Florida Creationism: It Starts with Christmas

The last time we mentioned Florida’s State Senator Gary Siplin (Democrat) was in this post, Florida Creationism: Signs and Portents. There we attempted to predict the legislative outlook in that state regarding The Controversy between evolution and creationism.

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.” He has also been a dependable ally of our old creationist friend, Buffoon Award Winner — Ronda Storms.

Although Florida’s legislative session hasn’t begun, we checked out Siplin’s page at the legislature’s website to see if he may have pre-filed anything of interest to us. (We checked Ronda’s page too, but she hasn’t done anything we can write about yet.) Here’s the text of a bill Siplin has pre-filed, designated SR 320. See what you make of it:

Senate Resolution

A resolution recognizing “Merry Christmas” as the State of Florida’s official greeting for December 25.

WHEREAS, Christmas, a holiday of great significance to most Americans and many other cultures and nationalities, is celebrated annually by Christians throughout the United States and the world, and

WHEREAS, on December 25 of each calendar year, American Christians observe Christmas, the holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, and

WHEREAS, popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, the exchange of greeting cards, a special meal, church celebrations, and the display of Christmas trees, lights, and nativity scenes, and

WHEREAS, many Christians and non-Christians throughout the United States and the rest of the world celebrate Christmas as a time to cherish and serve others, NOW, THEREFORE,

Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:

That “Merry Christmas” is recognized as the State of Florida’s official greeting for December 25.

It’s not about creationism, but it’s certainly an omen that we can expect some great entertainment from Florida this year. Gary’s proposed resolution clearly indicates a predisposition for theocratic legislation and a complete disregard for his oath of office.

Hey, Gary: Check out Article I of the Florida Constitution, Section 3: Religious freedom:

There shall be no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace or safety. No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.

If that’s got too many big words, Gary, just read the first sentence. Then do it again. And again. It might sink in after the third time. Then show it to your buddy, Ronda. She needs to see it too.

While we’re writing about Siplin, we’lll take this opportunity to make a Curmudgeonly suggestion. Some sensible Florida legislator should introduce a bill to designate April First as “Gary Siplin Day” in the sunshine state. It’s a well-deserved honor.

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7 responses to “Florida Creationism: It Starts with Christmas

  1. When I first read about this before Christmas, I immediately emailed a friend who lives in FL and complains bitterly about the loony Republicans down there. I wanted her to understand that lunacy in politics is an equal opportunity thing. Would that it were otherwise.

  2. I think that the closest this gets to creationism is the largely fake idea of “war on Christmas” mirroring the largely fake idea of evolution being some sort of “war on religion.”

    It’s the martyr complex that drives a whole lot of reaction. This resolution is just silly, of course. The attacks upon science are sinister.

  3. Glen Davidson says:

    It’s the martyr complex that drives a whole lot of reaction.

    It’s important for idiots to feel that they’re participants in a vast cosmic struggle. It validates the importance their beliefs and gives meaning to their lives.

  4. SC –
    Suggest you delete the spam comment. I sent one of my virtual machines to the link out of curiousity. The site is doing something weird, namely trying to run certain scripts. Since I’m using a Linux system that is faking headers that its Windows, it’s not working. Regardless, I suggest deleting the comment.

  5. retiredsciguy

    Gary, thanks for the heads up. I think SC may have called it a night.

  6. Gary says: “Suggest you delete the spam comment.”

    It’s gone now. The software almost always catches that stuff, but sometimes a new spammer (or an old one with a new address) shows up and if this blog is one of his first targets, the software won’t recognize it yet. It’s really amazing what’s out there. We get far more spam than legitimate comments.

  7. He’s vice-chair of the higher education committee too. Yikes. Though his one pre-filed Ed bill is about tuition and is (IMO) within the range of the political mainstream. So, no education crankiness showing yet.