The Florida legislature begins its new session in March of 2011, but it convenes today, 16 November, for an organizational session. From that, we can get a hint of what to expect from those august personages regarding The Controversy between evolution and creationism.
As most of you know, Florida has had a recent history of creationist initiatives. Back in 2008 they almost passed one of those anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “Academic Freedom” laws modeled after the Academic Freedom Act promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
That piece of legislative lunacy nearly became law, but at the last minute the House and Senate were unable to reconcile their different bills, so nothing came of it. The leader of that effort in the state Senate was our old friend, Buffoon Award Winner — Ronda Storms. To remind you of those glorious days, see Her Most Rapturous Moment.
You will be pleased to know, dear reader, that Rapturous Ronda has been re-elected. According to this article in Sunshine State News, which reports on Florida politics, although her official page at the Florida Senate’s website doesn’t yet reveal it, she will be the Chairman of the Senate’s Children, Family and Elder Affairs committee. Ronda is well-positioned for future mischief.
But that’s not all. As we discussed here, Ronda Storms, Ronda Storms, the creationism queen has a Democrat ally, Senator Gary Siplin. According to Wikipedia, Gary Siplin “is the first convicted felon to serve in the Florida Legislature, and sponsored legislation that would restore voting rights to himself and other convicted felons.”
Siplin has also been re-elected, and although the Senate is dominated by Republicans, Sunshine State News says that he will be chairman of the Agriculture Committee. That’s a powerful post in Florida.
But wait, there’s more. We’ve also written about the sneaky and unsuccessful creationist endeavors of Senator Stephen Wise in 2009. See Florida Creationism: Stealth Bill Filed. He too is returning, and he’ll be chairman of the Senate’s Education and Pre K-12 Committee.
There are undoubtedly numerous creationists in the Florida legislature, but those are the ones we’ve been watching. Two others have gone on to higher office. One will be in the US Senate (see Marco Rubio: Creationist Theocrat for Senator?). The other is Daniel Webster. Having defeated the odious Alan Grayson, Webster will be serving in the US House of Representatives. During Florida’s 2008 creationism crusade, he was majority leader in the state Senate, and supported Rapturous Ronda’s creationist legislation (see Florida’s Axis of Creationism).
So that’s the situation in Florida. The flaming, hard-core creationists are still in the state legislature, except for a couple who have moved on to higher office. Don’t be surprised, dear reader, to learn of some old-fashioned, down-home creationist legislation coming your way from those righteous people.
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