You have to hand it to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – he is not afraid of the woke mob.
If anything, he welcomes their pathetic attempts to “cancel” him, if only because he emerges so much more strongly afterwards.
On top of that, DeSantis harnesses his strength to the benefit of the people, rather than his personal bank accounts a la current administration, which is especially evident in the recent stat4e bill that’s garnered immense respect from Americans, and likely inevitable rage from the left.
Given that Biden is already ranting and raving about another imminent pandemic (he is never one for any good news, is he?), DeSantis has gone ahead and struck back at the most draconian governmental policies of all: lockdown policies that force churches and other religious facilities to close down during times when people truly need them the most.
Fortunately, DeSantis has declared that religious institutions absolutely constitute essential services, as evident from the newly created SB 254, the text of which reads as follows:
“An emergency order authorized by this part may not directly or indirectly prohibit a religious institution from conducting regular religious services or activities. However, a general provision in an emergency order which applies uniformly to all entities in the affected jurisdiction may be applied to a religious institution if the provision is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.”
Florida State Senator Jason Brodeur simplifies the text of the bill by underscoring the fact that church services are just as essential as grocery services.
“It would basically say if Publix is open, so is your place of worship. What it doesn’t seek to do is what we’ve seen in some of the other states, where churches, synagogues, and mosques were singled out for congregated activities,” Brodeur declared.
DeSantis’s bill also doesn’t emerge just in time for midterms, unlike many of the pathetic ploys Democrats are undertaking now for the upcoming elections.
Back in 2020, the Florida governor was immensely skeptical about shuttering churches, and he made his anxiety about governmental overreach quite clear.
“I don’t think the government has the authority to close a church. I’m certainly not going to do that,” DeSantis observed, before continuing on to comment on exactly why church services should remain essential.
“I think in times like this, the service they’re performing is going to be important for people, especially when you have difficult circumstances,” DeSantis continued, “so, do it right, make sure that you’re following the mission. I think particularly coming up on the Easter season, people are going to want to have access to religious services.”
Clearly, DeSantis isn’t totally out of line in his thinking, given that the Supreme Court just struck down yet another state’s attempt at suffocating religious rights in a recent 6-3 decision in the Carson v. Makin case.
Chief Justice Roberts informed the state of Maine that it would be unable to exhibit direct discrimination against religious schools, as it had lamely attempted to do in more rural counties.
“Justice Breyer stresses the importance of ‘government neutrality’ when it comes to religious matters … but there is nothing neutral about Maine’s program. The state pays tuition for certain students at private schools – so long as the schools are not religious. That is discrimination against religion,” Roberts wrote.
Clearly, DeSantis and Roberts are on the right page in more ways than one.
Even more clearly, DeSantis is a strong contender for 2024, though he remains fixated on the health of Florida, which has some of the most electoral votes of any state.
And he sure isn’t afraid of being cancelled, as evidenced by his recent commentary.
Which was clear when he directly blasted the fictional news media for its pitiable efforts to cancel him.
“We know you; you peddle narratives. We know you lie. We know you don’t care about the facts. And so you can try to smear me or anyone in my administration,” DeSantis remarked wryly, the implication of which is clear:
Nice try, fake news media, but no cigar.
Author: Jane Jones