Lucinda Laird, president of the Channel 19 board, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the station's general manager, who made the decision to air the special program, should have first consulted with the board.Laird, rector at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, called it a "mistake" but not "the end of the world."She
said board members were unaware of any complaints but were taking steps to make sure the board considers special programming in the future.
The program, broadcast from Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, opposed Senate Democrats' filibuster against President Bush's judicial nominees as being "against people of faith."
"We believe in a strong separation of church and state," Laird
called the Justice Sunday event partisan and divisive.Laird
, who participated in a demonstration protesting the Highview rally, said it would have been inappropriate to air that event, also.
Another board member, Cecelia Price of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville
, also told the newspaper that she
didn't think the program should have run, because of its political nature and "out of respect for the diversity of our membership."
, however, said judicial filibusters are a partisan issue, and the event's organizers presented only the Republican side.
isn't alone in that observation.