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The odious Sally Kern

Remember Sally Kern, the Oklahoma legislator caught on tape babbling about the gay conspiracy? It’s worse than it sounded: it seems Kern has a gay son who she has essentially deleted from her public life.

And these are the people who claim ownership of the word “family”…


Here’s something even worse than the self-destruction of her own family: Kerns is the sponsor of Oklahoma House Bill 2211, the “Religious Viewpoints Antidiscrimination Act”. You can tell from the title what it is: a bill that would privilege religious opinions over scientific information in public school classrooms. The story is all over the Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education page, as you might guess. The bad news is that the HB 2211 has passed in the House and is on its way to the Oklahoma senate, where we’d better hope it gets shot down. Here’s what it does:

The bill requires public schools to guarantee students the right to express their religious viewpoints in a public forum, in class, in homework and in other ways without being penalized. If a student’s religious beliefs were in conflict with scientific theory, and the student chose to express those beliefs rather than explain the theory in response to an exam question, the student’s incorrect response would be deemed satisfactory, according to this bill.

The school would be required to reward the student with a good grade, or be considered in violation of the law. Even simple, factual information such as the age of the earth (4.65 billion years) would be subject to the student’s belief, and if the student answered 6,000 years based on his or her religious belief, the school would have to credit it as correct. Science education becomes absurd under such a situation.

Oklahomans, call or write your state senators NOW.

Comments

  1. #1 Awk & Pshaw
    March 16, 2008

    I suggest that all colleges and universities work together to develop a test to distinguish baptards from legitimate students as a part of the regular admissions process. That will force the baptards into the ‘bible colleges’ where they can get the ‘edumacation’ they truly deserve.

    Hey, the world needs ditchdiggers, too.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?, OM
    March 16, 2008

    Thy Will be done, on plate as it is in Italy

    Holy wisdom thou speakest!

    Get back on the high road, PZed. Retract your comments about her son.

    One might almost think this was a thoughtless remark coming out of the homophobic past you and I were both raised in.

    Regardless of his orientation, you aren’t being fair to him. He’s got enough problems as it is. Where would you be today if she were your mother?

    It’s not about him, it’s about her. Her son is “celibate for God” in a denomination that has no monachic tradition whatsoever? The hypothesis that he’s gay and she can’t deal with it, so it drives her insane and therefore she gives insane speeches, is quite parsimonious.

  3. #3 mirc
    September 28, 2008

    Wow. Cool. Morris Dees and the SPLC are my kind of folk.

  4. #4 kelebek
    September 29, 2008

    I am using firefox beta 3 :( and Firebug is for an older version …