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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)

TITLE: The Protester
By Ken Ebright


The protest came as a shock to Scott Ridder publisher of “The Christian Harold.” As a Christian, publishing a Christian newspaper, he wanted to be accountable to his readers. He decided to have a public forum at Christ the King Church about the editorial he wrote. He recently exposed a pregnancy care ministry called “Caring Hearts”

Scott walked up to the podium cleared his throat a said, “Good evening and welcome. As a Christian publisher I want to be accountable to the readers. You are the reason that the Harold exists. What I wrote was opinion based on public records in there tax statement that Caring Hearts has to have as public record as a non profit charity. I had major concerns about Bill Nelson the CEO of caring hearts . 25 percent pay increase at the same time cutting back their hours. Please state your name when you ask a question. Is there questions?”

“Scott, my name is Angela; this has been a valuable ministry for the community for years.
How can you take a pot shot at this ministry? ”

Scott looked into her eyes and said, “Thank you for your question, I am very concerned about the donors. I want this ministry to survive. When I wrote my editorial I had to consider all of those donors who work hard and sacrifice to give to this ministry.”

Angela got this angry look on her face and responded, “You’re not pro-life. You don’t care about abortion.”

Scott shook his head in disbelief, “I respectfully disagree with you, our newspaper is pro-life. We have always covered the pro-life issue fairly. I am just concerned about how they are spending there money.”

Angela rebutted, “This ministry has helped many people. Don’t you care about that?”

“Yes I do, I want to see mothers be able to get the help they need. This ministry should not about money; it should be about helping pregnant moms. They are cutting their hours while the top executive is getting a huge pay increase. If you’re a Christian non profit, you need to be more accountable to the donors, as well you haft to be accountable to the Lord, “said Scott.

Angela just shook her head and sat back down. The rest of the night was not as contentious and people came to understand Scott's heart on the position.

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AnneRene' Capp 04/22/10
Felt Angela's anger, (so good job)and Scott came across as doing a good work to expose the organization's priority of making money over helping pregnant Mothers. Just wasn't sure which POV the author was trying to support so perhaps the story would be more powerful if you wrote more about the oppositions Scott faced in his line of work as a Christian, if, this is in fact, your point. If not, I apologize for "my" misunderstanding :)
Joanne Sher 04/25/10
A great way to get your message across. I would have liked to hear more of the back and forth between the protesters and the editor, but I enjoyed this.
Phee Paradise 04/25/10
I wasn't quite sure what the point was. I felt like I was reading the middle of an account and wanted to see the end. You had a few spelling and grammar errors that you could have corrected with a little more editing. But your dialogue was good and I could picture the setting.