Singer John Legend and wife, model Chrissy Teigen offered support to protesters in New York City by providing food for them on Sunday.
The couple did not take credit for hiring two food trucks to feed those who marched in protest of the Eric Garner decision but tweeted out the necessary information to over 500,000 followers. The initial tweet came from @ophelporhush, who used the hashtags #FergusontoNYC #NYC2Ferguson; Teigen retweeted it, encouraging followers to take advantage of a free meal while protesting.
Legend and Teigen have not been vocal about the non-indictments of officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown or Eric Garner but have seemingly shown support for protests in other ways. Legend worked with rapper Common on a hit song, "Glory," which is prominently featured in the upcoming film, "Selma," which tells the story of the civil rights campaign in 1965. more >>
While evangelical leader and founder of the Samaritan's Purse humanitarian organization Rev. Franklin Graham is claiming that America is waging a "war on Christmas," a Christian advocacy group has sent legal memos to over 13,000 U.S. school districts reminding administrators that freedom of Christmas expression is constitutional.
Graham, the 62-year-old son of world-famous evangelical Billy Graham, wrote in the December issue of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association's Decision Magazine that over "the last few decades" social culture in America has become increasingly intolerant toward Christianity, and the Christmas spirit, although millions of Americans celebrate the birth of Christ every year.
"Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas," Graham wrote. "That's because at its root and core, the war on Christmas isn't really about Christmas — it's about the Son of God. The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers. It's the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made." more >>
The Satanic Temple group has for the first time won the right to showcase its holiday display, featuring Satan descending into hell, at the Florida Capitol this year.
The Department of Management Services approved this week the applications of five groups looking to set up a display for the holiday season, Tallahassee Democrat reported on Wednesday.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, argued that "state officials simply can't get into the business of deciding that some unpopular messages are 'offensive' and must be banned." more >>
Washington, D.C. city council approved a bill that bans the practice of sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
Following similar legislation in California and New Jersey, the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill barring the practice for minors.
B20-0501 was passed by the Council in their legislative session and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray. more >>
Even though the Disney Channel's website, over the Thanksgiving weekend, asked children to submit a post stating what they're thankful for, a 10-year-old girl from North Carolina was blocked from submitting her thanks to "God."
As Lilly Anderson was surfing the Disney Channel website this past Sunday, which also happened to be her 10th birthday, she came across a question posed by the website asking her to post what she was thankful for. She felt strongly that she wanted to give thanks to God, since she believes that God is the reason why she has everything she owns.
When she typed and submitted her initial response of "God, my family, my church and my friends," Lilly received a response back from the website's automated moderating system stating in red letters: "Please be nice!" more >>
It turns out you can give thanks for a lot of different folks on the Disney Channel website – but you can't thank God.
I received a Facebook message on Sunday from Julie Anderson, of Angier, North Carolina; a town located about 30 miles from Raleigh. Julie was writing to tell me about her daughter, Lilly.
Lilly celebrated her 10th birthday on Sunday. After church and a delicious lunch at the Golden Corral, the Andersons headed home – and Lilly made a beeline for the computer. more >>