Frosty Hardiman, An Inconvenient Idiot

In the south Seattle suburb of Federal Way, another of the irrational
and illegal irritants to the schooling of American children has spun
itself out. Because of an e-mail by an evangelical Christian computer
consultant, Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” may or may not be shown to the 7th grade class in which Hardiman’s daughter is a member.

In the south Seattle suburb of Federal Way, another of the irrational
and illegal irritants to the schooling of American children has spun
itself out. Because of an e-mail by an evangelical Christian computer
consultant, Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” may or may not be shown to the 7th grade class in which Hardiman’s daughter is a member.
Find me a better example of religious prejudice than Frosty’s idiot
e-mail to the School Board, as reported by Blaine Harden at the
Washington Post;

“No you will not teach or show
that propagandist Al Gore video to my child, blaming our nation — the
greatest nation ever to exist on this planet — for global warming,”

Hardiman wrote in an e-mail to the Federal Way School Board. The
43-year-old computer consultant is an evangelical Christian who says he
believes that a warming planet is “one of the signs” of Jesus Christ’s imminent return for Judgment Day.

There are appropriate places for Hardiman to educate his daughter, but
the public schools are not among them. Tacoma. Washington lists a wide
variety of Christian schools, several of them evangelical. Pay the
tuition, Frosty, and prophesy Christ’s return (as soon as it gets warm
enough) outside the public school curriculum.
For its part, the Federal Way School Board ought to be taken to the woodshed.

It has been a terrible ordeal, school board member David Larson said during a long, emotional speech at the board meeting.
“I am here to foster healing in our community,” he said, while noting with sadness that “civility and honest discourse are dying in our country.”

else is dying as well, David; the guts to stand against a constantly
eroding standard of education in this country. While you’re getting all
emotionally bent out of shape, trying to foster healing, you might consider a place on the Human Services Commission and leave the terrible ordeal of educating to those with a clearer idea of the United States Constitution.
The definition of a public school is: A tuition free school in the United States supported by taxes and controlled by a school board.
That makes it a service of the state. Jesus Christ waiting until the
weather better suits his Middle-Eastern heritage, is not a scientific
definition of global warming, it’s a religious one. As is creationism,
as is intelligent design—although the latter used to mean a well
informed plan, before the religious community co-opted the term.
What the school board had really intended to do, Larson and school
board members insisted, was not to stop schools from teaching the
science of global warming, but merely to follow long-standing school board rules that require students to be exposed to “other perspectives” when they view a film like “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Other perspectives?

Like gravity and magnetism are God’s work? Try replacing the formula
for gravity in other formulae that depend upon it, with ‘God’s work.’
That every melting glacier and disappearing species may simply be the
Lord at play?
I’m tired of this.
Religion belongs in the churches, synagogues and temples, not in the education system. A further inconvenient truth is that the Constitution supports and insists upon this separation.

But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
            -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

Frosty Hardiman and David Larsen are breaking my leg and, far more importantly, they are breakin the legs of our children. They’re breaking Kay Walls’ leg as well;

teacher in that science class, Kay Walls, says that after Hardiman’s
e-mail she was told by her principal that she would receive a
disciplinary letter for not following school board rules that require
her to seek written permission to present “controversial” materials in class.

No matter. Enough. It’s perfectly fine to have Flat Earth Societies
and the Ku Klux Klan’s guaranteed right to speak, swell that the
Skinheads are protected in gathering (so long at they don’t kick and
bite). But not in the public schools.
Calculus and trigonometry, chemistry and physics, as well as the
essential workings of the internal-combustion engine and steam turbines
are all taught in public schools, supported by public money and
protected from the ravages of religious pomposity. No private idiot
should be allowed to thoroughly trash science for his own idiocy. David
Larsen isn’t fostering healing, he’s contributing to the vanity of
anyone who chooses to threaten the nation’s school boards by e-mail or
John Pearson (a second-year student at Concordia Lutheran Seminary
in Saint Louis, MO.) weighed in with a letter concerning John Bryson
Chane’s editorial, Electorate Anger at Misuse of Religion. Chane is the Episcopal Bishop of Washington and Pearson shows an intellect beyond his presumed years.

problem with this whole debate is that it refuses to recognize that
there are two very different kinds of righteousness; confusing this
distinction causes a profound misunderstanding of the Christian Faith.

True Christians believe that we enjoy eternal salvation by the
grace of God alone; it is purely a gift from God given in perfect love.
We can do nothing to earn it and we do not deserve it. This is
righteousness before God (coram Deo) achieved solely through the works
and merits of Jesus Christ. We are enabled to receive this grace
through faith alone which is created in us by the Holy Spirit through
the proclamation of the Word and the delivery of the Holy Sacraments.

This contrasts sharply with righteousness before the world or
before mankind (coram mundo or coram hominibus), which is an actively
achieved righteousness that anyone can attain through their own good
works and behavior. Atheists and pagans can be good citizens, spouses,
and parents; they can be great workers and regularly engage in loving
and charitable contributions to society as well.

Failure to acknowledge this critical distinction can only cause
Christians to misplace our faith and fall into self-righteousness and

Or even idiocy, as in the case of
Frosty Hardiman. Disagreeing with Frosty and even fighting to the death
to protect his right to say idiotic things, is a long way from
adjusting the curriculum of publicly funded school systems to
accommodate them.
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2 thoughts on “Frosty Hardiman, An Inconvenient Idiot

  1. I think that people with doomsday beliefs should automatically be excluded from public discourse on topics such as global warming. If Frosty wants to die then he should be allowed (maybe even encouraged) but in turn he should leave the rest of us free to try to save ourselves and our children.

  2. I have three questions:
    1. How does one extrapolate one century of data into a model that will predict the next hundred years of what could be a 26 thousand year cycle without personal prejudice entering into the equation?
    2. Why can the board not take into consideration NASA data that indicate a similar warming trend on Mars?
    3. If our schools do not have time to teach basic math skills and their practical applications [such as balancing a bank account], why do they have time to teach debatable theories such as these? Ten years from now, these kids will have no idea why they just got busted for half a week's pay in overdraft charges, but they will know who Al Gore was. We in Nahsville know all too well.

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