Johnny West, associate director of the Disco. Inst.‘s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture, is upset with the New York Times:
Message to New York Times Editorial Page: Hire a Fact-Checker … The Times apparently hasn’t been paying attention to Texas during the past decade, because … the “strengths and weaknesses” language the Times’ editorialists so fear has been part of the Texas science standards since at least 1998! In short, the Texas State Board of Education isn’t considering whether to add “strengths and weaknesses” language; it’s the Darwinists [sic] who are trying to remove the language that has been in the Texas science standards for a decade.
The problem is, the quote West chose to illustrate his claim that the Times is talking about adding that language acknowledges that this is not a new thing:
The Texas State Board of Education is again considering a science curriculum that teaches the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution, setting an example that several other states are likely to follow. [emphasis added]
I’m sure that Disco. staff are paid by the ton for their BS, so I don’t hold generalized BSing against them. I do wish they’d care enough to make their self-contradictions less blatantly obvious.