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Group Criticizes Governor Over Speech At Religious Event

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback spoke at a weekend religious event in Topeka, drawing criticism from a group that promotes the separation of church and state.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that several hundred people attended the ReignDown USA event Saturday. Organizers say the event was broadcast to about 25 million people via television and the Internet, and that no public funds were used for the event.

Brownback talked for about 10 minutes and said he turned to religion in 1995 when was diagnosed with cancer. He ended his time on stage praying for forgiveness of his sins and for the sins of others.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State said in a release that Brownback was elected to serve as governor of Kansas, "not our state pastor-in-chief."


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