Hi all--As a Floridian I can tell you the news that Florida has decided to teach "the scientific theory of evolution" has been nothing less than fiercely entertaining.
I live in the bible belt of Florida (just above the left thigh) (pun intended) and I think the compromise is actually a good deal for Progressives, more forward than I imagined and not that big of a deal.
Despite South Florida being much more "blue" than North and West Florida--something happens to our politicians when they go to Tallahasee (which the city itself is more "blue" than the politicians who work there) And despite that everyone persists that Florida is NOT part of the "real South" they run our government with the best of the "good 'ol boys". The politicians in our state government tend to ignore the fact that we are one of the largest states and that our voting population is a microcosm of the nation--they instead act as though Roy Moore was on OUR Supreme Court, and fall over their feet trying to out-Conservatize each other.
more to come . . . picking up Friday
So to just cut to the chase--this is why the evolution wording is really a wonderful compromise and the "evolution camp" got more that they should have expected. YES, thsi is sad we have to add qualifiers; YES this runs the risk of every scientific theory being perceived as "just a theory"; but you know what, you are up against people who really honestly, passionately believe the bible is literal about Adam and Eve; and think the word "day" must mean a literal day or (as I have heard it quoted) "as a 1000 years to God" which seems the most they are willing to give.
When you take into account the severity of their position, the few words "scientific theory of" SHOULD be counted as a victory. at least it will be taught and acknowledged. And what an awesome opportunity for these same people to turn the tables and demand anything religious, faith-based or "mythical" be labeled as such. Talk about truth in advertising!