…A CORNERSTONE SCHOOL PEP RALLY
Zak arrived a few minutes prior to the start of last evening’s Wildomar city Council meeting, expecting to easily take his usual seat to observe the biweekly spectacle of a city Council meeting. But there were no seats available as the council chambers were jammed, with every seat taken and the hallway was filled with a contingent of teenagers as well.
Not having read the agenda, Zak assumed that something of significance was occurring that evening. Alas, it was nothing of general importance to Wildomar’s citizens. It was another Cornerstone Festival of “hey, look at us, we be good for Wildomar.”
It was a Mayor Moore production on behalf of her own church, again exploiting her powers of the agenda as the Temporary Mayor (her brief, rotating term as mayor is up in eight short months), to once again force some Cornerstone Community Church activity down our gagging civic throats.
Permit me to explain. City Council meetings are civic and secular events, despite the Mayor’s insistence of a religious moment of silence at the start of every meeting. Any presentations during the presentation portion of the meeting should be of general interest to the community at large and not to just one group, be it a sports league, activist group or church.
There were a group of teens and preteens from the Cornerstone Community Church school who generously raised money for children in earthquake-stricken Haiti. That is a good thing and it is appropriate for children to be recognized and applauded for their efforts.
But who should applaud them? Where should that recognition be given? It’s simple, really.
The recognition and applause for their efforts should be accomplished at their school and in front of their peers, to inspire them to similar exertions, at one of their own school assemblies.
As it turned out, every last child was ceremoniously brought into the chambers by individual roll call, as had their teacher and principal of the school. As each of the kid’s names were called out, their teeny friends began to inappropriately squeal and whoop like it was a youth pep rally, not a city Council meeting for adults. Alas, the opportunity for their peers to be inspired was missed.
This clearly was a church/school event. Which is exactly where it should have occurred. At Mayor Moore’s church, where they do have a large entertainment center; a perfect setting for a Cornerstone school pep rally.
Once the individual names were called and the squealing stopped, the entire group, teachers and kids, left the chambers en masse for a group photo with the Mayor, along with their parents. So the city’s business had to stop, yet again, for Cornerstone.
What might have been an opportunity for these youth to observe civic government in action, instead turned out to be just another opportunity for Cornerstoniac self absorption.
Every time there has been a Cornerstone moment in the council chambers, as soon as that moment has passed, all of the Cornerstone members usually leave as a group, for which Zak is grateful.
It does display, however, that special “bubble” in Wildomar that is Cornerstone. It’s all about them and how good they supposedly are for the community.
Note to Mayor Moore: next time a situation like this presents itself for Cornerstone or any religious group, please feel free to attend their ceremony at their facility on behalf of the city as Mayor, which would be appropriate. Just do it on your own time.
But please spare we nonmembers anymore Cornerstone “moments of glory and praise.” Some of us don’t care or would prefer not to waste our time with Cornerstone events. If we did, then we would want to be members, too, wouldn’t we?
At least I finally got a seat when they all left.
Comments can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you think Zak’s civic spleen relates only to Cornerstone, you would be mistaken. No local church, especially a large and politicized one, should have such easy access to the public’s time and forced attention. They can do that on their own, through paid advertising in the local media.