‘Armor of God’ is part of a DeSantis child’s homework
Proposed bill for Bible study classes in Florida public high schools crosses a line

Young Madison had to memorize a passage from Ephesians her father has invoked for political ends.

Ron DeSantis has made a habit of telling supporters to “put on the full armor of God” and fight the left in campaign appearances, particularly in front of religious crowds.

Now the trope is apparently part of Madison DeSantis’ homework assignments, if the First Couple is to be believed.

“So when people ask me about, hey, what do you recommend in terms of leadership? What should people think about it? I think there’s a lot of things but what I tell people first put on the full armor of God,” the Governor said Saturday in Iowa, during an event held by Rep. Randy Feenstra.

First Lady Casey DeSantis chimed in thereafter, noting the First Couple’s “daughter the other day had a homework assignment and it was to memorize Ephesians 6:10 through 6:18. And I don’t think that that was a coincidence because he invokes putting on the full armor of God, the belt of truth and the shield of faith.”

For those behind on their catechism, here is the full passage.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God and pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

The Governor has invoked the “full armor of God” trope in numerous circumstances, including an improbable response to former President Donald Trump calling him “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

“Look to Ephesians Chapter Six: You want to exercise leadership in the face of this type of fire, put on the full armor of God. That’s what you need to do, to stand strong and to do what’s right. And when you do that, none of this stuff ends up being effective,” DeSantis said last month before ridiculing Trump’s nickname for him.

Usually, it’s a more general call to arms for the faithful.

“Some people ask me, how do you become a good leader? Well, one of the first things you need to do is put on the full armor of God,” DeSantis said in September at the Pray, Vote, Stand summit.

DeSantis has used the phrase before, including at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference, at the 2023 Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference, and it was especially potent here in a speech that promised attendees they would “have a seat at the table” under a DeSantis administration determined to “defend religious freedom.”

“It seems at times that there’s nothing sacred anymore and that the virtues we all celebrated even a short time ago are now being tossed aside,” DeSantis said. “I believe that reviving the spirit of America is essential to helping reverse America’s decline. And this revival is going to begin in our religious institutions, our places of work, each of our households, all the institutions that make up the bedrock of society.”

Also, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez has gotten in on the act, during a recent prayer call with pastors on behalf of the DeSantis campaign.

Nuñez said that many of those on the call “lament what we’re seeing in society,” adding that’s why a “strong leader” like the Governor is needed to “fight the fight.”

“He will put on the full armor of God,” she assured supporters.

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


  • Thomas Kaspar

    December 9, 2023 at 11:37 am

    More weird child sleeze from Gancarski . Whos paying for this dog shit the DNC ?

    • S. Wabbit

      December 9, 2023 at 12:13 pm

      You kwazy.

    • rick whitaker

      December 9, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      thomas kaspar, who’s paying you, the nuts at the nuthouse

  • Dorine

    December 9, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    All that means is that the kids probably attend a religious school.. I took my daughter out of public schools and sent her to our Catholic school after the teacher was caught using the venetian blind cords to ‘whip’ the children in second grade.. it was a huge expense but well worth it in the quality of the education.

    Further, parents should be able to have the tax dollars that would be spent to educate their child in a public school transferred to a private or religious school if they decide to send them there instead using the public school system. Florida’s Family Empowerment Scholarship Vouchers are a good start for that and I applaud the Governor for expanding it.

    • S. Wabbit

      December 9, 2023 at 1:02 pm

      You kwazy.

    • Cheesy Floridian

      December 9, 2023 at 4:33 pm

      Public schools need that money more. Are buses going to come pick up all the low income voucher kids for private school? Are you offering to pick up these kids and take them home? Public school offers buses.

    • rick whitaker

      December 9, 2023 at 7:41 pm

      you are a white christian nationalist that is set on ruining our valuable public school system. tax dollars go into the public kitty to help everyone. to divert tax money to religious fanatics is NOT the american way. if you are wealthy, then take your elitist sniveling spoiled brat out of public school and let them huddle together in private school so they can escape reality and live in the elitist phoney world you prefer to enslave them to. shame on you. white christian nationalist like you are my enemy for sure.

    • Michael K

      December 10, 2023 at 9:02 am

      With all due respect, that is your choice. My parents also made that decision, but never expected or demanded that tax dollars be diverted to private, exclusionary schools. In fact, they actively supported every school tax increase and supported the role of public education in civic life.

  • Elmo

    December 9, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    That is some really sick sh*t.

  • Dont Say GOD

    December 9, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    “Doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1).

    Jesus says they will be like wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15).
    Acts 20:30 says they will not spare the flock, but will draw people away to destruction.

    Without God’s gift of discernment (Philippians 1:9), our love will be suckered into stupidity.

    Rhonda and Trump both playing Satan’s Tune as loud as they can

  • Biscuit

    December 9, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    NewsSnot out of Iowa: Ron and Casey DeSantis, having long ago realized they could never top that iconic image of Donald Trump onstage literally wrapping himself in the America flag, reminded Iowans that the next best thing is to wrap themselves in some Bible verses, preferably ones that mention cloth or clothing, or in this case, armor.
    The crowd went wild and immediately called for torches and pitchforks. Just kidding. Mostly they nodded and yawned and looked at their wrists before remembering they use their phones to check the time nowadays.

  • Belt of Truth

    December 9, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Does the Belt of Truth come with a bodycam? If so, where do we view, well, HEAR, the footage from Rhonda’s bodycam? Can’t wait!!!

  • WhatNow

    December 9, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    The “spirit of America” has nothing to do with any chapter of Ephesians. Just when you thought the political pronouncements emanating from the mouths of these two so-called “adults” couldn’t possibly get any more bizarre…

    • rick whitaker

      December 9, 2023 at 9:03 pm

      whatnow, i don’t think desantis could even make a good sunday school teacher at a snake handling church

  • Flash Light

    December 9, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    Which “god”, and who decides?
    First Amendment refresher: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…”.
    These people – so-called Christian Nationalists – are downright dangerous.

    • Michael K

      December 9, 2023 at 5:47 pm

      Amen. I also believe in freedom FROM religion and reject the white “Christian” nationalist American Taliban trying to impose its perverse hate, intolerance, and division on everyone else.

  • rick whitaker

    December 9, 2023 at 8:11 pm

    michaelK, i see christians as being like cockroaches. they get to a point where they ruin everybody’s food and are a huge pest. if they stayed out of sight and didn’t cause problems, the we could co-exist with them. they also don’t pay for the damage they cause.

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