SURFSIDE, Fla. (FNN) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday afternoon that requires public schools to set aside at least a minute a day for children to meditate or pray, turning Florida into the fifteenth state to do so.
He also signed another bill that allows certain volunteer services to use sirens and emergency lights when responding to situations.
Governor DeSantis signed the new legislation when visiting the Shul of Bal Harbour, a Jewish community in Surfside, Florida.
Rabbi Sholom Lipskar called both bills “historic,” saying that the bill for moments of silence, HB 529, “will bring godliness, humanity, structure, morality, ethics, back to our children, our schools, our society, and our community.”
“We think it’s something that’s important, to give every student the opportunity to reflect and to pray as they see fit,” DeSantis said of the bill. “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.”
As for HB 805, the bill loosens restrictions for volunteer emergency services that operate in communities that resist using traditional medical services because of religious beliefs.
DeSantis took the chance to praise Israel, noting the many alliances Florida has with the country and calling the United Nations a “corrupt institution.”
“What they will do is they will sanction Israel 150 times while they will sanction China and other rogue states, what, zero times?” he said. “When you are singling out the only democratic state in the Middle East, I’m sorry, that is antisemitism.”
Juan Carlo Rodriguez is a politics and entertainment reporter for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org