Hardiman, a parent of seven here in the southern suburbs of Seattle, has himself roiled the global-warming waters. It happened early this month when he learned that one of his daughters would be watching "An Inconvenient Truth" in her seventh-grade science class.
"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.
This is a perfect example of why tolerance has its limits. Every person should be free to believe what they want, attend whatever church they want - or not - and if someone wants to believe that God is behind global warming and that this is just the warm up act for the return of Jesus, more power to them. But when they move into the public arena and try to stop children from learning what science is teaching and what the National Academy of Sciences says is fact beyond dispute, then they need to be opposed tooth and nail. Let them pull their children out of the public schools and teach them bogus science in their own privately funded pretend schools.