When Pastor Wiley Drakes of First Southern Baptist Church in
This week on State of
The full letter reads:
August 17, 2007
The Huckabee for President Exploratory Committee, Inc.
Dear Governor Huckabee:
The Interfaith Alliance (TIA) is a non-partisan, grassroots organization with 185,000 members drawn from 75 different faith traditions and 75 activist groups across the country. Members of The Interfaith Alliance understand and appreciate the power of religion to be a positive and healing force in people’s lives individually and in the nation as a whole.
This week on my national radio show, State of
Governor Huckabee, I ask you to disassociate yourself from this type of hateful and divisive rhetoric. As a political candidate on the national stage, you have a unique opportunity to positively impact civic debate. Furthermore, the importance and influence of a house of worship can not be overstated. Religion should play a role in this year’s elections, but not as not as a tool to demonize others. Political authority and religious authority should never be confused.
Again, I respectfully ask that you model civility in public discourse by disassociating yourself from the hateful and divisive rhetoric displayed by Rev. Drake. On behalf of the 185,000 members of The Interfaith Alliance, I implore you to join us in protecting the integrity of religion and the vitality of democracy.
Thank you for your time and please feel to contact me should you like to further discuss this. I can be reached at 202-238-3300.
Rev. Dr. C.
President, The Interfaith
Pastor of Preaching and Worship,
Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.