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Christian teens face off with Bay Area progressives

first_imgBy the tens of thousands, Christian teens poured into San Francisco on Friday for a two-day evangelical extravaganza where they would rock, pray and provoke progressives, who accused the movement of working toward a theocracy endangering “San Francisco values.” BattleCry, a cross between a rock concert and a war rally, began with a showdown on the steps of San Francisco City Hall as both sides accused the other of intolerance. “These people are no better than the Taliban – Christian soldiers,” said Joel Cook, 47, from Alameda. On the other side of the philosophical breach Eden West, a 16-year-old Christian, said of a man holding a sign proclaiming he was both gay and Christian, “If he really loved God, he wouldn’t be gay.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dueling rallies were the first course in a two-day evangelical event known as BattleCry, where 22,000 people were expected at AT&T Park to celebrate God while rejecting aspects of pop culture. Divided by a street as well as ideology, BattleCry participants waved red banners and yelled that they were taking back their generation as progressives carried a blue banner depicting fornicating stick figures and the phrase “Sodomy Rocks.” “We only get this welcome in San Francisco,” said Ron Luce, founder of evangelical ministry Teen Mania. “It makes the culture war clear: There are different sets of values in America.”last_img read more

Causes on Facebook: Everything You Need to Know About Using Facebook as a Nonprofit Marketing Tool

first_imgCauses on Facebook is a tool that lets you easily fundraise and recruit supporters for your nonprofit on the popular social network Facebook. On this call Randall spoke about how Causes can supplement your fundraising and organizing efforts, how to join and navigate Facebook, and how to use Causes to build an online network of supporters. He covered the basics of joining Facebook and using the Causes tool, and then looked at specific cause campaigns started by actual nonprofits using Causes in order to help you get started.Facebook is a social network used by its members for a host of basic social activities, like communicating, sharing photos and keeping in touch with friends. One of its advantages is that an individual’s real-life social network-such as at a business, city, or school-is brought together in one online location. Causes takes advantage of this by giving Facebook members the tools to initiate and grow a campaign or “cause” by leveraging their own social network. Information can spread over time through your own network, your friends’ networks, their friends’ networks, etc. Thus with Causes you can build a long-term online community for your nonprofit that develops as your organization does.About Randall Winston: Randall is currently the Director of Nonprofit Relations for Causes as part of Project Agape. He earned a B.A. in government from Harvard. Before joining Causes, he spent two years in Beijing working for the urban development and architecture firm, SOHO China. He also co-founded an investment advisory firm, and worked as a consultant with Goldman Sachs.last_img read more