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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
When I'm walking under stars / I covet all the waning hours
— Neko Case, Tightly
January 11, 2007
An Inconvenient Apocalypse

Tragically, this is not a joke. The emphasis is mine.

Anybody who thinks the separation of church and state still exists in the United States clearly hasn’t experienced enough fire and brimstone.

Federal Way schools restrict Gore film
‘Inconvenient Truth’ called too controversial

This week in Federal Way schools, it got a lot more inconvenient to show one of the top-grossing documentaries in U.S. history, the global-warming alert “An Inconvenient Truth.”

After a parent who supports the teaching of creationism and opposes sex education complained about the film, the Federal Way School Board on Tuesday placed what it labeled a moratorium on showing the film. The movie consists largely of a PowerPoint presentation by former Vice President Al Gore recounting scientists’ findings.

“Condoms don’t belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He’s not a schoolteacher,” said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who also said that he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old. “The information that’s being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is. … The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn’t in the DVD.

Al Gore’s speech at the TED conference is well worth watching.

What shocks (but doesn’t surprise) me about this is the criteria they’ve placed on showing the film. According to the article these are:

teachers who want to show the movie must ensure that a “credible, legitimate opposing view will be presented,”

I was completely unaware that the bible was either credible or legitimate. As I recall Jesus turned water into wine, walked on water, was resurrected from the dead. In addition to this Moses parted the red sea and turned his staff into a snake.

None of these things are possible according to the laws science, and yet the whole book is apparently credible and legitimate.

Posted by skooter at 6:36 AM This entry is filed under Politics.
This entry is tagged: Al Gore, America, Creationism, Environmentalism

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