Thursday, January 11, 2007

School Board Bows to Fundamentalist, Restricts Gore's Film

It turns out that the NSTA are not the only people who want to restrict student access to An Inconvenient Truth. The Federal Way School Board has implemented new restrictive rules for teachers screening the film in response to a complaint from a single parent.

The parent in question, Frosty Hardison, asserts:

"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."

More disturbing is the response of the school board. New rules implemented this week state that any teacher showing the film, or who has shown the film, must present "a "credible, legitimate opposing view". School Board President Ed Barney was specifically quoted as saying,

Students should hear the perspective of global-warming skeptics and then make up their minds, he said. After they do, "if they think driving around in cars is going to kill us all, that's fine, that's their choice."

Unfortunately, "skeptics" fall into one of two camps. Either they are paid members of the oil industry or they live in fantasy land. The parent in question falls clearly into the latter category. Parents living in the Federal Way school district should do their children a favour and find out what camp their school board members fall into.


Janis Mara said...

Oh, no! That's so discouraging. Especially considering that NASA scientist James E. Hansen just went on the record saying, "The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is now completely under the control of humans." (The L.A. Times story is at "I think there is still time to deal with global warming, but we need to act soon," Hansen said. Of course, how likely is that if some folks still refuse to believe humans are responsible?

Anonymous said...

It's no good. We will have to try and rationalize with the holey-book freaks on their own loony terms. I admit it's gonna be tricky since they can't agree whether the universe is 6,000 or 14,000 years old.
Still, surely even they can't dispute that CO2 levels have increased significantly since the 18th century?
There again, you get the ultra loony book bashers who are just aching to get themselves and everyone else on this planet into Hooters or whatever they call heaven these days as soon as possible and will do whatever they can to hasten it along, by active or inaction.
As a species we are farked but at least some more relatively intelligent life will survive.

actonbell said...

Al Gore compared to condoms? What a bizarre thing to say.

MOST people believe that global warming is happening. Even our passive-voice loving president has stopped being a loud opponent of this truth.
This is disturbing, indeed. And it's the greedy politicians who are ignoring science for their own gain. It an environmental holocaust.

MichaelBains said...

It's just another one of those would-be hilarious occurrences that aren't at all funny because officials with grave responsibilities take the former more seriously than the latter.

"...The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD."

Forget Global CC for a second, don't these administrators know about the first amendment? I'm sure they teach about the U.S. Constitution in in their schools. They should probably try reading it.

Ahhh, but I'm sure their religious faith forbids it. Too bad. Thanks "God" for the A.C.L.U.

elle_wags said...

Well...I'm not surprised by this. But then, it seems the world would rather live the fairytale of religion than deal with the reality of global warming. Sadly, leveraging the so called "good" book ensures political corruption for generations to come. *sigh*

Ranger X said...

As a future teacher, I cannot fathom this silliness.

gin said...

it is so always so disappointing to read about people who deny children the right to hear what are basically scientifically proven facts. Also, there seem to be too many adults out there who underestimate children/teenager's capacity to understand and rationalize. These days young people are media savvy, and no better than to let themselves be spoon fed. Seeing one film would not make there opinions one sided; it would encourage them to go out and research on the topic to find out more...

janzjottings said...

As a father of seven I doubt Mr Hardison knows what a condom is.

The Empress said...

Words can't describe what I'm feeling right now. I can't believe that Mr. Hardison is trying to stop people from seeing this movie - 'An Inconvenient TRUTH'. He obviously can't handle the truth. And what he used to dismiss it - religion! Jeeze, if this is the way all Christians are thinking, we haven't a chance!

Janis Mara said...

Great comment, janzjottings! Perhaps that's the last word!

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