Amendment 8: Some religions might be more equal than others

Is Florida’s Amendment 8 a mandate for religious freedom? That was the theme of a public meeting last held last Saturday at the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State organized the gathering. The three keynote speakers and the roughly 40 people in attendance painted a foreboding picture if the amendment passes.

Amendment 8 is colloquially referred to as “Florida’s Religious Freedom Amendment” but according to some the wording is disingenuous. If it passes it will abolish the Florida Constitutional No-Aid Provision. Currently, the Florida government is prohibited allocating public funds to be used “directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”