Toni Van Pelt on Tampa’s WMNF-FM

August 26, 2009

Toni Van Pelt, former Executive Director of Center for Inquiry: Tampa Bay, was interviewed yesterday, August 25 th , on Tampa's great community radio station WMNF-FM. Known for her extensive political and civil activist work, Toni was well known to politicians in both Florida and Washington, D.C. It is because of her success in these areas that she opened CFI's Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C. The Office of Public Policy is CFI's lobbying and educational office, presenting the facts on issues regarding science and the encroachment of religion into our secular government.

Toni primarily discussed the issues surrounding Charitable Choice, Faith Based Initiatives, and the Religious Freedom Reformation Act (RFRA). After establishing the inveigling methods used by proponents of these issues, the phone lines lit up as informed callers from all sides of the discussion called into the program, prompting Radioactivity to invite her to stay for a full hour instead of her original half-hour time slot.

You can listen to the broadcast here by selecting August 25th from the "Listen Again," box near the bottom of the page.

It is clear that her message is one that needs to be more forcefully brought to the public's attention, as conservative, religious movements continue to gain influence in American politics. We are looking forward to Toni's intensive workshop tonight, at 7pm at CFI: Tampa Bay's Office. We expect to learn what must be done and articulated to put our principles to work for even more effective results.

Rick O'Keefe
Acting Executive Director
Center for Inquiry Tampa Bay
Science & Secular Family Values