In silence, before Tuesday’s Miami-Dade County Commission meeting, Rabbi Avroham Brashevitzky dropped 26 coins into a charity box; each representing an adult or children killed last in Friday’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Miami-Dade Commissioners may have invited a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union when the commission voted Tuesday to replace a moment of silence held before meetings with a prayer.
Friday morning marked the start of the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
The Florida Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on a controversial bill that could bring prayer into Florida schools, if school districts allow. Students would be allowed to lead prayers or give inspirational messages, and under the proposal, there would be virtually no limit to what can be said.
While the school prayer issue has been dormant, it’s coming back up again in the Florida State Senate. A new bill seeks to allow prayers at school events such as graduations or assemblies.
It’s password protected and church approved. A new iPhone app may shorten the lines at the confessionals at South Florida churches.