The recent flooding in Baton Rouge is a study in media bias if you compare it to media coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
While Baton Rouge flooded, President Obama continued to play golf at Martha's Vineyard as if nothing was happening and the media gave him a pass. George W. Bush was accused of being a racist when he cut his vacation short and did a flyover of New Orleans back in 2005.
Talk about double standards. more >>
In C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, a senior demon named Screwtape provides guidance to his inexperienced nephew Wormwood in the art of tempting and undermining the faith of a new convert to Christianity. Decades have now passed since these letters first appeared in print, and I can imagine Wormwood has grown more skilled in his craft and has accepted a regional position over America. Screwtape, responding to his nephew's inquiry about recent efforts to promote religious liberty, might provide the following blueprint for neutralizing this threat:
My Dear Wormwood,
Since you have sought my advice on ways you might contain and eliminate what the Enemy's followers have dubbed "religious liberty," I offer you the following short list of suggestions that seem to lend themselves favorably to your task. Remember that you are now providing regional oversight, so you must focus not on individual believers but rather take actions that will have a broad, counteracting impact on their community as a whole. more >>
Death penalty is lawful under government statures and moral according to the Bible. These are the context of a privileged speech delivered in Philippine senate by Manny Pacquiao. The eight-division world boxing champion is a senator now in the Philippines. He is the figurehead in supporting the call of the new president Rodrigo Duterte for reinstatement of capital punishment in the country.
Initial stance on death penalty and the turnaround
To recall, senator Pacquiao initially lambasted the restoration of death penalty when he was then a congressman. Pacquiao presented a different stance immediately after assumption in his new office though. The twist favoring death penalty also zeroed in on drug dealers. more >>
It was just one speech — really, it was just one very small part of one speech — but it drew immediate and massive media attention: Donald Trump expressed regret for things he had previously said.
How big a deal was this?
In a live, interactive event on Tuesday, former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson and television and film actor and producer Kirk Cameron urged Christians to exercise their right to vote, warning that "when you don't vote, you're voting."
Many Americans feel we are on the wrong track as a nation, and that we are giving away our values and principles, the retired neurosurgeon said at the beginning of the tele-forum event, live from Carson's living room.
About 25 million people of faith didn't vote last time who could have voted, Carson said. "Our future is in our own hands," and also that of our children and grandchildren. "We have to stand up for what we believe." more >>
With a sharp perspective honed by decades teaching students and speaking daily on live radio, now Dr. Michael Brown shares his expert take on why our words matter, the election of Trump vs. Clinton, and how to best engage in conflicts over social issues.
Brown has a joy about him that comes through even when talking about weighty matters. Maybe it's because of his own personal testimony of being saved from drug addiction, his love of family (he and his wife Nancy have two daughters and four grandchildren), or his unique experience as a Messianic Jew.
Whatever the reasons, Dr. Michael Brown — host of The Line of Fire radio show and founder of the FIRE School of Ministry — has a message worth hearing. more >>