LEGISLATOR WINS FIRST "FUZZY"
A Tucson group is giving the first "fuzzy thinking" award to an education
advisor to Governor Ev Mecham who made national headlines last month by saying
that students have a right to believe the earth is flat. The award and trophy
honoring former state representative Jim Cooper will be unveiled today, April
Fools day. The prize is from the Tucson Skeptics, Inc., a group that attempts
to debunk claims of a paranormal or religious nature.
Cooper told the house education committee Feb 4th that if a student wants to
say the world is flat, the teacher doesn't have the right to try to prove
otherwise. "The schools don't have any right telling people what to believe",
says Cooper. Ken Morse, co-chairman of the skeptics, says, "If Mr. Cooper
thinks that flat earth education is OK, maybe he also thinks the world ends at
the state border."
"Cooper's statement is the type of thinking that could propel the US into the
Third World", says Morse. The group will hold the awards ceremony at 1PM today