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Creationist Sylvia Allen Appointed to Head of Arizona Senate Committee on Education Legislation

Ladies, Gentlemen, and non-binary people of Arizona, listen up! This is, Sylvia Allen, aka the woman who has just been appointed to lead the Arizona State Senate committee that oversees education legislation.

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Sylvia Allen is the Republican state Senator from Snowflake, AZ, and she has gone on record as believing the following:

This is the person that’s now in charge of dealing with education legislation? Why in the hell…? According to NBC 12 News, AZ Senate President Andy Biggs actually thinks she’d be great at the job:

She understands what Arizona students and parents need in our education system. She is a very experienced legislator and I know she will do a wonderful job.

Clearly, he must think that Arizona students and parents need misinformation, fear-mongering, conspiracy theories, and inaccuracy. Not, you know, actual education. Listen, she might be the best legislator ever, but she knows nothing. Putting her in charge of education legislation is like putting a member of the KKK in charge of a state committee on voter rights.  Like yeah, they might “do their job” well, but their views might also get in the way of lots of people getting what they need from that committee.

But clearly, AZ’s state government doesn’t particularly care about the biases certain people hold. In fact, they’re encouraging it with this horrible idea of a hire. I feel sorry for the children that will be going to school under her watch. Here’s hoping they get the hell out of AZ once it’s time for college.

(via Boing Boing; Featured Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.

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