Thursday, March 24, 2005

What's Up With Florida?

That's what I want to know. What the hell is WRONG with Florida? Too much orange juice? Too much sunshine? One Bush too many, or what?

We've all heard or read the stories of cops using tasers on students, I wrote about it here. Just don't try tasing your own child, it will get you arrested for felony child abuse. At least this 5 year old girl got off easy, she wasn't tased, but was handcuffed, shackled, put in the back of a police cruiser and arrested, for throwing a tantrum.

Besides the Schiavo sideshow and the kid tasing cops the Florida lawmakers are stepping up to the plate with their own piece of zeal aimed at "empowering" university students to sue their “dictator professors” for foisting their “leftist totalitarianism” on them.
Capitol bill aims to control ‘leftist’ profs


TALLAHASSEE — Republicans on the House Choice and Innovation Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to pass a bill that aims to stamp out “leftist totalitarianism” by “dictator professors” in the classrooms of Florida’s universities.

The Academic Freedom Bill of Rights, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, passed 8-to-2 despite strenuous objections from the only two Democrats on the committee.

The bill has two more committees to pass before it can be considered by the full House.

While promoting the bill Tuesday, Baxley said a university education should be more than “one biased view by the professor, who as a dictator controls the classroom,” as part of “a misuse of their platform to indoctrinate the next generation with their own views.”

The bill sets a statewide standard that students cannot be punished for professing beliefs with which their professors disagree. Professors would also be advised to teach alternative “serious academic theories” that may disagree with their personal views.

According to a legislative staff analysis of the bill, the law would give students who think their beliefs are not being respected legal standing to sue professors and universities.

Well FUCK! I know it's not just Florida that has gone 'round the bend, there's a good part of the people in this country that are barking up the theocracy tree, and are allowing and enabling the schools to be turned into theocratic re-education camps instead of education centers.