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Coming Up On Connections: Wednesday, May 4th

May 3, 2016

Credit NPR

First hour: Injured veterans come together for Simpson Cup in Rochester

Second hour: Bring Jesus back to public schools?

Oak Hill is hosting the 2016 Simpson Cup, which is basically the Ryder Cup for disabled and injured veterans. Teams of 13 injured servicemen and veterans from the USA and the UK compete in this golf event every year. The event rotates host nations, raising funds for the On Course Foundation, an organization that supports the recovery of wounded, injured, and sick service personnel. We'll meet the 2016 American and British captains (each wounded veterans), and we'll discuss broader issues related to supporting injured service members. Our guests:

  • John Simpson, founder of the Simpson Cup
  • Steve Ogletree, American captain living with depression and PTSD
  • Paul Swain, UK captain who lost an arm in a bomb blast in Afghanistan
  • Jeremy Bagley, executive director of JDRF Rochester and a 10-year veteran of the United States Army

In our second hour: The Christian Educators Association International is trying to bring Christian values into public schools by helping teachers understand the law, and to spread their Christian faith without crossing legal lines. Executive director Finn Laursen says American children are not learning right from wrong, in large part because Jesus Christ is not a part of public schools. Laursen told the Washington Post his organization is not advising teachers to proselytize, but they view public schools as a mission field. We'll talk to Laursen about his goals, and we'll hear from parents and education leaders who have objections. Our guests:

  • Finn Laursen, executive director,┬áChristian Educators Association International
  • Howard Maffucci, retired superintendent of East Rochester schools
  • Jeremy Button, parent