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There are few other organizations in this country that I have more respect for than The Salvation Army. Their dedication to serving the less advantaged is overwhelming and commendable. So, to include the local Salvation Army chapter as a “Priest” who CROSSED THE STREET and turned a blind eye in the witnessing of a fellow organization under religious attack, is concerning. Requests by this author of the reasoning and explanation as to why they acted so have been unanswered.
The local chapter of The Salvation Army did the opposite of what was expected of them. They did not object. They did not protest. And, they did nothing when they saw injustice being implemented.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
As noted in all of the chapters pertaining to The Good Samaritan Fable, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold any of us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. To ignore evil is to become accomplice to it. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, then that good men should not look on and do nothing.”
According to their web page, The Christian Rights and Freedom Institute is a Christian, private donor supported educational and advocacy organization bearing witness to God's love on the current moral and ethical challenges of our day, especially on religious liberty, the UN's Universal Declaration on Human Rights, on persecution, and on genocide. The Christian Rights and Freedom Institute exists to, “Witness our Faith by peacefully uplifting Christ”, against all forms of evil, tyranny, injustice, and moral decay afflicting our human race.
Freedom is an inalienable right bestowed by our Divine Creator upon all human beings. The foundation of all freedom is, “Divine Law”. As American Citizens, our 1st Amendment Freedoms include Grievance, Assembly, Speech, Press and Religious Liberty, the latter being the highest of all our freedoms because it allows us to freely express our conscience, and to know and worship God from whom all freedoms stem; therefore, we are morally obligated to defend the Religious Liberty of every person.
We Americans live in an imperfect union. Our inalienable rights and freedoms are being eroded and abridged. We want them back! We can regain them by uplifting Christ. When they are restored, we all will benefit. The Christian Rights and Freedom Institute can play an important role in the education of our families on the foundations of their freedoms through our educational and advocacy programs, which are intended for use in homes, churches, communities and schools. In fact, freedom is so fundamental to everyone’s well-being, that Christians are morally obligated to speak out on matters of Religious Liberty, Human Rights, and on the pressing moral and ethical issues of our day. We must play and leading role in this educational process. The Christian Rights and Freedom Institute is committed to this cause.
Yet, when Religious Community Members of The Haven of Divine Love noticed numerous parties of The Christian Rights and Freedom Institute, they ignore their pleas for help. Numerous news articles and information documents were submitted to the organization in the past 2 years. A Christian “House of Worship” was CONDEMNED and their religious practices were interfered with, and this organization turned a blind eye and CROSSED THE STREET as did the “Priests” of The Good Samaritan Fable. It appears that the obligation to defend the Religious Liberty of every person does not exist within The Christian Rights and Freedom Institute.
This author is simply telling a story and has no association as to the event that occurred. Neither can this author obligate any party into performing what is right or require them what to do, and can only disclose what was done or, in this case, what was not done.
Simone Campbell, SSS
25 E Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20001-1630
And the priests and levites turned a blind eye and crossed the roard
David Gibbs III
The National Center for Life and Liberty
P.O. Box 270548
Flower Mound, TX 75027
P.O. Box 5076
Largo, FL 33779
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Since January 2015, numerous parties including The Nelsen Residence Inc., Haven of Divine Love, Civil Rights Organization, Extend A Hand For Justice, and countless individual parties notified and attempted to reach out to all advocacy, civil rights organizations, and humanitarian groups pleading for help. Help never came as each of those contacted elected to turn their back on an issue that they contended was no concern to them, or they didn't wish to assist. When Jesus of Nazareth preached his infamous Good Samaritan Parable, his message was that the Priests and Levites who crossed the street instead of giving aid to the beaten and abused traveler were not "good neighbors." Likewise, in preparation of these specific chapters, this author also reached out to each party, informing them of his intention to include them, and requested that if there was any important information that he was unaware of that changed the story, that he be noticed. Instead, They ignored my quests. Either these Priests and Levites turned a blind eye and crossed the street as did the Priests and Levites of the Good Samaritan Fable, or they did not. Here are some, but not all, of the information given to the priests above who ignored the pleas for help.
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Network describes themselves as “Advocates for Justice, inspired by Catholic sisters.”
When a prior Catholic Nun’s enterprise was viciously attacked by a local government, their house of worship was condemned and their religious practices curtailed, cries for help went out to all affiliated parties, including the Network organization. Yet, when notices, information, and requests for assistance were directed to Sister Simone Campbell, Network, and the “Nuns on the Bus” and Catholic Social Justice programs, their pleas were ignored.
In fact, after this author requested as to why such a notable organization would act in such a way, I was responded by a representative of Sister Simone, Paul Marchione, who stated “On behalf of Sister Simone, thank you for your letter and the opportunity to respond,” and that I “would be incorrect to group us with Religious Organizations, as we are not a Religious Organization. We are not in the Kennedy Directory/Official Catholic Directory,” it is not their problem; they are not involved, and it does not concern them. As to a reason as to why Sister Simone and Network did not respond to a previously specific notification and request for help, Mr. Marchione replied, “If we had responded, we would have let her know, as I let you know, that we do not weigh in on local issues. In other words, because of the foregoing claims, it is claimed to be permissible to look the other way when another person or party is beaten, robbed, and dying on the street.
”The author’s point in these chapters is to specifically demonstrate the hypocritical behavior of person, parties, churches, and organizations, who claim to be Christians, but do not follow the teachings of Christ. I am merely the journalist reporting a story of what occurred. The actions did not happen to me, and I can not force anyone to perform in a Christian or moral manner. But I can, and will, disclose their actions because a threat to justice anywhere, is an injustice everywhere. It is therefore impossible not to include Sister Simone, Network, Nuns on the Bus, and Catholic Social Justice as “Priests” who CROSSED THE STREET after witnessing attacks on Christianity, homelessness, and discrimination of the disadvantaged. The fact that they are not registered in the Kennedy Directory does not dissolve them from conducting themselves in a Christian and moral manner.
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According to their web page, Lifeline Family Center engages in the assistance of un-wed mothers in providing a variety of free services including housing, counseling, education, ultrasounds, pregnancy testing, and more for those in need. Although it operates in a different area and capacity as the Haven of Divine Love, the central character of the book and story, “Yes, Marni, There IS No Place Like Cape Coral,” this author finds disturbing activities by Lifeline that caused their inclusion in this chapter.
The Deacon and Deaconess of The Nelsen Residence Inc., and Haven of Divine Love, Wilfred Anthony Rodriquez and Sarah A. Rodriquez were also volunteers providing valuable services to Lifeline. Yet, when it was disclosed to Lifeline that The Haven’s “House of Worship” was condemned, their religious practices were deterred, and the Rodriquez’s were displaced from their home, no one at the Lifeline organization came to their aid.
It is heartbreaking to witness a dedicated organization, so consumed with their own operations, that they ignore the plights of their volunteer core For that reason, this author has included Lifeline Family Center as a “priest” of the Good Samaritan Fable who CROSSED THE STREET and turned a blind eye to injustice of a fellow religious entity.
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Metropolitan of Atlanta
Father Philemon Patitsas, Presiding Priest
Christian Rights and Freedom Institute
7100 Airport Pulling Road
Naples, FL 34109
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Lifeline Family Center Inc.
907 SE 5th Ave.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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THE DELUSIONAL DECEIVING PRIESTS
Majors Tim and Cheryl Gilliam
The Salvation Army
10291 McGregor Blvd
P. O. Box 60087
Fort Myers, FL 33906-6087
“Attorney David C. Gibbs III is the President and General Counsel of the National Center for Life and Liberty, a ministry organization that defends life and liberty freedoms nationwide.” Records indicate that The Haven of Divine Love was a paid subscribing “Friend of Liberty Premium Partner” of David Gibbs’ National Center, yet, whenever requests for assistance were made, they were ignored, and no assistance was given. Records show that numerous notifications and correspondences were submitted to Mr. Gibbs and NCLL, yet, none were ever responded to. Almost every month, Mr. Gibbs and NCLL send out requests for donations to The Haven and countless other churches and religious organizations, claiming that as a partner, “You can partner with NCLL in our efforts to fight for your religious and constitutional freedoms.”
NCLL has all the indications of a sham. Donate and contribute, but receive no support or assistance. That appears to be their modus operandi. Out of all of the individuals, entities, and organizations listed as the “Priests and Levites” of The Good Samaritan Fable chapters, it appears that Mr. David Gibbs III and the NCLL are on the top of the list for CROSSING THE STREET and turning a blind eye when a House of God was condemned, religious practice was deterred and interfered with, and Christianity was under attack.
According to their web page, Facebook page, and advertising flyers, “This nonprofit legal ministry—NCLL—will serve to protect and defend the Bible-based values upon which our nation was founded. NCLL will endeavor to protect and defend these important foundational areas that support our freedoms: Life Values, Constitutional Values, Church Liberty, Christian Education, and Homeschool Education.” “The NCLL is here to assist you and other like-minded churches.” “You can partner with NCLL in our efforts to fight for your religious and constitutional freedoms.” Yet, after numerous notifications, correspondences, and requests, neither Mr. Gibbs nor any member of NCLL responded or came to the Haven of Divine Love’s aid. What exactly does it mean to organizations such as NCLL when a “House of God” was condemned by the City of Cape Coral?
WHEN THE RIGHTIOUS TURN A BLIND EYE
When we hear about injustice, we can not fail to speak up. We must stand when other are inclined to sit.
When Jesus of Nazareth told his infamous parable, The good Samaritan Fable, he used characters noted in his day. We all recognize the “Priests” to be the righteous and reputable religious servants of society, and the Levites to be the politician and government representatives. But his reference to the Samaritan, who was the bitter enemy of the beaten and robbed man lying half dead in the street, was the moral of his story. His intention was to emphasize how evil triumphs when good men do nothing, and good evolves when enemies show compassion.
After investigating the original story of a small religious community’s fight against discriminatory actions by a ruthless, un-Christian and immoral local government, it led to other moral issues of honesty, integrity, and ethics. It went from dishonest and distorted media coverage; to incompetent and unethical actions by legal representatives; and continued to disclose the gross deception and misconduct of judicial members. But, the overall acts of those listed in The Good Samaritan Fable chapters, has to be the most disheartening of all. For “Priests” and “Levites,” who our society trusts to be the righteous of humanity, to defy the basics of their committed professions, has to be sign of moral decay.
This author has the obligation to report the facts, and takes no pride or pleasure in disclosing what should never have happened in the first place by trusted members of our society. To evade the disclosure of those “Priests” and “Levites” would be a disservice to the story.