March 21, 2007

Sisters, Oregon. A quaint little western town about 3 hours from Portland. Charming and orderly (read: expensive and arrogant) it sits next to the bustling suburban sprawl (it’s all relative folks) of Bend and Redmond. Two towns growing at an astonishing and appalling rate. Astonishing for those who have lived here less than 10 years, appalling for those who have been here for generations.

We are, quite simply, an urban mecca of sorts for the outdoor enthusiasts, professional hippies and families escaping the grind of California, East Coast, Seattle, where ever the heck all these people come from. The receptionist at my optometrist’s office is from Wales. We are relatively cosmopolitan for what used to be a cow town. We even have a convenience store owned by a guy in a turban and he’s not being shot at from the back of a truck. We are very sophisticated.

Back to Sisters, Oregon. Population roughly 10,000 if you included the surrounding, non-incorporated neighborhoods. They have a school district which services 1300 children in four facilities. Po. Dunk.

Yet, somehow, in the last year, the school board has, amazingly, been discovered to have taken a mistake on the part of the state school funding to mean a veritable windfall! It was Christmas! Until they got caught and now they have to repay the $$. A couple million in debt because the school board or whomever makes the decisions got greedy and didn’t do the right thing by questioning it when it happened. Don’t bother googling it, it’s like it never happened. Even though the news came out only a few months ago.

Who pays that back? The sweet citizens of Sisters. That’s who. Not the brainless talking heads who preside over the tender and impressionable minds of 1300 children who attend the schools in Sisters.

Now I’ve established the character of the persons involved in making decisions in Sisters.

Try this on for size.

Mr. Kris Helphinstine, a new part-time high school biology teacher was fired for “teaching creationism”. But was he, in fact, teaching creationism? According to Fox News

Helphinstine, 27, said in a phone interview with The Bulletin newspaper of Bend that he included the supplemental material to teach students about bias in sources, and his only agenda was to teach critical thinking.

“Critical thinking is vital to scientific inquiry,” said Helphinstine, who has a master’s degree in science from Oregon State. “My whole purpose was to give accurate information and to get them thinking.”

Helphinstine said he did not teach the idea that God created the world. “I never taught creationism, ” he said. “I know what it is, and I went out of my way not to teach it.”

What exactly did the evilll and insidious Mr. Helphinstine do? Cover the eyes of your children, send the frail and weak from the room. Whatever you do, don’t read this aloud. The horrah! Horrah!

He. Included. Supplemental. Material. He challenged them to examine bias. The part that really got him in trouble? He included Biblical references in material he provided to students and gave a PowerPoint presentation making links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood.

I think I need a drink. That was almost too horrible to write. The outrage? The 90 minute meeting? The community practically in tears had this to say.

John Rahm told the newspaper that he became concerned when his freshman daughter said she was confused by the supplemental material provided by Helphinstine.

“He took passages that had all kinds of Biblical references,” Rahm said. “It prevented her from learning what she needed to learn.”

“How many minds did he pollute?” Dan Harrison, the father of a student in Helphinstine’s class, said at the meeting. “It’s a thinly veiled attempt to hide his own agenda.”

As opposed to the blatantly obvious and transparent agenda we see at work right now. I’m so glad his “thinly veiled agenda” didn’t hurt anybody… I mean he could have had the decency to teach them how to put on a condom or what method best enhances a deviant sexual practice. Do you think if he would have done that too he would have gotten fired or just a slap on the wrist? Because you only get fired for talking about Judeo/Christian concepts, not Islam, Eastern Mysticism or even Satanism. Oh no. The rest of those ideologies are safe and acceptable. Educational. But don’t say “John 3:16”. Thatll get you in trouble.

A few observations… Have you ever known a freshman girl who wasn’t confused? How exactly does a Biblical reference prevent learning? Ancient texts are pollution? If we don’t believe in what is written or taught why aren’t we are given the opportunity to make value judgments on our own? Even ancient Native myths are at the very least informational and character building! Oh, wait. I forgot. This is a public school. Of course they don’t want you using your brain. Silly me.

According to Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) Sisters School District takes a “holistic approach” to education and ” starting with kindergarten, incorporates character education into curriculum”. Holistic… Character… The Holy Grail of modern indoctrination, er, uh, education! Unless of course, you use an ancient text called the Bible.

Maybe, if he’d used texts from the Quran or the writings of Buddha to talk about an omniscient being. A Being accused of what? Caring about our pathetic existences and designing us on purpose. Some people just can’t handle it when the Divine intervenes like that.

I can’t help myself. I have to address the Powerpoint presentation… you remember the one where he made links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood?

Ok. You call Bush “Hitler” and you get a laugh track/sober head nodding and few “hallelujahs”! Al Sharpton might take up a collection. You could even get a 30 second window of opportunity on CNN. Larry King is almost like talking to a divine presence, isn’t he?

Kris Helphinstine? He dared to talk about the theory of evolution in a negative manner. A theory which relies heavily upon “an aggressive and vicious survival of the fittest”. He made a connection to the clearly documented, undeniable and methodical extermination by Nazi’s of those deemed “undesirable”. Unless you are Ahlhaveajihad in Iran. This is a mindset still alive and kickin’ today. Visit Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Or Mount Angel, Oregon. Or anywhere the Aryan Nation has decided to take up residence. Hopefully you won’t be an ethnic minority, disabled or have any type of diminished capacity. Otherwise, you’ll be in trouble. Kind of like if you were a disabled, diminished capacity unborn foetus. Or the wrong sex. Or even just showing up to the party a few years too early. That’s dangerous too. If you aren’t born yet and have no voice.

Ah, but I digress. Mr. Helphinstine didn’t stop there! He tied it all together with the blood drenched darling of the left, Planned Parenthood. How? The obvious connection is the complete absence of respect for the sanctity of life as shown by all three of the aforementioned ideologies.

What’s the result? He gets FIRED. For “polluting minds” for “deviating from the curriculum” for saying something different. Or was it really because he dared to buck the system and didn’t Play Well With Others.

Evolution, Nazi’s and Planned Parenthood support the weak/undesirable/incompatible/inconvenient being disposed of in any manner necessary. Nazi’s of WWII Germany were supported by and endorsed by Der Staat. Isn’t Planned Parenthood too? And on second thought. Evolution has it’s own golden throne right up there next to Planned Parenthood. The precious little sacred cows of the left. Those systems that let them act like animals for that’s all we are anyway. Or so They would have us believe. This system which encourages and allows mothers to kill their unborn offspring. Something animals don’t even do! So what, exactly, does that make us? And with birth rates going toward a negative slide, how do we “evolve” from here? The New & Improved version of Man might have been conceived just to end up washed down a sink somewhere or processed into a cosmetic to soften your pouty little lips.

I’m embarrassed to be associated, even if it is only by proximity, to these scared little think tank rejects. What a joke. A pathetic joke. An insult to the children of the school who were actually given the chance to hear something and maybe, just maybe, disagree, form an argument and defend their own beliefs. Even if it was to defend Nazi’s, evolution and Planned Parenthood against the poison of a biblical reference or an ideology they can’t support.

Kris Helphinstine deserves a public apology and a hefty settlement. The school board deserves to be tarred, feathered and railed out of town. The parents who talk this nonsense should have the presence of mind to at least say something intelligent when given an AP forum. And the mealy little Christians who won’t stand up and say anything but still send their kids to these institutions will stand in front of G-d and have to own up to their lack of fortitude. foresight and abject acquiescence.