Sponsor defends school prayer bill against charges that it’s ‘patently unconstitutional’

A school prayer bill introduced by state Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, has caught the attention of national groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The groups are calling foul and warn that the bill is “patently unconstitutional.” Siplin, however, maintains that his bill is constitutional in a new interview with The Florida Independent.

Scott signs school prayer bill

Late last week, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a measure that allows all schools in Florida to adopt policies allowing students to give inspirational messages, which could include prayers or hate speech, during any school event. Critics of the law have warned that the law will land the state in yet another lawsuit.

Liberty Counsel founder flip-flops on school prayer bill

Mat Staver, the founder of a Christian legal group known as the Liberty Counsel, has switched his position on a bill currently making its way to the governor's desk. The bill, which is sponsored by state Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, would allow state school boards to adopt policies allowing K-12 students to give inspirational messages, including prayers, at any school event.