Thousands of mourners gathered in Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday for the funeral of Democratic State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, as President Baraxk Obama delivered an impassioned eulogy for the respected leader he remembered as "a man of God who lived by faith."
Grieving relatives, Emanuel AME church members, politicians and members of the community were present at the College of Charleston's TD Arena to pay their respects more than one week after Pinckney and eight others were gunned down during a Bible study at his church.
"Giving all praise and honor to God," Obama began. "The Bible calls us to hope, to persevere and have faith in things not seen. They were still living by faith when they died, Scripture tells us. They did not receive the things promised, they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on Earth." more >>
President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina state senator killed during a Bible study last week at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, and at the conclusion of his remarks, sang the negro spiritual "Amazing Grace."
Obama made "grace" a major part of his speech after acknowledging the work and accomplishments of the-late Pinckney, who was also the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and whom the president called "a man of God who lived by faith."
"We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith. A man who believed in things not seen. A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance. A man of service who persevered knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would provide a better life for those who followed," Obama said, reports CNN. more >>
Friday's Supreme Court decision redefining marriage in all 50 states to include same-sex couples will infringe upon the religious freedoms of those holding traditional views about marriage, dissenting justices warned.
While religious accommodations have been written into state laws redefining marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court did not, and could not, do that in claiming that gay marriage is a fundamental right; inevitably, this will lead to religious freedom conflicts, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissenting opinion.
"Unfortunately, people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today," he wrote. (For simplicity, footnotes have been removed from all quotes.) more >>
President Barack Obama responded Friday to the Supreme Court's 5-4 favorable ruling gay marriage, saying that the decision was "a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years, even decades working and praying for change to come."
The Supreme Court's decision putting an end to state bans on issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples was in response to the Obergefell v. Hodges. Read CP's coverage of the ruling: Supreme Court Says States Must Recognize Gay Marriage. Read the court's ruling here.
Watch a video of Obama's remarks on the Supreme Court ruling in the video player below: more >>
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, have said that President Barack Obama and his European allies are failing to stop the massacre of Christians and other minorities throughout the Middle East and North Africa at the hands of terror group ISIS.
"Terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are destroying some of the oldest and most sacred Christian communities and relics in the world on the very lands where Christianity was born and first took root," McCain and Perkins said in an op-ed for Fox News.
"They are committing brutal atrocities against Christian communities in Syria and Iraq, persecuting religious minorities and destroying entire towns and local economies. Christians are fleeing their homes in increasing numbers, creating an exploding refugee crisis that will have grave ramifications on the stability and security of the entire region." more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" subsidies in states without their own heath insurance exchanges is a blessing in disguise for the Republican Party, but long-term the decision will cement the court's legacy as more concerned with the popularity of its decisions than the logic of its judicial reasoning.
While many of the reactions to the decision will likely be framed bimodally, in terms of winners versus losers, or Republicans versus Democrats, the reality is more complicated.
There are three ironies central to the case. more >>