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Do you think religious groups should have use of the Kansas House chamber for private events?

Response Percent Votes
No
 
78% 459
Yes
 
17% 101
Unsure
 
4% 24
Total 584

Comments

jonas_opines 2 years, 3 months ago

As long as the same consideration is provided to all groups that ask, what's the problem?

jhawkinsf 2 years, 3 months ago

Whatever the policy is, as long as it's consistent. Either everyone gets to use the chambers or no one does.

oldbaldguy 2 years, 3 months ago

Should be open to anyone not just one religious group. It is our house.

irvan moore 2 years, 3 months ago

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

Jonathan Fox 2 years, 3 months ago

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.

Leslie Swearingen 2 years, 3 months ago

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.

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