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religion

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Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to International House of Prayer Kansas City

Demand Honesty From IHOP-KC

When I was an intern at IHOP-KC, I was raped by a staff member. Leadership brushed it under the rug, refused to let me go to the police, gaslit me into believing it was my fault, and retraumatized me by forcing me into situations I was uncomfortable with, including putting me in a small room with my rapist on multiple occasions. ------But this petition is NOT about me.------ I am simply using my story as an example of my personal experience with IHOP-KC's mishandling of sexual misconduct. This petition is about my friend Jennifer Roach, who recently won a lawsuit against her former church in Modesto, California, over ongoing sexual abuse she endured as a minor in the 80's at the hands one of the church's leaders. That leader, Brad Tebutt, has been working at IHOP-KC for years as an internship leader, despite this history of preying on a minor. After putting him on a leave of absence to run an investigation led by GRACE, they have reinstated him as a leader at IHOP-KC, because of two reasons (see the article under resources for the full response given by IHOP-KC). The first reason is that they claim he is repentant of his actions. Frankly, that is irrelevant to the situation. People can repent and change their ways, but someone with his history simply should not get to work in ministry again, no matter the amount of time that has passed, nor the disposition of his heart. The second reason they list for reinstatement, and the entire reason for this petition, is that they claim he and Jennifer had a reconciliation --- a reconciliation that never happened --- that they say ended with her blessing Brad to return to ministry. This is something that IHOP-KC as a whole often does: they exhaust their resources to appear open, transparent, and concerned, but at the end of the day, the leadership team is actively compromising the safety of thousands of children and young adults by repeatedly pushing sexual abuse under the rug and making their missions base appear safer than it really is. This must stop. Brad Tebutt should either be let go or IHOP-KC should at the very least correct their statement regarding the reconciliation. If they want a man with Brad's history working on their missions base, they need to own that decision and not try to paint the situation to be one of reconciliation and forgiveness when it simply isn't.  This petition is a fight for IHOP-KC to embrace a transparency that will enable the donors, attendees, and visitors make educated decisions in whether or not to support this organization.  So please, sign this petition, share it, and let's plea together for the honesty of IHOP-KC.   Resources   Brad Tebutt Stories: https://blackchristiannews.com/2018/08/woman-sues-international-house-of-prayer-pastor-brad-tebbutt-says-he-sexually-abused-her-as-a-teen/ https://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article202891924.html https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article223338210.html https://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article233294017.html?fbclid=IwAR2MZihGQk4jidJildxHp_i1MS4WsfZOT816yaAm-SMyiJ2JNYQ7QCEaWOU   IHOP-KC's Conclusion on their investigation: https://www.ihopkc.org/press-center/press-releases/international-house-prayer-kansas-city-concludes-misconduct-investigation/      

Gracia S
168 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Registered Student Organizations (RSO), Faculty

Accommodation for Religious Observances at the University of Washington

It seems as if Eid comes as a surprise to faculty each year. Eid is the religious holiday and celebration that marks the end of Ramadan. Muslim students across the University of Washington-Seattle campus annually resort to the sacrification of their religious and cultural celebrations for the sake of not being accommodated for religious observances. Currently, 1.8 billion Muslims around the world and a vast population of students at UW are observing the month of Ramadan and plan to celebrate Eid. Eid's date is determined by the Lunar calendar, which depends on the moon sighting the night before. This places an entire population of Muslim students in a troubled position when requesting for the accommodation of multiple days for Eid when professors are not aware of the religious observance themselves. Students often face backlash because the uncertainty presented to professors for accommodation may act as an inconvenience to the professor, which stems from a lack of basic religious knowledge. Each year, Muslims continue to face the unwillingness for others to accommodate us due to willful ignorance, provincialism, lack of education and/or a lack of compassion towards Ramadan and Eid. On behalf of the Muslim population attending the University of Washington, we humbly request for the education of religious observances to all educators, TA’s, and peer advisors in order to provide the best, most equitable education and college experience for all students. We are hopeful this petition will eliminate hostility and intolerance for our important differences and further our effort to strive towards collective religious and cultural relativism, reflexivity, and equitable rationalization. We would not want for any incoming student from any religious background to face such circumstances as we have been faced with. With the cooperation from each individual, we are capable of change! By signing this petition, YOU are demonstrating your right to voice your opinion in support for students with religious observances seen as an inconvenience to faculty and for the institution of UW to provide an environment that supports all students in religious, social, and political endeavors in and beyond the classroom!    

Farheen Khalid
36 supporters