IFAS | Freedom Writer | March/April 2000 | update.html

Religious Right update

On March 14, a judge in the circuit court of Florida ruled that the state's school voucher program is unconstitutional. The ruling came on the heels of a federal judge's decision in Cleveland, Ohio that vouchers in that city violated the separation of church and state. Instituted by Governor Jeb Bush, his brother, Republican presidential candidate, Gov. George W. Bush of Texas, looked to Florida's voucher program as a model for the nation. The Florida model has already been copied by 25 other state legislatures considering school voucher programs.

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Members of the New Hampshire House decided against sending a resolution to Congress in support of a Senate Joint Resolution to amend the US Constitution to allow "individual or group prayer in public schools or other public institutions." "I believe in prayer, as most of you do. Furthermore, I believe in voluntary prayer," said Rep. Frances Potter, a minister. "I also believe that (this resolution) is not about voluntary prayer, but about involuntary prayer."

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A survey by the New York-based Zoetics found that a third of those who consider themselves evangelical Christians don't like Christian television.

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