Colorado elected officials rejecting the science of biological evolution by this point has become an embarrassment to the state.
At a recent church-sponsored town hall in Colorado Springs, Colorado Representative and pastor Scott Bottoms rejected the science of biological evolution, calling it a hoax, Heidi Beedle reported. To my knowledge, Bottoms is the highest-ranking elected official currently serving in the state to explicitly reject evolution. He joins District 51 school board member Barbara Evanson, who, with her husband (also a pastor) penned a screed against evolution and called for the teaching of creationism in public-school science classrooms.
So much for “parental rights.” As various religious-conservative school board members and candidates have made abundantly clear, their aim is not to empower parents but to use Colorado’s public schools to promote their faith-based agenda.
Earth to School Board Candidate: You’re Right, a Dog Never Turned Into a Lion, But That’s No Reason To Teach Genesis
On her campaign website Grand-Junction-area school board race, Barbara Evanson claims she wants to “ensure students learn to read, write, do math, and understand science and history.” But by “science” she apparently means religious dogma.
For the first time in my life, I am registered to vote as a Colorado Democrat.
The legislature considers so many terrible, horrible, no good, very bad bills (apologies to Judith Viorst)—and passes many of them—that it’s a breath of fresh air when the legislature actually does something reasonable and good.
Heidi Ganahl is running for governor. Her campaign let slip the move on September 10, and she officially announced a few days later. I figure if she really wanted my advice she could find my number. But I’m going to offer it anyway. This doubles as general advice for the Republican Party in Colorado.
Media literacy in the schools—who could be against that? Certainly not me! I am a little skeptical that we need a new state law to achieve it, though. Aren’t public school teachers and administrators able to implement good media literacy programs on their own, without the “help” of the legislature? If they are, then a new law is superfluous; if they’re not, then we have much deeper problems that a new law will not fix.
“Officers never had, nor did they ever attempt to articulate, any reasonable suspicion that McClain may have engaged in, or sought to engage in, any criminal activity.” That’s what I wrote last July about the police killing of Elijah McClain in Aurora. A newly released independent investigation agrees.