In what was part breakfast, part legislative briefing, and part tent revival, several Florida legislators joined about 130 citizen lobbyists from South Florida to promote legislation banning sharia law and protecting the lives of newborns who survive abortions.

"We're promoting respect: respect for life, respect for American law, respect for marriage," Christian Family Coalition (CFC) executive director Anthony Verdugo told attendees of the annual Florida Leadership Breakfast Thursday morning at Tallahassee's Civic Center, on why the sticker-badges they were wearing were marked with the word RESPECT. "We are the true human rights organization; we are the true social justice organization."

The Coalition, which claims to represent about 5,000 citizens, mostly from Miami-Dade County, is spending the next couple of days encouraging legislators to support HB 1129/SB 1636 ("Infants Born Alive") and HB 351/SB 58 ("Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases").

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