PHILADELPHIA — The lobbying entity of the nation's largest Protestant denomination has made it clear that it is against predatory practices that take advantage of the poor, having joined a broad coalition earlier this year organized to "raise awareness about families in financial crisis and how high-cost lending negatively impacts them." But what is the high-profile Christian ethics advocacy organization doing to protect vulnerable believers from preying prosperity preachers?
The question was posed to Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention that represents more than 15 million Southern Baptists in the public square. The outspoken ERLC president has been vocal about everything from abortion and gay marriage to racial reconciliation and Christian political engagement.
Moore, who has said that "payday lending is a form of economic predation and grinds the faces of the poor into the ground," told The Christian Post in an aside at the 2015 Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Philadelphia this past week that his SBC organization has long taken a stance against prosperity preaching. more >>
It's that time again when adults take off to celebrate Labor Day, and kids head back to the adventures a new school year. But for millions of children worldwide the adventures of a new school year remain but a dream.
Sadly, these children will never learn to read or write. They will not acquire computer skills. They will not experience singing in chorus, going on field trips, or playing at recess. Their classrooms will be sweatshops, farm fields, and battlefields. Their days will be filled with long, dirty, dangerous work. And the lessons they will learn are that life is cruel and unfair.
According to the International Labor Organization's (ILO) latest report "Global child labor trends 2008 to 2012," approximately 168 million children aged 5-17 were involved in child labor — that is, labor not in legal accordance with ILO Conventions — in 2012. more >>
A regional chapter of Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against Louisiana following the state's decision to defund the abortion provider.
Filed Tuesday in district court by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc., the suit aims to get an injunction stopping a state effort to cut Medicaid-related funds to the controversial women's health care provider.
"Unless enjoined, the termination of PPGC's Medicaid provider agreements will take effect on September 2, 2015, immediately disqualifying PPGC from providing basic and preventive health care services to over 5200 Louisiana women and men who depend on that care," reads the lawsuit. more >>
Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said Monday that the "Black Lives Matter" movement is being used by its "white liberal funders" for political gain and that the group is focused on the "wrong targets."
In a now viral op-ed the conservative star penned for USA Today Monday, Carson explained that focusing on targets like 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is not the way to bring about real change for blacks in America.
"The idea that disrupting and protesting Bernie Sanders speeches will change what is wrong in America is lunacy," wrote Carson in the opening sentence of his op-ed. more >>
Leading evangelist and humanitarian Franklin Graham has chastised Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton for saying last week in a meeting with Black Lives Matter activists that she doesn't believe changing hearts is the way to true racial reconciliation.
Earlier this week, CNN released video it had obtained showing a behind-the-scenes meeting between a group of leading Black Lives Matter activists and the former secretary of state after one of her campaign events in New Hampshire.
In the video, Clinton is seen arguing with Julius Jones, the founder of the Black Lives Matter chapter in Worcester, Massachusetts, about what should be done to help establish racial justice for African-Americans in the country. more >>
An organization dedicated to stopping sexual exploitation has denounced Amnesty International's recent decision to support the decriminalization of prostitution.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has called Amnesty's recently approved resolution "irresponsible" and contrary to the global organization's fundamental human rights goals.
Dawn Hawkins, executive director of NCOSE, said a in statement that Amnesty "has failed to remain true to its mission of 'preventing and ending grave abuses.'" more >>