Minnesota GOP Candidate Aaron Miller Says He'll Take Evolution Out of Education

| by Allison Geller

The Republican nominee for a Minnesota congressional seat won over his party by declaring that evolution shouldn’t be taught in schools.

Aaron Miller, who works at a biotech company, won the GOP endorsement for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District race on Saturday during the district’s Republican Party convention. Miller staked his campaign image on his traditional conservative values, including opposing abortion and championing greater religious freedom.

“He also called for more religious freedoms,” the Mankato Free Press writes. “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 told those gathered.

The Huffington Post points out that Minnesota’s educational standards are set by the state, and not by the federal Department of Education.

Miller, a former command sergeant major with the Army Reserve who served in Iraq, emphasized both his military and private sector experience during the three rounds of balloting. He’s being endorsed in his campaign against Rep. Tim Walz, Democrat, by Rep. Allen Quist, a Republican who has said he believes dinosaurs coexisted with man.

Sources: Mankato Free Press, Huffington Post