The new language of the proposal reads: "Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution providing that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental benefits, funding, or other support, except as required by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, and DELETING THE PROHIBITION (my caps) against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution."
Despite new language, some argue that the measure remains misleading. Rabbi Merrill Shapiro of First Congregation Sons of Israel and the primary plaintiff in a lawsuit said that Amendment 8 would repeal provisions in the Florida Constitution to prohibit the use of public funds for religious institutions. However, Shapiro notes that the current ballot language does not make that clear. Howard Simon, the executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said "the proposal continues to mislead voters by failing to inform them of the chief purpose and actual impact of the amendment – to virtually require taxpayer funding of religious activities of churches, mosques and synagogues."
Many taxpayers are going to think that this Amendment has to do with freedom of religion when it actually has to do with school vouchers. This is a continuation of Florida's destruction of it's public school system.
The Governor is fully aware of this Amendment's meaning and is unwilling to interfere with those who would use Florida's lean tax dollars to support this religious cause. The Governor needs to be reminded of his duties.
Please support this petition and tell Governor Scott to reword or remove this proposition. Thank you.