David Kay, chair, Interfaith Council of Central Florida
Last week: ‘PERFORMATIVE’ LEGISLATURE: The oath of office for the Florida Legislature declares its members will “well and faithfully perform the duties” of their office. The first week of the new legislative session predictably featured several bills and a last-minute surprise version of a redistricting map from Gov. DeSantis that are being described as "performative.” That is, they are unlikely to move forward or pass constitutional muster, but are meant as a sort of deliberate political theater to please, placate or rile up segments of the public. Who else among us, we must wonder, could do that on the job and stay employed?
Looking ahead: HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE: Jan. 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. There’s a special program that day at the Holocaust Memorial Research and Education Center in Maitland. Over one million people were murdered during the five years of Auschwitz-Birkenau’s existence – most of them Jewish men, women, and children. In addition to the attempted genocide of Jews, the Nazis killed millions of others they deemed undesirable: deaf, disabled, gay and lesbian, Communist, and more. The horror of the Holocaust demands that we remain vigilant in ensuring fairness and equality and protecting the vulnerable.