Aaron Miller, GOP-endorsed Congress candidate, repeats bizarre anti-evolution story

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If it were up to Miller (pictured), creationism would be taught in public schools.
Obamacare, Benghazi, NSA surveillance... these are the issues you expect to hear Republicans railing about in the run up to November's congressional elections.

But evolution? We thought that one was more or less settled right around the time the Lucy fossil was found, at least for those of us inclined toward rational thought.

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But it'll apparently be an issue of sorts in Minnesota's 1st congressional district, where the GOP-endorsed candidate, Aaron Miller, shared a story critical of evolution and the way it's taught in public schools in at least two recent speeches.

During the Blue Earth County Republicans' convention last March, Miller, a hospital account manager and Iraq War veteran, offered up this tale about a "traumatic" experience his daughter had in school (via Josh Moniz of the Mankato Free Press):
[Miller] shared a story about his daughter becoming very upset because she had to learn about evolution at school. He said his daughter told the teacher that she did not believe in evolution. He said the teacher expressed agreement with his daughter, but told her that they were forced to teach the lesson by the government.

"There's a war on our values by the government," Miller said. "We should decide what is taught in our schools, not Washington, D.C."

When asked for further detail, Miller declined to provide the name of the teacher in his story.
Then, after winning the Republican nomination to run against Democratic incumbent Tim Walz on Saturday, Miller repeated the tale (again from Moniz and the Free Press):
[Miller] also called for more religious freedoms. 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.

"We should decide what is taught in our schools, not Washington D.C.," Miller said.

Miller has declined to provide any more information to verify his story.
Evolution denial isn't the only baffling aspect of all that. As Bluestem Prairie's Sally Jo Sorensen points out, curriculum standards in Minnesota are set by the state Department of Education, not Darwin lovers in D.C.

Then again, maybe we shouldn't expect someone who takes issue with the teaching of our best scientific theories in schools to know what he's talking about before he opens his mouth.

We called Miller's spokesman seeking more information about his views on evolution and education, but our voicemail wasn't immediately returned.

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collinsm65
collinsm65

This goon needs to go to Pakistan or something...get the ******** out of trying to dictate that kids don't get science.

John Bunch
John Bunch

I am reading Colin Woodward's excellent book "American Nations." He points out how ridiculous it would be to talk about "our values," as if all Americans believed the same thing. It is a very puritan/Yankee way of viewing the US, but ignores that the US contains at least ten differing cultures. The Yankees thought that everyone had to conform to their views and this guy is a great example of that.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

I see darrin deleted his comment to make himself look like a victim again. I can't help but feel sorry for his "woman".

Kathleen Quist Johnson
Kathleen Quist Johnson

I'm just really sick of the nonsense, lies and blatant ignorance from all these people.

Rachael Joseph
Rachael Joseph

Hey Miller, gravity is also "just a theory". Go jump out your window, dipshit.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Good to see Tim Walz will win by 30 points.  It's amazing how Republicans have managed to take a competitive district and make it a solid Democratic district thanks to their compulsion to nominate insanely stupid people.  I'm sure all those doctors at Mayo will be happy to vote for this nitwit.  

lkjhasdf
lkjhasdf

MnGOP is weirdly still dominated by this socon dinosaurs. I really don't get it. It'd be nice to someday have here a rational candidate that breaks the left-right split.

Shannon Blue
Shannon Blue

If you don't want your child to be taught evolution, don't send them to public school......

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

@trav, darrin asked to be private messaged to have a discussion. Not that's any of your business. He's a typical little pussy that starts crying when he doesn't get his way.

Trav Beck
Trav Beck

That's just childish and disrespectful. Grow up.

Trav Beck
Trav Beck

LOL @ Shayne sending private meltdowns.

John Feemster
John Feemster

Why would anyone vote for someone so dense...keep your religious bullshit out the classes and gov and keep it where it belongs, in churches where weakminded inviduals belong

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Darin, too bad your momma didn't consider abortion. Typical POS statist.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

He has no valid points Shane. BTW, thanks for the homophobic personal messages last week regarding abortion, weirdo.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Stop making the dinosaurs famous.

Onan
Onan

"He said the teacher admitted to not believing in the scientific theory..."

Well there's your problem...

Francisco Gonzalez
Francisco Gonzalez

If this is the best the GOPers have to run on the 1st District, then it is not premature to congratulate Rep. Tim Waltz on his reelection...keep up the good work, Congressman! :-)

Nancy Yaklich
Nancy Yaklich

it boggles my mind how people can refute science in this manner... are we living in the dark ages?

Lampfan MacMurphy
Lampfan MacMurphy

this clown receives air/screen time while there are many qualified candidates in all THREE parties who should receive the press?

Tiffannie Marie
Tiffannie Marie

Most children when taught something they disagree with, just disregard it and move on. The fact that she got so upset about tells me that she is a victim of vigorous religious brain washing.

Erich Pink
Erich Pink

I wish, just one of the guys would have the balls to admit that their ideal society is an evangelical Christian theocracy.

Bill Nolan
Bill Nolan

"Our values" as defined by whom?

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

He has a point about DC not determining what is taught locally. Common core is a perfect example.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Aaron Miller is an idiot, a relic, and I'd love to debate him.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

This clown believing in anti-evolution is just as stupid as democrats believing the minimum wage hike is a positive thing. Stupid people everywhere

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

If you really want to be scared of what evolution deniers are doing, watch the documentary called "Jesus Camp" on Netflix.  Gave me nightmares.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Shane. Stop watching Fox News and Glen Beck and turnoff Rushbo. DC does not determine what Minnesota teaches, Minnesota determines what Minnesota teaches. Common core promotes critical thought which is something you are clearly NOT capable of.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran   More deep thoughts from a bigot idiot.   Considering people like Paul Krugman support raising the minimum wage I'd say that's a pretty false equivalence you've given there stupid ming.  Creationism is nonsense.  Raising the minimum wage is at minimum a heavily debated topic with compelling arguments on both sides.  You really are one stupid clown aren't you ming?   

lkjhasdf
lkjhasdf

@mingtran  Apparently in Minnesota you are only one of two extremes. Bible-thumping hawk, or socialist nanny. We need some serious candidates for once.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

Dipshit comments on a story about a dipshit...color me shocked

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@ChazDanger  Somebody told you to think that way. If you used sound logic all the time, you would have rational opinions on all subject matter. Basically, the logic used to come up with your opinion on this particular scenario would carry over to other scenarios as well. Yet, you're wrong or at the very least unsubstantiated on nearly every claim every time but now.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@ChazDanger  That movie revealed why our politics are so screwed up.  Stupid bigots who believe nonsense and brainwash their kids. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann: Paul Krugman isn't even a person, he's a talking head. Serious economists don't respect him and his track record sucks. Remember dipshit: Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize as he was drone bombing children. The Nobel  Prize is a popularity contest and means nothing. You suck at everything, just go to sleep.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@lkjhasdf  Democrats have increased the minimum wage, lowered taxes, improved the economy and passed gay marriage.   All Tim Pawlenty managed to do was drop a bridge into a river.   He then embarrassed the whole state by revealing he had nominated a buffoon who made us look stupid.  The only people that don't see a clear choice are Republicans too stupid to admit they are wrong and too embarrassed to admit they support these idiots.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Drewey  Only a dipshit would think that's a dip shit comment. You fully buy into the belief system that only one side, your side is correct all the time. Look at who "liked" your comments: Two of the most stupid, made fun of commenters on here, and one of them is named "chazdanger" who has a pic of a pug in doll clothes. Yeah...you're sweet, dude.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  Wrong topic ming.  We are talking about Jesus Camp.  Obviously you have nothing but stupid insults and nonsense  to contribute.   

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  You live in a bubble where a Nobel Prize winning economist with best selling books and a widely read column isn't an expert on economics.   Do you realize how stupid and pathetic you sound ming?   


Just to clarify, what are your qualifications that make you an expert on economics?    If I recall you are an excon pizza boy right?  Did you even graduate high school stupid?  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann  You're saying you're not the most made fun of commenter on here? What are you talking about? 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Drewey  It is a verifiable fact that anyone who holds an extreme position in either direction will always be wrong more often than someone who resides in the middle. It's up to you if you want to learn from this exchange, or keep getting left behind.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  So pathetic how you can never provide a fact when you get called out ming.  Stupid pathetic bigot moron. You contribute nothing.  You aren't smart enough to debate.  Just fuck off and never come back stupid.  

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@mingtran @DreweyYou can't even back up your "made fun of" accusation.  Do you ever criticize your own thoughts?  Because everybody here criticizes you constantly!

Look in the mirror, or your past comments, is any of it true?  No it is not.

You are a giant Troll that never has any evidence to back up your claims.  Then just turns to insults which makes you think that you are right.  Notice how people give up trying to have a debate with you? Because you sling mud and they never want to talk to you again.  But you consider that in your mind that you won the argument, but the truth is YOU"RE JUST AN ASSHOLE!

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

So that's a no. I admit, I'm burdened by the need for verifiable facts, must be kinda nice to no get caught up in the whole quantifiable thing.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Drewey  lkjhasdf "liked" my comment. He's more smart than you three combined.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

Care to cite a couple expert opinions that might back up your tinfoil hat paranoid assumptions? Come on Ming, school me.

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