Latest News

Next Week: Rubio Staff Hosts Mobile Office Hours

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) office will host in-person and virtual Mobile Office Hours next week to assist constituents with federal casework issues in their respective local communities. These office hours offer constituents who do not live close to one of...

read more

Rubio Habla en Maxima 92.5 de Tampa Bay

El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) habló con Nio Encendio de Maxima 92.5 de Tampa Bay, sobre cómo la inflación ha impactado a las familias, sobre las olas de migración ilegal, sobre el juicio político de Biden vs. el de Trump, sobre el canje de prisioneros...

read more

ICYMI: Rubio Joins All Things Considered

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined National Public Radio’s All Things Considered to discuss his plan to expand the child tax credit for working families. See below for the full transcript and listen to the edited interview here. On the connection between the child...

read more

ICYMI: Rubio: Hats Off To The University Of Tennessee For Standing Up For Public Prayer

Oct 2, 2014 | Press Releases

Hats Off To The University Of Tennessee For Standing Up For Public Prayer
By Marco Rubio
The Daily Caller
October 2, 2014

As a University of Florida alum and Gator football fan, the Tennessee game has long been one of my favorite weeks of the football season.

All trash talk aside, one other thing I will look forward to about this weekend’s game is knowing that our hosts have continued their courageous stand against those who wish to drive prayer out of the public square, in this case the famed Neyland Stadium.

Earlier this season, the university rejected the demands of anti-religion interest groups to stop Tennessee’s tradition of observing a moment of non-denominational prayer praying before kickoff. The group went so far as to refer to this tradition of pre-game prayer as “really very grating”.

Such attacks on religion and prayer in the public square are not new. For example, earlier this year, an anti-religion group went after Clemson University and its football coach Dabo Swinney.

Another instance was a case involving prayer in legislative bodies, which ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court. I filed a friend-of-the-court brief defending this practice, which dates back to the Founding Fathers of our nation, because it has been an enduring, living symbol of the religious freedom America stands for. It’s a freedom to pray that we are called to protect in our city councils, statehouses and Congress.

Those who attack public prayer – whether it occurs at schools, in legislatures or football stadiums – all have in common a dream of moving toward a “naked public square”. Their goals and tactics aim to make religion stigmatized, feared and something best kept private. Fortunately, however, America’s long-standing tradition of welcoming prayers in public settings have been defended by the vast majority of Americans, protected by law and upheld by several court decisions.

So as we get ready for this weekend’s Florida-Tennessee game, Gator fans like me will at least rejoice in knowing that, although we can’t do anything about silencing the Tennessee marching band from playing “Rocky Top” (over and over and over again), the vast majority of Gator and Volunteer fans alike stand together for at least a couple of things: 1) in knowing the SEC is the king of college football, and 2) for our right to pray together before kickoff and give thanks for all our blessings.

Read the entire article here.