Tired of selling overpriced coffee to pretentious white Americans, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was going to end racism.
He instructed his baristas, the tattooed and nose-ringed Women and Gender Studies Majors with $40,000 in student loan debt, to lecture us on race. Here is what I know for sure, if anyone wants to start a "conversation" about race with you, he is doing two things: calling you racist and presuming to virtuously lecture you on the matter.
Implicit in the tone and tenor of such conversations is that the lecturers are morally superior and not racists, so that automatically makes you morally inferior and a racist. But worry not - they are there to help you. Liberals take this tone about every nonsensical issue like global warming and helping the poor. Their stands are not quantifiable, so they can make themselves look like such caring and compassionate people while implying that you are not and would do well to be more like them. more >>
A diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences and the treatment of its bishop has passed a resolution barring gay marriage ceremonies from being performed at its facilities.
The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, a church body that broke away from the liberal mainline church in 2012, passed the resolution earlier this month at their convention.
Known as Resolution R-4, the document was titled "A Resolution to Adopt a Standing Resolution on Marriage" and was passed in response to the current debate over marriage definition in the United States. The resolution also states that the diocese will only host weddings for couples (one man and one woman) "whose birth gender identities were respectively male and female." more >>
Phaedra Parks, reality TV star of Bravo series "Real Housewives of Atlanta," recently revealed how a prayer helped connect her with One Church International's first lady, Sarah Jakes-Roberts, daughter of popular televangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes.
Parks, an Atlanta attorney and cast member of "Real Housewives of Atlanta," let cameras film her dealing with the aftermath of crimes committed by her estranged husband, Apollo Nida, that have resulted in him being sent to prison. Nida is serving an eight-year prison sentence for bank theft and identity fraud charges, while Parks has been left to care for the pair's two young sons.
In the latest episode of the Bravo TV reality television series, Jakes-Roberts, the daughter of T.D. and Serita Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, appeared to help Parks deal with her problems in a healthy way. Sarah got married to Touré Roberts, the senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, last year. more >>
The Society of Edmonton Atheists revealed that it will be running ads on 10 buses for four weeks in the Edmonton area with a message that it's "good" for people to be "godless." The ads feature the famous painting "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo, but with God erased.
The group explained in a statement that it chose the message for a number of reasons, part of which is to push back "against the myth that non-believers lack morality," and to support a "non-supernatural" view of reality that "encourages better informed decisions and is good for society." Similarly, one of the stated goals behind the ads is an effort to remove stigma of the word 'atheist.'"
For the artwork, the original of which is part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling and features God giving Adam life, the group explained: "It's instantly recognizable which quickly conveys a message. Since these ads are on buses we wanted our message to be easily recognizable even if it passes by in quick traffic. We also think that it's a beautiful piece of artwork." more >>
Starbucks has launched a well-meaning campaign designed to foster dialog about race and racism. Called "Race Together," it is being hailed by some as potentially disastrous and others as brilliant.
I don't doubt the program is well intended, and I don't want to discuss its potential efficacy in addressing issues of racial bigotry. On that score, we can all hope it's a big success. As I've written elsewhere, racism is a sin against God and should be eschewed by every Christian, indeed by every decent person.
Rather, I'm concerned with one of the questions Starbucks is publishing in a "conversation guide" for discussing race: "How have your racial views evolved from those of your parents?" more >>
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are expecting their first child and have now surpassed the 39-week milestone, marking the moment with a family dinner and photos on Instagram.
"Happy 9 monthiversary @JillMDillard!!!" Dillard captioned his Instagram photo while wearing a "#newdad" T-shirt. "A LOT has happened since June 21! I am blessed beyond measure and every day is even better with you baby! You're my best friend, and I love you with all my heart! #newlyweds #newdad."
The couple also spent time with Jessa and her husband, Ben, who posted photos to his own Instagram account. more >>