There’s an otherwise unimportant Republican contest for a seat in the Florida state legislature going on in House District 17. The primary election will be on 14 August The district includes St. Johns County, which contains the city of St. Augustine.
The three Republican candidates for House District 17 on Wednesday seemed to have taken some of their talking points from their party’s platform — distaste for government over-regulation; local control of growth; and support for small businesses, teacher merit pay and smaller government.
None of that interests us except for one little item which we’ll get to in a moment. But in case you live there and care who the candidates are, the news story identifies them as follows:
Kim Kendall, an activist and school volunteer; St. Augustine building contractor and community volunteer Mike Davis; and state Rep. Ronald “Doc” Renuart, a physician and Iraq War veteran.
Okay. Everything’s lovely — so far. Now here comes the craziness, with bold font added by us:
Possibly the biggest stunner of the night was agreement by all three that creationism should be taught along with evolution in St. Johns County science classes, not just in church or at home.
Wow — what a surprise! Let’s read on:
Renuart said, “Evolution is still a theory. It should be taught as a theory, not as a fact. Creationism, divine intervention — a lot of people share this belief.”
Well, if it’s just a theory, he’s got a good point. Doesn’t he? We continue:
Kendall agreed with that statement. “Evolution standards are being thrust on our students in science class,” she said. “Academic freedom allows our students to question that science has it right.”
Yeah — quit “thrusting” those standards! And the third candidate? As expected:
Davis said, “The school should present both ideas.”
So there you are. No matter who wins the primary, we can be sure that the Republican candidate from St. Augustine will be an idiot. The good folks of that town can be proud.
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