Nick Matzke posted Entry 2376 on June 15, 2006 11:59 AM.
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PT readers may recall Jack Krebs’s post from May that recounted the behavior of Kansas State Department of Education Director of Communications David Awbrey at the Kansas City Press Club on May 4, 2006. To summarize, Krebs caught Awbrey asserting that evolution and science were just atheistic metaphysics, and, according to Awbrey, so were dinosaurs:

Anyone see the origin, anyone see the Big Bang, anyone see the dinosaurs? These are all metaphysical speculations by people who look at the same evidence and disagree with what they see.

Krebs later challenged Awbrey at the forum, and Awbrey denied these statements, but Krebs taped the whole thing and posted the quotes and recordings here on PT.

Well, fast forward a month, and now Awbrey has resigned after only six months on the job. Coincidence? We report, you decide.

Hat tip to Red State Rabble.

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Comment #105860

Posted by Grey Wolf on June 15, 2006 2:06 PM (e)

And good riddance.

How does someone with absolutely no education whatsoever get to be director of anything at a department of education? Democracy is good as far as it gets, but I think that a minimum test of competency should be in order.

Grey Wolf

Comment #105863

Posted by wamba on June 15, 2006 2:23 PM (e)

Well, I vote for complete coincidence.

Comment #105864

Posted by wamba on June 15, 2006 2:25 PM (e)

How does someone with absolutely no education whatsoever get to be director of anything at a department of education?

He pulled strings. He told them he was a close personal friend of George Deutsch.

Comment #105870

Posted by Vyoma on June 15, 2006 2:49 PM (e)

wamba wrote:

Well, I vote for complete coincidence.

I must disagree. I believe that there was an intelligent designer behind this turn of events. Note that his resignation doesn’t involve the generation of any new information.

Comment #105885

Posted by Sounder on June 15, 2006 3:55 PM (e)

Another dishonest hack bites the dust.

Comment #105895

Posted by Flint on June 15, 2006 4:52 PM (e)

Does this resignation change anything practical? Or can we expect Kansas to continue along the same course until no sooner than the next elections? This doesn’t sound like a particularly ideological decision, but rather that Awbrey didn’t like the ambiance and wanted a quieter life. I can certain sympathize with that.

Comment #105908

Posted by 'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank on June 15, 2006 6:03 PM (e)

That’s a good reason to give ID/creationists all the, uh, “ambiance” they can handle – at every public appearence they make.

Heat, kitchen, and all that.

Comment #105924

Posted by Corkscrew on June 15, 2006 6:29 PM (e)

Does this resignation change anything practical? Or can we expect Kansas to continue along the same course until no sooner than the next elections?

I think it’s mostly symbolic, in an actions-have-consequences kind of way.

Comment #105948

Posted by Shalini, BBWAD on June 15, 2006 7:30 PM (e)

The law of cause and effect. Truly.

Comment #105975

Posted by Wheels on June 16, 2006 12:20 AM (e)

One down, arbitrarily large number to go.