There are times in history when God, in His providence, allows people to see in full view the pivoting of history. Patriots assembling in Philadelphia experienced it on July 4, 1776. Navy sailors looking to the westward skies saw it on December 7, 1941. Families listening to their radios heard it on November 22, 1963.
In an instant – the signing of a document, the dropping of a bomb or the firing of a gun – the world suddenly and irreversibly changes. Yet no event in American history quite compares to the morning of September 11, 2001.
Buildings that scraped the floors of heaven crumbled. Planes carrying businessmen, grandmothers, and children plummeted. For thousands, life and all its promises and possibilities ended – some in an instant, others while saving strangers, running up stairs or storming cockpits. more >>
A Mississippi-based socially conservative group has suspended its boycott of The Home Depot after the retail giant purportedly discontinued its support of gay activism.
Although the AFA has declared victory in the matter, a spokesman for The Home Depot has denied that any changes have been made to the company's position. The American Family Association announced last Thursday the suspension of their "Boycott Home Depot Pledge," which was started in 2010 and garnered approximately 740,000 signatures. A spokesperson for the AFA provided The Christian Post with an official statement from Tim Wildmon, president of the organization.
"We have been monitoring Home Depot quite closely, and there is no doubt that at the corporate level the company has withdrawn major financial contributions to gay activist organizations," said Wildmon. more >>
An important new book has recently been published which addresses the question of global poverty, but does so by provoking the reader to also consider our own nation and demand that we better understand ourselves and the wellsprings of our own success.
Two evangelical Christians have teamed up, one an economist and one a theology professor, to write Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution.
The economist is Barry Asmus, senior economist at the National Center for Policy Analysis. The professor is Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary. more >>
One potential benefit that can come from last week's March on Washington 2013, which commemorated the 1963 civil rights event, is the various data publicized about the current state of affairs of black America vis a vis the rest of the country.
In particular, it has been an eye opener for many to see how little progress has been made over the last 50 years in closing the economic gap, on average, between blacks and whites.
I call shining light on the data a "potential" benefit because there is no benefit if real remedial action is not taken to improve the state of affairs. more >>
Some major American healthcare providers are padding their bottom lines by exploiting a federal program meant to help low-income patients. This behavior is netting them billions in ill-gotten gains. And it could be preventing many vulnerable Americans from accessing the low-cost drugs they need to treat and prevent illness.
This abuse needs to be stopped.
In 1992, Congress created a program -- known as "340B" -- to help caregivers serving disproportionately large numbers of low-income beneficiaries and uninsured patients. Under 340B, drug manufacturers are required to sell their products at a discount to such institutions. The discounted prescriptions are dispensed either through the caregiver's in-house pharmacy or through a contractual arrangement with an outside pharmacy. more >>
Fast food workers from more than 50 cities across the U.S. walked out of their jobs Thursday, demanding the U.S. raise the federal wage limit in the service sector to $15 an hour. This is the second fast-food worker strike to take place in two months.
The workers gathered in major cities such as Detroit, New York, and Chicago on Thursday to participate in the marches, some of which included hundreds of workers flooding their local McDonald's, Taco Bell, or Wendy's to demand higher pay. Other workers are choosing to picket in front of restaurants such as Burger King and KFC during peak lunch hours to have their voices heard.
Although the Presbyterian Church and several independent religious groups are supporting Thursday's nationwide protests, others in the religious community have urged church leaders to tread lightly around issues concerning the American restaurant industry, warning that the "devil is in the details" when it comes to issues of social justice. An Op-Ed for The Institute on Religion & Democracy's blog, Juicy Ecumenism, argues that the prospect of fighting for a social injustice, such as an unlivable minimum wage, seems like an easy cause for the Presbyterian Church to support, but in reality the issue is far more complicated and intricate than it first appears. more >>