State lawmaker resigns as House chaplain coordinator

Ponca City Now - April 13, 2018 3:39 pm

Rep. Chuck Strohm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A Republican Oklahoma lawmaker who faced criticism from interfaith leaders for his handling of the state House’s visiting chaplain program says he is stepping down as the program’s coordinator.

Rep. Chuck Strohm of Jenks said in a statement Friday that, effective immediately, he is no longer serving in the role. He did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

Interfaith leaders chided Strohm for denying a House member’s request for a local Muslim imam to serve as the visiting minister in the House. Strohm then changed the rules of the program to allow only ministers from a member’s “own place of worship.”

Some House members said that denied non-Christians an opportunity to participate.

House Speaker Charles McCall later said he planned to change how the program was operated.

 

Latest Stories

State Election Board Offers Tips, Reminders for Oklahoma

(Oklahoma City) – Voters head to the polls Tuesday for the statewide primary and several nonpartisan...

NOC Arts and Adventure Camp July 18-21

Application are still being accepted for the 31st Arts Adventure Summer Camp at Northern Oklahoma College...

Oklahoma Falls To Ole Miss 4-2, Rebels Claim National Title

The Ole Miss Rebels won its first-ever Men’s National Championship in baseball after defeating the Sooners 4-2 in Game 2...