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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Inherit The Wind: The Sequel To The Sequel

From Florida:

Republicans on the House Choice and Innovation Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to pass a bill that aims to stamp out “leftist totalitarianism” by “dictator professors” in the classrooms of Florida’s universities.
The Academic Freedom Bill of Rights, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, passed 8-to-2 despite strenuous objections from the only two Democrats on the committee.

The bill has two more committees to pass before it can be considered by the full House.

While promoting the bill Tuesday, Baxley said a university education should be more than “one biased view by the professor, who as a dictator controls the classroom,” as part of “a misuse of their platform to indoctrinate the next generation with their own views.”

The bill sets a statewide standard that students cannot be punished for professing beliefs with which their professors disagree. Professors would also be advised to teach alternative “serious academic theories” that may disagree with their personal views.

According to a legislative staff analysis of the bill, the law would give students who think their beliefs are not being respected legal standing to sue professors and universities.

So what's the problem, you ask? You mean aside from the First Amendment ramifications of the government telling a teacher what to teach? Read on:

“Some professors say, ‘Evolution is a fact. I don’t want to hear about Intelligent Design (a creationist theory), and if you don’t like it, there’s the door,’” Baxley said, citing one example when he thought a student should sue.

So, if you disagree with a scientifically sound theory (however flawed it may be) because it doesn't coincide with your superstitious view of the world, now you can sue.

"Hey Prof, my religion says the world is flat. How dare you penalize me for that? I'm gonna sue your whole geology department out of existence."

Welcome to the Dark Ages II...can I take your hat for you?


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