Sound judgement over emotion
We all owe a debt of gratitude to Ginny Maziarka and the local chapter of Eagle Forum.
Recently they circulated a questionnaire to the candidates for the West Bend School Board. One of the questions asked of the candidates was whether they would support the teaching of alternative theories such as Intelligent Design or Creationism in the science curriculum of the West Bend school system. By pointing out that Randy Marquardt, Bart Williams and Dave Weigand would support this philosophy we can plainly see that they would lead our School District into a prolonged, expensive and ultimately futile legal battle. Creationism and Intelligent Design have both previously been shown to be in violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution (See Edwards V. Aguillard & Kitzmiller V. Dover ) and therefore CAN NOT be taught as science in our school system.
Eagle Forum’s questionnaire also shows us another very important thing. Democracy is a form of government that requires the participation of informed citizens. To rely on a few questions asked by an organization that one happens to agree with is a reckless recipe for disaster. It is the duty of every citizen to research the candidates that seek to fill the leadership roles in our government and choose people who are truly qualified for the job.
To that end we must elect School Board members who will base their decisions on sound judgment, reason and adherence to legal precedence instead of emotion.
It's bad enough we were turned into the book burning capital of North America last year in the national (and international) press. Now we'll be the next Dover, PA too. At least the pro-censorship lobbyists didn't cost us hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in legal fees -- to defend a 14th century view of the world -- but creationists on the school board may well do so.
Why are people so opposed to The Enlightenment? Admittedly, it is responsible for nuclear weapons, but it also gave us science and, oh yeah, America. One of the tough parts about a free democracy is that it must endure the activity of citizens who want to eradicate the very freedom that allows them to protest -- who want that freedom folded up into "one nation under [my] God."