Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Pro-Separation

In The New York Times today, Amy Greene takes on political preachers

August 5, 2010 Remember that quaint little rule of etiquette that cautioned people to avoid politics and religion in polite conversation? East Tennessee novelist Amy Greene breaks it today on the op-ed page of The New York Times—but only to make the point that religion has no place in a political campaign. The daughter and granddaughter of ministers who believed fervently in the separation of church and state, Greene takes contemporary preachers to task for failing to understand this basic tenet of American democracy. She visited one local church during the run-up to the last presidential election, she writes, and “when the preacher took the pulpit, he admonished his flock to remember their Christian values and vote Republican. I haven’t gone back since.” Read the full essay here.