A bill in the Florida House forcing every school and administrative building in the state to prominently display “In God We Trust” passed to the Senate on Wednesday. On Tuesday, a bill passed recognizing pornography as a public health risk leading to mental health issues.
Despite the separation of church and state, sponsor rep. Kim Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat with her own ministry, stated that Florida needed the legislation because of its current issues.
“We cannot put God in a closet when the issues we face are bigger than us,” she said, urging colleagues to back the bill. Daniels also placed the blame for the shooting on video games that train young minds to kill.
On the other hand, “why shouldn’t we have it in the classroom?” self-described “devout Christian” Patricia Williams told KFOR in Oklahoma City. “Children should know. There’s so much destruction and corruption going on, something good needs to be said in the school system.”
Moore told WTMJ in Milwaukee last week the teacher has removed the items from the room, including “The Sign of the Cross” and a picture frame with the American flag that read “God Bless America.”
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from listening to teachers in the wake of last week’s shooting — something these legislators obviously haven’t done — it’s that they don’t want to be told how to do their jobs, especially in ways that have nothing to do with the students’ education.
They don’t want to arm themselves with lethal weapons, and they don’t want to post Christian signs in their classrooms.
Other parents said they didn’t have a problem with the religious-themed items being in the classroom. “I think it should be in every classroom,” said one.
Moore said he didn’t necessarily find the items offensive as much as illegal given separation of church and state laws. The school district issued a statement saying it “is aware of the allegations and is working with our legal team to investigate the claims.”