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).
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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