Friday, February 23, 2018
Education

Website spoofs Hillsborough School Board candidate

TAMPA — Don't laugh. It's not funny. It's mean, vulgar, and possibly illegal.

Okay, laugh if you want. But understand that vote4kemple.com is a spoof.

Hillsborough County School Board candidate Terry Kemple's "ABC" plan does not stand for "abstinence, biology and Christ."

Heck, he doesn't even have a beard anymore!

Kemple, a conservative Christian activist who is one of six candidates for the countywide District 7 seat, declared verbal war Thursday on whoever created the parody website and renewed the domain name through 2014.

"By putting up a website that solicits votes but doesn't contain the proper disclaimers, the person responsible for it is subject to penalties for a first-degree misdemeanor if someone files a complaint," he said.

"By putting it up and making it appear on the surface that it's my website, the lowlife has put me in jeopardy of having to defend myself in court because the site appears to be mine."

The site, which first appeared during Kemple's 2010 challenge of board member April Griffin, takes a subtle approach. Given Kemple's proposals — which include parental consent before students can join the Gay-Straight Alliance or listen to a speaker from the Council on American-Islamic Relations — it might appear authentic at first glance.

But read on and you'll find statements such as "Dirty hippies had lots of sex." And "Condoms are icky" and "Sex is icky" and "We should ask Jesus to smite the dirty hippies."

Vulgar and libelous, Kemple called the site. He's complained to the Florida Elections Commission and the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office.

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