We found some good background on the subject of our recent post, Alabama Creationism Bill for 2012. At the website al.com, the online presence for three Alabama newspapers, the Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times and Mobile’s Press-Register, we read: Alabama legislation proposes off-campus religion classes for public school students. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Joseph Kennedy, 84, got fired in 1980 for reading the Bible and teaching creationism at Spring Garden Elementary School when parents of the public school sixth-grade students objected and he refused to stop.
But he said he still has a dream of teaching public school students about creationism, so he asked his legislator to help him encourage the Etowah County School Board to offer “release-time” classes, in which public high school students could go off campus to study creationism and get an elective credit for it.
Rep. Blaine Galliher, R-Rainbow City, said he introduced the bill at the request of Kennedy, a member of his district.
Interesting, isn’t it? The bill pending in the Alabama legislature had its genesis — so to speak — in the dream of a fired teacher who is still obsessed with teaching creationism. We rarely find this kind of background information. Here’s more:
Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, said Galliher’s bill would be debated the week of Feb. 28 in the House of Representatives’ Education Policy Committee, which she chairs.
“It looks like it’s a very viable way to offer some elective courses for kids that have many opportunities for electives,” McClurkin said. “To me, this would be a real good one, to be able to study religion.”
How does someone like Mary Sue get to be chairman of an education committee? Well, we’ve seen such things in other states. Let’s read on:
Kennedy, a member of Southside Baptist Church near Gadsden, said he and his supporters have formed a board of directors for the Institute for Biblical Studies, which would offer a creationism class if a released-time class law were passed.
Isn’t that great? Even now they’re getting ready to teach the kiddies. We continue:
Kennedy, who was a principal at Hardin Elementary School in Centre in Cherokee County during the 1970s, said he has a doctorate in Christian education from Freedom Seminary in Jacksonville, Fla., and is qualified to teach the classes. He also has a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Alabama and has written 15 books, seven on creationism, he said.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He wrote seven books on creationism! Did we say he was obsessed? That word wasn’t strong enough.
This is a long article, and it’s rather informative about the legal pros and cons of the pending legislation, but we’ll skip most of it. The last paragraph, however, is one you must see:
“We need a school bus and we need a building and textbooks,” Kennedy said. “The textbook will be ‘The Defender Study Bible,’ with notes by Henry Morris, author of ‘The Genesis Flood,’ who started the creationist movement.“
Henry Morris? The kids are going to get school credit for that? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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