Church Assembly – KCACM http://kcacm.org/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:22:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://kcacm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-4-150x150.png Church Assembly – KCACM http://kcacm.org/ 32 32 Democratic Socialists Protest ‘Fascists’ at Cornerstone Church https://kcacm.org/democratic-socialists-protest-fascists-at-cornerstone-church/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 12:05:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/democratic-socialists-protest-fascists-at-cornerstone-church/ Demonstrators returned to Bank Street Road in Batavia, opposite Cornerstone Church, on Sunday to protest against an event planned for next Friday and Saturday which a spokesman said gave fascists a platform. “A lot of people have come together as a very big, again, as a hodgepodge of different endeavors that are all people who […]]]>

Demonstrators returned to Bank Street Road in Batavia, opposite Cornerstone Church, on Sunday to protest against an event planned for next Friday and Saturday which a spokesman said gave fascists a platform.

“A lot of people have come together as a very big, again, as a hodgepodge of different endeavors that are all people who want the same thing – which is that the RAT (ReAwaken America Tour ) not be in Batavia and for places like churches not to support fascism,” said Mount Morris resident Lauren Berger.

She said people who have been speakers at previous ReAwaken America events have supported fascist ideology and should not be given the opportunity to spread that ideology.

She said that was why she and other members of the Democratic Socialists of America opposed the same event being held in Rochester. Pressure on the owner of the Armory is what led to the event being cancelled, and it was later booked into Batavia when Pastor Paul Doyle agreed to host the event at his church.

“We had told Arsenal not to allow this type of event, not to give these people a platform for their hateful ideology,” Berger said. “And not to elevate that as a valid point of view. And it’s not, it’s not, you know, low, conservative taxation. It’s, you know, (saying) that LGBTQ people more and their allies should be executed for treason “They’re peddling COVID conspiracies and election denials, and myths about George Soros, and just all kinds of stuff that’s not a valid place for discourse in our society. This is not a valid point of view. It is not an equal and opposite side. “

While Berger expects some kind of Batavia opposition event at the Cornerstone event, she said she doubts it will take place on Bank Street Road, opposite the giant white tent which is expected to accommodate 3,000 people. She cited the limited space along Bank Street Road and security concerns for counter-protesters in close proximity to those attending the event, which she sees as a threat to engage in violence.

“The thing about fascism is, you know, everybody here who resists fascism would be happy if the fascist went home, and just didn’t make this event and kind of give up those opinions,” Berger said. “A fascist won’t stop until those who stand in his way are dead. So the security risk is quite significant.”

In previous interviews with The BatavianPaul Doyle, senior pastor at Cornerstone Church, said the event was to be religious, and not at all what protesters claimed.

“We fully support this event and have decided to host the ReAwaken America Tour,” Doyle said. “We see this as a Christian congregation addressing the many issues facing Americans, providing a biblical perspective.”

Tour organizers will meet with local law enforcement to discuss “safety procedures” on Monday or Tuesday, Doyle told The Batavian Sunday.

For previous coverage of the ReAwaken America Tour in Batavia, click here.

Photos and video by Alecia Kaus / Video News Service. Interview conducted by Alecia Kaus / Video News Service.

Editor Joanne Beck contributed to this story.

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RONALD CARL MONTGOMERY – The County Press https://kcacm.org/ronald-carl-montgomery-the-county-press/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 19:55:44 +0000 https://kcacm.org/ronald-carl-montgomery-the-county-press/ RONALD-CARL MONTGOMERY, 85, a lifelong resident of Lapeer, died Thursday, August 4, 2022. Ronald was born July 3, 1937 in Port Huron to Carl and Mildred (Frazer) Montgomery. He graduated from Lapeer High School, Class of 1955. He married the love of his life, Nancy Jo Daly, on July 14, 1956, at Elba United Methodist […]]]>

RONALD-CARL MONTGOMERY, 85, a lifelong resident of Lapeer, died Thursday, August 4, 2022.

Ronald was born July 3, 1937 in Port Huron to Carl and Mildred (Frazer) Montgomery. He graduated from Lapeer High School, Class of 1955. He married the love of his life, Nancy Jo Daly, on July 14, 1956, at Elba United Methodist Church. Ron went to work for General Motors at 17 – starting as a line worker. Throughout his 30-year career with Buick, he held several positions including (to name a few): assembly, metal brazier and management – eventually Ron retired as an engineer. 7th level processing principal. He retired in 1984. Upon his “retirement”, Ron and Nancy Jo owned and operated Montgomery Associates (representatives of Amway) for just over 20 years. Ron’s passions included: family, travel, fixing (everything) and working. Above all, Ron enjoyed the time spent with his family and often those times were enjoyed while traveling the world in a special place.

Ron is survived by his daughters, Cindi (Allen) Weingartz of Lapeer and Connie (Darryl) Svoboda of Lapeer; four grandchildren, Tasha (Rudy) Garcia, Kyle (Sarah) Weingartz, Tygar (Levi) Hirt and Devyn (Kelly) Svoboda; eight great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Emmaline, Lyndsey, Aurora, Paityn, Landon, Saylor and Aubrey; one great-great-grandchild, Lilly; brother, Rod Montgomery of Wyoming. Ron is also survived by his best friend, Harry (Wanda) Turner de Lapeer as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Nancy Jo Montgomery; daughters, Lori Ann and Sherri Ellen; sisters, Marilyn Sekley and Marjory O’Neill; brother, Richard “Dick” Montgomery; mother, Mildred Sturgis; father, Carl Montgomery and stepfather, Tom Sturgis.

Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Lapeer. Ron’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2022 at Muir Brothers. Pastor Jeanne Wisenbaugh will officiate. Interment will follow at Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer. Ron’s family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Monday before the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences and memories can be left to www.MuirBrothersLapeer.com

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Nigerian cardinal says it’s not just Christians who are paying the price for violence in the country https://kcacm.org/nigerian-cardinal-says-its-not-just-christians-who-are-paying-the-price-for-violence-in-the-country/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 05:58:34 +0000 https://kcacm.org/nigerian-cardinal-says-its-not-just-christians-who-are-paying-the-price-for-violence-in-the-country/ The former top Catholic official in the Nigerian capital says violence in the country is “spinning out of control”, with no one safe in a country of 200 million people, and it’s not just Christians who are paying the price price. “There is great insecurity all over the country, people are being killed every day, […]]]>

The former top Catholic official in the Nigerian capital says violence in the country is “spinning out of control”, with no one safe in a country of 200 million people, and it’s not just Christians who are paying the price price.

“There is great insecurity all over the country, people are being killed every day, bandits and terrorists seem to have a free hand,” said Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja. “We don’t know where the security forces are.”


“The security situation in Nigeria is spiraling out of control,” he said. “No one is safe, not just Christians. It’s like the government has lost control.

The country has presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for February and March 2023.

RELATED: Nigerian Archbishop: Religious persecution is ‘systematic’ in the north of the country

According to the Prelate, both Christians and Muslims are victims of violence, perpetrated by criminals who “walk around illegally killing innocent people”.

Speaking at the XIX Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of the Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) which ended July 31 in Accra, Ghana, Onaiyekan said his country is experiencing violence “blind” since the rise of Boko. Haram in 2009.

The insurgent group is one of the largest Islamic terrorist organizations, and their goal is to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state, much like ISIS tried to do in Iraq.

This terrorist organization believes that Western education is bad, and as such, it fights anything it perceives to come from the West, including Christianity. However, they are often labeled as an equal opportunity terrorist group because, as Onaiyekan said, they do not discriminate when it comes to carrying out their attacks.

RELATED: Two churches attacked in northern Nigeria

However, violence in Nigeria does not only come from this insurgent group, as Muslim-majority Fulani herders frequently clash with Christian-majority farmers. Yet in this case, Onaiyekan said, the violence is not religiously motivated.

“They kill more Muslims than Christians, which confirms that this is not a war of Muslims against Christians,” he said. “Many Muslims suffer as much as we do.”

“When a priest is killed, the whole world learns about it”, he underlined. “But when it comes to the killing of 50 villagers in Katsina State, nobody knows anything. We are certain that more Muslims are dying than Christians because the center of violence is in the Muslim-dominated northern states.

Kidnapping of Catholic priests or other Christian clerics has become a common occurrence in Nigeria, with more than 20 taken in the first part of 2022 alone.

Echoing the concerns of other Nigerian Prelates, Onaiyekan accused the government of inaction, and it is the lack of state intervention that has made Nigeria a “no man’s land”, be it of “Boko Haram or any other criminal”. It’s not about Christians and Muslims. It is a matter of respecting and defending human life.

“Unfortunately,” he said, “many writers have continued to carry the flag of Islam. My answer is that Christians must remain firmly Christians and know how to be true to their religion. When it comes to defend ourselves, we need to start working on ways to defend ourselves against criminals.

Just because Christianity is peaceful does not mean that Christians are called to “sit down and let them kill us.” We have every right to defend ourselves!

Although he did not urge the faithful to arm themselves, Onaiyekan called on Christians to remain faithful to their call: “Be good Christians wherever you are. If you’re a Christian and you’re in the armed forces, do your good job of protecting people.

On Monday, addressing the graduates of the fifth fellowship of the Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace’s Interreligious Dialogue and Conflict Program, the Prelate also spoke about the violence in the country and the need for religious leaders to come together.

According to Onaiyekan, Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, but also in other African countries currently facing a similar situation of violence, must join forces with the leaders of traditional religions and politicians to face the common threat.

“We need a strong dose of optimism and conviction to continue working for interfaith harmony and cooperation in our nation today,” he said as quoted by the Nigerian. Leadership newspaper.

“That’s what our foundation has decided to continue to do, whatever the odds,” he said.

Onaiyekan said what Nigeria is facing is also happening in many African countries, adding that it needs urgent attention. He said the intensity of conflict across Africa is frightening; adding that social injustice, economic constraints and climate change have increased insecurity in Africa.

“Africa must start by investing more in addressing vulnerabilities for lasting peace,” he said. “Peace is lacking in many corners of Africa. Managing Africa’s fragile peace means engaging in several evidence-based interventions. Responses to the many conflicts in Africa need to be tailored to the specific conflict and environmental realities and contexts.

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Calendar | Local News | thefranklinnewspost.com https://kcacm.org/calendar-local-news-thefranklinnewspost-com/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 04:15:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/calendar-local-news-thefranklinnewspost-com/ The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, […]]]>

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward2019@gmail.com.

The Franklin County Toastmasters Club meets every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Franklin County Public Library in Rocky Mount. Call 540-352-8631 for more information.

With the start of school fast approaching, Fill The Bus is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 5, 6 and 7 at Rocky Mount Walmart. Donations of school supplies can be made daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These supplies are most needed: pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, three-ring binders, two-pocket folders, zippered pencil cases, gallon and pint bags, markers, crayons, tape, glue sticks, bags backpack and hand sanitizer. The Salvation Army Franklin County Service Unit, Franklin County Public Schools, Healthy Franklin County, United Way of the Roanoke Valley and Walmart are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Beth Wooten of The Salvation Army by phone: (540) 493-3662 or email: bethwooten430@gmail.com.

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With the start of school fast approaching, Fill The Bus is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 5, 6 and 7 at Rocky Mount Walmart. Donations of school supplies can be made daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These supplies are most needed: pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, three-ring binders, two-pocket folders, zippered pencil cases, gallon and pint bags, markers, crayons, tape, glue sticks, bags backpack and hand sanitizer. The Salvation Army Franklin County Service Unit, Franklin County Public Schools, Healthy Franklin County, United Way of the Roanoke Valley and Walmart are sponsoring the event. For information, contact Beth Wooten of the Salvation Army by phone: (540) 493-3662 or by email: bethwooten430@gmail.com.

With the start of school fast approaching, Fill The Bus is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 5, 6 and 7 at Rocky Mount Walmart. Donations of school supplies can be made daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These supplies are most needed: pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, three-ring binders, two-pocket folders, zippered pencil cases, gallon and pint bags, markers, crayons, tape, glue sticks, bags backpack and hand sanitizer. The Salvation Army Franklin County Service Unit, Franklin County Public Schools, Healthy Franklin County, United Way of the Roanoke Valley and Walmart are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Beth Wooten of The Salvation Army by phone: (540) 493-3662 or email: bethwooten430@gmail.com.

The Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club will be sponsoring a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Appointments are mandatory and can be scheduled by visiting redcrossblood.org. Don’t forget to do your Rapid Pass on your phone the morning of your appointment. Contact Joyce at 540-721-4260 or sml.women’s.club@gmail.com with questions. More information about the club can be found on its website at smlwc.org

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward2019@gmail.com.

The Franklin County Toastmasters Club meets every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Franklin County Public Library in Rocky Mount. Call 540-352-8631 for more information.

The 39th Annual World Hunger Auction will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Antioch Brethren Church, 2996 Callaway Road, Rocky Mount. The auction includes the sale of crafts, quilts, toys, produce, baked goods and canned goods and special services and benefits Heifer International and several local charities. Concessions will be available. Call 540-420-8241 for more information.

The Franklin County Toastmasters Club meets every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Franklin County Public Library in Rocky Mount. Call 540-352-8631 for more information.

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward2019@gmail.com.

The Franklin County Toastmasters Club meets every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Franklin County Public Library in Rocky Mount. Call 540-352-8631 for more information.

Franklin County Parks and Recreation will perform “Sing 2” at Burnt Chimney Elementary School at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chair and flashlight. Concessions will be sold on site. For more information, visit www.playfranklincounty.com.

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward2019@gmail.com.

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward2019@gmail.com.

The Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be held at the Franklin County Recreation Park in Sontag. The hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward2019@gmail.com.

The Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be held at the Franklin County Recreation Park in Sontag. The hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be held at the Franklin County Recreation Park in Sontag. The hours are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be held at the Franklin County Recreation Park in Sontag. The hours are from noon to 10 p.m.

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward2019@gmail.com.

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward2019@gmail.com.

Franklin County Parks and Recreation will show “Soul” at Jamison Mill Park at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chair and flashlight. Concessions will be sold on site. For more information, visit www.playfranklincounty.com.

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward2019@gmail.com.

The Ferrum Farmer’s Market will be open from 12pm to 5:30pm in the Ferrum Faith Assembly car park. Local farmers, bakers, traders and artisans are invited to participate. There are no setup fees. Only local agricultural products and handicrafts can be sold. Vendors are requested to bring their own table and tent. For more information, contact Ferrum Forward at ferrum.forward201.gmail.com.

Franklin County Parks and Recreation will show “Boss Baby” at Summit View Park at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chair and flashlight. Concessions will be sold on site. For more information, visit www.playfranklincounty.com.

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Alito: US sees growing hostility to religious freedom https://kcacm.org/alito-us-sees-growing-hostility-to-religious-freedom/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 12:52:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/alito-us-sees-growing-hostility-to-religious-freedom/ By BETHANY BLANKLEY THE CENTER SQUARE CONTRIBUTOR (The Center Square) – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito said there was “growing hostility to religion” in a keynote address he gave highlighting the unique protection of religion in the US Constitution. “The looming problem is not just indifference to religion, it’s not just ignorance of […]]]>

By BETHANY BLANKLEY

THE CENTER SQUARE CONTRIBUTOR

(The Center Square) – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito said there was “growing hostility to religion” in a keynote address he gave highlighting the unique protection of religion in the US Constitution.

“The looming problem is not just indifference to religion, it’s not just ignorance of religion,” he told a Notre-Dame religious freedom summit. Dame of 2022 in Rome last week.

“There is also a growing hostility to religion or at least traditional religious beliefs that are contrary to the new moral code that is gaining momentum in some sectors,” he said in his 37-minute comments published. Thursday.

He said he wondered “what historians could say centuries from now about the contribution of the United States to world civilization. One thing I hope they will say is that our country, after many ups and downs, has finally shown the world that it is possible to have a stable and prosperous society in which people of different faiths live and work together. harmoniously and productively while maintaining their own beliefs. It was truly a historic achievement.

But “no human achievement is ever permanent,” he added, and “we cannot…assume that the religious freedom we enjoy today…will last forever. Religious freedom is fragile.

“Religious freedom is under attack because it is dangerous for those who want complete power,” he said.

While some scholars and politicians argue that religion does not deserve special protection, Justice Alito argues that it does. Hostility to religion in the United States threatens religious freedom, which in turn threatens other fundamental rights it protects.

The First Amendment to the US Constitution protects the free exercise of religion, he reiterated, which “very often involves a speech, a spoken or written prayer, the recitation of scripture, a homily, a book or religious item. These are all forms of speech. They are also forms of religious exercise.

“If this type of speech can be repressed or punished, what will stop the state from crushing other forms of expression?” He asked.

Justice Alito pointed to attacks on the right to worship and assembly in the United States at a time when the Supreme Court was tasked with deciding cases brought by pastors, priests and rabbis who risked prison sentences s ‘they weren’t closing their churches and synagogues because of governor-ordered lockdowns. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled that religious worship closure orders are unconstitutional.

California Governor Gavin Newsom and the Ninth Circuit received specific retribution from the High Court, which ruled that Governor Newsom’s warrants banning religious gatherings and worship were unconstitutional. As a result, the state of California and counties were forced to settle lawsuits, paying out millions of dollars to entities they threatened with jail time and exorbitant fines.

After winning several of these religious freedom cases, Liberty Counsel Founder and President Mat Staver said, “Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID restrictions intentionally discriminated against churches while giving preferential treatment to many businesses and gatherings. secular. The Supreme Court has intervened on several occasions to provide relief. California will never again be able to impose discriminatory restrictions on churches and places of worship. »

Pastor Rob McCoy of Calvary Chapel-God Speak in Thousand Oaks, Calif., says the government has no authority whatsoever to close places of worship. Rulings and settlements in cases other than his own implied that if restrictions were also placed on secular entities and places of worship, the discrimination case would be moot. Religious freedom is not unequal treatment between a church and Walmart, for example, he argues, because the First Amendment specifically protects the free exercise of religion, not the free exercise of shopping.

Mr McCoy told The Center Square at the time of his ongoing legal battles, in which he faced jail time for preaching and defying lockdowns, that more people were coming to his church because it remained open. They came, he said, “because their liberties were taken. Their currents of freedom dried up and they went upstream to find the source of freedom – Jesus. Because freedom, he argues, “is not man’s idea. Freedom is God’s idea.

Highlighting the rights protected by the First Amendment, Justice Alito said, “We are examining the relationship between freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. A religious service in a church, synagogue, mosque or temple is a form of assembly. If a government can ban these gatherings, will it hesitate to ban others?

In a society where “religious freedom is allowed,” Judge Alito said, “it will be more difficult for the state to restrain other speech and other assemblies.”

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Alito: US sees growing hostility to religious freedom | National https://kcacm.org/alito-us-sees-growing-hostility-to-religious-freedom-national/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 14:27:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/alito-us-sees-growing-hostility-to-religious-freedom-national/ (The Center Square) – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito said there was “growing hostility to religion” in a keynote address he gave highlighting the unique protection of religion in the US Constitution. “The looming problem is not just indifference to religion, it’s not just ignorance of religion,” he told a Notre-Dame religious freedom […]]]>

(The Center Square) – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito said there was “growing hostility to religion” in a keynote address he gave highlighting the unique protection of religion in the US Constitution.

“The looming problem is not just indifference to religion, it’s not just ignorance of religion,” he told a Notre-Dame religious freedom summit. Dame of 2022 in Rome last week.

“There is also a growing hostility to religion or at least traditional religious beliefs that are contrary to the new moral code that is gaining momentum in some sectors,” he said in his 37-minute comments published. Thursday.

He said he wondered “what historians could say centuries from now about the contribution of the United States to world civilization. One thing I hope they will say is that our country, after many ups and downs, has finally shown the world that it is possible to have a stable and prosperous society in which people of different faiths live and work together. harmoniously and productively while maintaining their own beliefs. It was truly a historic achievement.

But “no human achievement is ever permanent,” he added, and “we cannot…assume that the religious freedom we enjoy today…will last forever. Religious freedom is fragile.

“Religious freedom is under attack because it is dangerous for those who want complete power,” he said.

While some scholars and politicians argue that religion does not deserve special protection, Alito argues that it does. Hostility to religion in the United States threatens religious freedom, which in turn threatens other fundamental rights it protects.

The First Amendment to the US Constitution protects the free exercise of religion, he reiterated, which “very often involves a speech, a spoken or written prayer, the recitation of scripture, a homily, a book or religious item. These are all forms of speech. They are also forms of religious exercise.

“If this type of speech can be repressed or punished, what will stop the state from crushing other forms of expression?” He asked.

Alito pointed to attacks on the right to worship and assembly in the United States at a time when the Supreme Court was responsible for deciding cases brought by pastors, priests and rabbis who risked prison sentences if they were not closing their churches and synagogues because of governor-ordered lockdowns. The Supreme Court has consistently ruled that religious worship closure orders are unconstitutional.

California Governor Gavin Newsom and the Ninth Circuit received specific retribution from the High Court, which ruled that Newsom’s warrants banning religious gatherings and worship were unconstitutional. As a result, the state of California and counties were forced to settle lawsuits, paying out millions of dollars to entities they threatened with jail time and exorbitant fines.

After winning several of these religious liberty cases, Liberty Counsel Founder and President Mat Staver said, “Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID restrictions intentionally discriminated against churches while giving preferential treatment to many businesses and gatherings. secular. The Supreme Court has intervened on several occasions to provide relief. California will never again be able to impose discriminatory restrictions on churches and places of worship. »

Pastor Rob McCoy of Calvary Chapel-God Speak in Thousand Oaks, Calif., says the government has no authority whatsoever to close places of worship. Rulings and settlements in cases other than his own implied that if restrictions were also placed on secular entities and places of worship, the discrimination case would be moot. Religious freedom is not unequal treatment between a church and Walmart, for example, he argues, because the First Amendment specifically protects the free exercise of religion, not the free exercise of shopping.

McCoy told The Center Square at the time of his ongoing legal battles, in which he faced jail time for preaching and defying closures, that more people are coming to his church because it remains open. They came, he said, “because their liberties were taken. Their currents of freedom dried up and they went upstream to find the source of freedom – Jesus. Because freedom, he argues, “is not man’s idea. Freedom is God’s idea.

Highlighting the rights protected by the First Amendment, Alito said, “We are examining the relationship between free speech and freedom of assembly. A religious service in a church, synagogue, mosque or temple is a form of assembly. If a government can ban these gatherings, will it hesitate to ban others?

In a society where “religious freedom is allowed,” Alito said, “it will be more difficult for the state to restrict other speech and other assemblies.”

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Controversial pastor Creflo Dollar reverses his stance on church tithing https://kcacm.org/controversial-pastor-creflo-dollar-reverses-his-stance-on-church-tithing/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 04:16:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/controversial-pastor-creflo-dollar-reverses-his-stance-on-church-tithing/ Reuters Videos Pope apologizes for ‘evil’ in Canada’s Indigenous schools STORY: Speaking near the site of a former school, Pope Francis apologized for Christian support for the ‘settler mentality’ of the time. He called for a “serious investigation” into the so-called residential schools and more help to help survivors and descendants heal. “With shame and […]]]>

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STORY: Speaking near the site of a former school, Pope Francis apologized for Christian support for the ‘settler mentality’ of the time. He called for a “serious investigation” into the so-called residential schools and more help to help survivors and descendants heal. “With shame and without ambiguity, I humbly ask for forgiveness for the wrong done by so many Christians against Indigenous peoples,” Francis told Indigenous First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders. made the initial apologies. “I ask forgiveness, in particular, for the way in which many members of the Church and religious communities cooperated, notably through their indifference, with the projects of cultural destruction and forced assimilation promoted by the governments of the time, which resulted in the residential school system,” he said. Between 1881 and 1996, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were separated from their families and brought to schools. Many children were starved, beaten and sexually assaulted in a system that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has called “cultural genocide.”

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“Please see how inappropriate this is.” Catholic bishops collect donations during Pope’s visit https://kcacm.org/please-see-how-inappropriate-this-is-catholic-bishops-collect-donations-during-popes-visit/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 13:26:48 +0000 https://kcacm.org/please-see-how-inappropriate-this-is-catholic-bishops-collect-donations-during-popes-visit/ The assembly of Catholic bishops organizing Pope Francis’ visit to Canada, where he is expected to apologize for the Church’s role in residential schools, is soliciting donations from those who hope to see him. RoseAnne Archibald, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says people seeking to reserve seats for papal events on Ticketmaster […]]]>

The assembly of Catholic bishops organizing Pope Francis’ visit to Canada, where he is expected to apologize for the Church’s role in residential schools, is soliciting donations from those who hope to see him.

RoseAnne Archibald, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says people seeking to reserve seats for papal events on Ticketmaster told her they had been enticed to donate money to a registered charity.

The charity in question is the corporate name of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Please see how inappropriate this is,” the national chief wrote in a recent letter to Archbishop of Edmonton Richard Smith.

“As First Nations, we are all survivors of intergenerational trauma, and we collectively mourn the pain and suffering that Catholic institutions of assimilation and genocide have perpetrated.”

A spokeswoman for the papal visit said donations are a way for Canadians and Catholics to help defray the cost of the papal visit and are entirely optional. “No funds raised in this way will be used for other church initiatives or programs.”

Organizers added that unlike other papal visits, no admission is charged for its events.

The website for the pontiff’s visit, which begins on Sunday, says the assembly of bishops, as well as individual dioceses, personal and corporate donors and various levels of government, generally all pay the cost of a papal visit.

It is estimated that approximately 60% of residential schools operating in Canada were run by the Catholic Church.

Over 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend these facilities, where thousands suffered physical and sexual abuse, as well as malnutrition and neglect.

Canadian bishops collecting “inappropriate” papal visit #donations: @ChiefRoseAnne. #Papal Visit #Boarding Schools

Pope Francis was asked to come to Canada and apologize for the Church’s role in running these institutions, as it was one of the calls to action listed in the final report of 2015 of Truth and Reconciliation Canada, which collected the testimonies of thousands of survivors.

Archibald says the intention of the papal visit is to focus on reconciliation and “it is not time to advance the church’s fundraising efforts.”

She added that it is “particularly hurtful to ask First Nations survivors, who are already owed church repairs, to donate.”

Survivors have expressed disappointment with the Catholic Church’s inability to meet the fundraising goal it committed to under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

In 2006, 48 Catholic entities agreed to use their “best efforts” to raise $25 million under the alumni compensation program.

In 2015, a court ruled that Catholic companies could be released from their remaining financial obligations after the “best efforts” fundraising campaign totaled less than $4 million.

The Assembly of Canadian Bishops, which claims not to be one of the signatory parties to the residential schools agreement, has since renewed its financial commitment.

Last September, the bishops pledged $30 million for reconciliation-related initiatives over five years.

They said 73 dioceses would contribute to the goal, each pledging their own financial amount.

In the interest of transparency, the bishops created the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund to receive the money. It is registered as a public foundation and overseen by an Aboriginal board.

To date, the dioceses have invested $4.6 million.

The Canadian bishops said collecting donations for the papal visit is separate from fundraising efforts for the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.

Organizers of the papal visit say none of the money from this fund will help pay for the tour.

Organizers also plan to sell “modest amounts” of merchandise, such as t-shirts, hats and bandanas, according to a spokeswoman, which will feature designs by a Métis graphic designer from Winnipeg.

“It is the intention of the Papal Visit to make items available at a reasonable cost, and any small profit will be directed towards the costs of the Papal Visit.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 22, 2022.

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Trusting God When We Don’t Understand | News, Sports, Jobs https://kcacm.org/trusting-god-when-we-dont-understand-news-sports-jobs/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 05:09:35 +0000 https://kcacm.org/trusting-god-when-we-dont-understand-news-sports-jobs/ “Trusting God When We Don’t Understand” is the theme for the 13th Annual Women in White to be held August 5-6 at The Heights Church, 528 Grandview. The Friday session begins at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Guest speakers are Brenda Johnson, Grant Street Church, East Liverpool; Shalonda Thurmond, True Church […]]]>


“Trusting God When We Don’t Understand” is the theme for the 13th Annual Women in White to be held August 5-6 at The Heights Church, 528 Grandview. The Friday session begins at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Guest speakers are Brenda Johnson, Grant Street Church, East Liverpool; Shalonda Thurmond, True Church Assembly, Toledo; Tina Mike, Father’s House, Richmond, Ohio; and Erica Flowers, Everyday Church, Chester, WV Testimony will be shared by Dr. Kim Jackson, New Jerusalem Fellowship Church, Warren.

The workshops for this year’s conference are: Prayer Makes a Difference, Knowing Who You Are in Christ, God of Freedom, Practicing the Presence of Christ, How to Fight the Enemy of the Spirit, Making It Short: When talk ; When Making Others Happy Makes You Miserable!, and Developing Divine Relationships. The workshop facilitators are Lisa Smith, Grace City Church, East Liverpool; Millie Jo Thornton, Hope Christian Fellowship Church, Wellsville; Coria Brock, Church in the Center, Salem; Brenda Johnson, Marie Heard, Life Changers International Church, Cleveland; Daryl Hersh, Ozer Ministries, Eastern Palestine; and Donna Lytle, Hope Christian Fellowship, Wellsville.

Tickets are $10 for two days and $5 for one day. The registration deadline is Friday, July 29. Anyone interested in attending can call 330-382-2435.




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Keith Mathenia father | Granite City Obituaries https://kcacm.org/keith-mathenia-father-granite-city-obituaries/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/keith-mathenia-father-granite-city-obituaries/ Keith Arthur Mathenia Sr. of Granite City, Illinois died at 9:30 a.m. on Friday July 15, 2022 at his home at the age of 79. He was born on August 2, 1942 in East St. Louis, Illinois, a son of the late Arthur and Elsie (Vaughn) Mathenia. He married the love of his life, JoAnn […]]]>

Keith Arthur Mathenia Sr. of Granite City, Illinois died at 9:30 a.m. on Friday July 15, 2022 at his home at the age of 79. He was born on August 2, 1942 in East St. Louis, Illinois, a son of the late Arthur and Elsie (Vaughn) Mathenia. He married the love of his life, JoAnn (Spurlock) Mathenia on April 13, 1963 in Granite City and she survives. He had worked at M&M Machine Shop with over 25 years of service as a machinist, later working at US Steel for 8 years and retiring from Arnett Pattern Shop in Granite City after several years of service. He was a loyal member of the Tri-City Assembly of God church in Granite City where he enjoyed playing guitar and coaching the men’s softball team. Keith enjoyed his days of hunting and fishing and trapping and was a state champion .410 skeet shooter. He loved music, enjoyed stock and sprint racing, sports, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. Besides his beloved wife of 59 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Kenneth Wilson of Granite City; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Lisa Mathenia Jr. of Alton; three grandchildren and spouses, Jacob and Heather Mathenia of Granite City, Conor Mathenia of Alton and Brock and Brittany Wilson of Des Moines, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Iris Dove Mathenia and Bodie Alan Mathenia; a nephew and his wife, Drew and Angel Johnson of Granite City; other extended family and many dear friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Reidyth “Reedi” Daesh. In celebration of his life, visitation will be held at the Tri-City Assembly of God Church, 3400 Maryville Road in Granite City on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral at 12:00 p.m. with the Reverend Barry Shepherd officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made at the Tri-City Assembly of God Church. Irwin Chapel of Granite City in charge of the arrangements. www.irwinchapel.com

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