Republicans Beware: Westboro Baptist Church Member Runs to Represent Lawrence on State School Board
- Nov. 2, 2012
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Kansas State Board of Education District 4 candidate Jack Wu doesn’t just want your vote, he demands it, stating on his website that “you had better” vote for him. The schools, says Wu, are training a generation of children to become “liars, crooks, thieves, murderers, and perverts.” But Wu isn’t looking just to rescue Kansas children from future corruption. As it turns out, most of us are already Satan’s spawn or, as he told the Kansas City Star’s Midwest Democracy Project, “If you’re mainstream, you’re going to hell.”
A devotee of Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church, Wu is also not a member of the Kansas Republican Party, reported the Topeka Capital Journal. He filed as a Republican, though, and a challenger to the school board seat currently held by Democrat Carolyn Campbell.
The Westboro Baptist Church, with its telling www.godhatesfags.com internet address, is notorious for picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers and now, more recently, has thanked God for the “righteous judgment” of Hurricane Sandy. Wu has not been at all evasive about his intention to spread this dogma of hatred. With evolution among likely upcoming considerations for the Kansas School Board, as well as others around the nation, Wu states that students “should be taught that God created everything” and shows flippant disregard for reality, not to mention his voters’ intellects. His website states, “School administrators are always complaining about budget problems and lack of funding for this or that. Haha (sic), that’s funny. I have a really simple solution to solve that problem: Eliminate funding for evolution textbooks and pseudo-education. We’ll save a ton of money!”
An unusual budget tactic, indeed. So let’s see here, how much, exactly, is “a ton” of money? What programs count as “pseudo-education”? And, while I’m at it, how does dumping a current set of resources, such as a district’s biology textbooks, and buying new ones add up to a net savings? I’d like to know how this works because I could use a new car. Perhaps this strategy would have been useful for the Kansas City school district as well.
The Topeka Capital Journal reported that he has collected less than $15 in cash, goods and services to publicize his campaign. This lack of promotion may work in his favor, though, as Democrats have expressed concern that Wu may still get elected by people who vote a straight Republican party ticket without knowledge of his platform. He has recently gained snowballing attention from national media, however. Hopefully, in spite of his stealth campaign, the word will still get out in time to keep him off the Kansas Board of Education.