YOU all know who Lauri Lebo is. During the forty-day trial that led to the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, Lauri was a reporter for the York Daily Record, the local paper for the site of the trial. Lauri’s byline was the brand name for superbly written, in-depth news stories from the courthouse.
Lauri and her work were prominently mentioned in the NOVA documentary, Judgment Day. She is also the author of: The Devil in Dover: An Insider’s Story of Dogma v. Darwin in Small-town America. Our last post about Lauri was here: Lauri Lebo on the Texas Textbook Massacre.
Now she’s done it again. At the website Religion Dispatches we read Mark Souder Appeared in Ben Stein’s “Expelled”. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Yesterday’s announced resignation of Republican Rep. Mark Souder amid sex scandal seems to be your ho-hum garden-variety affair with a part-time staffer. Thus far, there has been nothing to suggest that adult diapers, wide stances or non-consensual tickling was involved.
Fabulous paragraph! Let’s read on:
… Souder had touted himself as a conservative “family values” politician and tireless advocate for abstinence-only-until-holy-union-of-marriage public school education. This certainly raises the question that if an aging white-haired paunchy married grandfather can’t keep his pants zipped, why for God’s sake should we expect teenagers?
Another great paragraph! We continue:
But an interesting side note to the story is that Souder is also an intelligent-design proponent and even had a bit part in the Ben Stein ID movie Expelled, in which he decried the scientific community for not being more tolerant to the concept of revamped creationism. In 2008, he said, “I personally believe that there is no issue more important to our society than intelligent design.” The blog Sensuous Curmudgeon gave Souder a congressional buffoon award for his fervent embrace of the issue.
That’s the best paragraph ever! A brief, shining moment in the blogging career of your humble Curmudgeon. (But Lauri, it’s not just a Congressional award — it’s global. Souder is merely the first Congressman to win it.)
Here’s Lauri’s final paragraph. We usually don’t copy almost all of anyone’s article, but this was a brief one, excellent throughout, and it wasn’t easy to find anything to omit. We certainly couldn’t leave this out:
So, Souder wasn’t just your typical “family values” horn-dog unable to practice what he preached. He’s also the kind of person who believes evolution destroys morality.
Here’s a link to all of Lauri’s articles at Religion Dispatches. Click on over there and read a few. They’re all good.
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