In the weeks leading up to the November elections, the Florida public is going to hear more about a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution called Amendment 8 — also known as the Florida Religious Freedom Amendment. There exists a Florida law that prohibits public funds from being provided to faith-based institutions for social services, even though these funds would benefit all people, regardless of religion. Amendment 8 would overturn that law and ensure that faith-based institutions are not discriminated against when public funds are available for social services such as shelter, food, medical care, and more for the needy. After all, people of faith are taxpayers too, and that’s where these funds come from.
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