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Tue January 12, 2010
Stein Criticizes Minister
By Caleb Campbell
Lexington, KY – State Senator Kathy Stein says everyone who listened to last week's State of the Commonwealth address was the victim of an intentional, flagrant foul. The Lexington Democrat was referring to the invocation, given prior to Governor Beshear's speech by Reverend Hershael York. The minister, who campaigned on behalf of former Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2007, opposes expanded gambling in Kentucky. York mentioned that issue in his opening prayer and Stein responded on the senate floor. Stein says ministers invited to offer invocations in the future should be reminded that not everyone interprets the Bible in the same.
(Verbatim: " It was a political statement and it was a direct slap to the governor of Kentucky, even mentioning, particularly in the prayer. I think it was inappropriate.'")