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Friday, January 12, 2007

An Inconvenient Movie

Even a liberal state like Washington has its share of mouthbreathing snakehandlers. In a Seattle suburb, the school district has stopped showing “An Inconvenient Truth” because one parent complained.

Funny how one person can have so much impact. Millions of people speak out against the madness in Iraq, with no response. One person complains about a scientific movie because it doesn’t mention Adam and Eve, and Poof — it’s gone.

Frosty and Gayla Hardison complained about “An Inconvenient Truth” to the local school board. The school board has now placed a moratorium on showing the film. The Hardisons have seven children, don’t believe in sex education (they obviously never had any themselves) and they want Creationism to be taught in public schools.

Frosty Hardison said “Condoms don’t belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He’s not a schoolteacher. 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.”

Hardison also says he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old.

Gayla Hardison said “From what I've seen (of the movie) and what my husband has expressed to me, if (the movie) is going to take the approach of ‘bad America, bad America,’ I don’t think it should be shown at all. If you’re going to come in and just say America is creating the rotten ruin of the world, I don’t think the video should be shown.”

If any teachers in this district want to show “An Inconvenient Truth,” they will need the approval of the principal and the superintendent, and they will have to give equal time to Creationism and Adam and Eve.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

14,000 years old?
Don't those heathens know it's 6000??

January 12, 2007 at 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those people are silly. Everybody knows the Earth was only created six thousand years ago...

January 12, 2007 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Lori said...

This is just nuts! If the parents don't want their kids to see the movie and live in ignorance like they do, that's one thing. The kids could go to the library and do something else while the movie is being shown. But for the school district to just stop showing it because they complained? That's just ridiculous.

And as far as I'm concerned, Adam and Eve and creationism, being religion and having nothing to do with science whatsoever, have no place in the public schools.

January 12, 2007 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mike, Major: Well, it seems to be a concensus. 6,000 it is. These wingnuts need to get their myths straight.

Lori: Yup, that seems like a logical approach. If you don't want to see a movie, don't go. But I guess certain "righteous" types have to force their beliefs on everyone else. And yes, Adam and Eve and Creationism should be kept separate from science classes.

January 12, 2007 at 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe they got this through, I mean if they can stop this film based on their religious beliefs, and if the school gave in that easy then whats to spare the biology and history programs. If it is "Bad America" then can they teach about slavery? civil rights? wounded knee? what many right wingers consider that rewriting of our history.

This schoolboard has no guts


January 13, 2007 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger I.M. Dedd said...

I think there should be a rule. You cannot impact anything that goes on in the public school system unless you have a complete set of teeth. Period

January 13, 2007 at 5:51 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Exactly. I’m much more pissed at the school board than the wingnut who complained. Any large school district is gonna get complaints about everything under the sun; it’s up to the school board to grow some balls and stand up to extremists. If they keep this up, a handful of wackos will be dictating the entire school curriculum.

I.M. Dedd: Hey, there you go. That would sure keep away most of the bookburners.

January 13, 2007 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

I'm going to be an intolerant f***head here and say that I think thing those f***ing f***heads need to get a life. I get less and less tolerant of this kind of bullsh*t every day.

I agree with Erik, if the school board is ready to cave in to a couple of whacko parents on something like this, what IS there to keep more like-minded whackos from demanding an end to the teaching of real science in the district's schools? The school district sets a very disturbing precendent, not just locally but possibly nationallay, and encourages all kinds of stupid jackasses to come out of the woodwork and demand similar things to what the Hardisons demanded.

And from what you wrote, Tom, there wasn't even a lawsuit involved. I would have told those parents, "Sorry, but if you would like to challenge this in court you are welcome to try."

People such as the Hardisons get infuriated when some athiest tries to pry "under God" back out of the Pledge of Allegiance (it was wedged into the pledge in the 1950's, I believe). Well, the Hardisons are doing the same kind of thing they and their fundamentalist automatons decry... they and their ilk probably represent about 10% of the population, and in Washington maybe even less than that, but because they and maybe a handful of others are offended, they have to do this sort of thing. What f***ing crybabies.

Shame on them. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their anuses, may something happen to prove once and for all that Creationism is false, and may all they fetuses they save be gay. Amen, and now I will go take my meds.

January 13, 2007 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: You're right, those F***heads really need to get a life. And that school board needs to grow a spine and a pair of balls. This is just perverted -- one complaint and an important movie gets taken out of the curriculum.

This might be expected in some backwater town in Mississippi, but not in metropolitan Seattle. Very bad precedent.

January 14, 2007 at 1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snave, I'm with you. I'm losing patience with this nonsense. We've snerked at them long enough. It's time to take them seriously and fight back. No one took the Nazi Party seriously until it was too late. Okay, I'm taking my meds now, too.

January 14, 2007 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Candace, wasn't the slogan "Better living through chemistry" coined during the fabulous fifties? I have found that it also applies to today's world! 8-)>

January 15, 2007 at 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By Jesus, the world is 1 year old, I tell ya!! I saw it in a dream!!!

October 12, 2007 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Yes, I think you're right. Jesus told me the same thing.

October 12, 2007 at 9:59 AM  

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