NCSE is reporting that SB 2396 has been proposed in Florida. It will require "thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution." The bill is sponsored by Stephen R. Wise (R-District 5). Amazing how many of these bills are being sponsored by Republicans. You’d think they’d have more important things to worry about.
It’s a bit of a strange bill. The preamble calls for the "thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution and certain governmental, legal and civic-related principles" while the body calls for teachers to “teach efficiently and faithfully … the following: (a) A thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution.” Following that item there are a number of others: the history and content of the Declaration on Independence, the Constitution, flag education, history of the United States, the Holocaust, kindness to animals, “the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard”, the sacrifices of veterans, and “the nature and importance of free enterprise to the United States economy.” Quite the grab-bag and it seems as though students don’t have to critically analyse any of the other topics beyond evolution. I wonder why?
This brings the tally for 2009 to eight:
- Mississippi – dead in committee
- Oklahoma – dead in committee
- New Mexico – in committee
- Iowa – in committee
- Alabama – in committee.
- Missouri – in committee
- Texas – at state board
- Florida – introduced