Atheists of Florida (Tampa) Meetup Group


Atheists of Florida (Tampa) Meetup Group

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Location: Tampa, Florida
Members: 7
Latest Activity: Oct 24, 2011

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Florida candidates

Started by Dogly. Last reply by Leslie Oct 3, 2010. 4 Replies

I just got a phone call from the Kendrick Meeks Senate campaign asking whether or not they had my vote.  I said I hadn't decided, and asked about his stance on the separation of state and church. …Continue

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Comment by Dogly on October 24, 2011 at 12:17pm

Adam Hasner is a Republican frontrunner for the U.S. Senate.

Elephant skin boots  worn by Adam Hasner,  a ”principled conservative”.  How mean can they get? 

From a story in The St. Petersburg Times on 7/31/11, by Alex Leary and Marc Caputo revealing Hasner’s U.S. Senate aspirations,

“Hasner was the consummate Republican insider –down to his red white and blue boots made from elephant skin – who served eight years in the House, four as majority leader.”


Man on the move: Hasner grooms meticulous image to match political ambition

Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau

Saturday, April 11, 2009


“Hasner's passion for his party is hard not to notice: from a pair of custom-made red-white-and-blue boots made of elephant skin to an office full of photos with Republican politicians. Outside his office hang shots of Hasner with Gov. Charlie Crist, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Gov. Jeb Bush.”

Please, don't vote for this sadist!
Comment by Dogly on February 6, 2011 at 5:59pm

For those atheists who live in Tampa, please be reminded that Rose Ferlita, who is running for Mayor, walked out of a Tampa City Council Meeting rather than listen to an atheist who had been invited to give the invocation.

 St. Pete Times 7/29/04

Council splits on atheist's invocation

In Tampa, three members walk out rather than listen. The mayor says the invocation should be reserved for believers in God.

Published July 30, 2004

TAMPA - The City Council's opening invocation is usually a quiet moment of peace.

People from all faiths bow heads to hear pastors, rabbis and even poets offer some inspiration.

But Thursday, three council members walked out rather than hear an invocation from a man who doesn't believe in God.

Council members Kevin White, Mary Alvarez and Rose Ferlita left their seats rather than listen to Michael R. Harvey, a member of Atheists of Florida who had been invited by council member John Dingfelder to offer the invocation.

Even before Harvey began to speak, White was pushing to cancel the invocation. These are sacred moments that refer to a supreme being, White said, and this speaker is an atheist.

"We have never had people of an atheist group represent Americans," White said. "And I don't think it is appropriate in this setting."

White's motion to cancel the invocation failed 2-4, supported only by him and Alvarez. She called White "very brave" for making the effort.

"I just can't sit here and listen to someone that does not believe in a supreme being," she said.

Ferlita voted to allow the invocation go on, but also walked out. "I think this is sending us in the wrong direction," Ferlita said.

Mayor Pam Iorio, who did not attend the council meeting, said later that the invocation should be reserved for speakers who invoke God. She would not say whether she would have walked out.

"I certainly don't agree with having an atheist come for the invocation," she said. "I think the invocation is a time for the council to start their day with an expression of faith."

Dingfelder said his invitation to Harvey started with a neighborhood talk. He often saw Ed Golly, president of Atheists of Florida, in South Tampa. Golly needled him that the invocation violated the separation of church and state.

"I agree you should have equal time," Dingfelder told him. "I'll set it up."

Usually, clergy members deliver the invocation. But poets, civic leaders and ordinary citizens have been invited to speak, too. Some are nondenominational; others mix politics with prayer. Some invoke Jesus, others are more meditative.

Dingfelder, who attends a Jewish synagogue, has also invited Baptist and Methodist preachers, as well as a chaplain from MacDill Air Force Base.

"I was honestly hoping it would not be a big deal," he said. "Obviously, I am a little naive about that."

He blamed the atheist group for stirring up attention.

"I think they went out of their way to make it a media circus," he said.

Harvey, however, said he had been fielding reporters' questions for days, ever since news of the invitation broke earlier this month. On Thursday morning, Dingfelder introduced Harvey without mentioning his membership in Atheists of Florida.

Then, White stepped in. White said he had heard news reports that Harvey planned to make a political statement. Harvey should make his speech during the audience portion of the meeting, he said, when people have three minutes to address the council.

"What you are proposing is a form of censorship," Dingfelder said. And he said he was not told in advance what Harvey planned to say.

"City Hall belongs to everybody - everyb

Comment by Mister Harvey on June 6, 2010 at 11:26pm
I'll have to join the meetup group soon.

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