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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas House's chamber will be the site this week of a three-day workshop for dozens of evangelical Christians.
Organizers describe the event as a beginner's course in preparing for a transforming revival. But House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid, listed as the event's legislative sponsor, said Wednesday it also will help people of faith understand state government better.
The workshop includes evening sessions Thursday and Friday and an all-day session Saturday.
The request to use the House chamber was made in May by the state director for the Capitol Commission, a national nonprofit group that brings pastors to Statehouses to advise policymakers. The workshop program is from The Sentinel Group, based in Washington state.
The event is drawing criticism from Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/15/4728319/kan-house-chamber-to-host-evangelical.html#storylink=cpy
From The Sacramento Bee
The Chamber should be used for legislative uses only and open to the public, never for private groups. There are other places that would be appropriate for such a gathering.
depends - Baptists or Roman Catholic ?
I don't see how there can be any reason other than bigotry to justify saying no. This is about a private event at a public space that just happens to have a religious purpose. What difference would this make to someone's life if they never knew about the event? They're lives would go on as if the event never even happened.
I don't see how this bothers anyone. They're not preaching to anyone not willingly attending, they're not inhibiting any other activities upon getting scheduled approval. These are tax paying citizens utilizing public space. Denying an event is nothing more than bigotry and intolerance of a civil, peaceful, independent group of tax paying citizens practicing something they believe in.
i think anybody that can and will pay extremely high rental rates should be able to use it, if anybody is worried about what happens in there they should be worried about what the congressmen do in there
Not only no!, Hell no!
What Babboy said.
It is BS to say anyone could use the Chamber so what is the big deal.
I think it obvious that if a Muslim group asked to do this they would be denied with someone citing the First Amendment. Same thing for the Jews or the Unitarians or whatever.
The reality is that the majority Christian religion is flexing its muscles and is doing whatever the flip it wants and it is showing everyone it can do so.
I have a problem with people trying to one up me. I do not respond well to that crap. Thus, I got an issue with this BS.
Clearly, the use of this location has strong symbolic implications. This Christian religion groups using using the Chamber House happens to be same right wing religious groups that owns most of the conservative republicans that are in office in taht very same House Chamber. They soon will own the Senate. And with the Governor will do anything they want. That Clown would run naked thorugh the halls of Congress for them if right wing religious groups told him to do so.
In short, the use of this Chamber is wrong and it clearly a show of power by the dominant Christian religion in this State and the Country. They are just showing off.
If you cannot see something wrong with that picture, than you just cannot be given serious merit.
Should be open to anyone not just one religious group. It is our house.
Not in a million years.
Whatever the policy is, as long as it's consistent. Either everyone gets to use the chambers or no one does.
Cause Fred Phelps might ask.
As long as the same consideration is provided to all groups that ask, what's the problem?
Everyone should. It's ours, right?~)
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