WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — A local state senator is voicing her concerns over Florida’s new mandated moment of silence.
A new law passed on Monday will have every student in Florida taking one to two minutes of silence to pray or reflect on the day ahead before school each day.
There are no guidelines or rules in the law detailing what can or cannot be done during the moment of silence.
Florida Senator Lori Berman, who represents South Palm Beach County, feels like this law mixes church and state.
Berman is Jewish and grew up in a predominately Christian school, where she felt uncomfortable and ostracized for being a religious minority. She doesn’t want other children to feel the same way.
“There is a supreme court case that says that if you are in a situation where you cannot leave, such as a student in school, you cannot be forced in a situation where you have to be praying. So I’m really concerned about this bill,” said Berman.
Teachers will not be able to tell students how to use the moment of silence.
Governor Ron DeSantis says this law keeps religion from being pushed out of every institution. He says this is what our founding fathers would have wanted.
“We think it’s something that is important to be able to provide each student the ability, every day, to reflect and to be able to pray as they see fit,” said DeSantis.
The moment of silence will start in Florida schools this fall.
Senator Berman hopes there will be a constitutional challenge to the law before it’s implemented.