Thursday, December 06, 2007

Florida: the New Battleground

Just as Dover begins to recede into memory (but not really), trouble is brewing in Florida. As the St. Petersburg Times reports:

Let the culture war begin.

If anybody thought Florida's proposed new science standards would slip under the radar -- standards that embrace Darwin's theory of evolution -- that illusion was shattered over the weekend when a religious newspaper in Jacksonville published critical comments from a state Board of Education member.

The big guns are also getting involved:

Last week, the national, faith-based group Focus on the Family called on supporters to weigh in, as did the column in the Florida Baptist Witness, which is influential among Florida's 1-million Baptists. Meanwhile, both sides of the debate are peppering Board of Education members with e-mails and commenting by the thousands on a special DOE Web site.

This will get worse before it gets better.

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