Florida lawmakers passed a bill that protects religious students, parents, and faculty from being punished by the school system for their religious beliefs. SB 436, also known as the “Religious Liberties Act”, will take¬†effect on July 1. “Part of what we’re protecting is those basic rights for religious expression – which are protected free speech – and we’re letting

people know it doesn’t stop at the property line of the school site,” says Sen. Dennis Baxley, who sponsored the bill. “We owe our educators some clarity on this so it can be applied uniformly across the state and in a way that respects all faiths and people of no faith.” The landmark bill promotes equality between religious and secular individuals in the public school system. READ MORE