Ben Carson, retired pediatric neurosurgeon and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, rejected the claim made by the Rev. Jesse Jackson that the Michael Brown shooting and ensuing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, highlight an extreme racial disparity for blacks in America during a debate on "Fox News Sunday."
Carson, 62, argued that the killing of black citizens by police use-of-force and high arrest rates among African-Americans are simply issues of the environment and the way in which kids are raised, having nothing to do with the color of their skin.
"If you take race out of the issue all together and you take a group of young men and you raise them with no respect for authority, not learning to take on personal responsibility, having easy access to drugs and alcohol, they are very likely to end up as victims of violence and incarceration," Carson asserted. "Has nothing to do with race." more >>
A veteran Missouri police officer who was involved in maintaining security in the troubled community of Ferguson has been placed on administrative leave after he declared "I am a killer" in an inflammatory video in which he called Supreme Court justices "sodomites" and President Barack Obama an "illegal alien."
The officer, identified as Dan Page, is also a retired military veteran, according to a CNN report. Page, who works with the St. Louis County Police Department, was seen on CNN earlier this month pushing the network's Don Lemon as he reported on protests in Ferguson over the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.
According to CNN, St. Louis County police officials said they found Page's rant highlighted on YouTube earlier this year "so bizarre" they have removed him from his post in the department and are investigating in a process that might include a psychological evaluation. more >>
Always feeling joy or having the feeling of joy can remind you much of your childhood. Many of us feel joy in things we like to do each day such as eat, meet a friend, listen to music or even watch a movie. But, the most important and true feeling of joy can only be attained as part of the fruit of the spirit.
It is an overwhelming sense of comfort and contentment that floods our soul. "True Joy comes only when we are focused upon walking with the Lord and esteeming others" (Phil 2:3-5 KJV).
Below are 7 uplifting scriptures about joy: more >>
A Vermont diner decided to take down a sign advertising bacon after a Muslim declared that she had a beef with bacon.
Sneakers Bistro had placed a sign on a lamp post that read, "Yield Sneakers Bacon." The diner was allowed to erect the sign because of their participation in a beautification program in the town of Winooski.
After President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address called for a new federal entitlement for taxpayer-funded free preschool or pre-K for all 4-year-olds, we thought his idea would be quickly discredited, not only by its enormous cost, but even more importantly by the overwhelming weight of research proving the lack of any long-term benefit from such programs.
Now we are dismayed to learn from Politico that a dozen Republican-governed states are expanding state-based pre-K programs or are planning to do so next year. And in Washington, some Republicans are offering bipartisan support to a pre-K bill drafted by two of the Congress' biggest liberals, Rep. George Miller (D-California) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), both of whom are retiring at the end of this year.
Why are these Republicans willing to accept Obama's claim that pre-K "works" by producing big benefits in a child's later life? In fact, the science tells us that pre-K provides, at best, a small temporary benefit that cannot be measured beyond the third grade. more >>
The man behind the controversial "Jesus Tattoo" movement will launch a new campaign "Death Row Jesus" on Wednesday to spread the message that God was the "worse criminal" while on earth.
David L. Miller of the Little Pencil organization is known for his thought-provoking marketing campaigns that promote the Gospel. Last year, he erected 59 billboards throughout Lubbock, Texas, depicting the image of Jesus Christ clad in tattoos. But this time, he is opting for digital video advertisements that will launch in major cities throughout the U.S.
"When people think about Jesus, they don't think about him being on death row, but if you think about what he did when he was on earth, that's really the experience he had," Miller told Lubbock's NBC affiliate KBCD 11. more >>