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 Convention03/28/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Coming up today weâ€™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 Legislatureâ€”largely along party linesâ€”with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. But one Democratâ€”Gary Siplin of Orlando did sponsor the measure in the Senateâ€¦..
To talk about this and some other issues is Rev. Barry Lynn of the group Americans Unitedâ€¦ a group dedicated to the separation of church and state. Heâ€™ll be speaking at the Good Samaratin Church in Pinellas Park this Saturday at 7PM
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 â€¦..goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks â€” 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.