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Judge tosses Amendment 7 off Florida ballot

Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis has thrown off the 2012 ballot an amendment that would have ended the state’s Blaine amendment, which bars “state aid” to religious organizations. Lewis found the ballot summary by the Legislature misleading. The judge also upheld a new law, though, that will allow attorney general Pam Bondi to rewrite the summary for another review. The Florida Education Association challenged the amendment along with several religious leaders. One of the … Continue reading

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Appeals court won’t stop Hillsborough judge from considering Islamic law

TAMPA — A Florida appeals court appears to have cleared the way for a Hillsborough judge to use Islamic law to decide a key issue in a lawsuit involving a local mosque. In a case that has attracted national attention, the 2nd District Court of Appeal on Friday denied without comment a petition to prevent Judge Richard Nielsen from invoking Islamic law. The petition, filed by the Islamic Education Center of Tampa, contested a March … Continue reading

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