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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008
2B LIFE/ T he C h a rl o t t e P o s t Thursday September 18, 2008
What’s love got to do with it? Plenty
that yielded 25,500 individual
Tina Turner was right. Love happy.” pened to love being a two-way start to question herself, fig- creep.
has nothing to do with it. Ok, I responses. Keep believing these myths street? If a man does his part, ure out what she’s done wrong Here’s a thought: Men can’t
take that back. It doesn’t have It wasn’t surprising to learn and the odds of your husband and the woman does her part, or what she could have done cheat by themselves. If the
everything to do with it. that one in three couples will cheating will dramatically rise, then everybody’s happy. better. Her self-esteem starts women men cheat with will
According to M. Gary Neu- be affected by an affair. All I he says. Right? to dwindle. start embracing sisterhood
man’s book, “The Truth About had to do was look within my Michael Baisden taught us But often times when a The truth is a man’s cheating and respecting the relation-
Cheating: Why Men Stray and family and circle of friends to that men cry in the dark. But it woman doesn’t receive these is no fault of her own. Even if ships of others, then men will
What You Can figure that one out. But the turns out, when the lights are emotions from her man, she there are problems in the mar- have no choice but to work on
Do to Prevent revelation was that men really on, guys want a hug. They retreats within herself, focuses riage or relationship, stepping their own marriages.
It,” it’s a cold are just as emotional as want to feel valued. They want more on the kids (if any), finds outside of the circle of com- Cheating women can put a
hard fact that women. The number one rea- to feel appreciated. They want a hobby, or hangs out more mitment is never the right stop to cheating. And this is
monogamy is son men cheat, according to to feel interesting. They want with her girlfriends. When a choice. when love has everything to
fleeting faster Neuman’s study, is emotional to feel desired. man doesn’t receive these The book offers advice on do with it. Because if you
than you can dissatisfaction. Who doesn’t? Women want emotions from his woman, he how to have a solid marriage loved your neighbor as your-
say, “til death “Emotional disconnection? the same things. retreats into the arms of some- and what to do if you suspect self, you would turn him away
do us part.” Appreciation? Doesn’t that While I agree that wives one else. I know, I know. your partner is cheating. What the next time he came knock-
KIMBERLY The author sound like a woman is talk- should be fully involved in That’s a generalization, so let Neuman’s research proves is ing.
HARRINGTON was featured ing?” Neuman writes. “The big their relationships and do me clarify by saying at least that sex isn’t always the dan- A veteran journalist, Kim-
on Oprah’s lie we keep hearing over and what it takes to make it sur- one in three men will. gling carrot leading a man berly Harrington is a freelance
show last week discussing his over again is women are the vive, I think the burden of suc- A cheating husband or astray. But he also admits that writer living in Wadesboro.
book, which was based on a emotional ones, whereas men cess falls on the shoulders of boyfriend can be a hurtful ex- a woman can do everything E-mail her at onyxlyspeak-
survey of 200 men (100 are like rocks, doing their women too much. What hap- perience. A woman will often right and her man will still email@example.com.
cheaters and 100 noncheaters) thing, needing only sex to be
Black Enterprise names
20 best places to retire
By David Pitt
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Durham has topped the list of Black Enterprise magazine’s 20
best places to retire, based on quality of life, affordable health
care and other considerations.
The magazine, the most recent national publication to release
a list of desirable retirement spots, considered a number of fac-
tors when tabulating its annual list of “20 Best Places to Retire”
in the October issue.
The other top seven locations - Charlottesville, Va., Ann Arbor,
Mich., Nashville, Tenn.; Lexington, Ky.; Roswell, Ga. and Colum-
bia, Mo. - also received the magazine’s best score for quality of
life, which included housing prices, public schools, crime levels,
traffic congestion and commercial air access.
Asheville, N.C. ranked 11th, ahead of Gahanna, Ohio, and
The rankings, in a survey created by the magazine’s editors,
gave places 40 percent of the total score for quality of life, 20
percent for health care, and 15 percent each for taxes and
leisure. Arts & Culture and climate were each given 5 percent of
the total score.
Many of the 20 locations are in the South, where the climate can
be milder, although a few locations are in the Upper Midwest or
Northeast, which received high scores for quality of life but
lower marks for climate.
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Black Enterprise names
20 best places to retire
and desirability of locales in boro, Ore.
making their own assess- Research by the AARP, a
Continued from page 2B
Editor-In-Chief Derek Dingle
said the goal was to present ments of possible retirement nonprofit organization for
readers retirement options spots. people age 50 and older, indi-
with high quality of life stan- Money Magazine, in its re- cates that a large majority of
dards, quality health care and port, broke up retirement des- retirees won’t move at all, and
low taxes so they could tinations by category, if they do, they likely won’t go
stretch their retirement nest including a group of six towns far.
egg further. on the water: Dunedin, Fla.; In a 2006 study based on
In addition, many of the Sequim, Wash.; St. Joseph, more than 1,200 interviews
cities are near metropolitan Mich.; Beaufort, S.C.; Du- and Census data, the AARP
areas with access to histori- rango, Colo.; and Marble Falls, said nine out of 10 people 60
cally black colleges and uni- Texas. and older stayed in the same
versities “where they can Money also has a list of home or within the same
engage in leisure and arts and places for most affordable county.
cultural activities, areas for homes and those towns in Nancy Thompson, a spokes-
our audience that had some which you can expect to live a woman for AARP, said retirees
African American orienta- long life, including two coun- should keep several factors in
tion.” ties in Iowa and two in Min- mind when contemplating a
Black Enterprise magazine nesota. Locations in move, including whether a
has about 525,000 paid sub- Maryland, Florida, Oregon, home as a no-step entry and
scribers and 4 million read- Virginia, California and bedroom on the main floor, in
ers, predominantly African Hawaii also made Money’s case a person should become
Americans. Entrepreneurs list. less mobile, as well as access
and business owners make up U.S. News & World Report to public transportation and
a third of the readership. highlighted locations ranging walkable pathways in the
Other publications highlight from Bozeman, Mont., which community should the per-
factors such as affordability tops its list, to Concord, N.H., son become unable to drive.
Fayetteville, Ark. and Hills-
4B LIFE/ T he Charlotte Post Thursday, September 18, 2008
Providing for elderly during shortage of specialists
By Laura Giovanelli similar to fellowship pro- think a lot of trainees shy than people still working.’“ The trade off to Mangieri is say, ‘I’ll work part time.’ I
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS grams across the country, away from that.” Dr. Sakeitha Crowder, the that she thinks that geriatrics could go and start a practice
said Dr. John Murphy, the Still, here geriatricians and other fellow studying at Bap- is a more flexible field. That’s tomorrow, and it will be full in
WINSTON-SALEM - Dr.
president of the American clinic staff spend as much as tist this year, became inter- important to her because she a matter of weeks.” she said of
Deanna Mangieri slid into a
Geriatrics Society. “Many pro- an hour with each patient, ested in the specialty after a wants to have a family. “You geriatrics.
chair and shuffled through
grams at good places are un- who are, on average, about 83 rotation through the hospi- can’t go into cardiology and
Nancy Reeser’s chart.
able to fill fellowships. And years old, Atkinson said. tal’s elderly, acute-care unit
There were the expected
we’re seeing that not change The older we get, chances last year. She was a resident.
questions about prescrip-
over time. In fact, it may be are, the more complex our Mangieri got turned on to the
tions, cholesterol and mam-
getting worse,” he said. health becomes, and it’s not field when she was in medical
mograms. But today, on this
About one-third of geri- always intuitive. Confusion school and made regular vis-
check-up, Mangieri also
atrics fellowships across the can be a symptom of infec- its to a nursing home. “I think
wanted to know what kind of
country are currently going tion in an older person, rather it was a calling,’‘ she said.
exercise the trim 72-year-old
unfilled, Murphy said. than the expected fever. Treat ``I’ve always been the peo-
was getting. How was her ap-
For such doctors as himself the infection, and the confu- ple-person doctor.”
petite? (Too good, Reeser
physicians who have made sion can improve. But it takes But up-and-coming geriatri-
joked.) How was she sleep-
caring for the elderly their av- health-care workers who cians still face financial reali-
ocation that’s a problem. know what to look for. ties. Reimbursements drive
“What do you do for fun?”
America is aging, and fast, Geriatricians often see frail doctors’ compensation, but
Mangieri asked. “Has your
as millions of baby boomers patients who are dealing with they do not pay spending
mood been OK? More good
head for retirement. cognitive impairment, falls, more time with a patient. Pro-
days than bad?”
Just 12 percent of the U.S. instability on their feet, in- cedures and surgeries are
Then she asked Reeser to
population was 65 and older continence and dizziness. more lucrative. “Restructur-
get up from the exam table
in 2005, about 36.7 million Geriatricians work with social ing Medicare reimbursements
with her arms crossed, her
people. By 2030, that number workers, home-health aides is key. Geriatricians are paid
hands cupping her elbows,
is expected to jump to nearly and caregivers in ways that the lowest,” Murphy said.
and walk to the door and
20 percent, according to U.S. younger patients might not Wake Forest’s fellows are
back. It was a simple test that
Census Bureau estimates. By need. paid $45,000 a year, and
didn’t take much time or in-
then, more than 71 million Reeser lives in Kernersville. most of the financing for
volve any high-tech ma-
Americans will be senior citi- She is healthy, but she keeps them comes from Medicare.
zens. an eye on her cholesterol and Both Crowder and Mangieri
But it could tell her if Reeser
Currently, there are about slight hypertension and os- don’t have major debt to
was having problems with
7,000 geriatricians in the teopenia, lower-than-average worry about when they finish
balance and strength.
United States. The need is bone density that can be a their training. But they feel as
The Winston-Salem Journal
more than five times that, precursor to osteoporosis. if they are an exception. They
reported that geriatricians are
Murphy said. Fewer geriatri- She said she has been going will likely be paid much less
primary-care or internal-med-
cians are renewing their cer- to Baptist’s geriatrics pri- than their medical-school col-
icine physicians who have re-
tification, too. mary-care clinic for about 10 leagues. Geriatricians re-
ceived additional training
“We’ve been talking about years. Her husband, who is ported a median salary of
including a fellowship after
this for a long time. What’s 82, also goes there. “They sit $179,344 in a 2008 survey of
medical school and residency
happening now, is it’s becom- down and talk. It’s like visit- physicians’ compensation by
and certification caring for
ing a crisis,” Murphy said. ing a friend, but they’re gath- the American Medical Group
Experts say that a range of ering a lot of information Association. Compare that
But in the United States,
issues are to blame, from a from that,” she said. “We’re with cardiologists, who re-
there’s a growing shortage of
health-care market that com- on the downside of our lives, ported a median income of
doctors specializing in such
pensates specialties, such as and our needs are different $379,975.
care, even as the population
cardiology, more, to a society
of older people grows faster
that worships youth, to lower
than any other age group.
Medicare reimbursements, to
Mangieri is one of two fel-
the complexity of caring for
lows training at Wake Forest
people who have multiple
University Baptist Medical
Before & After School
Center this year. The medical
“We do deal in complexity,”
center has room for four fel-
lows in its one-year geriatrics
Atkinson said. “So the aver- $40/Week - Grades K-5
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age patient that a geriatrician 2 University Area Locations
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THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2008 PAGE 5B
Community of reveals strong
This week’s treatment of the International Revealed
Sunday School Lesson is written by Mitch Dietrick Haddon,
Beswick, director of administration and com- producer
munication for Roxbury Church of Christ in Zomba Music
Some of the most frequently explored teach-
ings of Jesus are found in Matthew 5:3-12, col- Dietrick Haddon has always been sort of
lectively referred to as the Beatitudes. At best, a gospel maverick, offering music biased
this series of statements can seem rather con- toward young people. He’s had some big
fusing and difficult to understand; at worst, it stuff and some fairly oddball recordings
can seem contradictory and absurdly paradox- as well.
ical. Let’s explore these statements a bit fur- “Revealed” is one of those times when
ther. Haddon’s gotten things right. If you
Me, Me, Me! closed your eyes and only listened to the
Suppose the Beatitudes were rewritten like music, this would be a slickly produced
this: adult urban CD.
CALVIN FERGUSON FOR THE CHARLOTTE POST
Blessed are: But Haddon is firmly rooted in gospel.
The poor in spirit (for then you have Leap of Faith Dance Academy owner Candra Davis leads a ballet class Monday night. His lyrics say that with strength and as-
nowhere to go but up). surance. Each song is well-crafted, slickly
Those who mourn (for it keeps you from de- produced and performed passionately.
veloping unrealistic expectations).
The meek (for you gradually toughen up
from getting picked on all the time).
Those who hunger and thirst for righteous-
Leap of faith results in For some, things may be a bit too slick.
There’s nothing churchy, nor remotely
gospel sounding. “Reveal My Heart” has
Tim & Bob written all over, sounding
ness (for it gives you that drive you need to
The merciful (for it’s a good way to lull your
celebration of dance more like Bobby Valentino than, say, Kirk
Franklin. “Don’t Take Your Spirit Away”
sounds like an outtake from a Police LP.
enemies into a false sense of security). Yet, Haddon comes across more sincere
The pure in heart (for then you can brag By Ryanne Persinger than he has on other releases. “I’m Alive”
about following all of the rules). firstname.lastname@example.org “I like the fact that (classes) are faith-based is full of energy and hope. It bounces
The peacemakers (for then you can at least and I am able to do something that I love with- along, happily dragging the listener. “Go
Opening a dance studio has always been out it being derogatory,” Robinson said. “It
feel like you’re in charge). With Me” is nearly dance-floor quality
Candra Davis’ lifelong dream. represents Jesus well; and you don’t always
Those who are persecuted because of right- stuff. Haddon spits out the lyric with
Four years ago she took a leap of faith, and find that combination of love of dance and
eousness (for then you have something to youthful exuberance.
a hefty pay cut when she left her corporate worship together.”
blame your failures on). There are times when things get a bit
job to make it a reality. The classes generally have no more than 10
The first portion of each “blessing state- bizarre. I understand the sentiment be-
She launched her studio and named it Leap students so everyone can get special attention,
ment” is an accurate reflection of the wording hind “Jesus For President,” but there’s
of Faith Dance Academy. Davis says.
in Matthew 5:3-10. The second portion (those something limiting about that image.
“It was a true step of faith to move out there “It’s a nurturing environment,” she said. “It
lines in parentheses) are departures from “Soul Survivor” is a little too R. Kelly for
and not know how it was going to go,” Davis speaks to the culture that I want.”
Scripture. These endings are how I could fin- my taste.
said. “But this is my love for God and my love Davis has been dancing for over 30 years
ish each sentence if I were only concerned Still, Haddon balances this release with
for dance intertwined.” and she started when she was 2 years old. The
with the here and now, if I were focused only the right amount of street smarts and
Leap of Faith, located at 8535 Hankins Road, St. Louis, Mo., native is a graduate of Spellman
on minimizing my own inconveniences, and Bible-based messages. “The Word” may
is a Christian-based dance studio that teaches College and in 1999 moved from Atlanta to
if heavenly rewards were not at all important be mushy, but it’s the best way to close
tap, ballet, liturgical and hip-hop. Charlotte. In 2002, she choreographed classes
to me. They follow each state or condition this project. Haddon is still an acquired
Including Davis, there are three instructors. and founded Psalm 150, a dance ministry for
(such as being poor in spirit) with an earthly taste, but he’s as accessible as he’s ever
Davis, who still has a full-time job, works children at University Park Baptist.
outcome that seems desirable. These conclu- been on this recording.
from home for a bank during the day and is at “I want (children) to learn early about God,”
sions focus on rising above others, gaining
the studio on weeknights and Saturdays. Davis said. “I want kids to be actively involved
control, and benefiting only one person-me. I
Before each class Davis opens with a prayer, and I want them to come in here and grow.”
call this collection of statements the “me-atti-
something Juanita Brown appreciates. The love she had for Psalm 150 carries over
“I like the classes because we always pray to her passion at Leap of Faith, a non-compet-
before we get started,” Brown said. “I’m in itive based school where the environment is
A key ingredient to understanding the true
church a lot and I like that interaction here be- geared toward the art of dance. Davis also
nature of verses 3-10 is found at the end of
cause it makes it more spiritual.” started the Leap of Faith Dance Company for
verse 11-namely, the three words “because of
Brown decided to join the experience after teens and adults, which performs throughout
me.” Jesus says those who follow him defi-
her 6-year-old granddaughter Kendall started the year.
nitely will receive harsh or unfair treatment.
ballet and tap dance classes. And just like the Davis is a certified dance educator through
At the same time, Jesus says it is because of
children, Brown says Davis is very patient Dance Masters of America and still attends
him that we may view the Beatitudes as a
with adults. church at University Park.
blessing and not a curse. Knowing who Jesus
“She’s very sweet-talking all the time,” “Here we offer a godly environment,” she
is, and more importantly, having a personal
Brown said. “Everyone here is just so kind and said. “I think one of the biggest things that sets
relationship with him, can help provide a com-
that’s what you look for.” up apart (from other studios) is our commit-
pletely new perspective on the blessings
Lisa Robinson, who performed with Davis ment to excellence and our Christian princi-
promised by the Beatitudes.
on University Park Baptist Church’s praise ples.”
A well-worn T-shirt of mine sports these
team, has been going to her classes for almost For more information about Leap of Faith,
words, “Who you know determines where you
four years. She takes the adult combo class, call (704) 597-0209 or visit www.leapoffaith-
go. Know Jesus.” (See Romans 6:23.) This
which is ballet, tap and jazz and is also a dance.com
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Former NOI leader W.D. Mohammed dies
By Sophia Tareen not immediately released. their humanity and to extend the moral and ethical
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS “We ask that you pray for our father and leader,” the values of Islam to the general American public.”
CHICAGO - Imam W.D. Mohammed, who suc- statement said. When Elijah Muhammad died in 1975, his son was
ceeded his father as leader of the Nation of Islam The Cook County Medical Examiner said 74-year-old named leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam,
but abandoned its teachings of black supremacy Wallace Mohammed was pronounced dead Sept. 9. which promoted self-reliance and black supremacy, a
and moved thousands of its followers Mohammed went by both Warith Deen Mohammed belief mainstream Muslims consider heretical.
into mainstream Islam, has died. He and Wallace Muhammad. An autopsy was planned for But Mohammed quickly abandoned that teaching
was 74. Sept. 10. and led the Nation toward orthodox Islam, emphasiz-
Mohammed died at his home in “Obviously, it’s a great loss for the entire Muslim ing the faith’s message of racial tolerance.
Markham, Illinois, according to community,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of Minister Louis Farrakhan, who broke with Mo-
a family statement issued late Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan, hammed over the change, separately revived the old
Tuesday by his nephew, Sultan where Mohammed led a convention last month. “He
Muhammad. Details of his death were was encouraging his followers to accept the best of
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announcements to (704) 342-2160 or e-mail tapped Theology Series, which take a deeper classes include Christology, which will be Saturdays in September through December at
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• Out of the Box International Kingdom of God about God, themselves and the world. Shows in- • House of Esther and the Stratford Richard- • Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, 3725 Beat-
presents its Fire and Rain Conference 2008, “Je- clude “Family Matters on Sept. 8, “Who’s The son YMCA is hosting free training classes for ties Ford Road, presents its Neighborhood
hovah Back in Control” Sept. 15-21 at Grace and Boss?” on Oct. 15, “Perfect Strangers,” on Nov. single mothers ages 16 to 32. Some of the Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through
Mercy Ministries, 2916 Tuckaseegee Road. Con- 20 and “MTV Unplugged” Dec. 19. For more in- classes included in the Important Maternal Prin- Sept. 27. For more information, call (704) 398-
ference times are at 7:30 p.m. Monday through formation, call (704) 927-0240. ciples and Christian Training or I.M.P.A.C.T., are 2914 or (704) 408-7836.
Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday. For a list of • Grace Bible College, 1185 Little Road in New- workplace development, life skills, time man- • A Gift of Love Ministry, 1530 E. Alleghany
speakers or for more information, call (704) ton, N.C., invites people to attend classes at the agement/continuing education and parenting St., hosts an attic sale and fish fry between 9
780-0803. church. The classes begin at 6:50 p.m. Sept. 1 skills. Childcare and lunch will be provided. The
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Community of values for all believers to follow
outcomes in mind, these fit, nor are the lessons they through the way in which they Contrast that with a lone indi- there.
statement helps us focus on vidual on a hillside holding a The Beatitudes begin and
Continued from page 4B
“blessed are” statements sud- teach possible to learn in isola- live. A single granule of salt
Heaven and Hell, and ulti- denly make more sense. tion from others. The Beati- seasons very slightly. How- candle. Once again, you can end with “the kingdom of
mately, how one reaches each Jesus can turn unpleasant, tudes are a common set of ever, when you liberally sprin- see the power of community heaven” (vv. 3, 10) as God’s re-
(which is certainly an important unwanted, and unjust circum- values, meant to be shared by kle your saltshaker over that when it comes to Christians ward. Is this significant?
message). However, I also think stances into something good. the entire Christian commu- piece of steak or ear of corn, making an impression on the What are some practical
knowing Jesus greatly influ- Because Jesus sets the nity. They are traits that WE the result can be dramatic-the world. ways Christians can help each
ences our daily routines, such supreme example for us, we are to live out together as fol- salt now can bring out the very Questions for your group other to more consistently ex-
as “where we go” with our can rejoice and be glad, and lowers of Christ. best flavor in the food. Clearly, Jesus directs the Beatitudes hibit the attitudes demon-
thoughts, priorities, and ac- know that we’ll have great re- Jesus follows up the Beati- we are meant to work together to his disciples. Why do you strated in the Beatitudes?
tions. wards in Heaven (Matthew tudes with two examples of if we are to positively affect think he picked this group to For personal reflection
Knowing how Jesus re- 5:12). the importance of community the world around us. hear these teachings? Do you exhibit any “me-atti-
sponded to situations, and We (Matthew 5:13, 14). Jesus’ second example of a Consider the lessons being tudes” that need to be
knowing the qualities and char- The title of this lesson In his first example, Jesus city on a hill can be inter- taught in the Beatitudes. Com- changed?
acter he exhibited, helps us em- speaks of community, which encourages his followers to be preted in similar fashion. A pare and contrast how worldly Are you a “hillside candle
brace the Beatitudes in a whole implies a sharing in common. like salt, to flavor and season city on a hill, especially when values clash with God’s re- holder”? What is preventing
new light. When we realize The Beatitudes were not writ- the world around them, and to lit up at night, can be seen wards in regards to each of the you from living in “a city on a
Jesus had heavenly, eternal ten for a single person’s bene- exhibit their values to others from a great distance away. “blessed are” statements hill”?
Former Nation of Islam leader W.D. Mohammed dies
who had that hate rhetoric has Born in 1933 in the Detroit said. emphasis on black economic supporting convicts after they
come and passed and they area, Mohammed was the sev- No one knows the size of self-reliance that had been were released from prison.
Continued from page 4B
Nation of Islam. know it,” Mohammed said in enth of eight children. He was Mohammed’s movement, part of the Nation of Islam’s In 1990, Mohammed was the
Farrakhan and Mohammed an interview last year in Little interested in Islam from an which was decentralized with mission. first Muslim to open the U.S.
reconciled in 2000 through a Rock, Arkansas. early age, said Lawrence many leaders and many enti- Mohammed’s businesses in- Senate with prayer.
series of meetings and a joint The Nation of Islam didn’t Mamiya, a religion professor at ties, including The Mosque cluded importing clothing, de- The movement’s decentral-
public appearance at a Friday immediately return telephone Vassar College in Poughkeep- Cares. However, the number veloping skin care products ization makes it unclear who
prayer in Chicago. messages seeking comment. sie, New York. of his followers is believed to and real estate development. will succeed Mohammed.
Still, Mohammed remained Mohammed was a friend of “He was a great African be in the tens of thousands. Among the social service work
critical of many Nation of Malcolm X, who also aban- American Muslim leader who The movement included not he championed was promot-
Islam leaders. doned the Nation to embrace opened up Islam to the wider only mosques nationwide, but ing education, improving ac-
“The time for those leaders mainstream Islam. American public,” Mamiya many business projects, cess to health care and
which reflected the continued
A woman vice president? Sure.
A woman pastor? Not likely 1600 Norris Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28206
By Adelle M. Banks Louisville, Ky. based Council he would send a help to the
RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on Biblical Manhood and Wom- man,” Hoyt said. “Well, it was-
anhood, which believes men n’t just a help to cook his Rev. Clifford Matthews, Jr.,
WASHINGTON - There may and women have separate and meals. It was a help to walk
never be a female pastor lead-
distinct roles in the home and alongside him, even as we see
ing Tony Perkins’ Southern the church, in a column on his John McCain and Sarah Palin
Baptist congregation in organization’s “Gender Blog.” walking side by side.”
St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church Homecoming…2008
Louisiana, but there could be a But some evangelical leaders, These views appear to be a September 20, 2008 – Mass Choir in Concert @ 6:00pm
woman taking over the vice including women at the helm change for some evangelicals.
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8B T h e C ha r l ot t e P os t Thursday, September 18, 2008
A woman vice president? Sure. A woman pastor? Not likely
Continued from 7B nent pastoral roles, said Mar- that “the office of pastor is he couldn’t see himself as Palin’s nomination, and is in politics but a greater place
America, said such polling garet Poloma, research pro- limited to men as qualified by “first dude” (a term used by shocked by callers who com- in the nation’s pulpits. “Quite
numbers may be a “rather fessor at the University of Scripture” and a wife should Palin’s husband). Still, he plain that the Alaska governor frankly, it is threatening be-
stark” look at situations that Akron. She calls the views of “submit herself graciously” to thinks decisions about roles “has no business being in pol- cause the more you see Chris-
vary from family to family, in- evangelicals — many of them her husband’s leadership. are up to each husband and itics.” tian women out in the
cluding Palin’s. “What people non-Pentecostals — who sup- But those beliefs, based on wife — including Sarah and Crouse, whose mother is an professions and doing things
have seen as they’ve watched port women politicians but New Testament teachings, do Todd Palin. 85-year-old United Methodist publicly, the more people get
Gov. Palin is that she has inte- not women pastors a matter not apply to women in secu- “The only thing that would minister, thinks those com- adjusted to that idea and the
grated her family and her of “selective interpretation” lar leadership, said Richard disqualify Gov. Palin from ments reflect a fear of women more acceptable it is,” she
work,” she said. “There are of the Bible. Land, president of the South- being governor or vice presi- not only having a greater role said.
situations where people are “The whole thing is con- ern Baptist Ethics and Reli- dent, in my opinion, would be
able to bring their children to torted, but they really believe gious Liberty Commission. if her husband didn’t want
work.” Palin herself has reli- that,” she said. “That’s their “Where the New Testament is her to do it,” he said. Janice
gious roots in the Assemblies interpretation.” silent, we’re silent,” he said. Shaw Crouse, senior fellow at
of God, a Pentecostal denom- The Southern Baptist Con- “Where the New Testament Concerned Women of Amer-
ination that ordains women vention, the nation’s largest speaks, we’re under its au- ica’s Beverly LaHaye Institute,
but where female clergy still evangelical denomination, de- thority.” Land’s wife works as said she’s appeared on Chris-
have difficulty getting promi- clares in its faith statement a psychotherapist, but he said tian radio talk shows since
Hispanic pastor’s political sway on rise
By Amy Green the National Hispanic Chris- less and downtrodden by feed- the greatest countries in the
RELIGION NEWS SERVICE tian Leadership Conference (an ing the homeless and employ- world. It’s not a perfect coun-
arm of the National Associa- ing former criminals on its try, but I wouldn’t change it for
ORLANDO, Fla. - As the Rev. tion of Evangelicals) is emerg- cleaning staff,” he said. anything. ... I just want to par-
Nino Gonzalez sees it, voting ing as a prominent voice on Gonzalez says he doesn’t tell ticipate. I want to go on record,
is like learning English or earn- behalf of non-Catholic Hispan- parishioners how to vote, only when my time passes I want it
ing citizenship - something ics. When the group emerged that they should vote. “As a to be known there was a pastor
that is fundamentally Ameri- in 1992, early leaders never pastor, I believe we should par- here who did something at
can. So when he moved here envisioned political involve- ticipate,” he said. “I love this least.”
from Puerto Rico eight years to ment, said the group’s presi- country. I feel we have one of
lead Orlando’s Iglesia El Cal- dent, the Rev. Samuel
vario and found that Hispanics Rodriguez. Yet today Ro-
were sitting out the electoral driguez said he holds a “signif-
process, he resolved to do icant number” of meetings
something about it. with Sens. Barack Obama and
Gonzalez spoke from the John McCain, who are courting
pulpit and his church-owned a voting block that could prove
AM station. He rallied with His- pivotal in swing states such as
panics for immigration reform. California, Florida, Nevada and
He invited Florida Republicans New Mexico. Despite tradition-
Gov. Charlie Crist, then a can- ally conservative leanings, His-
didate, and Sen. Mel Martinez panics seem up for grabs in
to his church, prayed for them 2008, Rodriguez said. Many
and implored them not to for- Hispanics harbor bitter feel-
get immigrants. ings against the Republican
Today he is a rising national Party over failed immigration
leader among a growing num- reform. “The Republican Party
ber of Hispanics who are dropped the ball, and it was
breaking from a historically one of the worst exercises in
passive role in American poli- political engagement that we
tics - a newfound sense of ac- have seen since the Republican
tivism that could prove pivotal Party similarly blew off the
in the November elections. African American vote in the
With citizenship numbers on early 1960s,” he said.
the rise and immigration is- According to a Pew Hispanic
sues in the news, Hispanics are Center survey this summer,
feeling empowered to vote and Hispanic voters favor Obama
are finding guidance at church over McCain by 66 percent to
– the same place many often 23 percent. Historically, His-
turn to for community, lan- panics stayed out of politics.
guage, citizenship and other Many were recent immigrants
support. and were too young to vote.
“Based on what the Bible That is changing, and like
says, I feel that I need to par- evangelicals generally, His-
ticipate in favor of those who panic evangelicals have shed
don’t have a voice,” said Gon- their distrust for government
zalez, whose Hispanic and now embrace political in-
megachurch - the state’s sec- volvement, Rodriguez said.
ond-largest - draws some Immigration was the issue that
5,500 on Sundays. “So I march sparked large-scale Hispanic
with the immigrants. I partici- involvement, but the dismal
pate in their rallies.” economy, a divisive war and
Their numbers nudge higher dissatisfaction with the cur-
with every election. In 2006, rent White House likely will
Hispanics accounted for 8.6 drive many new voters to the
percent of all votes cast, up polls, Lugo said. At the center
from 6 percent in 2004 and 5.5 of this change are pastors such
percent in 2000, according to as Gonzalez, a charismatic reli-
the Pew Hispanic Center. gious leader who may not un-
Religious affiliation is a derstand the full weight of his
strong indicator of political af- influence, said Rodriguez, who
filiation. Among eligible Latino has known him for at least 16
voters, evangelicals are twice years. “He would be catego-
as likely as Catholics to iden- rized as one of our Rick War-
tify with the Republican Party rens, Bill Hybels and Joel
and are even more likely to de- Osteens,” Rodriguez said, re-
scribe themselves as conserva- ferring to the emerging crop of
tive. high-profile evangelical lead-
Hispanics are showing their ers. “He is undoubtedly one of
political involvement in other America’s most important His-
ways, too. “There is the emer- panic pastors and one of the
gence of the national and reli- most important pastors over-
gious leadership,” said Luis all.” Gonzalez grew up in the
Lugo, director of the Pew south Bronx and Puerto Rico
Forum on Religion and Public and eventually settled in
Life and a native of Cuba. Puerto Rico, where he worked
“What you see now is networks for the Assemblies of God. In
and organizations that are be- 2000, he came to Iglesia El Cal-
ginning to organize and mobi- vario, an Assemblies of God
lize the Latino congregation, where atten-
evangelical/Pentecostal vote. dance has doubled in the past
That’s another step for Hispan- eight years. He said he became
ics to participate in American a pastor because he didn’t
public life.” want to end up like some of his
U.S. Catholic bishops have New York friends, on drugs
long been a strong voice on be- and in jail. His church puts
half of immigrants, and now special emphasis on the voice-
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