DALLAS — President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Dallas police officers including the five slain at a protest against police violence last week for saving lives during the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement in almost 15 years.
"We know that the overwhelming majority of police officers do an incredibly hard and dangerous job fairly and professionally," Obama told a memorial service for the slain police officers. "They are deserving of our respect and not our scorn."
"And when anyone, no matter how good their intentions may be, paints all police as biased or bigoted, we undermine those officers we depend on for our safety," Obama added. more >>
The 28-year-old New York woman behind a now viral photo associated with the Black Lives Matter movement in Baton Rouge has said the popularity and discussion generated by the image is the "work of God," and described herself as a "vessel."
Several news sites, including the BBC, reported on the photograph, which shows Leshia Evans wearing a long, flowing summer dress as she stands in front of a police line.
Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman said the photo was taken on a street near police headquarters that was being blocked by protesters in the city, which was the site of Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend. more >>
A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.
According to local reports, 41-year-old Eunice Olawale, a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria and an evangelist, was murdered in the early morning hours on Saturday while she was out evangelizing near Nigeria's capital of Abuja.
Olawale's husband, Olawale Elisha, told local media that his wife had left their home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning to preach in the neighborhood but she never returned home. more >>
Erica Campbell believes that gun violence in America, such as the killing of over 1,800 people in Chicago this year from gang violence and the two officer-involved shooting deaths of black men last week, are caused by demonic forces that are out to destroy the world.
The Grammy Award-winning gospel music singer and first lady of the California Worship Center took to Instagram to give a spiritual take on the problems that plague disenfranchised communities throughout the nation.
"They're demons on assignment to stop our progress. Yes there is injustice but what we're really fighting against is a stronghold, not people," Campbell wrote on Instagram. "Satan wants the world destroyed! If WE the body of Christ, The Whole Body all over the world unite we win!" more >>
As I read the news reports, my heart immediately went out to the families. The media has been fueling the flames of racism and hatred for some time and we are reaping the whirlwind.
Yes, hatred and racism do exist, but from my vantage point, not to the degree they are being portrayed. I see tremendous love between the black and white communities — love we should be encouraging. What if we looked through a different lens other than the lens of the secular media …
What if more people knew that many of America's founders did not support slavery? The truth is that many of the Founding Fathers were responsible for planting the first seeds of equality and for the eventual end of slavery. John Quincy Adams was often referred to as the "hell-hound of the abolition movement" for his efforts against slavery. more >>
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 >>