College football fans across the country are still buzzing over the shocking outcome of last weekend's Alabama-Auburn game football game. As a graduate of Florida State University, I couldn't be more proud of Auburn. What a game! War Eagle!
As expected, the odds makers picked Alabama to win. Who wouldn't? Alabama has been unstoppable all year, and this past weekend was expected to be no exception. Auburn might get an A for effort, bless their hearts, but those efforts would inevitably fall short. Thus, it came as no surprise when Alabama pulled ahead of Auburn 21-7. Everyone knew where this train was headed.
Even when Auburn tied the score at 21-21, there really wasn't any doubt about the end result. "Winners find a way" as they say, and Nick Saban and The Crimson Tide are nothing if not winners. So when the refs put one second back on the clock after what appeared to have been the last play of the game, everyone assumed that Alabama would win either in the last second on a field goal or in overtime. more >>
As a professor of Chicana/o Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, Robert Chao Romero has seen his share of students fall in love with social justice—and fall out of touch with their Christian faith.
"As a professor at UCLA for the past eight or nine years, I've met activists, especially student activists, who fall away from faith or who refused to explore faith because they believe that Christianity is a racist and classist and sexist religion," Romero told The Christian Post.
"That's the commonly held belief in [the university and activist] spaces and as a Christian myself it has broken my heart for many years to experience that," he added. more >>
A Pennsylvania church looking to attract new members from the surrounding area recently held a "Camo Sunday" service, which was inspired in part by the hit TV reality series "Duck Dynasty."
The First Wesleyan Church of Bradford, a congregation in Northwest Pennsylvania known for having traditional and contemporary worship, held its special service Sunday. The "Camo Sunday" worship involved attendees donning their best camouflage clothing, reminiscent of the attire often worn by the "Duck Dynasty" family the Robertsons.
Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Kansas public school student who was barred from posting religious fliers at her middle school because they contain Bible verses.
"Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas," said Legal Counsel Matt Sharp in a statement Monday. "The law on this is extremely clear: school policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs."
The lawsuit, filed last week, argues in favor of the seventh-grade student at Robert E. Clark Middle School, who was informed in September that the fliers she was posting at the school were "illegal" and could not be distributed at the school. The postings apparently included Bible verses and promoted a "see You at the Pole" event, which encourages students to gather at their local flagpole at the beginning of each day and pray for the school, students, staff and nation. more >>
Last month, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation that codifies federal anti-discrimination laws for workers to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Some opponents of the bill declared the bill's passage would be a slap in the face to religious liberty-Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council even went so far as to prognosticate that ENDA's passage would lead to an America in which "the homosexuals are brought out of the closet and Christians are driven into the closet." Nothing could be further from the truth. And regardless of one's beliefs about homosexuality (however removed from scientific truth that they may be), the message of Christ and His Golden Rule should compel all Americans to support employment protections for LGBT individuals.
Most Americans already do: a survey released in May by the Public Religion Research Institute revealed 73 percent of Americans favor laws that would protect gay and lesbian workers from employment discrimination. Running cross-tabs on the same poll shows 60 percent of Republicans support such protections, as well as majorities of every major religious group including white evangelical Protestants (59 percent), minority Protestants (61 percent), white mainline Protestants (75 percent), and Catholics (76 percent).
There's a reason 10 Republicans in the U.S. Senate stood up to support ENDA with their votes-and it wasn't because religious protections were absent. The religious protections as they exist in the bill are clear, clean, and strong, covering any faith-based non-profit institution exempted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And just to be sure liberals or those who disdain religion could not use ENDA as a litigious cudgel, GOP Senator Rob Portman introduced an amendment to ENDA preventing the federal government from taking punitive action against any faith-based institution exempted under the law. Chicken Little agitators prophesying churches stripped of tax-exempt status under ENDA are nothing more than fear-mongers. more >>
Greatness must involve victory over quality opposition or significant odds.
In the boxing world, I have just described Manny Pacquiao. You don't even have to love boxing to admire and respect this little man who packs a mighty punch. Pacquiao has been appropriately labeled by fans of the sport, as well as bloggers, sportswriters, and fellow boxers as the best "pound for pound" fighter in the modern era. In other words, as a boxer who has won titles in eight lighter weight divisions, he is never going to fight for the "heavyweight" championship of the world. That's because he is five-feet, six-inches tall and weighs in at 150 pounds, all wet in his street clothes. He is not going to be remembered like a Muhammad Ali because Pacquiao's greatness in the sport is measured in different dimensions.
These include: how many weight divisions he has won, the quality of his opponents, and his skills in the ring. I will never forget witnessing those skills for the first time. Hand speed. Power. Work rate. All masterful. You know a guy is great when you feel sorry for everyone he fights. In this way, a pound-for-pound fighter designation gives you the greater measure of the boxer. Measuring pound for pound puts smaller fighting men into the powerful categories right up there with the "heavyweights." more >>