Group Unveils Satan Statue Design For Oklahoma

Jan 7, 2014
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A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012.

The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist's rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that's often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him.

Christians, Atheists Say 'Keep Capitol A Free-Speech Zone'

Jan 6, 2014
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Christians and atheists may have found a little common patch of ground, the rotunda of the Florida Capitol as a space to express themselves.

The threat of a lawsuit is hovering over the state's rejection of a satanic display, and the rotunda exhibit policy is set to undergo a staff review. But the prevailing view among those who have recently jumped at the chance to use the public floor space to express their beliefs is to simply let everyone have their say.


In dire financial straits, the church that has stood on the corner of Lincoln Road and Drexel Avenue for almost a century is considering leasing out a chunk of its historic property for $100 million.

Early plans call for Tristar Capital to build a multistory building on the Miami Beach Community Church’s small courtyard fronting the Lincoln Road Mall.

As a historic property in a historic district, it could be difficult to get city approval for development on the site. As a congregational church, its members also have to approve the deal.

Anti-Church And State Group Adds Seasonal Banner To Capitol

Dec 6, 2013
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The Madison, Wis., group Freedom From Religion Foundation has brought in a seasonal display for the first-floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol, days after the Florida Prayer Network put up a privately funded nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.

The foundation, a non-profit that advocates for non-theists and promotes the separation of church and state, proclaimed its "Bill of Rights nativity" banner as a counter to the nativity scene.

Cuban Shrine In Miami Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Dec 3, 2013
Jessica Meszaros

This past weekend The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, or La Ermita de la Caridad, celebrated its 40th anniversary since it opened in Miami with funds from Cuban exiles.

La Ermita de La Caridad is a replica of the shrine in El Cobre, a village near Santiago de Cuba. The Miami shrine overlooks the sea that connects Cubans to their homeland.

Julio Estorino is a retired Cuban journalist who took part in building La Ermita in Miami 40 years ago.

Most Latinos know the country is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month right now. What far fewer Latinos know is that next week marks Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s most sacred holidays.

2 By 2 and 2x4s: The Building Of Noah's Arks

Oct 4, 2013

There are just about 30 days — and 30 nights — left in South Florida's rainy season. That will not deter a monumental building task being attempted by a group of people near Miami.

The Hidden Ark project was originally planned for a 5-acre spot just outside Hialeah, Fla., not far from the Everglades. In the spring, builders worked to create a one-tenth of a full-scale Noah's ark — imagine a 150-foot-long bathtub made of wood.

While the recent World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro were a success for Pope Francis, they certainly weren't for the city government. Accusations of disorganization and transport failures have left residents wondering if Rio is really ready to host both the World Cup and the Olympics.

Regional disparities over the abortion issue have grown during the past two decades, leading to an ever widening gulf between the nation's most conservative and most liberal regions.

Pope Francis continued a whirlwind tour of Brazil today, delivering his first public mass in the town of Aparecida.

South Florida’s small, tight-knit Jain community built a temple in 2009 to practice one of the world's oldest religions. In this holy space where a marble likeness of the Swami Mahavir smiles benevolently, families gather to teach their children about a faith that practices spiritual independence and non-violence towards all beings.

07/10/13  - Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Stanford University cultural psychologists Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner. They’ve co-authored CLASH:  8 Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are. They say there’s a clash between independence and interdependence, including the struggle between the haves and have-nots; the politics of religion and contention between Asian and Western cultures. That

An Atheist Monument Rises In Florida

Jul 2, 2013

As NPR reported over the weekend, the first monument to atheism erected on government property in the United States has been dedicated in Florida.

The first monument to atheism ever erected on government property in the U.S. will be dedicated Saturday in Starke.

The monument will be in close proximity to a black granite display of the Ten Commandments installed in the courtyard of the Bradford County Courthouse last year.  

American Atheists sponsored the display after losing a lawsuit to get the Ten Commandments removed.

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is reaching  out to religious groups to forge a social safety net that would be bigger and better than public or private sectors could achieve on their own.

Plans for the Engage305 project were announced Wednesday at a conference at Miami Dade College.

The main infrastructure of Engage305, according to Gimenez aide Lisa Martinez, will be a soon-to-launch county website where religious groups can create an on-line, faith-based network to deal cooperatively with social issues.