Rubio: Florida House open to legislative fix on evolution - Florida Baptist Witness: Rubio said there also could be activity in the legislature by evolution proponents who wish to remove the theory compromise language. "I think there's still going to be folks out there talking about this—on both sides. ... I think this will be a battle that will go on for quite some time," he said. The "crux" of the disagreement, according to Rubio, is:
Wwhether what a parent teaches their children at home should be mocked and derided and undone at the public school level. It goes to the fundamental core of who is ultimately, primarily responsible for the upbringing of children. Is it your public education system or is it your parents? And for me, personally, I don't want a school system that teaches kids that what they're learning at home is wrong."
Rubio, a Cuban-American, made a comparison to the strategy employed by the Communist Party in Cuba where schools encouraged children to turn in parents who criticized Fidel Castro. "Of course, I'm not equating the evolution people with Fidel Castro," he quickly added, while noting that undermining the family and the church were key means the Communist Party used to gain control in Cuba. "In order to impose their totalitarian regime, they destroyed the family; they destroyed the faith links that existed in that society," he said. Although the evolution issue is "obviously" on a "much smaller scale," both matters are related to the
fundamental question of who is in charge of the upbringing of children. Is it parents or is it the government? I believe it's parents. And we should do nothing in government that undermines that relationship. And there are parents that passionately believe in this and they should be given the opportunity to teach that to their children without someone undoing it.