Two days after one person was killed and three others were injured in a shooting at a California synagogue, the Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill to criminalize antisemitism in the state.
The California gunman killed one woman — Lori Kaye, 60 — and wounded three people, including the synagogue’s rabbi and an 8-year-old girl.
“He knew nothing about the victims, other than that they were Jewish. That was enough for them to die in his own mind,” said bill sponsor Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota. “Anti-Semitism is on the rise, and we have the ability to do something about it. No one is born with hate in their heart.”
…The bill would require that schools address anti-Semitic behavior the same way they address racial discrimination. The proposal defines anti-Semitic behavior as “accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interest of their own nations.”
“We made a statement against hatred that will be part of our legacy,” Gruters said, thanking Benacquisto and Senate President Bill Galvano for waving the rules.
An identical House version of the bill passed unanimously earlier this month. Bill sponsor Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, donned a yarmulke, or traditional Jewish head covering, in the House chamber Monday.
Sen. Annette Taddeo, D-Miami, said the way leadership allowed the chamber to take up the bill was an example of mitzvot, or good deeds.
“Let’s not think about bitterness. … This is so much in the Jewish tradition to continue to do good,” Taddeo said. “Today we’re doing a mitzvah in passing this bill. Let’s continue to do mitzvot … as it’s the best way to honor the victims of these acts.”
The Senate bill faced a bit of controversy last month, when Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson came under fire for opposing the bill. Gibson was the lone “no” vote on the bill, and said she thought it was “an intentional piece of legislation to divide.” She later clarified her stance in a statement, saying the legislation is well-intentioned, but “fights the wrong battle.” She later pushed back against claims that she was anti-Semitic.
A “lone nut” shoots one Jew in California, and Florida passes a law two days later to make it illegal to criticize Jews or Israel. That makes a lot of sense, of course, considering the high court in Texas just struck down a similar law as being unconstitutional. But then again, half of the people who now live in Florida were probably either born in another country or born to parents who were born in another country, so they have no clue what guaranteed constitutional rights are, nor do they care as long as the welfare checks keep flowing.
One Florida Senator cited here claims that no one is born an antisemite, but he clearly hasn’t consulted his local rabbi in Sarasota who will inform him that God created antisemitism, and Jews are just going to have to accept that unfortunate fact, at least until their “messiah” comes. But this bogus Bill passed “unanimously” for one reason: “for fear of the Jews,” (John 7:13), and every Florida politician knows who runs that state, but to even acknowledge that fact is now a crime, which is exactly how the Jews want it. And as the Jews have told us in the past, when they get angry, they get their way, and everyone knows it.