Thursday, November 17, 2005


The Writing on the Wall

Red State Rabble isn't exactly your go-to guy for quotes from conservative columnists such as George Will. Even so, we were struck by this comment from Will's regularly syndicated column in today's Lawrence Journal-World:
The storm-tossed and rudderless Republican Party should particularly ponder the vote last week in Dover, Pa., where all eight members of the school board seeking re-election were defeated. This expressed the community’s wholesome exasperation with the board’s campaign to insinuate religion, in the guise of “intelligent design” theory, into high school biology classes, beginning with a required proclamation that evolution “is not a fact.”

Rick Santorum read the handwriting on the wall and backed away from his position in support of teaching intelligent design in public schools, last week. Now George Will is sounding the alarm.

To bad it's too late for Kansas school board members Connie Morris, John Bacon, Iris Van Meter, and Ken Williard to do the same. They're going to be stuck defending votes for intelligent design, the appointment of the woefully inadequate Bob Corkins, the failure to support adequate funding for public schools in the state, and their latest boondoggle: "school choice."

The election is a long way away. A lot can happen between then and now, but the hysterical attack by state board chair Steve Abrams on local boards and superintendents -- they're pushing porn in the guise of literature -- indicates they're already feeling the pressure.


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