Kim Daniels files ‘religious liberties’ bill for public schools
Kim Daniels, HD 14 candidate

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The first bill in the Florida House filed by Jacksonville Democrat and charismatic evangelist Kim Daniels turned out to be on a subject close to her heart: “religious expression.”

House Bill 303, the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act,” would ban school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression,” and would require a school district “to adopt limited public forum policy & deliver a disclaimer at school events.”

The bill would mandate that a school district not “discriminate” against a student, teacher, or employee “on the basis of a religious viewpoint or religious expression.”

The bill also equates “religious” and “secular” viewpoints in the academic space.

“A school district shall treat a student’s voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint on an otherwise permissible subject in the same manner that the school district treats a student’s voluntary expression of a secular viewpoint,” reads the Daniels bill.

Students may include religious content and themes in their coursework, the bill continues, and the student may not be penalized or rewarded for such content.

Students may also wear “clothing, accessories, and jewelry” that “displays a religious message,” potentially leaving the door open for all sorts of traditions outside the Judeo-Christian matrix.

Prayer groups and “religious gatherings” can be organized at any time a commensurate (and undefined) secular activity is permitted, including during the school day.

The bill also allows for a “limited public forum” at school events, at which religious expressions are to be allowed, and “vulgar” and other offensive speech is to be disallowed.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


One comment

  • TDJ

    January 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    This is totally unnecessary. Students already have “religious” freedoms at public school. We have religious clubs at our HS, just like any other club. If students want to lead a prayer before an event they can. They can also wear religious clothing if they choose.

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