Election News - JYFC style
The Jesus Youth Fan Club observed President's Day with a mock election. Over twenty children gathered at church on the 19th to launch their own full scale presidential campaign complete with candidates, managers, speech writers, supporters, posters, slogans, speeches, debates and ballots.
The campaign selected a common theme taken from the Gospel of St. John13:34-5"I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another". The candidates each pledged to pass a new law if elected that ‘everyone learn to love each other and have respect for all people'. Candidates Hillary Clinton (Sally Lakis) and Barak Obama (Hikel Letaief ) both campaigned on strong platforms that pointed out the positive changes society would see with the passage of the new law.
According to the candidates, the new law would put an end to war and fighting, homelessness, poverty, violence, terrorism and even global warming. According to Obama if we really loved one another then we would also have respect for the planet we live on and do everything we can not to harm the environment. Hillary said that the economy would improve because we would all work together to help everyone and that no one would be in need.
After rousing speeches from both candidates and a spirited debate moderated by Chris Matthews (Kamal Hourani) it was time for the delegates to cast their votes. With international moderators looking on every vote was counted resulting in Hillary squeaking past Obama by the slimmest of margins - only one vote.
The JYFC had a great day and taught a wonderful civics lesson that combined the message of the Gospel with the hopes and dreams of a peaceful world and a just society.