Creationist in Florida Congressional Race

The Florida Ark

The Florida Ark

In Florida’s St. Petersburg Times we read U.S. House District 5 candidates share some views, diverge on social issues.

Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent is the Republican candidate for Congress in Florida’s Fifth District. According to the article, that district:

… includes all or parts of eight counties stretching from Levy to Polk, [and which] heavily favors GOP candidates

That means this Congressional district is smack-dab in the middle of that enchanted region we’ve been calling The Florida Ark. The Florida what? According to the Curmudgeon’s Glossary:

The Florida Ark is that concave stretch of coast — an arc, get it? — starting at the Alabama border and then sweeping down the shore of the Gulf of Mexico all the way to Tampa, and a bit beyond. This blessed region is home to a great number of creationists.

Okay, Sheriff Nugent is the Republican. Who’s the opposition? It’s Democrat Jim Piccillo. The news story is full of details about these two candidates, but let’s get to the creationism. That’s the reason we’re blogging about this campaign:

Creationism should not be taught in schools, said Piccillo, a Catholic.

Nugent, a Christian, disagrees, saying he’s comfortable with the theory being mentioned in science class. “I think that’s a positive thing — to expose children to multiple ideas,” Nugent said.

Did you notice that? The Democrat opposing creationism is a Catholic, and the creationist Republican is described as a Christian. That’s how things are in the Florida Ark.

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4 responses to “Creationist in Florida Congressional Race

  1. Nugent: “I think that’s a positive thing — to expose children to multiple ideas,”

    Sadly, I doubt that anyone will ask the obvious next question: “Is that because you expect students to see how creationism fails, by making claims that are either easily falsified or untestable, and relying on misrepresenting evolution, the only explanation supported by a convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of evidence?”

  2. Gabriel Hanna

    Well, I have heard Baptist-types use “Catholic” and “Christian” as exclusive categories, but it might be unfair to say the reporter is doing this. It may be that Nugent self-describes as “Christian” without specifying his denomination–he might not even have one.

  3. The real question you electors in every state SHOULD ask is why theology is an issue in a political election at all.

    Start maing “Im a man of faith” into a statement that means you loose elections and that is the first fight finished. Make that 1st Ammendment count.

  4. As a Catholic (well former Catholic) raised in the South, most “Christians” in the South do not count Catholics as Christians. Catholics are seen as a group that failed to follow the correct path. So the Southern Christian, there are Christians, Catholics, Jews, Muslims and others.