Portland Does the Right Thing. The Right Freaks Out

May 23, 2016

I imagine, and hope, that many school libraries also ignore books that deny the holocaust, or assert that Dinosaurs could fit on the Ark because Noah just brought babies.

Above, one of my earliest and most popular climate videos has the lowdown on the “scientists petition against climate science”.

Fox News:

The Portland Public Schools board voted last week to ban any materials that cast doubt on climate change, the Portland Tribune reported.

According to the resolution passed May 17, the school district must remove any textbooks and other materials that suggest climate change is not occurring or that says human beings are not responsible for it.

“A lot of the text materials are kind of thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise,” said Bill Bigelow, a former Portland public school teacher who worked to present the resolution. Bigelow says textbook publishers are yielding to pressure from fossil fuels companies. “We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.”

One commenter to the Portland Tribune story responded to the news, saying, “I have never seen a case for homeschooling more clearly put forward. This is further proof that public schools are not interested in education, only political indoctrination.”

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In case you thought I was joking about the dinosaur babies, don’t worry, Real Americans still have the opportunity for a decent, science-free education.

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Gawker:

This is Mary Lou Bruner. Mary Lou believes that baby dinosaurs lived on Noah’s ark, school shootings are a product of kids learning evolution, and the New World Order is working to reduce the world’s population by about two-thirds. Mary Lou also just so happens to be running for the Texas State Board of Education. She has a pretty good shot.

Mary Lou Bruner on climate change:

Just think about how much money the government has wasted educating the people about the government hoax which officials first called “Global Warming”. Government later changed the term to “Climate Change” because government lies or predictions did not come true, and the people were becoming very suspicious because the world wasn’t getting warmer. It was much easier to call the hoax “Climate Change” because with the new name, corrupt government officials and scientists could say every hurricane, tornado, flood, drought, snow storm, earthquake, tsunami, blizzard, and EVERYTHING that happened was caused by “Climate Change”. And a few people still believe them.

Mary Lou Bruner on dinosaurs:

When the flood waters subsided and rushed to the oceans there was no vegetation on the earth because the earth had been covered with water. It took a while for grass and trees to grow back and the big plant-eating dinosaurs needed lots of vegetation to live. The dinosaurs on the ark may have been babies and not able to reproduce. It might make sense to take the small dinosaurs onto the ark instead of the ones bigger than a bus. After the flood, the few remaining Behemoths and Leviathans may have become extinct because there was not enough vegetation on earth for them to survive to reproductive age. Most of the dinosaur fossils which scientists have found are permanently preserved in positions of great distress as if they were trying to keep their heads above water or above the mud.

Mary Lou Bruner on school shootings:

… The school shootings started after government removed the Ten Commandments and the Bible from public school buildings, and disallowed prayer at school and school events. The school shootings started after the schools started teaching evolution is an absolute fact and the classes cannot talk about weaknesses in the Theory of Evolution. The shootings started after the schools started teaching the Constitution of the USA is a flawed document written by selfish aristocrats who were only looking out for their own wealth, The school shootings started after the government started teaching children to feel sorry for themselves if they do not have as much as other children in the school….

Mary Lou Bruner on sexual education:

Every parent of young children should hear this woman speak. Most parents do not know about the drawings of nude men, women, boys, and girls in some children’s books in our public schools. Many children’s books on the recommended list contain frank discussions about sexual issues which are inappropriate in my opinion. Many of the books which teachers read to your small children are not allowed in jails and prisons because of the bad effect the books have on the prisoners. These books stimulate children to experiment with sex. Please attend this meeting if you can.

Mary Lou Bruner on the JFK assassination:

Many people believe the Democrat Party had JFK killed because the socialists and Communists in the party did not want a conservative president. Remember who followed JFK as president — (LBJ). the exact opposite of Kennedy — a socialist and an unethical politician. It does seem like this might have been the master plan: They sneaked the bad guy (LBJ)into the administration on the coat-tail of a good guy (JFK). Then they got rid of the good guy; in the end, they got a socialist president which is what they originally wanted.

This is what “conservative” means now in America. Thanks Fox.

New York Times:

MINEOLA, Tex. — On Super Tuesday, Dale Clark voted for a local Republican who claimed on social media that President Obama had worked as a gay prostitute in his youth, that the United States should ban Islam, that the Democratic Party had John F. Kennedy killed and that the United Nations had hatched a plot to depopulate the world.

Mr. Clark, 75, was unaware that the candidate he had supported — Mary Lou Bruner, 68, a former kindergarten teacher running for a seat on the State Board of Education — held such views. But as he sat with his wife eating lunch in this East Texas city, Mr. Clark was ready to give Ms. Bruner the benefit of the doubt.

“I would not discount her on the basis of having those beliefs,” said Mr. Clark, a retired pilot. “It convinces me, though, that she’s quite conservative, and if I were going to err either way, I would want to err toward the side of the conservative.”

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7 Responses to “Portland Does the Right Thing. The Right Freaks Out”

  1. neilrieck Says:

    I always wondered if there was a difference between “being mentally ill” and holding political beliefs that made you “appear mentally ill”.

  2. webej Says:

    Banning materials makes me feel queasy, even if it is BS; I feel more comfortable with not buying and not stocking than actively hunting down and rooting out.

    Mary does have a point with the dinosaurs albeit acciedntal — I remember reading about one theory on dinosaur extinction/adaptation where their demise is related to (eivdence of) shifts in dominant plant species.

    Many of Mary’s views do have the advantage of being eminently falsifiable.

  3. BL Brown Says:

    A belief’s being falsifiable depends on the believer being sane. When this kind of outright crazy is widely treated as a reassuring sign of conservatism, we’re in serious trouble.


  4. Far-right Christians may want to reflect on Hosea 4:6, which says: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

  5. skeptictmac57 Says:

    Well, it looks like all of the national scrutiny of Bruner had it’s impact:

    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/05/stay-tuned-for-primary-runoff-results-polls-in-runoff-election-close-at-7.html/

    “But despite Bruner’s near victory earlier this year, she lost by more than 10,000 votes.”

    The republican candidate Ellis that won the runoff will likely win the seat in the fall election.


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