Yesterday, intelligent design creationism made the news when state senator Stephen Wise announced that he will be introducing a bill mandating its teaching alongside evolution instruction. Today we get a taste of what other lawmakers think of the idea, courtesy of The Gradebook:
“It’s time the other side joined us in the 21st century, whether it’s this issue or global climate change and global warming,” Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, told the Gradebook. “This bill, if it’s filed again, will give voters a chance to see which political party has evolved.”
“The Florida public wants us to try to fix this economy, create jobs, fund important program like education and health care,” said Rep. Marty Kiar, D-Davie, the Democrats’ go-to guy on education in the House. “They don’t want to see us debating things like evolution and creationism … and like last year, the truck testicle bill. Those are things we should not be focused on right now.”
“My first impression is that on its face it sounds fair, if all it’s saying is if you teach one theory, then another theory ought to be taught so that people have informed choice,” said Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who said he needed to see the bill language before commenting further. “But without really studying it more, I can’t say I have a position on that.”
I encourage everyone to contact Kriseman and Kiar to thank them for their non-support of the possible bill. Then contact Rouson to educate him on the difference between common usage of the word theory and scientific usage of the word theory. And then tell Rouson that while he’s doing his studying to have a look at the last time intelligent design creationism made the news.
That’s your homework, folks. Get to it and report back here when you are done.