Loaded Words Before McLeroy Debate?

Man not created by "accident" pastor says

SBOE Chairman Don McLeroy
SBOE Chairman Don McLeroy (photo by Jana Birchum)

The debate over whether to confirm the re-appointment of College Station dentist Don McLeroy as chairman of the State Board of Education is scheduled to happen in the Senate today. Considering McLeroy has stirred up a lot of controversy and opposition because of his fervent belief in (and promotion of) creationism, the words of the pastor of the day (sorry, didn't catch his name) carried some interesting connotations. In the invocation, he declared humans were "made from love, not logic," and we were "created for a purpose, not by mistake or accident."

The overwhelming majority of the governor's appointments are just rubberstamped by the Senate, but it is uncertain whether McLeroy has the two-thirds support of the body needed for confirmation. Democratic Senators Eliot Shapleigh of El Paso and Kirk Watson of Austin have led the charge against him.

Stay tuned here for blog posts or check out our Twitter coverage.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More 81st Legislature
The Senate Shuffle
The Senate Shuffle
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst makes surprise committee switches

Richard Whittaker, July 14, 2010

The Four Horsemen of the Deficit
The Four Horsemen of the Deficit
Examining the new House committees on state spending

Richard Whittaker, Jan. 13, 2010

More Education
Patrick's Advisers Call Pre-K
Pre-K "Godless"
Another sign of discord between Lite Guv and Abbott?

Richard Whittaker, April 22, 2015

SXSWedu: Steady as She Goes
SXSWedu: Steady as She Goes
Women's rights advocates push for educational equity

Jessi Cape, March 16, 2015

More by Lee Nichols
Game Changer
Game Changer
A new football culture for Austin bars

Oct. 23, 2015

Beer Flights
Beer Flights
Celis: welcome home

Aug. 17, 2012

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Education, State Board of Education, Don McLeroy, 81st Legislature

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle