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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Washing Feet Endangers Students, School Says

"If Jesus washed his disciples' feet at a Georgia college in 2007, he'd likely be accused of 'hazing.'

That's the position a Christian ministry at Savannah State University has found itself in, after it washed the feet of its new members. The campus ministry Commissioned II Love (C2L) was also accused of 'harassing' students by sharing their faith.

Washing of feet is a symbolic gesture of servitude in the Christian faith, following the example of Jesus, who washed the disciples' feet during their last meal before his crucifixion, as recounted in the New Testament gospel of John .

The Christian group says the foot washing ritual 'serves as a symbol of purity, a charge to share the gospel, and an act of service to others ... [it] is not a condition of gaining membership, status, or acceptance into C2L or holding an office.'

The explanation appears in a lawsuit brought by C2L against SSU after the group was suspended for 'harassment' and 'hazing.'

The SSU student handbook defines hazing as follows: 'to subject a student to an activity which endangers or is likely to endanger the physical health of a student, regardless of a student's willingness to participate in such activity.' " Full story.

Who knew? Who knew the washing of feet posed such danger?


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