An Associated Press article popped up on the Orlando Sentinel website this evening. The state Board of Education was having a conference call with state legislators concerning class size stuff when a panhandle lawmaker couldn’t resist the urge to say a few words about evolution in the state science standards. And so yet another person goes on the record as not having any idea what a scientific theory is. Folks, please bombard Rep. Marti Coley, R-Marianna, with our evolution fact sheet.
A Florida Panhandle lawmaker urged the State Board of Education on Monday to call evolution a “theory” in revised science standards the panel will consider later this month.
Rep. Marti Coley, R-Marianna, asked if she could make a statement. Coley said constituents have flooded her office with calls, letters and petitions about the evolution standards.
“The Panhandle is a very conservative area and they’re adamant in their desire to see the word ‘theory’ that’s all they’re asking be in the new science standards along with evolution, not just saying ‘evolution’ but ‘the evolution theory.'”
Board members also said they had been contacted by a law firm that opposes the new standards. Board member Akshay Desai asked for advice on how to respond to a request for a meeting from the firm of David C. Gibbs III, a lawyer who sent the board a memo last month arguing the proposed standards could face a legal challenge for violating constitutional church-state separation.