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Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 3:58 pm, Sun Jul 21, 2013.

The man who has led an effort to spread Christian influence in public schools and city government for 25 years is calling it a career.

Ken Owen, 74, said that God told him last year it's time to retire as president of Christian Community Concerns, an organization that has fought such efforts as gay marriage, adult bookstores in Lodi and the opening of the city's cardroom.

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  • Timothy Branson posted at 5:39 pm on Sat, Aug 6, 2011.

    branscom Posts: 1

    I believe Ken Owen is and will always be remembered as a good man who tried helping his fellow man. He had love in his heart to do what he has done. No one can ever take that love away from him.

  • Manuel Martinez posted at 8:16 pm on Mon, Apr 4, 2011.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    Well, the American Atheists kinda scratched off number 2 on that list. I with they had a bit more candor (although, I will say that the "You know they're all myths" billboard isn't the only American Atheist INC. billboard up, it's just the one that got the most publicity.) I prefer the American Humanist Association billboards, the Freedom From Religion Foundation Billboards and the Richard Dawkins Foundation billboards, of which generally promote a positive message rather than a negative one (the "Good without Gods" billboard is my favorite.)

    The remainder of the list is generally true. Number 3 is most notable. There are no atheist witnesses :]p

  • Bob Silvano posted at 6:23 pm on Mon, Apr 4, 2011.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145


    1. Atheists never try to persuade you to believe as they do
    2. Atheists never put up billboards along the freeway
    3. Atheists never knock on your door just as you sit down to dinner
    4. Atheists never condemn anyone for their views on abortion
    5. Atheists never ask you to tithe 10% of your income
    6. Atheists never ask you to volunteer to work bingo games
    7. Atheists never ask you to provide free labor to prove your faith
    8. Atheists never ask for last rights
    9. Atheists never try to influence legislation unless it is to counter a religion initiated or endorsed measure
    10. Atheists are not sheep who follow blindly. They are true to themselves.
    11. Atheists will be your friend regardless of your beliefs
    12. Atheists will invite you over for a BBQ, and you won’t have to say prayers
    13. Atheists will visit you in ANY hospital
    14. Atheists are good neighbors because they don’t insist that you believe as they do

  • Manuel Martinez posted at 3:30 pm on Mon, Apr 4, 2011.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    I am assuming you are referring to the plaintiff in the case regarding "Under God" in the pledge of allegiance? Would you like to explain how such an act is an attempt to revoke the rights of others when the goal is to maintain a separation between church and state, and keep government out of religion (and vice versa?) Note the clause of my response: permissible venues. Private individuals have the right to express their religious viewpoints, what is unacceptable is the involvement of the state in such affairs. I would assume that a conservative such as yourself would be opposed to governmental influence in what is solely a private matter.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:21 am on Mon, Apr 4, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Charles stated...Apparently, Manuel, you haven't been paying attention to Americas ...

    Charles, it is very likely that Manuel has not only followed Mr. Newdow but appreciates his contributions to society. I would not be surprised if Manuel shares his allowance he is allotted with Mr Newdow in order to support Mr Newdow's causes. As normal, I could be wrong as I am just making a guess based on his prior posts.

  • Charles Nelson posted at 8:20 pm on Sun, Apr 3, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    Apparently, Manuel, you haven't been paying attention to Americas biggest waste of time, Michael Newdow, for the last decade or so. Not exactly a champion for the right of every American to express themselves freely. Especially when it contradicts his "free thinking" idealism.

  • Manuel Martinez posted at 5:58 pm on Sun, Apr 3, 2011.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    Wondering where an atheist can be accused of denying another citizen their rights of free expression or opportunity in permissible venues...

  • Charles Nelson posted at 3:08 pm on Sun, Apr 3, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    Did I just read a member of an "Atheists and Freethinkers" organization accuse someone else of "forcing his opinions on our community"? Now, THAT'S funny!

  • Bob Silvano posted at 12:06 pm on Sun, Apr 3, 2011.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    Lordy Lordy ! What will happen to all of us sinners with Mr. Owens out of the picture? Don't let the door hit you in the butt, Ken.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:49 am on Sat, Apr 2, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Never met Mr Owens but if the comments here are an indication of this mans life, he must have been a good and interesting man. I think it is common that people who are motivated to do good things in life attract these kind of people who seem to enjoy bringing down others who see life differently than themselves.
    Of course I have no way of knowing for a fact that he was a good man... but people who “know” if he was talking to an imaginary friend or not , unless they are god, have no way of knowing that for a fact as well.

  • David Diskin posted at 9:12 pm on Fri, Apr 1, 2011.

    David Diskin Posts: 185

    When Lodi was divided over the issue of prayer during council meetings, I had coffee with Mr Owens. A few things were clear to me at the end of that meeting:

    1) While he claims to love all, his actions are focused on bigotry and hate.

    2) Though he claimed to have once been an atheist, he further explained to me that he "hated god" during this time. That is a contradiction.

    3) He has no understanding of evolutionary biology, yet wishes to remove it from our schools.

    4) He has no tolerance for any worldview outside of Christianity.

    I am glad he is stepping down, and I hope he will instead focus his time on his health and family rather than forcing his opinions on our community.

    There are many good things that Christians in this community have done, but I do not know of any that can be attributed to Mr Owens.

    -David Diskin
    Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers

  • anna marie rivieccio posted at 7:57 pm on Fri, Apr 1, 2011.

    anna marie rivieccio Posts: 1

    Ken Owens did a good job for this community god bless him.

    We appricate a man like Ken Owens for standing up for morality and what is right

    we need more men like Ken Owens. Thank you, Ken

  • Manuel Martinez posted at 6:29 pm on Fri, Apr 1, 2011.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    I wonder how Ken Owen concluded that God communicated a desire that he retire and shut down the organization. Did it come in a vision? Through a dream? A clear message assembled through alphabet soup on the order of: "give it a rest," or perhaps the stroke itself? (It would not be the first time that one would conclude that a physical ailment implied a sign from heaven...) What positive things can be said of this man and his organization? I've looked and found nothing about bringing people together, settling disputes, preaching peace or anything of the kind. Instead, I see a campaign that sought to deny human rights to LGBT, women and non-believers. Along with a concerted effort to breach the separation of church and state and couple civil government with invocations to a fairytale. Why place a copy of the Decalogue in City Hall when only 4 of 10 commandments are codified in secular law? Why not promote a moment of silence prior to council meetings so that each individual can pray to their respective gods or clear their minds without a reference to a particular person's god? What is so wrong with letting people live their lives without the modern day representation of would-be inquisitors hovering over them with the intention of denying them their indulgences or rights of expression? What is wrong about saying Happy Holidays when it is a season filled with numerous celebrations and rituals conducted by the many diverse believers and non-believers (human light...) present in society?

    Today, I celebrate the end of a conservative religious organization that, along with many others of the same category, held back the rights of man and promoted myth en masse. If I could, I'd celebrate at that cardroom Mr. Owen opposed, because Wine and Country makes delicious Filet Mignon, second only to Wine and Roses.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 6:28 pm on Fri, Apr 1, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2677

    God told Ken it was time to stop?

    I would say God was right.

  • Rose Hilliard posted at 4:22 pm on Fri, Apr 1, 2011.

    Rose Hilliard Posts: 1

    I'm sure this man felt he was doing the right things(as told to him by his imaginary friend in the sky with whom he apparently "spoke" regularly) , but Lodi is really better off without his own or his group's mentally unhealthy religious influences on people.



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