The evolution bills that derailed in the Florida legislature recently are still drawing some attention. This column does a good job of addressing many of the anti-evolution arguments we heard during the legislative session.
I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any point to passing laws that give teachers permission to do the impossible.
Several recent letters to the Daily News assert that Floridaâ€™s â€œEvolution Academic Freedom Actâ€ is good because it allows teachers to â€œobjectively present scientific informationâ€ against evolution. This makes as much sense as saying teachers should be allowed to present geographic proof the world is flat or scientific proof the Earth doesnâ€™t move around the sun â€” they canâ€™t present something that doesnâ€™t exist.
The Florida Baptist Witness takes a look at the good and bad of the legislative session from their perspective. Of special note is:
It must be conceded the academic freedom issue got a late start due to the timing of the State Board of Education action on the new science standards in February, shortly before the beginning of the legislative session. Starting a major piece of legislation only two weeks before the session began made passage difficult.
What does that tell you about the next session? It tells you that next year the bills’ supporters will be more organized well in advance. Our best weapon against this? Education. With the legislative session over, now is the time to make appointments with all the lawmakers who represent you. Waiting until the first day of the next session is not a good idea. The time for education is now. No rest for the weary!