Tennessee Cheerleaders Pray Despite Ban, Church Donates to Ferguson


Here’s what you need to know in news for Sept. 19:

#1: Tennessee cheerleaders pray after school-led prayers banned

Cheerleaders at high school in Tennessee started praying at a Friday night football game last week after school-led prayers were banned by the district.

Oneida High School cheerleaders started praying the Lord’s Prayer during the new moment of silence now observed at the football games.

“[The announcer] called for the moment of silence and I started off, ‘Our Father who art in heaven’ and everyone joined in,” Cheerleader Asia Canada told WBIR.

“It is your option what you do in that moment of silence and this is our option,” Oneida cheerleader Kayla King told WATE.

Complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation forced the district to change its policy.

#2: World editor says they use advocacy journalism

Marvin Olasky, the editor-in-chief of Christian newsmagazine World, said “advocacy journalism” works.

Journalism tradition teaches that objectivity is of importance and that all sides should be presented equally, but Olasky told a reporter recently that some issues such as abortion and marriage do not need to be presented as objective topics.

“The Bible is very clear, so we are not going to be even-handed in the sense of balancing of subjectivities, which is what ‘objectivity’ often came down to,” he said.

#3: Episcopal Church to donate $40,000 to Ferguson

The Episcopal Church will donate $40,000 in grants to help people in Ferguson, Missouri.

The town recently made news after Michael Brown, an African-American man was shot and killed by a white police officer. The town has since struggled with rioting and accusations of racism.

The money is being donated by the Episcopal Church’s Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society ($30,000) and Episcopal Relief and Development ($10,000).

Said Bishop Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer: “This joint effort helps restock food pantry shelves to feed the hungry today, but it also provides nutritional counseling and food preparation education for a more healthy future.”

#4: YouTube prankster gives money to people who give money

YouTube prankster “Big Daws” is gaining attention for video that shows him giving money to people who give money to a homeless stranger.

“I want to give to people who are giving to others,” he says in the video. “You’re the ones who really deserve it.”

Click here for the video.



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