Micah Xavier Johnson, the 25-year-old gunman who murdered five police officers and injured seven others during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas last Thursday, reportedly lost his Christian faith after serving in Afghanistan.
"He loved his country. … He wanted to protect his country," Delphine Johnson, 49, the gunman's mother who is reportedly an employee at a local church, told TheBlaze.
"The military was not what Micah thought it would be," Delphine added. "He was very disappointed, very disappointed. But it may be that the ideal that he thought of our government, what he thought the military represented, it just didn't live up to his expectations." more >>
Lavish "Diamond" Reynolds, the fiancee of Philando Castile, spoke at the The Potter's House church in Dallas on Sunday about Castile's death after he was shot by a Minnesota police officer last week.
"I posted that video so everyone across the world can know that we don't do these things to ourselves, these things are done to us," Reynolds said at the church about the recording of the killing of the 32-year-old Castile, according to NBC News.
"To get it on camera, the immediate aftermath, wasn't for anything except to be heard for justice," she said. "Because at the end of the day the people that are here to serve and protect us, we call upon them when we are in need, but when the officers are the ones that are hurting us who do we call?" more >>
Following the killing of five police officers in Dallas by a black man who said he "wanted to kill white people" and two officer-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota last week, Benjamin Watson, one of the NFL's most outspoken athletes, explains what Black Lives Matter means to him.
"At times in my life I've felt that black lives didn't matter to some white people or even some black people. I've even believed the myth that my life somehow wasn't as important as my white classmates, teammates and friends," the Baltimore Ravens tight end wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Sunday. "Whether we are totally naïve or if we intentionally promote such a message, by listening and watching closely we will easily see that in many ways black lives don't matter."
While many in the Black Lives Matter movement have called for peaceful demonstrations against police shootings of black men, the group is becoming more controversial and seen as divisive for barring non-black students from meetings on college campuses, and for its leaders in New York City and Oakland chanting: "what do we want: dead cops; when do we want 'em: now" and "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon." more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas has condemned what he called "bogus ministers" who have riled against police, arguing that officers are "called by God" in their careers.
Jeffress spoke on "Fox and Friends Weekend" about the murder of five officers in Dallas by a man who said he "wanted to kill white peple, especially white police officers" allegedly in response to police-involved shootings, saying the vast majority of officers in America are good people.
"The New Testament says in Romans 13:4 that law enforcement officers are ministers of God sent by God to punish evildoers," Jeffress said. "When you think about it, police officers are just as called by God to do what they do as pastors and priests were called by God. more >>
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — In response to the killing of Dallas police officers Thursday night, New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas argues that the best thing for Christians to do in response to the violence is to just "shut up" and ask God to have mercy.
Following the news that five police officers were killed and seven injured in ambush shootings during a protest in Dallas, Metaxas, who authored the recently released book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, gave a keynote address at The Bridge, a three-day conference focusing on the persecuted church, organized by International Christian Concern, Friday morning.
As Metaxas' addressed the fact that many atheists and non-believers have an "affinity of great reasons" for their skepticism and have great questions that Christians don't have good answers to, one of the questions that he brought up was why God allows terrible atrocities to occur if He really is so good. more >>
Philando Castile is another victim who, though seeming to do everything right, was judged and sentenced to death.
It is sad to hear this story first-hand. My wife Tiffany and I flew down as fast as possible after learning of the shooting because we made a pact to not just watch the news, but to show up and do what good we can. Yesterday we went to ground zero at the Governor's mansion where the protesters gathered.
My phone started to ring with calls from friends who knew Philando. Several expressed that he was a nerd in school and he has never been in trouble. One person from his high school class, Autumn Rush, said, "He was the furthest thing from aggressive." more >>