By Ryan McGreal
Published January 29, 2007
The lucky students of a school in Federal Way, Wash., a suburb of Seattle, won't be subjected to the librul book-learnins encapsulated in An Inconvenient Truth, the documentary on global warning featuring a science-based presentation by former US Vice President and President-in-an-alternate-universe Al Gore.
Bowing to pressure from right-wing evangelicals who see global warming as a sign of the impending Judgment Day, the Federal Way School Board have told the teacher of a grade seven science class not to show the movie to her students.
"You will not teach or show that propagandist Al Gore video to my child, blaming our nation - the greatest nation ever to exist on this planet - for global warming," [Frosty Hardison] wrote in an e-mail to the Federal Way School Board.
Hardison wanted the board to ban the movie altogether, but it has instead ruled that the movie may only be screened with the written permission of the principal, and it must be "balanced by alternative views", whatever that means.
The only good news about this kind of aggressive, belligerent idiocy is that it tends to go so overboard it provokes a backlash.
With any luck, Federal Way students will start passing contraband copies of the movie around like we used to pass around used copies of Penthouse Letters, scrutinizing their contents for the prurient details our parents didn't want us to see.