From Talking Points Memo, a back door school prayer law in Florida that no one wants to implement due to potential lawsuits on legitimate First Amendment violation grounds. (One school district in Florida fought a school prayer case that cost them 4 years of litigation and $900,000.) This is the ”inspirational message” law that says students have the right to read or make ”inspirational” statements, including prayer, at non-compulsory school events.
From the article:
”While the state permits the study of religious literature in secular, objective instruction, and while the word “prayer” was ultimately struck from the bill’s final language, many see an obvious connection between the new law and the likelihood of proselytizing.
In fact, Rep. Charles Van Zant (R-Keystone Heights), SB 98’s sponsor, made sure to eliminate any question of the link between the bill and the reinstitution of prayer into public school. Commenting on the bill’s genesis, Van Zant said, “When we took school prayer … out of school, disciplinary cases went up, we had a lot more school vandalism, we had a lot more disrespect for schools, including the physical plant as well as school personnel, teachers and principals.”
In response to Van Zant’s sponsorship, Rep. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth), asked if a student could, at the start of an assembly, read, “We believe Satanism to represent the reawakening of pagan spirituality, which with the foundation of National Socialism, will usher in the new Aeon.” Replied Van Zant, “That would be the student’s prerogative, because of our First Amendment right of free speech.”