John G. West Political Scientist and Cultural Critic

Florida House Committee Passes Amended Evolution Bill

Published at Evolution News

According to The Orlando Sentinel, today the schools and learning committee of the Florida House of Representatives passed 7-4 an amended version of a proposal originally designed to protect the rights of teachers to present scientific evidence relating to the full range of scientific views regarding biological and chemical evolution. This means that versions of the bill have been passed out of committee in both the House and Senate, making floor votes much more likely. The amended version adopted by the House committee is not yet online, but the amended proposal that the committee was scheduled to vote on today would have changed the bill from simply promoting academic freedom to requiring teachers to provide a “thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution.” The official text of the amended House version should eventually appear here.

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
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