Sunday, November 26, 2017

Does Due Process apply to accusations of improper sexual conduct?

House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, on Due Process for those
accused of improper sexual conduct

Recently elected officials, producers, directors and actors have been accused of improper and even criminal sexual conduct. Some feel due process have nothing to do with that. Others, like House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, now argue the opposite. Recently she was quoted as saying, in an interview, that Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) deserves “due process” in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations that have been leveled against him. These accusations were very specific against Rep Conyers but Rep. Pelosi argued that Rep Conyers was an "icon" and by implication should be given the benefit of doubt. Well, it seems that the due process argument for Rep Conyers also applies to Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore who also is an "icon" in Alabama for many. In Proverbs 18:17 it is written, "The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him." I hope and pray that the voters of Alabama will take note of the due process guarantees in the Bible and weigh the truth of the accusations in light of daily inconsistencies and bias coming out when the facts are carefully examined. At that point, you should make your choice of who to vote for based on what future is important to you for Alabama and America. Shalom. Rabbi David Schneier

Monday, July 17, 2017

Update on my son, Jacob Schneier

Helping Jacob get back on the road!

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The Story

Some of you may remember that our son, Jacob Schneier, was severely injured in a car accident on January 19, 2017. He could have easily lost his life in the crash. He suffered fractures of three neck vertebrae, a shattered hip, a broken nose, a severe concussion, fractured femur, fractured jaw and the loosening of three of his front teeth. He spent a month in the hospital including inpatient physical rehabilitation.
His recovery has been quite spectacular as he is walking with a cane at this point. He has accumulated about $10,000 in prior medical bills that need to be covered as well as future costs for physical rehabilitation, dental procedures and doctor followup costs. We were successful in having the hospital costs covered as a charity case which greatly reduced Jacob's financial burden. Right now we are trying to raise $20,000 for past and future medical bills, first and last month's rent, security deposit and utility deposits (Jacob had to let go previous apartment because it was a three flight walk-up), fees for 5 months of storage and costs for moving expenses to and from the storage place. Please be generous in helping Jacob finish his recovery and get back to work in order to live a productive life.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Help for our son, Jacob Schneier

  Trying to get the word out about our son, Jacob Schneier, who was severely injured as a passenger in a car accident on January 19, 2017. He has fractured vertebrae in his neck, loosened teeth, his left hip was shattered, his nose was broken and he suffered a sever concussion. At the time of the accident, he did not have any health insurance yet from his new job. He may have been accepted for Medicaid in Tennessee but many of his medical expenses may not be covered. He had to let go of his apartment because it will be some months before he can use stairs again. We will have to move his belongings into storage in February and he has no job to go back to. Right now he is in an intensive physical rehab unit of the hospital that performed hip and dental surgery on him. By this coming Monday, we need to find him a longer term rehab situation as his injuries continue to mend.

    How can you help? First, you can pray for his recovery. Next, we have set up a fund at "You Caring" for his financial needs. It's similar to Go Fund Me. You can go to his page at and enter in a gift for him. If you would like to receive a tax donation letter for a gift, you can send a check, made out to Beth Hallel, to Beth Hallel Congregation, 2230 Sumpter St., Birmingham, AL 35226 with a note that the gift is for the benevolence fund for Jacob Schneier. There is also the option to sending a gift online to our congregational website which is at There is a donate button on the website but you have to include a comment that it is for the "Jacob Schneier Benevolence fund. Thanks so much for whatever you can send in for Jacob as we sort out all of his needs in the months ahead.

Blessings, Love and Shalom,
David & Leslye Schneier

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 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.

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