As the Kansas State Board of Education prepares for yet another round of battles over creationism and evolution, a member of Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church is actually running for a seat on the board. He’s every bit as loathsome as you would predict:
Jack Wu isn’t shy about his beliefs.
Topeka is evil. Harry Potter promotes witchcraft. Christmas trees are pagan idols. Cancer is a judgment from God. And the teaching of evolution should be rooted out of Kansas schools because it’s a satanic lie.
He also believes that America’s public schools are cultivating a culture of “liars, thieves, murderers and perverts.” …
Yet the 29-year-old Wu says it’s better to be loved by God and live in heaven than be loved by man and rot in hell.
“The truth matters more than the opinion of other men and women,” said Wu, clutching his green cloth-bound King James Bible during a recent interview on the grounds of state Capitol about a block away from the Kansas Department of Education’s offices.
“The Bible says if you’re hated by other people for taking a stance that’s not popular, it’s like a sign you’re chosen by God, almost,” added Wu, who describes himself as a reality television fan who works as a self-employed computer programmer and designer of video games.
His last-minute decision to file for the seat in June is drawing attention because he also attends Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church, which has gained national notoriety for picketing military funerals with signs that read, “Thank God for dead soldiers,” “God hates the USA” and “God hates fags.”
And since this is Kansas, and he’s running as a Republican, it’s not out of the question that he might win.