By Victor Ochieng
It has come as a surprise that Florida State Rep. Kimberly Daniels is thankful to God for slavery, saying, “if it wasn’t for slavery, I might be somewhere in Africa worshipping a tree.”
Daniels was the sponsor of a bill that was recently passed by the Florida House, a bill that seeks to compel all state public schools to conspicuously display a sign that reads, “In God We Trust.”
While delivering her speech as she was pushing for the “In God We Trust” bill, she touched on the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people died. To stress the importance of the bill, she said God is the “light” and that “our schools need light in them like never before.”
Although she agreed that there is an urgent need to address gun issues, the “real thing that needs to be addressed are issues of the heart.”
The Florida shooting has seen many people call for immediate action to tighten the rules for gun ownership. Some have called for a more rigorous background check, while others have advocated for a ban of sale of assault-style rifles to individuals. For years, however, there have been talks with no much action and citizens can only hope that something concrete is done this time round to avoid ever putting the nation in such a situation again.
Daniels’ critics consider her move and bill as extremist thinking, arguing that at the end of the day God is not going to affect the much needed changes. However, the kind of support that the bill received shows that fellow representatives acknowledge that the country seriously needs spiritual redemption.
Even though Daniels is focused on matters of the heart, she’s coming forth as somehow anti-Semitic. These are some of the reasons why some people consider her extremist. Daniels is said to promote anti-Semitic slurs and downplays the Holocaust. In one video, she says, “You can talk about the Holocaust, but the Jews own everything!”
As expected, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is opposing the bill, saying State Rep. Daniels is on a religious mission to force her God on other people’s children. This hasn’t been a secret though, as she’s openly preached ‘exorcises demons’ and ‘speaks in tongues.’
Unlike many people believe, America was founded on secular values and that’s why it’s going to be difficult for the state to implement the bill without facing some legal challenges.