The Rise of the Nones

Some stories about the rise of the nones:

New study: Religion in decline in the U.S., atheism on the rise

NEW MINISERIES FROM RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY EXPLORES VIEWS OF 46 MILLION RELIGIOUSLY UNAFFILIATED AMERICANS

None of the Above: The Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated

 

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Amendments to the Florida Constitution

Please read what the League of Women Voters has to say about the amendments.

To get non-partisan information on the state wide candidates, read the League of Women voters 2012 Voter Guide.

Check your voter status to determine if you are eligible to vote since the laws have changed.

Due to the length of the ballot, it is recommended that you vote by mail, find your Supervisor of Elections to request a mail-in ballot.

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Discuss Amendment 6 and 8

American United, Pinellas County Chapter, is holding a discussion of Amendments 6 and 8 on Monday, September 10th, 7pm, at the Good Samaritan Church, 6085 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park.

 

Let’s build an alliance and work together on this issue.

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Amendment 8 – What others are saying

Read what these groups have to say about Amendment 8 – and why you should vote NO

Americans United

FLASH

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Losses to our community

We lost two great contributors to our cause this week, Gore Vidal, AHA Honorary President, and Robert Byrch, a member of the AOF Board of Directors and the President of the Tampa Humanists, and served on the Board of Directors for TampaBay Coalition of Reason. Mr. Byrch, or Rob as he preferred to be called, was a kind and generous man. His worldly experience brought a great perspective to our group and his business experience brought a more professional approach to the business of our organization. He will be greatly missed.

“I regard monotheism as the greatest disaster ever to befall the human race. I see no good in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam — good people, yes, but any religion based on a single, well, frenzied and virulent god, is not as useful to the human race as, say, Confucianism, which is not a religion but an ethical and educational system.” [Gore Vidal, American novelist, At Home, 1988, from James A. Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief, Famous People with the Courage to Doubt]

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Florida Amendment 8 – “Religious Freedom Amendment”

The proposed measure would prevent individuals from being barred from participating in public programs if they choose to use public funds at a religious provider. Essentially, the measure moves to repeal the state’s ban of public dollars for religious funding, also known as the “Blaine Amendment.”

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Florida_Religious_Freedom,_Amendment_8_(2012)

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AU Urges Federal Appeals Court To Rule Against Florida City Commission’s Sectarian Invocations

Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court To Rule Against Florida City Commission’s Sectarian Invocations

Church-State Watchdog Group Says Lakeland Council Acted Unconstitutionally When It Opened Meetings With Christian Prayers For 25 Years

              May 21, 2012

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First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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