How reforms evolve: creationists push "bill of rights".
Maybe not. One of the first important efforts to pass legislation closely modeled on Horowitz's baby was made by a politician specifically opposed to the ascendance of Darwinian theory on campus. "Some professors say, 'Evolution is a fact. And if you don't like it, there's the door,'" says Florida state Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala). Still bearing the scars of evolutionary teaching he endured in his days as a Florida State student, Baxley last spring introduced a bill that would prevent teachers from punishing students for professing beliefs with which teachers disagree, and advise professors to teach alternative "serious academic theories."
The bill got Baxley considerable attention--and mockery--at the national level. Horowitz lost no time urging Florida legislators to pass the bill, to no avail: The legislation died quietly in the Florida House.
Baxley, however, is undeterred. "I can lose in the courts. I can lose in the Legislature. But this isn't going away," he told a local paper. More than a dozen other states, as well as the U.S. Congress, are now considering similar bills. And not a moment too soon: Cold fusion, Andy Kaufman assassination theories, and the scandalously overlooked evidence that Jews are distributing poisoned orange juice in black neighborhoods have been ignored by the liberal college establishment for far too long.
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|Title Annotation:||Academic Bill of Rights, David Horowitz|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2005|
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