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."