If you don’t know who Kathy Martin is, you’re probably new to The Controversy between evolution and creationism.
Back in 2005, just before the Kitzmiller trial, Kansas was the focus of the battle about teaching creationism in state schools, and the queen of the Kansas creationists was Kathy Martin, pictured above. Many of you remember when, with the overt assistance of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids), the Kansas State Board of Education actually voted to change the definition of science so that it would include supernatural phenomena.
We are delighted to inform you that Kathy is back in the news. In the Topeka Capital-Journal we read State BOE talks abstinence. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
After staying largely quiet since the evolution hearings several years ago, a conservative member of the Kansas State Board of Education made her voice heard this past week on a subject she describes as “dear” to her.
What was the subject that brought Kathy back into the news? Let’s read on:
During the board’s December meeting in Topeka, Kathy Martin, a Republican from Clay Center, asked her fellow board members to not support the Kansas State Department of Education’s monetary contribution to an annual HIV/AIDS conference unless there is a balance of abstinence information provided at the event.
We think Kathy should volunteer her picture to be used as the national symbol of abstinence. The article quotes her as saying:
“This is something that is dear to me. As an educator, I can’t in good conscience tell a teenager, ‘sure, honey, put on a condom and have a good time with your boyfriend’,” she said. “It’s an issue that’s being talked about. Certain political factions are for it. Some are against it. Some of us believe it’s the best way to educate our students about sex education.”
Creationism and abstinence — what a pair of issues! And Kathy’s got ’em both. Hey, get this:
Martin said she was bringing up the issue of KSDE [Kansas State Department of Education’] providing the $8,000 because the conference, to be held in June, is in the planning stages and if the board voted not to provide the money, the conference planners should know now.
Wow — $8,000. That’s a lot of money! It’s good to attach strings to such a sum. Okay, we know you’re wondering: What happened with Kathy’s suggestion? It’s in our last excerpt:
Once her motions to not financially support the CDC conference and to put abstinence on a future board agenda were defeated, Martin said she doesn’t plan to bring the issue up again until the K-12 health standards are up for review again in 2014.
It’s a long article, with some interesting comments from other board members. If you’re a Kathy Martin fan — and who isn’t? — you should click over to the Topeka Capital-Journal and read it all. You can always count on a good time with Kathy.
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