The Norman Transcript

November 30, 2013

Reverend to speak on democratic values

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Reverend George Young, Chair of the Congressional District 5 Democrats, will be the speaker at the Tyner Cornbread and Beans luncheon on Friday December 6, 2013.

He will speak on “The Values that Democrats Hold Dear.”

Young holds a Masters Degree in Divinity and is the former Senior Pastor at the Holy Temple Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. He has complete advanced training at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, Louisville Seminary and the Lott Carey Pastors of Excellence Program where he completed a three year missionary program in three foreign countries.

He is the Board Chair and CEO of Faith to Government, Inc. and a former Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. He serves on the boards of The Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, United Way for Greater OKC, Oklahoma Health Foundation, University of Central Oklahoma's Presidents Council, Leadership Oklahoma City and Big Brothers and Sisters of Oklahoma.

Pastor Young is a trustee for Phillips Theological Seminar where he serves as an Adjunct Professor.

The event will be held at Catering Creations, 3750 W. Main and is sponsored by the Cleveland County Democratic Party and begins at 11:15 AM with the speaker beginning about noon. Guest will select lunch from Catering Creations' mini buffet. The meeting is open to the public.

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State Rep. Bobby Cleveland plans on introducing a bill during the upcoming legislative session that would greatly increase the penalties for an unprovoked battery of a person.

Cleveland intends to file the bill after a string of deadly assaults that have occurred during a “game” known as “knockout” that is growing more popular among teenagers across the nation. At least two fatalities have occurred as a result of the game.

“These kids are attacking people unprovoked in an attempt to knock them out,” said Rep. Cleveland, R-Slaughterville. “They are doing it just for fun. They have been attacking men, women and the elderly. I think we need to send a message that this kind of violence is unacceptable in Oklahoma and will get you into serious trouble.”

 Cleveland’s bill would ensure that any minor charged with an unprovoked battery would be tried as an adult.

The bill would also increase the penalty to a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted.

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