A controversial 35-year Texas educator who claims President Obama was a “prostitute” and that “evolution leads to mass shootings” is the newest member of the Texas School Board of Education.
Mary Lou Bruner was elected on Super Tuesday to represent Texas District 9. She replaces fellow Republican Thomas Ratliff, a moderate who tried to put an end to the circus atmosphere at the board.
Bruner’s comments have gone viral on conservative and liberal news sites in recent years. And the Texas SBOE has been in national headlines for years for trying to rewrite school history books to sway toward a Christian interpretation that includes creationism over evolution in curriculum. Topics like climate change and slavery have repeatedly been debated.
Regarding science, Bruner recently made claims that water did not carve out the Grand Canyon, and she blames the theory of evolution for school shootings, according to a Times-Picayune report.
She has also called Obama a prostitute in the past. In one of her many Facebook rants, Bruner posted:
“Obama has a soft spot for homosexuals because of the years he spent as a male prostitute in his twenties. That is how he paid for his drugs. He has admitted he was addicted to drugs when he was young, and he is sympathetic with homosexuals; but he hasn’t come out of the closet about his own homosexual/bisexual background.”
In addition to her bigotry, she is also a sympathizer for the Old South and the Confederacy. In a 2014 Facebook post/rant, the educator wrote that the Civil War was not a war about slavery but instead was a war on taxes/tariffs.
Take a gander at the full post:
The educator has repeatedly posted and deleted rants like the one above.
Texas has a huge influence on school book publishing. This state is the same that taught children that enslaved Black people were “workers from Africa.”