Friday, November 4, 2016

Update on my post concerning a clash between First Amendment rights and State power






This is an update to me last post. Full information on the subject can be found at
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/10/26/state-georgia-demands-pastor-turn-over-sermons.html. Please click on this link or cut and paste it to your browser.

According to Fox News “Please produce a copy of your sermon notes and/or transcripts,” Attorney General Samuel Olens wrote to attorneys representing Dr. Eric Walsh.  Dr. Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister, had been hired in May 2014 by as a District Health Director with the Georgia Department of Public Health. A week later, a government official asked him to submit copies of his sermons for review. He (refused to comply*) and two days later he was fired. His attorneys said the government was curious about sermons Dr. Walsh delivered on health, marriage, sexuality, world religions, science and creationism. He also preached on what the Bible says regarding homosexuality.

What do you think about state power vs freedoms of speech, religion and association and the State supervising what is spoken in a church or congregation?

(* The article was confusing because it said both that he refused to comply and that he did comply)




Monday, October 31, 2016


     Hi everyone. We've just been through a marathon of the Feasts of the Lord in October. The election is in eight days so everyone is involved in that, but I want to begin a dialogue about 1st Amendment rights versus equal protection rights and protection from discrimination. The US Commission on Civil Rights seems to say that the later group of rights take precedence over 1st Amendment rights of freedoms of Speech, Religion and Association to name a few. Let's leave out the argument of "Separation of Church and State" because there is a good argument the framers of the Constitution meant only that the State should keep far away from religion and not that religious values have no place in the areas sponsored by the public.
     So why is this all becoming a big issue in the US? The answer is that Federal and State government bodies are saying they can decide what is secular and what is religious in a church and therefore they can force religious institutions to accept edicts about transgender bathrooms when an activity is deemed secular. These state pronouncements violate the religious freedom of certain churches and congregations and even mosques. Here are some  places you can go on the internet that discuss actual cases in Massachusetts and Iowa. Please read these articles and let's talk. If you can't click on them on the blog, just cut and paste them in your browser . Shalom. David Schneier.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/10/11/churches-sue-over-new-transgender-law/fCinR6brzLADxFEjS4DRbI/story.html

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/federal-judge-wont-dismiss-iowa-churchs-lawsuit-20161017



Sunday, July 31, 2016

On the way to Ukraine!

   Leslye and I are leading a team of twenty-two (sixteen from Beth Hallel in Birmingham, AL and six from Toronto from Congregation City of David) on 9/11/16 to Odessa, Ukraine for the semi-annual IAMCS leadership conference for Central and Eastern Europe. At the end of our time in Odessa we will visit Auschwitz in Poland. We will be ministering in Odessa to Holocaust survivors, orphans and drug and alcohol addicted persons and leaders and members of the twenty IAMCS congregations in Ukraine. Please keep this outreach in prayer for the six flights and connections of the trip and train travel to Auschwitz from Warsaw, baggage transfers, the health and safety of the twenty-two members of the team, all the details of our hotels and local transportation, our times of ministry and sharing, unity of the team and for angelic protection and the anointing of the Holy Spirit for our final preparations and the trip which runs from 9/11/16 through 9/19/16. Two members of the team will remain in Europe for a longer period of time so continue to lift them up through 10/4/16. If you would like to contribute to our outreach and the congregations in Ukraine, you can send a check payable to Beth Hallel. Our address is Beth Hallel, 2230 Sumpter St., Birmingham, AL 35226, USA. Please include a note that your tax deductible gift is for the Odessa trip. Love and Shalom, David & Leslye

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What do you think of this?

What if there was a country that had on its passport that it was good for all countries except Israel? Could that be possible? Yes it is if your from Malaysia. Here's what I just received from a friend visiting there. The thing speaks for itself. Shalom. David Schneier


Monday, May 9, 2016

Someone made a wrong turn

Sometimes you come across the unusual when driving around the South. Here's a shot from Pensacola Beach on Mother's day. Shalom, David Schneier



The sign says it all

So we were heading to spend Mother's day in Pensacola and we came upon a seafood restaurant off of I-65. It had a sign on the wall that said it all. What do you think? Shalom. David Schneier


Monday, April 11, 2016

Just got back from Ukraine


    Back in the USA from 10 days in Ukraine and France. My first entry about the trip comes from the first thing I saw as I passed through passport control. There was a little handout in front of the guys who were checking passports and stamping visas. It seemed necessary by those in charge to warn us not to try to bribe those in passport control and customs as we entered Ukraine. For me it was sad to realize the level of corruption that still exists there. We cannot imagine that such a flyer would be at passport control as we re-enter the US. Please pray that the Ukrainian people will be delivered from the oppression of criminality in every area of life. Shalom. David Schneier