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Dogwood Festival: Religious groups OK

Posted April 9, 2008
Updated April 24, 2009

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— Dogwood Festival organizers denied Wednesday that they have barred religious groups from participating in the annual event.

The pastor of Manna Church recently told WRAL that his church's application to operate a booth at the April 25-27 festival was rejected because organizers were enforcing a rule prohibiting religious groups. Organizers said they had received complaints from festival attendees of churches pushing religious materials on them, and organizers also said it wasn't fair to food vendors to have churches giving away food and drinks.

In a statement released Wednesday, Dogwood Festival officials said churches and political organizations are allowed to apply as food vendors or as hosts of sanctioned events.

"All groups, including churches, are allowed and encouraged to participate as vendors as long as they are willing to adhere to the festival's rules regarding the items offered for sale and how they conduct their business," the statement said. "These rules are established to make the festival fair to all vendors and enjoyable for all attendees."

Fayetteville officials urged people to support the festival, saying the City Council has asked organizers to review its policies on religious groups to see if they need to be amended.

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  • Init4him Apr 10, 2008

    ...but just a heads up...the majority of the people on Earth don't believe in the Bible.

    According to: http://www.adherents.com/ most of the world (6.2 billion) does believe in the bible. And another 1.65 billion believe in half of it.

  • Init4him Apr 10, 2008

    Ptahandatum,
    You seem to suggest three things 1 That something in my post is untrue. 2 There is something more credible that I should read. 3 I am ramming my brand of religion down someone’s throat. To that I say 1. everything I posted is accepted by academia Christian and atheist alike as FACT. 2 I could read volumes and find no support for your suggestion that the lack of roman records citing that Jesus Christ was crucified is somehow relevant. It is a Fact that the person we identify today as Jesus Christ was not known as such until 995 A.D. 3. To persons that regurgitate laughable misinformation, the truth is unsettling and the knee jerk reaction is to use worn out idioms like “he’s ramming his religion down my throat” Post whatever you like I won’t engage you any further because there is no need,you fight truth with contention, that spells lose lose. Christ met me where I was, maybe He will meet you where you are. I pray he does. *init4him shakes the dust off of his fee

  • FromClayton Apr 10, 2008

    I respect your right to believe whatever you wish. This is America. However, you must in turn respect my right to believe whatever I wish. Therefore I think it is ok for me to say God bless you. I mean no harm or offense. I am very sorry if you view it that way. If someone from another religion were to pray for me or in someway ask their God to protect me I would be honored. When my friend’s baby was very sick many people of different religions prayed with me for him. It was all welcomed, and he is ok now. So when I say God bless you please understand I really do not mean to offend, but I do think it is ok for me to respectfully say based upon my beliefs and the Constitution. You are more than welcome to ask any Deity you wish to bestow blessings upon me. I will not find it offensive. Rather, I would view it as a mutual understanding that we can come from different backgrounds and believe different things and still wish the best for each other.

    Much love and good luck to you,

  • Claire Apr 10, 2008

    ambergail: "At the same time I am going to pray for you and Jesus does love you. "

    You must have missed my post. Or maybe you did, since you said the exact two things I mentioned are rude to say to someone who doesn't share your faith. If you truly don't wish to offend, as you say, then please pay attention.

    I'll say it again:
    The appropriate way to respond to someone who does not share your faith, and who does not wish to hear your preaching is, "I respect your right to believe what you wish. Have a nice day."

    Not "God bless" or "I'll pray for you" or "Jesus loves you." None of that. It's a slap in the face to those who don't believe, and it shows that you have no respect whatsoever for what they do or don't believe.

    You can pray for someone and think that Jesus loves them, but you don't have to say it.

  • FromClayton Apr 10, 2008

    Awww jaredg your first post was beautiful. I totally respect that. I do think that is what Jesus taught.

    as for your second post, I do believe that through Jesus Christ is the only way to everlasting life. I understand how that is perceived to be arrogant, but I just don’t know another way to put it. That is what I believe. I know that I am not in the majority with this belief, but that does not change my belief.

    I do respect your right to believe whatever you want, and I do want you to have a nice day. At the same time I am going to pray for you and Jesus does love you.

    My Christian friend had a fridge magnet that says “Dear Jesus, protect me from your followers”. I try and balance that mentality that everyone doesn’t want to hear about Jesus all the time with what I have been taught to “shout it from the mountaintops.” I’ll work on better ways to get my point across without offending, for that is something I never mean to do.

    Much love,

  • tmedlin Apr 10, 2008

    well,well,well - they found out they had jumped the shark, and are now crawfishing - I LOVE it!

  • Claire Apr 10, 2008

    Jared, you're absolutely right. It's statements like that that get me. It's another way of cloaking, "I'm right and you're wrong." The same with the phrase, "I'll pray for you." It's all sanctimonious, condescending stuff I'd rather not hear.

    The appropriate way to respond to someone who does not share your faith, and who does not wish to hear your preaching is, "I respect your right to believe what you wish. Have a nice day."

    Not "God bless" or "I'll pray for you" or "Jesus loves you." None of that. It's a slap in the face to those who don't believe, and it shows that you have no respect whatsoever for what they do or don't believe.

    Christian groups are always demanding respect for their beliefs, yet the most vocal ones have absolutely NO respect for the beliefs of non-Christians. If you want respect, you have to earn it - and it starts with treating others with respect.

  • jaredg Apr 10, 2008

    "Hopefully one day something will click for you and you can accept Jesus as your personal savior."

    Its statements like this that make you seem proud. As if your way is the only way. I know it says in the Bible that the only way is through Christ, but just a heads up...the majority of the people on Earth don't believe in the Bible. Let me ask you this...how would you react if a Muslim said to you...

    "Hopefully one day something will click for you and you can accept Allah as your personal savior."

    How would that make you feel??

  • Claire Apr 10, 2008

    Shawna, you are sadly mistaken. I'm nowhere hear Chapel Hill or Carrboro. I'm in east Wake. Another thing - not all agnostics or atheists are "extreme liberals." I was raised a Christian, the daughter of a minister. The wonderful thing about my father was that he was never IN YOUR FACE about his faith. He led by example, not by thumping the Bible. He rarely, if ever, quoted scripture outside the church.

    Quoting scripture only proves that you can memorize words in a book. Christianity is about love, yet so many people who claim to be Christians are pious, holier-than-thou, and hateful, all the while claiming that they are better than those who don't believe. Yet they have the audacity to call themselves Christian.

    I have news for you - YOU'RE NO BETTER than anyone else. I'm not against Christianity, but organized religion sure leaves a nasty taste in my mouth.

  • jaredg Apr 10, 2008

    ambergail1...thank you for your kind words. I do believe in God and I do trust God, however I do not call myself a Christian. I trust God so much that I fear not what happens to me after this life. I have humbled myself before God and allow him to do what he wishes with me once my time on Earth has expired. I know he has a good place for me. However I will never be so proud as to say my beliefs are better then yours or anyone else. In the mean time I plan on being a good citizen, a kind and merciful person, a loving husband and father but most of all I will do my best to remain humble. Isn't that what Jesus taught anyway?

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