School District Battles Over "An Inconvenient Truth"


"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore." Now that's the kind of press Gore needed for his 2000 presidential run! From yesterday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer comes the story of a Washington school district where showings of "An Inconvenient Truth" have sparked a bit of controversy. After his son was shown the movie in class, an angry parent wrote to the school board and complained the movie was "a very cockeyed version of what the truth is." What is the truth you might ask? "The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up," he added, "but that perspective isn't in the DVD." While not many of us used the Bible in science class (and I even went to a Catholic high school), the school board acquiesced - future showings of the movie now not only have to be approved by the principal and superintendent of the school, a "credible, opposing view" must be presented as well. Whether or not one's spiritual beliefs count as a credible opposing view or not unfortunately wasn't stated.

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