Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Bigots of Madison County

Here's a story from Rexburg, Idaho that will re-affirm your faith in the next generation:

Matthew Whoolery and his wife aren't blaming the school district for what happened on the bus but they do think all parents need to be careful about what they say and teach their children.

Whoolery and his wife couldn't believe it when their second and third graders got off the bus last week and told them what other students were saying.

"They just hadn't heard anything like this before," said Whoolery. "They were chanting on the bus, 'Assassinate Obama. Assassinate Obama.' Then adding in a name sometimes of a classmate on the bus, 'Assassinate Obama and Kate.'"

Let's assume there's not some odd, brewing breed of Aryans in Idaho. So that means the kids learn from, oh, I'll guess their parents. And who are the parents in this area of god's (not my god, mind you) country? Raw Story quotes a Salon article that says:

"You've heard of Jesusland, but Rexburg, Idaho, is something more. It's not just a small town in rural Eastern Idaho. It's a small town in rural Eastern Idaho completely dominated by a fast-growing Mormon college, Brigham Young University-Idaho."

"Through this conservative convergence, Rexburg and surrounding Madison County may well be the rosiest place in all of red America. Need numbers to prove it? In the 2004 presidential election, 93 percent of Madison County's votes went to George W. Bush or minor-party conservative candidates -- arguably the reddest result of any county in the entire country."

The population of Madison County is not only heavily Republican but also 97.7% white. One of Rexburg's lone Democrats, a professor at the university, told Salon that "she remembers the time when a group of classmates followed her third-grader home, shouting out 'baby-killer' all along the way. She took it up with the teacher, who didn't seem to mind."

Good to know the same people who brought us Prop 8 are hateful to other groups besides gays.



Blogger its just me said...

I wonder how many homes are being foreclosed or how high their gas prices were. How many men or women from that town have been sent off to war. It's sad our young children are acting this way.

Really sad.

7:45 PM  
Blogger Trekking Left said...

Note to self ... cancel plans to move to Rexburg, Idaho.

9:33 AM  
Blogger angryyoungwoman said...

I moved away from Rexburg a few months ago. I'm fond of calling it the seventh circle of hell. You know, because it is.

10:26 PM  

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