Outspoken Christian rapper Lecrae is making waves once again by voicing his thoughts on race relations in America. This time the music artist is taking on other Christians who believe he shouldn't use his platform to talk about race, and instead focus solely on spreading the Gospel.
In an Instagram message posted last Thursday, Lecrae included a photo that read: "I Won't Keep Calm I Have a Black Son," and spoke directly to Christians who try to steer clear of addressing the nation's growing racial tensions.
"Christians saying that 'preaching the gospel is all we need' ignore how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems," Lecrae wrote. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has said it was "just a matter of time" after news broke that a man who identifies as a woman was caught videotaping an 18-year-old girl undressing in a Target stall in Idaho.
"I told you so, it was just a matter of time. Target is putting their customers at risk — and their shareholders. I wouldn't be surprised if people started dumping their stock, and they should," Graham said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
He linked to a story reported by East Idaho News in which the transgendered woman, Sean Smith, was charged with with one felony count of video voyeurism. Smith reportedly held an iPhone over the top of the barrier of an adjacent fitting room at a Target stall, while the teenager was trying out a bathing suit. more >>
The Church of England has apologized after a report was published exposing the physical and sexual abuse of hundreds of girls over a 20-year period at a church-run children's home.
"The findings of the independent review into Kendall House describe the harrowing regime experienced by numerous girls and young teenagers who were placed into the care of this Church of England home," said Bishop Paul Butler, lead bishop on safeguarding for the Church of England, on Wednesday. "The appalling standards of care and treatment should never have been allowed and on behalf of the national church I apologise unreservedly to all the former residents whose lives were and continue to be affected by their damaging experiences at Kendall House."
The flags are flying at half-mast, again. This occasion involves the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas, TX. The assailant, Micah Johnson, shot a total of twelve officers in retaliation for recent police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Among the number of reactions to these tragedies, many are utterly perplexed as to the way the national media has covered the aftermath of the shootings: why is the media so quick to blame police officers for systemic racism, when so much effort is expended to distance Muslims from terrorist attacks and warn us against Islamophobia?
Greg Gutfeld of Fox News represented a particularly poignant response to President Obama's assertion that the police killings of black men at Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights were symptomatic of racial disparities within law enforcement. more >>
While appearing on Fox News this week to discuss racial tensions in America, NFL player Benjamin Watson asserted that young black men grow up knowing their "leash is a little bit shorter" with police, but stressed that is no excuse to disobey police officers' commands.
Watson, a 12-season veteran tight end who signed with the Baltimore Ravens this past offseason and author of the 2015 book Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race. Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us, was interviewed by Megyn Kelly Tuesday night about the ongoing tension between the black community and police officers nationwide.
Watson, an outspoken Christian who recently took to Facebook to write a lengthy post about what Black Lives Matter means to him, told Kelly that there have been a number of experiences from his life, even some recent experiences, where he was treated unfairly because of the color of his skin. more >>
I never really noticed it before. You know, when you're on a flight and the airplane you're on takes a steep bank turn — even if the wings are perpendicular to the ground — you're beverage won't spill. The book or magazine you're reading will drop straight to the floor. The stewardess will walk upright down the aisle as though the plane was still level. And unless you look outside the window, you can't tell which way the plane is turning. I'm told that's because of something called "inertia."
Pilots are subject to the effects of "inertia." When flying an aircraft through the clouds or fog and unable to see the horizon, they can't feel when the plane is banking either to the right or the left. As a matter of fact, in the early days of flight, many pilots lost their lives because they followed the myth of their instincts. Trusting only their senses and thinking they could feel the turn, whenever they unexpectedly were engulfed in a thick blanket of haze, tragically many banked into a spiral dive that ended in a crash.
To fly safely through the clouds, pilots have to use their instruments. A "gyro horizon" is a flight instrument to inform pilots of the orientation of their airplane relative to the earth's horizon. It gyroscopically steadies the line that stays level with the earth's surface and unerringly indicates when the plane's wings are banking either left or right. more >>