Florida Senate Passes ‘Drool in School’ Bill

We wrote about this when identical bills were introduced in both houses of the Florida legislature — see Florida Bills Allow Religion in Public Schools. Since then, things have been moving “forward,” so to speak.

At the website of WCTV, the CBS-affiliated television station for South Georgia and Florida’s Big Bend (part of the Florida Ark), we read: Religious Freedom legislation wins Senate vote. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Public school students will have more options to express their religious beliefs under legislation approved by the state Senate today. Opponents are worried kids will face discrimination or feel like they have to go along to get along, but the Senate President says schools have gone too far stifling religious discussion.

They don’t specifically say so, but they’re obviously talking about SB 436: Religious Expression in Public Schools. The legislature’s website informs us: “Last Action: 3/23/2017 Senate – Passed; YEAS 23 NAYS 13”

This is where you can read the bill’s text. An identical bill was introduced into the Florida House: HB 303: Religious Expression in Public Schools. Both bills say, among other things, that students could not be penalized for expressing religious views in “coursework, artwork or other written and oral assignments” and must have their work judged based on academic standards not religious content.

Then we’re told:

“This bill sends a message to our sixty-seven counties that you can take some liberties in showing religious expression,” said Sen. Doug Broxson (R-Pensacola).

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Pastors in the audience cheered the vote. “Crime, teenage pregnancies exponentially [Huh?] went higher immediately after we took god out of our schools,” said Marion County pastor, Gerald Bustin.

Exciting, huh? One more excerpt:

The House version cleared its final committee on Thursday, setting it up for a final vote as early as next week.

The legislation will also allow students to wear religious clothing or jewelry, and form clubs, whenever students are also allowed to wear non secular messages, jewelry, or hold meetings.

They don’t mention it, but the bill also says:

A student may express his or her religious beliefs in coursework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination. A student’s homework and classroom assignments shall be evaluated, regardless of their religious content, based on expected academic standards relating to the course curriculum and requirements. A student may not be penalized or rewarded based on the religious content of his or her work if the coursework, artwork, or other written or oral assignments require a student’s viewpoint to be expressed.

As you know, a similar bill just became law in Kentucky — see Kentucky Passes ‘Drool in School’ Law. If this trend continues, and God is allowed back in the government’s schools, we’ll have no more crime, no more teen pregnancies, and no more one-sided teaching of “Darwinism.” Everything will be wonderful again!

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12 responses to “Florida Senate Passes ‘Drool in School’ Bill

  1. Holding the Line in Florida

    Oh boy, I can’t wait to read those insightful answers to my questions concerning Jesus and the speed of light, radiometric dating, plate tectonics, evolution etc.

  2. Eddie Janssen

    This is a question, not sarcasm.
    Future mathematics test in Florida
    Question: What is rhe circumference of a circle:
    Answer: 6r
    Can a pupil protest (succesfully, that is!) if this answer is evaluated as wrong?

  3. Michael Fugate

    This will end badly. These people don’t want more religious discussion – they want more religious indoctrination. They think they are in the majority and will get their way, but guess what everyone gets to play and they won’t like that.

  4. Astronomy…How many planets circle the sun?
    Xtian…None! They all circle around a flat earth!

  5. Students should have to opt in (specifying their religion), and as a result get an asterisk on their diploma.
    When they are being considered for hire, shouldn’t employers be able to discern which graduates are using 3 for pi?

  6. I wonder whether students could claim victory in competition according to their religion, Ecclesiastes 9:11
    I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

  7. Michael Fugate

    “My answer is the revealed word of God and therefore is automatically right.” Works for Ham, why not everyone else?

  8. I think that I speak for all of us when I invoke baphomet to send satanist trolls to ruin this legislation for all of the christards.

  9. @Holding the Line in Florida
    Your mention of Jesus and the speed of light made me think of another science-related religious question — what’s the speed of a divine proclamation? In other words, if God makes a decree, does it affect the entire universe simultaneously? Perhaps you could ask a young fundamentalist in your class some day. If he or she gives you an answer, be sure to ask how it was determined. Enquiring minds want to know!

    Anyway, good luck with this new law, my brother. As I stated earlier on the Ky. “Drool in School” post, I’m glad I’m retired.

  10. “Crime, teenage pregnancies exponentially [Huh?] went higher immediately after we took god out of our schools,” said Marion County pastor, Gerald Bustin.

    How do they keep getting away with blatantly false statements like this? Crime and teen pregnancies have been declining since the 60s with a sharp decline since the 90s, School prayer has nothing to do with it but they are going to keep repeating this lie until the end of time, aren’t they?

  11. Ross Cameron

    Away with your evolutionary surgery, medicines, drugs. Only ishu-sorry-yeshua-sorry-jesus heals!

  12. “Crime, teenage pregnancies exponentially [Huh?] went higher immediately after we took god out of our schools,” said Marion County pastor, Gerald Bustin.

    Is the good pastor saying that God is NOT omnipresent? Blasphemy!!