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“A Conspiracy to Destroy the Faith of Children”

Brandon Haught

in Going Ape

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780813049434
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780813050409 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813049434.003.0005
“A Conspiracy to Destroy the Faith of Children”

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In the late 1980s, a high school teacher became the focus of attention in Broward County when it was discovered he had been teaching creationism in his class without official approval. During the same period, Rev. Clarence E. Winslow made a final push in Manatee and Pinellas Counties on behalf of creationism. After spirited appearances at school board meetings over the next decade, Winslow passed away in 2002 at the age of 95. In 1990, creationists introduced the textbook Of Pandas and People, coauthored by a Floridian, and pushed to make it part of the regular curriculum. During the 1990 gubernatorial campaign, Lawton Chiles and his running mate Buddy MacKay were asked about their stance on scientific creationism. MacKay's remark that, “some people believe in the flat world,” set off a spate of ugly name-calling on both sides of the argument.

Keywords: Broward County; curriculum; scientific creationism; gubernatorial campaign; Lawton Chiles; Buddy MacKay; Manatee County; Of Pandas and People; Pinellas County

Chapter.  3739 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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