Florida Creationism: Early Prediction

AS WE explained here: Florida’s Axis of Creationism, the Florida Baptist Witness is remarkably well informed about creationist legislation in that state; and we said that we’ve been scanning the Witness for indications of what we can expect in Florida this year.

Our search has not been fruitless. We found this article: Florida Baptists urged to ‘closely monitor’ Legislature, which we suspect is the best predictor you can find right now about creationist activity in the Florida legislature.

The article is about comments to the Witness by Bill Bunkley, legislative consultant to the Florida Baptist Convention, regarding his annual preview of the legislative session set to convene the first week in March. Much of the article is about gambling, abortion, and other issues of deep concern to social conservatives. For example:

Bunkley warned of “an increasing number of liberal proposals” in education, adoption, domestic partnerships, family planning, school clinics and “others that would in effect undermind [sic] the traditional family.”

Although your Curmudgeon has opinions on everything, we’ll quote only those matters of concern to this blog, with bold font added by us. But first some general observations from the article:

Bunkley’s first concern in the 2009 legislative session is the “mood and temperament” of legislators in light of the pressures related to the budget, which may result in less interest in addressing the “social conservative agenda.”

The Florida Senate, with many new members, “remains to be seen” how it will ideologically “shake out,” Bunkley said. “That body will have the greatest effect on the prospects for any pro-life, pro-family legislation this year.”

Okay, now let’s read on, skipping over the Seminole Indian gambling issues, abortion, etc.:

Unlike last year when legislators attempted to pass an evolution academic freedom bill intended to address concerns raised by the State Board of Education’s adoption of standards requiring a dogmatic, pro-evolution approach, Bunkley predicted such an effort is not likely to happen this year.

Hey, that’s news! There’s not much else in the article about creationism, until we get to the end:

Bunkley urged Christians to be “especially vigilant” in following developments in Tallahassee this year.

“In a blink of the eye government could interfere with the place of your worship, the freedom to worship, the rights to exercise your faith, to dictate what your children are taught in school even if that is anti-Christian in nature and so much more,” he said.

So there you are; that’s the early word. Not much creationism action is expected for this year. The big issue will be gambling.

Hey — speaking of gambling — we’ll bet five quatloos that there will be some serious creationism action in the Florida legislature this year. Any takers?

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5 responses to “Florida Creationism: Early Prediction

  1. …the State Board of Education’s adoption of standards requiring a dogmatic, pro-evolution approach…

    Similar to the dogmatic, pro-gravity approach; dogmatic, pro-heliocentrism approach; dogmatic, pro-plate tectonics approach; dogmatic, pro-atomic theory approach….

    …to dictate what your children are taught in school even if that is anti-Christian in nature…

    OK, it’s not an explicit statement of the evolution=atheism fallacy, but we know what he means, so I’ll count it. *drinks*

  2. James says: “Similar to the dogmatic, pro-gravity approach …”

    It’s interesting to me that the Florida Baptist Convention has a legislative consultant. Does any other denomination have something like that in the US? It seems that either they’re on guard to protect their freedom from legislative encroachments — and I’m not aware of any, or they’re pushing a religious agenda of their own on the entire state. Either way, something’s wrong with the whole setup.

  3. James, where you post, if every time you hear a creationist talking point you take a drink, how is it you are sober enough to type?

  4. “evolution=atheism fallacy”

    I noticed all atheists accept evolution, and I noticed all evolution deniers are theists. The science of evolutionary biology does not say anything about the existence or non-existence of a magic space man, but I think it’s fair to say evolution has some major religious implications. Why else would religious politicians be constantly trying to dumb down science education? Fortunately they will never be allowed to get away with anything thanks to our federal courts. Unfortunately they will keep trying anyway, not caring how much taxpayer money they waste, and not caring how many young students will not get the excellent education they deserve.

  5. b_sharp: lots of water and diet soda.

    bobxxxx: Technically, there are some atheists who deny evolution, albeit ones who believe in superintelligent aliens and/or are philosophical relativists to an absurd degree. But yes, for those who think that creationism is somehow required for their faith (among the rank and file, this is typically due to ignorance and fear) evolution has major implications.