Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on April 15, 2011
Florida – The State Senate Judiciary Committee has just passed an amendment which repeals the separation of church and state. The resolution, titled SJR 1218 but more commonly known as the Blaine Amendment, repeals the prohibition against the State Government from funding religions. Well done Republicans.
Good grief, why are we still letting the GOP get away with claiming that they are the “constitutional originalists?” Every moment they pass new laws, whether it be on the state or federal level, they are constantly changing things AWAY from what the founders intended. the Republicans would have us believe that the founders originally intended for corporations to be the equivalent of a person, or that they supported state sponsored religions?
..The Senate Judiciary committee approved a bill that would effectively tear down the separation of church and state in Florida. On a party line vote of 5 to 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved SRJ 1218 – the Religious Freedom bill and sent it on to the Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs. Members of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) in Florida have mobilized against the passage of this bill and it’s companion H 1471 where it is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow.
SJR 1218, which was sponsored by Sen. Thad Altman (R-Melbourne) and endorsed by the entire Republican caucus, would delete a constitutional provision that bars Florida from spending public revenues on sectarian religious organizations. Supporters of the bill claim that prohibiting government from funding religious groups discriminates against religious groups.