Florida: The Flat Earth State

FLORIDA’S “OK TO TEACH CREATIONISM” BILL, having been introduced first in the Senate by state senator Ronda Storms (R), is now oozing its way through various committees of both houses of the Florida legislature.

The details are both Byzantine and boring. A bill’s path toward becoming law is sufficiently complicated to provide virtually all the legislators with the opportunity to: (a) tap any interested constituents for campaign contributions; and (b) stand atop the capitol building, like King Kong, and beat their chests for the press and the folks back home. It’s an odd business, but that’s why it seems to attract such odd people.

This article in the Tampa Tribune: School Science Bill Evolves will bring you up to date on yesterday’s embarrassing events, as the House’s version of the bill was approved by a committee of the state House, thus furthering its march to consideration by the entire House. But first, a House member ( D. Alan Hays (R), a retired dentist, had their version of the bill amended. As the newspaper reports:

On Friday, Hays introduced an amendment during a House Schools and Learning Council meeting that struck out nearly all of the bill’s original language. In its place, the bill requires that instructional staff in public schools provide students with “a thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution.”

Right! We’re certain that only good science will get through that filter. You know — stuff like Noah’s Ark. Good science. Oh yeah. Teach the controversy!

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