Christian attorney hopeful Florida's |
'Academic Freedom' bill becomes law
Pete Chagnon - OneNewsNow
4/21/2008 12:00:00 PM
A Florida state senator has
drafted a bill that would protect teachers who challenge
Republican Senator Ronda Storms has drafted the "Academic
Freedom" bill, which seeks to protect teachers from being fired or losing
tenure if they present alternate theories of origin that challenge
evolution. Currently, Storms told CitizenLink, both teachers and
students feel "muzzled" from expressing their views in an environment that
presents Darwin's theory of evolution "in a dogmatic way." But
Associated Press reports that under S.B. 2692, Florida teachers
would be able to freely present intelligent design or biblical
David Gibbs, an attorney with the Florida-based Christian Law Association, says his organization is
frequently contacted by teachers who are fearful about losing their jobs
when they challenge evolution.
"We are contacted frequently
by teachers and school administrators who have either been threatened or,
more commonly, are running scared," he explains. Those educators, he says,
are asking questions such as: "If I say anything, if I discuss this, what
will happen? If a child raised her hand and asked about creationism or
intelligent design, a panic went into my heart. How do I even answer this
question? Or could this cost me my job?"
When teachers are
placed in that position, argues the attorney, "that's really... insanity
and a disservice to the students across Florida."
admires Senator Storms for drafting the legislation. "So I commend Senator
Storms for what she is trying to do, and I believe it's sad that in
scientific classrooms we have to look at this type of legislation just to
make sure teachers are protected," Gibbs says.
He believes if
Florida lawmakers take the bill at face value, the Academic Freedom bill
will have no problem becoming law.
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