If there ever were an argument for fairly drawn state legislative districts, this is it.
Florida’s overwhelmingly Republican legislature is planning to revisit the hoary school prayer issue. It isn’t because our elected public servants care that much about religion. This is for back-home consumption. If the United States Supreme Court would allow them, they’d pass a law making the New Testament a required course for the FCATs without batting an eye.
It’s win-win, as far as they’re concerned. They can self-righteously pontificate about the importance of religion and prayer in a child’s upbringing, conveniently ignoring that children have plenty of places outside of school to develop their spiritual identities… like church, for example (I didn’t say “temples,” or “mosques,” because we all know that isn’t the brand of spirituality they’re talking about). Cynical? Shux, cain't even spell the word. Jus' lookin' out for our kids, that's all.
They can then count on equally vehement opposing speeches out of their counterparts from districts in southeastern Florida, most of whom are Democrats and some of whom (gasp!) don’t even accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior.
They aren’t Christian, they’re against school prayer, and chances are they’re gonna vote to reelect that Muslim in the White House. At least, that’s how it’ll be characterized when the home folks are whupped up to turn out and vote in November of 2012.
It might be just enough to tip a swing state like Florida, especially when you combine it with all our new anti-voter fraud laws.