Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ACLU Targets FL Governor Charlie Crist Over Displayed Mezuzah

After displaying a gift, a mezuzah given to Florida Governor Charle Crist, he was met with conflict from the ACLU and they are not too happy. The mezuzah was a gift from state Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach. Governor Crist defended his decision to place it on his capital office door.
According to Jewish custom, it is believed every mezuzah that is displayed adds to the divine protection of the people of the house.

Crist's decision to put the mezuzah in his office, that he often describes as "the people's house" has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups.

The mezuzah contains the text of two prayers the Shema and Veahavta written on a parchment scroll and attached to the threshold of a room, building or home as a blessing. The word is Hebrew for "doorpost."

When asked about a conflict between church and state Tuesday, Crist defended his decision to have the mezuzah displayed at his office.

"Why not?" he responded. "I think it's appropriate to respect all others and I think it's important to realize that we have a very diverse and magnificent state.

Larry Spalding, the legislative lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, disagreed.
State Senator Ronda Storms, R-Brandon backed Gov. Crist and later said Tuesday....."The constitution provides freedom of religion not freedom from religion."
Miami CBS4

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*UPDATED - For an update on this read Stop the ACLU. Thanks to "Stop the ACLU" for linking this post.

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