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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.

Rod Parsley

[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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Wright holds press conference

04/29/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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The Rev. Jeremiah Wright was, until recently, pastor at Sen. Barack Obama's church in Chicago. Soundbites from several of his sermons have been repeated endlessly on television and radio. Many times those clips have been used to cast doubts about Obama, one of two Democrats vying for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Today WMNF played the unedited press conference that Wright gave to national reporters at the national Press Club in Washington, D.C., yesterday. Following the ...

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Interview with physicist Michio Kaku

04/24/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Dr. Michio Kaku hosts Explorations, WMNF's weekly science program. He is on a mission to popularize science. He is also a co-founder of "string theory."

In his latest book, Kaku takes on some of the "wildest" ideas of science fiction: teleportation, telepathy, force fields, psychokinesis, time travel, travel to other galaxies and more. He divides these ideas into Class One Impossibilities (possible given the current laws of physics and scope of technical ability); Class Two (possible but...

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FAST assembly addresses citizen's concerns listen

04/08/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) is a Pinellas County faith-based orginization that works toward community justice.

FAST held its annual Nehemiah Action Assembly in Largo last night, where local community leaders, members of law enforcement and local government officials were invited to answer questions about issues that FAST members feel should be addressed.

The topics included education, affordable housing and crime. Members of FAST asked a series of yes-or-no questions t...

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E.J. Dionne on religion in politics

03/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Washington Post syndicated columnist E. J. Dionne has just written a new book, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right. In it, he details why the era of the Religious Right – and the crude exploitation of faith for political advantage – is now over. But he writes that the end of the Christian right doesn’t signal the decline of evangelical Christianity, but is rather its disentanglement from a political machine that sold out to a narrow agenda such as opp...

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What a billion Muslims really think

03/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In the new book, Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think? authors Dalia Mogahed and John Esposito use interviews from tens of thousands of residents of more than 35 nationas that are predominantly Muslim or have large Muslim populations.

Among the questions that Gallup poll posed were: Is Islam to blame for terrorism? Why is there so much anti-Americanism in the Muslim world? What do Muslim women really want?

Author John Esposito writes that Westernized advocacy of ...

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