Fast food workers from more than 50 cities across the U.S. walked out of their jobs Thursday, demanding the U.S. raise the federal wage limit in the service sector to $15 an hour. This is the second fast-food worker strike to take place in two months.
The workers gathered in major cities such as Detroit, New York, and Chicago on Thursday to participate in the marches, some of which included hundreds of workers flooding their local McDonald's, Taco Bell, or Wendy's to demand higher pay. Other workers are choosing to picket in front of restaurants such as Burger King and KFC during peak lunch hours to have their voices heard.
Although the Presbyterian Church and several independent religious groups are supporting Thursday's nationwide protests, others in the religious community have urged church leaders to tread lightly around issues concerning the American restaurant industry, warning that the "devil is in the details" when it comes to issues of social justice. An Op-Ed for The Institute on Religion & Democracy's blog, Juicy Ecumenism, argues that the prospect of fighting for a social injustice, such as an unlivable minimum wage, seems like an easy cause for the Presbyterian Church to support, but in reality the issue is far more complicated and intricate than it first appears. more >>
Surely the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a major milestone in our history.
But in our highly secular age, the politically correct Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been yanked from his biblical context---deeply rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. That doesn't mean he wasn't a flawed man. No one but Jesus is without sin.
In the "I Have a Dream" speech, King quotes the Bible (Isaiah 40:4-5) and a Christian hymn ("My Country 'Tis of Thee"---presumably as in God). more >>
President Barack Obama focused on many social and civil rights issues, with a major focus on the economy, during his lengthy speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom event, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famed "I have a dream" speech a half century ago.
Obama told the thousands gathered on the National Mall about the importance of economic opportunity in the road to equality.
After describing the historical event they were remembering and putting it in the context of the grand narrative of American history, President Obama argued that "pursuit of happiness requires the dignity of work." more >>
As we arrive at this historic day, it's important for us to remember that 50 years ago, on August 28, 1963, people were marching for jobs, for decent housing, for justice, for better education.
Now in the 21st century, 50 years later we see people adding special interest groups or causes. For instance, we heard Planned Parenthood speaking at the march last week. We heard the homosexual community advocating their agenda. For me, what was missing were appeals for the unborn, requests to put prayer back on our schools, a push for restoring the work ethic and those types of things.
Of course we understand that causes divide us. Yet, may I point that it is the love of Christ that unites us. As to our causes, it is truth and not bickering that sets us free. Because people perish simply for lack of knowledge, I am committed to speaking out more truth in love. more >>
U.S. Senators are most responsive to their upper-income constitutents and are not responsive to their lower-income constituents, a published study finds. While partisan differences were small, the study found that Republicans were more responsive than Democrats to the middle-income in one Congress and Democrats became even more responsive to the upper-income after gaining power in another Congress.
Thomas Hayes, assistant professor of political science at University of Connecticut, examined the extent to which Congress responds to the wishes of different income groups from 2001 to 2010 for a study, "Responsiveness in an Era of Inequality: The Case of the U.S. Senate," published in the August 2013 issue of Political Research Quarterly.
To understand how well Congress represents the interests of different income groups, the study compares Senate voting records to public opinion for each income group over that period. Each income group was assigned an ideological score, from liberal to conservative, based upon self-identification in a public opinion survey. These scores were compared to ideological scores assigned to members of Congress based upon their voting records. more >>
Members from a Christian ministry in North Carolina were threatened with arrest this past weekend for giving out food to the needy, which police says goes against certain restrictions in Raleigh, NC.
In a blog post titled "Feeding Homeless Apparently Illegal in Raleigh, NC," the Rev. Hugh Hollowell, the pastor and director of Love Wins Ministries, explained that on Saturday, their partnering church brought 100 sausage biscuits and coffee that were supposed to be distributed to over 70 people in need that had lined up near a city park, but they were stopped by police.
"On that morning three officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested," the pastor wrote. more >>