In the wake of South Florida’s first mass shooting to occur in a school, politicians and opportunists are wasting no time to throw their agendas in the ring. Anyone with an opinion on what needs to be done to curb these school shootings is donating their two cents praying that someone invests in their ideology. There have been many solutions offered up from arming teachers to even stricter gun control laws. Those options come up fairly frequent but one religious kook feels more Jesus is needed in schools.
Rep. Kim Daniels, D-Jacksonville, proposed “more light” is needed in these schools. In effort to shine some more light, Daniels sponsored bill HB 839 which would require all public schools to post the state motto, “In God We Trust,” in a “conspicuous place.”
I guess with that sign posted, a potential mass shooter will feel deterred by the presence of God and go shoot up a charter school or private school instead. Shrug.
According to the Tampa Bay Times:
Sponsor Rep. Kim Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat who runs her own ministry, said Florida needed the legislation, given the goings on in the state.
“He is not a Republican or a Democrat. He is not black or white,” Daniels said. “He is the light, and our schools need light in them like never before.”
While directly referring to the school shooting, Daniels affirmed that Florida has “gun issues” that need to be addressed.
Florida does have gun issues to take up, but how many mass shootings have occurred at Florida public schools? Is gun violence in schools getting out of hand? If so, when did it start getting out of hand? Schools, usually a safe zone, have more pressing concerns without adding in the politicizing of gun violence. But that’s a discussion for another day. Just like they say about gun control laws right after mass shootings, “Now is not the time to be discussing that. We should be focused on the victims, the shooter, etc.”
Daniels added that God couldn’t be placed in a closet when the “issues we face are bigger than us” while seeking support from her colleagues on passing the bill. If God can’t be placed in a closet, he surely can’t be placed in a school. The God when you’re home is presumably the same God when you’re at school.
The bill passed 97-10 with the result winning a standing ovation. The Senate has yet to take up a companion bill in any committees.
The problem presented is not in the posting of the motto. The problem here is using recent events as a catalyst to put the plan in motion. It’s delusional to believe that the God in which you trust needs to have a sign placed at a location in order for him to offer up his protection. Does He not live in you? What about charter schools, private schools and academies, home schools and more? Aside from religious educational facilities there is no “parleance” to a higher power. Maybe they’re next on the list?
There are many ways to handle what’s going on in schools. Seeking understanding and empowerment from a higher power is one of many ways that can be done but trust and believe the posting of the state motto is not one of them. How screwed up is the state of Florida as it is? And it has continually eroded the confidence of its residents under that motto. It has not made a difference.
Move on! And to Daniels… do what you want in your church, your ministry but faith without works is dead. You can be religious all you want but if people are not able to tap into their God-given abilities to enact real change, it’s all for nought.
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