SOMETIMES a state has a hot streak in the news, and it seems to be South Carolina’s turn. First there was the scandal about creationist Governor Mark Sanford and his Argentine soul-mate. Now that state is in the news again, this time because of a woman Sanford had appointed to be chairman of the state Board of Education.
In the The State of South Carolina we read State education board’s chairwoman resigns, subtitled: “Maguire had been criticized for home-schooling her children.” Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Controversial State Board of Education chairwoman Kristin Maguire has unexpectedly stepped down from her post.
Maguire, who has served on the board since 2000 and has served as chairwoman since January, sent a letter to her 16 board members and Gov. Mark Sanford on Friday, citing her parents’ poor health and the growing needs of her teenage children as the reason for her resignation.
Okay, those are good reasons. Let’s read on:
One of the board’s most conservative members, Maguire co-founded a group that encourages abstinence-only education and the teaching of intelligent design in schools. She also is active in politics, serving on the state Republican Party’s executive committee.
She is the nation’s only home-schooler to head a public-school state board.
Obviously she’s one of those “social conservatives” — the Noah’s Ark, no fooling around variety. We’re always pleased whenever such a person leaves public office.
But is there more to this story?
The blogsophere is wild with rumors that — besides the needs of her parents and her teenage children — there are additional reasons in this woman’s private life that have compelled her to resign.
You can search around and find such stories, but you won’t find them here — not yet. When what we regard as responsible news sources start reporting such matters, we’ll join in. Until then, you can get your rumors elsewhere.
It is our delight to report about creationist sleaze, but only when it’s verifiable sleaze.
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