The state of Kansas is always in the forefront of creationist controversy. Our last post about the Kansas State Board of Education was Kansas Creationism: “We’re Not Crackpots”.
In the years between 1999 and 2007, that state had five different sets of science standards, some wildly opposed to evolution, and some — like those at the moment — tolerant of the science. This is an election year, and 5 of the 10 board seats are on the ballot this fall. In Kansas, that means evolution will be on the ballot.
At the website of The Christian Post, which says it’s “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website,” we read Kansas School Board Candidate Wants to Ban Evolution From Schools. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Jack Wu, a native of California who moved to Topeka after joining the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, is running against 4th District incumbent Carolyn Wims-Campbell, who was elected in 2008.
The Westboro Baptist Church? Even in Kansas, that should raise some eyebrows. We want to know more:
“The current public educational system in Kansas and the United States is preparing its students to be liars, crooks, thieves, murderers, and perverts,” said Wu in an entry on his campaign site.
We love this guy! Here’s his website: Jack Wu for Kansas State Board of Education. It boldly declares:
Let’s be specific. Evolution should never be taught in public schools as science. Evolution is false science! God made the heaven and the earth and created humans from the dust of the earth! The very bad teachers that teach that men descended from apes via evolution need to have their teaching licenses revoked. Yes, students should be taught that God created everything.
Our eyes turn upwards. For a blog like ours, Wu is a gift from heaven. Let’s read on in The Christian Post:
“My mission, in running for the Kansas State Board of Education, is to throw out the crap that teachers are feeding their students and replace it with healthy good for the soul knowledge from the holy scriptures.”
Our understanding is that this is Kathy Martin’s last term on the school board, and we were wondering who could possibly replace her as the inspiration for this humble blog. Now we have the answer. Come on, Kansas! Elect Jack Wu!
The news story continues:
While Wu hopes to have the Theory of Evolution completely removed from the public curriculum, many major creationist organizations do not share that position.
That’s interesting. Wu is so far out there that even the usual creationist organizations are running away from him. First they quote Mark Looy, co-founder and chief communications officer for Answers in Genesis:
“Answers in Genesis opposes efforts to remove evolution teaching from schools. It is a major worldview that affects so much of society, and thus it needs to be studied,” said Looy. “However, students, using their critical thinking skills, should be able to study evolution warts and all. AiG welcomes challenges to ‘molecules-to-man’ evolution, which sadly is a belief system that is taught as fact in most public school science classrooms.”
If AIG thinks Wu is too extreme, that’s your clue that Wu is someone to watch. Then The Christian Post quotes another creationist spokesman:
Lawrence Ford, director of communications for the Institute for Creation Research, told CP that his organization does not support efforts like Wu’s to ban the teaching of evolution or mandate the teaching of creation science.
We don’t believe those guys, by the way. Deep down we think they’re just like Wu, or maybe even more extreme, but they’ve been through a lot and they know how the courts are likely to rule. They’ve learned to play it safe, preach to the faithful, and the money keeps rolling in. A hotshot like Wu could ruin a good thing, so they tactfully keep their distance. But they probably admire him.
We can’t resist giving you another quote from Wu’s campaign website:
The lies of men and of the devil need to be expelled from the classrooms of Kansas, and of the United States, and of the world. Make room for the truth of God!
Your Curmudgeon’s prayer is that the good folks of Kansas will demonstrate their usual wisdom in such things and elect Jack Wu to the Kansas State Board of Education. That will provide us with a never-ending abundance of blogging material. Let it be so!
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