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Going ApeFlorida's Battles over Evolution in the Classroom$
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Brandon Haught

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049434

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049434.001.0001

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“A Conspiracy to Destroy the Faith of Children”

“A Conspiracy to Destroy the Faith of Children”

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Going Ape

Brandon Haught

University Press of Florida

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

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