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Religion and Politics: A Dangerous Combination

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On May 19th 2007, The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), a Focus on the Family affiliate, will hold its annual fundraiser.  This year’s attendees include Republican presidential candidates Sen. Brownback and Gov. Huckabee, along with many other prominent Florida politicians.  The Humanists of Florida Association (HFA) regards this blatant mixing of religion and politics to be a very dangerous combination.

America’s founders fought hard to ensure the separation of church and state, and, yet, now we have exactly the sort of co-mingling that they most feared.  Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes." 

Humanists are dedicated to Democracy as an ethical form of government that allows for individual freedom while promoting personal responsibility. We promote freedom of belief and church-state separation as a way to protect our freedoms, and ensure that we, as a society, are able to find reasoned and compassionate solutions to human problems. HFA is pro-democracy and pro-human rights.  We view politicians supporting the work of one particularly radical sect of Christianity to be inappropriate, misguided, and a threat to our democracy. 

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The Humanists of Florida Association is a statewide association of groups and individuals that affirm the Humanist worldview. The Humanists of Florida Association promotes Freedom and Democracy by inspiring people to use of Reason and Science to create a more compassionate society. Our focal issues are: Science, Democracy, Education and Community.

 

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Jennifer Hancock is the Associate Director for the Humanists of Florida Association. Jennifer has a degree in Cognitive Linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She became an atheist at the age of 17 and has been involved in the Humanist (more...)
 
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