TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- 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.
Jack Wu told The Topeka Capital-Journal that he decided to run for the State Board of Education after learning that Democratic incumbent Carolyn Campbell, also from Topeka, would otherwise be unopposed for a second term. Campbell supports the state's current science standards, which treat evolution as a 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 frequently staged anti-gay pickets outside military funerals.
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