If DeSantis signs the bill, Florida will silently pray for school days

Students in Florida public schools may immediately receive the necessary moment of silence at the beginning of each day, with the Florida Senate passing on Thursday and heading to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk.

Senate voted 32-6 to pass the bill (HB 529)Last month, it was approved by the House of Representatives with 94-24 votes.

Under this bill, the principal of the school should instruct the teachers of the first tide to start a moment of silence at the beginning of each day.

Congressmen have considered similar proposals in the last few years, but have not passed them.

Under the bill, teachers cannot “suggest the nature of reflection that students may make in the moment of silence,” and students “cannot prevent the participation of other students.”

The bill will also instruct teachers to encourage parents to talk to their students about the moment of silence and “suggest their best use” at that time.

Senate sponsor R-Okara’s Dennis Bucksley said some of this measure should alleviate concerns that teachers could affect students’ use of silence time. ..

“The wording of the bill makes it very clear that parents and guardians are responsible for discussing the right content with their children at the time. I don’t want teachers to take that responsibility,” Baxley said. Told.

Opponents of the bill argue that requiring silence in public schools blurs the line between the church and the state.

“It would be nice if we could all remain silent every day, think a little about what is important to us, and meditate. But our constitutional framer is very much to separate the church from the state. “We were paying attention to,” said Gary Farmer, Senate minority leader at D-Lighthouse Point.

Senator Lori Berman of D-Delley Beach has expressed concern that non-religious children may be offended by other students who choose to pray at the moment of silence.

“I understand that this is a moment of silence, but I want all of us to think about what could happen at the moment of silence. Children take out the beads and mark the cross. Start with, [make] Do other children feel uncomfortable? Can a child take out a prayer rug and start using it? “Birman said.

Other Democrats supported the bill and others took advantage of their personal experience.

Senator Victor Torres of D-Kissimmee said he looked back on his childhood silent prayer when he attended school in New York.

“I think it gives teachers and students the opportunity to reflect on it. Whatever religion you believe in, it’s your right,” Torres said.

Baxley argued that the measure was aimed at giving school children a quiet, uninterrupted moment “just to stop and reflect.”

“No matter how you use it, listen and ponder before you start your day’s activities. Where in the business are they proposing this because the world is in turmoil? I just read the article about, “says Baxley.