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Nobel Prize Winner Says Age of Enlightenment in Danger of Rollback

09/28/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Next up-- the humanist group of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater is sponsoring a talk on Sunday Sept 30th by Sir Harold Kroto. He is the 1996 Nobel Laureate in chemistry. Currently he holds the Francis Epps Chair of chemistry at FSU. The talk, entitled “Science, Society and Responsibility” will begin at 12:30 in the Octagon at UUC. The UUC campus is located at 2470 Nursery Rd., Clearwater. Sir Harry says he's concerned that with the rise of religious political influence arou...

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Amendment 8 critics warn against dismantling church-state separation listen

09/25/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Is Florida’s Amendment 8 a mandate for religious freedom? That was the theme of a public meeting last Saturday. Americans United for Separation of Church and State organized the gathering at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota. The 3 keynote speakers and the roughly 40 people in attendance painted a foreboding picture if the amendment passes.

On the ballot Amendment 8 is called “Religious Freedom” but according to some the wording is disingenuous. Howard Simo...

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JoAnna Brooks discusses The Book of Mormon Girl

09/20/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Joanna Brooks is an award-winning scholar of religion and American Culture and a senior correspondent for religion Dispatches.org. She has been named one of "13 religious women to watch" by the Center for American Progress and one of "50 politicos to watch" by Politico.com. Often referred to as a "Mormon Translator", Joanna is gifted at explaining Mormonism to non-Mormons and has been featured on NPR, MSNBC, Huffington Post and other web postings. Her writings have appeared on the Huffingt...

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Atheists rent billboard in Tampa during Republican convention: "God fixation won't fix this nation."

08/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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An atheist group has rented a billboard in Tampa during next week's Republican convention.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants to tell visiting delegates to keep religion out of politics. In a press release they say the billboard will be displayed beginning today on Kennedy Boulevard west of Arrawana Street. It says "God fixation won't fix this nation."

The group will display the [same billboard](https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151128462082229&set=a....

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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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