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> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Annie Laurie Gaylor
> >Sent: Wed, 18 May 2005 16:03:53 -0500
> >Subject: Media wants to interview
> >FFRF member in Alaska
> >We are suing over massive amounts of
> >federal funding going to this new, start-up
> >Christian college in Soldotna which is
> >nondegreed, nonacademic, offers only
> >a "bible certificate" at the end of the year
> >and advertises itself as being for the student
> >who wants to "brush up on the bible,"
> >become a minister or dedicate their lives to
> >Jesus! They are preying on native kids, on
> >top of this.
> >Here's a link to the press release we put
> >out about the case. The legal complaint is
> >at the bottom and it's a short, easy read.
So speak ye, and so do, as they
that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
For he shall have judgment without mercy,
that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy
rejoiceth against judgment.
What doth it profit, my brethren,
though a man say he hath faith, and
have not works? Can faith save him?
If a brother or sister be naked,
and destitute of daily food,
And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace,
be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding
ye give them not those things which are needful
to the body; what doth it profit?
The article says spending so far has amounted to about $20,000 per
This is illustrative of one of the problems we in modern day churches
have brought on ourselves through our own apathy.
Whose side are we on? The poor, native kids or the admitted non-
believers? "Freedom From Religion" doesn't sound all that appealing
to believers in the first place, and isn't it right that native
children who don't know about the Lord should be brought to the
Face it, Robert; we're all a bunch of latitudinarians. We say we
believe the native children should be evangelized, but we don't go
there and evangelize them. We pretend they don't exist. We never
would have heard about them if this thing hadn't come up. If we
believers had been up there doing our jobs, the native kids would
have known how to study the Bible long before now. Think of it!
Twenty thousand dollars is enough to pay for a bachelor's degree from
an accredited institution in some places. It ought to be enough to
cover a K-12 education. Maybe, maybe not, but the point is it is
clearly way too much money, public or private, to be spending just to
bestow a one-year "Bible certificate" on the graduates. It smacks
of "pork-barrel" legislation slipping through under a cover of
piety. The natives in Alaska need all the federal money they can
get, I'm sure, if the federal government is going to annex them into
its safekeeping and lovingkindness. But it all needs to be done
aboveboard, if taxpayers' monies are being used, because spending of
taxpayers' monies is supposed to be accounted for.
According to the scriptures above, even the parts about being warmed
and filled are the responsibility of the Church, long as they're our
brethren and sistren, and we're leaving it up to the government to
take care of that, too. I can just imagine Uncle Sam riding some of
the backroads around here and handing out twenty grand's worth of
education to every kid he saw. There's already plenty of churches
where they can go and learn about the Bible if they want to, whether
they're hungry or not.
And maybe we can tie this back in to what's going on in Oklahoma,
too. People up in the churches have been told there's plenty of
evidence that contradicts evolutionary theory, and that there are
other equally valid theories that offer explanations that take into
consideration what happened after the Flood, and that evolutionary
Theory must bow before thermodynamic Law, and so on and so forth; and
they have believed it without ever looking into it for themselves.
Many, to be sure, wouldn't understand it if they did look into it for
themselves. (And these young-earth sites on the internet aren't
helping matters any, friends!) But they believe there are valid
alternative theories, theories that involve a Creator, and they are
trying to shift responsibility for teaching those theories from the
Church to the government.
Well, you dance with the Devil, the Devil never changes.
We should have rendered it all back to Caeser long ago, and served
the One in Whose Image we are stamped. Could have avoided all this...
Worldwide Church of Latitudinarianism