#1 Todd's American Dispatch: Feds forced churches to get baptism permits by Rev 01.09.2013 14:52

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Todd's American Dispatch: Feds forced churches to get baptism permits

By Todd Starnes Todd's Daily Dispatch Published August 30, 2013 FoxNews.com


Pastor Jim Privett of Gladden Baptist Church performs a baptism in a Missouri creek.

For as far back as anyone can remember, Missouri Baptists have gathered on river banks for Sunday afternoon baptisms.

The preacher leads the new believers into the water, draped in white robes as a choir sings, “Shall We Gather at the River.”

It’s the way it’s been done for generations – baptizing in creeks, lakes, and rivers “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

But now the long-cherished tradition of “taking the plunge” has been drawn into a controversy with the federal government.

The National Park Service began enforcing a policy recently that required churches to obtain special use permits in order to baptize in public waters. As part of the same permit process, the NPS also mandated that churches give the Park Service 48 hours advance notice of pending baptisms.

But as any Baptist or Pentecostal in good standing knows – that’s a problem.

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http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/08/3.../#ixzz2dfVtuZLY

#2 RE: Todd's American Dispatch: Feds forced churches to get baptism permits by algernonpj 01.09.2013 15:14

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It looks like we're moving to Christianity a la red China - state regulated.

Just another thing that 10 - 15 years ago would be fiction / satire.

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