So it's a slow Monday, end of the term, catching up on work, making exams, and I've been scanning around for something to blog about. There's plenty going on, but nothing I really feel like writing about. Do I care that Our Lady of Perpetual Outrage blew a gasket over a deliberate misinterpretation of something Jeremiah Wright said? Not enough to wade through that sewer. What about the Supreme Court decision upholding Indiana's crappy Voter ID law? Lots of other people have that covered already.
But I knew, deep in my heart, that if I held off, the Florida legislature would bail me out, and lo and behold, I was right.
TALLAHASSEE - The House today voted along party lines to require Florida's public school teachers to challenge the theory of evolution, a move that some say could bring religious-based alternatives like creationism to the classroom.By the way--the phrase "some say" at the end of the first paragraph is defined as "anyone who two brain cells to rub together, including those teachers who want to bring religion into the classroom." The people later in the article who say that this bill doesn't open up that possibility are lying. I won't even give them the benefit of the doubt and say they're stupid--no, they're lying, because there is no other reason to pass this sort of legislation.
But the House's version of the evolution bill differs widely from the Senate's, which already rejected the House's approach of instructing that teachers present a "thorough presentation and scientific critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution."
Right now, there are two things on our side as far as this bill is concerned. The first is that the session ends on Friday, and we've still got a massive budget crisis on our hands, so it's possible that this won't come up again before the session ends. The second is that the Senate passed a far different bill, and they've already rejected one closer to the House version, so there's no reason to think there's enough support for the crazier one. The Senate bill is no winner, mind you--it's bad in its own special way--so what we're basically hoping for is that the mostly crazy Senate keeps the batshit insane House from getting what it wants, and that the whole place explodes in a nuclear reaction of stupid.
If that were to happen, I'd lose a lot of material to blog about. Somehow I think I'd manage to cope.