Kansas City: Evolution T-Shirts Banned

EVERYONE remembers the Kansas evolution hearings. As we all knew back then, the whole state is drenched with insanity, and that kind of deep madness doesn’t fade away — in fact, it spreads. Kansas City, Missouri straddles the border between Missouri and Kansas, but they’ve got the Kansas name and they’re on the border, so they’re afflicted with creationism too.

In the Kansas City Star of Kansas City, Missouri we read High school marching band can’t wear evolutionary T-shirts. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

T-shirts worn by the Smith-Cotton High School band have evolved into an issue among parents.

The shirts, which were designed to promote the band’s fall program, are light gray and feature an image of a monkey progressing through stages and eventually emerging as a man. Each figure holds a brass instrument. Several instruments decorate the background, and the words “Smith-Cotton High School Tiger Pride Marching Band” and “Brass Evolutions 2009” are emblazoned above and below the image.

There were no pictures provided with the news article, so we went hunting for them. Highly-evolved primate that we are, our hunt was successful. See: the band wearing the shirts and a close-up of the satanic garment.

Let’s read on:

Assistant band director Brian Kloppenburg said the shirts were designed by him, band director Jordan Summers and Main Street Logo. Kloppenburg said the shirts were intended to portray how brass instruments have evolved in music from the 1960s to modern day. Summers said they chose the evolution of man because it was “recognizable”.

Yeah, don’t try to play innocent with us. We know your deeper purpose, and it’s eeee-vil! We continue:

Although the shirts don’t directly violate the district’s dress code, Assistant Superintendent Brad Pollitt said complaints by parents made him take action. “I made the decision to have the band members turn the shirts in after several concerned parents brought the shirts to my attention,” Pollitt said.

Pollitt said the district was required by law to remain neutral on religion.

Truly a brilliant man. And a fair one too. Here’s more:

Band parent Sherry Melby, who is a teacher in the district, stands behind Pollitt’s decision. Melby said she associated the image on the T-shirt with Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. “I was disappointed with the image on the shirt,” Melby said. “I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.”

Isn’t it great how parents will stand up for what’s right? Moving along:

On Friday afternoon after practice, band members piled the shirts on a table. Although most were apathetic about the shirts, others felt the drama was unwarranted.

“It’s not like we are saying God is bad,” sophomore band member Denyel Luke said. “We aren’t promoting evolution.”

Heaven forbid! Here’s one last excerpt:

High School junior Adam Tilley said he understood why the shirts were repossessed.

“I can see where the parents are coming from,” he said. “Evolution has always been controversial.” The 17-year-old trombone player said his parents didn’t care about the shirt because it was the name of the band’s show.

We say it’s good that those shirts were confiscated. If things had gone on much longer, the children would have been doomed.

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16 responses to “Kansas City: Evolution T-Shirts Banned

  1. Where does the irony end? If anything the T-shirts promote a flawed caricature of evolution that helps creationists. But censorship is censorship, regardless of what it might promote, so even if the rubes are too clueless to know that they are objecting to, the DI must be protesting, right?

  2. Can an entire state be found guilty of child abuse? These poor kids. My only hope is that the ‘law of unintended consequences’ kicks in and one or two of these kiddo’s gets mad enough about that to do something about it… even if it takes a while for the crazy to go away. Religion is like a really tough stain… it takes multiple washings with thought and reason before it really fades.

  3. Pollitt said the district was required by law to remain neutral on religion.

    In what way does a cartoon depiction of the evolution of musical instruments in any way impinge on religion?

    It must be painful to be as belligerently ignorant as these people seem to be.

  4. HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS BEFORE ME???

    Sedalia is like, 30 minutes from my hometown.

  5. ERV says: “HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS BEFORE ME???”

    Sorry, Abbie, but my operatives are everywhere. Hey, why not buy them all as surplus, and then have a wet evolution T-shirt contest?

  6. Curmudgeon wrote: “Sorry, Abbie, but my operatives are everywhere.”

    She’d have beaten you to it, but she’s too busy “picking on the little guys” like Behe and Dembski. ;-)

  7. In what way does a cartoon depiction of the evolution of musical instruments in any way impinge on religion?

  8. In what way does a cartoon depiction of the evolution of musical instruments in any way impinge on religion?

    It’s easy for non-creationists to assert that there’s no incompatibility between accepting evolution and having faith in a transcendent Creator. But what are we supposed to say to people whose religion requires them to believe in bad science?

  9. Carl Sachs wrote: “But what are we supposed to say to people whose religion requires them to believe in bad science?”

    (sarcasm) Why nothing of course. Look no further than the DI. They claim that ID is not creationism, and that they don’t advocate teaching creationism, and more recently not even ID (just the misrepsentations of evolution that are part of both). Then along comes John Freshwater who allegedly (as if anyone doubts it by now) teaches YEC (not to mention what he “allegedly” did to the student’s arm), and the DI crawls under a rock.

  10. Of course, they fail to understand that evolution isn’t religion.

  11. LRA says: “Of course, they fail to understand that evolution isn’t religion.”

    If religion is the only thing you know, then everything is either your religion (the true one) or it’s some rival cult spawned by the devil.

  12. No, Curmudgeon, the entire state of Kansas is not drenched with insanity. I’m surprised – you don’t usually paint with such a broad brush. (Even your beloved(?) Kathy Martin was born and raised in Arkansas, not in Kansas.)

    It’s true Kansas has a ways to go, but we have some pretty dedicated folks around here fighting the ignorance.

    (Lots of links here, hope it posts)

  13. Cheryl Shepherd-Adams says: “No, Curmudgeon, the entire state of Kansas is not drenched with insanity.”

    Well, institutionally drenched. Good to see you back. Yes, lotta links. I found your comment in the spam bucket.

  14. retiredsciguy

    Ludicrous!!!

  15. Melby [who is a teacher in the district] said. “I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.”
    Boy, that is discouraging on two levels. First that science shouldn’t be associated with a school and second, that a “teacher” said this.

    Another article on this from the local Sedalia Democrat ( http://www.sedaliademocrat.com/news/0px-18740-span-font.html ) quotes Senior Drum Major Mike Howard as saying, “The theory of evolution never even crossed my mind.” Uh, even though it says evolution on it? What the He-ll are they teaching these kids?

  16. Seems strange that the argument against these t-shirts is basically that it offends the religious sensibilities of some people. Yet I don’t hear them complaining about what the kids are being taught in school. Maybe they have and were denied. If so, what makes this different?