August 27, 2009
Please object to Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, R-2nd Congressional District, holding town hall meetings in a Pentecostal church. Congressman Franks has frequently held his Congressional town hall meetings in the Kingman First Assembly of God Church in Kingman, Arizona, since he has served in Congress from 2003 to present. The church even advertises Franks' meetings on its website.
A church is the last place voters and constituents should have to engage with or listen to a political representative. Not only does this alienate and intimidate non-Christian, non-Pentacostal, and nonbelieving citizens, it also suggests that Congressman Franks, as a Congressional representative, is attempting to establish Christianity as the state's preferred religion. However, this violates the U.S. Constitutional mandate that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." There are plenty of more appropriate venues to hold a town hall meeting including any number of secular buildings, such as libraries or schools, that would welcome all citizens and not just those who talk in tongues and flop around on the floor with the Holy Spirit.
Inform Trent Franks of your disapproval of his town hall meeting location and educate him on why religion needs to stay out of government! FFRF urges you to write the Congressman a polite, firm and signed message. It would also be helpful to make this the subject of a letter to the editor (see newspapers listed below). For maximum effectiveness, please write as an individual, not as someone responding to this action alert. (Do not forward our action alert to the target!) We are pleased to receive "blind" duplicates of your letters or responses by email: , Freedom From Religion Foundation.For more background on Franks' political support of Christianity:
Read Franks' "Christmas Resolution" U.S. House of Reps. speech, Dec. 2007
Read Franks' "Tribute to Jerry Falwell" U.S. House of Reps. speech, May 2007
Read Franks' U.S. House of Reps. speech supporting H. Res. 888, "America's Religious Heritage Week," June 2008
See Town Hall Meeting Announcement from 2007
ContactCongressman Trent Franks
7121 West Bell Road
Glendale AZ 85308
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The Arizona Republic
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Kingman Daily Miner
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Kingman AZ 86401
Mohave Valley Daily News
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Bullhead City AZ 86439
Bullhead City Bee
Shirin McGraham, Editor
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Bullhead City AZ 86442
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