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Controversy about Peluso's creationism comments continues

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August

Pinellas School Board candidate Ken Peluso said last Thursday at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg that he would support teaching creationism in science classes.

Peluso reversed his position the next day, saying that he was caught off guard and "gave a quick response without thinking."

A few people have pointed out, however, that Peluso repeated his original comments hours later at another forum hosted by the North Pinellas 9/12. Peluso repeated both the question and his answer at the second forum, but didn't say that he misspoke earlier in the day. Watch that here, scroll to 12:40.

Peluso told the Times editorial board that he misspoke at both events. He told the Gradebook that he could see a place for creationism in a world religion course, alongside other views, but he wouldn't advocate teaching it in a science class. 

Peluso is one of three candidates vying for Board member Robin Wikle's District 4 seat, which represents much of northern Pinellas. Wikle announced in February that she would resign two years early. Beverley Billiris, former mayor of Tarpon Springs, and John Nygren, a retired math teacher, also are seeking the seat.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:00am]

    

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