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Some Ohioans want a strictly secular government and say the state is marrying government and religion
The Center for Inquiry says the organization sponsored what’s called the Secular Summit
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Monette Richards with the Center for Inquiry says her group opposes a bill that would establish a chaplain for the Ohio Senate.
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A group of people who say Ohio lawmakers are mixing religion with politics took their message to the Ohio Statehouse Tuesday.

Monette Richards is with the Center for Inquiry, the organization that sponsored what’s called the Secular Summit. She says there are a lot of Ohioans who want a strictly secular government.
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“Statistically, 20 percent of the population of the U.S. are not affiliated with a religion. Now some of those are spiritual but not associated with a church. I think about 14 percent are supposed to be atheist, agnostic or just non-believers. But those are not the only ones who agree with the separation of church and state. There are also a lot of religious organizations out there.”

Richards says her group opposes a bill that would establish a chaplain for the Ohio Senate. And she says her members oppose bills being considered that restrict abortion and allow the promotion of religion in public schools.
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