Monday, March 28, 2005

Shawnee & Lenexa School Board At-Large

Kansas City Star | 03/28/2005 | Candidates want more reliable funding for schools:
[Cindy] Neighbor said evolution is a theory and since science is theory-based, it should be taught in science classes.

“Intelligent Design is not a theory and there are no facts to back it,” she said. “It might be something for other courses to look at, but I don't believe it belongs in the sciences.”

[Mark] Lassalle said he wouldn't have a problem with Intelligent Design being introduced into science classes if other theories, such as evolution, are also introduced.
I enthusiastically endorse incumbent Cindy Neighbor. Not only does she understand science, but she wants to reintroduce foreign language to elementary schools. I don't care strongly about that, but I don't see any argument against it, and there are lots of reasons to introduce young kids to foreign languages, even if it doesn't stick.

And Cindy's line is exactly right. Most of these candidates manage to put together a halfway decent paragraph that equivocates on science and faith and everything under the sun.

"Intelligent Design is not a theory and there are no facts to back it. … I don't believe it belongs in the sciences."

I'd like to quote Arlo Guthrie, in Alice's Restaurant:

You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and they won't take him.
And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them.
And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin' a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an organization.
And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.

And that's what it is , the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement, and all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it come's around on the guitar.
Wouldn't a movement be nice? If fifty people a day walking into school boards, press offices, and legislatures saying "Intelligent Design is not a theory and there are no facts to back it. … I don't believe it belongs in the sciences." and walked out, they may think it's a movement.

And friends, that's what it is. The Thoughts from Kansas Pro-Science Movement. All you got to do to join is sing it the next time the anti-science roadshow rolls through your town. With feeling. (If you want to do more, we do take donations through the Amazon wish-list in the right column.)

Alice's Restaurant Massacre” by Arlo Guthrie from the album Alice's Restaurant (18:37).