Tuesday, September 1, 2009

And Missouri gets foolish as well

Remember the whole debacle when neighbor Kansas tried to change to basic definition of science so supernatural causation could be included, opening the way for Creationism and Intelligent Design into the science classroom? You might also remember that Kansas concerned citizens restored a level of sanity and voted off the school board members who were busy pushing their personal religions agenda.

Well things aren't perfect in the "The Show-me" State next door. Apparently a cleverly designed Tee-Shirt given to Sedalia's Smith-Cotton High School band members features the old traditional Evolution of Man depiction, only this time each member of the line was holding a brass instrument. the idea was to show the "Evolution of Brass". Very clever, possibly thought provoking, but I guess too much for some parents. The Sedalia-Democrat reported "Band shirts hit wrong note with parents".

One parent really showed her . . . mettle . . . "I was disappointed with the image on the shirt.” Sherry Melby said. “I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school." Can you believe that? I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school! It's much too late for that, Sherry. Missouri currently teaches Evolution in Biology. Your over-reaction to this tee-shirt just shows how closed your own mind is.

I am disappointed that the school took any complaints seriously. Evolution is not a religious topic, haven't you learned anything! Pulling the shirts because of the school policy to remain neutral on the topic of religion DOES NOT apply here.

More free speech goes out the window! I hope some students decided to keep the shirts, and it puts in regular appearances during the school year.


  1. Just stumbled on your blog via Pandasthumb and found this entry. One point of clarification. Sedalia is found in Missouri, not Kansas. It is about 80 miles east of KC on highway US50. It seems, however, when you get out in the rural areas of both states, evolution is a dirty word.

    I am currently living in KS, but was raised in MO.

  2. You're right! I think the original link I saw was in a Kansas paper and I didn't check my facts. Thanks!

    Original post corrected.