Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Action Alet on on a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would allow the government to fund religious proselytizing activities and discriminate among religious groups

The Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission is scheduled to vote this Wednesday on a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that would allow the government to fund religious proselytizing activities and discriminate among religious groups.

The proposed amendment would remove the prohibition on using tax dollars to fund religious activities and allow government to earmark your tax dollars to sponsor government-funded religion.

On Wednesday, March 26 the Commission will vote on Proposal CP0020. The measure, if approved, would place on the ballot a devastating constitutional amendment that remove the prohibition on using monies from the public treasury to aid any church, sect or sectarian institution.  The measure would also "prohibit individuals and entities from being barred from participating in public programs because of their religion."

This amendment would allow government to fund religious proselytizing activities and show preference for one religion over another. It would also open the floodgates for discrimination by permitting government-funded religious organizations to discriminate in who they serve.

Your voice is urgently needed. Click here to take action or copy and paste the URL below into your browser.  Tell the Commission that you do not agree with proposal CP0020 and strongly urge them to vote against it. (Feel free to copy and paste the e-mail below into the comments section on the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission's web site):
 
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Dear members of the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission:

As a concerned Florida citizen, I am writing today to strongly urge you to VOTE NO ON CP0020 - a proposal that will allow the State to use my tax dollars to bankroll government-funded religion. Voting for this proposal will remove the constitutional prohibition - part of our State's Constitution for 140 years - that prevents government from favoring one particular religious group by funding it. This will chip away at my and all Floridians' basic constitutional rights to practice religion and be free from government-sponsored and funded proselytizing.

We deserve "government-free" religion. Government-funded religion only ensures religious discrimination, strife and controversy. This is a dangerous proposal with far-reaching implications for many Floridians. Government funded religion squelches religious liberty - a core American value; it does not encourage religious liberty.
I urge you not to allow religious discrimination to be enshrined in Florida's Constitution.

Sincerely,

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