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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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“One of the Primal Evils in Our Country”

“One of the Primal Evils in Our Country”

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Going Ape

Brandon Haught

University Press of Florida

This chapter surveys a variety of creationism-related events in the mid-1990s, starting with a conflict between Stetson University in Volusia County and its benefactor, the Florida Baptist Convention. Manatee County yet again faced citizens trying to introduce creationism into classrooms by doing things like donating the creationist textbook Of Pandas and People to schools. Famous creationist debater Duane Gish, from the Institute for Creation Research in California, participated in a debate with Florida anthropologist Lorena Madrigal in Manatee County. After the debate, further conflict erupted when local school districts granted credit to teachers for attending. The creationism argument next popped up in Osceola County while a creationism bill was being filed in the state legislature. Creationism was an issue during several local elections across the state. The Business, Civic, and Ministry Coalition of St. Lucie County and Schools’ Superintendent David Mosrie had talks about creationism without the school board's knowledge. New state science standards neglected to mention evolution so as to avoid controversy. Finally, this chapter discusses a few Florida-based creationist organizations and personalities, especially creation-science evangelist Kent Hovind.

Keywords:   Business Civic and Ministry Coalition, David Mosrie, Duane Gish, Florida Baptist Convention, Kent Hovind, Lorena Madrigal, Osceola County, St. Lucie County, state science standards, Stetson University

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