Florida did it: their ridiculous “academic freedom” bill that promoted creationism has been approved by their senate committee.
Here’s the cast of characters:
- Senator Larcenia J. Bullard (D)
- Senator Lisa Carlton (R)
- Senator Ted Deutch (D)
- Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla
- Senator Stephen R. Wise (R)
Floridians, you have a job to do.
Call or write Sen. Ted Deutch and thank him: he’s the only one who voted against the bill. Urge him to keep up the fight.
The chair and vice chair of this committee were absent and did not vote. Call them and cuss them out for abdicating their responsibilities. Tell them they screwed up, and that you do not support failure.
The rest…call or write and tell them that you won’t be voting for them in the next election. Explain that as members of the education committee, they had a responsibility to support good science education.
I don’t think all is lost just yet. This just means it moves out of committee and on to the rest of the senate (OK, maybe we are doomed). Whoever your representative is, call or write and tell them that this bill must be opposed, that it is a potential disaster for science education in the state, and that it is a lawsuit waiting to happen.