In the last session of the Florida legislature, righteous Ronda was a sponsor of one of those anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “academic freedom” bills. Fortunately her efforts failed, albeit narrowly. But a new year is dawning, and we’ll be watching things.
Our best source of information about anti-evolution legislation in Florida was the Florida Baptist Witness. The major players all seemed to be members of that denomination, as we reported here: Florida’s Anti-Evolution Bills: Sectarian Legislation? We’ll be scanning that source again.
But as we keep an eye on Florida, don’t make the mistake of thinking that Ronda is just a single-issue legislator. Her interests extend well beyond creationism. Ronda’s mind is a marvel; it works non-stop, like a conveyor belt in a waste disposal plant. For example, she valiantly crusaded for state-issued religious license plates saying “I Believe” on them: Ronda Storms’ Godly License Plate Bill Fails.
For the coming year, Ronda is already making news. In the Tampa Tribune we read: Libraries Offer Plenty For Storms To Stew Over. Excerpts:
The economy is a shambles. State revenue is in a free-fall. House leaders in both parties stand accused of misusing their political powers.
This week, state Sen. Ronda Storms identified another menace: The Dewey Decimal System.
Gotta be kidding, right? No. Keep reading:
Storms, R-Valrico, railed against the book-cataloging system during a budget hearing on state library aid, calling the Dewey Decimal System “anachronistic,” costly and just plain frustrating.
The system requires training for both staff and users, she complained. If Barnes and Noble organizes its books more simply, why can’t libraries?
Then the lawmakers heard from an informed witness:
Secretary of State Kurt Browning, who oversees state support of libraries, told the committee that Dewey Decimal is the national standard, set by the Library of Congress.
“The Library of Congress can do what the Library of Congress wants,” Storms said. “If it’s costing us money … it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee.”
Just on a hunch, we checked out “666” in the Dewey Decimal system. It’s Ceramic & allied technologies. That sounds innocent, but you never know. Then we checked Genetics and evolution; it’s 576. We can’t figure this one out.
But there’s more. Ronda also complained about public libraries loaning out copies of TV show episodes — especially “Seinfeld.”
When the last legislative session ended, and Ronda’s creationism bill failed, we moved on to reporting about similar legislative lunacy in other states, especially in Louisiana and Texas. But Florida will be back in the news, and we’ll be watching Ronda.
Update here: Creationism and the Dewey Decimal System.
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