LocoFocoRampant

"Wing of the Democratic Party made up of workingmen and reformers, opposed to monopolies and financial policies that seemed to them antidemocratic and conducive to special privilege. The Locofocos received their name when party regulars turned off the gas lights to oust the radicals from a Tammany Hall nominating meeting. The radicals responded by lighting candles with new matches known as locofocos and nominated their own slate." (From: http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9048706 )

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I am husband and father in a family of four, wife Verna, son Thomas, and daughter Jennifer. We've lived in Springfield's 137th District for over ten years at 800 W Calhoun St, and love the Grant Beach area. I was born to a military family, my mother and father met at Ft Leonard Wood. I was born in Ft Hood Texas, and travelled throughout my childhood, with most of my time spent in any one place in the Rolla Mo area. When I completed my own four year hitch with the US Navy, I settled here in Missouri, living in Mt Vernon. I moved into Springfield in 1994 to attend (then) SMSU and stayed, finding our permanent home in the Grant Beach Park area.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Churches Cross the Line in Springfield


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Originally uploaded by carriemouse.




Every day, television viewers in this area are treated to the stern visage of Reverend Agee of Cornerstone Church inviting churchgoers to join with him to “Take America Back” –a thinly veiled call to action for the intrusion of religion in politics. Other nationally prominent religious leaders are even less circumspect in their advocacy of right-leaning policy and partisanship.

Twice I’ve pulled my daughter out of churches she attended when they actively advocated political positions I strongly disagreed with. I was shocked and appalled when she came home from Central Assembly one Sunday. Her Sunday school teacher told the 8-10 years old class that all Democrats were going to hell. In the second instance, children riding the Cherry Street Baptist Church bus brought home trading cards depicting war planes, tanks, soldiers and sought-after terrorists.

My daughter is interested in religion, and I encourage her to explore religion and philosophy at her own pace, so that she may make her own decisions on what to believe. But when churches depart from spiritual teachings I must draw the line.

They have no business in political indoctrination, or in war mongering. The realm of religion is spiritual, not earthly.

The saddest part is, in spite of the years she’s attended church, not one invited her to be baptized.

Photo from Flickr: HA! Originally uploaded by carriemouse.

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