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.
Many Florida school districts are, so far, listening to warnings from civil rights groups that adopting policies allowing for prayer at any school event will land them in court.
Religious leaders sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott today, urging him to veto a bill that would allow school boards to adopt policies allowing “inspirational messages,” including prayers, to be given during any school event. The bill is currently awaiting Scott's signature.
In an op-ed defending Florida's new school prayer bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott a week ago, state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka, blamed the absence of prayer in schools for numerous social ills, after insisting his bill was not actually about school prayer.
The Florida Senate today passed a bill that allows students in public schools to pray during any school event.
Civil rights groups are speaking out against a recent vote in the Florida Senate in favor of a bill that would allow students in public schools to pray during any school event.
A Florida Senate bill that would allow students in public schools to pray during all school events passed during a House education committee today. In the middle of debate over the repercussions of the measure, legislators argued over whether the bill would expose students to messages of hate, specifically racist comments, during school events.
A bill that would allow K-12 students to pray during all school events is currently being opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Liberty Counsel. Both groups warn that such legislation would cost the state money in litigation.
The Anti-Defamation League expressed disappointment with yesterday's vote by the Florida Senate Pre K-12 Education Committee in favor of an amended version of a divisive and constitutionally defective statewide school prayer bill.
The Florida Family Policy Council, one of the most influential anti-gay rights and anti-abortion groups in the state, is joining the chorus of opposition to a school prayer bill quickly making its way through the Florida Legislature.
A bill that would allow K-12 students to deliver inspirational messages, including prayers, during mandatory and non-mandatory school events was approved by a Florida House judiciary committee today.
Democratic members of the Florida House have introduced amendments to a contentious bill that would grant school districts the right to adopt policies that allow K-12 students to give inspirational messages, which may include prayers or hateful messages, during any school event. The bill is scheduled to be heard this afternoon on the House floor.
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.
Attempts to create safeguards against messages in of hate, which some lawmakers warn could come about with the passage of the so-called school prayer bill, failed yesterday. The bill, unamended, will go to a final vote today.
A bill that would allow prayer in schools during school events is set to make a stop at a state Senate Judiciary committee meeting today. The American Civil Liberties of Florida sent out a release yesterday, warning that the bill would skirt the Constitutional protections of religious liberty.
A bill that would allow for prayer during school events passed through a state Senate Judiciary committee today. Groups have been warning that the bill is unconstitutional and could force the state to face another lawsuit, if passed.
In a letter to state legislators, the co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation warn policy-makers that a new school prayer bill is patently unconstitutional.
A school prayer bill was today expanded to include elementary school students during one of its final readings on the state Senate floor.
The Anti-Defamation League, one of the main opponents of a bill allowing for prayer during school events, is denouncing a recent move to only have the bill go through one more committee before a final vote.
A bill that would allow students to pray during school events passed through its final state Senate committee yesterday.
A bill that would allow “inspirational messages,” including prayers, to be given during any school event, was passed on the House floor today with an 88-27 vote. The bill is now headed to the governor's desk.
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.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, along with other groups, sent letters to school boards this week, warning them not to adopt policies recently allowed by the state that the civil liberties groups says will surely land them in court.
State Sen. Nan Rich told reporters at the Associated Press Florida Legislative Planning Session that she is concerned the GOP-led Legislature will continue to push right-wing legislation in the upcoming legislative session.
Republican candidates for Florida congressional seats David Rivera, Allen West and Dan Webster, as well as Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio…