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More Than Just a “Friendly Neighbor”, Mr. Rodgers Was a Counter-Cultural Christian Icon

What may come as a bit of a surprise to many, one author has discovered that Mr. Rodgers was far from just a friendly television personality

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The cheerful sounds of “Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood” were a staple part of the childhood of millions of Americans, who grew up learning simple lessons on kindness, neighborliness, and just how vast a collection of sweater-vests one can own.

Fred Rodgers, the man behind the classic children’s show, has long been a symbol of everything wholesome and good, and his legacy has been given new light in the wake of a recently-released documentary on his life, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

What may come as a bit of a surprise to many, one author has discovered that Mr. Rodgers was far from just a friendly television personality, he was also a deeply ideological Christian pacifist, who used his platform to speak out against the variety armed global conflicts that went on during the time his show ran.

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Michael G. Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College, chronicles Rodgers’ quest to promote faith-based pacifism in the book Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers.

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The Christian Post has the story:

In comments given to The Christian Post, Long explained that he was drawn to write the book because, like so many others, he “watched the viral videos of Fred Rogers speaking to children and adults in light of horrific violence — clips in which he speaks of the need to care for another and to keep one another safe.”

“Partly because of my interest in peace studies, these videos led me to wonder about his vision of a peaceful society. And so I began digging through the Fred Rogers archives at St Vincent College in Latrobe,” said Long.

“I discovered that Fred Rogers was not only the gentle soul we all imagined him to be, but also a fierce peacemaker intent on creating other peacemakers who would help establish God’s peaceable reign right here on Earth.”

During his research, Long explained to CP that he analyzed the letters, sermons, prayers, essays, books, and television programs of Mr. Rogers, who was an ordained Presbyterian minister.

“Rogers broadcast antiwar programs during the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War, and he broadcast programs opposing the nuclear arms race in the 1980s,” explained Long.

“Rogers always advanced the idea that there is a better way to solve conflicts, and to deal with our anger, than going to war or fighting.”

You may not agree with his theology, but it is always admirable to see any Christian have such a large impact on the world with a simple message of kindness, love, and decency.

Lord knows we need more of that today.

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SCOTUS Sides With Religious Schools And Hospitals In Employment Discrimination Case

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The Supreme Court, in its second religious freedom decision, decided to side with religious employers, which includes schools, hospitals, and social services organizations, stating they are exempt from certain aspects of the employment discrimination law when that law conflicts with closely held religious beliefs. If you listen closely, you can hear the screams of the angry LGBTQ+ mob ripping through America as it dawns on them they have no right to force their beliefs upon those who disagree with their lifestyle choices. Here’s more from The Daily Wire: The 7-2 decision had the same breakdown as the Supreme Court’s contraception mandate decision; Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s conservatives, as did Justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer, and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. The case before the court involved two Catholic schools, St. James Catholic School and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School, that dismissed employees who later sued. Religious institutions typically have a so-called “ministerial exemption” allowing them more leeway in hiring and firing and certain protection from employment discrimination suits, but the case before the Supreme Court ultimately tested whether there was a specific limit to that “ministerial exemption,” particularly where the fired employees were not technically members of the church’s ministry. Employers have the right to decide who they want to hire and not hire, to terminate employment or not. It’s their business. They should be able to do what they want. Especially when it comes to actual religious institutions. This is a hard pill to swallow for the left who seems to think that employers themselves, by starting a business, have no rights, or give those up the moment they create a company. If a business owner doesn’t want someone to work at their business, they have the right to say…

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Instead Of Abolishing Police, How About Abolishing Abortion And Planned Parenthood? OPINION

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Over the last several weeks, we’ve all witnessed our nation being further destroyed and torn apart by individuals who claim to be fighting against racism and police brutality. We’ve watched as these same folks burn businesses to the ground in the name of peace, a message stuffed to the gills with oxymoronic irony that appears to be lost on folks who are trying to justify this behavior on the grounds of the cause we now know as “black lives matter.” That’s a phrase we’ve heard a lot lately. And you know what? It’s true. Black lives really do matter. Black lives are image bearers of God, which means they have intrinsic value and worth. Black lives are no different than lives of any other color or ethnicity. Adam and Eve are our first parents. Our blood is the same shade of red. Our ancestry is the exact same when you trace it back to the beginning. We all suffer from the same fallen nature, the same sinful disposition, that has earned us a place under the wrath of God, with our only hope being Jesus Christ and the work He accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection. Since black lives really do matter, instead of abolishing police departments, we should all be united in a fight against the ultimate destroyer of the black community: Abortion. Yes, instead of tossing out police departments, we ought to be giving Planned Parenthood the boot. More black lives have been taken at abortion clinics than have ever been killed by evil, twisted police officers. And that’s not to make light of police brutality. It’s a real thing. It exists. Perhaps we as conservatives have been so gung-ho in the past about blindly supporting police that we’ve ignored that reality. Well, it’s hard to ignore…

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