Question evolution! campaign and Texas

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Texas is a very influential state in the United States when it comes to biology textbooks.[1] A supporter of Creation Ministries International with a large Christian YouTube audience has declared he is going to aggressively promote the Question evolution! campaign, which is a worldwide anti-evolution campaign, in the state of Texas.[2]

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The popular Christian YouTube producer, Shockofgod, has vowed to promote Creation Ministries International's Question evolution! campaign aggressively in the state of Texas due to its large influence on textbooks throughout the United States.[3] Shockofgod is an ex-atheist and his channel features many anti-atheism videos. His YouTube videos have cummulatively received millions of views since his YouTube channel's inception.[4] The Question evolution! campaign is being primarily conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.[5]

Growing Question evolution! campaign effort directed towards Texas

On June 20, 2011, Shockofgod said a team of volunteers was going to shortly start calling Texas churches and ask them to get involved in the Question evolution! campaign.[6] On June 23, 2011, it was announced that the volunteer team would start contacting Texas churches on June 24, 2011.[7] In addition, a volunteer wrote: "I am so excited. I am going to get the t-shirt, tracts, and walk around my city!"[8] On July 3, 2011, it was reported that a Question evolution! campaign volunteer contacted about 65 churches in the state of Texas in one week. On August 22, 2011, it was reported that 331 Texas churches have been contacted.[9] On September 20, 2011, it was reported that 441 Texas churches have been contacted.[10] On September 23, 2011, 503 Texas churches had been contacted.[11]

Also, during the 2011/2012 school year, key creationist activists are going to be contacted concerning the campaign.[12][13]

March 18, 2012 update on a Question evolution! campaign group's activities and plans

A March 18, 2012 update on a Question evolution! campaign's group's activities and plans can be found HERE.

Texas: Influential state as far as United States biology textbooks

In 2010, the Utne Reader declared concerning Texas's influence on national textbooks:

The politicized textbooks would be a problem just inside Texas, but economic factors have given the state a huge influence over textbooks throughout the country. Unlike many other states, Texas makes the decisions on a state level on what books local school districts can buy. So when the state makes a decision on what books to purchase for its 4.7 million high schoolers, publishers take notice. The only bigger market for textbooks in the country is California, a state whose budget is in such disarray, it announced that it won’t be buying new books until 2014. In the meantime, an anonymous industry executive told Washington Monthly, “publishers will do whatever it takes to get on the Texas list,” even if that means caving in to right-wing activists.[14]

Texas is expected to purchase $1 billion in textbooks in 2012-13.[15]

In addition, an excerpt from a 2011 MSNBC news article entitled Creationism controversy again slips into Texas textbook debate states: "In any event, school districts don't have to follow the board's recommendation, under a new law that gives them the sole authority to spend their state education funds."[16]

Furthermore, Shockofgod has challenged Texas YouTube atheists Matt Dillahunty and AronRa to answer the 15 questions for evolutionists which are featured in Creation Ministries International's Question Evolution campaign.[17]

Related anti-evolution efforts at the time of the Question evolution! campaign

The Question evolution! campaign will be primarily conducted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.[18]

In 2011, the results of a study was published indicating that most United States high school biology teachers are reluctant to endorse the theory of evolution in class. [19] At the time of the Question evolution! campaign, other creationists plus intelligent design proponents were engaged in legislative actions encouraging students to critically examine the evolutionary paradigm. In 2011, eight anti-evolution bills were introduced into United States state legislatures encouraging students to employ critical thinking skills when examining the evolutionary paradigm. In 2009, there were seven states which required critical analysis skills be employed when examining evolutionary material within schools.[20]

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