Action Alert

Action Alert

Remove bible from Pinella Park City Council chambers

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has contacted Pinellas Park Mayor Sandra Bradbury to insist that a bible be removed from a dais in the city council chamber, among other complaints.

On behalf of local FFRF Members, FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent several letters, the first on June 12, outlining why the bible display is divisive and unconstitutional. "Not only is the city council sending a message of endorsement for Christianity over other religions and non religion," Seidel states, "but display of this King James Bible sends a message of endorsement of one particular Christian sect over all others.”

Former Fire Chief of Pinellas Park, Doug Lewis, told FOX 13, "The Bible was given to the city by the Kiwanis Club, I believe when the building was dedicated. They feel it's part of City Hall, as being part of the dedication ceremony, and it's become part of the history of the building.

This is one of several violations FFRF has requested the city to stop, including: prayers opening city council meetings, literature about a Catholic Church's upcoming events being advertised in local water bills and concerns over whether or not a Christian school that is renting from the city is receiving preferential treatment.

Seidel sent another letter on January 13, requesting the city promptly address these ongoing violations. We need your help to educate this Florida city.

TAKE ACTION:

Please email or phone city council members to explain why the government ought to remove the bible and stay out of the business of religious endorsement altogether. You may simply email or phone the mayor or, if you wish, cc the others listed below. If you live in the area please consider addressing the city council.

Mayor: Sandra L. Bradbury This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
City of Pinellas Park
5141 78th Avenue N.
Pinella Park, FL 33781
(727) 541-0706

Vice-Mayor: Jerry Mullins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilman: Rick Butler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilman: William E. "Ed" Taylor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilwoman: Patricia F. Johnson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The City Council meets Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30PM: The city council meets every two weeks.

First Floor of the Council Chambers
5141 78th Avenue N. 
Pinella Park, FL 33781
(727) 541-0706

For more information on city council meetings contact City Clerk: Diane Corna This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TALKING POINTS:
Your own words are best. But feel free to copy this paragraph:

Please remove the bible from the city council dais, which sends an unconstitutional message of endorsement of religion by the city government. It excludes nonbelievers and non-Christians, such as myself, who now comprise more than 20% of the population. The bible display belongs in a church, not at the seat of city government. Pinellas Park is not a theocracy, and its government is predicated on our secular constitution.

ADDITIONAL MEDIA:
Atheist Group Challenges Bible Display at Fla. City Hall, Calls It a Violation of the US Constitution

Compiled by Lauryn Seering

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