Evolution made my daughter cry

[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


  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    His daughter will do more than cry when she realizes her crap education can’t get her a job and all the economy is in the crapper because the science literacy (and probably other literacy) has been thrown back into the Bronze Age thanks to unenlightened politicians. The Rea Party is such an affront to just about everything the Enlightenment gave us

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      Oh and math made me cry, why didn’t a politician ban that? Maybe I shouldn’t even say it, someone in the Tea Party might pick up on it.

      • Gordon Hill
        Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

        If you’re not good at math you’ll never know when things don’t add up.

      • Scote
        Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

        Algebra comes from Muslims!!!! We need Marine Todd to punch the lights out of those Libtard math freaks who are shoving all of that Islamosocialist algebra and calculus down kids throats.


        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

          Ha ha Marine Todd! That is the story that atheists modified and exaggerated but people didn’t pick up on the joke, right?

          • Scote
            Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

            Yes, Marine Todd is a badly written variation on the Christian vs. the Evil Atheist Professor urban legend that that terrible Kevin Sorbo movie is based on.

            There are a bunch of satirical takes on Marine Todd in the comment thread over at Gawker, some of which are NSFW:


            Here is a good example posted by Irishish:

            “A liberal muslim homosexual ACLU lawyer professor and abortion doctor was teaching a class on Karl Marx, known atheist

            “Before the class begins, you must get on your knees and worship Marx and accept that he was the most highly-evolved being the world has ever known, even greater than Jesus Christ!”

            At this moment, a brave, patriotic, pro-life Navy SEAL champion who had served 1500 tours of duty and understood the necessity of war and fully supported all military decision made by the United States stood up and held up a rock.

            “How old is this rock, pinhead?”

            The arrogant professor smirked quite Jewishly and smugly replied “4.6 billion years, you stupid Christian”

            “Wrong. It’s been 5,000 years since God created it. If it was 4.6 billion years old and evolution, as you say, is real… then it should be an animal now”

            The professor was visibly shaken, and dropped his chalk and copy of Origin of the Species. He stormed out of the room crying those liberal crocodile tears. The same tears liberals cry for the “poor” (who today live in such luxury that most own refrigerators) when they jealously try to claw justly earned wealth from the deserving job creators. There is no doubt that at this point our professor, DeShawn Washington, wished he had pulled himself up by his bootstraps and become more than a sophist liberal professor. He wished so much that he had a gun to shoot himself from embarrassment, but he himself had petitioned against them!

            The students applauded and all registered Republican that day and accepted Jesus as their lord and savior. An eagle named “Small Government” flew into the room and perched atop the American Flag and shed a tear on the chalk. The pledge of allegiance was read several times, and God himself showed up and enacted a flat tax rate across the country.

            The professor lost his tenure and was fired the next day. He died of the gay plague AIDS and was tossed into the lake of fire for all eternity.

            Semper Fi.
            p.s. close the borders”

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted April 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

              The eagle named, “small government” was the best part.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:25 am | Permalink

              Has the sarcasm started yet?

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:23 am | Permalink


          I recognise that as pseudo code for “end of property sarcasm”. But could you flag where the sarcasm started – it all looks very realistic to me.

  2. Scote
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    “There’s a war on our values by the government, we should decide what is taught in our schools, not Washington, D.C.”

    In the US those are essentially dog whistle words for “ignore the constitution” in favor of granting religious primacy to the local, Christian majority.

    What really gets me is that none of these Christian majoritarians get that weakening the laws against theocratic government means that *other* religions than theirs will get a foot in the door, too, including Islam. They can’t see beyond their own immediate perceived self-interest.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:30 am | Permalink

      What really gets me is that none of these Christian majoritarians get that weakening the laws against theocratic government means that *other* religions than theirs will get a foot in the door, too,

      That is, literally, inconceivable to them, because they “know” (in the religious sense of “know” ; i.e. they hold the opinion that … ) that their religion is true and that everyone else is stupid, wrong and condemned to an eternity of torture.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:31 am | Permalink

        an eternity of torture

        I forgot to add the essential phrase “by their infinitely loving, all-forgiving god.”
        A small but essential point.

  3. Gordon Hill
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Sad these days, but the Tea Party may be losing ground. He’s running against a Democratic incumbent Tim Walz who was first elected in 2006 and got 57% of the vote in 2012. Doubt we will hear about Miller after November 4th, except a concession speech.

    • Larry Gay
      Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      In Maine the Tea Party peaked in 2010 and is now on the downslope. They suffered serious losses in 2012. One barometer of how they are doing nationally is that the number of representatives in Washington that are members of the Prayer Caucus is also down from 2010.

      • Gordon Hill
        Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

        They may be struggling here as well, but the Democrats are having trouble getting someone electable to run against our Tea Party Congressman.

      • Posted April 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

        My impression as well. The Tea Party has peaked. But I also think it will hang on in a fair number of state for a while longer.

      • ladyatheist
        Posted April 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

        There’s a prayer caucus???

        • Larry Gay
          Posted April 12, 2014 at 1:55 am | Permalink

          Google “congressional prayer caucus”. I expect there is one in the Indiana state legislature too.

  4. Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Permalink


  5. uncleebeneezer
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Immediately made me think of this.

    • Mark Joseph
      Posted April 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      Love it!

  6. Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Well, getting hit in the forehead with a rock the size of an egg made me cry, but never biology class. In biology I learned, among many other fascinating things, that birds are mammals because they have hair.This, the teacher, educated in all Catholic schools, explained is what we had (in those candle-lit days)to singe off the chicken before it was cooked (and I remember Mom doing just that back on the farm). These are, of course, filoplumes, or just specialized feathers. I was still able to get an A in ornithology despite Mr. Smith and his Catholic education.

    When I did teach almost the only students who came to me and complained about all the evolution talk were educated in Catholic schools. When I would tell them that the Catholic church had come to terms with Darwin back in the 19th century there was always disbelief.

    No, this was not in Texas but Maryland (and the teacher was from Metuchen NJ).

  7. Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Why is he running for Congress then? Congress doesn’t DO anything about what is taught at the local level? If he wanted to influence what his children are taught in school he should be running for his local school board, or the county superintendent, or for his state legislature.

    I’m getting the distinct impression this guy doesn’t understand how his government works at all!

    • Gordon Hill
      Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      That would be logical… incompatible with his mental processes.

  8. Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    It really saddens me to see the most innovative country on earth prey of such idiocy.

  9. Doug
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    The teacher didn’t believe in evolution but “the government” forced him to teach it? Bullshit. Since when does the federal government force schools to teach anything? These clowns are pandering to people who believe that the federal government is the enemy, and who will believe anything you say about it. I remember seeing a letter in a newspaper one Thanksgiving saying that the government had passed a law saying that schools had to teach children that the Pilgrims created Thanksgiving to thank the Indians, not God. Of course, this law existed only in the writer’s imagination. And remember how churches used to claim that Madalyn Murray O’Hare was teaming up with the government to ban religious broadcasting? They kept repeating that lie long after she was dead.

    • bric
      Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      I notice the report adds ‘Miller has declined to provide any more information to verify his story.’

  10. BillyJoe
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I think there is reason to believe that his story about his daughter coming home in tears because she was being taught evolution is fake. I mean, what child comes home from school in tears because of something taught at school. Perhaps someone should try to verify it.

  11. Posted April 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    The real irony is that candidate Miller works for a biotech firm called rEVO Biologics http://www.mankatofreepress.com/local/x1445027557/Miller-wins-upset-victory-in-Republican-endorsement?zc_p=0

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:45 am | Permalink

      The real irony is that candidate Miller works for a biotech firm called rEVO Biologics

      Is that sentence in the correct tense?
      Working in a geology company, I’d have no hesitation about firing an employee who publicly came out with such bullshit, on the grounds that it shows serious stupidity which would negatively impact his (or her) ability to do their job. And it would reflect really badly on the company too. I’d suspect that a company specialising in drugs made by recombinant DNA techniques is going to have problems with employing an anti-evolution idiot like this. Unless he’s doing something unimportant. Like bean counting. Or scrubbing the toilet.

  12. Derek Freyberg
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    You’ve got to wonder what Miller does at rEVO: it seems unlikely to be anything scientific.
    The Mankato Free Press has a few comments on the story: my favorite is “Are we living in 2014 – or 1420?”, and the others are no more friendly towards Miller.

    • Marella
      Posted April 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      He’s salesman, and he was in the army before that.

  13. Rob
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    How sad. I wouldn’t vote for this candidate because he seems totally clueless. Now, his daughter is probably totally humiliated because he has told the story of her crying about a class, to the whole world. I wonder if he got her permission to use that incident to promote his campaign.

    • Scote
      Posted April 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      I wonder if his running for office makes his daughter cry, will he quit?

      I’m going to take a WAG that his “makes my daughter cry” standard only works one way, in the direction he already wants to go.

  14. Posted April 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Anyone think that perhaps his daughter was crying because she’d discovered in school that her father had been lying to her all along?

  15. ladyatheist
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Also covered by Raw story, and no I’m not just trolling for more upvotes on my comment (currently only at 29!)


    really… not trolling for upvotes 😉

  16. Achrachno
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Repub. Aaron Miller whines about: “war on our values”

    Your “values” are really absurd, Aaron, and not valuable at all. No society can succeed believing the nonsense that you do. How can you expect people not to reject and “war” against them?

    Too bad he doesn’t read here so he could respond all righteous-like and then I could explain why my caustic comment is never-the-less true.

    Oh, well. I feel better having said it.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 6:15 am | Permalink

      🙂 I liked “all righteous-like”

  17. Dan Cameron
    Posted April 12, 2014 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    The false belief of human evolution needs to be taken out of schools.

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

      Your comment makes it clear to everyone here that you have never made an honest attempt to learn anything about evolution, otherwise you would know that by saying something like what you just wrote, you reveal yourself as someone who just repeats things that you heard someone else say.

      I encourage you to read a book for yourself about it.
      Here’s one written by a devout Christian: http://www.onlyatheorythebook.com/

      • Posted April 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

        You beat me to it. As most of us here know, the evidence for human evolution is overwhelming, and anyone who claims to be educated should know that.

    • JBlilie
      Posted April 14, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Along with those “false” beliefs of: Gravity, helio-centric view of the solar system, the view of the earth that it is a spheroid (instead of flat), bacteria and viruses as the causes of infection disease, electro-magnetism, chemistry, physics, etc.

      Yep, that’ll help our kids compete and lead intellectually satisfiying lives. You bet.

  18. MAUCH
    Posted April 12, 2014 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Perhaps what the daughter is crying about is that she knows that learning about evolution will prevent her from accepting Dad’s big lie simply on faith. Ignorance is bliss.

  19. JBlilie
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    He’s running ofr the 1st Congressional District in Minnesota (my home). It is competitive, being held by incumbent Tim Walz, who I expect to be re-elected. This can only help Walz’s cause.

    Walz is a fairly conservative Dem. He is mostly active in supporting agriculture, since his district is largely rural/farmland. His district is the bottom slice of the State of Minnesota.

  20. JBlilie
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Schoool is for learning, not for just repeating what you already (think you) know.

  21. JBlilie
    Posted April 14, 2014 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Here’s an article on this.

    I like this quote,

    “And finally, it is the 21st century. Complaining about science in science classes just doesn’t seem like a compelling rationale for a congressional candidacy.”

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