Annual prayer event splits Indiana town / Evangelical Christian host says he’ll exclude other faiths

Doesn’t this sound like a South Park episode? Or wasn’t it already one?

Keller, who leads a strong evangelical Christian movement across southeast Indiana, will hold his hourlong service at noon today, as planned. At 5 p.m., an interfaith coalition will take the steps of City Hall for a second public worship, with prayers from Baptists, Catholics, Muslims, Jews and others. Rev. Thomas Perchlik, the Unitarian who is organizing the effort, has even asked an atheist to share his reflections.
Mayor Dan Canan and several other civic leaders plan to attend both events. And Keller pronounces himself pleased with that solution: “Everybody can do their own thing,” he said.

But many in the community are troubled by the split.


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