Friday, August 18, 2006


Bacon: The Issue Won't Go Away

The August 11 issue of Science, (sub. req.) published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world, takes note of the victory by moderates in the Kansas school board primary election.

The article, by Yudhijit Bhattarcharjee, titled, "Evolution Trumps Intelligent Design in Kansas Vote," reports:

John Bacon, one of the two pro-ID incumbents who won last week's primaries, promises that the issue won't go away. "It's unfortunate that we'll now be forced to again teach evolution as the only possible explanation for the origin of life," he says."
The issue won't go away?

As long as John Bacon, Ken Willard, Steve Abrams, and Kathy Martin, the remaining creationists on the school board remain, we're quite sure Bacon is right. The issue won't go away.

But that doesn't mean that creationists like Bacon and Ken Willard -- who also faces a tough election challenge in the general election this coming November -- might not be made to go away.

In District 3, Bacon faces Democrat Don Weiss in the general election. Weiss is the Dean of Evening, Weekend and Graduate Studies for Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University in Kansas City. Previously, he was the Information Services Manager for the City of Olathe. He has a master's degree in Business Administration and Project Management.

Weiss believes it's time to restore dignity and respect to the Kansas Board of Education, the state of Kansas, and to our children’s future. He's fighting for a common sense board that puts kids ahead of the narrow right-wing ideology espoused by John Bacon.

You can visit his website, here. Bacon is sure to be well-financed by the radical right. Please make a contribution to Don's campaign. You can do so by following the link above or in the sidebar under "Donate."

In District 7, Democrat Jack Wempe is taking on incumbent Ken Willard. Wempe worked for twenty years in the field of education as a teacher, coach and administrator. He was the Superintendent of Schools in Little River for seven years.

Wempe served as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives for eight years and four years as a member of the Kansas Board of Regents -- two years as Vice-Chairman and one year as Chairman.

"A deep commitment to public education has to be a priority," says Wempe. "An understanding of the role public education plays as a fundamental of democracy is essential. And respect for those who have dedicated their lives to the teaching of children must be a basic characteristic of a Board member."

To learn more about Jack Wempe, or to make a contribution, go here.


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