MADISON — The North Alabama branch of Turning Point Faith Hub held its first meeting on Wednesday at the Madison City Library. This was the beginning of a six-week series called "Faith in the Public Square," which the group said is designed to empower Christians to stand boldly for truth and liberty.

The evening's topic was the connection between the Bible and the Founding Fathers. The group discussed how the Bible stands out among personal writings and is cited many times by early Americans and the founders as they looked to it for guidance and wisdom.

In his farewell address, George Washington discussed religion and morality as the keys to political prosperity and a lasting government.

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports," he said. "And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

The group raised the issue of how the government and schools are trying to remove any notion that the nation was founded on Christian principles, which they claimed was taught in schools for 150 years but then started to be removed from the curriculum to the point that it is no longer taught at all. The final question asked was, why?

"The North Alabama Faith Hub will be bringing various opportunities to the community in the coming months/years," Emily Jones, director of the North Alabama chapter, said. "There are many challenges facing our communities, and some churches are simply not addressing those issues. From teaching children they can change their gender to “love is love,"... our churches are not speaking Biblical truth on these topics."

"I’ve met countless people all across North Alabama who have shared the same expression—the church is too silent in a moment when its voice is needed more than ever. That is why I started the local TP Faith Hub, and that is why we are starting this new course, 'Faith in the Public Square.'” She said.

The group is affiliated with Turning Point USA (TPUSA), founded by Charlie Kirk. TPUSA says its focus is to educate younger generations about freedom, free markets, and limited government while organizing and registering those individuals to vote and encouraging them to participate in the democratic process.

A statement from the TPUSA Faith said, "The mission of TP Faith is dedicated to empowering Christians to put their faith into action. We engage, equip, and empower millions of grateful Americans who are prepared to defend our God-given rights by giving them the tools to expose lies and articulate the connection between Faith and Freedom."

The "Faith in the Public Square" meetings will be held at the Madison City Library every Wednesday from 6 p.m. until June 5.

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