Following the killing of five police officers in Dallas by a black man who said he "wanted to kill white people" and two officer-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota last week, Benjamin Watson, one of the NFL's most outspoken athletes, explains what Black Lives Matter means to him.
"At times in my life I've felt that black lives didn't matter to some white people or even some black people. I've even believed the myth that my life somehow wasn't as important as my white classmates, teammates and friends," the Baltimore Ravens tight end wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Sunday. "Whether we are totally naïve or if we intentionally promote such a message, by listening and watching closely we will easily see that in many ways black lives don't matter."
While many in the Black Lives Matter movement have called for peaceful demonstrations against police shootings of black men, the group is becoming more controversial and seen as divisive for barring non-black students from meetings on college campuses, and for its leaders in New York City and Oakland chanting: "what do we want: dead cops; when do we want 'em: now" and "pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon." more >>
A Roman Catholic bishop in Bangladesh said that the failure of families to raise up their children with morals, along with Islamic brainwashing schools that target students, are key reasons for the rise of radical Islamic terror.
"Parents do not care about children: there is a failure of the family. They have given them only money and good life without taking care of their education, ideas, mentality. They have exposed them to the ideological propaganda that promised them to become heroes or have Heaven, by killing. There is a generation gap," His Exc. Mgr. Gervas Rozario, Bishop of Rajshahi, told Fides News Agency in an interview.
"And we cannot forget the issue of madrasas (the free Koranic schools) where young people are brainwashed, training them to radical ideas. This is really a national problem," he added. more >>
An Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. has been welcoming Muslims into their sanctuary for Friday prayers for eight years, and the men who meet there now outnumber the church's congregation.
The Rev. Elizabeth Gardner of the Church of the Epiphany said the congregation felt called to open the church to the Muslim community because they were in need of a place to worship.
An atheist group has posted a billboard in Mississippi, one of the most religious states in America, telling residents that God and faith will not solve their problems.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest atheist organization, announced it is putting up a highway billboard on July 1 in Tupelo with the message "God Fixation Won't Fix This Nation," with plans to keep it in place for the entire month.
"We lose sight of human needs when we fixate on gods," said FFRF co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor. "When we have faith in ourselves, we won't need faith in gods." more >>
Team USA Gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas is gearing up to compete in the Rio Olympics and before her departure she's sharing her faith with everyone in the world by releasing her Christian music workout playlist.
Douglas mentioned her fitness music playlist in the June issue of SELF magazine, and in respose she received a tweet of gratitude from Christian music group Veridia for including their name.
Marguerite Barankitse, a Christian humanitarian worker who rescued tens of thousands of children in her orphanages in the wake of the Burundian civil war, has said that forgiveness must be offered to everyone, even to those that killed 60 people in her own extended family.
Barankitse, who in April received the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, a prestigious award commemorating the 1915 Armenian genocide, told The Christian Post in an interview that amidst all the suffering and the atrocities she has witnessed, she has never given up hope in believing in humanity, and insisted that forgiveness is always possible.
Barankitse founded the orphanage Maison Shalom in eastern Burundi in 1993 as the country's devastating civil war was unfolding, sheltering and saving children from both the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, despite great risks and pressures. more >>