January 11th, 2007

the only earth?

federal way says no to gore, yes to drowning polar bears

Al Gore, likely Oscar nominee, former Vice President, and winner of the popular vote, can add another line to his resume: getting kicked out of Federal Way schools. [p-i] Following the proud tradition showing videos as supplement to lecture time, a teacher there had been screening An Inconvenient Truth to help depress teens about the environmentally ravaged planet they're bound to inherit.

Lucky for students who prefer their teacher's droning to that of the highly successful documentary, a nutjob parent complained, comparing the Vice President to a prophylactic along the way:
"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." [p-i]
Thanks to this dimwitted critique, the school board has enacted a moratorium on showing the film until they can find someone willing to present the "other side" of the phenomenon that just about every credible scientist agrees is happening.

The rest of the article is packed full of the folk wisdom of Mr. Hardison, whose lust for apocalyptic flames apparently wasn't satisfied by the parts of the film showing the heat waves and wildfires.