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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