Well, well, well. According to Fox News, it appears as though Florida, Michigan, Louisiana, Alabama and Missouri are debating “academic freedom” bills that call for “‘critical analyses of evolution.” Evolutionary pundits, of course, are in no wise pleased with these bills and are labeling them attempts to bring religion into the classroom…even though they merely call for the theory of evolution to receive its due scrutiny.
And, in a blatant attempt to promote free thinking and discussion, Alabama and Michigan, according to the same article, actually passed “non-harassment” bills to protect students and teachers who question or challenge the ideas of evolution. Now, it seems a bit funny to me that there needs to be a bill to protect free thought and discussion, especially concerning this particular issue, because I seem to remember the media and others stating that there was no movement afoot to stifle dissenting ideas.
I, for one, am glad that people are beginning to question things like evolution and global warming. Now, before I get shot down, I would like to state that I believe that anything worth its weight needs to be thoroughly scrutinized. If there is validity in evolution or global warming, then this scrutiny should help to bring it out that validity; however, there exists the possibility that we may find, upon close examination, flaws. Rest assured, by opening up the debate we will benefit science and ourselves by separating the fact from the fiction.