Kannapolis churches abuzz about 'disruptions'Someone should call the number in Kannapolis, and read this to them.
By Nicole Konkal
Kannapolis Police say something very bizarre happened at several churches this past Sunday. It was a disruption, they say, that left some church goers fearful and others saying "it's a God thing." Nearly a dozen churches reported the same thing to police: three men walked into their church during Sunday morning's service. They walked right up to the pulpit and began speaking Hebrew. David Lewkowicz is the pastor at West Point Baptist Church and understood what they were saying."They said things like, 'God is peace, God is love, God is comfort, God is joy.' That is all they said to me," Lewkowicz said.The men stayed at the churches for about two or three minutes, then left."They didn't say anything bad about God or offend the church in anyway. They came in peace and left in peace," Lewkowicz said.Still some other congregations are concerned about exactly what the men may have been up to. One church reported the men dropping to their knees as they entered the door, then they got up and left.Lewkowicz said it comes with the territory of being a pastor – he has to be ready for just about anything on Sunday mornings."We have to be open minded to anyone that may walk through those doors. Some people thought it was cool that some Hebrew guys came in and I understood them. They think it was a 'God thing.' We will have to wait and see," Lewkowicz said.Police said these men didn't commit a crime. If they had refused to leave, it would have been a misdemeanor offense. But the church pastors said they were peaceful and posed no threat at the time.Nevertheless, police want to know who these men are and what their intentions were. If you have any information you are asked to contact the Kannapolis police department, 704-920-4000.
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The History of Church Electioneering
Houses of worship have been involved in America's political process since our nation's birth, and they will continue to play an important and increasing role in our society's evolution. The nation's courts and laws have upheld the rights of religious entities--and all charitable organizations--to participate in the political process, while simultaneously upholding the separation of Church and State. However, organizations and the courts continue to wrangle with questions regarding the exact nature and scope of political activity in which houses of worship may participate. Attention to this issue has increased greatly through introduction of H.R. 235, the Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act, sponsored by U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC). The legislation would allow
tax-exempt houses of worship to intervene directly in partisan political campaigns by endorsing and opposing candidates for public office.
Jones and other proponents of the bill argue that the free speech of clergy is stifled by the absolute prohibition on partisan electioneering. However, the IRS already permits churches and other nonprofit organizations to engage in issue advocacy on any issue they wish. Church and state must remain separate from one another to ensure religious freedom and societal plurism.
History of the 501(c)(3) Political Activity Prohibition Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson Amendment
(For a more detailed analysis of HR235 click here.)
It makes sense to me, but when will it dawn on 'them' and they awaken with the reasoning, maybe when the cloud clears. From Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., founder and chair of Citizens for Legitimate Government
Happy Birthday Wild Willie ;) drive safe
Surge, Or the Failure of God
Since the Surge splashes in the face of conventional wisdom, military expertise, the public will, and the international community, and yet it has become policy in spite of these, a very strong impulse must be behind it.
The surge, I argue, is the 'natural' extension of a religious conviction.
A cessation in force may signal lack of Power to the enemy. In Milton's Paradise Lost, this is the impression taken of God by Satan after his Fall:
But see the angry Victor has recall'd
His Ministers of vengeance and pursuit
Back to the Gates of Heav'n: the Sulphurous Hail
Shot after us in storm, o'erblown hath laid
The Fiery Surge, that from the Precipice
Of Heav'n received us falling, and the Thunder,
Wing'd with red Lightning and impetuous rage,
Perhaps has spent his shafts, and ceases now
To bellow through the vast and boundless Deep.
Let us not slip th'occasion, whether scorn,
Or satiate fury yield it from our Foe (I, 170-76, emphasis added).