Skip to comments.Jesus on the Side -- An Alexandria Church Gives Students Pizza Every Week
Posted on 04/16/2007 6:04:07 AM PDT by PDR
On a recent warm spring day, four T.C. Williams High School students sat sweating inside a Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot of a Baptist church scarfing slices of pizza. Scores of their classmates streamed into the church in search of the same pizza. Jesus Pizza.
Jesus Pizza, as the students call it, is warm. It's good. It's free. And it's available to T.C. students for lunch every Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria. Some weeks, as many as 150 or more students trek the half-mile down King Street from the school to lounge on old couches, thumb through Bibles or play pool while waiting for free slices and sodas in the church basement. The only cost is that they have to listen to a prayer and a short sermon before digging in.
Some might call this proselytizing, this allure of easy, free food to those with young, impressionable minds, hungry bellies and empty pocketbooks. "They're trying to brainwash you!" insisted Rachel Goldfarb, a T.C. student who refuses to go to Jesus Pizza.
To others, such as Tommy Clark, who are devout, it's a great place to come for fellowship. "I've had people say, 'I love to come here. Everyone is so nice. I feel so welcome,' " said Clark, who runs a Jesus Pizza group on the Internet. "It's pretty cool to see the biggest stoners and drug dealers come, too.'"
Still, when the morning announcements at the public school include an invitation to come to Jesus Pizza could that blur the bright line separating church and state?
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No free pizza for you Rachel!
Of course it will. A lawsuit will be soon filed by the local ACLU organization and the school will cave because it can not afford to defend itself.
I don’t think she goes.
Probably - and isn’t that sad....
You think maybe she has friends get her some “to go”?
Ahhh. A future NOW member speaks her mind. Rosie would be proud. Btw, isn't TC Williams the high school from "Remember the Titans"?
Breaking bread Sicilian style.
Good grief, a church gives away free pizza and immediately people think it is some kind of brainwashing scheme to turn kids conservative.
I just can't picture the world my grandkids are going to have to live in.....
Sounds like Rachel’s already brainwashed.
Our church has been doing Jesus Pizza for years. It’s been a great success. Feed the body, feed the spirit. :o)
It is. Thomas C. Williams was the superintendent of the Alexandria public schools during the 40's and the 50's. He was a fairly effective administator. This was in the days before PC polluted public education.
Hey, I totally agree...even Jesus gave away fish sandwiches.
It is scary. In Florida they arrest a couple of Gideons for passing out free Bibles across the street from a school. I commend the school for being brave enough to make the announcement, but I am certain they will be called on it.
While passing through Macom, Ga. a couple of years ago, I stopped for the night and across the street from the motel was a pizza place that had a big sign that advertized Synday pizza buffet, it listed the price and under that price it listed a smaller price if you brought that Sunday’s church bulletin with you from any church.
I’ve wondered since then how long it took the ACLU to notice that.
I was thinking the same thing. Rachel is probably a fruit.
I remember when I was in High School we werent allowed to leave the school grounds.
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