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 >>
The sister and sister-in-law of a Pakistani Christian man who is now in hiding after being accused of blasphemy have been arrested and tortured by police officers in hopes they would turn over their brother.
According to reports, blasphemy charges were formally brought against Christian tailor Nadeem James, who lives in the Father Colony of Sarai Alamgir in Pakistan's Punjab province, on Sunday after he had a falling out with one of his Muslim childhood friends.
According to the London-based British Pakistani Christian Association, James had a dispute with his friend Yasir Bashir on July 4 and it is believed that the argument was over the fact that James married a Muslim woman who has since converted to Christianity. more >>
Outspoken Christian real estate entrepreneurs Jason and David Benham say last week's shooting deaths of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota and the killing of five police officers in Dallas are major signs that America is entrenched in a godless "culture of death."
The twin brothers — who gained prominence among conservative Christians when HGTV dropped their reality TV show amid pressure from LGBT activist groups opposed to their biblical view of marriage — took to Facebook last Friday to issue their thoughts about the killing of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police officers in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge and the killing of five Dallas police officers last Thursday.
In a video posted to their Facebook page, the former minor league baseball players stressed that the acts of violence displayed last week are side effects caused by the "removal of God from every area of the nation." more >>