Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Keeping an Eye on Florida.

If you haven't been paying attention to Florida, you should be. Antievolution bills are being pushed through the legislature. Apparently the teaching of evolution in SCIENCE classes is "dogmatic." The bills being floated around the house and senate are supposedly aimed at allowing a critique of evolution with no religious connotations that are based on sound science. There's just one little problem. No such critique exists.

This is what happens when politicians are allowed to make decisions that require a bit of scientific background. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, "Proponents said the bill is needed to protect teachers and students from academic reprisal for challenging Charles Darwin's theories, while opponents said it was a veiled attempt at sneaking religion into the public schools." Shall we also protect teachers that would like to challenge the Copernican theory of heliocentrism? How about Newton's theory of gravity and Einstein's relativity? The only real difference is that the church hasn't quite given up on creationism yet. Well, not in Florida anyway. Read the rest on the NCSE website. While your there think about making a little donation.

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