Critics Says Ron DeSantis’ New Bill is All About Regulating Prayer in Schools

One of the main aspect of the GOP culture war is a focus on religion. Certain Christian voters, like Evangelicals are crucial to Republican electoral success. And right wing candidates know that they have to appeal to these people to remain in office.

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This week, Ron DeSantis made a big appeal to religious voters in the state of Florida. The governor signed a bill that mandates all schools to hold a moment of silence each morning. Critics say this is a work around the constitution which calls for a separation of church and state.

According to the bill, “principals of each public school shall require teachers in first-period classrooms in all grades to set aside at least one minute but not more than two minutes daily for the moment of silence.”

DeSantis didn’t hide his intentions during a recent talk at Shul of Bal Harbour in Surfside, Florida. “It’s important to be able to provide each student the ability every day to reflect and be able to pray as they see fit,” he said. “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.”

Democratic state Rep. Omari Hardy tweeted, “The Republican who sponsored the bill said that it wasn’t about prayer in school. (Of course it was!) But when you question their motives, or their honesty, it’s called a personal attack & deemed out of order. No. The Republicans lie, and we need to call them on it every time.”

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