Public meeting to discuss Amendment 8

Barbara Brenner announced to Historic City News that the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St Augustine located at 2487 A1A South in St Augustine, will host a public meeting to discuss Amendment 8 — the hotly debated “Religious Freedom” Amendment that will be on the Florida ballot on November 6.

Amendment 8 is a misnamed amendment that would allow taxpayer funding of religious institutions,” Brenner said. “It will allow public money to be used for religious indoctrination.”

Reverend Steven Baines will speak during the meeting. He is Assistant Field Director and Religious Outreach Director at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

Since 1999, Baines has been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and currently serves as the Vice-Moderator at the denomination’s national cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Saying “No” to this amendment will not jeopardize existing funding for some religious groups’ social welfare programs, which provide important services, but will continue to ensure that groups do not promote their specific religion at taxpayers’ expense.

If you would like to attend and participate, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to this event. There is no charge and no advance arrangements need be made.

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