Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Evolution Hall of Shame

We're going to start something new today, our Evolution Hall of Shame. The Hall won't be for run-of-the-mill creationists. I'm not interested in attacking the random family that sits around the dinner table telling the kids that God created Eve out of Adam's rib a few thousand years ago. Instead, we'll be going after people like our charter enshrinee, Dennis Baxley, a state legislator in Florida. Baxley says universities in his state are run by "dictator professors" and that students need legal protection from them. As the Independent Florida Alligator reports,

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.

Students who believe their professor is singling them out for “public ridicule” – for instance, when professors use the Socratic method to force students to explain their theories in class – would also be given the right to sue.

“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.

Find out more about this brilliant politician at Baxley's official Web site.


At 1:28 PM, Blogger dhodge said...

There is a long history of organized religions using their resources to create institutions of higher learning to train students for life in the clergy as well as the secular world. Why is there no movement (that I know of) among well-heeled Christian fundamentalists (of whom there are many) to create "universities" where all aspects of student life, classroom instruction, and scholarly research are bound by a literal interpretation of the Bible? I guess with friends like Baxley in elected office who are willing to do this work on their behalf, there's really no need.


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