NEW YORK — As members of Al Sharpton's National Action Network get ready to hear an address from renowned neurosurgeon and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson Wednesday afternoon, the civil rights leader urged them at the opening of the organization's convention Wednesday morning to show the doctor respect when he addresses them.
In the run-up to the discussion of Carson's appearance, Sharpton explained that he disagreed with the conservative star on many issues and quipped that he didn't believe that they even agreed that "today is Wednesday."
Many in the audience reacted with disdain at the mention of Carson's name sighing and snickering as a hum of their disapproval filled the room until Sharpton intervened. more >>
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul launched a new website to announce that he is running for President in 2016 and formally addressed the public in Louisville, Kentucky, with a speech that focused on poverty, the national debt and radical Islam.
"I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government," Paul wrote for his website, with the campaign motto: "Defeat the Washington Machine, Unleash the American Dream."
Kelley Paul, Rand's wife, spoke and introduced her husband as a "different kind of legislator." more >>
Potential GOP 2016 presidential hopeful and conservative darling Ben Carson urged black Americans on the weekend to return to tested faith values that served their community well during America's dark era of slavery and Jim Crow and not allow hip-hop that "dismisses Jesus Christ" to "destroy things for us."
The retired neurosurgeon, who's also a devout Christian and staunch education advocate, explained in an interview on WBLS, an urban adult contemporary FM radio station in New York City, that modern culture has turned black Americans away from the faith culture once promoted by their forebears.
"We need to reestablish faith in our communities and the values and principles that got us through slavery, that got us through Jim Crow, and segregation, and all kinds of horrible things that were heaped upon us," said Carson, according to The Business Insider. more >>
If you get your news primarily from entertainment shows or social media, you might think that same-sex marriage has already been recognized as a constitutional right. In fact, the Supreme Court held just the opposite in 1972 and has since refused several opportunities to revisit that ruling.
A new hearing will be held on April 28, and defenders of the traditional definition of marriage are just now having their say. On Friday, dozens of briefs were filed in the Supreme Court, urging the Court not to take the step that liberals have declared to be inevitable.
The first of those pro-marriage briefs to reach my attention was filed on behalf of 57 Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate. It was written by a brilliant young lawyer, D. John Sauer, who is a grandson of my friend Dr. Dean Sauer, an influential conservative activist in the 1950s and '60s. more >>
Kenya's government is facing increasing criticism for failing to read warning signs and for a systematic state failure that led to the massacre at Garissa University College in Kenya, where 148 people, mostly Christian students, were murdered last week. The security officers who shot down the four terrorists carrying out the killings, have, meanwhile, expressed dissatisfaction at the lack of pay, and have reportedly recieved so far only the equivelent of $5 USD.
"There is no sure-fire prevention against terrorist attacks," Horn of Africa analyst Abdullahi Boru Halakhe, an academic and expert on the region, told AFP.
"But the scale of the Garissa attack, the prior warning and the regularity with which these attacks have been occurring, points to systemic state failure – and the buck stops with the president." more >>
Lawmakers in North Carolina have proposed legislation to replace a statue of the state's white supremacist former Gov. Charles Ayock at the U.S. Capitol building's National Statuary Hall collection with a statue of world-famous evangelist and North Carolina native Billy Graham.
As each state has the option to send two statues to the U.S. Capitol building to display in its National Statuary Hall collection, a statue of North Carolina's 50th Gov. Charles Aycock has been part of the collection since 1932, even though it has been well documented that the governor was heavily involved in white supremacy campaigns during the late 1890's and early 1900's. more >>