The record is unmistakable — we’ve been ignoring Idaho. It hasn’t been intentional, but Idaho rarely gets mentioned in our humble blog. That’s going to change, starting today.
In the current race for Governor of that state, one of the candidates is Walter Bayes. He, along with Russ Fulcher and Harley Brown, are running against the incumbent Governor, Butch Otter, in the Republican Primary May 20. Why do we care? It’s because of a column written by Bayes, which was brought to our attention by the Drool-o-tron™.
We can’t find Bayes’ campaign website. Maybe he doesn’t have one. The only biographical information we could locate about the guy is in this article from a couple of weeks ago, where he answered a newspaper’s questionnaire: Walt Bayes questionnaire response. He hasn’t held any political office before, but he says he pastored the Fargo Community Church for seven years.
His column appears the Idaho Statesman of Boise, Idaho. It appears to be part of a series they’re running about the candidates and the issues. This one is Walter Bayes on Idaho’s prison challenges. They have a picture of Bayes with his column — he looks like an Old Testament prophet. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The prison system is a very complicated subject. There are two major problems we are facing.
To be brutally candid, your Curmudgeon has no interest whatsoever in the Idaho prison system. The only reason we’re here is because the Drool-o-tron™ detected strong signs of creationism. We’ll have to skip around until we find it. Let’s see … ah, he gives an interesting bible quote:
Jeremiah 13:23, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”
What does the Ethiopian’s skin have to do with Idaho prisons? Let’s read on:
The Bible states the only way a man can be saved and his heart changed is to accept Jesus Christ and follow his commandments. I myself had a very foul mouth … . I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, and ever after it brought tears to my eyes that anyone would take the Lord’s name in vain. … I am not suggesting we force Christianity on anyone, but simply make sure there are Christian ministers and literature available.
That’s a good use of state funds. He continues:
Today’s schools teach evolution and sex ed, in direct opposition to the word of God. They teach young girls that they should enter the workplace and compete with men, and to forsake the God-given duties of a wife and mother.
When you take God out of school, you have an ungodly school, and you will have to build another prison to hold ungodly graduates.
Wow — teaching evolution means we have to keep building more prisons! Perhaps this guy has discovered the true cause of society’s problems. We hope Idaho elects Walter Bayes. We’ll have great blogging material every day. Here’s more:
When you buy a new car you get a manual on how to care for your new acquisition. The car now belongs to you. … When God made man and gave him a family, he gave us a Bible, which is a manual. You follow the teachings of Christ, and things will work out all right, or you can let the government raise your kids, and you will need a prison to hold them!
Walter Bayes seems to have answers. If you live in Idaho, he could be the Governor you’ve been looking for. We’ll keep you advised about his progress — that is, if he ever finds his way into the news again.
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