Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Is Oklahoma City Going to Cash Out to a Church?

Here is the latest news concerning a potential give-away of tax money to a church for a public service. The church, Putnam City Baptist Church, should it get the contract, wants to close the facility on Wednesdays and Sundays for its OWN activities.

In effect, for the payment of full-time tax money, the church wants to control public access to a so-called public facility.

The link above includes video links to recent city council public comments from citizens.

For those who live in Oklahoma City, its environs, or who want to throw in their two-cents here is contact information for the
Oklahoma City city council.


First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ...

Oklahoma Constitution   Public Money or Property - Use for Sectarian Purposes
No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such.

Here is my article for those readers not familiar with the proposed give-away thinly disguised as a prize from Mayor Mick Cornett who is running for a third term as mayor of Oklahoma City.


And here is a link to public comment videos from  recent OKC city council meetings.



An article from the Oklahoma Gazette--

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