Conservative Preacher Brings National Movement To Nacogdoches - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

10/06/05 - Nacogdoches

Conservative Preacher Brings National Movement To Nacogdoches

by Donna McCollum

It is not uncommon to find conservative religious leaders at state capitols and before Congress. Among them is Dr. Rick Scarborough, founder of "Vision America." The movement establishes a bridge between preachers and politics. The outspoken preacher has moved the headquarters to Nacogdoches.

Some would say thick in the middle of the Bible belt is a perfect spot for Dr. Rick Scarborough to lead a national movement of religious activism. Scarborough explained, "The ultimate objective is to make Christians aware that, in fact, they ought to be involved in politics. They ought to be engaging the culture. The failure to do so will bring the morass we're in today."

Scarborough took a break from Capitol Hill and interviews with national media to open his Vision America doors to his East Texas neighbors. They include preachers known as "patriot pastors" who aren't reluctant to bring political issues to the pulpit.

Dr. Allen Reed, pastor at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches said, "I know there's a controversy over the separation of church and state, but it's separation 'of' church and state, not 'from' church and state. I think we Christians and the churches have a responsibility to become involved."

And involved Scarborough is. Recently Dr. Scarborough was interviewed by a national network about whether or not churches should be reimbursed for expenses to house hurricane evacuees. Scarborough says he doesn't know of any churches seeking funding help, but he doesn't think they should be eliminated from the assistance.

Photographs with President George Bush and many Congressional leaders line his walls. A Time magazine article adorns the hallway, as well as do pictures of him with his best friend, Tom DeLay, who was indicted on money laundering charges this week. Scarborough said DeLay is, "the victim of a witch hunt by an overzealous prosecutor. If the truth comes forth, I believe Tom DeLay will be totally vindicated."

Scarborough is finishing up a book at his Martinsville ranch. Whether writing or on the road, the far right religious leader will form his agenda at the grass roots level. Scarborough promises that, "We plan to dig our heels right here in East Texas and practice what we preach."

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Developing: Lufkin Police confirmed shots fired in Crown Colony

    Developing: Lufkin Police confirmed shots fired in Crown Colony

    Sunday, November 19 2017 4:53 PM EST2017-11-19 21:53:47 GMT

    Lufkin PD spokeswoman, Jessica Pebsworth, has stated that a person is barricaded inside of a home. 

    More >>

    Lufkin PD spokeswoman, Jessica Pebsworth, has stated that a person is barricaded inside of a home. 

    More >>
  • Drivers have been identified in two-car accident near Angelina- Polk county line

    Drivers have been identified in two-car accident near Angelina- Polk county line

    Sunday, November 19 2017 2:52 PM EST2017-11-19 19:52:26 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff

    The drivers involved in two-car accident earlier this week on U.S. 59 near Clark’s Ferry road have been identified. 

    More >>

    The drivers involved in two-car accident earlier this week on U.S. 59 near Clark’s Ferry road have been identified. 

    More >>
  • Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Saturday, November 18 2017 9:28 PM EST2017-11-19 02:28:07 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
Powered by Frankly