The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that creationism, the Biblical concept of the creation of life on Earth, cannot be taught in public schools, but that's not stopping the four Republican candidates for Texas Lieutenant Governor to say they support it anyway, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"I believe the break up of the family started when we took God out of the classroom," State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) says at campaign appearances.
The other Republican candidates, including incumbent David Dewhurst, wasted no time to show how much they agree with Patrick.
"I understand there are a lot of people who disagree with me, and they believe in evolution," Dewhurst said. "I think that's a fair discussion to be able to expose both sides to our students."
The State Board of Education last month rejected a proposal by conservatives to approve only science textbooks which include the teaching of creationism.
Patrick says it's time that conservatives stood up and supported Biblical values.
"Don't back down," he said. "Don't step back and say, I don't want to be politically incorrect and offend you," he said.
A spokeswoman for Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Leticia Van de Putte declined a request for comment.