Florida governor fixes mezuzah to office door

Sunday, October 28, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Florida Governor Charlie Crist made waves last week when he fixed a mezuzah, a prominent biblical expression of Jewish faith, to the door of his office in Tallahassee.

Crist, a practicing Christian, received the mezuzah from Jewish state Rep. Adam Hasner, a fellow Republican and majority leader in the Florida legislature.

Israel's consul general in Miami, Ofer Baveli, later visited Crist to explain to him the purpose and importance of the mezuzah, which is fixed to one's doorpost in obedience to Deuteronomy 6:9, in which the Lord commands His people to write the words of His law upon the doorposts of their homes.

Not everyone was happy with Crist's decision to actually hang the mezuzah on his office doorpost.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida blasted the governor for turning the state building into what it called a "shrine for religious icons," and said Crist's actions would be portrayed as government endorsement of biblical Judeo-Christian faith.

Crist responded that he was merely exercising his freedom of religion.

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