Venezuelans living the United States have come together to support the student-led opposition in Caracas and other cities, calling on the government of President Nicolas Maduro to respect their right to peacefully protest.
Hundreds have rallied in places like Times Square, Washington, D.C., Boston, Miami and Los Angeles to be the voices of those in their country that are fighting against government corruption, poverty and widespread violence.
"Our message is to make our American neighbors aware of the cry we are going through. We're fighting for freedom and democracy," said Henry Moreno, a Los Angeles resident involved in area protests, to The Christian Post. "This is a socialist government that has sided with Cuba and has given all of its resources away. Currently, there is no inventory of food or security in Venezuela." more >>
Genesis Carmona, a Venezuelan beauty queen and marketing student who was in a coma following a gunshot wound to the head, died Wednesday. She was shot during a peaceful demonstration amid the country's ongoing political turmoil.
Carmona's death marks the fifth fatality in Venezuela since students led a march last week against government corruption, violence and poverty.
"How long are we going to live like this? How long do we have to tolerate this pressure, with them killing us?" said a relative of Carmona, who asked to remain anonymous, reports New York Daily News. "She only needed one more semester to graduate." more >>
Political columnist Kirsten Powers has earned the respect of the Evangelical community. The story of her conversion was an unambiguous home run. She's also responsible for helping raise attention about the atrocity of the Kermit Gosnell case.
She's a sharp, intellectually honest thinker who does a good job of keeping conservative evangelicals on their toes. I don't know Kirsten well, but in October, I was honored to moderate a panel with her and other leading thinkers on the subject of religious liberty.
Her most recent column, though, doesn't fit with her commendable work on international religious freedom. Conflating theological categories, her column missed the concern that Evangelicals have over the creeping hostility to religious liberty, particularly in the context of gay rights. more >>
A study of "faith-driven consumers" reveals that a vast majority won't be satisfied with a Bible-themed movie that strays from, and maybe even rejects, the biblical message. The concerns expressed in the survey could have serious implications for the forthcoming Bible blockbuster "Noah."
The studio behind the film, Paramount Pictures, prescreened "Noah" to a group of Christian viewers and discovered a problem. According to The Hollywood Reporter, many of the viewers "questioned the film's adherence to the Bible story and reacted negatively to the intensity and darkness of the lead character." The director is reportedly working with different versions of the story, in part to better appeal to a Christian audience.
The challenge could be a substantial one. more >>
I've often wondered why the studies show consistently that going to church lengthens your life and even the quality of your life.
One time I had the privilege of interviewing a sociology professor and author, Dr. Byron Johnson. When I spoke with him, he was teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on from there to Princeton and is now at Baylor. He has made a lifetime of studying the impact of religion on society, on health, mental and physical.
He told me something I've never forgotten. If you're white and you go to church regularly, you will live---on average---an extra seven years. If you're an African-American and you go to church on a regular basis---on average---you will gain an extra 14 years! more >>
An official from the University of Alabama has delivered an apology to a pro-life student group for removing their display at a campus facility.
Carl Bacon, director of the Ferguson Center, sent an emailed apology to Bama Students for Life stating that their display could return to the center after being removed.
"Please accept my apology that your display was removed without your knowledge two days before your reserved time expired. You have two options available to you to complete your 30-day reservation," wrote Bacon. more >>