Please pardon the heavy sarcasm.
Noooooooo … the “academic freedom act” bills filed recently in the state House and Senate are not about religion at all! They’re about education! Never mind the fact that these bills address evolution and only evolution. This is about education! If we repeat that enough times, it may even come true. Florida Baptists seem to be leading the charge to insert religion into the classroom … er … um … no, I mean make education better. Just because they all seem to be Baptists and the Florida Baptist Witness wants to make sure you know they are all Baptists doesn’t mean a thing. It’s about education, I tell ya! Education!
Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Brandon, has filed SB 2692, the “Academic Freedom Act,” which provides public school teachers and students rights regarding scientific views about chemical and biological evolution. Storms is a member of First Baptist Church in Brandon.
“The purpose of education is to train our students how to think and to develop in our students higher level critical thinking skills,” Storms told the Witness. “This bill is necessary in order to protect scientific inquiry and academic freedom for everyone. Every scientific theory should be subject to the full rigors of intellectual inquiry and critical thinking skills, and teachers should be fully protected in their presentation of legitimate debate to the student.”
Storms said Sen. Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, a member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, will co-sponsor the bill, and Rep. D. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, a member of First Baptist Church in Umatilla, will ponsor (sic) a companion bill in the Florida House.