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Religious leaders warn against crossing the fine line between faith and politics listen

03/26/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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As Americans are in the midst of a heated election year, a group of interfaith leaders is concerned about religious views being incorporated into politics. At a panel discussion at St. Petersburg College in Seminole this month, each member expressed devout religious views, but none supported basing political decisions on theological beliefs.

Abhi Janamanchi is a minister with the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater. His church doesn’t endorse and particula...

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Religious leaders: Florida's anti-Sharia bills are "an attack on all religions" listen

03/07/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Multi-denominational religious leaders and advocacy groups came together in Tampa to speak out against twin bills in the Florida House and Senate. The measures would ban Foreign Laws from use in Florida courtrooms. Speakers at the press conference this afternoon said the proposed law is an attack on religious freedom.

The legislation passed the Florida House last week by a wide margin, 92-24. It hasn’t been heard on the Senate floor yet, but easily passed through two committees. The ...

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Newt Gingrich in Tampa: I'm tired of being lectured about supporting every other religion listen

01/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow’s presidential preference primary could decide the eventual GOP nomination. Frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are aggressively campaigning for a victory in Florida. Gingrich made a stop in Tampa this afternoon at the Tampa Jet Center where he told supporters he has run a cleaner and more deserving campaign than Romney.

“Romney then decided that the only way to stop me was a three and a half...

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Interview with Rev. Barry Lynn executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

03/07/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today an interview with Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Since 1992, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn has served as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions. A member of the Washington, D.C. and U.S. Supreme Court bar, Lynn earned his law degree from Georget...

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Tampa Bay residents gather in Clearwater to discuss race in the 21st century listen

01/17/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In the run-up to Martin Luther King Day, the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater hosted a workshop and discussion on race in the 21st century. About 25 participants came together over the weekend for several hours of discussions.

Eliseo Santana, Jr., is Puerto Rican. He says he changes the way he conducts himself with people of other races so that he can succeed. Yet, people still look at him differently.

“When I walk into a room in a professional setting, too often my assistants,...

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Tarpon Springs celebrates 105th Epiphany listen

01/06/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Once a year the fishing village of Tarpon Springs in Pinellas County becomes an important religious and cultural center. Tarpon Springs hosts what some consider the largest Greek Orthodox celebration outside of Greece, organizers say. This year, hundreds of Greeks and spectators celebrated the Epiphany, the baptism of Jesus with folk dances, music, prayer, and a procession to Spring Bayou ending with a plunge to retrieve a cross on January 6.

The Epiphany has been more than a celebration ...

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Dr. Robert Putnam talks about religion in America listen

12/06/10 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The United States is religiously devout yet also religiously tolerant. That's according to Professor Robert Putnam. He wrote a book on how religion units and divides Americans and he spoke last Thursday about the topic at Forum Truth in Sarasota.

Putnam told about 200 Bay Area residents about the results of research he conducted for his new book, “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.” After surveying 3,000 Americans in 2006 and 2007, he found that since the 1950s, Ameri...

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Interview With Sean Faircloth Executive Director Of The Secular Coalition For America

11/10/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Our guest today is Sean Faircloth, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America.

Faircloth will be speaking this Saturday morning in Clearwater about church-state issues, the Founding Fathers and the rise in the number of people who consider themselves "non-religious" in the U.S.

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Atheists Not Happy With Council Prayer Vote listen

03/18/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The question over whether the Tampa City Council should stop praying before each meeting came to a head this morning. The council unanimously adopted an informal resolution to continue reciting prayer at the beginning of each meeting.

The debate that has raged at 315 East Kennedy Blvd. for countless meetings brought out preachers and atheists, who would have their say during public comment. At times the debate morphed into a theological discussion, with Christian leaders insisting on Godâ€...

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Consumerism as Religion

02/10/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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COMING UP WE’LL TALK WITH A RELIGION INSTRUCTOR WHO SAYS THAT CONSUMERISM HAS IN ESSENCE BECOME THE MAIN RELIGION IN THE US.

DELL DECHANT IS AN INSTRUCTOR AT USF AND ASSISTANT CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES. HE’S THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK- THE SACRED SANTA. HE SAYS THAT CONSUMERISM HAS BECOME A RELIGION IN THE US-- RIVALLING OR SUPPLANTING TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS.

IS THAT RIGHT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT? WHAT IS RELIGIOUS ABOUT SHOPPING?

HE’LL BE GIVING A TALK LATER T...

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