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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Clergy: Vote 'No' on Initiated Act 1

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Today, an interfaith group of clergy -- Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Jewish, Disciples of Christ, Unitarian-Universalist, Community Church -- led by Rev. Lowell Grisham of Fayetteville issued a statement announcing opposition to proposed Initiated Act 1, which would make adoption and foster parenting more difficult in Arkansas. The full statement is on the jump. It closes:

We are called by our faith teachings to protect children.  Act 1 puts our children at risk.  We encourage all Arkansans to vote NO on Act 1.


The teachings of the major faith communities in Arkansas hold a deep concern for the protection of the vulnerable in our society.  Children are often the most vulnerable members of our society.  Our faith teachings call us to be concerned about the well being of our children.

Based on this concern, we, as members of the faith community in Arkansas, publically oppose Initiated Act 1 on this November's general election ballot.  We must do everything we can to protect children, and Act 1 simply places thousands of Arkansas children at risk.

The Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act needlessly restricts qualified adults from serving as foster parents and further reduces the number of homes available for public and private adoption.  By taking away rational decision making from judges and child welfare experts, we eliminate case-by-case study for the best situation for children.

We are called by our faith teachings to protect children.  Act 1 puts our children at risk.  We encourage all Arkansans to vote NO on Act 1.


Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield, Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Little Rock

The Right Rev. Larry E. Maze, Retired Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas

Rev. Michael Mattox, United Methodist, Little Rock

Rev. Betsy Singleton, United Methodist, Little Rock

Rev. Carolyn Staley, Baptist, Little Rock

Dr. Randy Hyde, Baptist, Little Rock

Rabbi Eugene H. Levy, Jewish, Little Rock

Rev. Wendell Griffen, National Baptist, Little Rock

Rev. Sam Loudenslager, Episcopal Deacon, Bigelow

Rev. Betty Grace McCollum, Unitarian-Universalist Association, Emerson

Rev. Bindy Wright Synder, Episcopal, Osceola

Rev. Ed Matthews, United Methodist, Little Rock

Rev. Lowell Grisham, Episcopal, Fayetteville

Rev. Kendal Land, Presbyterian Church (USA), Arkadelphia

Rev. Joy Prater, Episcopal Deacon, Harrison

Rev. Donna Rountree, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Conway

Rev. Bob Klein, Unitarian-Universalist Association, Little Rock

Rev. Jane Bechle, Unitarian-Universalist Association, Little Rock

Rev. Stephen Copley, United Methodist, Little Rock

Rev. Seamus P. Doyle, Episcopal, Harrison

Pastor Randy McCain, Open Door Community Church, Sherwood

Rev. Ed. Wills, Jr., Episcopal, Little Rock

Rev. Patrick Murray, Episcopal, Little Rock

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