Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Aaron Miller


And we have another ignorant right wing candidate for Congress from the state of Minnesota. Aaron Miller is running for the House from Minnesota’s first congressional district against incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Walz and he says he’s running in order to spare his daughter the horrors of learning about evolution in public schools.

In his convention speech, Miller called for limited government, reduction of the federal deficit and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which he said could not be fixed. He said he can also reach out to the youth vote, which he said would be important for a Republican in the race. During this speech, he had about 20 college Republicans who work with his campaign standing in front of the stage.

He also called for more religious freedoms. He repeated his story about his daughter returning home from school 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.

The teacher who allegedly told his daughter that should be fired. And by the way, the curriculum is set by the Minnesota board of education, not the federal government, so I guess “we” already decide what is taught in schools. Unless by “we” he means “me,” which is almost certainly what he did mean. Public schools teach a whole lot of things that one or more religious groups object to, but Miller only cares when he objects to them and he demands that his children never be exposed to ideas that contradict his narrow religious beliefs.

Comments

  1. colnago80 says

    Here’s a snark comment from one of the talkbackers.

    Dave Smith · Top Commenter · Minneapolis, Minnesota
    My son has come home in tears on several occasions because they were teaching MATH and SPELLING. The HORROR!

  2. says

    I was thinking the perfect GOPer candidate would be Tarzan from the SNL skit.
    “Vote Tarzan. Evolution BAD! Tarzan love Jesus.”

    But then he would lose the primary to Frankenstein, who would just wave a Bible around, gesticulate clumsily and grunt loudly.
    Frankie would have the better chance of winning the general, because he would never mention “legitimate rape” during the campaign.

  3. eric says

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

    Translation: I should decide what is taught in your schools.

    He also promoted his commitment to pro-life values

    Ah yes, the limited government/abortion two step. Well, I guess this is a form of consistency. He also thinks he should decide what drugs are going into your body.

  4. Chiroptera says

    The teacher who allegedly told his daughter that should be fired.

    Actually, the teacher who actually said this should be fired. The incident needs to be collaborated before the teacher who allegedly said this is fired.

    Now the teacher may have said this. It is also quite possible (from my experience as an educator) that the student doesn’t remember all that accurately what the teacher actually said. Hell, as human being, I know how much I have misremembered what people have said.

    More likely, though, Miller is just making the whole story up.

  5. raven says

    He repeated his story about his daughter returning home from school (crying) 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.

    Chances are this never happened. Fundies lie all the time about everything.

    1. Even if it did, whose fault is that? Miller’s for teaching his daughter that mythology is real and to fear reality.

    2. It’s going to get worse for his daughter. Soon she will learn the universe is older than 6,000 years, the Big Boat genocide never happened, the ice ages did happen, and dozens of other facts that contradict her two pages of iron age mythology. And that most americans aren’t members of her kooky xian cult. Almost as many are No Religions.

    Shortly after that, she will learn that the educated and intelligent segment of the population thinks her and her dad are idiots.

  6. Freedonian says

    He is unhappy that although he has the right to send his daughter to a private school where they do not teach such pesky subjects as actual science, in true theocrat form, he wants to ensure that everyone else’s children are denied their right to a decent education in the public schools.

  7. Menyambal says

    This guy is running for office, and either doesn’t know who set educational standards, or is lying about it.

    So his daughter had to hear about evolution. Did her entire religious upbringing collapse right there? It’s going to be on the test, kid–memorize it, repeat it and forget it, just like every other subject that you find boring.

    Is learning about evolution that nasty?

  8. scienceavenger says

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

    Not if you are determined to keep your children as ignorant as you are.

  9. mareap says

    I live in Walz’s district and served on two state science standards writing teams. My anger at Miller’s ignorance is second only to that I have for the local republicans.

  10. fmitchell says

    Is there any more Orwellian phrase than “religious freedom”?

    OK, nearly every other Republican catchphrase and dog-whistle. My bad.

  11. bobcarroll says

    1/5DDS @#2: You mean Frankenstein’s monster. Ol’ Victor himself was relatively normal, though he suffered a bit from black n’ white syndrome.

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