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.