Wednesday, December 09, 2009

This just in: Dunbar not running for another SBOE term

From a TFN email I just got:

We wanted TFN members and supporters to be among the first to learn about developing news at the State Board of Education. News reports today revealed that Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, has decided not to run for re-election to her seat on the Texas State Board of Education. As TFN members know full well, Dunbar has been an outspoken leader of the far-right faction on the board, repeatedly using the state's public school classrooms to wage her own personal culture war.

While Dunbar has not yet revealed the reason for her decision, her extremist track record has clearly made her a damaged brand in next year’s election — and TFN has been the leader in exposing that record.

  • TFN introduced the world to Dunbar's 2008 book, One Nation Under God, in which she called public education a “tool of perversion,” “tyrannical” and unconstitutional.
  • TFN broke the story about Dunbar's attacks against then-candidate Barack Obama, authoring an opinion column that labeled him a terrorist sympathizer who wanted another attack on America so that he could declare martial law and throw out the Constitution.
  • TFN exposed her efforts to politicize our children’s social studies classrooms and to promote creationist arguments against evolution in science classrooms.

Unfortunately, the candidate Dunbar has handpicked to be her successor shares many of her anti-science and extremist views. A blog post today at TFN Insider reveals some troubling information about Brian Russell, whom Dunbar has apparently recruited to fill her shoes on the board. So our work is not done.

Dealing with right-wing creationist d-bags is like playing Whack-A-Mole. But you gotta keep whacking.


  1. whack on brother... whack on...

  2. You might mention TFN == Texas Freedom Network.

  3. Yo Steve. We have mentioned TFN quite a lot down the years, but you're right, they cannot get enough pluggage.

  4. Actually I didn't mean it for the pluggage factor, but just so people would know what you're even talking about. It took me awhile of thinking and googling to figure out what TFN was supposed to mean, and I live in TX.

  5. Ah. Fair point. Thus I've added a link in the OP to their site, which I ought to have had the brains to do in the first place.

  6. Lucky Texas. If it weren't for school boards in states like Kansas, I'd think all the education loons only came to live here.

  7. Don't you have any vetting in your state? I mean I'd think that "not wanting to destroy the institution" would be a hiring requirement for anyone? I'm not saying Apple shouldn't hire PC users but turning down the guy who publicly writes about how Steve Jobbs is the anti-christ seems like a good idea.

  8. There's a Richmond in Texas?


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