This has been all over the news today, so you may already know about it. The Arizona Republic of Phoenix, Arizona, the state capital, has this headline: Creationist Sylvia Allen to lead Arizona Senate education panel. The newspaper has a comments feature, and it already has 43 comments. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us:
One of the best-known lightning rods in the Arizona Legislature will now help shape the future of education. Senate President Andy Biggs named Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee. Allen replaces Kelli Ward, who resigned the Senate earlier this month to focus on her congressional run.
Why is Sylvia Allen a “lightning rod”? We’re told:
Allen is best known for her controversial public comments over the years. During a legislative hearing in 2009, she said the Earth is 6,000 years old, a belief held by “Young Earth” biblical creationists. In 2013, a Facebook post about chem-trail conspiracies gained widespread media attention, as did a March comment suggesting mandatory church attendance.
M’god — the woman is crazed! Wikipedia has an article on her: Sylvia Allen. It briefly mentions her mandatory church proposal, but it doesn’t tell us much else. However, the newspaper gives us a link to her chem-trial post at Facebook, which says:
Ok, I do not want to get into a debate about weather. However, I know what I see weekly up here on the flat where I live outside of Snowflake. The planes usely [sic], three or four, fly a grid across the sky and leave long white trails streaming behind them. I have watched the chem-trails move out until the entire sky is covered with flimsy, thin cloud cover. It is not the regular exhaust coming from the plane it is something they are spraying. It is there in plain sight. What is it they are leaving behind that covers the sky? Things are happening all around us that we see everyday and just don’t get what it is. I think we throw the “conspiracy theory” at people when we don’t understand or have the information they have so we try and explain it that way. Plus we just don’t want to believe that our government would do anything terrible to us. Well, just a few examples, the IRS attack on the Tea Party, Benghazi, wire taping, Fast and Furious just to name a few and we think that they would not manipulate our weather?
Let’s read some more from the Arizona Republic:
Allen, who graduated from Snowflake High School and did not attend college, is co-founder of George Washington Academy, an EdKey, Inc. charter school in Snowflake.
That must be a wonderful school! But what about the position to which she’s just been appointed? What does the Senate Education Committee do? We’re told:
As chairwoman, she will control which legislative education proposals succeed and which ones die.
Oh, is that all? We assume there will be a Discoveroid “academic freedom” bill in Arizona’s future. It will also have the backing of Senate president Andy Biggs, the genius who appointed Allen to the education committee.
The story goes on a bit, but the rest doesn’t interest us. Next year should be interesting in Arizona. We look forward to it.
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