invited to join the cause
of voices are being heard because one woman stood up for what
she believes in.
Leslie Boles of Holton, said as she read The Versailles Republican
newspaper and learned about the controversy surrounding the nativity
at Brookville, she was outraged.
It was absolute shock and disbelief, she described
her feelings. I couldnt believe someone wanted something
as innocent as the nativity removed.
The story unfolded for Boles when she read about the mission of
Rev. David Gingerich to place white crosses in lawns in the town
of Cross Plains. Also in that story there was information about
a group who had come forward letting the City of Brookville know
they opposed having the nativity on the courthouse lawn, with
the focal point, the creche, being placed directly under the American
flag. They pointedly requested the nativity be removed.
Boles said she was so angry and as she was ranting, God spoke
to her and said Why dont you do something about it?
Like a bolt of lightning from the sky, Boles heeded what God had
asked her and decided to start a cause on Facebook. I couldnt
believe the people who were logging on, she noted. Her first
supporter on Facebook was Luella Franklin of Holton. I was
so thrilled to see her name, Boles said. The list grew and
as of early Monday morning, December 27 the cause was growing
and had reached 8,864 members.
A petition was created by Boles friend, Drew Dennis from
Brookville, and as of Monday, December 27 there were 1,594 actual
signatures. These numbers will be forwarded to Brookvilles
city attorney, Michael Wilhelm, showing the city there are many
supporters to keep the nativity right where it belongs - on the
courthouse lawn, under the American flag!
The story of Boles and Dennis efforts was picked up by Indianapolis
and Cincinnati television stations. Dennis and Boles might seem
like an unlikely couple, but they met through soccer. Boles son
was playing on a soccer team and so was Dennis. Boles told the
Osgood Journal that she had trouble creating the petition
page, so Dennis helped out with that.
Others joined Boles as she brought her cause to Brookville last
Thursday. Supporters Cameron Cumbee and August Kunkel, both graduates
of Franklin County High School in Brookville, were glad to be
numbered with those supporting the nativity. The young men, now
in college, said they all played soccer with Dennis as well.
Mitch Harrell and Kaitlin Hughes, who attend Hopewell Baptist
Church with Boles, also traveled to Brookville on Thursday in
support of the cause. Harrell, who is in the ministry, noted that
Christians have to take a stand.
The cause is referred to as one million strong and Boles believes
before its over, there will be at least a million people
signing on. After all, shes had supporters from not only
locally, but around the world.
Boles said she appreciates all the support and its especially
heartening to see the young people involved. She invites everyone
to join them at http:\\goo.gl\1si85 to sign the petition to support
keeping the nativity at Brookville. She notes that she believes,
We must put Christ back where he belongs, so our nation
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
from left are: Mitch Harrell, Kaitlin Hughes, supporters
of the cause; Leslie Boles, holding a copy of the newspaper
she read about the Brookville nativity plight in, August
Kunkel and Cameron Cumbee, also supporters, are graduates
of Franklin County High School in Brookville, where they
live. The supporters were there to bolster the idea of Boles
to start a Facebook cause and a petition for people to sign
to support the nativity staying where they say it belongs
on the courthouse lawn in Brookville. A movement is trying
to get it removed. The cold winds and snow didn't phase
the group that turned out on Thursday of last week at the
Brookville Courthouse lawn.