GET READY. In the Jacksonville-based Florida Times-Union we read Wise to introduce bill on intelligent design, subtitled “The senator wants it to balance Florida science standards that require the teaching of evolution.” Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Amid much controversy a year ago, the Florida Board of Education approved new standards that require public schools to teach that the scientific theory of evolution is the foundation of all biological science.
But don’t think that battle is over. Not even close.
Your Curmudgeon certainly didn’t think the battle was over. It never is. Let’s read on:
State Sen. Stephen Wise, a Jacksonville Republican, said he plans to introduce a bill to require teachers who teach evolution to also discuss the idea of intelligent design.
Wise, the chief sponsor of the bill, expects the Senate to take it up when it meets in March. He said its intent is simple: “If you’re going to teach evolution, then you have to teach the other side so you can have critical thinking.”
Ah yes, “critical thinking.” Right out of the Discovery Institute’s talking points. Here’s more:
It won’t be the first time the Legislature has addressed the issue. After the standards were approved in February 2008, the Senate and House each passed bills that would require public schools to teach “critical analysis” of evolution. The majority in both chambers said they wanted to protect teachers from being punished if they questioned evolution.
That effort died in the Legislature, however, because the two chambers weren’t able to reconcile their plans into a single bill.
We blogged extensively about the chaos in Florida last year. All of that can be found here: Anti-Science Legislation: Florida. Moving along:
This time around, though, Wise — a co-sponsor of the 2008 bill in the Senate — said he expects the House plan to be extremely similar to the one he will introduce. That should make it easier to pass, he said.
You thought all creationists were a pack of howling, ignorant retardates; but Wise is proof that creationists really are capable of learning. Unfortunately, what they learn is how to be more effective creationists. We continue:
Those bills were a deliberate effort to “undermine” the new Florida standards on evolution, said Brandon Haught of Florida Citizens for Science, a group supportive of teaching evolution. “My group is keeping an eye out for this bill to pop up again,” he said. “Hopefully legislators are worried about other things.”
Rep. Alan Hays, a Republican from Umatilla, sponsored the “critical analysis” bill in the House last year and said he would support a similar effort this session. He thinks it’s likely to pass this time in a close vote.
Hayes is a dentist. The Florida legislature seems to be like all the others — it’s the side-show at the carnival of life, where all the freaks are on display. Here’s another excerpt, still quoting Hayes:
“The thing we learned last year is that, No. 1, we must keep the discussion scientific. I don’t know of anyone who is in favor of teaching religion in public,” he said. “We want the students to know that the theory of evolution is only a theory, it has never ever been scientifically proven, and it should be accepted as that.”
Since their legislative failure last year, these people haven’t learned a thing about evolution or science in general. All they’ve done is to improve their tactics — especially lying about their bill’s purpose: It’s all about science you know. Noah’s Ark? Never heard of it!
And now we come to the end of the news story:
Indeed, Hays traveled Friday to Virginia for a symposium at Liberty University School of Law on “Intelligent Design and Public School Curriculum.” He was to be a guest speaker, discussing the legislative side of the issue.
Hays said part of his beliefs come from his training as a dentist, which involved an extensive education in anatomy. “How can anyone study the human body and deny that it was created by a higher power?” he said. “It is one magnificent collection of genius. “It is not an accident that happened to come together.”
So there you are, dear reader. The game’s afoot! You may be certain that we’ll be watching the Florida situation. It’s going to be an interesting year.
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