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Church-State Separation Be Damned: Bunnell Sponsors 3rd Prayer Day, Invoking “God’s City”

| May 2, 2013

Bunnell marked the national Day of Prayer for the third year with its own sponsored religious event, a distinctly Christian, evangelical-like service that features commissioners and the mayor offering prayers and pastors invoking Jesus’s name and god’s law above all others.

Only Partial Victory for Palm Coast’s Merrill Shapiro in Fight Against Religious Aid Bid

| December 14, 2011

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis struck down only part of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow taxpayer money to go to religious institutions, leaving the door wide open for a fix in time for the 2012 ballot. The case was brought by Palm Coast Rabbi Merrill Shapiro and public education advocates.

School Prayer Cloaked as Student-Led Making Another Contested Run at Legalization

| November 2, 2011

The latest school-prayer proposal proposal before the Florida Legislature would let local school boards adopt prayer-enabling resolutions, letting students lead audiences in prayer at games or graduations or other non-compulsory events.

Proposed Amendment to End Ban on Government Funding of Religion is Challenged

| October 29, 2011

Proposed Amendment 7 on the 2012 ballot deletes a provision in the Florida constitution that bars government funding of religious institutions, replacing it with a prohibition against denying funds to anyone based on religious identity or belief.

Palm Coast’s Rabbi Shapiro and Education Trio Sue Over “Religious Freedom” Amendment

| July 20, 2011

Florida’s so-called “Religious Freedom” amendment is misleading, the lawsuit argues, as it would reopen the way for religious, private school vouchers at public expense and turn the state into an arbiter of public dollars for religious organizations.

Dixie Check: Judge Orders Commandments Removed from County Courthouse Steps

| July 18, 2011

A businessman had paid for the 6-ton monument, but a judge said its message was a clear government endorsement of religion, violating the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

Bunnell Manager’s “God’s City Day” Proposal Yields to Tamer Prayer Proclamation

| May 19, 2011

City Manager Armando Martinez wanted to declare every first Thursday of May “God’s City Day” in Bunnell. A proclamation on next Monday’s city commission agenda ties Bunnell to the National Day of Prayer every first Thursday in May.

Bunnell Puts Its Stamp on Day of Prayer While Another Group Marks “Day of Inclusivity”

| May 5, 2011

The Bunnell city administration coordinates an event with distinctly Christian overtones on its city hall’s steps Thursday afternoon while church-state separation group celebrates Inclusivity Day at heroes Park Thursday evening.

“Day of Inclusivity” Answers National Day of Prayer May 6

| May 3, 2010

Americans United for Separation of Church and State’s Day of inclusivity is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Heroes Park in Palm Coast, with speakers including Merrill Shapiro and the ACLU’s George Griffin.

Harry Truman’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation, 1952

| May 3, 2010

Harry Truman was the first American president to declare a National Day of Prayer, in 1952–on July 4 that year.

Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation
National Day of Prayer

| May 3, 2010

On April 30, 2010, in contravention to a federal judge’s ruling in Wisconsin, President Obama issued a proclamation designating May 6 a National Day of Prayer.

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