[Jerry asked me to write something about this article forwarded by reader Steve as he is pretty much tied up today and tomorrow. I would normally approach the subject of US politics cautiously, not being an American myself; but “evolution made my daughter cry” is one of the most plaintive battle cries I have ever heard. – Grania Spingies]
My theory, which is mine, is that some people get into politics because they see themselves like this:
Minnesota Republican Aaron Miller who is now running for Congress is reported as saying:
There’s a war on our values by the government, we should decide what is taught in our schools, not Washington, D.C.
By “we” I think we are meant to understand people who think like he does, specifically people who deny science.
Mankato Free Press recounts:
He repeated his story about his daughter returning home from school in tears because evolution was being taught in her class. He said the teacher admitted to not believing in the scientific theory to his daughter but told her that the government forced him to teach the lesson.
Iacknowledge quotes him as saying:
I’m running for Congress because of my children,” Miller explained at a Rochester Tea Party Patriots forum in February. “I have two daughters, 14 and 9, and I’m concerned that I’m about ready to offer a country to my girls that is not better off than my parents offered me. (emphasis mine)
Well, he’s got that bit right. If you deny your children a fair chance at an education that tries to teach basic scientific literacy, then yes, they do inherit a country that is worse off than the one he grew up in.
Instead of Mr Smith, you get Mayor Cole.
The good news is that he is running in a competitive district, so getting elected may prove to be difficult.
Hat-tip to Steve