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A look inside Islam listen

01/19/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new civil rights group for Muslims sponsored a showing of the new film “Inside Islam: What a billion Muslims really think.” The film was at USF in Tampa last Saturday night, and was designed to challenge the notion that Islam and the West are on a collision course.

Muslims in 40 countries participated in a Gallup public opinion poll that showed what Muslims think about the most controversial issues surrounding their religion. Last Saturday hundreds of people attended the film at USF...

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Tampa joins 3000 candle light vigils for Copenhagen Climate Conference listen

12/14/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With one week left in the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, religious groups across the globe are congregating with fellow secular advocates to demand a binding climate agreement from world leaders. With about 500 events in the US, local faith based organizations in Tampa also held a vigil on Friday.

Cold and windy weather didn’t deter more than a dozen climate change advocates who huddled in front of Senator Bill Nelson’s Tampa office last Friday night. Faiths ...

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Religious minority persecuted in Iran listen

03/23/09 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Bahá'í faith focuses on peace, justice and unity. But in Iran, Bahá'ís are being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Bahá'ís are barred from higher education, unable to find work, and sometimes arrested and executed.

In Clearwater yesterday afternoon, a local Bahá'í center held a conference to raise awareness of this persecution.

The Bahá'í religion was founded in Persia in 1844, and it has more than 5 million followers all over the world. Since its origins, Bahá'ís...

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Do non-believers need a lobbyist in D.C.?

11/25/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. On the first part of today’s program, we’ll hear from Lori Lipman Brown, the director and first Congressional lobbyist with a new group called the Secular Coalition For America. It’s a group that advocates on behalf of America’s atheists, humanists, agnostics and others who want to see a separation between religious doctrine and civil law.

Brown is a former Nevada legislator, she’s an attorney and has taught Con...

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Keith Ellison interview - Part 2 listen

11/19/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In 2006, Minnesota’s Keith Ellison became the first Muslim ever elected to the U.S. Congress. WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with him on Saturday, before the Council on American-Islamic Relations banquet in Tampa. The second half of the interview begins with Rep. Ellison responding to Barack Obama’s first move as president-elect. Obama chose Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff. Emanuel is strongly pro-Israel.

“[I've met with Dr. Al-Arian's family] and I’ll be happy to meet with them again ...

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CAIR urges Muslims to define themselves listen

11/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held its 6th annual banquet Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center. Speakers included Georgetown University professor John Esposito and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress.

Following prayers, about 600 people gathered to hear about the theme American Muslims: Defining Ourselves. Ellison said that during the recent presidential campaign, others groups attempted to define Islam and what it means to be Muslim. Many even tried...

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Separation of Church and State

10/18/08 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View
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Toni Van Pelt, vice president for the Center for Inquiry, talked about the dangers of tearing down the firewall of separation of church and state. She talked of recent "findings" by President Bush and his utilization of tax funds to give to religious organizarions for governmemtal programs.

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Forum on race, religion in media held in Tampa listen

05/30/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night in Tampa, a public forum was held to discuss the issues of race and religion in the Media.

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists, along with the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), hosted last night’s panel discussion.

The panel consisted of Ahmed Badir, a local civil rights activist and president of the Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council. He is also the host of WMNF’s True Talk, which airs Friday mornings from 11 to noon.

Other panelists i...

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Controversial pastors and their candidates

05/08/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The controversy over Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial soundbites has raged for months. Today WMNF played soundbites from two conservative Christian ministers, both of whom back Sen. John McCain for president.

Are their comments also worthy of national debate? Read and watch the comments and then comment.

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[John Hagee](http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/opinion/04rich.h...

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Evolution in everyday life

05/06/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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David Sloan Wilson, is an evolutionary biologist who teaches at Binghamton University in New York.

His books include Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives, (2007); Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society, (2002); and Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior, with Elliott Sober, (1998).

Wilson also directs a program that applies evolutionary theory to different academic disciplines. ...

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