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Retired Liberal UM Bishop Fights to Remove Conservative Christian from S. Carolina School Board

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Group of ministers question appointment
Wilson says he won't step down

Anderson Independent-Mail
December 23, 2004

A group of Anderson-area ministers wishing to remove Ron Wilson from the South Carolina Board of Education is questioning the process used to appoint him.

Meanwhile, Mr. Wilson said he believes he has been unfairly attacked in the Anderson Independent-Mail and will not step down from the post.

Mr. Wilson also elaborated Thursday on his goals for education, among them his desire to prevent people with criminal records from being allowed to teach in public schools. He also said he would not oppose South Carolina requiring stickers in science textbooks that point out evolution is a theory and would never vote to allow a "sodomite" to be a public school teacher.

The ministers, an education task force formed through the Anderson Area Ministerial Alliance and the Anderson County Ministerial Organization, is calling for Mr. Wilson to reject the appointment or for the members of the Anderson County Legislative Delegation to rescind it.

Jack Meadors, a retired Methodist bishop and a member of the ministerial group, said it got information from several sources before deciding to speak out. Several members have heard Mr. Wilson speak or have heard, directly or indirectly, comments from delegation members about his appointment, Mr. Meadors said.

"Am I a real conservative? Yeah, I am," [Mr. Wilson] said. "Do I support the Christian world view of things? Yes, I do. I make no apology for any of that."

. . . Another group that he said he would exclude from teaching is "sodomites," a term that he said is used in the Bible and refers to a group including homosexuals.

Regarding science education, [Mr. Wilson] said the Legislature but not the Board of Education has the authority to decide whether to place disclaimers in textbooks regarding the teaching of evolution, as has been done in Cobb County, Ga., although the practice is now the subject of a court case.

"I am not pleased with evolution being taught to our children," he said.

Alison Glass can be reached at (864) 260-1275 or by e-mail at glassag@IndependentMail.com.


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