India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the potential to become the Indian version of Abraham Lincoln, says one human rights activist after the country's leader declared his devotion to help the poorest and most deprived social class, and labeled the unjust caste system as "poison" in an interview on Friday.
As the caste system makes it nearly impossible for those considered to be "Dalits" or "untouchables" and their children to rise from the lowest rung of Indian society and earn their way to a comfortable life, millions of Dalits have rioted in recent weeks to protest and proclaim that the injustice they face must end.
What is becoming known as the "Dalit uprising" began in July, as millions of Dalits have rioted against the Indian system of social order and have demanded that they finally be given the rights granted to them by the country's Constitution. more >>
A California elementary school has banned a Christian student group from meeting on its campus after the district's superintendent received a complaint from the nation's largest atheist organization.
Mariposa Elementary School of the Brea Olinda Unified School District once hosted a Christian student group that met after hours named Club Monarch.
However, after the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint earlier this year to the school district, they responded by barring students in the club from meeting at the elementary school or any other school in the district. more >>
An ancient palatial building excavated in modern Israel that dates to around the time of King Solomon adds credence to the Old Testament account of the area.
Archaeologists at Tel Gezer found what Haaretz described as a "monumental building" dated to the 10th century BC, which included artifacts that added weight to what the Bible says about the region's history.
"According to the Old Testament, the city was also associated with the Philistines in David's time: the king broke their power 'from Geba to as far as Gezer' (2 Samuel 5:25; 1 Chronicles 14:16)," reported Haaretz. more >>
Is there anything better than watching a child's face light up when she suddenly understands a new concept?
My daughter Eden recently learned to snap, and her excitement over this new found ability causes her to share with every person we meet! Even as an adult, it feels great to master something new. My mom, Eden's grandmother, will complete her EdD soon, and the process of research and study has brought her deep joy. We never outgrow our God-given design, which includes the joy of learning.
I spend my days at the corner of faith and education, both as the leader of education initiatives for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and as mom to two little ones (a kindergartener and a toddler). In both environments, words can be leveraged to allow children to thrive. more >>
Former Playboy cover model and 1990s sex symbol Pamela Anderson has come out against pornography, referring to its use as a harmful addiction.
In an op-ed co-authored by social commentator and Orthodox Rabbi Shmuley Boteach for The Wall Street Journal, Anderson pointed to the most recent sexting scandal of former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
"If anyone still had doubts about the addictive dangers of pornography, Anthony Weiner should have put [them to rest] with his repeated, self-sabotaging sexting," wrote Anderson and Boteach earlier this week. more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham believes that the upcoming Labor Day holiday should be a time when Americans not only celebrate their work, but see that work from God's perspective.
In an advice column published Thursday, the notable evangelist was asked a question regarding the nature of their job, specifically their issue with the job being boring.
"After college, I ended up taking what I thought was a temporary job, and five years later I'm still in it. Why hasn't God given me something exciting, instead of a job I don't really care about?" inquired the person. more >>