Bill (Basil) Hinkle, Former Minority Whip of the Washington State House of Representatives was a firefighter paramedic for 17 years before entering the world of politics. Bill has been an elected official since 1996, serving first as Kittitas County Commissioner from 1996 to 2006, then serving five terms in the House of Representatives, where he served on the leadership team as the Minority Whip. He was the former ranking minority member of the House Healthcare Committee and has served on numerous commissions and tasks forces over the years with a particular emphasis on social welfare and healthcare policy issues, as well as water law and environmental issues. Bill is currently the Executive Director for the Rental Housing Association of Washington, a statewide association of landlords and their associates, headquartered in Seattle, WA, where he is still active in government affairs at the state and local level. Additionally he is serves on the Board of Trustees of Yakima Regional Medical Center and is the Founder and past Dean of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute. Bill and his wife Debra are committed to Christ and serving His Holy Church. They have two children at home. They are founding members of The Prophet Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission, in Ellensburg, WA, where Bill serves as a Subdeacon with the blessing of his bishop. As a graduate of the Antiochian House of Studies, St. Stephen’s Theology Course, finishing a Master’s Degree in Applied Theology, he is the first President of the Antiochian House of Studies Alumni Association. Bill attended Tacoma Community College, South Puget Sound Community College, and the University of Washington’s Paramedic Training Program. Bill is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a member of Rotary International, the Order of St. Ignatius, Washington Cattlemen Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
In this episode of Our Life in Christ and in America, Deacon Basil (Bill) Hinkle speaks with Fr. Daniel Meyer, the Pastor of Holy Ascension Antiochian Orthodox Church in West Chester, PA. Fr. Meyer is organizing the 3rd Annual March for Marriage, scheduled for April 25 in Washington, DC. They discuss how the topic of same-sex marriage can have wider implications for religious freedom in general. In answer to the question of whether a march should be a Christian effort, Fr. Daniel reminds listeners that Archbishop Iakovos appeared on the front of Time Magazine, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King at Selma. On the current topic, Fr. Daniel shares information on how to get involved in this upcoming march as a way to publicly express Church teaching. He first urges people to educate themselves on the teachings of the Church. And he invites people, if possible, to join in the march on April 25. He also would like people to visit the website Crownthem.org, for a positive presentation on the Church’s teaching on marriage.
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