17 Baptist ministers in Louisville, Kentucky held a press conference on Friday urging Highview Baptist Church to cancel “Justice Sunday.” The event – being held this weekend at Highview – is sponsored by conservative evangelical Christian groups and Republican Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist with a stated intention of painting democrats and those who oppose the president’s judicial nominees as “people against faith.” The Courier-Journal reports:
A group of ministers representing about 17 Baptist churches in the Louisville area and a national Baptist committee that supports separation of church and state yesterday called on a Louisville church to cancel its planned "Justice Sunday" tomorrow.
"We see 'Justice Sunday' as part of a larger effort to link church and state in ways not seen in America since the Puritans were hanging Quakers on Boston Commons and exiling Baptists to Rhode Island," the Rev. Joe Phelps, pastor of Highland Baptist Church, said during a news conference yesterday.
But there are no plans to cancel the event, said the Rev. Kevin Ezell, senior pastor of Highview Baptist Church, where the national Christian telecast will be based.
The religious right is trying to highjack Christianity for partisan political purposes. Their assault on the judiciary threatens the very foundations of democracy.