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In the News: October 2023


Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post

October 9, 2023


Excerpt:


The Rev. George Mason, the former senior pastor of the Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, who had gone to Israel to observe peacebuilding work between Israelis and Palestinians, is now stuck in the country as war erupted Saturday after Hamas, a Sunni Islamist terrorist organization, launched an attack against Israel that has killed at least 900 Israelis and left has 687 Palestinians dead in retaliatory airstrikes.


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Voucher scheme wastes money, violates Constitution

Charles F. Johnson, George A. Mason, Victoria Robb Powers, Andy Stoker and Neil G. Thomas, The Dallas Morning News

October 11, 2023


Excerpt:


In a disturbing breach of the American principle of separation between church and state, Abbott has called upon ministers and pastors to advocate for this subsidy program from their pulpits on Sunday, Oct. 15. Texans understand a fundamental truth that eludes the governor: Genuine faith must be voluntary and cannot be endorsed or supported by state authority. Using tax dollars to subsidize religious instruction is a violation of this principle.


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Rev. George Mason of Dallas, Texas, took shelter in Jerusalem as Israel-Hamas war broke out

Gretchen Eichenberg, Fox News

October 12, 2023


Excerpt:


"This is a terrible privilege to have been there in the midst of this," Rev. George Mason, founder of Faith Commons, a nonprofit interfaith group, and retired pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church, told Fox News Digital in an interview.


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Jeff Brumley, Baptist News Global

October 9, 2023



Excerpt:


“I realize I am proximate to something very important taking place, but I am also deeply grieved by the loss of life and the fact that in war we typically lose all perspective and assign ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’” to the adversaries.


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Rhonda Fanning & David Brown, Texas Standard

October 10, 2023


Excerpt:


Texas Standard was able to speak with Mason after he and his group had evacuated Jerusalem for a town near the Sea of Galilee trying to find safer ground and a way home. Listen to the interview above or read the transcript below.


Rev. Dr. George Mason: Things were pretty tense over here, and it’s been challenging to be with the group and have uncertain plans. But, you know, this is an opportunity for us to practice our faith. So we’re trying to find peace in the midst of all the chaos.


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Megan Reyna, KENS5

October 9, 2023


Excerpt:


George Mason, a Baptist pastor from Dallas, helped plan a trip to the Holy Land to learn about the history, cultures, tension and what can be done to bring peace.


Now, he and 11 others including two people from San Antonio were forced to flee to safety.


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Sasha Richie, The Dallas Morning News

October 9, 2023


Excerpt:


“On the ground, there are people who are creating the conditions for future coexistence and peace. And we need to promote their work. We need to learn from them, and we need more people to follow the example,” Mason said. “And of course, we didn’t get to take [the tour] because the usual suspects have risen with their violent intentions and decided that the those ways of being are never going to work.”


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