Brett J. Vickers Marian Bergeson and Californian Creationism Marian Bergeson, the nominee

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Brett J. Vickers Marian Bergeson and Californian Creationism Marian Bergeson, the nominee for California's state school superintendent, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times on April 11, 1993. Why is this in talk.origins? Because Bergeson admits to being a Creationist, and because her predecessor, Bill Honig, was ousted in what some have called a vendetta by Creationists and conservatives. The interview took the form of a question and answer session. Only one question pertained to Creationism: Q. As a devout Mormon and a believer in Creationism, do you think the theory of creation [?] should be taught alongside evolution in science classes? Is there another place in the curriculum for it? A. Separation of church and state is something I strongly adhere to. Creationism and the teaching about religion belong in the social science and history framework. The scientific theory of evolution belongs in the science curriculum. Good sign, right? But here's another Q&A: Q. You have said you are opposed to prayer in public schools, but that you favor students observing a moment of silence. A. I think it should be allowed if it's the wish of the local district. It would not be a denominational thing or anything that would be construed as advocating a religious belief or principle. It would be a moment of reflection. So much for her strong adherence to separation of church and state. She's also a flip-flopper whenever it suits her political aims: Q. You advocate continuation of the half-cent sales tax [to support public education]. But as a legislator you opposed continuing that tax. A. You take on a different role when you're superintendent. When I looked upon it as a senator, you're looking at a lot of things, and you need to look at the complexity of developing a budget. As superintendent, I would be an independent advocate for kids, and in that regard I would advocate the continuation -- at least until such time as the economy picks up -- of that tax, with a proviso that 60% of that would go to education. The other 40% would probably go to local government. So, can anyone trust Marian Bergeson not to turn on a dime once she is appointed and Creationists begin pushing their agenda on her? No biggy, anyway. Like I said earlier, it's doubtful that she will be elected when she has to be confirmed by the people of California. The governor that appointed her is despised by Republicans and Democrats alike, and her challenger is expected to do well given his record and political savvy. ====================================================================== It was not my intention to frighten you about Marian Bergeson, but merely to highlight what I felt were inconsistencies in her answers and in her record. What I think you should ask yourself is why Ms. Bergeson wants to impose a moment of silence on some children. What educational purpose would it serve? I argue that it serves none. Instead, the "moment of silence" is just a cheap attempt to smuggle religion into the classroom in the most subtle way possible. The fundamentalists know they cannot put prayer into the classroom; the Supreme Court has already said as much. So what do they do? They notch their hopes down one mark and request a so-called moment of silence. Cheap facade. When you look at the people who are pushing it, you observe that they are the same people who were pushing school prayer. If Bergeson cannot see that a "moment of silence" is tantamount to a watered down version of school prayer, what is to prevent her from seeing "scientific Creationism" as a watered down version of the book of Genesis? ===================================================================== I think that the appointment of Bergeson reeks. I hope that the legislature fries her and the governor. I should think that Pete Wilson's hidden ajenda for wanting to get rid of the former superintendant, Bill Honeg, that it would appease the Far Right factions in the Republican Party of California, which include known Creationist sympathizers, should be sufficient cause to oppose Bergeson BECAUSE she is a Mormon, and probably agrees with some of those religionists who are sympathetic to Creationism. The matter is purely political, and what Bergeson says doesn't matter that much because she can be coopted by the governor and her political party to act out a plan. The governor may be trying to cozy up to the Far Right because of its new power in his party because if he doesn't he will surely be out of office next year. He may be out of office anyway as one of the must unpopular governors in the state's history...you talk about gridlock! Remember that Honeg riled (is that an unintended pun?) Wilson by being aggressive on budget matters, and Wilson, looking over his right shoulder, heard all the Moromons, Seventh Day Adventists, and God knows whatever strange Christian sects and televangistist down there in Orange and San Diago Counties, Wilson is a former mayor of San Diago, carp about Honeg's views on teaching Evolution, had Dan Lungrin, the Atty. General. pursue the conflict of interest case, on a tip from a State School Board member who is from "Down There" and is on record for being sympathetic toward Creationism. I hope that Bergeson is crucified before the Confirmation Board, and the Governor next year, and the GOP in California after that if it is not resuced from Right Wing Christian groups. In fact what I hope is that the U.S. would give a few southern counties of California, is that Alta Caliornia?, back to Mexico with the idea that this Catholic country has a reinactent there of the Spainish Inquisition on a few of those wierd Christian, and other strange sects "Down There", you know those Wacco types. :-) After all it is the 500th anniversery of the Inquisition! :-) Maybe it would be fun for the Mexicans to turn the tables on Gringos with strange ideas :-) :-) I am only half laughing. It is clear that there are alot of people in the southern half of the state who got a little soft in the head, you know: Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Pat Brown Jr., George Dukemaigian, Paul Gann. Time to split California North and South. Bruce Salem

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