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DeSantis Makes Strong Statement on Anti-Semitism Protections by Double-Signing Fine's Bill

June 1, 2019 - 7:30am
'Ceremonial' anti-Semitism bill-signing
'Ceremonial' anti-Semitism bill-signing

Gov. Ron DeSantis officially signed CS/CS/HB 741 Anti-Semitism into law Friday, following a ceremonial bill-signing Wednesday in Jerusalem. 

Attorney General Ashley Moody, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, bill sponsor Rep. Randy Fine, Sen. Wilton Simpson, Rep. Chris Sprowls, Sen. Lauren Book, Rep. Chip LaMarca, Rep. Joseph Geller and FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz all joined the governor at the ceremonial bill-signing in Jerusalem.

CS/CS/HB 741 adds religion as a protected class with regard to discrimination against students and employees in Florida’s K-20 public education system. The bill requires a public K-20 educational institution to treat discrimination by students or employees or resulting from institutional policies motivated by anti-Semitism in an identical manner to discrimination motivated by race.

The bill also adds a definition of anti-Semitism similar to the definition adopted by the U.S. Department of State’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, providing that “anti-Semitism” is a certain perception of Jewish people, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jewish people, rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism directed toward a person, his or her property, or toward Jewish community institutions or religious facilities.

“I’m proud to sign this bill to make clear through a bipartisan effort that anti-Semitism has no place in our state and our educational institutions will not tolerate discrimination against the Jewish people,” said DeSantis. “I was especially proud to hold a ceremonial bill signing in Jerusalem. Florida is the most Israel-friendly state in the country and as long as I’m governor, we will continue to stand with the Jewish community.”

Fine added, “In a time where open anti-Semites are celebrated in some corners of Washington, I am proud that Florida has chosen to move in a different direction and tackle this scourge head-on with ground-breaking legislation. By requiring that Florida’s public education systems treat anti-Semitism the same way as they treat racism, we send an unambiguous message that Jewish children will be protected from those who would discriminate against or maliciously target them. On behalf of my two sons, as well as hundreds of thousands of other Jewish children, I thank Gov. DeSantis for his leadership today.”

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Joe Gruters said, “The rise of anti-Semitism and the recent attacks against Jewish Americans throughout our country are appalling and unacceptable. By signing this bill into law, Florida is sending a clear message that anti-Semitism and discrimination will not be tolerated or overlooked. I thank the governor and the members of the Legislature for taking decisive action to address this issue head on.”

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Petty political pandering.

I used to think that the Africans who were forced into western slavery, brought along their totems and superstitions, and the modern man is surrounded by similar beliefs, it is my understanding, in this world, every man child has been brought up to believe myths and propaganda, geopolitically on this rock are we all common of ancestry, let me affirm in this firmament and every imaginable world, my soul, my eyes see, as an observer I have observed I have been altered by seeing

Florida Constitution Article 1 Section 10, Prohibited Laws = Null &Void.

Since Palestinians are Semites too, Jews came from them, isn't DeSantis, Right wing Jews anti Semites?...….........……. I wonder how DeSantis, etc would think if they were Palestinians there trapped in the open air prison, ghetto Jews have made for them, stealing their land, killing them, etc?...…...……...Since many Jews, US and otherwise don't care for far right Israeli Jews for good reasons not unlike why white nationalist are here as of the same cloth, would they be anti Semite, for speaking against them?...……...….. So one can't say how dumb religious people are for believing in magical beings that rule their lives?...…......…..And it's people like DeSantis that show why religion is morally bankrupt, just used to control, con people against others or in DeSantis case, pandering to right wing Jews to get money, votes.

Palestinians are indeed Semitic and their language, Arabic is a Semitic language. However, as a “people” they came into existence after World War II when the United Nations slit the land that is now mostly Israelinto2 portions: one Firth’s Arabs and one fir the Jews. The Arabs rejected the country the UN was giving them and got out of the way so various Arab armies (Egypt, Syria...) could “drive the Jews into the sea). It didn’t turn out that way and the Arabs would up refugees in Arab countries that didn’t want them. Then they became “Palestinians”. No. The Jews do not come from the “Palestinians”.

I cannot imagine how you justify your reality, people are people, regardless of what you believe, to believe that one group of people is better than another destructive behavior, I hope that there are some enlightened souls who can make a difference.

You and I may not be "better" than some guy doing life in prison, but we are treated differently (particularly where trust is concerned) because of their actions versus our actions (our track records). The Koran specifically teaches Muslims to hate Jews and Christians the most, but to also hate other non-Muslims. This hate is not confined to their feelings, it is manifested in the actions of destroying or damaging or subjugating those that they hate and their property. The Muslims in Gaza in particular, but also in the Golan Heights and the west bank, have a convincing track record that can only be denied by the naive and the foolish.

If these people could for one moment get their noses out of their biblical scriptures, for one moment realize how they are being taught/propagandized, perhaps in that one moment an enlightened mind could see past the ignorant superstitions, see past the barbaric myths, see themselves acting out their destructive behaviors. Perhaps in that moment they can become civilized human beings.

I can assure you that their scriptures are not biblical (since they're from the Koran, the antithesis of the Bible) but I understand your point. To your point, some of them have come to their senses. But it has been very few. The ones that have must usually leave their homeland or face serious negative consequences. The problem is that they are needed most at home where they can inform and teach others. Unfortunately, dead people do not make good teachers. One guy (from Turkey) that has made the change calls himself The Apostate Prophet. You can look him up on YouTube and he has his own website. He now lives in the USA because he'd probably be assassinated in his home country. that's what they're up against.

Perhaps I should have been more clear, I hold as much value for the Koran and the Bible, these are outdated documents that lead people into primitive beliefs and destructive behaviors. My recommendation would be to never read either one, you will have a healthier life.

My recommendation is to have at least a minimal knowledge of what's in both so that you can contrast and compare. One says to love your enemy (Christian new testament). The other says to chop off their heads. Take a look around the world and tell me you don't notice far more backwardness in Muslim majority nations as compared to Christian majority nations.

When I look around in this world I see more backwardness, cruelty, barbarity even among the Christian nations, the common link to these superstitions/beliefs is obvious. Take a precious moment and reflect, can you see your participation in this asylum. People are lining up to press that button, that button that unleashes the techno Armageddon.

The commonality that holds the so-called "Palestinians" together is Islam and Islam's insistence in hating Jews. Judaism far predates Islam as do the claims to the land.

Let me guess, you have been reading the bible.

Islam was created by Mohammed about 600 years after the founding of Christianity. Nice try.

Islam was created for a reason, read the opening lines of the Koran.

Actually you could say that it was created for three reasons - for Mohammed to have Wealth, Military Power, and Sex. The problem was that when Mohammed was assassinated he left his evil cult teachings behind.

Sorry "Jerry",.. YOU are, and always will be, STILL an idiot trapped in your own "open air prison" mind, socialist liberals have made for you...

Jesus was a liberal socialist!! ;^) WWJD?......……...I liked Jesus, his followers, not so much.

No, Robin Hood was a liberal socialist. Jesus didn't steal from the rich so that he would have something to give to the poor.

and to hell with those Palestinian children

So say their parents who find them most useful as human shields.

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