BEAUTIFUL AND BRILLIANT, Kathy Martin represents District 6 of the Kansas State Board of Education. That fortunate district includes Manhattan, Kansas, which Wikipedia tells us is the eighth-largest city in that state. Inevitably, it has been nicknamed “The Little Apple.”
Thus it is that in the Manhattan Mercury we read State Board of Education Race. Yes, Kathy Martin, having recently prevailed in a contested primary, now has the general election coming up. Here are some excerpts from the Manhattan Mercury, with bold added for emphasis:
I’m sure everyone is aware of the national attention the Kansas State Board of Education (SBOE) has received over the past few years due to the controversy surrounding the science standards. Beginning in 1999, the SBOE has rewritten the science standards every few years as majorities on the SBOE have changed with each election. The SBOE has gone back and forth between including supernatural explanations of phenomena and removing references to evolution, to returning to science standards supportive of evolution theory .
Indeed. And as you can see here: Kansas evolution hearings, Kathy has been a leader of the “supernatural science” faction, which has brought intellectual chaos and universal ridicule to Kansas. More:
The District 6 candidates are Kathy Martin, incumbent (R-Clay Center), and her challenger Christopher Renner (D-Manhattan).
Aha, Kathy has a challenger! Continuing:
In terms of the science standards, Renner said he supports the current science standards and doesn’t think that Intelligent Design is scientifically credible. On Renner’s web site, he says, “I support the current science standards, especially in regard to the teaching of mainstream evolutionary science – a scientific theory that is well-accepted in the scientific community and which impacts our daily lives in numerous ways.”
That seems reasonable. On the other hand …
On Martin’s web site, information about her says, “The truth is that Darwin’s theory is far from proven and that continuing to teach it as fact without offering competing theories for Kansas students to consider is doing them a disservice. Scientific discoveries made over the last decades, such as the DNA code in every living cell, have proven Darwin’s theory of macroevolution not to be a plausible theory.“
That’s Kathy! The article also describes the candidates’ differences on sex education, but we’ll confine our discussion to science education. As a Curmudgeon, we must maintain our deportment.
The November election will tell the tale. The people of District 6 have a clear choice, one that will affect the entire state. Will it be science or creationism?
For blogging purposes, we’d like to be able to ridicule Kansas again, but we’d prefer that America continues to be what it has been from its beginning — a beacon of enlightened civilization. Therefore we hope that Kathy suffers a well-deserved, crushing, humiliating, and absolutely devastating defeat from which she will never rise again. It’s up to the people of District 6.