Radio, April 1: A place in hell?

Join us on radio every Sunday, 5-8pm on 710 KNUS, DenverTo listen online from anywhere, click ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Theocracy alert, take cover! The top Democrats making education policy at the Colorado General Assembly say there is "a special place in hell" for supporters of charter schools and parental choice. That's according to an email from Rep. Mike Merrifield, House Education chairman, to Senate Education chairman Sue Windels, disclosed this week by the new website (Oops, late-breaking news and correction: Make that former Chairman Merrifield, since he quit the post in disgrace on Friday.)

Besides the uncaring attitude Merrifield betrays toward ill-served schoolchildren, we should be shocked at the fundamentalist overtones in this exchange between two supposedly respectable liberals. And the diversion of taxpayer resources into a religious expression -- at that fatal moment when Windels began reading the message on her official state email account -- horrors!

The hell talk smacks of jihad. No doubt these powerful committee chairs, pronouncing secret curses on their infidel enemies, also hope for a heaven where 72 educrats await every martyr to the NEA faith. The ACLU with its atheist censors would certainly not approve.

We at Backbone Radio don't approve either, not one bit. State Sen. Nancy Spence, R-Centennial, will be my guest on Sunday for a report on this year's Dem offensive against all the school-reform gains of the past decade. I urge you to listen -- listen or else, as Mike Merrifield might put it.

** Also, David Kopel of the Independence Institute will discuss the huge recent victory for gun rights in the DC Court of Appeals. And I'll talk with John Zakhem, attorney for those Colorado voters who lost a redistricting appeal in the US Supreme Court.

** And there's more. Hilmar von Campe, author and conservative organizer who survived Nazism, returns to the show. So does Mike Littwin of the Rocky Mountain News, back from his travels covering the 2008 presidential race.

So join us from 5-8pm this Sunday, when my own startling conversion to Hillary for President will also be a hot topic. Our special April 1 show (get it?) is one you won't want to miss.

Yours for self-government,