Georgia Church Votes On Separation From Presbyterian Church

A proposal for First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Georgia, to separate from the PC (USA) failed Sunday by eight votes.  Some members consider the PC to be more liberal about same-sex marriage doctrine and other issues than they would like.

The 900-member congregation of the church voted 266 to 146 in favor of the measure.

However, the number fell short of the 274 votes needed for dismissal from the denomination, which required a two-thirds vote.

Some members had hoped to join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, a new denomination formed out of churches that have separated from the national church.

Doctrinal differences with PC (USA), the largest Presbyterian denomination in America, escalated in June 2014 when the General Assembly approved an amendment in the Book of Order that allows the church to perform same-sex weddings in jurisdictions where such marriages are legally permitted.

Some members also disagreed with the denomination’s decision to divest from companies doing business with Israel and they were disappointed when a motion to identify essential tenets was defeated.

The marriage amendment has since been ratified by a majority of the denomination’s presbyteries, which are regional governing bodies throughout the organization.

A total of 412 members voted Sunday at a special meeting held directly after the congregation’s 11 a.m. service.  Before the members voted, a motion was made for First Presbyterian’s “dismissal to another Reformed body of its choosing.” Then members representing both sides of the debate lined up to express their views.

(Updated article)


Teacher Goes To Jail For Showing A Bad Movie

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“A former substitute teacher convicted of showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class was sentenced on Wednesday to 90 days in jail,” according to the Huffington Post.

The teacher should be disciplined by the school, but should she be put in jail?

Sheila Kearns, who was convicted in January of four felony counts, showed it to her Spanish classes at Columbus’ East High School in April 2013.

The movie, “The ABCs of Death,” consists of 26 chapters, each depicting some form of grisly death, states The Huffington Post.

Kearns, who showed the movie during five periods of the class, was convicted of “disseminating matter harmful to juveniles,” according to The Huffington Post.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the judge placed her on probation for three years but made the jail time a condition of probation.

Ohio Landlord Accused Of Abducting Woman’s Daughter When She Didn’t Move Out Fast Enough

Recently, an Ohio woman said she was forced out of her home and her daughter was abducted, all in a dispute over housing.

A Fairfield Township man is accused of abducting an 11-year-old girl while trying to get the girl and her mother evicted.  The man, Joseph Ebbing, said he asked the 11-year-old girl to leave his wife’s rental property because she was trespassing.

Tracy Stewart is the 11-year-old’s mother. Stewart had been living in rental property on Princeton Road that was owned by Joseph Ebbing’s wife.

The Ebbings live next door to the Stewarts.

Stewart’s lease was ending at midnight, Jan. 31, and Stewart said she needed a little more time because of health issues.

Stewart said Ebbing began harassing her leading up to the end of the month and she made several 911 calls.

“He’s threatening that if I don’t get all the way moved out, he’s going to physically come in my house tonight and remove me,” she said in one of the calls she made to 911 on Jan. 31.  At 1 a.m. on Feb. 1, Stewart made another call.  “He’s coming in my house with a key right now,” Stewart told a dispatcher.

Fairfield Township Police arrested Ebbing and charged him with criminal trespassing. Police said he didn’t go through the proper eviction process.

Officers said Ebbing returned to the house later that day after he was released from jail. Stewart’s 11-year-old daughter was home alone.

Police said Ebbing took the girl’s key, got her out of the house, changed the locks and had his family bring her to his house.

“To do that to her was not okay,” Stewart said.

Ebbing is charged with abduction, burglary and obstructing official business.

“What you did to me was unacceptable and then you crossed the line, you went and took my child. You didn’t just take a piece of furniture or lock the door or change the locks, you violated my daughter and our privacy,” Stewart said.

During Wednesday’s preliminary hearing in a county court, the judge heard from Stewart, her daughter and Ebbing.

The 11-year-old said she was at Ebbing’s home for about 15 minutes. When asked if she was scared, she answered, “Not really. I did want to know where my mom was.”

Ebbing told the judge, “I never forced her. I never threatened her.”

Ebbing stands by what he told WLWT News 5’s Karin Johnson.  “She (the mother) came to the house and asked me if I abducted somebody and I said, ‘No,’” Ebbing said.

Interrogation Of John Crawford’s Girlfriend

John Crawford III was a 22-year-old black man who was shot and killed by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart while holding a toy gun. The events happened on August 5th, 2014 in Beavercreek, Ohio. A 911 caller at the Wal-Mart allegedly said that Crawford was waving the gun around and pointing it at people. The gun was a BB gun.

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Tuesday, the family of Crawford filed a civil lawsuit against the police officers involved and Wal-Mart. The family is seeking $75,000 in damages, according to the suit. Crawford’s father, John Crawford Jr., appeared Tuesday with family attorneys Michael Wright, Richard Schulte and Shean Williams at a press conference in Dayton, Ohio. “The criminal justice system has refused to hold the officers accountable, so the civil justice system must,” Wright said.

Cleveland Police Demand Apology For Andrew Hawkins’ Protest Of Rice And Crawford Deaths

The union for the Cleveland police demanded an apology from Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins after he walked onto the field with a t-shirt that read “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” over his jersey.

Rice was the 12-year-old who Cleveland police shot in November after they received calls that he was playing with a toy gun in a park near his home; Crawford was killed by police in August in an Ohio Walmart while holding an air gun. Both were black.

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