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:
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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