Washington State denies baptism on state property yet…

Via The Olympian: The State Department of General Administration (GA) denied a permit Friday for an Olympia church that wants to hold a Sunday baptism along with its noon picnic at Heritage Park on the Capitol Campus.

GA acting director Jane Rushford issued her final decision late in the afternoon. She said the state Constitution does not allow use of state resources for worship or the exercise of religion.
Agency spokesman Jim Erskine said lawyer Michelle K. Terry of The National American Center for Law and Justice was notified in of the decision by email. We are denying their appeal. We are approving their use of Heritage Park for the purpose of a picnic, a barbecue. We are denying their permit for the purpose of holding a baptism,’’ Erskine said.
The church held picnics two previous years in Heritage Park without incident and its permit this year lets it move forward with another barbecue and picnic at noon Sunday.
In her written appeal of GA’s decision about the baptism, the Law & Justice lawyer Terry had written that it was “a violation of Mr. Chrisope’s rights protected by the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.’’ She also argued that Chrisope’s event was private and not open to the public, and she said there is no question they have a right to express their religious views.
In her letter to Terry, Rushford did not mention the U.S. Constitutional rights cited by Terry, but did quote the state Constitution’s Article 1, Section 11, saying: “ ‘No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise or instruction, or the support of any religious establishment.’ ”
Rushford drew a distinction between speech and the exercise of religion: “A baptism ceremony is a form of religious exercise and worship, and as such it would violate Article 1 Section 11 to authorize the use of state property for this use.’’
Yet, back in June of this year, the Native American Summer Solstice Medicine Wheel Ceremony was held at this same park in downtown Olympia. From dawn until dusk, group members sang, danced and drummed, celebrating the summer solstice and praying for peace and preservation of the Earth.
I guess praying to a false God (Mother Nature) is ok by the state as long as it’s not the God of any “religious establishment”.  They going to have security on hand? I’d go ahead and do the baptism anyway.
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Dr. Eowyn

Usual left-wing 2-faced hypocrisy. Ditto DCG’s advice: “I’d go ahead and do the baptism anyway”.

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If it was a coven of Wiccans from Evergreen College, I’ll bet they’d be allowed to do any kind of rite they wanted. You know that Olympia crowd is hooked on diversity.

Clifton Lee West

If this baptism was held and every man’s private area dropped off, then, I would agree that the baptism should not have taken place. However, since this could never happen, what earthly difference does it make? I stopped following any organized religion over seventy years ago and it wouldn’t bother me if they held the baptism in my back yard and I live on a golf course in Oregon.


The thing is that it was not denied because it was religious, it was denied because it was christian. There is something going on that is trying to deconstruct the judeo-christian society. As lowtechgrannie said, any other religion would be allowed just fine!!!


I bet if the camel-washers were going to hold a camel-flea picking contest along with a build-a-bomb-in-a-backpack class at Heritage Park, Jane Rushford would have no problem with it.
Just sue the anti-Christian bigots, staring with her, and get on with the baptisms.
What will the government do? Arrest them all?
It’s time for American Christians to stand up to this sort of lunacy, and to stop “turning the other cheek.”
-Unless they want to wind up like their Jewish brothers and sisters in 1930s Europe.