Portland, Oregon’s Children’s Crusade: Opposing Evangelism

In light of how Bob Allen described “two theocracies” in his post on Islam and Liberal Progressivism, I now dub Portland, Oregon, the Progressive version of Dearborn, Michigan—only worse. The city where an ice cream parlor celebrated baby-killing is up in arms over a Christian group doing child evangelism.

World Magazine reports,

Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Camp Good News focuses for a week or two in different cities each year. During the school year, the group rents public school buildings to host weekly after-school activities. It recently won a Supreme Court case that allowed it equal access to public schools. 

The group chose Portland for this year’s summer camps because of the city’s reputation for being un-churched. To put on the five-day camps, Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) partnered with about 30 churches of various denominations throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Each church helps organize camps in three different locations.

CEF’s arrival in Portland sparked unexpected anger and protests. Protect Portland Children formed to protest the camps. It heavily promotes a book called The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children. It claims CES is a fundamentalist sect, teaches shame to children, and harms them psychologically with a doctrine of sin.

“We believe that these doctrines are harmful to 5-year-old children,” Protect Portland Children founder Robert Aughenbaugh told The Oregonian. 

Aughenbaugh’s group even bought a full-page ad in an alternative weekly newspaper to warn parents about the camps. It features a picture of a child wearing a sign that says “sinner.” 

religious extremists

Thankfully, this evangelism group has local church sponsors who are well-respected in the community. But you can see in “Protect Portland Children” a psychological rationale for ending the First Amendment freedom of religion. Effectively, Christianity is now child abuse. If they were homosexuals wanting schools to stop filtering the internet though, that would be completely fine.

These dramatic pictures of children wearing the placard, “sinner” is pretty dramatic and completely unrealistic. Here’s a picture I think represents what happens when you refuse to believe what the Gospel says about human nature.

elliot rodgers

Yes, that’s the departed Elliot Rodgers before his murder spree.

Because when you teach children they are totally good, that always leads to great behavior and virtue. Sure it does. Just blame society for everything that they do wrong and see what happens.