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A Florida crucifixion display off a busy intersection was ordered down by local authorities who said that some drivers and pedestrians thought the Good Friday scene was too gruesome, and that the show had become a “public safety issue.”  (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Fla. Police Order Live Crucifixion Display Down, Citing ‘Public Safety Issue’

A Florida crucifixion display off a busy intersection was ordered down by local authorities who said that some drivers and pedestrians thought the Good Friday scene was too gruesome, and that the show had become a “public safety issue.”

CBS Tampa–04/21/2014

File photo of the Florida House of Representatives. (photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Florida Legislature Shuts Down For Holidays

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature won’t be getting much work done in the next week. State legislators are taking off the seventh week of the 2014 session because it conflicts with Passover and […]

04/14/2014

26-year-old Kaelyn Marie Partenza started the fire after a fight with her ex-boyfriend, say police. (Getty Images)

Fla. Baptist Convention Asked To Reconsider Appeal

An organization that helps sex abuse victims is asking the Florida Baptist Convention not to appeal a $12.5 million damage award to a young man who was abused by a Baptist minister as a child.

CBS Tampa–02/11/2014

Chaz Stevens from Deerfield Beach, Florida talks to the media next to his Festivus pole made out of beer cans in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol December 11, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. Stevens display was intended to counter the religious Christian Nativity manger also on display. Based on an episode of the television sitcom Seinfeld, Festivus has become a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 to represent the antithesis of the commercialism of the Christmas season. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Fla. Rejects Request To Install Satanic Display

Officials overseeing holiday displays at the Florida Capitol have allowed a Nativity scene, a Festivus pole and even a chair holding fake pasta with eyeballs and an accompanying “provherb” from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

CBS Tampa–12/19/2013

File photo of a textbook.  (credit: Duncan Walker/Getty Images0

History Textbook Under Fire In Marion County

Some conservative activists in the Ocala area say a state-approved textbook for 10th graders slights Christianity and Judaism while being favorably biased toward Islam.

CBS Tampa–12/19/2013

Separation of church and state watchdog Chaz Stevens, a self-proclaimed “militant atheist,” has been granted permission to construct the aluminum tower made famous from the show “Seinfeld.”

Florida Permits Atheist Activist To Build ‘Festivus’ Pole In State Capitol

A South Florida atheist activist successfully petitioned Gov. Rick Scott’s office to erect an 8-foot-tall Festivus pole made from Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the State Capitol.

CBS Tampa–12/10/2013

File photo of a jail cell. (Photo by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)

US Seeks Order For Kosher Diet In Florida Prisons

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a Miami federal judge to guarantee that Jewish inmates in Florida prisons can have access to a kosher diet. Government lawyers will ask U.S. District […]

CBS Tampa–06/04/2013

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