Rapper and actor LL Cool J appeared on Hot 97 in New York City for an interview last week where he discussed elements of his personal faith including his tithing.
When asked about his over 20 years career in the world of hip-hop and how he's been able to maintain relevance all these years with his music and acting in shows such as NCIS, he credited God and also discussed the importance of giving, more specifically tithing.
"I mentioned earlier longevity, versatility and originality," LL Cool J said. "What I didn't mention was spirituality and believing in God. more >>
A second night of demonstrations over the chokehold death of unarmed black man Eric Garner swept America on Thursday, with people protesting over the grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer involved in his death. NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has meanwhile claimed that policing is "under attack" in the wake of the protests, and that police officers feel that they are "under assault."
Reuters reported that the protests in New York and other U.S. cities began during the evening rush hour, with people marching on the streets and bringing traffic to a near-standstill.
Close to 3,000 people congregated at New York's Time Square close to midnight, chanting: "Who do you protect?" at hundreds of police officers. Some of the demonstrators were reportedly shoved on to the sidewalks by officers, while dozens were arrested. more >>
A former lesbian candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church has recently announced that she has undergone a "gender transition."
Mary Ann Barclay, a Texas resident who recently garnered headlines for purportedly being barred from ministry over her sexual orientation, announced earlier this week that she was transitioning to "a non-binary person."
"I am so thrilled to share that this past Friday I was able to have 'top surgery' to help me live into my self and my body better. This was, of course, a surgery I have thought about long before coming out as genderqueer," said Barclay, who now abbreviates her first name to M. more >>
At this point, it's safe to say that the veracity of the horrifying rape story that begins Rolling Stone's report on the University of Virginia is in dispute. The reporter indisputably failed to follow best practices by not seeking comments from the accused, and now — as Rich notes in Politico — she is retreating to the position that "the real point of the story" isn't the alleged violent gang rape at all, but rather the larger culture of sexual assault.
But that's not true at all. Because the college's larger culture of sexual assault isn't about gang rape. It's about the toxic mix of alcohol, sex, and drugs.
There's a reason why reporters — especially agenda-driven reporters — begin with the most lurid stories possible. The horror story sets the stage, in this example creating the misimpression that when talking about sexual assault on campus, what we're talking about is "Jackie's story" — a horrific gang rape that until recently could have been punished by the death penalty. If the Rolling Stone story had begun differently, with the most typical kind of college sexual-assault report, the impressions would be quite different. more >>
I stood before them and broke the rules.
I asked overly self-conscious Orange County, California men and women to stand in the middle of a church service if they had never heard the words "I love you" or "I am proud of you" from their father.
A good ten seconds passed before one brave man stood and then several more women and men joined him. The keyboard player began to play some comforting chords which infused this moment of freedom and healing with a gentle and safe spirit. Like a breaker rolling onto the Laguna Beach shoreline, it came from the back to the front. A wave of people began to rise up out of their seats. Some were weeping, some were holding their spouse's hand, and others stood alone. more >>
American Atheists President David Silverman has said that his group's holiday billboards this year, with a message to "skip church" this Christmas, are aimed at atheists who are living with theists in mixed families and are under pressure to participate in religious activities.
"That little girl on the billboard symbolizes the atheists who go along to get along, attending and possibly tithing a church that preaches a religion in which they don't believe, for no other reason than habit or familial pressure," Silverman told The Christian Post in an email on Thursday.
"We are using these billboards to spur intra-family communication, because we believe the communication is desperately needed," he asserted. more >>