KC Star: ACLU wants to know if KC plans to use public money to back religious program


The head of a civil rights organization wants to know whether Kansas City plans to spend public money to support a religious program.

At issue is a $5,000 grant to help cover expenses for the “Life Changers Conference” last week at Bartle Hall. A City Council committee Wednesday voted unanimously to recommend allocating a grant from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.

But Dan Winter, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri, noted the event’s agenda included five explicitly labeled worship services among other sessions ranging from health topics to financial matters. Winter said his office had received a complaint from a citizen that the proposed city subsidy would violate the separation of church and state.

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