Your Florida Legislature has approved the “Encourage Litigation Against County School Boards Act of 2012,” and sent it off to Gov. Dickwithears (who of course has indicated willingness to sign it).
A bill allowing school boards to permit student-initiated prayer and other “inspirational messages” at public school assemblies went to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday after heated debate in the Florida House.
Supporters argued that returning organized prayer would help cure some the ills that have been plaguing public schools since it was banned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Opponents said the bill would violate the constitutional principle of church-state separation.
“Before inspirational messages were removed from our schools the number one problem was talking out of turn,” said Rep. Charles Van Zant. “Today it is drug abuse. Before, the number two problem was chewing gum. Now it is alcohol abuse.” — Miami Hurled
I fear Rep. Van Zant truly did say that, as dimwitted as it sounds…..he probably got it from that old hoax about a survey which concluded that 50 years ago the biggest problems in schools were passing notes, chewing gum, etc. That one circulated even before the interwebs exposed it. What a dweeb. These are our visionary leaders.
Meanwhile, the ACLU of Florida is firing up its fundraising machinery: this law is gold. Gold!
My prayer, such as it is, would be that every Satanist, Wiccan, Pagan, Vegan, Scientologist, Santarian, Pantheist, Talibanian, and Vivisectionist line up to deliver inspirational messages alongside the traditional bible-harpies for (and by) whom this clearly unconstitutional measure was designed.
This might inspire a companion bill, created in the same spirit as the original, that would permit students to bring stones to school that they can hurl at speakers whose message they disapprove of, and feel religiously obligated to silence them in appropriate biblical fashion. They could call this a character development measure. Good for budding pitchers, too!
Finally, may I point out once more how so-called conservatives who cry out for less government intrusion and more personal freedom and responsibility reveal themselves as total hypocrites at every opportunity, and that this legislation is yet another fine example?
Oh, there’s the phone. The ACLU has a recorded message for me. Gotta go.