues to be summarily snubbed
by the Governor Perry-appointed Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The latest
is that an administrative judge has ruled against
We call on the THECB to:
hiding documents regarding the ICR application,
Immediately grant ICR an operating license in
refund ICR legal costs in defending their
about how you can file your own Public Information
Act (PIA) request with the THECB is located online
from Greg Abbott's Attorney General's website
or the THECB website
It is your right and duty to keep our government
checked, and the Texas PIA is a powerful tool to
help do so.
OTHER RESOURCES FOR JOINING THE CURRENT BATTLE:
You can call the
Governor's office at 800-252-9600 or contact them
in other ways listed at the
Governor's website here. ICR's
administrative appeal (details
More information can be found at the
ICR website here or at their "Never Stop
Questioning" portal (click
lets one drill down to about any level of detail
on many important questions of both science and
HISTORY NOTES & QUOTES
Four separate times in our founding document the
are references to the
The Founders declared that they were assuming
"...the separate and equal station to which the
Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle
In the Declaration, the founders appealed to
"...the Supreme Judge of the world..." and
"...with a firm reliance on the protection of
divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each
other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred
Perhaps the most cherished sentence in this most
important document in the history of man
governing man is
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that
all men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable
rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and
the pursuit of Happiness."
They were not shy about stating their beliefs
nor did they try to separate them from the
Full text of the Declaration of Independence may
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