Monday, January 30, 2017
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 https://www.youcaring.com/jacobschneier-743650 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 shalombirmingham.com. 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
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.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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