The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have both come out in opposition to Florida legislation passed to bolster security for the state's Jewish schools, the Miami Herald reported late last week.

Kara Gross, ACLU of Florida's legislative counsel, was quoted as saying that aiding only one religion with $654,000 earmarked in the state budget passed on May 12, "raises serious concerns about unconstitutional discrimination, whether intentional or not."

"Many groups are seeing a spike in violent threats in recent months — not only Jews, but also Muslims, Sikhs and immigrants," Gross stated. "If the state sees responding to these threats as a priority public safety issue, funding should be available to all similarly targeted groups."

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