Monday, January 15, 2007

Where the dinosaurs may still roam!

You would think that with the blast of wild weather that the Seattle area has endured these last few months, that it would be the one place in the USA where the idea of Global warming and its effects might take root. But well, sometimes even the best evidence isn't enough.

In the suburb of Federal Way, the local school board has restricted the use of Al Gore's testimonial to Global Warming, Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" finds itself almost on the banned in suburban Seattle list after school officials suggested that a more balanced approach to the issue is needed in the schools.

Apparently a half dozen complaints were received by the school board, that's ahem, six if our high school math is still in our memory, so in a school distrcit of thousands, only six complaints have sent the Gore movie to the back of the resource pile in Federal Way.

One parent took particular offence at the movie which highlights the changing climate of the world and how it may affect our everyday lives; "Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who doesn't want the film shown at all.

Hardison, who we assume is among the group of six locked in their climate change denial went further with his role as film reviewer of Federal Way; "The information that's being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is," Hardison told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD."

Interestingly enough the board members of the Federal Way school district who voted against the movie, haven't yet taken the time to actually view it, which is an interesting way of approaching your duties.

For now, the movie rests on the discriminating thumb of School superintendent Tom Murphy, who like Ebert or Roeper will give it a thumbs up or thumbs down upon every request.

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