Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Religion • First GodTV in San Francisco-Now This!

God TV became the eye in the sky over The City By The Bay, by launching their San Francisco Christian TV Studio that will be a part of the world wide ministry. It opened with a full weekend of activities with a TV unit broadcasting from the high profile City Hall Plaza. The many Christians in the Bay Area are rejoicing. Too often they have been made to feel like strangers in their home city.

Right on its heels,the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) launched an office in the Bay Area, which will serve the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The office is located in downtown Oakland, 10 minutes from San Francisco and….Berkeley.

With increased litigation and other needs for representation in the region, PJI attorneys have been traveling to the Bay Area on a weekly basis for some time. “The San Francisco region is without a doubt one of the most hostile places in the country toward religious liberties and values, noted Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. “But with growing challenges come greater opportunities. We are thrilled to have a new way to serve the courageous faith community in the Bay Area, and also to provide resources for our many affiliate attorneys in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and nearby cities.”  In addition to the new office, PJI continues to maintain offices staffed by full-time attorneys in Sacramento and Southern California.

The Bay Area office, on the edge of Oakland’s Chinatown, will be headed by PJI Chief Counsel Kevin Snider. With this opening, PJI will become the only public interest legal organization in the Bay Area specializing in meeting the needs of churches, parents and people of faith. “The hostility and intimidation towards this protected class has created a general environment of fear and intimidation,” said Snider, referring to the longtime legal designation of religion as a fundamental, legally protected class. “We want people of faith in the Bay Area to know that they are not alone,” he conintued.

Perhaps with PJI anchored in the San Francisco Bay Area, the law (in the books) ruling that disruption of a religious service is a felony will be activated and enforced.




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