The Rev. Roger Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Glen Cove, said in a recent keynote speech at the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, that “faith has been misused” and “has gone into the denial of constitutional rights.”
Williams’ speech at the museum in Glen Cove, coincided with a special Civil Rights exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington lead by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We are talking along the lines of how faith has been misused and how it has gone into the denial of constitutional rights,” Williams said. He discussed aspects of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
“On that day, our nation was asked...will we be what we say we are, or will we be a farce?...it was a daunting problem for America,” Williams said. Williams, who is also a board director of HMTC and president of the Glen Cove chapter of the N.A.A.C.P, touched on both the religious and constitutional basis for slavery prior to the Civil War.
“Slavery was a sanctioned institution on the premises that it was Biblical,” he said, noting that there were thousands ministers across the South who believed it was ordained by God based on erroneous doctrine. “So we have a precedent of how this misuse of the Bible and how faith can be used in America today,” he said.
“Currently, I believe we are seeing the same sort of abuse afoot when it comes to rendering rights and equality and freedom for certain citizens of this country,” Williams said. “I do believe there is hope. I do see those texts still in the Bible; however, the moral imagination of the people changed. It does say something about our interpretation.
“I do believe we still have one more opportunity to say to America that our nation will be for all people, and it is embedded in our constitution in the current debates we are hearing about what the Bible says about our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.
He said that, “As people of faith, it is not our job to replace the constitutional rights of people in this country with what we believe are theological reflections...what gives religion embodiment is that its theological reflections are real and claimed by its adherers. When those theological reflections are made into law to govern citizens, whether they be religious or nonreligious, is a violation of the constitution of the United States of America.”
Before the talk, HMTC Chairman Steven Markowitz gave some background on the HMTC. “It can’t be just about the history, we have to make the lessons relevant to today. We have to teach the lessons of what hate leads to.”
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.
As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”