With the nation captivated by the discovery that the leader of a civil rights organization is a white person who has been pretending to be black, some conservative pundits have drawn a comparison with Bruce Jenner claiming to be a woman who now goes by Caitlyn Jenner. If one can be transgender, they argue, why not transracial? The comparison is problematic, however, and could undermine the conservative argument against gay marriage.
Dolezal's parents reported on Friday that the leader of the NAACP of Spokane, Washington, was white. In a KREM 2 News interview the same day, Dolezal seemed to suggest that one's race is whatever they identify with.
When asked if she's black, she answered, "I do consider myself to be black ... that's how I identify." (She also noted that she prefers "black" to "African-American.") more >>
A woman who was ordered out of the female restroom of a popular Fishbones restaurant in Detroit after security mistook her for a man is now suing the popular Greektown eatery for emotional distress and alleged civil rights violations.
"As I came out of the stall, this gentleman — who was a security guard — came in the bathroom, and before I was even completely out of the bathroom he grabbed me by the arms and pushed me up against the wall, told me that boys aren't allowed in this restroom," the woman, Cortney Bogorad, told WXYZ Detroit.
Bogorad, who wears her hair short like many males, admits that some people will mistake women like her with short hair for boys but they aren't. more >>
Rachel Dolezal, the white Washington civil rights activist at the center of an ethics probe for pretending to be black, announced on Monday that she's stepping down as president of the NAACP's Spokane chapter. One local pastor, who once served on an all-black panel with Dolezal, also described the controversy as "puzzling."
In a heartfelt and lengthy post on the organization's Facebook page, Dolezal, 37, announced her resignation before naming Vice President Naima Quarles-Burnley as her successor.
"In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP," she wrote, while insisting "this is not me quitting; this is a continuum." more >>
Rabbi Jack Moline of the left-of-center Interfaith Alliance has written a letter to Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress accusing him of being "disrespectful" to victims of the Holocaust in his recent comparison of the "marginalization" faced by American Christians to the way Jewish people were treated under Nazi Germany.
"Religious persecution is a significant problem around the world. Many people live in fear for their lives because of their faith, Christians included. You and I and everyone should do more to remedy the situation," Moline said in a letter shared with The Christian Post.
"However, your recent comments on Fox News comparing your experience as a conservative Christian to Jews living in Nazi Germany show disrespect to the victims of the Holocaust, and do a disservice to the critically important cause of ending real religious persecution. The honest disagreements that people of faith in this country have about public policy issues are hardly the beginning of a path toward genocide." more >>
Movieguide's Editor-in-Chief, Ted Baehr, who also serves as chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, recently urged believers to take a moral stand in Hollywood and redeem American media in a push for more wholesome entertainment and films that glorify God.
In an impassioned speech at the Skyline Future Conference in La Mesa, California, which kicked off on Sunday, the prominent media critic said Christians have the power to transform the media by stepping out of the church and into the world. He pointed out that media today "is very powerful" because it's educating and influencing millenials.
"I want you to hear good news because this is not about me, it's about being equipped to take every thought captive for Jesus Christ in the media," said Baehr, whose wife, Lili, was also in the packed audience. more >>
California megachurch pastor Greg Laurie shared with the congregation of his Harvest Church on Sunday what Jesus taught about Israel in the end times, and said that the United States needs Israel more than Israel needs America.
Israel is a tiny little piece of land, and yet we hear so much about the country in news, Laurie said in his message, titled, "What Jesus taught about Israel in the end times."
"Israel is at the eye of the hurricane of the great events of the end times," he stated. more >>