Clear Channel included "What a Wonderful World" on a list of songs that might be inappropriate for airplay in the period just after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
"The special forces guys -- they hunt men basically," Hensley said. "We do the same things as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. We do, we hunt them down. Get the hound of heaven after them, so we get them into the kingdom. That's what we do, that's our business."
MURFREESBORO — A Lebanon woman was charged with felony reckless endangerment and her fourth offense of driving on a suspended license after a witness spotted a 5-year-old boy driving her van on Lokey Avenue at Memorial Boulevard.
Jessica Lynn Fistunenko, 26, later told police she had driven her van to a Memorial Boulevard store Tuesday and left the keys in the ignition while she ran in to get groceries.
A 5-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl were left in the vehicle, according to the report. The report did not indicate if Fistunenko was the children's parent.
Fistunenko told police that when she came out of the store the boy started her van and put it in reverse, according to Murfreesboro Police Officer Michael Payne. The van then traveled to the middle of Memorial Boulevard in the midst of rush hour traffic around 6:20 p.m. No one was injured.
"Fistunenko stated that the boy has behavioral problems," Payne reported.
The female witness who spotted the boy and called police said she saw him in the driver's seat in the middle of Memorial Boulevard when Fistunenko walked out of the store with boxes in her hand. The witness said she called because she feared for the boy's and the girl's safety.
"I placed Fistunenko into custody and transported her to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office without incident," Payne reported.
She is scheduled to appear in Rutherford County General Sessions Court July 21 to face the charges. Her bond was set at $10,000.
The report did not indicate whether child protective services were investigating, nor whether the children were turned over to a friend or relative or placed in state custody.
In recent years, most NDP activities have been coordinated by the “National Day of Prayer Task Force,” an organization based in Colorado Springs and run by Shirley Dobson, wife of Religious Right radio broadcaster James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family.
Despite its official-sounding name, the NDP Task Force is a private group with no connection to government. Nevertheless, the organization has taken the lead in sponsoring Prayer Day events in many cities and states. The Task Force is exclusionary and does not permit participation by non-fundamentalist Christians. The materials it distributes promote a rigid fundamentalist outlook not shared by most Americans.
On the NDP’s Web site, volunteers are required to sign a statement of faith reflecting fundamentalist tenets, list church affiliation and provide clergy references. Volunteers are ordered to make sure no non-Christians speak at NDP events. (Non-Christians may only attend as long as they agree to remain silent.)
“The National Day of Prayer Task Force was a creation of the National Prayer Committee for the expressed purpose of organizing and promoting prayer observances conforming to a Judeo-Christian system of values,” reads the Web site. “People with other theological and philosophical views are, of course, free to organize and participate in activities that are consistent with their own beliefs.”
But even this is not accurate. The use of the term “Judeo-Christian” is deceptive. In fact, the Task Force promotes Christian fundamentalism at every turn. There is nothing “Judeo” about the Task Force’s outlook. Volunteers are told, “In both public and private life, we ask that you demonstrate the commitment you have made to Jesus Christ in the following areas: spiritual maturity, emotional stability, healthy personal relationships, financial responsibility, and a stable living situation.”
Volunteers, says the Task Force, must show “a passionate devotion to advancing Christ’s Kingdom and the cause of prayer in our nation.” They are required to affirm that they will “ensure a strong, consistent Christian message throughout the nation” and must endorse a statement reading, “I commit that NDP activities I serve with will be conducted solely by Christians while those with differing beliefs are welcome to attend.”
The Task Force’s Mission Statement reads that it seeks to “communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family.”
The group’s “Vision and Values” include: “foster unity within the Christian church” and “publicize and preserve America’s Christian heritage.”
America does not need an official, government-mandated “National Day of Prayer.” Religious individuals who feel strongly about the country are free to pray for it at any time. They do not need to be directed or encouraged by government.
Government should refrain from sponsoring religious worship. It would be best if the National Day of Prayer were ended entirely. If that is not possible, the event, at the very least, should be pried free from the suffocating grasp of the Religious Right.
At a loss
When one religion
Is the boss.
KEEP CHURCH & STATE SEPARATE AND FREE!