Who benefits from A.U.F.S.R.?
- Same-gender-attracted communities
- Perspective church members
- Government agencies providing grants to faith-based organizations
- Companies conducting business with faith-based organizations
- Religious organizations that hire religious leaders
- All of society
A.U.F.S.R. Initiative Summary:
Faith, whether placed in an unseen god or simply in ourselves, remains a vital component to a healthy human spirit throughout one’s lifetime. Deep down, whether we identify as atheist, saint or even satanist, it is common knowledge today that we are who we believe we are. In a recent Huffington Post article, noted Bishop Desmond Tutu describes how religion plays a vital role in how one views reality. He writes,
“…religion is one of the most potent of these formative influences, helping to determine how and what we apprehend of reality and how we operate in our own specific context.”
For deeper insight into the long, deep-seeded history of clergy sex abuse please take a brief moment to consider the plea of Father Thomas Doyle, a Catholic Canon Law expert and retired military Chaplin…
For the vast majority of Americans the influence of mainstream religion drives our beliefs, thoughts and actions, good or otherwise. Often, life can be intensely challenging and a lifelong mental struggle for many unfortunate children and adults, who have been victimized by the often harsh realities of participating in organized religion. This is why the vision of Americans United For Safer Religions, through your prayers, voluntary aid and through any level of financial support you provide, must become reality as soon as humanly possible. Then, it must be developed and continually sustained.
If enough concerned citizens, believers, religious leaders and businesses, through “Liking” this page “Sharing” it with your friends, together, we can send an overwhelming message to the leaders of our religions: America is entitled to and demands a safer worship experience.
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- 9 - A.U.F.S.R. 1st Year Objectives
- SafeWorship Registry - Details
- Why A.U.F.S.R.?
- About A.U.F.S.R. Founder
Nine Major First-Year Initiative Objectives:
- Helping to keep all individuals and families safe while participating in religious functions through aiding in the prevention of instances of religion-based, sexual and mental abuse.
- Designing, launching, developing and maintaining “SafeWorship Registry.” This self-sustainable nationwide directory of religious organizations and leaders will rate churches, parishes, synagogues and mosques as either safe, precautionary or unsafe, based on public information compiled and inputted into the registry. Useful ratings subgroups will also identify if religious organizations and clergy have been involved in criminal sexual misconduct or other illegal activities. Information house within the registry will indicate if an organization is LGBT affirming also gauge the social impact that ministries have on the local communities they serve.
- Researching, compiling inputting and maintaining past instances of sexual abuse and other religion-based criminal activity involving organizations and leaders into the SafeWorship Registry.
- Establishing and developing a Religious Victims Support Program which supports organizations which help to restore victims of religious abuse back to being otherwise healthy, productive members of society.
- Launching promotional and networking efforts which increase A.U.F.S.R.’s unified support base of both believers and unbelievers alike.
- Establishing an A.U.F.S.R. Board of Directors, who will help steer effective organizational development and social impact.
- Inviting religious leaders to register their institutions and themselves as SafeWorship Registry Participants. SWR Participant organizations and individuals with good ratings will be able to register information about their ministries at a very nominal annual cost. They will be able to advertise or upload promotional videos about their organizations and even provide SWR registry visitors with printable driving directions and maps to their edifices.
- Launching an independent online organizational identity through professionally designing a website, which provides greater insight into the social benefits and impact major ministries have within they’re local communities and throughout the country.
- Applying for federal 501c-3 tax-exempt status to ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations regarding receiving tax-deductible donations. This step will insure that all donations sent to A.U.F.S.R. this year will be tax deductible by the beginning the 2013 tax filing year, which begins in January 2014.
During A.U.F.S.R.’s first year in operation, we will design, launch and develop the “SafeWorship Registry” – a ratings directory, which compiles, stores and presents up-to-date information vital to making important decisions pertaining to the social standing and human safety of our nation’s religious institutions.
This data will be instantly accessible at no cost to registered visitors viewing on line or by phone, via the SWR customized phone app.
Once all developmental design features have been successfully tested and then implemented the SafeWorship Registry will house limited, but vital information on every church, parish, temple, mosque, including related entities which interact with children. This much needed directory will also house listings and public background information on all licensed clergy operating in America.
Parents, perspective members, government entities, companies which conduct business with faith-based organizations, and even religious organizations which recruit new pastors and leaders will have immediate access to the SafeWorship Registry. Rating categories will indicate whether participating religious organizations are safe or unsafe. Sub indicators will also reflect whether an organization or pastor, priest, officer or other key leader has been accused, tried or convicted of sexual or other criminal activity. The registry will also display which ministries are affirming and non-affirming toward our country’s LGBT communities.
This arduous, yet socially rewarding project will be made a successful reality within the first year of operations in order to help insure a safer worship experience for women, children and same-sex-attracted individuals, with your generous support.
“Today, more than 300,000 child sexual abuse reports are investigated annually in the United States,” Voyle A. Glover, Esq., wrote in an article as a guest columnist at CBN.com, an online Christian magazine. He also wrote that church…
“…leaders have made the same mistakes that got the Roman Catholic bishops into so much trouble. Incidents were concealed. Law enforcement agencies were stonewalled. Safeguards were lacking. Misconduct was not subjected to church discipline.”
From digesting the ever mounting online news articles and videos which highlight the realities of religious child endangerment, one truth has remained constant and transparent with each read or viewing. Such inhumane acts, once uncovered, can utterly devastate individuals, families, churches and communities. There’s always at least one dedicated member of an affected congregation whose comments to a reporter sound something like this:
“I wouldn’t have ever thought he could do something like that to an innocent child,” and then, eventually…
“We’re all deeply saddened by this news.”
In today’s religiously perplexed age, a united effort, which works at holding back the ever rising tide of religiously based sexual molestation, mental abuse, bullying and injustice, must be publicly recognizable. Only through working together can we have ongoing, sustainable religious safety for all.
By helping to make this vision a clear reality through supporting the launch of A.U.FS.R.’s first-year mission can bring about lasting, spiritual changes for the better. Become a A.U.F.S.R. Founding Partner today. We will roll up our sleeves and get to work before one more innocent child or teen is sexually abused or commits suicide, or another gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual person is needlessly attacked or slain in our streets. Together, we can form a network of concerned Americans, who recognize the need to speak out against improper religious conduct and in defense of a positive, long-lasting advancement toward meaningful spiritual safety.
As a nationwide community, united, and ever advancing toward greater levels of social peace, we can no longer remain indifferent, as religious untrustworthiness continues destroying far too many futures. Let your voice be heard today by supporting the launch of Americans United For Safer Religions.
About A.U.F.S.R.’s Founder
K. Godfrey Easter is a spiritual and social peace advocate. Since 1998, has has consulted and been employed in senior business management capacity with nonprofit agencies caring for the welfare of inner-city children and families. He has also been a gospel musician for Christian churches since he was thirteen years old. But, since the beginning of 2013, Easter has bolstered his trust in The God in Christ, but no longer trusts organized Christianity.
In 2002, Easter wrote “Love Lifted Me: In Spite of The Church,” one of the first books which candidly addresses the topic of God, being gay and being Christian. It chronicles the many pitfalls he endured from being born same-gender attracted, but raised heterosexually Christian from an African-American Christian perspective. His inspirational writing efforts were well received by the then fledgling, affirming-Christian community until 2005, when he suddenly announced he as “ex-gay.” But the surge in gay-teen suicides, coupled with the flood of trusted, yet predatory clergy that began gaining worldwide attention in recent years, Easter began reevaluating his core religious beliefs, sexuality and lifelong relationship with organized Christianity. He soon after reemerged as apologetically same-gender-attracted and with his second inspirational literary effort, “The Insanity of Christianity Today.” The first Sunday in February 2013 was the last Sunday he attended church as a Christian.
Since then, he’s been an advocate for religious change while serving believers that have been maligned by misguided religious teachings and corrupt religious practices. He has been serving his community, and ministering the restorative love found in trusting The God in Christ through the suite of practical and online ministries provided through ACTS & BEYOND.
A.U.F.S.R. Initiative Launch Funding Goal
Total Funding Goal: $97,064.00
Initiative Launch Date: October 1, 2013
By sending A.U.F.S.R. your financial support today, large or small, you are helping to insure that this worthwhile initiative launches successfully and right on time. Your decision to support this initiative also sends a strong, united message to organized religious leadership declaring that Americans desire safer places of worship for all believers.
Thank you in advance for your invaluable support. Together, we can make a difference. Please use the form below to process your gift in support for launching A.U.F.S.R.’s first year mission:
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“The whole Catholic Church is run by celibate men, none of whom are married and are parents. That makes a huge difference. The reaction between a bishop, when he finds out about sexual abuse in his diocese, and parents, it’s radically different.”
- Father Thomas Doyle