Presbyterian Church (USA) has joined the effort to get the fast food giant Wendy's to join a program meant to improve the rights of agricultural workers. However, Wendy's told The Christian Post that the company does business with suppliers who respect farmworker rights and the protest is nothing new.
Members of PC (USA) will join other groups Saturday to hold a nationwide demonstration against Wendy's in the hopes of encouraging the Dublin, Ohio based company to sign on to the Fair Food Program (FFP).
Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the PC (USA), said in a statement that FFP "is a social responsibility program that ensures humane treatment and increased pay for Florida tomato pickers." more >>
So there I was, texting with fellow columnist and Bon Vivant Kurt Schlichter (who, at the time, was referring to himself, in the third person, as K-Dawg. True story.) We were discussing the subject of my next column when an LA Times story appeared on my Facebook wall. "Five reasons to stay away from Texas right now." Excuse me, K-Dawg. I found my subject.
It wasn't a list of reasons not to move to Texas. Rather, it's like the LA Times copy editor and writer Paul Whitefield wanted desperately to do a hit piece on the Lone Star state, but reserved the right to change his mind, especially if he gets that manuscript sold! Fingers crossed, Paul!
The article is embarrassing; as if the LA Times just saw Buzzfeed for the first time and proclaimed, "Quick! Somebody make a .gif before anyone else realizes this stuff is out there!" (Unfortunately, there is no one at the LA Times who can make a .gif, nor who knows what a .gif is.) more >>
In the fifth year of the Obama presidency, America's middle class continues to suffer while the rich are gaining, President Barack Obama noted in a much ballyhooed speech last week before his vacation at Martha's Vineyard, one of the hottest destinations for America's elite. Republicans and conservatives complain the middle class is suffering because of Obama policies. Obama counters that if Republicans would just agree to implement more of his policies they could end the suffering.
"Even though our businesses are creating new jobs and have broken record profits, nearly all the income gains of the past 10 years have continued to flow to the top 1 percent," Obama pointed out in a July 24 speech at Knox College, Galesburg, Ill. "The average CEO has gotten a raise of nearly 40 percent since 2009. The average American earns less than he or she did in 1999. ... This growing inequality not just of result, inequality of opportunity – this growing inequality is not just morally wrong, it's bad economics.
"Because when middle-class families have less to spend, guess what, businesses have fewer consumers. When wealth concentrates at the very top, it can inflate unstable bubbles that threaten the economy. When the rungs on the ladder of opportunity grow farther and farther apart, it undermines the very essence of America – that idea that if you work hard you can make it here." more >>
Several experts on Islam, speaking after recent turmoil following the ousting of Egypt's President Morsi, highlighted that Islam is not monolithic and the U.S. should support the Islamic tradition that respects religious liberty.
"Religion, when it becomes political and it seeks to take control of society, should be rejected," Christian convert from Islam Patrick Sookhdeo, director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, international director of the Barnabus Fund, and spokesman for persecuted Christians, told The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday. He called the now-deposed Muslim Brotherhood government Islamist and said it sought to "transform Egypt from a democratic society to what would effectively be a religious state."
Sookhdeo expressed concern that the military – rather than an election – had removed former President Morsi, but said the action nevertheless bore some degree of legitimacy. When "countless millions come out upon the streets, and basically argue that he is creating what is in effect a religious state and therefore he should step down, I think the voices of those people do need to be listened to." more >>
Barack Obama went to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois this past week to re-articulate his vision for the American economy and to re-assure the American people that, yes, he knows what he is doing.
The president's prodigious political skills are always on display, even in the most challenging circumstances. He can take dismal reality and spin a positive and optimistic picture that will inspire his supporters.
And no matter how much facts may contradict the claims of the president's vision, that vision never changes and there never seems a moment when he doubts he is right. The president reminded the audience that he first spoke there eight years ago as a new Senator. He noted the changes that have taken place. He's now president. He now has gray hair. more >>
It was a nice summer day. Kids were enjoying their summer break, diving for murder weapons in the Detroit River, when news of the city filing for bankruptcy broke. "I am shocked" - said no one. Even Motown's Stevie Wonder saw it coming.
As we do an autopsy on Detroit, once the symbol of American industrial might, we learn several undeniable facts. The city's bankruptcy is the direct result of decades of insidious liberal rule, heavy-handed union thuggery and a dependency culture. Sound familiar?
An endless succession of corrupt mayors propagated the untenable notion of equal outcomes through a flawed notion of economic and social justice. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of large-scale corruption. As punishment, he should have been sentenced to serve another term as Mayor. more >>