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DeSantis: You Can’t “Push God Out Of Every Institution”

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law on Monday a bill requiring K-12 public schools to set aside at least one minute but not more than two minutes for a moment of silence at the start of each day in the next school year. Teachers won’t be able to tell students what to reflect on during that time. DeSantis signed the bill at a Jewish Community Center in Miami-Dade County, where he said the new law is intended to protect religious freedom, adding:

“We think it’s something that’s important to be able to provide each student the ability every day to be able to reflect and to be able to pray as they see fit. The idea that you can just push God out of every institution and be successful—I’m sorry our founding fathers did not believe that.”

The bill, known as HB 529, which passed Florida’s House by a vote of 94-24 and Senate by a vote of 32-6, does not specifically mention praying. It also forbids students from interfering with another student during the moment of silence. According to the legislation, each first-period classroom teacher shall encourage parents or guardians to discuss the moment of silence with their children and make suggestions for the best use of this time. The bill states that “a teacher may not make suggestions as to the nature of any reflection that a student may engage in during the moment of silence.”

Today, @GovRonDeSantis was joined by members of the Florida Legislature and leaders in the Jewish community at the Shul of Bal Harbour to sign HB 529. The bill requires Florida schools to hold a daily moment of silence.

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