Friday, January 12, 2007

Although Kazakhstan a glorious country, it have a problem, too: economic, social, and Jew.

"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore," says Federal Way parent Frosty Hardison as they convinced the school board to limit showings of an "Inconvienient Truth" to the students. She's described as the "parent of seven" so obviously her problem with condoms is that she loves the soldier but hates the helmet.

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — The school board in this suburb south of Seattle has restricted showings of Al Gore's movie on global warming, including requiring that it be balanced with an adequate opposing viewpoint.

The board also required Superintendent Tom Murphy to approve when the former vice president's film, "An Inconvenient Truth," can be presented.

The decision was sparked by complaints from parents who said their children were taking the film as fact after viewing it at school.

"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven children who doesn't want the film shown at all.

"The information that's being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is," Hardison told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD."

Board President Ed Barney told The News Tribune of Tacoma on Jan. 10 that he had received about a half-dozen complaints from parents.

A whole half dozen complaints? Wow. Well, by all means then accomodate the ignorant, mouth-breathing, slope-browed yahoos who think the biblical perspective of the earth burning through the end times needs to be included in a video covering a scientific theory accepted by the vast majority of climatologists worldwide.

I hope the Federal Way school board takes a massive heaping of shit for this now that it's made the national news. They deserve it. It is not the business of schools to accomodate the ignorant. Ignorance is a condition they've been specifically tasked with correcting.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"...is our children learning" -George W. Bush

ladybug said...

Federal Way...must be named after the folks who believe in giving birth to male "patriots" to die for the Mudderland...

Dean Wormer said...

Federal Way, WASHINGTON.

Supposedly a blue state.

I know that really doesn't mean much in reality, but still...

I'd expect our neighbors to the North to be a little more progressive.

Aaron said...

You'd expect Washingtonians to be a little more progressive? You should spend a couple of hours driving around Clark County reading the crazy bumper stickers (Although the "Impeach? Hell, get a rope!" one that was once so common disappeared after the 2000 election).

Although I live in Washington I'll always consider myself to be an Oregonian. Both states are blue but Oregon's voters tend to be qurky and independent while Washington's are more conventional. We, like most states and unlike Oregon, have a sales tax, pump our own gas, have lax land use laws (although Measure 37 has changed that somewhat), can drive on most of our beaches, don't have a bottle bill and have a capitol building modeled after the US capitol in DC (I love Oregon's capitol building, it looks like a giant bowling trophy).

Washington's blue majority is based in a few densely populated urban districts. Most of the state votes Republican. I'm not too familiar with Federal Way but my guess is it's somewhat like CLark County. Here, however, we have religious and politcal right wingers who, for the most part, are refugees from Oregon. One thing many Clark County residents share is a visceral hatred for Oregon, especially Portland, that socialist Sodom and Gomorrah. The 'burbs are a wacky place to live.

Dean Wormer said...

Oh, well Vancouver - or "Vantucky" as we like to call it - is a completly different story. Tons of hate towards Oregon/ Portland coming out've that area.

Federal Way is a suburb of Seattle so you think it'd be a little more of a mixed bag. This isn't Eastern Washington we're talking about. I suspect that's why it made the national news.

But really I think the red/ blue dichotomy isn't a good model and why my last comment was somewhat tongue in cheek. People are a lot more complicated by electoral maps colored in for the tv news.