Good ol’ Kathy Martin, the queen of the Kansas creationists. Many of you remember her in the glory days of Kansas creationism. That was back in 2005 when, with the assistance of the Discovery Institute, Kathy led the Kansas State Board of Education to change the definition of science so that it would include supernatural phenomena. Here’s a Wikipedia article on the Kansas evolution hearings.
The creationists didn’t do very well in recent elections for the Kansas Board of Education, so although Kathy was re-elected, her majority is gone and she’s been out of the news lately. However,we can always count on a hard-core creationist like Kathy for a good story now and then.
We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from Schools could be the front line in battle with swine flu; 1.1 million Kansans could be infected, which appears in the Lawrence Journal-World.. The bold font was added by us:
As students across Kansas return to the classroom, state officials on Tuesday warned that schools will be a primary target of the fast-spreading swine flu epidemic.
What does this have to do with Kathy? Let’s read on:
Swine flu cases have been confirmed in 46 of the 105 counties in Kansas, officials said. Twenty-three people have been hospitalized and one patient died. A vaccine is currently being tested, but may not be ready for use until September or October.
“We’re gearing up for the immunization campaign of our lifetime,” Eberhart-Phillips said. [That’s Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, state health officer.]
This news story is rather chaotic. Up to now we have no idea of the venue for Eberhart-Phillips’ remarks. We continue:
After hearing from Eberhart-Phillips, several members of the State Board of Education voiced concerns over whether schools were prepared.
Okay, we’re reading about a Board of Education meeting. Here’s more:
One Education Board member, Kathy Martin of Clay Center, said some people may be reluctant to take the vaccine because they think human embryonic tissue was used to develop it. But Eberhart-Phillips said no human embryos were used in developing the vaccine.
Yea! That’s our Kathy! She doesn’t ask if the vaccine will be effective, or when it will be ready, or whether it will be available in sufficient quantity, or what it will cost. No, she only asks the anti-science question — was it made from a chopped-up human soul? Moving along:
Local school and health officials have met several times, including on Tuesday, to discuss strategies to contain the flu.
Okay, that’s enough. The rest of the article is about what the Kansas schools are doing to prepare for the flu. But the important thing, at least for your Curmudgeon, is that Kathy is still fighting science — even when it would benefit the health of the students. What a gal!
Hey Kathy, we have a suggestion: There’s a real possibility that some evolutionists were working on this vaccine, which means it’s the devil’s work. Don’t take the vaccine, Kathy! Stay pure!
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