Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri, was fatally shot by a police officer after what local authorities have described as a physical confrontation. Witnesses at the apartment complex where Ferguson was killed claim the man was shot several times while holding his hands in the air.
Since Brown's Saturday, Aug. 9 killing, Ferguson has been rocked by protests and at least one night of looting, with police officers turning out in force with assault rifles, dogs, and tear gas and dressed in riot gear. Christians have been expressing shock, hurt and words of prayer and encouragement amid the days and nights of tumult that have been unfolding in startling images and videos before the nation.
Here are some examples of what Christians have been expressing on Twitter: more >>
The man accused by hacktivist group Anonymous of killing Missouri teen Michael Brown is not a police officer, authorities have confirmed.
On Thursday Anonymous released the name and picture of a man it claimed is responsible for Brown's death, however, the St Louis County police denied this is true via social networking site Twitter.
They also confirmed that the officer who did in fact fatally shoot Brown in Ferguson on Saturday will not be named publicly unless he is prosecuted. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. more >>
Can we stop reincarnating Trayvon Martin and Rodney King every time an altercation between black and white males occur-police or otherwise?
St. Louis is in shambles after the loss of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday. The facts of the incident that led to his death remain largely unknown, but that didn't stop looters from destroying and robbing businesses in Ferguson (a suburb of St. Louis) in the name of "justice." Having lived through the Los Angeles riots I'm not sure which is worse, black-on-black crime or black-on-black justice.
Consider whites, Hispanics, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews. Have you ever heard of any other people group besides blacks that execute justice on their own community by rioting and looting their own neighborhood businesses for the sake of protesting a perceived injustice? How many blacks will lose jobs because local shopkeepers are no longer in business to hire them, or because they decide to move out of the community? How will the riots and looting affect local property values? How many teens will turn to selling dope and fall prey to senseless crimes because the job market is scarce? Looters don't care about justice! I doubt they can even spell it! They're opportunists that want free stuff even if it means crawling over an ice-cold corpse to get it! more >>
The family of a raped and murdered six-year-old girl have said that they are relying on their faith through this time and have forgiven their daughter's killer.
"Gabe was tempted by the fallen," James Wright, whose daughter Jenise was found murdered a few days after she disappeared, told the Kitsap Sun. Her suspected murderer, 17-year-old Gabriel Gaeta, is currently in jail in lieu of $1 million.
"With the free will given by our Father, he chose wrong. I've already forgiven him. How can I be in (God's) grace if I don't' forgive?" Wright asked. more >>
WASHINGTON — An education expert has argued that United States public schools can benefit immensely from reading the Bible in literature classes and having prayer in schools.
William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute and an education professor at California State University, made these arguments in a presentation Wednesday at the Family Research Council.
Titled "Putting the Bible and Prayer Back in the Public Schools," Jeynes said there are many benefits to keeping the Bible in public schools and drawbacks from when, during the 1960s, courses were taken out. more >>
Michael "Mike" Brown's limp and bloodied body was lying in the street of the housing complex where he was visiting his grandmother for several hours on Saturday, after the unarmed 18-year-old Missouri man was taken down by a series of bullets fired from a single police officer's gun.
There were conflicting reports concerning the killing of Brown by the Ferguson police officer at the Canfield Green Apartments. Brown was shot at approximately 2:15 p.m., with witnesses claiming he was hit by 8-10 bullets while holding his hands up in the air.
St. Louis County Police Department Chief Jon Belmar said during a Sunday morning press conference that before he was gunned down, Brown allegedly had "pushed a police officer back into the car" when the officer tried to exit his vehicle. Brown allegedly physically assaulted the police officer while in the car, according to Chief Belmar, and the two struggled over the officer's weapon. The chief said at least two shots were fired inside the police vehicle. Brown and the Ferguson police officer exited the vehicle, at which point the confrontation turned deadly. According to Chief Belmar, investigators have not determined the exact number of times Brown was shot, but told reporters the 18-year-old was shot "more than just a couple of times" but he did not think it was "many more than that." more >>