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Separate Faith And Politics

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.” 

News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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