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Venal Vandal

Susan Hemeryck strolled into the rotunda of the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee Dec. 23 with a specific goal in mind: to destroy a religious display she didn’t like.

The target of Hemeryck’s wrath was a diorama erected by the Satanic Temple. The humanistic group, back­ed with legal firepower from Amer­icans United for Separation of Church and State, sought and won permission to display at the rotunda a depiction of an angel falling into a pit of fire.

A Catholic City?

On the site of an abandoned tomato plant in rural Collier County, Fla., Dom­ino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan is attempting to create a Catholic paradise. Ave Maria, an unincorporated planned town, boasts streets named after saints and is the site of Ave Maria University, a conservative Catholic institution.

Devil's Advocate

Last month’s holiday season took on a new look in Florida after state officials agreed to allow the Satanic Temple to erect a display in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Tallahassee following intervention from Americans United.

Although officials had previously labeled the display “grossly offensive,” they reversed themselves after AU threatened to file a lawsuit on the Temple’s behalf.

Florida Officials Agree To Permit Display By Satanic Temple At State Capitol Rotunda

Church-State Separation Watchdog Group Welcomes Reversal Of Policy

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today announced that officials in Florida have agreed to allow the Satanic Temple to erect a holiday display at the State Capitol in Tallahassee this month.

Although officials had previously labeled the display “offensive,” they reversed themselves after Americans United threatened to file a lawsuit on the Temple’s behalf.

Barking Over A Seal: Fla. Residents Not Happy Over AU's DeLand Cross Protest

Some of the good citizens of DeLand, Fla., aren’t very happy with Americans United right now.

Recently, AU attorneys wrote to officials in the town of about 27,000 after we received a complaint about the city seal, which features a prominent cross. The story ended up in the media and has stirred up some of the community’s residents. AU has been on the receiving end of their wrath.

The People Speak: Parents With Children In School Say No To Vouchers

For years, anti-public school interest groups that favor privatization schemes have smacked their lips and salivated as they’ve contemplated the demise of public education.

But a funny thing happened: The people who actually rely on public education – America’s parents – aren’t buying it.

Bad Day At The Beach: Fla. City Official Apologizes For Supporting Only Christian Groups

Government officials have an obligation to represent all of us, no matter what their personal religious beliefs may be.

Occasionally some officials lose sight of this fact. It happened in Vero Beach, Fla., recently with near-disastrous results for Mayor Craig Fletcher.

During a meeting of the city council, members of the Humanists of the Treasure Coast asked that the council officially recognize Humanist Recognition Week. Such requests are pretty routine and are normally granted without much fanfare.