Does Amendment 8 Advance the Cause of Religious Freedom?

09/21/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Thanks to maria Oliver who is producing this program. Coming up on the first part of today’s program we’ll talk about proposed constitutional Amendment 8 which will be on the ballot this November. It’s called a religious freedom amendment- but some people say it goes way beyond religious freedom and would allow religious organizations to tap into tax dollars for funding their activities….

But first, two listener comments about yesterday’s program on which we heard Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and a spokesperson for the Obama campaign talk about Mitt Romney’s criticism of 47% percent of the American public that he said paid no federal income taxes. Yesterday’s discussion turned to how to create better paying jobs in the US – so low income workers would get paid enough so they would pay income taxes….

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There will be 12 proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot this November—making it very long and asking Florida voters to decide some weighty issues. Tonight on the Last Call at 5:30 here on WMNF Lisa Marzilli will host a discussion about three of the amendments. This morning we’ll focus on proposed Amendment 8, which would rewrite the "religious freedom" section of the state Constitution. It would remove the longstanding ban on taxpayer funding of churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions and replace it with completely opposite language prohibiting state or local governments from withholding money based on religious belief. Tom Flanagan of Florida Public Radio filed this report last week about Amendment Eight. Tape

We’re joined now by Rev. Steven Baines who is Field Director for Religious Outreach at Americans United For separation of Church and State

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