Strohm quits sched­ul­ing Capi­tol clergy


State Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks, said Fri­day he is re­sign­ing as chap­lain co­or­di­na­tor for the Ok­la­homa House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Strohm, who has served in this role through­out the 2017 and 2018 leg­isla­tive ses­sions, has acted as the point of con­tact for sched­ul­ing chap­lains to lead the cham­ber in prayer at the be­gin­ning of each leg­isla­tive day.

His role be­came con­tro­ver­sial this ses­sion when he re­quired that the only clergy wel­come to be the “pas­tor of the day” would be people from their spon­sor­ing law­maker’s own church. Some law­mak­ers scoffed at the rule, which would have pre­vented Mus­lim or Jewish guests to give the daily prayer.

“It has been a tremen­dous honor serv­ing as the chap­lain co­or­di­na­tor for the Ok­la­homa House,” Strohm wrote in a news re­lease. “Ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, how­ever, I will no longer be serv­ing in this role. Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to meet so many pas­tors from our great state has been a tremen­dous honor and has in­spired me to grow in my walk with the Lord Je­sus.”

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