roger williams http://ripr.org en Secular Decoration Adorns Statehouse Alongside Christmas Tree http://ripr.org/post/secular-decoration-adorns-statehouse-alongside-christmas-tree <p>There’s a new Christmas decoration at the Statehouse this year.&nbsp; And it’s anything but traditional.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Secularists have placed a banner on the second floor of the Statehouse to celebrate the birth of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams. He was born December 21<sup>st</sup>, 1603.&nbsp; The banner was erected by a group called the “Humanists of Rhode Island.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:29:34 +0000 Flo Jonic 26100 at http://ripr.org Secular Decoration Adorns Statehouse Alongside Christmas Tree Get tickets for the RI 350th Charter Celebration http://ripr.org/post/get-tickets-ri-350th-charter-celebration <p>Rhode Island has a big celebration coming up and the time to get tickets for the fund-raising gala is dwindling down.</p><p>Three and a half centuries ago, Rhode Island struck a blow that would ripple around the globe when England granted the colony a charter that for the first time in the modern world set up a government that gave absolute religious freedom to citizens.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:31:05 +0000 Scott MacKay 16802 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island's big 350th charter celebration http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islands-big-350th-charter-celebration <p>Rhode Island hasn’t had enough to celebrate lately. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings us an anniversary all Rhode Islanders can take pride in next month.</p><p>Three hundred and fifty years ago, Rhode Island struck a blow that would reverberate around the globe when England granted the colony a charter that for the first time in the modern world put in place a government that granted absolute religious freedom to its people.</p> Sun, 12 May 2013 15:41:18 +0000 Scott MacKay 15076 at http://ripr.org Fatima, Roger Williams Ink Deal with For-Profit Firm http://ripr.org/post/fatima-roger-williams-ink-deal-profit-firm <p>CharterCARE, the umbrella organization for Our Lady of Fatima and Roger Williams hospitals, has announced its intent to partner with Prospect Medical Holdings, a for-profit health care firm based in California. The deal is in its infancy. But it's the fourth proposed hospital merger/acquisition under Rhode Islands Hospital Conversions Act. And it's yet another sign of the shaky financial ground on which many of the state's hospitals now find themselves.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:31:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 12332 at http://ripr.org