Orlando-based televangelist Paula White says presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump showed genuine concern and expressed interest in attending a prayer vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre shortly after news broke of the tragedy on Sunday.
White, senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, northwest of downtown Orlando, told Time magazine during an interview that Trump, who is a longtime friend, asked what he could do to help shortly after her early morning Sunday prayer session was cut short by news of the massacre.
Deceased gunman Omar Mateen used an assault rifle to kill 49 people and injure 53 more at a popular gay nightclub called Pulse located just 20 minutes away from White's church. more >>
Christians ought proclaim the love of Christ with our lips, and in our lives. And the events in Orlando underscore how the two must never be separated.
Recently, I've been reading some of the very first works of Christian apologetics: by Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Athenagoras. Today, someone known as an apologist primarily attempts to make a case that Christianity is true, or answer a critique of Christianity, or show other worldviews — such as atheism or pantheism — to be false. The earliest apologists did all of this as well.
But because they were writing at a time of Christian persecution, the earliest apologists did not aim their work at the masses. They wrote to Roman authorities, pleading for the end of persecution. And to make their case, the earliest apologists pointed not only to truthfulness of Christianity, but also to the goodness of how Christians lived their lives. more >>
I know that many of you are not only hurting today, you are also angry. And your anger is not just directed at the Muslim terrorist who slaughtered so many of your people. You are also angry at Christians like me, believing that we have helped to create the toxic, hateful atmosphere that led to the horrific massacre.
A gay activist in Charlotte, North Carolina with whom I've shared meals and interacted many times, expressed his anger towards what he called the "sanctimonious bulls—t" of conservative Christian leaders, saying, "You helped cause this massacre. Your anti-LGBTQ theology assisted in helping others, including the Orlando shooter, in seeing each of our precious LGBTQ lives as dispensable and worthy of death. . . . F--k your prayers and your chaplains. How 'bout you stop your anti-queer theology that supports our death and despair, huh?"
In your eyes, people like me are hateful bigots, not recognizing the validity of your marriages, not recognizing the depth of your relationships, not recognizing the beauty of your families. more >>
Someone needs to tell Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube and the European Union that the only way to stop a bad guy's speech is to counter it with a good guy's speech, not censor it.
Recently, the internet giants took on the role of internet speech police when they agreed to monitor and combat so called "hate speech" for the EU. No word on how they define hate speech.
I suspect the whole EU hate speech argument is less about preventing terrorist attacks as they propose and more about culling criticism of their immigration and refugee policies. more >>
The government is failing to resolve issues like the achievement gap and economic stagnation because it is ignoring "politically incorrect" solutions, argues a scholar who specializes in education.
William Jeynes, a professor of education at California State University and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, recently spoke on these matters at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.
Titled "A Meta-Analysis on the Relationship Between Parental Involvement And Academic & Behavioral Outcomes," the presentation focused on parental involvement on student achievement. more >>
Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was still trying on Monday to put out a blaze of criticism sparked on social media Sunday by a Bible verse he posted a few hours after a deadly shooting spree at a popular gay club in Orlando which left at least 49 people dead.
"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows," noted Patrick in the now controversial tweet of Galatians 6:7 highlighted on an image of a ploughed field.
After a barrage of reactions to the tweet many found insensitive and judgmental, Patrick released a statement explaining that the Bible verse had not been posted in reaction to the Orlando massacre but had been scheduled to post on his page since last Thursday, several days before the shooting. more >>