Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kansas Just Got Stranger

Jack Wu is running for a seat on the Kansas State Board of Education. Why is this news? Because, while he is not exactly a member, he regularly shows up for services at the Westboro Baptist Church, in Topeka. If you are not familiar with these fine folks, you should be. Lets see what they, themselves say:
“Thank God for Tsunami. Thank God for 3,000 dead Americans! Yes! Thank God for Sept. 11 and 3,000 dead sodomite Americans in 2001. God sent the Muslim planes to destroy fag New York's twin towers and hurl 3,000 vile Americans into Hell. Even so, God sent Tsunami last week to execute vengeance upon another 3,000, carcasses swallowed up in Asian jungles, and concerning each of whom it shall be said: ‘He shall be buried with the burial of an ass.’ Jer. 22:19” -- WBC flier, January 1, 2005
It is difficult to find a more vile organization than this one. Most of its vitriol is reserved for homosexuality but that is not the focus of Jack Wu. No, his website is very clear:
Let's be specific. Evolution should never be taught in public schools as science. Evolution is false science! God made the heaven and the earth and created humans from the dust of the earth! The very bad teachers that teach that men descended from apes via evolution need to have their teaching licenses revoked. Yes, students should be taught that God created everything.

School administrators are always complaining about budget problems and lack of funding for this or that. Haha, that's funny. I have a really simple solution to solve that problem: Eliminate funding for evolution textbooks and pseudo-education. We'll save a ton of money! Tell those evolution textbook publishers to recycle their waste of paper, and tell those evolution teachers to teach truths instead of lies.
Ironically, this position is not that different, if at all, from that of Don McLeroy, who probably wouldn't be caught dead in a WBC service. Further, I am not sure that even groups like AiG and the ICR would want to be associated with this guy.

I don't give the guy two cents for his candidacy but if someone like McLeroy can become the head of the school board then Jack Wu could, conceivably, win a seat. If he does, it will say some very bad things about the state of Kansas politics. It is a given that nobody in higher education will take the school board seriously at that point.

First the Loch Ness Monster, now Westboro Baptist Church...not a good week for the foes of evolution.


  1. Anonymous9:32 AM

    Let us be very clear that Jack Wu does not represent Kansas. I think if you read the following two articles, including watching the video with the Huff post article, what you will see is a young man desperate to belong an organization that is clearly has no reservations about manipulating him to do their bidding--and to get them more time in the media. It's an act of desperation by Wu and by the WBC, let's not give them what they want--publicity.
    links: Christian Post:
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  2. I lived in Wichita for four years. All of my church friends (that I knew of) were YECs, and they couldn't stand Fred Phelps and company. I'd say a lot of evangelicals in the state would vote against Wu based on his connection to WBC even if they lined up with him entirely on origins.

  3. I am sure that you are correct. What it reminded me of was the odd anti-evolution alliance a few years ago between The Discovery Institute and a Muslim group that was, ordinarily, not charitable to Christianity.

    "Invention is the mother of strange bed fellows."

  4. Anonymous3:15 PM

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