We first encountered this guy here: Meet Jack Wu. He’s running for a seat on the Kansas Board of Education, which has traditionally been a hotbed of creationism. Since then we haven’t seen much news about him, but look what we found today:
In the Kansas City Star of Kansas City, Missouri we read Westboro attendee seeks seat on Kansas education board. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Jack Wu isn’t shy about his beliefs. Topeka is evil. Harry Potter promotes witchcraft. Christmas trees are pagan idols. Cancer is a judgment from God. And the teaching of evolution should be rooted out of Kansas schools because it’s a satanic lie.
We knew that before. It’s mainstream Kansas stuff. Here’s his campaign website: Jack Wu for Kansas State Board of Education. One of our far-flung network of secret operatives, code-name “Yankee Girl,” informed us of this trove of information posted at the Topeka Capitol Journal: voters guide — Jack Wu. This is just a small sample of what awaits you there:
Community involvement: Picketing with the Westboro Baptist Church against the sins of this land.
Why are you running? To oppose the teaching of evolution in public schools and to offer the voters an alternative to a pro-evolution incumbent. To instruct children with truth so that they may depart from evil and falsehood.
What cost-saving measures do you advocate? Evolution is like a deadly and vile disease, so it would be a cost-saving measure to get rid of the disease spreaders.
Let’s return to the Kansas City Star:
Wu is seeking to defeat first-term Democrat Carolyn Campbell of Topeka in an admittedly uphill battle for the 4th District seat on the state school board. Uphill because he only received $5 in contributions through July, the most recent reporting period.
No problem. He’s a Republican, and in Kansas that’s a big advantage on election day. The Kansas City Star continues:
Wu’s campaign, small as it is, comes at a time when the state school board is expected to consider new science standards, raising the prospect of revisiting the evolution debate that consumed the board in 1999 and again in 2005 — an issue about which Wu has strong views.
“Strong views”? One could put it like that. Here’s more:
Yet the 29-year-old Wu says it’s better to be loved by God and live in heaven than be loved by man and rot in hell.
“The Bible says if you’re hated by other people for taking a stance that’s not popular, it’s like a sign you’re chosen by God, almost,” added Wu, who describes himself as a reality television fan who works as a self-employed computer programmer and designer of video games.
But what about those new science standards the Board is considering? The news story says:
If the proposed science standards came before the board today, the vote would likely be 7 to 3 in favor, political observers believe. However, the standards won’t be complete until after the Nov. 6 school board election, when five seats will be on the ballot, including the race pitting Wu against Campbell, who favors teaching evolution.
That’s what makes this election so interesting — at least to us. We need Wu on the Board so we can have some good material for our humble blog. Here’s one more excerpt from the end:
Wu is well aware of the attention his latest candidacy has attracted and expects people to scoff at his beliefs. But he said his candidacy is not about being part of the political mainstream. “If you’re mainstream, you’re going to hell,” he said.
We think Wu would be perfect — especially since Kathy Martin won’t be running any more. We’ll miss her, but with Wu on the board, we’ll have plenty to write about. Go, Wu!
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