Prayer Making Comeback in Florida Schools? National Organization for Marriage Tries to Drive Wedge in Democratic Party? And Tampa Mayor Proposes Large "Clean Zone" for GOP Convention

03/28/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about a secret memo that was put out by the National Organization for Marriage that seeks to drive a wedge between gays and blacks. And gays and Latinos. But first school prayer. Last week Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that would permit student initiated prayer and other inspirational messages at public school assemblies. The bill was passed by both chambers of the Florida Legislature—largely along party lines—with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. But one Democrat—Gary Siplin of Orlando did sponsor the measure in the Senate…..

To talk about this and some other issues is Rev. Barry Lynn of the group Americans United… a group dedicated to the separation of church and state. He’ll be speaking at the Good Samaratin Church in Pinellas Park this Saturday at 7PM

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Next....The leading national organization opposing same-sex marriage has sought to split the Democratic Party base by pitting African-Americans and Hispanics against gay-rights groups, according to confidential strategy memos made public by court officials in Maine.

One of the memos says "The …..goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies," . It also suggests "interrupting" the process of cultural assimilation for Hispanics in hopes of curtailing support for same-sex marriage.

The documents, dating from 2009, were written by the National Organization for Marriage and had been kept from the public until this week , when they were unsealed by court officials in Maine.

They were part of a two-pronged legal challenge of Maine's financial disclosure laws.

Still unresolved is whether the NOM will have to release the names of donors to its successful 2009 campaign to ban same-sex marriage in Maine.

To talk about this we're joined now by Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida

Veteran civil rights leader Julian Bond condemned the NOM strategy.

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