Florida governor sets 'day of prayer for unity'
July 19th, 2013
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Florida governor sets 'day of prayer for unity'

(CNN) – Saying "emotions are running high," Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida formally called for a "Statewide Day of Prayer for Unity," following last week's verdict in the George Zimmerman trail that's sparked large protests in the Sunshine State.

The day of prayer is set for Sunday.

Read the proclamation:

WHEREAS, the people of Florida are strong and optimistic people who band together in times of crisis; and

WHEREAS, Florida has faced many challenges before – including natural disasters – with a spirit of unity and perseverance; and

WHEREAS, the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is a tragedy; and the Martin family, the family of George Zimmerman, and all those affected by Trayvon's death remain in our thoughts and prayers; and

WHEREAS, emotions are running high as we continue to grieve the loss of Trayvon and the toll that the tragic events surrounding his death have taken on the community of Sanford, Florida, and other communities across our state; and

WHEREAS, tragic events compel us to a time of deep reflection and prayer to find strength and peace in uncertainty; and

WHEREAS, Floridians are unified in not only their resilience, but also in being a people of great humility, kindness, and compassion;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby declare
Sunday, July 21, 2013, as a STATEWIDE DAY OF PRAYER FOR UNITY IN FLORIDA.

Late Thursday night, Scott told a group of protesters that he planned on calling for the day of prayer. But he added he had no plans to amend his state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

"I put together a task force of 19 individuals, bipartisan. They traveled the state. They listened to ordinary citizens. They listened to experts, and they concluded that we didn't need to make a change in the law, and I agree with their conclusion," he said.

Zimmerman pointed to Florida's "stand your ground" law as part of his legal defense, saying he shot Trayvon Martin while defending himself in a confrontation.


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  1. Steveo

    @Boo
    Yeah..."let's all pray to the invisible man in the sky
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    To each, his own but it appear you don't know much about Christianity!

    July 19, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. California Gary

    Does anyone out there think the result would have been the same if a black adult male had stalked and then shot an unarmed white teenager? Not likely my friends........this case was all about race.

    July 19, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Larry in Houston

    @ King says : "" imagine a white guy in a rural setting being followed by a black man in a hoody in the dark of night, what would that white man do???

    Intelligent & most Honest Answer : The white guy would have been shot dead in his tracks, period. end of story -
    The Jury would done him like they done O.J. ( off scott free )

    July 19, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. rs

    What? Pray the guns away? Pray the dumb laws away? Pray the racism away?

    When you want a useless response- call the GOP!

    July 19, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Lisa P.

    How about a prayer for justice? Because "unity", at best, is just about papering over differences; at worst it's about silencing people with very honest concerns about the outcome of this trial, the laws that set up that outcome, and the society that wants to conveniently accept both in the name of "It wasn't *my* son" and "You can't argue with the gun lobby." It seems to me that when invoking prayer one should be pointing toward a higher standard than "My rubber stamp committee of yes men pretended to listen to you; now sit down and shut up." Perhaps Governor Scott has reason to fear the spirit of true justice.

    July 19, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "At the risk of appearing rude, why don't you check the statistics relating to the demographics of which groups commit the most assaults and murders based on their percentage of the composition of the overall population."

    What do statistics have to do with it? Are you saying that statistics justify assumptions about who is liekly to be criminal and violent based on their race? There's a name for that, you know. And pssssst: it's part of what Zimmerman was accused of doing to Martin.

    "Alan Derschowitz"

    LOL. And I care what he has to say why? He made those public comments to the MSM before the trial even started.

    July 19, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. g

    i think god gave up on america back in 1980

    July 19, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    g

    i think god gave up on america back in 1980
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    I think it was 1973.

    July 19, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "He won, he beat McCain by 10 percent, he only beat Romney by five percent. I think that probably voter ID helped a bit in that.""

    -Robert Gleason, Chairman of the PA GOP, admitting today that PA's Voter ID law helps suppress Dem/liberal votes

    Go ahead...if you'd like to vomit your "voter fraud' conspiracy nonsense, please point to all the examples and the people prosecuted and convicted in PA for voter fraud from when Obama beat McCain by the 10%, so you can prove that voter fraud is why it was reduced by 5%. And while you're searching in that strawberry patch for all the elephants hiding in there, please at least pick a bushel or two so we can make some pie later to celebrate you finally finding the elephant.

    July 19, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. ST

    Is this man Rick Scott lost his mind? God won't listen any prayer from anyone who goes against his wish. God didn't create his creatures and some one who thinks has power, put a law to terminate life anytime, anywhere they wish to. Your prayers will be listened only if you will abolish your bogus law and let every creature of god live peacefully and freely.

    July 19, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    This is a typical GOP/Teatroll response when they want to hide. "Pray" about something. Then, when it's attacked as useless nonsense, they can get all indignant and cry foul that you've insulted their religiosity.

    July 19, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Woman In California - Boycott Florida

    Pray? Why would ANY person of faith pray for and with bigots who introduced SYG laws? Laws which were the direct result of a murder of an innocent teenage boy? The fact Scott even mentions zimmerman's name (a proud, confessed murderer), in the same breath of the late Trayvon Martin is a disgrace. I'll show you and your state SOME REAL ACTION by never spending another dime there ever, until the laws are changed and real justice has been served. Once the dollars stop roling in, these bigots will be glad to implement some real change – change that will never allow this to happen to any other minority child.

    July 19, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Woman In California - Boycott Florida

    @ JAX FL

    I intend to do just that and so MANY of my friends and family.

    July 19, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Gee, I hope he gave a framed copy of the Proclamation to Trayvon Martin's parents.

    July 19, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. lolo

    Too little, too late, Mr. Scott.As far as I am concerned the American people truly lost.

    July 19, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Dean

    Let's pray for the safety of George Zimmerman and his family.

    July 19, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    "He won, he beat McCain by 10 percent, he only beat Romney by five percent. I think that probably voter ID helped a bit in that.""

    -Robert Gleason, Chairman of the PA GOP, admitting today that PA's Voter ID law helps suppress Dem/liberal votes

    Go ahead...if you'd like to vomit your "voter fraud' conspiracy nonsense, please point to all the examples and the people prosecuted and convicted in PA for voter fraud from when Obama beat McCain by the 10%, so you can prove that voter fraud is why it was reduced by 5%.
    --------
    In Pennsylvania, Obama received 369,000 fewer votes in 2012, than he did in 2008. That's over 11% of his 2008 vote total. If you think 11% of his 2008 voters didn't vote in 2012 because of voter ID laws, you're washing down your shrooms with water from the charles river.

    July 19, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    In Pennsylvania, Obama received 369,000 fewer votes in 2012, than he did in 2008. That's over 11% of his 2008 vote total. If you think 11% of his 2008 voters didn't vote in 2012 because of voter ID laws, you're washing down your shrooms with water from the charles river.
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    The Pennsylvania GOP knew that roughly 700,000 people did not have the proper ID, most of whom were people likely to vote Demoratic. The IDs were made available through DMV offices statewide. The GOP controlled legislature then reduced the hours and the budget of DMV offices. Prior to passing the law, the state budget had enough funds to produce approximately 70,000 new IDs for the year. The reduced to budget to fund only 30,000 IDs, when they knew that as many as 700,000 could be needed.

    July 19, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Dean

    Had George Zimmerman been found guilty, would ther have been rioting, looting, physical abuse, and destruction of property? No, there would have been none of that.

    July 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. JustAO

    What laws have GOP authored that has helped American society and economy as a whole? Please educate me on the legislative accomplishments where fairness and equality for American citizens are considered in their laws. All I see are laws written by male conservative caucasian baby-boomers that mostly benefit male conservative caucasian baby-boomers at the expense of EVERYONE ELSE!

    July 19, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. freedom

    The whole nation should be praying with you. We'll all do our part.

    July 19, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Steveo

    @Woman In California – Boycott Florida
    Pray? Why would ANY person of faith pray for and with bigots who introduced SYG laws? Laws which were the direct result of a murder of an innocent teenage boy? The fact Scott even mentions zimmerman's name (a proud, confessed murderer),
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    Sorry but a jury stated Zimmerman is NOT a murderer!

    July 19, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. OK fine.

    "I put together a task force of 19 individuals, bipartisan

    What Governor Medicare Fraud fails to mention is that even though the members of the task force were bipartisan, they were unanimous in their support of the bill from the beginning. He chose the author of the bill, and co-sponsors of it. More than half are ALEC members, who have been pushing for similar legistlation in other states. He stacked the deck and got the answer he wanted.

    July 19, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Tony

    George Zimmerman did not stand his ground. He got out of his car with a gun, then he FOLLOWED Trayvon Martin (this was what Zimmerman said on tape to the police dispatcher) and somehow got into a confrontation with Martin.

    July 19, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Steveo

    @Dean
    Let's pray for the safety of George Zimmerman and his family.
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    Pray also for the Martin family, that they may find peace and also for the families of those killed in "revenge".

    July 19, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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