TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – 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.

The bill cleared the Senate Education K-12 Committee on a unanimous vote Thursday.

Specifically, the bill would allow school districts to adopt policies regarding the “delivery of inspirational messages, including prayers,” according the News Service of Florida.

Only students would be allowed to deliver the prayers and the language in the prayer must be nonsectarian.

The Anti-Defamation League said the specificity of using the word “prayer” violated the state and federal constitutional requirements that separate church and state. Plus, by stipulating what can be said, that would require schools to police the speeches.

A similar bill in the House has not been heard by any committee, so future of the Senate’s school prayer bill is unknown.

Comments (9)
  1. Tom says:

    This is unacceptable. Praying to an imaginary god in schols that are paid for by our tax dollars violates not only our constitution and Bill of Rights by also insults me as an atheistand freethinker. This will never pass, or if it does, reflects on the deterioriation of our society.

  2. Max says:

    If its acceptable to mandate that I send my kid to school then its acceptable to allow him to pray there.

  3. Kelly says:

    I totally agree with Tom. This is a secular nation and should stay that way. I’m tired of these right wing Christian conservatives trying to make this a Christian nation when it was never meant to have any religious preference. I don’t want to deny anybody the right to pray, but don’t force it on the rest of us.

  4. JorgeC says:

    Freedom of prayer has been denied for the sake of non believers. Prayer exists in all faiths and is not specific to Christians. The freedom to pray should and must be allowed as is the freedom to not. Atheism is a religion in its own way and its been promoted by the public school system for far too long.

    1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

      Totally agree with JorgeC and Max…

      Let Freedom Ring!

  5. Rudy Pasantes says:

    that’s nice, a prayer before they go out and kick the living hell out of a weekling.
    WOW the FLORI-DUH legistature sure is busy trying to create jobs and improve the economy.

  6. Rudy Pasantes says:

    on the other hand they can all pray that the Governor resigns and goes back to naples.

  7. Kelly says:

    I’m guessing that Max, Jorge, & Gain And Agein have forgotten all about a little thing called separation of church and state. If you want to pray, do it at home, do it at your church or temple.

  8. Julie C says:

    Why not pray to the God that allow you to take your next breath or do you think you keep yourself breathing

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