Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will soon sign two controversial Bills into law. The first will classify “anti-Semitism” as “hate speech”, and the second will do the same for “anti-Christian” speech.
He will be traveling to Jerusalem to sign the first bill into law next month. His trip will “include a Florida Cabinet meeting”, also in Jerusalem. (Florida venues were presumably unavailable.)
The first law to be signed is House Bill 741, which will classify “anti-Semitism” as “hate speech”.
“Under the bill, the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement is defined as a terrorist group no different than the KKK or ISIS.” This will make a first for Florida, in which legitimate, non-violent political action will be lumped with terrorism.
“Anti-Semitism” will be defined “‘as a perception of the Jewish people, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jewish people,’ through such acts as:
- “Calling for, aiding, or justifying violence against Jews.
- “Alleging myths about a world Jewish conspiracy or that Jews control the media, economy, government, or other institutions.
- “Accusing Jewish people as a whole of being responsible for real or imaginary wrongdoing by a single Jewish person, group, or the state of Israel, or for acts of non-Jews.
- “Accusing the Jewish people of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
- “Accusing Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel of being more loyal to Israel than their own nations.
- “Demonizing, applying a double standard to, or delegitimizing Israel.”
Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, was the only lawmaker to cast a negative ballot against the measure during its committee rounds, objecting to potential freedom of speech challenges — which it is likely to draw — in SB 1272’s one and only committee hearing.
For that, Gibson was vociferously skewered by Republicans and Democrats and, within two days, had issued change-of-heart statements.
It is not yet known whether Gibson will travel with DeSantis to Jerusalem to collect for his change of heart any new shekels, the official currency of Israel.
Asked to define exactly what “Demonizing, applying a double standard to, or delegitimizing Israel” means, an ADL spokesman called our reporter an “anti-Semite.”
Asked if the act of passing this law and signing it in a foreign country could be construed as giving oxygen to the theory that Jews have out-sized control of government, a question which will soon be classified as hate speech, Governor DeSantis called our reporter an “anti-Semite.”
Questioned on if the passage of the law making political speech about Jews and Israel illegal would, because of resentment over their special treatment, cause an increase in dissension, suspicion, a hate against Jews and Israel, a spokesman for AIPAC called our reporter an “anti-Semite.”
Not all Floridians were as dismissive. The Florida House realized that the bill could backfire badly, so they quickly introduced House Bill 742, which would make anti-Christian statements also into hate crimes.
Governor DeSantis will travel to Rome to sign this bill, using a special pen gifted to him by Pope Francis.
Under this bill, the ACLU will be defined as a terrorist group no different than BDS, the KKK, or ISIS.
“Anti-Christian” will be defined as a perception of Christian people, which may be expressed as hatred toward Christian people, through such acts as:
- “Calling for, aiding, or justifying violence against Christians.
- “Alleging myths about a world Catholic-Vatican conspiracy or that Christians control schools, the abortion debate, government, or other institutions.
- “Accusing Christians as a whole of being responsible for real or imaginary wrongdoing by a single Christian person, group, or the Vatican state, or for acts of non-Christians.
- “Accusing Christians of inventing or exaggerating the Resurrection.
- “Accusing Catholics of countries other than the Vatican state of being more loyal to the Vatican than their own nations.
- “Demonizing, applying a double standard to, or delegitimizing the Holy Roman Church.”
Asked by a reporter for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science if signing this bill into law in the Vatican would only fuel conspiracy theories that the government is forcing religion on Americans, Governor DeSantis called him an “anti-Christian.”
A spokesman for the ADL asked the Florida House spokesman whether a denying the Resurrection was not in fact “anti-Semitic”, for all Jews in fact deny the Resurrection. The House spokesman called the ADL spokesman “anti-Christian.”
At the time of this reporting, the Florida House is also considering hate-speech laws against Muslims, furries, vegans, and stamp collectors.
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