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Pastor Files School Prayer Bill

A Democratic House member from Jacksonville and a Republican Senator from Ocala are joining forces to push school prayer.

Freshman Representative Kimberly Daniels is a former at-large city councilwoman whose day job is pastor of the Christian, non-denominational Spoken Word Ministries.

She flatly rejects the notion of separation of church and state.

“How can a state fund and have chaplains in prisons and not have chaplains in schools? A child should not have to wait to go to prison to meet a chaplain. And I think that says it all.”

Daniels’ bill is called “The Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act.” It would ban school districts from discriminating on the basis of religious viewpoints or expression.

Former Christian Coalition executive director Dennis Baxley is the Senate sponsor.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.