When behavior shocks the world — whether a high-profile murder, domestic violence involving a sports star or even corporal punishment uncertainties surrounding a football player — there are always questions: "Where were the signs that this could happen?" "Why didn't we see this coming?"
The sad story of former Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, has brought the epidemic of domestic violence in America to the national forefront.
On Valentine's Day weekend, Ray Rice and his then-fiancée were involved in an altercation in an Atlantic City elevator. Ray struck Janay, sending her into a railing and knocking her unconscious. He then dragged her out of the elevator doors, where hotel staff assumed she was drunk. Rice was suspended two games for the charge, but when the full video of the incident surfaced on September 8, the Ravens cut Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. more >>
Charles Jenkins, Chicago megachurch pastor and recording artist, tells the enemy off in a new Gospel track titled "War" released online Monday. Jenkins declares that the enemy cannot have his family or his increase in the aggressive worship song, released just months after an embarrassing nude photo emerged that was allegedly tied to an extortion plot.
Jenkins is senior pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and an award-winning songwriter and producer. He declares in the upbeat "War" worship song, in which he is accompanied by the Fellowship Chicago choir:
"I got joy in my soul God is in control I got Satan on my trail But I'm singing all is well He's attacking everyday But I'm watching while I pray No matter the attack I won't turn back Cause this means war …" more >>
"Submission never means abuse," Pastor Tony Evans told his Dallas, Texas, congregation on Sunday, making it clear what he believes the Christian position is on domestic violence.
"We've been hearing about one kind of struggle here lately — domestic abuse," said Evans, referring to recent news headlines concerning Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after being caught on tape punching his wife.
"Ladies, you do not have to submit yourself to any man abusing you. You do not submit yourself," he added. "No man has the right to put his hands on him. You shouldn't be putting your hands on him either, but no man has the right to put his hands on you in a violent fashion." more >>
Frank Van Den Bleeken, a Belgian man serving a life sentence for rape and murder, has won the "right to die" in a landmark ruling after arguing he cannot control his violent sexual urges.
Belgium's euthanasia laws, which earlier this year also gave terminally ill children the right to have doctors end their lives, have been strongly criticized by pro-life groups.
Fifty-year old Van Den Bleeken, who was convicted in the 1980s, argued that he would never be freed and so wishes to end his life, BBC News reported. The ruling follows a three-year legal battle by the prisoner. more >>
I don't know what's worse, Ravens football player Ray Rice knocking his then fiancée, now wife, unconscious in an elevator, the NFL protecting him, or women defending Rice for punching "an unarmed woman." All of the above are equally repugnant. But a woman, saying Rice's wife Janay Palmer deserved it, is disturbing.
"She hit him first and any woman who hits a man deserves to be hit," described a woman interviewed by NBC News. The woman was describing the video of Rice knocking out Janay in response to her slapping his body in an elevator of the Revel Hotel in Atlantic City. So, it was okay for Rice to respond by whacking Janay in the head unconscious and then drag her by her feet like a slaughtered animal out of the elevator?
"Why is it that the victimizer becomes the victim? Why is it that we want to protect these men? What is it about our society? What is it about us, as women, that we feel a need to protect them?" Robin Givens explained on the Today Show about her abusive marriage with professional boxer Mike Tyson. more >>
It's a disturbing trend taking place on university campuses around the nation. Thanks to a 2010 Supreme Court decision, state universities are now allowed to restrict "belief organizations from requiring belief."
The way this is playing out in real life is that Christian clubs are no longer allowed to require their members and leaders to be Christian.
Yes, you read that correctly. Pretty much defeats the purpose of having the club, doesn't it? more >>