Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
African patriots face showdown ivith Jehovah's Witnesses Nigeria Af- rican patriots seem headed for a showdown with Jeho- vah's Witnesses who don't be- lieve in saluting flags or sing- ing national anthems. The religions sect's beliefs clash sharply with the in- creasingly strident national- ism of black African states. While the sect is small it has angered politicians from Malawi to Nigeria and Kenya to Cameroon where its mem- bra have been perse- cuted or publicly vilified It is mainly the refusal of the Witnesses to become in- volved in rational political life that has provoked trouble. The whose belief cen- tres on the doctrine of the sec- ond coirung of regards governments as the work of Satan and refuses to salute flags or sing national an- thems. Founded in the United States in the Jehovah's Witnesses were known before 1931 as after Charles Taze who or- ganized them. A few months ago in Nige- ria's Mid-West some 30 children were expelled from school for refusing to sing the anthem or salute the flag. The church-state conflict has been considerably sharper in other African nations. Late last- year about Jehovah's Witnesses were re- ported to have fled into Zam- from Malawi. The flood of ac- cording to published followed attacks mounted against the sect by the Young the young wing of the Malawi Congress party. Some denied by said about 60 Witness- es were killed. The group was repatriated later amid a flurry of denials by Malwai's Kamu- zu that any persecu- tion had taken place. Banda said they fled cause they had been misled by their fanatical and igno- rant leaders who had told their followers that God was about to destroy at that to escape His wrath they must flee the President Kenneth Kaunda cf was reported to have used the country's secu- rity powers to stop the sect's house-to-house appeals for funds. In the Witnesses were banned after thousands cf them abstained in presiden- tial elections in 1970. But despite the opposition of President Ahmadu a the sect continues to operate underground in that country. In they were banned in Kenya where they were branded to good government. In Idi Amin's government in Uganda banned the Jehovah's Witness- es and 10 other religious sects which were described as being dangerous to peace and order. President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire also has effectively banned the Jehovah's Witness- insisting that all Protes- tant churches and sects wor- ship under the umbrella of the Church of Christ in for- merly The Congo. Statistics on the number of .African members of the sect are sketchy. One published report puts the total figure in black Af- rica at with about in in in in in 12.000 in 24.000 in South in Zambia and several other thousands in Uganda and Tanza- nia. The sect's adherents main- tain a rigid discipline and the movement appears to be galn- i n g increasing especially in West Africa. cannot find a Jeho- vah's Witness in the says one member of the sect in Lagos. are never ar- rested for stealing or for armed robbery or for any other social vices that are prevalent in our But continued conflict with Africa's governments seems inevitable as one Jeho- vah's Witness put is only God we will worship and respect on this 'Dark path' widens in North America NEW YORK The is widening in Doth in the number of its followers and the suddenly enlarged attention it is getting from religious foes and classroom professors. They're increasingly con- cerned with demonology the devil and his works. Until a years demo- nology generally was minimized as a somewhat con- says Rev. Joseph Cham- jeven deadly sins of lust and has sold a quar- ter-million copies. Along with the outright satan- ism has come a wave of inter- est in fortune- astrology and witch- with more than 600 witches' now oper- ating in the United States and realms. good those things which cater to our pride and which tantalize and attract Many United States univer- sities and hundreds of high schools have launched special courses on the devil and witch- most of them taking sharply critical looks at the modern obsessions with those of Fulton. but the re- cent spread of satanism makes us wonder if we didn't rid ourselves of Satan too The heightened interest in the both by its advocates and its is part of a sur- ging fascination with the occult that has spawned countless de- votees and a stream of book ti- i ties. is not just a freak side- says Dr. John a philosphy professor at South- western Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Tex. is setting the tones of our culture and affecting the minds of our Most bizarre manifestation of the trend is the iruch-publiazed Church of started seven years ago in San and now with offshoot in many cities and followers esti- mated to total up to Its Satanic which advo- cates indulgence in the classic including about avowed witches. Archbishop Leo of St. Jumps all these cultist preoccupations together as reflections of tan's father of lies uses deceit with great the arch- bishop said in a spring pastoral letter. proposes nothing as evil. Rather he disguises as But some high fchool courses in California are reported to be taught by asserted witches. Denominational mission boards say they're getting a spate of reports of demon passession. In the problem reached such propor- tions an Anglican Roman Catholic conference recom- mendec that each diocese ap- point an official Try Before You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION SMITH-JONES HEARING AID SERVICE RIP LEY OPTICAL 618 3rd S. Phone 328-5447 Holy Sepulchre Church close to restoration By TERENCE SMITH New York Times Service JERUSALEM After 25 years of inter-religious wrang- 14 years of actual work and expenditures of more than the long-delayed res- toration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is nearing com- pletion. The facade of the huge basil- ica in tihe walled old rev- ered as the site of Christ's cru- tifixtion and is gradu- ally emerging from the ugly iron scaffolding that has ob- scured it since the British ruled Palestine. Although considerable stone- work remains to be finished in the the strong Byzan- tine and Crusader features of DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES continuing memorial 7-5322 or 328-4565 PLACED IN PRISONS as Ph. Hear RONALD DE PRIEST Former gang member of Hell's Angels and tha Devil's Disciples. MINISTERING NIGHTLY Aug. 26 to Sept. 2nd CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Corner 5th Ave. and 13th St. S. Christianity's holiest site are finally becoming visible again to the thousands of tourists who pour through it every day. Plans for the final stages of the restoration were discussed here recently at the annual con- ference of the three interna- j tional architects who have dir ected the work since 1359 on behalf of the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic all of which control portions of the huge church. finished 85 per cent of the job and rebuilt more than a third of the church in the pro- Edouard the Paris architect who has direct- ed the renovations in the Ar- menian said. has been the most am- bitious restoration of the Holy Sepulchre undertaken since the time of the Archeological explora t i o n s conducted during the restora- tion have also revealed some intriguing new insights into the history of the site. In one workmen clearing a subterran- ean vault on the eastern end of the church have stumbled onto a discovery of potentially ma- jor significance. 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THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Franciscan broadcasts By JERRY BUCK LOS ANGELES The message is love. Love your family. Love your friends. Love your enemies. Love yourself. some- times I think that nobody -loves will love you think of break down and love like a kid This broadcast nationally on radio and televi- comes from a tiny office in the garment district that looks like a nostalgia buff's dream come true. amid old radios and phono- graphs and Rev. Ed- ward Wrobleski runs a one- man crusade for love. Father Wrobleski of the Franciscan Communications Centre uses his minuscule budget with the skill of a Madison Avenue agency to get his message of love aired on more than 3.500 radio and 750 television stations. The spots run from 10 to 60 seconds. LISTENERS RESPOND The mostly con- versations with are so popular in seme cities that listeners call the stations and request them. Father Wrobleski estimates that not even t'ie largest ad- vertiser could afford all the time he gels frea. Colorful love posters and other help him compete with more than 200 other public service cam- paigns clamoring for free air time. get their atten- he said. ulti- mately at comes down to whether it's good or not. If it's good they'll use Father Wrobleski. a Paul 1st was loaned to the Franciscans nearly four years ago to devise a new radio campaign. Franciscans had been doing radio for 25 but most of it was rele- gated to or off- he said. took three months to fig- ure out a campaign. The first question what is the We looked into the drug the breakdown of authority. But something was already being done about them. we got to thinking. Why is there a drug problem or racial It carne down to a lack of genuine love for each other. That's why we It's really an attempt to take some aspect of love and make it real and Nearly all the radio spots are taken from conversations he has with children at day care centres. He dees his own recording and but for the television spots he calls in a film crew. Father a husky man with modishly long often sheds his Roman collar and black suit for sports clothes as he works at his rolltop desk in his office. Atop the desk is an old radio. A one-time professional ma- he converted to Cathol- icism while in the United States Army. After his dis- charge he entered a semi- nary. He said he sees his love campaign as just one facet of missionary work. many commercials are negative and he said. easy to scare people. We could do it. If you don't do this or that you'll go to hell. It's harder to be posi- but you offer people He is realistic about the campaign. not going to radically change a human being with a 60-second he said. challenge is in- credible. We use a very broad-based message common to all humans. To really hit home with all these people is His soft-sell approach has bsen so successful that he's had three job offers. name a ridiculous sal- ary and tell them I'd want complete he said. money don't but freedom is one thing they can't grant. They don't have it themselves. T h a t's the great thing here. We have complete Soutkminster induction on Sunday Several induction services have been scheduled during summer months by the Unit- ed Church of Canada m South- ern Alberta. On Sunday at Rev. Kenneth Morris will be inducted as the new minister of Southminster United Letbbridge. During the same to be con- ducted by Rev. Blake Ander- pastroal assistant Wil- liam Calderwood will also be installed. In August Rev. Ray Heffelfinger is scheduled for induction. The same day at Rev. James Rux- ton is to receive appoint- ment. Other inductions during re- cent weeks have included Rev. Douglas Dunn. Blair- Rev. R. D. Rev. Richard Wor- den and Rev. Graham Dick- Medicine Rev. C. E. Milk and Rev. Ben Japanese United Lethbridge. Adventists offer camp for blind Visually handicapped chil- dren from Manito- Saskatchewan and Bri- tish Columbia are being brought to a camp for blind children at Bowden this month. Commencing August the Seventh-day Adventist deno- mination in conjunction with National Camps for Blind an American organ- will sponsor the five- day outdoor experience. The Bowden camp is one of 13 scheduled during the sum- mer. Sponsors bave operated Water horseb a c k swim m i n g and crafts are listed among camp activities. Extra safe- ty precautions and experienc- ed staff ensure maximum en- joyment for the blind children participating in the events. A maximum of four camp- ers are assigned to each coiinse'lor. Staff members re- ceive special orientation in dealing with blind children. Blind children attend camp free of charge. Expenses are met through fund raising pre- jects conducted by the spon- Alliance names Chinese pastor Chinsse residents of South- ern Alberta will welcome their first full-time Christian and Missionary Alliance pas- tor to Lsthbridge Sunday. Rev. James ac- companied by his is to be welcomed at a 4 p.m. bilingual service in Leth- W'CC meets at Geneva August 22-29 TORONTO The World Council of Churches is essential to the work and mission of all Christian the Ven. E. S. general secretary of the Anglican Church of Can- said this week. Archdeacon who will be the Canadian Anglican rep- resentative at the annual meet- ing of the WCC central commit- tee in Geneva. August 22 described the WCC as mising the churches' desire to express their inherent unity in Christ and concern for people throughout the of the council il- lustrate the churches' involve- ment in the modern he said. In the central com- mittee will receive reports on many aspects of church partici- pation in development and so- cial change. Studies on vio- genetics and its program to combat will be among subjects for dis- cussion. The Anglican Church of Can- ada was one of the founding bodies of tha which ob- serves its 25th anniversary on August 26. bridge Alliance 1202 3rd Avenue S. Participating In the induc- tion service will be Rev. Roy the denomination's Western Canada district su- Rev. Stephen Calgary Chinese Alliance and Rev. Daniel Gold- Lethbridge pastor. Several Chinese language services have been conducted here recently at the Alliance church. Induction of a full- time Chinese pastor is expect- ed to stimulate further con- gregational growth. Both con- gregations will share the ona building for worship. Music at the and at regular 7 p.m. will be presented by the Vancou- ver Chinese Christian Chor- ale. The youth choir is cur- rently travelling throughout Western Canada representing the ministry of the Far East Broadcasting a mission- ary radio station. SOUTHSIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST 2720-21 S. Dona'd R. Evangelist Bible Study 10.00 a.m. a m. ___i t _ vjuvj fj.nl. p.m. For information and Home Studv 328-0972 or 328-0855 EVERYONE WELCOME CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST -425 11th St. S. J. R. Minister Mr. D. Organ lit AN 327-4774 Family Service a.m. service for adults S.S. Classes for Evening Service p.m. EVERYBODY WELCOME CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203 4 AVE. S. SUNDAY TRUTH That School Service WEDNESDAY Meeting READING ROOM p.m. Open Sat THE SALVATION ARMY 1302 4th Avenue S. Corps MAJORS THELMA M. JOAN M. PIERCE School Worship p Service WE INVITE YOU TO MAKE THE ARMY YOUR CHURCH HOME BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH American Baptist General 329 19 Street North Church MR. 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