Thursday, July 27, 2006
Gospel cruise offers clean entertainment alternative
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wants the experience.
“My cousin is not into
church,” explained Rushing.
‘You get the preacher Sunday
morning. This is just a place
to enjoy music, network, and
bring someone not saved to
interact with the singes min
Rrishing and Harper are
currently paying for every
thing out of their own pock
ets, providing food both
throu^ catering and home
cooking. ‘It was hard at
said Rushing, ‘but now we
have it down to a science.”
Rushit^, an Olympic High
School alum, and Harper, a
North Mecklenbwg alum,
met in church. They are hop
ing it is with churches that
they can further develop
Pagan religion gaining popularity
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
STAUNTON, Va. — A pagan religion that
some experts say can be interpreted as encour
aging violence is gaining popularity amor^
prison inmates, one of whom is scheduled to be
executed this week for killing a fellow prisoner
at the foot of an altar.
Michael Lenz is scheduled to die Thursday
for the death of Brent Parker, who was stabbed
dozens of times at Augusta Correctional Cen
ter during a gathering of inmates devoted to
Asatru, whose followers worship Norse gods.
At his trial, Lenz testified that Parker had not
been taking the religion seriously and had to
die to protect the honor of the gods.
Other followers call the religion misunder
stood and say most adherent inmates do not
use it to further violent agendas. Asatru has
been gatnii^ popularity among inmates, say
religious leaders and prison experts who
believe its roots in Viking mythology attract
prisoners seeking power, protection and unity
The gai^ culture in prison also contributes,
said theologian Britt Minshall, a former police
officer and Baltimore pastor who ministers to
inmates. Some white inmates who felt threat
ened by black prison gangs formed their own
gangs and sought out a belief system they felt
would provide additional security he said.
‘It’s a way of grouping together for safety” he
said. “And you have to have a god in the mid
dle of that to really keep you safe.”
Asatru is often referred to as Odinism,
although, some followers believe the two are
separate religions. It is a polytheistic, pre-
Christian faith native to Scandinavia whose
adherents worship gods including Thor and
cruises through sponsorship.
“If you allow us to serve
you, then a percentage of the
profits go back to the church,”
“Curraitly the dance min
istry soloists, and sax players
are willing to do this without
being compensated,” said
Rushing. “We wiH provide
this as long as God keeps
blessing us financially imtil
it catches on.”
The goal is to offer a cruise
every Sunday but right now
the programs is offered once a
“Initially, we planned to
bless two people, per event,
with tickets to the Gospel
Cruise fi-om various agen
cies,” explained Harper. “We
have contacted the B'atto-ed
Women’s Shelter in an effort
to sponsor two ladies on our
upcoming event. God has
blessed us so that we can
For tickets, call (704) 806-
0592 or by email Rushing at
The ticket price indudes a
grab bag, and giveaways
onboard have been gift cards,
gas cards, and Bible CDs. T-
Rush Entertainment’s next
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