Thursday, March 27, 2008
And the Stupid Keeps Coming
Just incredible! Here is Florida State Senator Ronda Storms, sponsor of the newly renamed "Evolution Academic Freedom Act":
Storms said the law specifically prohibits discussion of creationism and intelligent design.Oh, right! Teaching ID and creationism is banned -- teachers will just be able to tell children that somehow, some way, evolution is wrong and here are the people who say it's wrong and why. But that's not "teaching" it. I wonder what she'd call it if some teacher said that there are flaws in the evidence for the existence of Jesus as a historical figure and here are the people who say that and the evidence they present. And speaking of evidence, this is the sort of dreck Florida children will be officially allowed to be indoctrinated with if the law passes:
She said a teacher might say: "Here's the theory of evolution and here are the flaws and here are the breaks. Here are the people with legitimate questions. Here's what the theories are."
David Brackin, an Orange County teacher who came Wednesday's hearing but did not testify, said he would appreciate such a law.Of course, the many transitional sequences, such those between reptiles and mammals, dinosaurs and birds, terrestrial mammals and whales and our most recent spectacular find, Tiktaalik roseae, a transitional fossil between fish and land-dwelling tetrapods, will be ignored or misrepresented. But if there was any doubt whatsoever that ID will be taught under this law, Mr. Bracken continues:
When he began teaching 23 years ago, Brackin said he taught students that there are "missing links" in the fossil evidence that led him to question evolution.
"You don't find any partial-bat partial-rats," he said.
An assistant principal heard Brackin and told him to stop teaching religion, he said.I can only make sense of all this if Storms and the rest are laboring under the delusion that the word "teach" is synonymous with "assert the truth of." Unfortunately for them and the children of Florida, who will see millions of dollars better spent on educating them thrown down a legal rat hole if this law passes, the courts understand that "teaching" includes "presenting as a valid alternative."
"I don't want to say evolution is fact. I don't want to say intelligent design is a fact. I want my kids to question. I want to be able to do that without being dragged into the office," Brackin said.
It's all Tiktaalik's fault! If it had just stayed where it was, Florida would have been spared certain brainless mammals entirely!
If I could keep that up for months and years, maybe we'd see them getting a bit cranky at the first mention of teaching the controversy and offering open discussion of their religion.
Oh, I suppose you're right ...
Maybe we could just smack them with a rubber chicken ...
My favourite would be a trapdoor so that when they perjured themselves, a buzzer would sound and they'd drop straight from the courtroom, podium, hearing, or public meeting into the basement.