Florida Passes Bill Allowing Schools to Impose Brief Opening or Closing Message on Events

Florida Passes Bill Allowing Schools to Impose Brief Opening or Closing Message on Events

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House Bill 1773 is passed by the Florida House Judiciary Committee to allow school districts to impose a brief opening or closing message, or both at all non-compulsory activities.

Carole Shields, president of People for the American Way comments:

"There is nothing neutral about this bill. Students of minority faiths should not, and under our Constitution cannot, be forced to choose between missing a school activity or being held captive to the denominational prayers of a majority. This is an offensive and disturbing attack on the First Amendment."

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