Horses, not horse shit. Cash set aside for child evangelising is to be put to better use in Tacoma
A BRANCH of an organisation that exists to fill kids’ heads with biblical baloney – the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) which operates in the Tacoma, Washington area – was due to receive almost $7,000 from a county council member, but public outrage stopped the funding initiative in its tracks.
The money will go instead to Changing Rein Equine Assisted Activities, a horse therapy organisation, and a local 4-H club.
CEF is responsible for running more than 20 religiously themed after-school programmes in the district. Its website states its mission as:
Dedicated to seeing every child reached with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It was to have received funds from Pierce County Council Member Jim McCune.
CEF State Director Jeff Kiser did not express bitterness in a statement about the decision reversal.
We respect the decision of the county and pray blessing upon them. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord …
According to the website, the organization hosts three primary types of children’s clubs designed to:
Take place in neighborhood settings such as homes, backyards, schools and community centers all over the world. These fast-paced, one-hour programs are designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children on their level in their environment
CEF also develops curriculum and leads workshops nationally and internationally for individuals specifically interested in spreading Christianity with children.
While county attorneys did not rule the action illegal, Council member Connie Ladenburg said that she believed the contribution would have violated of separation of Church and State. Ladenburg subsequently introduced a County Ordinance amendment to forbid county money from being:
Appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise or instruction, or the support of any religious establishment.
Ladenburg told King 5, the news organisation which initially reported that CEF would be receiving the funds:
[McCune’s decision] was pretty concerning to me. It was pretty religious based.
King 5 subsequently received letters from across the country slamming the donation.
If someone wants to do an afterschool program for kids to keep them out of trouble, then they can do that, but if they want to do an afterschool program where they’re teaching about Jesus Christ to keep them out of trouble, they can’t do that.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn