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.
Jack Wu told The Topeka Capital-Journal that he decided to run for theState 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 state’s current science standards, which treat evolution as a well-established, core scientific concept.
On a campaignwebsite
, 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 isn’t a full, baptized member. He said his attraction to the church is unrelated to his efforts to unseat Campbell.
“She’s going to win my district without a fight?” he said. “I’m 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.