Florida Creationism News Roundup — 01 May

BY NOW YOU KNOW that the Florida legislature has two different anti-evolution bills pending, one in the Senate, sponsored by State Senator Ronda Storms (R), modeled after the misleadingly-named Academic Freedom Act being promoted in several states by the creationist Discovery Institute.

The other bill is sponsored in the House by Alan Hays, a retired dentist and a full-time ignoramus. His bill mandates teaching “critical analysis,” which is code for “creation science.”

The legislative session ends tomorrow, and there have been predictions that the ghost of William Jennings Bryan has been seen wandering the halls, wailing, and lobbying for the “academic freedom” of teachers to fill the kiddies’ heads with mumbo-jumbo.

The Florida Times-Union has this article: Schools evolution proposal could die. Excerpt:

A proposal to let schoolteachers criticize the scientific basis of evolution may die in the Legislature because dueling plans haven’t been reconciled into a single bill.


“I’d say someone in the House, in the name of trying to push this bill, is actually trying to kill it,” said John West, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based organization that developed a model evolution-debate law that was the basis for Florida’s legislation.

“If nothing passes, I think there will be a lot of explaining to do,” he said.

The matter seems so certain to die that there is little other reporting on it in the Florida press. But over at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture they have posted a new blog article by John West. He’s a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, and one of the chief Keepers of their Wedge Strategy. That means he’s not a friend of Western Civilization.

Here’s his article: Are Florida’s House Republicans Trying to Sabotage Evolution Academic Freedom Bill? Excerpt:

… Florida’s House Republican leadership will need to explain why they allowed academic freedom for Florida teachers to be sabotaged. I hope I’m wrong, but it’s beginning to look like someone in the Florida House leadership is intentionally trying to kill the academic freedom bill. If so, that’s outrageous, and I hope concerned citizens in Florida will demand some answers.

So what’s really happening in Florida? Are the few sane members trying to scuttle the good ship Discovery (for which West’s creationist outfit was named)? Or are the Florida lawmakers really trying to do the Lord’s work, but too incompetent to accomplish it? Poor Discoveroids. So close, and yet …

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One response to “Florida Creationism News Roundup — 01 May

  1. “That means he’s not a friend of Western Civilization.”

    What the blazes is that supposed to mean?

    Do you honestly have the arrogance to believe your opinions, if that the tripe on this blog is any indication, represent the interests of Western Civilization? How is denialism and dogmagtic adherence to naturalism while vigorously shaking your head at all dissenting opinion any help to the ideals of Western Civilization?

    I haven’t read such hubris since Dawkins. Honestly, DO have someone proofread before you publish these things. Or fire your editor.

    You see, it’s about freedom of inquiry, not dogmatic adherence to scientific dogma. Or did you forget the lesson of Galileo? For that matter, Darwin himself defied the majority scientific opinion of his day.

    Of course, back then these scientific dissenters relied more on science than shrill, emotional rhetoric.

    –Sirius Knott
    –Sirius Knotts