The Florida legislature appears to be one big lunatic asylum. We’ve been reporting about the creationism bill sponsored by Stephen Wise (see Hidden Depths of Stupid), and the anti-uterus fervor that was recently displayed: Florida Creationism: April Fool’s Day or Poe’s Law? Now they’re legislating about jamming straight, undiluted religion into the government schools.
Except for the recent uterine hostility, these things have happened before. Florida had a massive outbreak of creationist legislation back in 2008, and then they turned their attention to religious license plates (see Ronda Storms, Ronda Storms). In 2009, Rapturous Ronda attempted to ram her religion directly into the schools (see Florida’s Ronda Storms Wants Prayer in School). When that failed, a similar bill was introduced that year by Rep. Brad Drake: School Prayer in Florida: It’s Back!
In today’s Bradenton Herald of Bradenton, Florida we read Florida school prayer gets discussed, then postponed at Legislature. That paper doesn’t like people posting their precious content, so we’ll just tell you what they report.
It seems that state Senator Gary Siplin, a convicted felon and an ally of Ronda Storms, has introduced yet another school prayer bill in the legislature. Here’s a link to his page at the legislature’s website.
We wrote about Siplin and one of his recent bills here: Florida Creationism, Droopy Drawers, & Bestiality. Now this brilliant legislator has introduced SB 700 into the Florida Senate. If passed, it authorizes district school boards to adopt resolutions that allow prayers of invocation or benediction at secondary school events
The bill is sitting in an education committee of which creationist Stephen Wise is chairman. Unsurprisingly, Wise supports Siplin’s bill. But Wise decided to temporarily postpone things, after there was a lot of wrangling in his committee. It seems the ACLU is raising a fuss. Siplin kept claiming the prayers would be voluntary, student-led events, and school personnel wouldn’t be involved. But others questioned whether the prayers could be truly voluntary and nonsectarian, unless school officials were directly involved. So it’s going nowhere for the moment.
There’s a similar bill pending in the Florida House: HB 309, which was introduced by Charles E. Van Zant — yet another theocratic legislator. He’s an architect and also a preacher, with a Doctorate of Theology from — get this! — Western Baptist Theological Seminary in Havana.
Florida’s legislative session is scheduled to end on 06 May. That date can’t come soon enough! Watching those people at work is like watching a re-run of The Night of the Living Dead. They just keep coming!
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