Methodist ministers against Bush library

Some Methodist ministers are making a final yet improbable attempt to stop George W. Bush’s presidential library, museum and public policy institute from being built at Southern Methodist University.They say United Methodist law requires approval from the church’s South Central Jurisdiction, whose 290 delegates meet in July. The opponents say at least one-third of the delegates are against the Bush institute because it will promote his administration’s policies that they feel conflict with church teachings.

“Let it be a topic of discussion and debate, and let the decision be made at the jurisdiction meeting,” said the Rev. Kenneth Hicks of Little Rock, Ark., a retired bishop who opposes the institute. “Whichever side of the Bush library issue you’re on, it would be more appropriate to do it in this democratic fashion.”

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