A Kansas state school board candidate who describes evolution as Satanic lies and wants to stop public schools from teaching the theory attends Westboro Baptist, the Topeka church known for anti-gay protests worldwide.
The Associated Press
Jack Wu told The Topeka Capital-Journal that he decided to run for the State Board of Education after learning that Democratic incumbent Carolyn Wims-Campbell, also from Topeka, would otherwise be unopposed for a second term in the 4th District of eastern Kansas. Campbell supports the states current science standards, which treat evolution as a well-established, core scientific concept.
On a campaign website, Wu says he is a native of California drawn to the Kansas capital after seeing the light of the Westboro Baptist Church. Church members have staged anti-gay pickets for more than two decades, and they frequently protest outside military and other funerals.
Wu said he attends Westboro Baptist services and adheres to its teachings but isnt a full, baptized member. He said his attraction to the church is unrelated to his efforts to unseat Campbell.
Shes going to win my district without a fight? he said. Im not going to let that happen.
Church spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper said Wu is an acquaintance, and described him as just a friendly little guy, though not a church member.