Florida Creationism Bill for 2019

Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have posted the news: A new antiscience bill in Florida. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Florida’s Senate Bill 330, filed on January 14, 2019, would, if enacted, require “[c]ontroversial theories and concepts” discussed in science standards “[to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner.”

That could mean almost anything, but we’ve seen language like that in lots of creationist bills. NCSE says:

Although there is no indication in the bill about which “theories and concepts” are deemed to be “controversial,” much less any guidance about adjudicating disputes about which are and which are not, it is suggestive that the bill’s sole sponsor, Dennis Baxley (R-District 12), has a history of antievolution advocacy.

Ah yes, Senator Dennis Baxley (that’s his page at the legislature’s website). He’s a funeral director who sponsored one of Florida’s creationist bills last year — see Florida Creationism Bill for 2018. It died in committee. His new bill this year looks very similar.

You can track the history of Baxley’s bill at this link: SB 330. Nothing has happened yet because the bill was pre-filed. The Florida legislature won’t convene until 05 March, and they’ll adjourn on 03 May. That means we won’t be seeing much news on this for a while — unless Baxley gives the press an entertaining interview or something. We’ll be watching.

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8 responses to “Florida Creationism Bill for 2019

  1. A funeral director who specializes in writing dead end bills, how appropriate!*

    *He also appears to be such a slow learner that “non-learner” applies.

  2. Florida’s long time rural residents have a reputation for being a pretty exotic bunch. Not surprised ole Baxley’s taking another crack at introducing magic to Florida’s science classes.

  3. “[to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner.”

    So what exactly is factual about ID other than it’s creationism heated over?

  4. Holding The Line In Florida

    Once again into the breach dear friends! I did a class on C14 dating today. The subject of this radiometric exercise? Why the Shroud of Turin of course!

  5. “So what exactly is factual about ID other than it’s creationism heated over?”

    And check out that new paint job with all of the really shiny chrome! Oddly, everything is strongly tinted green.*

    *You’ll have to ask Ann (their resident “photo” expert) why they chose that color.

  6. Hope springs eternal for legislators pushing Creationism–and, who knows, someday they might get lucky. Particularly now, in the present anti-intellectual climate that seems to be prevailing in American political life:

    Trump’s war on science: how the US is putting politics above evidence

  7. As a non-American I don’t understand how these things work, so I wonder (apparently with DavidK) how bills like this one facilitate creacrap in class room. Creacrap “[to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner.” means explaining
    1. that it’s not science;
    2. that it doesn’t explain anything;
    3. that it’s nothing but faith based;
    4. that any other claim than 1 – 3 is a lie and hence all creationists (including IDiots) are liars.

    Our dear SC always has been right when predicting that such bills die, so it’s a highly hypothetical question: how exactly would creacrap benefit? Especially given

    “controversial theories and concepts”
    Evolution theory is not any more controversial than spherical Earth theory, Big Bang etc. etc.
    To silly me this looks like Dennis the Non-menace desparately looking for a hobby.