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The PRESIDENT of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Wale Oke, declared June 26 on Sunday as a Permanent Voter Card (PVC) as part of efforts to compel Christians to participate fully in the 2023 general elections.

Oke made the statement to the NFP secretariat during a national executive council meeting held in Lagos, while addressing the press, urging Christians to ensure they get their permanent voter cards and to follow the clear guideline in conjunction with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of the Christian Fathers on casting their ballots.

“We won’t be partisan, but we won’t sleep. I declare June 26 as GPC Sunday, during which prayers will be offered and Communion administered to congregants in Pentecostal churches across the country,” he added.

He said congregants would be mandated to show their PVCs in churches and that this effort will lead to collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use strategic churches as registration centers.

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Oke added that the 20123 elections would be a “decisive” election as Nigerians, especially Christians, must be fully involved in choosing the country’s next leader.

The PFN also denounced the killings, kidnappings and other anomalies currently taking place in the country, stating, “The country is suffering, hence the need for a ‘commander-in-chief and not a sympathizer-in-chief’ leader is essential. We want real change, we pray for a new Nigeria.

The Christian body also condemned the attack on the Owo church, saying it was tired of messages of condolence from the current administration instead of decisive action to end bandits and terrorist attacks on citizens. unfortunate.

Also, the body disagreed with Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian tickets on the grounds that neither would work for a multi-religious country like Nigeria.

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Nothing Was Usual About This Nigeria Pentecost Massacre – The Ukiah Daily Journal https://warriorsforchristonline.org/nothing-was-usual-about-this-nigeria-pentecost-massacre-the-ukiah-daily-journal/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 19:41:16 +0000 https://warriorsforchristonline.org/nothing-was-usual-about-this-nigeria-pentecost-massacre-the-ukiah-daily-journal/

The massacre took place during a Sunday mass, but it was no ordinary Sunday – it was the great feast of Pentecost, which marks the end of the Easter season.

Moreover, the gunmen did not strike in northern Nigeria, where Christian communities are isolated in a predominantly Muslim region. The 30-minute attack took place inside St. Francis Catholic Church, located in the safer southwestern Ondo state.
While 40 worshipers were confirmed dead, including five children, the number was almost certainly higher since many families buried their dead privately. 100 others were injured.

The scope of this attack was “unique”, particularly in southern Nigeria, but “this violence…was not unique in its occurrence”, stressed Stephen Rasche, senior researcher at the Independent Institute for Freedom. nun in Washington, D.C. “These types of murders are taking place every week, almost daily, in Nigeria – killings of innocent Christians, shot, massacred indiscriminately, throughout the north and, increasingly, in the central part of the Nigeria and in the south.

Human rights activists attempt to document the bloodshed. According to the non-denominational watchdog group Open Doors, the 4,650 Christians killed in Nigeria in 2021 accounted for 80% of those deaths worldwide, or nearly 13 killings a day. The Christian death toll in Nigeria has topped 60,000 in the past two decades.

Nevertheless, this year’s report on international religious freedom from the US State Department stated that the “Secretary of State has determined that Nigeria does not meet the criteria to be designated as a country of particular concern for committing or condoning particularly serious violations of religious freedom or as a Country on the Special Watch List for committing or condoning serious violations of religious freedom.

It is understandable that reporting on Nigeria has faded, in part due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and pressing global economic issues, said Rasche, who visited Nigerian churches during this Holy Week and at Easter.

In addition, many Western leaders view the atrocities in Nigeria as clashes between Christian farmers and Muslim cattle herders, with climate change issues erasing safe havens between these groups. Hours after the Pentecost massacre, Irish President Michael Higgins said an attack on “a place of worship is a particular source of condemnation, as is any attempt to scapegoat the pastoral peoples who are among the first victims of consequences of climate change”.

Bishop Jude Arogundade of Ondo Diocese said the words were painful, especially as the attack happened at a shrine built by Irish missionaries. The bishop wrote: “To suggest or establish a link between the victims of terrorism and the consequences of climate change is not only misleading, but also puts salt on the wounds of all those who have suffered terrorism in Nigeria. … The victims of terrorism are of another category to which nothing can be compared!

As these debates rage, Rasche said Christians in Nigeria have continued to plead for help, gathering thousands of photographs and videos as evidence for consideration by government officials, business leaders, religious groups and non-profit organizations.

The bloody realities on the ground in Nigeria “should be news to no one in the State Department, to anyone in the UK Foreign Office, to anyone in the European Union”, he said. “These photos are readily available on social media, and one has to wonder whether or not anyone is actually making an effort to see the truth.”

The stark reality is that Nigeria’s tradition of power sharing between the Muslim North and the Christian South has crumbled in recent years. This is crucial since the country’s population of over 206 million is almost evenly divided between Muslims and Christians.

Nigerian officials have blamed the St. Francis attack on the Islamic State West Africa Province, which has links to the Boko Haram terror group, while avoiding references to Fulani herdsman networks politically. powerful.

In response, Rasche said, many Nigerian Christians “simply give up,” because they no longer trust their own government or the leaders of the United States and the European Union.

“They don’t consider us…to be serious about any of those things,” he said. “They are completely disappointed that the US government has an effective role to play. … They have just given up on anyone in the West coming to their aid.

Terry Mattingly runs GetReligion.org and lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is a principal investigator at the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi.

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Mets Minors recap: Baty gets three hits, including Homer https://warriorsforchristonline.org/mets-minors-recap-baty-gets-three-hits-including-homer/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:43:57 +0000 https://warriorsforchristonline.org/mets-minors-recap-baty-gets-three-hits-including-homer/

Brett Baty, photo by Rick Nelson

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies picked up the win on Thursday, beating the Reading Fightin Phils 5-4. Brett Baty hit his seventh home run of the season and fourth in June, while Brandon McIlwain delivered the knockout blow with a simple extras winner.

AAA: Rochester Red Wings (39-30) 10, Syracuse Mets (26-42) 9 The score of the box

  • VS Nick Dini: 2 for 5, HR (6), 5 RBI, 2 R, SO, .233/.340/.488
  • RF Quinn Brodey: 2 for 5, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SO, .179/.228/.400
  • heart rate Johneshwy Fargas: 1 for 5, HR (4), 2 SO, .196/.257/.359
  • 1B Marc Vientos: 2 for 3, 2BB, .260/.355/.503

The Mets nearly clawed their way back after two huge separate deficits, but they narrowly fell in a harrowing loss. Nick Dini smashed a grand slam in the fifth inning to make it a 6-4 game, but in the eighth inning the Mets were down 10-4. Johneshwy Fargas homered in the eighth and Quinn Brodey hit a base punt triple in the ninth to pull the Mets in one, but Brodey was tagged in a preview to end the game.

Vientos was on base four times and his OPS in the last 30 games is now 1.028. He played two straight games at first base.

  • HPR Connor Gray: (L, 3-3), 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 5.49 ERA
  • HPR Joe Zanghi: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5.56 ERA
  • HPR Yennsy Diaz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 7.23 ERA

Connor Gray didn’t work his best players on Thursday, and he was the victim of a two-out rally in the fourth inning that knocked him out of the game and put the Mets down 6-0 early. The next two relievers didn’t fare much better, combining to allow four runs, which turned out to be one too many. Yennsy Díaz’s scoreless eighth was one of the only clean innings a Mets pitcher had all night, but that was for naught because the hole was too big for the offense to climb out of.

AA: Reading Fightin Phils (29-37) 4, Binghamton Rumble Ponies (25-41) 5 The score of the box

  • 3B Brett Baty: 3-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, BB, SO, .282/.372/.450
  • heart rate Brandon McIlwain: 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, SO, .400/.455/.700
  • VS Francisco Alvarez: 0-for-2, R, 3BB, SO, .283/.372/.570

The Rumble Ponies came out on top in a dramatic back-and-forth, winning in the bottom of the 10th inning on a Brandon McIlwain single. McIlwain is averaging .400 in five games since being promoted to Binghamton. Brett Baty hit his seventh home run of the season and is continuing a stellar June, in which he racked up an impressive .343/.418/.529 slash line.

Meanwhile, opposing pitchers have apparently decided that the best way to avoid giving up home runs to Francisco Álvarez is to not give him any pitches to hit, as he has now been walked five times in his career. last two games.

  • HPR Jesus Vargas: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 5 K, 6.83 ERA
  • HPL Andre Mitchell: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 K, 4.91 ERA
  • HPR Antonio Santos: (W, 2-1), 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 4K, 3.86 ERA

Jesús Vargas did his best to work deep into this one after the Rumble Ponies were forced into their bullpen at the start of Wednesday’s game, battering their way through 6 1/3 innings. Andrew Mitchell and Antonio Santos were brilliant in relief, combining to strike out six batters over the last 3 2/3 innings while allowing just one hit.

A+: Jersey Shore BlueClaws (25-41) 1, Brooklyn Cyclones (30-36) 3 The score of the box

  • LF matt rudick: 2 for 4, 2 2B, R, SO, .214/.309/.357
  • DH Nic Gadis: 1 for 3, RBI, R, SO, .205/.288/.328
  • 3B Jose Peroza: 0-for-2, RBI, BB, SO, .200/.290/.269

The Cyclones had just three hits on Thursday night, but a fourth inning 3-run proved to be the difference and helped them cross the line for the win. Matt Rudick had two of Brooklyn’s three hits, and both went for extra bases.

  • HPR mike vasil: (W, 1-1), 6.0 IP, 4H, ER, 5K, 4.38 ERA
  • HPR Justin Courtney: (H, 3), 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, K, 3.91 ERA
  • HPR Grant Hartwig: (S, 6), IP, 0H, 0ER, 2K, 0.75ERA

Mike Vasil allowed one run on three hits in the first inning, but he regained his composure and allowed only one hit in his last five innings on the job. The bullpen arms were equally impressive, as Justin Courtney pitched two closing innings and Grant Hartwig retired all three batters he faced for the stoppage. Hartwig has a 0.75 ERA in eight appearances (12 IP) for Brooklyn since an early-season call-up from St. Lucia.

A: St. Lucia Mets (40-25) 3, Palm Beach Cardinals (30-34) 7 The score of the box

  • LF Omar De Los Santos: 2 for 4, 2B, 2 R, SB, SO, .267/.316/.470
  • DH Junior Tilian: 2 for 4, 2 RBI, SO, .271/.328/.500
  • heart rate Alex Ramirez: 1 for 4, R, SB, BB, SO, .287/.352/.443

The Mets find themselves in their first real rut of the season, as they lost quite convincingly on Thursday and have dropped six of their last seven games. Omar De Los Santos continues to fill out the stat sheet, collecting two more hits and taking his stolen bases total to 39 on the year. Junior Tilien’s two RBIs helped the Mets take a lead in the first inning and tie the game in the third inning, but the Mets failed to score another run from then on.

  • HPR Joel Diaz: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 11.17 ERA
  • HPR Christian Scott: (L, 2-2), 4.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 ER), 7 K, 5.81 ERA
  • HPR Raimon Gomez: 1.2 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 4K, 3.38 ERA

Joel Diaz failed to get out of the second inning, allowing the first three batters to reach base and ultimately give up three runs. Diaz has allowed at least two runs to score in each of his four appearances (three starts) this season for a lackluster 11.17 ERA. Christian Scott allowed three more runs in the third inning to seal the Mets’ fate.

Scott had 19 puffs on the night and his fastball was at 97. He was a lucky pitcher in 2022 with an ERA of 5.81, but an FIP below 3.00. He has 41 strikeouts and just eight walks in 26 1/3 innings for St. Lucie.

Gomez was up to 98 mph with his high spin fastball in the game and he has 23 strikeouts in 16 innings.

Complex League: FCL Nationals (7-5) 11, Mets FCL (8-5) 6 The score of the box

The Mets mounted a valiant comeback effort to tie in the ninth, but allowed five runs in the top of the 10th for the extra-inning loss.

Dominican League: DSL Mets2 (7-6) 7, DSL BAL Black (5-9) 3 The score of the box

Jesus Baez made all the difference with his sixth-inning Grand Slam, breaking a 3-3 stalemate and handing the Mets a win.

Dominican League: DSL Cubs Red (5-9) 2, DSL Mets1 (6-7) 7 The score of the box

Simon Juan drove in the first inning of the game for the Mets, who added six more for a comfortable victory.

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Act restrictions and trolls under fire after judge rules little white cross must go https://warriorsforchristonline.org/act-restrictions-and-trolls-under-fire-after-judge-rules-little-white-cross-must-go/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:59:53 +0000 https://warriorsforchristonline.org/act-restrictions-and-trolls-under-fire-after-judge-rules-little-white-cross-must-go/

Restrictions on acts and trolls are coming under increasing criticism following a judge’s ruling that a couple’s small white cross should be removed.

Wayne and Bonnie Anderson from the village of Tamarind Grove have been fighting for years to keep a small white cross on display in their home. However, a judge recently dealt a potentially fatal final blow to their legal case.

“I am amazed that this fight continues. It’s not a 6 foot tall flamingo. Nor is it a garish Christmas tree decorated according to the seasons. Let Christians be Christians,” said villager Shelley Brown.

Resident Sharron Navarro said that in a troubled world the cross can be a sign of hope.

“Central Florida has always been conservative with strong Christian leanings. The world is in disarray because the majority has not resisted the complaints of the minority of those whose beliefs are so different from what the majority of our nation has accepted, practiced and enforced since its inception. While I totally agree that there should be limits on decorations in people’s yards, I shouldn’t think a little cross or a Star of David would be offensive,” she said. declared.

Villager Nancy Moran pointed out that crosses are allowed for “seasonal displays”, so what’s wrong with having them all year round?

“The display of small white crosses should be authorized. There is no difference between something displayed 365 days a year and holiday decor displayed for several days or weeks. Will villagers soon be barred from displaying holiday decor? ” she asked.

Villager Elaine Stipetich suggested that trolls who file frivolous complaints with Community Standards are terrorizing neighborhoods in The Villages.

“The whole complaint system is nonsense! If following these act restrictions is so important to The Villages, they need to hire someone to watch people! Relying on vindictive little old women with clipboards, who don’t even live in the area to report people, only gets in trouble! ” she says.

Carol Pirone-Udell said that to be fair, everyone should comply with the act restrictions.

“I believe that if there is a problem with the act restrictions it should be brought against anyone who does not comply and not just with complaints. I would be upset if I was told to remove something because they received a complaint and the house across the street had the same problem, but that’s fine unless someone complains. Really not fair. Community Watch walks. They can see the issues and report them,” she said.

Many residents of Florida’s friendliest hometown say it’s time to take a stand.

“We should not must live in an empty and sterilized environment because “a few” are offended. It’s time for people who stand up for justice to take a stand against tyranny,” Villager said. Sandee Gil.

Share your thoughts on the little white crosses on [email protected]

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Weir: ACC helps those facing rising prices – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers https://warriorsforchristonline.org/weir-acc-helps-those-facing-rising-prices-cross-timbers-gazette-denton-county-south-mound-of-flowers/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:54:34 +0000 https://warriorsforchristonline.org/weir-acc-helps-those-facing-rising-prices-cross-timbers-gazette-denton-county-south-mound-of-flowers/

Although everyone is affected by inflation, some find it more difficult than others. In the wake of a disastrous pandemic, our country is now in the throes of an impending recession. Rising food and gasoline prices have caused some people to choose between food and medicine. Christian Community Action (CCA) is one of North Texas’ largest private nonprofit organizations, providing more than 10,000 individual services each year. The faith-based organization in Lewisville recognizes the toll imposed on so many by today’s economy. Therefore, having a spot in the area that helps make ends meet is a godsend!

CCA, at 200 S. Mill St. in Lewisville, operates a food pantry that functions as a grocery store. Families choose what they need and will use. More than 500 families per month shop at the food pantry. CCA also issues about $160,000 per month for rent, mortgage, and utility assistance. Through careful case management, CCA’s holistic approach, from rescue to transition, helps families in need achieve self-sufficiency by offering a “helping hand” instead of a handout. “They’re struggling,” ACC President and CEO Gilbert Montez said. “A lot of the families we help are working families, but they just can’t make ends meet.”

I asked Mr. Montez to come in for an interview to inform our viewers of the many ways the ACC can be helpful during this economic downturn. He sent the following short biography:

“Gilbert joined CCA in April 2020 as President and CEO. He came to CCA after spending 6½ years at Buckner International serving children and families across Texas and in international locations. Before that, he spent 10 years on staff at The Village Church in Flower Mound after spending around 20 years in the corporate world, working for GTE/Verizon and Saber Holdings.

“He is originally from San Angelo, Texas, and he and his family have lived in the Lewisville area since 1994. He is a graduate of Angelo State University and Dallas Baptist University. He and his wife, Beyla, just celebrated their 41st birthdayst birthday, and they have two adult daughters who are both married. They are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren. For more information: www.ccahelps.org

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Hundreds of bigamists accused of hiding secret spouses https://warriorsforchristonline.org/hundreds-of-bigamists-accused-of-hiding-secret-spouses/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:02:50 +0000 https://warriorsforchristonline.org/hundreds-of-bigamists-accused-of-hiding-secret-spouses/

Police have investigated hundreds of reports over the past decade of people hiding a secret spouse or family from their other half. According to police crime records, officers in England and Wales recorded 599 bigamy offenses in the 10 years to 2021 inclusive.

Bigamy is the offense of marrying someone when they are already married to another person, and can be punished by up to seven years in prison. This is different from polygamy, which is the practice or custom of having more than one wife or husband at the same time.

In the case of polygamy, the spouses generally all know each other and frequently live with the head of the family. For example, polygamy is a fairly common practice among Mormon sects such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And Joe Exotic, the imprisoned star of the infamous Netflix docuseries Tiger King, married two of his zoo workers, John Finlay and Michael Moldanado in a joint ceremony in 2014.

In contrast, bigamists usually keep their partners secret from each other. Polygamy is allowed in some countries, and it is not an offense if a person who now lives in the UK had previously married multiple partners in a country where polygamy is legal.

However, if a polygamist chose to remarry while in the UK, it would be considered bigamy and a crime.

Zahra Pabani, family law partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: ‘Bigamy is a criminal offense here in the UK, but other countries may have little or no consequences for bigamists – which is why often , when this happens, it is in two different countries. The level of deception required to execute the charade is intense and stressful for those involved – even the bigamist at its heart.

“It’s always shocking when this happens and leaves the partner completely blindsided. If you suspect your partner of bigamy, you need two things: concrete evidence and reporting the offense to the police. Some would hire a private investigator to get evidence, but you can’t just rely on a hunch – solid evidence is needed.It’s also always a good idea to speak to a family lawyer or a professional who can review your options.

Crimes have plummeted during the pandemic – especially during lockdowns which may have posed a challenge for anyone with two spouses and potentially two families.

Between April and June 2020 – when the country was under the toughest lockdown restrictions – there were eight breaches nationwide, compared to 18 in the same period of 2019 and 17 in 2021.

Over the whole year, 58 bigamy crimes were recorded by the police in 2021, 55 the previous year, then 86 in 2019, the year before the pandemic, 87 in 2018 and 57 in 2017.

Of the cases over the past five years where investigations were completed, just over one in 10 (10.8%) resulted in a person being charged or summoned.

But in 82.4% of completed cases, the alleged bigamist went unpunished. This was either due to problems with the evidence – including the victim not wanting to press charges – or further investigation or prosecution not being deemed to be in the public interest.

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The story tells of a little boy who got lost in his home and couldn’t find his way back. Kind strangers found him crying and offered to take him home. But he didn’t know his address, so they instead took him to the local police station for help.

An officer patiently interrogated him, trying to find out where he lived, but all the little boy could offer was his name. Then he remembers: “I live near a church with a very large cross. If you take me to the cross, I can find my way back.

Isn’t this a parable of the situation of many people as individuals, as well as of our society? Feeling hopelessly lost. They – and we collectively – must be brought to the Cross so that we can find our way back.

It reminds me of the parable of Jesus about the prodigal son in the gospel of Luke, chapter 15. The youngest son, apparently tired of waiting for his father to die to collect his inheritance, insisted on receiving it in advance . “Father, give me my share of property” (Luke 15:12). The story does not detail how the father felt upon hearing such an extravagant and insulting request; Jesus simply said that the father agreed and divided the property between his two sons.

The ungrateful son began to squander his wealth in the wild, then fell on hard times when a severe famine struck the entire country. His desperation grew so deep that he signed up to look after the pigs and later envied the porridge he fed them. Eventually, the wayward young man rationalized: Why not go home, throw himself at his father’s mercy, and become a mercenary?

Instead, the father rejoices in the son’s return, hugging and kissing him, and throwing a party to celebrate. There is more to Jesus’ parable, but it ends with the father saying to the indignant older brother, “we had to rejoice and rejoice, because your brother was dead and came back to life; he was lost and he is found” (Luke 15:32).

It is not too difficult to imagine what God thinks of much that is happening in our country and in the world. We took his bountiful blessings without gratitude and, in fact, thumbed our noses at him, declaring that we didn’t need him and wanted him out of our lives. We know what is best for our lives. Or so we think.

However, it seems that after a wild and tumultuous life, hard times have arrived and more are on the way. We have been through a pandemic, fearing it is not over. Inflation in general and gas prices in particular are draining our wallets. Senseless violence spirals out of control. The war and the rumors of war have exhausted us. Deep-rooted and conflicting worldviews have all but eliminated civil discourse.

Our nation has never been perfect – and never claimed to be – but the push to dispense with the traditional values ​​and beliefs that have served as the foundation of our society has exceeded anything we could have imagined there. only 10 years old.

Figuratively speaking, we may soon end up wallowing with the pigs. God, who is loving but also holy, upright and just, waits patiently, expectantly, for us to recognize our need to return to the Cross and find our way home.

We seem to be walking towards a state of overwhelming exhaustion; feelings of hopelessness and hopelessness are not uncommon. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Why should we return to the Lord? Because in Romans 5:8 we are assured, But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. It is the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy which said: Console, console my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and proclaim to her that her hard service is over, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins. (Isaiah 40:1-2). Who among us is without sin?

As I write this, the word from the old hymn, “Sweetly and tenderly,” comes to mind: “Sweetly and tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me…. Come back, come back, you who are weary, come back; Intensely, tenderly, Jesus calls, calls, O sinner, come home!

I wonder how many more people will have to endure to respond to this invitation from our God to “come home”? Jesus also told several stories to warn that this invitation has a deadline; one day it will be too late to answer. Who knows how far we could be now? If you haven’t already, look for the Cross.

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Robert J. Tamasy is a veteran journalist, former newspaper editor and magazine editor. Bob has authored, co-authored and edited over 15 books. These include the recently released “Market Ambassadors”; “Business at its Best: Timeless Proverbial Wisdom for Today’s Workplace”; “Tufting Legacies”, “The Heart of Mentoring” and “Pursuing Life with a Shepherd’s Heart”. A weekly business meditation he edits, “Monday Manna”, is translated into more than 20 languages ​​and emailed worldwide by CBMC International. His blog address is www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com. His email address is btamasy@comcast.net.

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Salvation, Purity, and Right-Wing Activism: A Sample of What Taxpayers Will Be Forced to Support in the Carson v. Makin SCOTUS https://warriorsforchristonline.org/salvation-purity-and-right-wing-activism-a-sample-of-what-taxpayers-will-be-forced-to-support-in-the-carson-v-makin-scotus-2/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 21:51:07 +0000 https://warriorsforchristonline.org/salvation-purity-and-right-wing-activism-a-sample-of-what-taxpayers-will-be-forced-to-support-in-the-carson-v-makin-scotus-2/

Both Christian schools in the center of Carson v. Makin– the case in which the Supreme Court has just ruled that the State of Maine must include religious schools in its tuition assistance program for rural families which, until then, was limited to non-denominational schools – much like the evangelical institutions I attended growing up, in Indianapolis, Indiana and Colorado Springs, Colorado. As The New York Times reportsthe Maine Supreme Court brief noted that the schools “frankly admit that they discriminate against gay people, transgender people, and non-Christians.”

This position is comparable to the course of evangelical schools, which often refer to themselves simply as “Christian schools” or “Christian academies”. Catholic schools, which have their own issues and are certainly not havens of LGBTQ inclusion, are nevertheless often a bit more lax on the issues Maine points to in the brief – for example, they frequently allow non-Christians to enroll (which is rare in evangelical schools). schools, although they are not unknown).

In the wake of the unsurprising but nevertheless disastrous decision of the (in my opinion illegitimate) Roberts Court, many will write about its shortcomings in terms of constitutionality, the Establishment Clause and other case law issues. In this column, I will take a different approach, highlighting my own experience and that of others in ideological Protestant schools in the hope of raising public awareness of what taxpayers are forced to fund when religious schools have access to them. state funds.

The Indy Christian School from which I graduated in 1999 is a K-12 institution that I would describe as offering “the way of the elite culture warrior.” By this I mean that the school, although it is undoubtedly a bastion of far-right ideology, biblical doctrine of “inerrancy”and anti-LGBTQ animosity, also bragged about his students’ high test scores and college placement rates (although to be sure the guidance counselor tried to funnel us in the evangelical colleges). The school offered an Indiana State-recognized college prep program, and by the time I graduated, it offered a handful of advanced-level courses, two of which I took . (Since I got a five on my AP English and AP Biology exams, I can’t say I wasn’t prepared).

The school required all sophomores to practice for the preliminary SAT before giving us the actual PSAT to ensure that we all qualified for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. The goal in preparing us for college and future careers was, of course, to have us “further the kingdom of God” in all our endeavors, whether working in evangelistic ministries or right-wing lobbying organizations. either by financing those who do so as entrepreneurs, executives, engineers, lawyers, doctors, investment bankers, etc. The Christian school I attended in Colorado Springs in grades seven and eight was broadly similar.

I mention all of this to emphasize that my experience at the Christian school was far from being the worst. Some makeshift faith schools do not prepare graduates at all for life in the real world. Many are much more fundamentalist in their approach than the one I graduated from. For example, although my school encouraged students to volunteer at Billy GrahamDuring the 1999 crusade in Indianapolis, a friend from my church’s youth group who went to another local Christian school told me that her school forbade its students from getting involved with Graham (who decades later earlier, had bailed out Martin Luther King, Jr. prison) because he was “too liberal”.

The Christian schools that the Supreme Court requires states to fund will run the gamut. But even if all taxpayer-funded Christian schools were like the ones I attended, here is a sampling of the egregious wrongs that you, the taxpayer, would continue to fund:

  • Students being required to provide a Christian “testimony” of our conversion experiences in order to be admitted.
  • Culture of purity. Did you know: (alternative) fun fact! Anything we did with long-distance sex with a boyfriend or girlfriend that we didn’t end up marrying was cheating on each other’s future spouses.
  • Mandatory weekly (and sometimes more frequent) chapel services, sometimes featuring manipulative altar calls, frequently featuring anti-choice and anti-LGBTQ messaging as well as exhortations to “witness,” i.e., to target non-Christians for conversion efforts. The most ironic example I can remember is being told, “If you had the cure for cancer, you would share it, right? Well, salvation from hell is so much more important than a cure for cancer! It’s funny because everyone at school was against universal health care. Once, when a local Republican politician came to speak and made vague references to a common faith and values, I remember one of my professors saying that she was troubled by it – because it acted as if his faith was the same as ours when he was a Jew. He hadn’t mentioned he was Jewish when he spoke to us. For obvious reasons.
  • Partisan mobilization for right-wing politics. My school took juniors and seniors on field trips to the annual conventions of an organization called Citizens Concerned for the Constitution. (It has since been renamed Moving America Forwardand bills itself as “Indiana’s largest pro-family, pro-church organization.”) After “appreciating” this far-right circus, we distributed their voter guides via direct mail, during the school hours.
  • Compulsory teaching of Christian “apologetics”, that is to say the defense of the faith as unique and absolute truth. This included instructions on how to identify logical errors, which, together with the solid training I received in English classes on how to write well and make coherent arguments, left me with unbearable levels of cognitive dissonance.
  • A required Bible course in which the “correct” answer to a test question about when the world was created was “4004 BC”. The professor, a die-hard Calvinist, too tell us he thought “aborted babies” went to hell.
  • That AP biology class I took? The teacher, who sometimes made derogatory comments about girls’ science abilities and opposed environmentalism, made us watch “documentaries” in class about young earth creationism and “flood geology.” “. For a class to qualify under the AP program, one must use a standard college introductory textbook, but he refused to teach us the evolution chapters, telling us to read them for ourselves and regurgitate them for examination. Apparently, lying for Jesus is okay when you’re on the trail of elite culture warriors. Lesson learned.
  • Teachers begin classes with prayers and devotions that often had highly, uh, questionable content. This same AP biology teacher tended to start his classes with rambling devotions he called “thoughts,” sometimes wasting up to half of our class time with them. These “thoughts” were full of charismatic and often apocalyptic contents. Around the beginning of each year that I was in his class (he was also my chemistry teacher), he would use one of these devotions to predict that Christ would probably return this fall, around Yom Kippur. (This is not a Dave Barry column, but I feel compelled to say that I am not making this up.) I have heard from more recent alumni that he continues to predict the impending Rapture.

I could go on – there are so many stories – but that’s probably enough. And again, my experience is a privileged experience in the context of the Christian school. I would even point out that many teachers really cared about their students, encouraging us to participate in academic, musical or artistic competitions, organizing educational trips to Europe (one of which I did with the German teacher), etc While I recognize that and am grateful for this, I hold this gratitude in tension with the fact that the model of primary and secondary education I grew up with should not exist – school, whether private or public, religious or secular, should not consist largely of indoctrination in fundamentalist views and right-wing political ideology. And certainly this type of education should never receive a penny of taxpayer funding.

For those of you who might be thinking, okay, but this was all over 20 years ago, let me note that last year I received an email “call for action” from my alma mater urging me to oppose the Equality Act because it would “threaten religious freedom. Also, I’ve been in regular contact with younger alumni to the point that I’m convinced not much has changed significantly (although the school is far more racially integrated than it was). in my time). For those who want more, I recommend checking out Rebecca Klein’s 2017 deep dive in Christian school curricula, Julie Ingersollit is book Building the Kingdom of God: Into the World of Christian Reconstructionand the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchoolswhich I launched in 2019.

In other words, as the immortal LeVar Burton said, you don’t have to take my word for it. There is a lot of information available, including many first-hand testimonials. Children should not be indoctrinated into religious extremism during their schooling. That the current majority of our Supreme Court asks the states, like Justice Sotomayor wrote in his dissent, “subsidizing religious indoctrination with taxpayers’ money,” is very bad for America.

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Salvation, Purity, and Right-Wing Activism: A Sample of What Taxpayers Will Be Forced to Support in the Carson v. Makin SCOTUS https://warriorsforchristonline.org/salvation-purity-and-right-wing-activism-a-sample-of-what-taxpayers-will-be-forced-to-support-in-the-carson-v-makin-scotus/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 21:51:07 +0000 https://warriorsforchristonline.org/salvation-purity-and-right-wing-activism-a-sample-of-what-taxpayers-will-be-forced-to-support-in-the-carson-v-makin-scotus/

Both Christian schools in the center of Carson v. Makin– the case in which the Supreme Court has just ruled that the State of Maine must include religious schools in its tuition assistance program for rural families which, until then, was limited to non-denominational schools – much like the evangelical institutions I attended growing up, in Indianapolis, Indiana and Colorado Springs, Colorado. As The New York Times reportsthe Maine Supreme Court brief noted that the schools “frankly admit that they discriminate against gay people, transgender people, and non-Christians.”

This position is comparable to the course of evangelical schools, which often refer to themselves simply as “Christian schools” or “Christian academies”. Catholic schools, which have their own issues and are certainly not havens of LGBTQ inclusion, are nevertheless often a little more lax on the issues Maine points to in the brief – for example, they frequently allow non-Christians to enroll (which is rare in evangelical schools). schools, although they are not unknown).

In the wake of the unsurprising but nevertheless disastrous decision of the (in my opinion illegitimate) Roberts Court, many will write about its shortcomings in terms of constitutionality, the Establishment Clause and other case law issues. In this column, I will take a different approach, highlighting my own experience and that of others in ideological Protestant schools in the hope of raising public awareness of what taxpayers are forced to fund when religious schools have access to them. state funds.

The Indy Christian School from which I graduated in 1999 is a K-12 institution that I would describe as offering “the way of the elite culture warrior.” By this I mean that the school, although it is undoubtedly a bastion of far-right ideology, biblical doctrine of “inerrancy”and anti-LGBTQ animosity, also bragged about his students’ high test scores and college placement rates (although to be sure the guidance counselor tried to funnel us in the evangelical colleges). The school offered an Indiana state-recognized college prep program, and by the time I graduated, it offered a handful of advanced-level courses, two of which I took . (Since I got a five on my AP English and AP Biology exams, I can’t say I wasn’t prepared).

The school required all sophomores to practice for the preliminary SAT before giving us the actual PSAT to ensure that we all qualified for the National Merit Scholarship competition. The goal in preparing us for college and future careers was, of course, to have us “further the kingdom of God” in all our endeavors, whether working in evangelistic ministries or right-wing lobbying organizations. either by financing those who do so as entrepreneurs, executives, engineers, lawyers, doctors, investment bankers, etc. The Christian school I attended in Colorado Springs in grades seven and eight was broadly similar.

I mention all of this to emphasize that my experience at the Christian school was far from being the worst. Some makeshift faith schools do not prepare graduates at all for life in the real world. Many are much more fundamentalist in their approach than the one I graduated from. For example, although my school encouraged students to volunteer at Billy GrahamDuring the 1999 crusade in Indianapolis, a friend from my church’s youth group who went to another local Christian school told me that her school forbade its students from getting involved with Graham (who decades later earlier, had bailed out Martin Luther King, Jr. prison) because he was “too liberal”.

The Christian schools that the Supreme Court requires states to fund will run the gamut. But even if all taxpayer-funded Christian schools were like the ones I attended, here is a sampling of the egregious wrongs that you, the taxpayer, would continue to fund:

  • Students being required to provide a Christian “testimony” of our conversion experiences in order to be admitted.
  • Culture of purity. Did you know: (alternative) fun fact! Anything we did with long-distance sex with a boyfriend or girlfriend that we didn’t end up marrying was cheating on each other’s future spouses.
  • Mandatory weekly (and sometimes more frequent) chapel services, sometimes featuring manipulative altar calls, frequently featuring anti-choice and anti-LGBTQ messaging as well as exhortations to “witness,” i.e., to target non-Christians for conversion efforts. The most ironic example I can remember is being told, “If you had the cure for cancer, you would share it, right? Well, salvation from hell is so much more important than a cure for cancer! It’s funny because everyone at school was against universal health care. Once, when a local Republican politician came to speak and made vague references to a common faith and values, I remember one of my professors saying that she was troubled by it – because it acted as if his faith was the same as ours when he was a Jew. He hadn’t mentioned he was Jewish when he spoke to us. For obvious reasons.
  • Partisan mobilization for right-wing politics. My school took juniors and seniors on field trips to the annual conventions of an organization called Citizens Concerned for the Constitution. (It has since been renamed Moving America Forwardand bills itself as “Indiana’s largest pro-family, pro-church organization.”) After “appreciating” this far-right circus, we distributed their voter guides via direct mail, during the school hours.
  • Instruction required in Christian “apologetics”, ie the defense of the faith as the only and absolute Truth. This included instructions on how to identify logical errors, which, together with the solid training I received in English classes on how to write well and make coherent arguments, left me with unbearable levels of cognitive dissonance.
  • A required Bible course in which the “correct” answer to a test question about when the world was created was “4004 BC”. The professor, a die-hard Calvinist, too tell us he thought “aborted babies” went to hell.
  • That AP biology class I took? The teacher, who sometimes made derogatory comments about girls’ science abilities and opposed environmentalism, made us watch “documentaries” in class about young earth creationism and “flood geology.” “. Qualifying a class for the AP program requires a standard college introductory textbook, but he refused to teach us the evolution chapters, telling us to read them for ourselves and regurgitate them for the exam. Apparently, lying for Jesus is okay when you’re on the trail of elite culture warriors. Lesson learned.
  • Teachers begin classes with prayers and devotions that often had highly, uh, questionable content. This same AP biology teacher tended to start his classes with rambling devotions he called “thoughts,” sometimes wasting up to half of our class time with them. These “thoughts” were full of charismatic and often apocalyptic contents. Around the beginning of each year that I was in his class (he was also my chemistry teacher), he would use one of these devotions to predict that Christ would probably return this fall, around Yom Kippur. (This is not a Dave Barry column, but I feel compelled to say that I am not making this up.) I have heard from more recent alumni that he continues to predict the impending Rapture.

I could go on – there are so many stories – but that’s probably enough. And again, my experience is a privileged experience in the context of the Christian school. I would even point out that many teachers really cared about their students, encouraging us to participate in academic, musical or artistic competitions, organizing educational trips to Europe (one of which I did with the German teacher), etc While I recognize that and am grateful for this, I hold this gratitude in tension with the fact that the model of primary and secondary education I grew up with should not exist – school, whether private or public, religious or secular, should not consist largely of indoctrination in fundamentalist views and right-wing political ideology. And certainly this type of education should never receive a penny of taxpayer funding.

For those of you who might be thinking, okay, but this was all over 20 years ago, let me note that last year I received an email “call for action” from my alma mater urging me to oppose the Equality Act because it would “threaten religious freedom. Also, I’ve been in regular contact with younger alumni to the point that I’m convinced not much has changed significantly (although the school is far more racially integrated than it was). in my time). For those who want more, I recommend checking out Rebecca Klein’s 2017 deep dive in Christian school curricula, Julie Ingersollit is book Building the Kingdom of God: Into the World of Christian Reconstructionand the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchoolswhich I launched in 2019.

In other words, as the immortal LeVar Burton said, you don’t have to take my word for it. There is a lot of information available, including many first-hand testimonials. Children should not be indoctrinated into religious extremism during their schooling. That the current majority of our Supreme Court asks the states, like Justice Sotomayor wrote in his dissent, “subsidizing religious indoctrination with taxpayers’ money,” is very bad for America.

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LPCA Races Way To TAPPS 4A Girls Cross Country Crown https://warriorsforchristonline.org/lpca-races-way-to-tapps-4a-girls-cross-country-crown/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:12:14 +0000 https://warriorsforchristonline.org/lpca-races-way-to-tapps-4a-girls-cross-country-crown/

CHARLOTTE FREEMAN MAY BE JUST A FIRST YEAR AT LEGACY PREPARATORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY BUT SHE DIDN’T RUN LIKE ONE LAST NOVEMBER AT TAPPS STATE CROSS COUNTRY MEETING.

In a TAPPS 4A field that saw three of the top five finishers in the girls’ race end up being freshmen, Freeman was among the group posting a time of 13:21.0 to take fourth place overall. She and junior Aubrey Davis (13:35.5), who finished eighth and passed four girls in the final 150 yards, helped lead Legacy Prep to 74 points, enough to win the TAPPS State Championship 4A in 2021.

“It was an exciting time – stepping back and watching the start of the season and looking forward to what I thought we could do – I felt really confident about it,” said the cross country coach of AMPA Casey Clark. “This year has been great teamwork.”

This is the second state championship in program history for the Lions. The precedent came in 2018, then as the TAPPS 3A program. This is the first of TAPPS 4A.

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“Four years of having a program and two state titles, I think that’s pretty awesome,” Clark said.

Morgan Singletary (20th – 14:20.9), Hannah Grace Bryant (24th – 14:31.8), Audrey Sipko (28th – 14:47.3), Layla Faysal (43rd – 15:17.0) and Brooklyn Clark (60th – 15:51.2) rounded out the rest of the Legacy Prep Championship squad.

All the pieces fell into place in 2021 for the Lions.

But what was the secret sauce?

“I think it’s the culture of the team and what the kids have been able to create and make it a place people want to come to,” Clark said. “When I started coaching here eight years ago, we had four children on the team.

“This year, with college and high school, we had 49 runners, including 27 in high school. It’s just a testament to the culture that was created. It’s a family atmosphere and the kids love being here… It has fostered great teamwork and a competitive space where they want to win for each other.

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