A local resident in Lake City, Florida apparently spends every morning picketing outside the county school administration building, protesting the fact that the state requires the school to teach evolution in biology classes.
Every weekday morning you can see him along busy West Duval Street. Sign in hand, Kenny Merriken has been picketing the Columbia County School District offices for about four months.
Merriken, 63, also pickets during school board meetings and sometimes on Saturdays if there are cars in the parking lot.
“I’m protesting the scientific teaching of evolution, which is a fallacy contrary to the Holy Bible,” he said.
Merriken said he has an open challenge for the Columbia County School District and its teachers to a public debate in Lake City on the Scientific Theory of Evolution. Or he wants a public acknowledgment that Evolution is a fallacy contrary to the Bible, he said.
“I believe these [Theory of Evolution] teachings are persuading those who are weak,” Merriken said, in faith, courage or intellect. Or students may just feel outmatched by the state-mandated curriculum. “I’m standing up for the little guy,” he said. “I’m standing up for the little guy,” he said.
Merriken said he has talked to city council, county commission, a state representative and the state department of education, but all have responded with a “politically correct sidestep response” or silence.
Merriken said he has talked with school district officials and received the same responses.
Michael Millikin, Columbia County School District superintendent, said he has met with Merriken several times and corresponded through e-mail.
“We use state-approved textbooks and we teach state-approved curriculum,” he said. “We are simply doing what the state has charged us to do.”
When I was in high school, I was part of the school radio station. There was one guy who would come to the station all the time to tell us that we were going to hell by playing rock music (he was actually a student). We gave him the same reaction that I’m sure this idiot gets every time he beats the same dead horse, eyerolls and lots of “oh shit, he here comes again.”