The last two weeks have seen intense social unrest across the country with two different incidents of African American males being shot in Minnesota and Louisiana, followed by protests organized by the Black Lives Matter movement, and punctuated with a sniper killing five police officers and wounding numerous others including some civilians in Dallas.
Our national attention continues to struggle with affording movements like Black Lives Matter with their constitutional First Amendment rights of freedom of assembly and freedom to petition the government for grievance while encouraging all parties to seek civil and inclusive dialogue. President Obama hosted a national town hall meeting to address the subject. The President also spoke at the memorials for the Dallas police officers where former President Bush also joined him in a show of solidarity. The current political climate does not seem to encourage tolerance and respect amongst disagreeing parties, so the sitting and former Presidents attempted to provide the leadership that could bring us toward that goal.
FAV prays that our country is able to address racial bias and promote the aspirational principles set out in our founding documents, that all are created equal and should share in the benefits of liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness. At a time of national grieving and soul searching, we all need to play a constructive healing role in the dialogue. Our current strife is not just a policing issue or a matter for African Americans to deal with. It is a matter for all Americans to engage in and help chart an inclusive course of citizenship that moves the country toward our founding ideals.
The Libre Institute presents: “Protecting a Free Society and Religious Freedom ”
Join us and learn how a free society plays a pivotal role in assuring the freedoms we all enjoy in the United States. Experts will provide important information to educate, enlighten and empower you to protect these freedoms. Connect with people of faith and hear inspirational stories on how you can integrate free society principles at home, work, and in the public square to leave an inheritance of freedom to our children.
Kenyn Cureton, Vice President for Church Ministries, Family Research Council
Alan J. Inman, President, Global Peace Foundation- USA
Thursday, July 28, 2016
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Alpha & Omega Church
7800 SW 56th Street, Miami FL, 33155
For more information, contact
Armando Arana, (305) 240-3186/ email@example.com
Protecting a Free Society & Religious Freedom
To RSVP: www.thelibreinstitute.org/Miami
*Dinner Included* *FREE EVENT* *Chance to Win an Amazon Tablet*
The 4th Annual Los Angeles District Office SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit provides businesses and faith-based organizations with timely and practical information to be financially-sound, operationally-fortified and risk-prepared in order to accelerate business growth and guard against threats that can derail success.
Featured workshops and presentations include:
- Business Growth Strategies
- Capital Development: Faith-Based Community Economic Development
- Cyber Security & Your Business
- Ready-Set-Go: Planning for Emergencies & Financial Disasters
The Summit will also feature a Resource Fair with community-based and governmental organizations providing business strategies, financial access, risk management and emergency preparedness information.
Please note: Parking Fee will be $12.00-more details to which parking structure will be forthcoming
Cosponsorship Authorization #16-0914-145. SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar
WHERE: USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom – 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089 – View Map
To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-sba-lado-faith-based-small-business-summit-sbaampac-tickets-26087628800
A 3-part “Train the Trainers” presentation was provided to a group of 30 leaders, mainly clergy, in Los Angeles, CA on June 15, 2016. The 4-hour event was hosted by Bishop Mendez of Churches in Action at a local church, Phillips Temple CME Church, Los Angeles, and presented by Alan Inman, Paul Murray, and Steve Miska. The attendees, made up of a multi-cultural background, represented LA communities.
The session was opened by our host with prayer and a welcome. Steve provided an overview of FAV, and Izzy Ortega introduced the idea of E. Pluribus Unum, explaining why the founding principles were relevant to immigrant communities in the United States. The first presentation entitled, “This Far by Faith,” was presented by Mr. Inman. Alan highlighted significant facts and historical revelations regarding the founders, faith leaders, and African Americans in this journey of America. A foundation of the Constitution and in particular the First Amendment was presented during this session.
Dr. Murray presented the second presentation, “A Clear and Present Danger”. His presentation brought forth the many attacks against religious liberties across our nation and in particular against clergy and people of faith who have been attacked because they have spoken or written about Biblical standards. He also presented how individuals and a growing network can address such attacks and protect the religious rights of all people regardless of faith. Dr. Murray kept the discussion interactive as numerous people asked questions or provided their perspective prior to breaking for lunch.
A Newsweek article that describes a desperate state of affairs with respect to free expression on college campuses. To quote the article briefly below, this paragraph sums up the current climates on mangy college campuses.
“Graduates of the Class of 2016 are leaving behind campuses that have become petri dishes of extreme political correctness and heading out into a world without trigger warnings, safe spaces and free speech zones, with no rules forbidding offensive verbal conduct or microaggressions, and where the names of cruel, rapacious capitalists are embossed in brass and granite on buildings across the land.”
This Economist article discusses free speech getting repressed around the world and puts U.S. college campuses in that context.
This Christian Science Monitor article provides survey data indicating that students exercising the right to freedom of assembly is up and provides some rationale for why that might be.
This Seattle Times article provides a specific example of students protesting on a campus about a program’s curriculum. You be the judge of whether their grievances are justified.
Seattle Times: Too many ‘dead white dudes’? Seattle U students protest program’s curriculum
The following New York Times op-ed describes how many of our colleges may have journeyed to a state of intolerance with respect to freedom of speech.
The following blog describes another example of where only certain progressive ideas are being promoted while others rooted in the protection of family or religious conviction are disregarded.