Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Florida: the Battle Renewed

The Florida Times-Union is reporting that Stephen Wise, a Jacksonville representative is going to introduce a bill requiring teachers who teach evolution to also teach intelligent design.

Wise, the chief sponsor of the bill, expects the Senate to take it up when it meets in March. He said its intent is simple: "If you're going to teach evolution, then you have to teach the other side so you can have critical thinking."

Wise said that if the Legislature passes the bill, he wouldn't be surprised if there's a legal challenge.

"You just never know. They use the courts all the time. I guess if they have enough money they can get it in the courts," he said. "Someplace along the line you've got to be able to make a value judgment of what it is you think is the appropriate thing."

The Dover position statements of Barbara Forrest, Robert Pennock and Kenneth Miller should be required reading for anyone promoting this kind of bill. What "theory" does he propose teaching? There isn't any. The DI has pretty much admitted this.

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