FFRF Action Fund names Gov. DeSantis ‘theocrat of week,’ praises Rep. Jayapal


FFRF Action Fund, the advocacy arm of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has named Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis its “Theocrat of the Week” while commending Rep. Pramila Jayapal as “Secularist of the Week.” 

At a time when sex education and access to information is under assault, Jayapal, a member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, introduced a resolution to support May as “Sex Ed for All Month.” The resolution calls for providing young people with complete, accurate and inclusive sexual health information, and access to sexual and reproductive health care services. Says Jayapal, “Sexual and reproductive health is an issue of social justice.”

DeSantis earned his “theocrat” branding by opening earlier this week the National Religious Broadcasters conference (described as a “gathering of Christian communicators”) with pandering  avowals of his piety, promises to defend faith and family, vows to fight “woke” agendas and complaints that  “the people that are in power now do not like people of faith.” Among his comments was a painful anecdote about losing “holy water” from Israel and how “my first job as governor, after getting sworn in on the steps of the Capitol, was to go back to the governor’s residence . . . to get our son Mason baptized.” He concluded his remarks by urging, “Put on the full armor of God . . . and don’t ever, ever back down.”

DeSantis began pitching the “armor of God” rhetoric, a reference to Ephesians 6, while visiting Hillsdale College, an evangelical school in Michigan, last year. Ephesians 6 reads: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” DeSantis substituted “the left’s schemes” for “the devil’s schemes” during those remarks. The rest of the passage talks about fighting “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Under DeSantis’ guidance, the Florida Legislature this session has:

“Regrettably, it appears that DeSantis, who took an oath to uphold America’s secular Constitution, wants to turn Florida from the state once renowned for Disney World to one where white Christian nationalism reigns supreme,” comments Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF Action Fund president.

This agenda is so pronounced that the NAACP has issued a travel advisory warning African Americans and LGBTQ individuals about the state of Florida being “openly hostile” to them.

FFRF Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization that develops and advocates for legislation, regulations and government programs to preserve the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. It also advocates for the rights and views of nonbelievers, endorses candidates for political office, and publicizes the views of elected officials concerning religious liberty issues.