Thanks to the Florida Citizens for Science for tipping us off to this astonishingly funny proposed amendment to the anti-creationism bill currently sliming its way through the Florida legislature. The amendment — it’s a real proposal! — can be found here: This section may be cited as the “Evolution and Healthy Teens Academic Freedom Act. Excerpts:
As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Comprehensive sexual education” means information that: 1. Helps young people gain knowledge about the physical, biological, and hormonal changes of adolescence and subsequent stages of human maturation;
4. Commencing in the 6th grade:
a. Emphasizes the value of abstinence while not ignoring those adolescents who may or may not be sexually active;
b. Provides information about the health benefits and side effects of all contraceptives and as a means of preventing pregnancy and reducing the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS; and
c. Encourages family communication about sexuality among parents, their children, and other adult household members.
(3) The Legislature finds that current law does not expressly protect the right of teachers to objectively present scientific information relevant to the full range of scientific views regarding chemical and biological evolution and medically accurate information regarding family planning, pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS. The Legislature finds that in many instances educators have experienced or feared discipline, discrimination, or other adverse consequences …
This is going to be absolutely spectacular! Florida never fails to delight us.