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CHRISTIANS NEAR JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA
STAND AGAINST VISION FORUM
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 10:23:24 -0500
From: "Carter, Rusty"
To: "Cynthia Kunsman"
Below is the letter that was published June 9.
The Virginia Gazette
216 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: (757) 220-1736 or (800) 944-6908
Fax: (757) 220-1390
We are the members of the Charles City Clergy Conference, an ecumenical association of ministers from the churches of Charles City. Recently, we learned that Charles City will be the site of an alternative Jamestown 400th celebration, to be held June 11-18 at Fort Pocahontas.
This greatly concerns us. The alternative Jamestown Celebration is hosted by Vision Forum, a Texas-based organization. According to the Vision Forum website, www.visionforumministries.org, the festival is intended to highlight the role of the Jamestown settlers in bringing Christianity to North America, because Vision Forum feels that the official commemoration spent too much time apologizing for the treatment of African Americans and Native Americans, and not enough time celebrating God’s work at Jamestown.
We applaud any attempt to give God glory. But we take a stand against Vision Forum’s attempt to tie its own political and social agenda to the Gospel. Its website shows that this organization associates the message of Jesus Christ with a blanket condemnation of all public schooling, women with careers, public assistance to the poor. Vision Forum also insists that the Native Americans of Jamestown were “happy” to turn over land to the settlers because they did not possess “Western and biblical concepts of property ownership.”
It would be tragic if the media coverage of this event implied that the churches of Charles City were in agreement with this. In fact, our churches have not been involved at all in this celebration. It is not a Charles City festival, but a weeklong celebration by an out-of-state political organization, with its own particular political agenda.
Rev. Peter Bauer, Secretary
Charles City Clergy Conference
New Vine Baptist Church
5100 John Tyler Memorial Highway
Link to an additional reference to the Vision Forum Jamestown Celebration reported by Newsweek/MSNBC online.