Thursday, September 13, 2012

Separation of church and state discussed at gathering of OKC clergy

Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Repor

By Andrew W. Griffin
Red Dirt Report, editor

Posted: September 13, 2012
clip  OKLAHOMA CITY – During a small interfaith gathering of local clergy (and at least one atheist) and other interested folks at Ingrid’s Kitchen Thursday morning, the focus was on the importance of the separation of church and state.

The Rev. Steven C. Baines, the assistant field director for religious outreach for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, told the group, over a light breakfast, about being raised in the Baptist faith (he is now with the Disciples of Christ) in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina and how they believed three things: 1. Autonomy of the Church; 2. Priesthood of believers; 3. And the separation of church and state.

That third one, Baines said, was driven home as he was growing up. However, these days that separation seems to be entering a gray area as more far-right church leaders challenge the law by endorsing and opposing candidates from the pulpit or in church bulletins.   continued at:

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