PZ has really stirred up a hornet's nest here in Bakersfield. LOL Not only did he offend many of the Catholics in this town with CrackerGate08; he also managed to skew a poll ran by the Californian. Some locals are saying that he "violated" them. Boo-to-the-hoo. It was a bullshit poll anyway. The question was:
Should atheists be barred from public office?
Yes - 3%
No - 97%
Total votes: 4076
What's funny is that there are people scrambling like mad to try to say the poll was just a joke. If that's the case, then there are a bunch of people pissed off and "violated" over a joke. But, I think the poll's author was being quite serious as we've recently had a KHSD (Kern High School District) Trustee who said, on air:
“I think it’s impossible for an atheist to support and defend the Constitution
of the State of California and so maybe we should have a religious test,...An
atheist can’t even believe the preamble to our Constitution of the State of
California.” - Chad Vegas
If you want to hear it, then make with the clicky! CLICK. Keep in mind, this is the same asshat who tried to have "In God We Trust" posters put in every classroom in the county. He also was part of a smear campaign against an AP English class reading the Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison. This guy is a class-A, religious bigot.
What disgusts me more than anything is that he's sending a horrible message to district students. Not every child is a Christian. This town has a very high population of Sikh, Muslin, Jewish, and secular families. But, here you have a trustee of the largest high school district in the United States telling the non-Christian kids that they shouldn't even try to become active in State politics or run for office.
Barks (radio host) gave him an opening to say he’s not really supporting a
religious test for public office, but he instead said he absolutely would — not
for federal office, because the U.S. Constitution prohibits a religious
test.“They can’t actually say they’re thankful of the Almighty God. They
can’t,” he said Tuesday in an interview.But he said he’s not pushing for
such a test to be enacted here.
Right... dry that out and you can fertilize the lawn. There is no doubt in my mind that this guy would love nothing more than to see Bakersfield purged of any non-Christian influence. Actions speak louder than words. Of course, he claims he's been taken out of context. Because, as he explains, he was "trying to get the school board to pass an ordinance against gay marriage." What the hell that has to do with educating our kids is beyond me.