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United Church of Christ national meeting votes to divest from Israeli settlements listen

06/30/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Tuesday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, occupation, BDS, UCC, Divestment, christianity, First United Church of Tampa

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Another major Christian church denomination has voted to divest from companies doing business in Israeli-occupied Palestine; during a national meeting Tuesday in Cleveland the United Church of Christ overwhelmingly supported divestment. One of the UCC delegates is from Tampa -- Reverend Bernice Powell-Jackson is Pastor of First United Church of Tampa.

Tuesday’s UCC divestment decision is wider than one last year by another denomination: the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to sell stock ...

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America is losing its religion, atheist activist Hemant Mehta discusses why

05/20/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Tags: Pew Research Center, Hemant Mehta, Religion, christianity, atheism, agnosticism, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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Last week the Pew Research Center released an extensive study showing that the number of self-identified christians are on the decline, falling 8 percentage points in the last 7 years, according to the survey. Meanwhile the numbers of the religiously unaffiliated, including atheists and agnostics, have increased 6 percent in the same amount of time, non-christian followers also increased slightly. Atheist blogger and author Hemant Mehta, joins us to discuss the meaning of the study's findings.

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Listeners sound off on alleged Bin Laden cover-up, dwindling numbers in America's churches

05/12/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: Religion, christianity, Pew Research, osama bin laden, Iraq war, Seymour Hersh, wmnf, Rob Lorei

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On Today's Radioactivity, Host Rob Lorei opens up the phone lines to listeners for most of the hour. We look at a recent Pew survey that shows that Americans are becoming less religious, with the number of people who do not affiliate with a religion growing while less people affiliate themselves with christianity. Christians still make up the country's largest religious. We also look at an article by veteran war journalist Seymour Hersh which alleges that Osama Bin Laden was actually a priso...

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Dr. Robert Putnam talks about religion in America listen

12/06/10 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The United States is religiously devout yet also religiously tolerant. That's according to Professor Robert Putnam. He wrote a book on how religion units and divides Americans and he spoke last Thursday about the topic at Forum Truth in Sarasota.

Putnam told about 200 Bay Area residents about the results of research he conducted for his new book, “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.” After surveying 3,000 Americans in 2006 and 2007, he found that since the 1950s, Ameri...

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ACLU sues Alachua Schools over anti-Islam suspensions listen

11/23/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a federal lawsuit against the Alachua County School District.

The lawsuit charges school administrators with unlawfully censoring students’ free speech when students were suspended or threatened with suspension for wearing t-shirts promoting their religious beliefs in school and at school events earlier this year.

WMNF spoke with Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

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