Local group bringing former Alabama judge to town

March 05, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Christians will gather at Boyle County High School in April to hear the man who wouldn't remove the Ten Commandments from the state courthouse in Alabama.

They want Danville residents to have first pick of the seats, and so are urging them to register now for the events on April 23 -24. Registration is $15 a person.

Former Alabama Chief Justice Judge Roy Moore will be the keynote speaker on that Friday and organizers of the event expect it to draw a large crowd. He will speak at 8 p.m. on April 23. Afterwards Men of Grace choir from Pontiac, Mich. will sing.

Moore was removed from his position in November 2003 when he refused to obey a federal order to remove a 5,000-pound monument from the state courthouse that listed the Ten Commandments


He will talk about "Christian heritage, the present judicial tyranny and the spiritual warfare being waged to determine our future," according to a pamphlet promoting the event.

The speech will kick off a weekend of workshops at the first annual Foundation Festival, an event organized by Brothers in Christ, a local group of Christian men. The festival's theme is "Building the Family."

"We're excited about it," said member Norman Bartleson.

He said the weekend is an opportunity for families to work on their foundations to prevent a lack of morals and convictions.

On Saturday, a keynote speech at 1 p.m. will be given by Star Parker, a woman who grew up in Los Angeles ghettos. After she became a Christian, she stopped using drugs and alcohol, got off welfare and now battles for social reform, according to the event's pamphlet.

Brothers in Christ has organized a list of notable fundamentalists to present workshops that focus on their beliefs.

Here is the schedule of workshops

Here is the schedule of workshops for April 24:

Session 1, 8:30 -10 a.m.

* "It's a Young Creation After All," presented by Grady McMurtry. A former teacher of evolution, McMurty began teaching creationism after he was saved. The workshop will focus on physical evidence that McMurtry believes proves the biblical view of the Earth's beginnings.

* "God's Covenant for Marriage," the Rev. Phil Waugh and his wife, Cindy. The pair are co-founders and national organizers of the Covenant Marriage Movement.

* "Federal Takeover of Our Schools," Allen and Julie Quist. A former state legislator, Allen Quist helped legalize home schooling in Minnesota and believes the federal curriculum has a "radical world view agenda."

* "A Biblical Perspective on Today's Middle East," Darrell Young. Founder of Focus on Jerusalem Ministries, Young will talk about why he believes the most "divisive, controversial, sought after and fought over piece of land on the face of the Earth is the 35 acres of the temple Mount."

* "God's Design for Sexual Relationships," Mike Crowe. The minister of West End Church of Christ will talk about recovering sexual purity.

Session 2, 10 -11:30 a.m.

* "Dinomania," McMurty.

* "God's Foundation for Family," the Waughs.

* "How the Government has Politicized Public Education," the Quists.

* "Israel and Today's World Order," Darrell Young.

* "Safe Sex or Abstinence?," Vickie Ferrell. The Director of Danville's Pregnancy Resource Center will join Crowe to talk about safe sex and abstinence.

* "An Introspective Look at Danville and Beyond," Parker.

Session 3, 2 -3:30 p.m.

* "Laws of Science, Laws of God," McMurtry.

* "How to Influence Your Culture Through Covenant Marriages," the Waughs.

* "Restoring Freedom in Our Schools," the Quists.

* "Israel and God's Plan for the World," Young.

* "Ministering to the Homosexual Community," Stewart Thompson. He works with Crossover Ministries, an organization that seeks to turn gay people straight.

* "How You Can Make A Difference Now," Natalie Oliver. The executive administrator of the Bridges Afterschool Enrichment Program will talk about how a mentor can positively affect children here in Danville.

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