Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore told The Christian Post in an interview that President Barack Obama is "very receptive" to ideas on prison reform that are being advanced by a coalition of conservative and liberal activists.
The leading ethicist for the Southern Baptist Convention attended a meeting last Thursday with President Obama, along with about a dozen others including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and leaders from both conservative and liberal groups.
"It was pretty evenly divided between people who would be more associated with the right and people who would be more associated with the left," said Moore. more >>
Vatican leader Pope Francis told hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools that welcoming refugees and helping them settle into society is the "greatest security" people have against terrorism.
"I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not the traumatic experience of sleeping cold on the streets, but one of warm human welcome," Francis said in a speech this weekend to the Members of the European Confederation and the World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae.
President Barack Obama's administration announced a new proposed rule that if enacted will compel states to fund Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Earlier this month the Health and Human Services Department posted a proposed rule on the Federal Register website that invokes Title X in arguing that entities like Planned Parenthood should be allowed to use taxpayer funds on "family planning projects."
"The Department is proposing to amend the regulations at 42 CFR 59.3 to require that project recipients that do not provide services directly may not prohibit subrecipients from participating on bases unrelated to their ability to provide Title X services effectively," reads the proposed rule. more >>
WASHINGTON — Disney's upcoming film "Queen of Katwe" tells the true-story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a courageous girl who sells maize (corn) in the dusty streets of Kampala, Uganda, and ultimately uses her mastery of the game of chess to become a champion in the game of life.
Upon reading a script for the film, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, who portrays Phiona's mother, Nakku Harriet, told The Christian Post on Wednesday, "I just sobbed."
After the first 10 pages Nyong'o knew she wanted to be a part of the film, saying she hadn't ever seen anything quite like the story. An added plus was that Director Mira Nair, with whom she had worked with before, was attached. more >>
Fans of Tyrese Gibson are used to reading his spiritual insights on social media from time-to-time. And two days ago the singer and action movie star rebuked spirits before millions of his followers.
In a lengthy Instagram post about turning to God during lonely times, the 37-year-old "Fast & Furious" star tackled the spirit of suicide.
"Because you're alone doesn't mean you're 'lonely.' Don't be like most and allow your horny or lonely or the spirit of 'familiarity' make you run back into something or to someone, or remain IN business with someone that you should of never been in with in the first place," he wrote. ... "I rebuke the spirit or quitting, surrendering, suicide or dropping OUT of school." more >>
A new study on how food insecurity affects teenagers has revealed that nearly 14 million American teens are food insecure or on the margins, and some of them resort to extreme measures to deal with hunger, from saving school lunches for the weekend or going hungry so younger siblings can eat, to stealing or trading sex for money to buy food.
An estimated 6.8 million people aged 10 to 17 don't have reliable access to affordable, nutritious food, and another 2.9 million are "very food insecure," apart from roughly 4 million who live in marginally food secure households, where the threat of running out of food is real, notes the study, "Impossible Choices," by the Washington, D.C.-based group, Urban Institute.
Teens in all 10 communities, which were part of the study, and in 13 of the 20 focus groups, talked about some youth "selling their body" or engaging in "sex for money" as a strategy to make ends meet, according to the study. It further noted that this happens mostly in high-poverty communities where teens also described sexually coercive environments and that sexual exploitation most commonly took the form of "transactional dating" relationships with older adults. more >>