"Prayer" in School Bill Heads to Rick Scott's Desk
A bill that is meant to allow student-led prayers in school, a proposed law that could potentially lead to costly legal battles, is heading to Governor Rick Scott's desk after being passed by the Florida legislature today.
Rep. Marty Kier, a Democrat from Davie, worried that this would allow students to deliver potentially hateful message, like,according to the Orlando Sentinel
, "the Holocaust didn't occur or argue[ing] for racial intolerance."
"What really concerns me is that the bill sponsor basically said that a student can even preach something that could endanger the health and safety of our students," he said. "They could advocate for drug abuse, the could advocate for gang violence and that scares me."
Though, supporters say that the bill is meant to encourage prayer, and are apparently not worried it could be used for anything else.
"Before we moved inspirational messages, the number one problem was talking out of turn," said Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights. "Now, it's drug abuse."
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