Church and State
Alibi reporter Carolyn Carlson asked around City Hall, and not even the oldest employees could recall another religious leader ever being elected to the Council. So she went to Councilor Dan Lewis’ sermon at the Soul Rio Church on Easter Sunday and talked to him about his dual roles. Is there a conflict, she asked, in being a born-again pastor and a politician who represents constituents of many religious and nonreligious persuasions? Lewis said: “My job as councilor is to serve every person in this city no matter who they are or what they believe. Many people base their view of pastors or Christians from a negative experience they have had or from the media's perspective that is often skewed. ... ”
Read this excellent interview in its entirety.