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Church: May 28, 2004

Silencing the Church

HELENA - Gay rights advocates filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Political Practices against the Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church Wednesday, saying the church inappropriately held an event to support a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Montanans for Families and Fairness, a coalition that includes InterMountain Planned Parenthood, PRIDE and the Montana Human Rights Network, said in the complaint that the church failed to report to the state commissioner it used its "in-kind" resources to support the proposed constitutional ban. (more)

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If “in kind” means the church accepted money from the state, then they're in the wrong. Not for their political advocacy, but for taking money from the state in the first place.

Posted by: Jason at May 30, 2004 6:50 AM

What is alleged is that the church used its own resources to allow individuals to listen to national evangelical leaders. From the article:

The Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church opened its doors Sunday night for a broadcast event that piped in leading national evangelical leaders, including James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Chuck Colson of the Prison Fellowship, who promoted traditional marriage.

Petitions supporting the constitutional ban against gay marriage were circulated, and signed, Stumberg said. He said the church did nothing wrong.

Posted by: bLogicus at May 30, 2004 8:34 AM


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