The Evangelical Immigration Table's efforts to build support for immigration reform have achieved modest success, according to new research.
White Evangelical Republicans have moved more in the direction of supporting immigration reform, especially in the states where EIT bought radio ads, Michele Margolis, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, reported. Her paper, "What are the reaches and limits of religious influence? Religious messages and immigration attitudes," was presented Saturday at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
Between February 2013 and February 2014, Evangelical Republicans became slightly more supportive of immigration reform while non-Evangelical Republicans became more opposed to immigration reform. The differences among white Evangelicals were even more pronounced in the states that had EIT radio ads, despite the fact that white Evangelicals in those states started out more opposed to immigration reform than white Evangelicals in the states that did not have EIT radio ads, Margolis found. more >>
Now that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has sent its "second message to America" by claiming the life of another American journalist and has successfully recruited a number of American citizens to join its fight, more Democratic members of Congress are criticizing President Barack Obama for his lack of leadership and strategy in defeating the terrorist group.
While Republicans and conservatives have been speaking out in droves against the Obama administration's lack of urgency in dealing with the jihadist militants in the last month, a number of Democrats have come out in the last few days to criticize Obama for not yet putting together a concrete plan to defeat ISIS, also know as ISIL or the Islamic State.
Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., criticized the president on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday for being "too cautious" and warned that in all her years on the Intelligence Committee she has never seen a non-state actor provide such a serious threat. There is "good reason," she said, for the president, his staff, and all involved to start devising an approach to tackle the ISIS threat before they jeopardize countries like Jordan and Lebanon. more >>
What should the role of government be in the arena of race and race relations in the U.S. today? This question has moved into the national conversation again after the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Representing the U.S. government, Attorney General Eric Holder flew to Ferguson recently to look into what the federal government could or should be doing to ameliorate the types of situations that occurred in that city when a young black man was shot and killed by a white police officer. A recent Politico story, for example, focused on the possibility that the situation in Ferguson could result in changes in police procedures and other aspects of race relations that might help prevent such a situation in the future.
Historically the federal government has been at the forefront of bringing about change in race relations in this country, extending back not just to the President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, but more recently to President Harry Truman's integrating the armed forces, presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy sending in federal troops to control situations with high racial tension, and the historic Civil Rights Act passed under President Lyndon B. Johnson. But with many overt or legal race barriers now removed by law, and with a wide ranging federal apparatus for adjudicating cases of race discrimination, the issue remains as to what additional actions or steps the federal government or other levels of government could or should take relating to race. Some proposals that have developed out of the Ferguson situation so far have focused on the Defense Department's program of providing excess military equipment to local police departments and the possibility of a federal effort to require police officers to wear vest cameras while on patrol.
A review of our data from last summer's major Minority Rights and Relations poll helps shed light on Americans' views on the general question of how much government should be doing in the realm of race relations. The poll included updates on many Gallup trends relating to race and involved samples of 1,010 blacks and 2,149 non-Hispanic whites. more >>
What role does religion play in American attitudes towards Israel? An analysis by Frank Newport, the editor-in-chief of Gallup Inc., reviews 14 annual Gallup polls from 2001 to 2014 in which respondents answer the same question, "In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?" The numbers offer insights different from what one might expect.
The study starts with two basic facts: First, looking at the whole sample of about 14,000 American adults, 59 percent answer that they have more sympathy for Israelis and 16 percent say they have more sympathy for Palestinians, a ratio of almost 4-to-1. Second, Newport finds that "Religious Americans are significantly more likely than less religious Americans to be sympathetic to the Israelis," confirming what common sense already tells us.
That said, his numbers contain several noteworthy subtleties: more >>
Let's see: twerking, stripper poles, and skimpy costumes. Another MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) show has come and gone. But unlike VMA 2013's Miley Cyrus spectacle that elicited national outrage, this year's Beyoncé gyrations to dirty song lyrics fetched supreme praise. Cue the double standards.
This disconnect comes down to Beyoncé's use of the f-word: FEMINIST. For women, especially those of us in the Church, lured by this nice-sounding word, Beyoncé's performance serves as a reminder that feminism is all talk and no progress.
I'm pretty sure that in our Women's Studies 101 classes we learned that using headless female backsides as props is not a fight for women's rights. The sexualized objectification of women is despicable, but unfortunately it has become one of feminism's main tools. This must be why feminist writers have declared Beyoncé's performance "the most powerful pop-culture message" of our lifetime. more >>
The moment Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson said to Sean Hannity, that, with regard to ISIS, you have to "either convert them or kill them," it was obvious that others would pounce on those words and claim that he was no better than ISIS.
After all, haven't these murderous terrorists done this very thing to the Christians and Yazidis, offering them conversion or death? How is Robertson any better?
A headline in the UK's Daily Mail asked, "Isn't it ironic, Phil Robertson? Duck Dynasty star's stance on ISIS is 'convert them or kill them' as terror group wages bloody religious war across Middle East." more >>