Episode 131 - Face-Off in Florida, Part 2
June 11, 2012
Part Two of a special presentation featuring Ronald A. Lindsay, Tom Flynn, Steven K. Green, EllenBeth Wachs, and David Silverman.
On March 2, 2012, the Council for Secular Humanism and the Center for Inquiry presented the opening session of their conference, titled “Moving Secularism Forward,” at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida. The first session was titled “Face-Off in Florida.” It focused on church-state controversies in Florida, the state where the conference was held. This includes a pioneering church-state lawsuit – the first ever with the Council for Secular Humanism as plaintiff – that has religious conservatives so nervous, they are now on their third attempt to amend the Florida constitution to make the suit go away.
In this segment Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of Free Inquiry magazine, gives a presentation titled “Why End Faith-Based Funding?” He is followed by EllenBeth Wachs, a Polk County, Florida, atheist activist who suffered outrageous persecution at the hands of an evangelical Christian sheriff and other community leaders.