Terry Kemple, a current candidate running for a seat on the Hillsborough County School Board, was a very vocal antievolution advocate during the 2008 Florida science standards fight and subsequent “academic freedom” bills fight in the state legislature. He then tried to get onto the Hillsborough County School Board in 2010 but lost. He’s trying again, but he’s fighting some negative publicity on the interwebs: Website spoofs Hillsborough School Board candidate
Kemple, a conservative Christian activist who is one of six candidates for the countywide District 7 seat, declared verbal war Thursday on whoever created the parody website and renewed the domain name through 2014.
The parody website is vote4kemple.com, which I’m proud to say has a link back to the Florida Citizens for Science blog.
Another website that, sadly, is not a parody is that of Alachua County School Board candidate Jodie Wood. Take a look at his Platform Issues.
Issue: Evolution, creationism, intelligent design?
Many of those who know me are aware of my strong dedication to the Christian faith. This has resulted in me being asked my opinion on creationism being taught in public schools. First I would like to say that it is against my belief for religion to be taught in the public system. This should be left in the hands of parents, churches, and other non-tax-paid organizations.
Conversely, I believe that it is improper for evolutionism to be taught as known fact. Darwin in his book “origin of the species” referred to such as “theory”. I believe in scientific evidence. Creationism and evolutionism both can be to some extent supported with scientific data….
Conclusion: Fact should be taught as fact. Theory should be taught as theory. Religion and other social belief should be left to the community. Let’s educate our kids …