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For over a decade, Sonrise Church’s Light My Way program has been ministering to society’s most downtrodden people. Ex-cons, prostitutes, meth addicts, the impoverished, and the homeless are all welcome at the church’s modern nine-acre campus. The scope of the campus facilities is impressive, and includes a food bank, a community garden, a 90-day shelter for the homeless during winter months, and a food truck designed to bring hot meals to those in need.

What really makes Light My Way’s ministry unusual, though, is its controversial decision to embrace registered sex offenders into its fold. This takes no small amount of open-mindedness (many say foolhardiness) as well as a rather significant amount of logistical wrangling. Indeed, Light My Way’s very existence seems at first blush to fly in the face of the laws that govern those whose names are listed in the national sex offender registry. Full Article

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This is the very 1st article that I have seen that is both accurate and concise.

A very well written and informative article. “To question the efficacy of laws that punish sex offenders is still political suicide. But! it wouldn’t be detrimental to anyone to insist that the public has a right to updated specifics related to the actual danger based on the year of the offense, likelihood of a re offence and etc as required by law to be implemented diligently as a matter of public safety. As far as I’m concerned this should be the first issue that RSOL should address. It’s the law (at least in California), it makes sense and it should… Read more »

The Sonrise Church in Hillsboro, Oregon, is to be commended for walking the walking as well as talking the talk. Too many churches declare that every one is a child of God and that they believe in redemption but don’t practice it. Sonrise Church does in a big way. I will write a letter of thanks to this church and include with it a financial donation so that they continue their good work. I hope you will consider doing so as well.

Hi Janice. I know you already know this, but there is a word for the people in those churches you are talking about and the churches themselves. This is for those that don’t know. hypocrite: noun. 1. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs. 2. a person who pretends to be what he is not. 3. : a person or organization that claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs All anyone here need do is read the posts and they too will probably conclude that… Read more »

“Our current model, with its public registries and ineffective blanket restrictions, offers us something we value even more highly: a bogeyman.” You know, everyone wants to analyse the worst of the worst and find out what made them do it, it’s some kind of primal need we have. It’s about time we start to fund studies that answer why societies need to create a bogeyman and keep the myth going. It happens over and over again and has lead to the worst civil rights violations wars abuses in history. Maybe the bogeyman myths helped us survive in the caves, when… Read more »

The article stated, “One woman refused to acknowledge that it was a church at all. “Churches are where Jesus wanted us to go to find goodness, not evil,” she insisted firmly. “If Jesus was alive today, he’d come and throw all of those perverts out of his House.” I am sorry for this woman, if she calls herself a Christian, because she needs to read her Bible. According Jesus in Matthew, Chapter 25, verses 45-46 would of done totally opposite than her and He has this warning for her 45 “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to… Read more »

I too think this obnoxious woman should start reading her (if she even knows what it is) Bible with understanding. She is one of those that play Christianity. She obviously has that “all you gotta do is love Jesus brand of Christianity, which has made her ripe to be deceived. This entire “sex offender” thing is for the most part a lie. All these haters hate mostly because of what the propaganda ministry (any main stream news outlet) says and doesn’t say, and their refusal to print the truth/facts; they are deceived. This deception is only a type of what… Read more »

The church is a hospital for sinners, not a sanctuary for saints. Wonder if that judgmental woman can walk on water, or if she’s been a “Christian” so long she has lost the ability to sin… Oh, wait, I think she’s sinned in her judgments and hypocrisy!

The studies cited in this article are precisely what needs to be presented in any legal briefs challenging the registry and related laws. It’s indisputable proof that these laws are ineffective and actually counter productive and do in fact infringe on our liberties and our rights to privacy and is unreasonable arbitrary oppressive official action. It’s indisputable if presented properly to the court.

Churches are cults run by sociopaths with savior complexes at worse and simple greedy charlatans at best. Legal money laundering is all these organizations are good for.

Except the Catholic church which is a great place for actual sex offenders to hide.

So does this mean you won’t be sending a donation anytime soon?

Tell us how you really feel.

Or: Some churches are, while some are genuinely concerned about the plight of the downtrodden and are sincerely trying to help others.

Churches are made up of people and thus are flawed, like any organization. To lump all churches in one and make a judgement such as you did is the same flawed proclamation some make when lumping all registered citizens into one basket, and I know you are not doing that, are you?

The following just jumps out and says use me. According to a study by Penn State’s Journal of Law and International Affairs from 2013, the kind of crimes we fear most when we hear that a sex offender has moved into our neighborhood—those that involve rape, extreme violence, and murder—“[account] for less than three percent of sexual offenses perpetrated the United States.” And many of those violent offenders are unaffected by Megan’s Law and the Adam Wash Act, because they may never be released from prison. There have been many studies over the past two decades that look at the… Read more »

Man I love this entire article. It’s so well written and precise.

As I continue to stay abreast of current news around the country, I am pleased to find so many articles being written about the plight of registered citizens and a debate about the need to change these laws which are not only unconstitutionally punitive, but useless in protecting children. Although many who post comments are airing their frustrations, which is most certainy understood, all should remember that progress sometimes comes in little steps, and although it may not directly affect us in a positive (selfish) way, any discussion which addresses our plight…is to be commended. I too would like more… Read more »

As you, I feel the end is near. No more. The lies for political gain. Truth will prevail.

A wonderful article. I will have to send a donation as well. What the disillusioned and mislead populace have been conditioned to seek is predictability. Predictability=Safety in their minds. It’s not just actuarial tables for insurance or the statistical modeling for the Static-99R and other assessments. Everything (marketing, advertising, education, life choices, insurance, purchasing, reproduction, etc) we do is being guided by a form of statistical analysis at some level. We are so used to the predictability that it has become the cornerstone of our lives. The people that push the registries are aware of the truth but must categorically… Read more »

disgusted in VA writes “I state Predictability=Safety because if everything can be predicted (beyond the 80/20 rule) to exceed the 95 percentile, then the environment is safe. Predictability requires almost ” I think the tough on crime movement is reaching new lows with some that are claiming perfect knowledge and smokescreening for their political careers and now other lucrative ends like building stadiums in Carson, California when the site is a former toxic waste dump, where I have noticed the media usually doesn’t use the term ‘toxic waste dump’ when describing the site of the proposed Carson stadium and instead… Read more »

anonymously – you are correct. I was incomplete in my posting. In the final analysis, the politicians use disinformation to dupe the masses.

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