Christian schools and their silly rules

WA Today reports…

“A Perth mother is outraged her teenage son was told to leave school on Monday morning because his hair was “too short”.

Sandra told Radio 6PR she was forced to provide staff at Corpus Christi College in Bateman with a note from her Year 10 son’s barber to prove his hair cut was in line with the private school’s policy.

The boy was then allowed to return to school for the day, but was told he had to wear a hat and may not be allowed to attend his year’s end of year river cruise celebration on Monday night.

Sandra went to the school to query why he was being sent home after receiving a text from her son.

“We had a wedding on the weekend and he had his hair cut, so he’s got it cut short on the sides, and just a little bit long on the top,” she said.

“His hair’s not long, it’s not short, he hasn’t got a shaved head, he hasn’t got stripes or swirls cut on his head… it’s just a boy’s haircut.”

The school declined to comment to WAtoday but Sandra claimed a staff member told her her son’s hair was shorter than a ‘two’ on the sides, which was against school policy – but a barber’s note Sandra then went and arranged clarified his hair was cut to a ‘two’.

“I said [to the staff member], ‘You’ve got boys there with their hair looking like mop-heads and you allow them’, [the staff member said], ‘Oh no they’ve got their hair tied up’, I said, ‘No they don’t, I’ve been on canteen duty, I’ve seen them walk in and walk out they don’t have their hair tied up and you don’t send them home,” she said.

The school has since allowed the student to return to class to learn his exam results, but he has been told to wear a hat.

Today was his last day of school for 2016, with Sandra telling Radio 6PR he was excited to find out how he went in his exams.

“It’s not fair that he’s already missed one and a half period of school,” she said. 

She is yet to hear whether her son will be allowed to attend Monday’s river cruise.”


Anointed cucumbers


Daily Post Nigeria reports…

“The founder of Prophetic Healing Deliverance Ministries in Zimbabwe, Prophet Walter Magaya, stirred up controversies on the social media on Sunday as pictures of him distributing and selling ‘anointed’ cucumbers during his church service went viral.

The report is causing a stir as cucumber has recently been “literally discovered to have many uses,” apart from being an edible fruit.

The pastor created room for criticisms as the report had it that his church members, especially the ladies, heavily patronized him.

While some called him fake for selling cucumbers in the house of God, others said “only him knows why he chose cucumber of all fruits” to distribute.”


Prophet of Doom


Eyewitness News reports…

“A pastor who has been photographed spraying his congregants with Doom has defended his methods, saying the use of the insect killer is harmless.

The pictures taken at the Mountzion General Assembly church in Limpopo show prophet Lethebo Rabalago spraying the insect killer over people he had promised to heal.

Rabalago claims that he is able to heal and deliver people using various substances at his disposal.

He says that his methods are faultless and only require faith to work.

“God can use anything, God can use the mud, God can use saliva, God can use even poisonous things to deliver people. If they see a man of God using that thing it’s a sign of attracting men, so this is a magnetic anointing we are ‘magneting’ men into Christ. They don’t believe it can happen but once we put that magnet there, they see it’s possible and then they come.”

There has been some confused and angry reaction to the pastor’s actions.”



Steve Munsey wrongful death lawsuit



The Times of Northwest Indiana reports…

“The family of Domonique “Nikki” Smith announced Thursday morning they filed a lawsuit against Family Christian Center and its pastors, Steve and Melodye Munsey, in connection with their 18-year-old daughter’s death.

Smith’s mother, Vicki Walker, said in a news conference at the Lake County Government Center in Crown Point that she had unanswered questions about her daughter’s death May 29, 2015, in a pool at the Munsey residence.

She said she did not suspect foul play, but felt Melodye Munsey, who Walker said was at the residence at the time of Smith’s death, was negligent, and failed to show adequate care for her daughter’s safety.

Smith was found floating face down in a pool at the Munsey’s residence on Wilderness Drive in Schererville that afternoon. Walker said her daughter had been a lifeguard and was a strong swimmer.

Smith was at the residence to baby-sit the Munseys’ 6-year-old granddaughter, according to a news release.

“She should have been watching my child, while (Smith) watched their child,” Walker said.

Smith also raised questions about an alleged “15-minute gap” in surveillance footage obtained by police from the Munsey residence.

“I believe the tape was altered,” Smith said.

The Munsey family’s attorney, former Lake County Sheriff Roy Dominguez, said Thursday afternoon he had not received a copy of the civil complaint and could not comment on pending litigation.

The Family Christian Center, 340 W. 45th Ave. in Munster, has 15,000 weekly worshipers and a congregation of more than 30,000.

The wrongful death lawsuit was filed Thursday morning in Lake County Civil Court.

Defendants include Family Christian World Inc., the Munseys, Indiana Land Trust Company and Domonique Smith’s father, Darryl Anthony Smith.

The family says in the lawsuit that Smith arrived at the Munseys’ residence at 10 a.m. to baby-sit their grandchild.

Melodye Munsey and a second woman were at the residence, the lawsuit states.

At 1 p.m., Smith was reportedly discovered unresponsive in the Munseys’ swimming pool, according to the lawsuit.

Paramedics were dispatched to the house some time thereafter, according to the lawsuit, and Smith was transported to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Dyer (now called Franciscan Health Dyer), which was about a half-mile farther away from the residence than the closest hospital, Community Hospital in Munster.

The family says in the lawsuit Steve Munsey is affiliated with Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital.

Smith never regained consciousness and died June 1, according to the lawsuit. A toxicology screening indicated she had no drugs or alcohol in her system, and, despite drowning, water was not present in her lungs.

Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Scott Sefton said Wednesday that Smith’s death was ruled an accidental drowning, but no autopsy was performed because Smith’s organs were donated.

Walker said she decided to pursue legal action after she viewed on July 13 the surveillance footage from the day of Smith’s death, which was obtained by the Schererville Police Department.

She said Melodye Munsey did not appear to act with urgency when she discovered Smith’s body in the water.

Walker said Melodye Munsey later told her she saw Smith’s “soul leave her body,” so there was no sense of emergency.

Walker further said the surveillance footage did not appear to show everything that happened, and contradicted some of the Munseys’ claims.

Walker is represented in the lawsuit by lead attorney Max Solomon and local counsel Trent A. McCain.



Pastor Steve Munsey

Brian Tamaki blames gays for NZ earthquakes


Anglican Bishop of Dunedin Kelvin Wright writes…

“Leviticus is not an easy read. It’s all about purity, and how to achieve it and it’s full of advice on things like how to avoid mildew, and whether baldness is bad for you, and who you may or may not have sex with, and  how to tell if someone has leprosy and which earlobe to rub the lambs blood on if they do. Most Christians, and let’s be honest here, have never actually read it, including, if his sermons are any evidence, “bishop” Brian Tamaki.

In the public arena at the moment is a video of one of Mr. Tamaki”s talks:



Here he says that, according to Leviticus, the weight of human sinfulness causes the land to convulse, and, lets forget all that bollocks about tectonic plates,  this is the real reason for our recent seismic events.

Now you can read Leviticus if you want, or you can take my word for it, it makes no difference either way – you won’t find the verse Mr. Tamaki is referring to because  there is no verse in Leviticus which says this. There is no verse in the entire Bible which says this. Mr. Tamaki is making it up. He is telling porkies.

I’m guessing here, but I think Mr. Tamaki may have been basing his remarks on a very uninformed interpretation of a cursory reading of one particular Levitical passage. In Leviticus 18 there is a reference to the land vomiting, which is a  metaphor with a very specific context: Leviticus was written when the people of Israel had been conquered by a foreign power and large percentages of the people had been taken into exile. The land was left untended, and the people were traumatised and asking themselves why? Why had this terrible thing happened? The writers of Leviticus were telling them that it was because the people hadn’t kept themselves pure. The land had ejected them just as it had ejected the Canaanites before them. So, Leviticus 18 is speaking about military defeat originating in the moral turpitude of the people, which might, I suppose, have some merit as a theory. Mr Tamaki tells his people that Leviticus 18 means that God sends earthquakes because there are gay people in the country, which does not have much merit as a theory.

If he’d read further, into Leviticus 19, he would have seen a whole chapter on how God gets really pissed off when people take money from the poor. I’m looking forward to seeing how he interprets that one.”