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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #192 on: June 06, 2016, 09:58:50 PM »

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Another failure to apply the biblical principals they expound.
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The bible limits vengance and often shows mercy to murders but also applies financial penalties to murder.
Where is this financial penalty applied to moden murders.
I'm not sure what you mean John, but scripture gives no escape for murderers and certainly not financial ones.
Numbers35v16? ?If anyone strikes someone a fatal blow with an iron object, that person is a murderer; the murderer is to be put to death........ .......20If anyone with malice aforethought shoves another or throws something at them intentionally so that they die ......The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when they meet.

Additionally, scripture is very clear that no payment can be made to escape the death penalty
31? ?Do not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer, who deserves to die. They are to be put to death.


Disturb us Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves. When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little. When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, to dare more boldly. To venture on wider seas. Where storms will show your mastery; Where, losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future, in strength, courage, hope and love.                     (SIR FRANCIS DRAKE 1577)

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The Ministries of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism
« Reply #193 on: June 07, 2016, 07:02:51 AM »
The Ministries of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism

For the past year I have been serving as Senior Fellow at the Center and have been really impressed by the amount of ministry that happens through such a relatively small group of people.


Over the past nine months, we have


  • Equipped nearly 70,000 people for evangelism both in person and online

  • Organized and hosted two major conferences to engage Christians in the global refugee crisis

  • Started four new senior pastor cohorts in the Evangelizing Churches Initiative

  • Launched the largest-of-its-kind research project to study the unchurched and churches reaching them

  • Launched ReKindle, a YouTube channel designed to equip Christians for better gospel witness

  • Launched the EMQ podcast designed to equip the Church to more effectively minister to the unreached

  • Expanded the Evangelism Initiative conversation to 40 Christian colleges and universities

Now let me share in more detail.


Training. A number of our staff speak both nationally and internationally in churches, at conferences, and in college settings on missions and evangelism. We have invested deeply in mentoring communities and are committed to walking alongside the next generation of Christ-followers through discipleship. We also have several online training resources to engage Christians and leaders in gospel witness. These include our Gospel Life blog and our YouTube channel, ReKindle, which we launched last September in partnership with our friends at Q Place. You can also check out our Pinterest page to find encouraging quotes related to evangelism.


Convening. I am excited to guide the Center into a place where we lead the conversation in evangelism. This means not only putting out resources and content to train the Church today, but also bringing together thought-leaders who will work together towards making the Church in America one that prioritizes gospel witness once again. We do this not only through ‘evangelism’ conferences such as Amplify, a national event we are holding this June, but also through hosting events that engage Christians around critical issues today in a way that helps us show and share the love of Jesus. One recent example was the GC2 Refugee Summit, which we hosted in January.


Academic degrees. At the Center, we currently house two MA degrees—the Evangelism and Leadership degree and the Missional Church Movements degree. As cultural changes accelerate, we need new types of leaders who are prepared to reach people and make disciples who pursue Jesus’ mission in the world. Dozens of students go through these programs each year and I believe both of these programs are critical to the revitalization of missions and evangelism today.


Research. We are getting close to finishing our “Effective Evangelistic Churches” research project, which is the first major national study on churches that are reaching the unchurched since the late 1990s. Here are some of our initial findings:


  • The average Protestant church had 7 new commitments in the last year

  • 80% of new commitments were retained

  • 10% of church attendees are not Christians

  • 28% of new attendees did not previously attend a different church

  • 30% of the churches most emphasize evangelism through serving people who are not Christians by meeting tangible needs

The full findings of both the initial survey and follow-up interviews will be released during our upcoming Amplify Conference.


Engaging churches in evangelism. Our Evangelizing Churches Initiative was created to help churches grow through conversion and reproducing lives. Our vision is to see an organic and rapidly reproducing movement of God resulting from thousands of churches across the U.S. and beyond. We want to see them become communities where many people come to Christ and where every disciple of Christ is equipped and mobilized to share their faith and make new disciples. To date, we have had four senior pastor cohorts involving 35 senior pastors, and seek to multiply those within the next several years.


Equipping college campuses. Our Evangelism Initiative began at Wheaton College with the recognition that the heritage of making the love of God known to others is a value that must be passed on to each generation. If Christian colleges and universities seek to integrate faith in the exercise of learning, then the ability to segue naturally and winsomely from a discussion of one’s academic discipline to the gospel is a valued educational and missional outcome. We are currently working with more than 30 Christian colleges/universities to help them develop an Evangelism Initiative on their campuses and a true ethos of evangelism throughout every layer of the organization.


Prison ministry. Our Institute for Prison Ministries provides training, programs, and resources for offenders and their families, correctional officers, and victims. We also offer the Charles W. Colson Scholarship to formerly-incarcerated individuals to allow them to pursue either undergraduate or graduate studies. IPM launched the Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association in 2011 and has since held four annual summits for those engaged in correctional ministry. We also go into prisons and jails to do evangelism and discipleship training with inmates and chaplains. This past year we have trained over 700 inmates in relationship evangelism.


Equipping the global missions community. For 51 years, Evangelical Missions Quarterly has served as a key resource for thousands of leaders and workers engaged in long-term missions, primarily overseas. EMQ is a journal that balances both the academic and practitioner divide. This past year, we launched an EMQ podcast. You can listen to the interview of my article which appeared in the October 2015 issue here. This past spring we made the decision to move EMQ to online only. I am excited to serve as Publisher of the journal.


In addition to the above, we are launching two new initiatives within the next 3-4 months. One is a BGC Fellows group, who will together serve as a ‘think tank’ to help lead the conversation on best practices and research on evangelism today. The other is a National Evangelism Leaders Fellowship, a group of national leaders focused on evangelism who will come together to learn from one another.


God has given the BGC a rich history that has deeply impacted the Church not only in North America, but globally as well. I am honored to take the leadership for this next phase and to help develop and build strategic initiatives that will once again put evangelism back on the map as we engage the culture around us.




Source: The Ministries of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism

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African Pilgrims Pour into Uganda for Martyrs Day
« Reply #194 on: June 08, 2016, 07:07:09 AM »
African Pilgrims Pour into Uganda for Martyrs Day

Today tens of thousands of Christians in Uganda will dip themselves and their children into a lake where executioners reportedly washed off the blood of dozens of martyrs.


It’s an annual ritual to remember 45 Catholics and Anglicans who were killed by sword or fire by Ugandan king Mwanga between 1885 and 1887. (A Ugandan film released May 30 retells the story.)


Twenty-two of the martyrs were Catholic. Those men were beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964. Their shrine in Namugongo can seat 1,000 and has been visited by three popes, including Pope Francis.


Last year, 500 Catholic pilgrims from Kenya spent more than a month walking 300 miles to reach it for the annual Martyrs Day. The June 3 observance draws millions of pilgrims across East Africa.


The other 23 martyrs were Anglican. While there is also a shrine to the Protestant martyrs, it’s nothing like its Catholic counterpart.


In fact, the Protestant presence is so small that originally Uganda president Yoweri Museveni said he thought there were only Catholic martyrs. He criticized Anglicans for not popularizing their martyrs more, and told them to follow the example of the Catholics.


“Mobilization and promotion is something that you need to work on. I am sorry, but you do not bring it out very well,” he told Anglican clergy last June 3. “I want you to be international. Where I have been (Catholic shrine), it is more exciting and I used three languages because they made theirs international.”


As CT reported last fall, the Anglicans are working on it, and one day the swampy site symbolizing religious freedom may prove better than gorillas for Uganda’s economy.


The Church of Uganda has expanded its small shrine, adding several buildings and a statue of the executioner, who later became a Christian. There are plans for a three-story museum that will hold artifacts of the history of the Anglican church in Uganda, a retired Anglican archbishop told allAfrica.com. This year, the shrine drew about 200,000 campers, reports the Anglican Communion News Service.


But in general, Protestants don’t do religious tourism the way Catholics do. For Catholics, shrines are sacred places which are “by reason of special devotion frequented by the faithful as pilgrims.” For Protestants, the term carries implications of worshipping something other than God.


Indeed, when Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s recently reelected Speaker of Parliament and a Christian, visited a shrine for her ancestors to tell them about her political victory, she was soundly rebuked by the Anglican church.


“We value our ancestors because we are connected to them,” Church of Uganda archbishop Stanley Ntgali said in a statement. “But, we must always trust only in God. We no longer need to go through the spirits of the dead because Jesus is our hope and protector.”


Kadaga’s visit was “confusing” and “might cause others to stumble,” Ntgali said.


Kadaga defended her visit as cultural.


“I am a Christian. I was born and raised in a Christian family,” she wrote. “I am also very proud to be a Musoga.”


Her clan believes that the spirits of the dead continue to reside among the living, and she wanted to “share my success with my ancestors and clansman, and I do not comprehend how that is deemed to have contradicted my standing as a Christian.”


However, she also defended her visit as promoting tourism. The site where Kadaga’s clan was founded was tapped by the president as a tourism site, she said.


“I also know that there are those to whom the Uganda Martyrs are simply family members,” she wrote. “I am sure they too visit the shrines in Namugongo not because they are martyrs, but because they are family/ancestors. Should we criticize them for paying tribute to their ancestors?”


The pressure to make much of religious sites stems from the success of others. The World Tourism Organization estimates that between 300 to 320 million tourists visit religious destinations each year.


Religious tourism has been a boon for the Middle East, with destinations like Jerusalem, Mecca, and Medina. Mecca, the world’s most popular religious site, hosted 14 million pilgrims for Ramadan in 2015. Jerusalem was the most popular destination for Israel’s 3 million visitors in 2015, and more than half of those tourists were Christians. The Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee were also in the Top 5 Israeli tourist locations.


Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda last year for the 50th anniversary of the canonization of the Namugongo martyrs drew 3.5 million people.


“Tourism is one of the major drivers of developing economies, and faith-based tourism is one of the products we have seen grow in numbers and impact on the Uganda economy,” tourism minister Maria Mutagamba told East African Business Week.


Plans for the upgraded Anglican shrine were announced in 2014, the same year Uganda’s tourism board unveiled the Martyrs Trail. Visitors can follow a trail of locations where those 45 young men were tortured and killed—from Uganda’s first Anglican church to Mwanga’s palace to Namungongo, where the Catholic and Anglican shrines stand.


“Tourism is the real oil for East Africa,” wrote one analyst for allAfrica.com. “The potential is so huge, and with the proper conservation and management structures it is a resource we can exploit for so many years to come. Religious tourism is an area that has not been taken as serious as wildlife tourism and yet the potential is enormous.”


In November, CT reported on Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda and how Protestants were following Catholics on martyr tourism.





Source: African Pilgrims Pour into Uganda for Martyrs Day

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3 Truths Married People Should Know About Love
« Reply #195 on: June 09, 2016, 07:07:53 AM »
3 Truths Married People Should Know About Love

3 Truths Married People Should Know About Love

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The music swells. They gaze into one another’s eyes. The clouds burst and a rainstorm begins, and they don’t care that their white shirts are getting all wet and see-through because they are sharing a passionate kiss.


Somehow you know that kiss will last forever . . . because they have fallen in love.


Yuck.


This is how Hollywood imagines love. How do you define it? Your answer will have a powerful impact on your marriage.


There’s a reason most Hollywood love stories end with declarations and kisses and don’t often show the happily-ever-after that supposedly comes after couples walk down the aisle. Happily-ever-after is a myth. Hollywood love doesn’t hold up in real life.


We need a better definition of love. Fortunately, God has given us one. The best-known Bible passage about love is 1 Corinthians 13:4–7:



Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.



These verses show us three important truths about love.


Love Is an Action


This passage doesn’t say anything about how love feels. It’s about how love looks and behaves. Hollywood’s version of love feels great. And when we operate on the assumption that love is a great feeling, we set ourselves up to bail out. Once people who fell in love lose that great feeling, they diagnose themselves as having fallen out of love.


God’s version of love is completely different. Sometimes it feels great; sometimes it feels terrible. Sometimes it doesn’t feel anything at all. Those feelings are irrelevant to the question of whether we love. Love is something we do regardless of how we feel.


When people stand at the altar and say they’ll love one another for better or worse, they aren’t promising to feel happy even when life is at its worst. This isn’t an agreement to stick together as long as they both feel happy. These vows are supposed to mean that they’ll love one another at their worst, regardless of how they feel.


Of course I want my husband to feel great about me and around me, but I also want him to behave lovingly toward me when I don’t deserve to be loved or when I feel unlovable. That’s what we all want. That’s what love looks like.







Source: 3 Truths Married People Should Know About Love

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #196 on: June 09, 2016, 06:50:04 PM »

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Can You Name All Ten Commandments? If Not, This (and 18 Other Questions) Could Get You Deported

What color is the cover of the Bible?


How many books are in the Bible?


Who did Jesus raise from the dead, and which book can you find it in?


These questions, among the nearly 20 questions in CT’s quiz below, have been asked of Christian converts from Islam who are applying for asylum in the United Kingdom. Wrong answers put them at a high risk of deportation. [Take the quiz yourself and see if you’d face the same fate.]


Such questions are unfair, according to a new report released today from the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom or Belief and the Asylum Advocacy Group (which includes organizations such as the Evangelical Alliance UK, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Open Doors, and Release International).


“The problem with those questions is that if you are not genuine you can learn the answers, and if you are genuine, you may not know the answers,” Elizabeth Berridge, who chairs the group, told the BBC.


Another problem: the case workers determining whether a refugee deserves asylum don’t necessarily understand Christianity, Mark Miller, a pastor of Iranian converts in a church in northern England, told CT.


“Why did God send Jesus to earth?” he said. “The HO [Home Office] said the answer ‘to wipe out the sins of all humans’ was wrong, and that ‘Jesus came to teach us how to behave’ was the correct answer.”


The All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief unveiled their report today.
All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief unveiled their report today.




As refugees stream from the Middle East, countries of refuge—including the United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden, and the Czech Republic—have struggled with judging which converts are sincere.


Asylum seekers, especially from countries hostile to Christianity, know that a conversion may help them remain in their desired host country. But converting to Christianity doesn’t solve everything—in addition to not guaranteeing asylum, for many, it means facing insults and violence in their resettlement areas.


In 2015, the UK updated its guidelines to clarify how to deal with religious refugees:



At interview, the claimant should have been able to describe the personal experiences in the faith of his or her origin and of the encounters or contacts with Christianity (for example, the people who inspired, or the readings which attracted, and which contributed to the decision to accept and follow it) and how far this occurred in the home country or in the UK.



A person’s faith story likely includes baptism and worship at a church, state the guidelines. But asking anything beyond the basic knowledge questions isn’t allowed:



Although the person’s understanding of the faith and of the particular Christian tradition the claimant has joined (if any) is relevant, caseworkers are not qualified to assess the accuracy or relevance of answers to more than the most basic knowledge questions (another reason for not overdoing that line of questioning at interview). But statements of belief or answers to specific questions which are so clearly wrong that no reasonably well-informed person could be expected to take them seriously will call into question the credibility of the conversion.



These policy guidelines are sound, the report found. The problem is the way the guidelines have been put into practice.


“[I]t is clear that a lack of understanding of religion and belief is a primary cause of the disparity between good policy guidelines and practices of decision-makers within the UK asylum system,” the report stated. Less than half (44%) of adults in Britain identify as Christians.


That ignorance means decision makers are perusing (sometimes outdated) church websites or asking questions off “crib sheets,” according to the report.


Those cheat sheets can bring trouble for asylum seekers no matter how they answer, the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association told the parliamentary group. If seekers answer the questions incorrectly, they can be rejected for not being true converts. But if they answer correctly, they can be rejected for simply memorizing the correct thing to say.


“Christian convert asylum seekers are still being asked detailed factual ‘Bible trivia’ questions, which is too simplistic a way to judge if an individual is, for example, a genuine convert,” the report stated.


For example, Mohammed, a Christian convert from Iran, was asked what color the cover of the Bible was.


“I knew there were different colors,” he told the BBC. “The one I had was red. They asked me questions I was not able to answer—for example, what are the Ten Commandments. I could not name them all from memory.”


Mohammed’s application for asylum was rejected. So was a convert who didn’t know that Catholics abstained from meat on Friday. So was another convert who correctly named the last book of the Bible but did so in Farsi and was misunderstood.


It is better to ask how a convert feels about Jesus, what being a Christian means to that person, and how being a Christian had affected his or her daily life, Miller told CT.


The parliamentary group report advised the Home Office to track how many asylum claims were made on the basis of religious persecution (and how many were granted), to make sure case workers and interpreters were acting professionally, to work with faith communities to check applicants’ credibility, and to fast-track the asylum applications of dependents of any refugee who has been granted asylum for religious persecution reasons.


In the United States, only 60 percent of practicing Christians (those who identify as Christian, say their faith is important in their lives, and have been to church within the past month) can name the first five books of the Bible, according to an American Bible Society and Barna Group report released last month. Fewer could identify Solomon as King David’s son (58%), or Elizabeth as John the Baptist’s mother (46%). More knew that the “3” in John 3:16 was the chapter (77%), and could identify Esther as a book of the Bible named after a woman (75%).


CT has previously reported how questions about Thanksgiving and the apostle Paul almost got Chinese Christians deported from the United States. CT has also noted criticisms of the questions Canada asks asylum seekers, as well as how Sweden’s secularity has put Christian converts at risk of being sent back to Iran.


Can you answer these actual questions asked by UK immigration officers?


  1. How many books are in the Bible?

  2. How many books are in the New Testament?

  3. How many chapters are in the book of John?

  4. What are the 10 Commandments?

  5. Which gospel relates the story of Jesus’ birth?

  6. Where was Jesus born?

  7. What were the names of Jesus’ earthly parents?

  8. What was his earthly father’s occupation?

  9. How many disciples did Jesus have? Name them.

  10. Where did Jesus become angry with the money lenders?

  11. Who did Jesus raise from the dead? Which book is this miracle in?

  12. Recite the Lord’s Prayer.

  13. What happened during the Last Supper?

  14. Who betrayed Jesus to the Romans?

  15. Where was Jesus arrested?

  16. What is Ash Wednesday?

  17. Is Easter celebrated on the same date every year?

  18. What is the date of Pentecost?

  19. What is the meaning of Lent?

Answers:


  1. 66

  2. 27

  3. 21

  4. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image and worship it. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord. Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy. Honor your father and mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. You shall not covet.

  5. Matthew and, more famously, Luke.

  6. Bethlehem

  7. Mary and Joseph

  8. Carpenter

  9. 12: Simon Peter, Andrew, James son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholomew or Nathanael, Thomas, Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas Iscariot

  10. In the temple

  11. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead; it was recorded in John 11.

  12. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” ~ Matthew 6:9-13 (Late manuscripts add “for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”)

  13. During the Last Supper, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples. He washed their feet, gave them bread and wine by which to remember his body and blood, and told them he would soon be betrayed.

  14. Judas Iscariot

  15. Garden of Gethsemane

  16. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian church.

  17. No. Easter is held on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. (Thank the Council of Nicaea.)

  18. Pentecost is seven weeks after Easter.

  19. Lent is a season of 40 days that lasts from Ash Wednesday to Easter. It represents Jesus’ 40 day stay in the desert, and those observing it pray, repent, and fast.




Source: Can You Name All Ten Commandments? If Not, This (and 18 Other Questions) Could Get You Deported

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I’m a Woman Who Got Kicked Out of Women’s Bathrooms
« Reply #198 on: June 11, 2016, 07:02:40 AM »
I’m a Woman Who Got Kicked Out of Women’s Bathrooms

The first time I was kicked out of a women’s restroom, I was ten years old.


At halftime of a high school basketball game, I walked into the restroom with several girlfriends and faced a trio of teenagers who blocked my entrance to a stall and told me to leave. A girl in a cheerleader outfit said boys who wanted to venture into women’s restrooms were clearly perverts and that I should get out. I backed out of the door and stood in the hallway, waiting for my friends to emerge, my facing burning with shame.


The high school girls had decided that, because of my short curly hair, my Toughskins jeans, and my Converse shoes, I was definitely a boy. I was also apparently a pervert, slyly slipping in to women’s restrooms to, I suppose, watch girls relieve themselves. This was the first but definitely not the last time my right to use a woman’s restroom was challenged by folks who decided I was not welcomed—and, that I had nefarious intentions.


For at least a decade, I was routinely mistaken for a boy and regularly banished from bathrooms.


The “bathroom wars” are now all over the news. The Target Corporation has issued a formal policy allowing LGBT persons to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity, North Carolina has passed a law (known as HB2) requiring people to use the restroom that corresponds to their birth gender, and several states are now suing the Obama administration over its directive stating that public schools must allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice. Stories of men policing restrooms and a grocery store security guard assaulting a transgender woman trying to use a women’s restroom have only fueled the debate about whether public restrooms will ever be safe.


Yet lost in the polarizing arguments about gender identity and access to bathrooms is the fact that bathroom watchdogs have been active for generations. Such vigilantism leaves long-lasting emotional scars for those who are told that they do not belong in a bathroom because they do not look the part of a boy or girl, man or woman.


Some people might argue that the now-and-then mistakes over someone’s gender are worth it in order to keep restrooms safe from perversion. But our mistaken efforts to judge based on appearance have long-term impact on people who don’t fit our stereotypes and cultural norms.


For at least a decade, I was routinely mistaken for a boy and regularly banished from bathrooms. P.E. teachers and coaches assumed I was sneaking in to women’s locker rooms, or—even more inexplicably—trying to orchestrate an athletic advantage by playing on girls’ athletic teams.





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« Reply #199 on: June 11, 2016, 05:48:36 PM »
Oh I think I'll add another dimension to the whole bathroom/restroom debate. Accessible (used to be called 'disabled', but I trying to be PC) toilets. Some people have what are termed 'hidden disabilities'. So if you have a hidden disability/condition, like MS and many other conditions that are hidden, you can end up being challenged even when you have a legitimate reason for using the 'accessible'  rest room.

I know that some with hidden conditions find it very difficult to deal with confrontation and being challenged and does cause them a great deal of stress, which can escalate into a situation that is not good.

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