A Ferguson, Missouri, police official has been fired and two others placed on administrative leave after a new report from the Department of Justice on the city's police department revealed "direct evidence of racial bias" in emails where President Barack Obama is depicted as a chimpanzee and Michelle Obama is shown as a bare-chested African woman.
During a news conference held Wednesday to confirm reports about the disciplinary actions being taken against the offending officers, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said, "This type of behavior will not be tolerated in the Ferguson Police Department."
The DOJ report highlighted that evidence of racial bias were seen in emails from and interviews with "influential Ferguson decision makers," which include police commanders and court supervisors, all of whom are current employees, according to USA Today. more >>
A socially conservative African-American organization commended Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for his court's order halting gay marriages in the state.
The Moore court issued a ruling Tuesday demanding that probate judges halt giving marriage licenses to gay couples following a judge's recent ruling declaring Alabama's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Moore recused himself but supported the ruling.
LOS ANGELES – Together L.A., a three day conference featuring close to 50 speakers primarily discussing how churches and ministries can effectively collaborate to show the love of Christ to the city, concluded with best-selling author and pastor Tim Keller speaking about individual identity before 2,000 people in attendance last Saturday.
"Christianity doesn't just give you a new identity it gives you a radical way of forming an identity," said Keller, pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. "It gives you a unique, liberating and infinitely better identity than the one the culture is imposing on you right now."
Throughout the conference, Keller and other speakers discussed practical steps and gave examples of how the Christian community is tackling hard social issues. However, Keller's closing message was more about how Christians walking in faith can overcome skewed expectations from society. more >>
An African-American group has joined other social conservative organizations in demanding that two Supreme Court justices who officiated gay weddings recuse themselves from a case pertaining to gay marriage legalization.
The Coalition of African-American Pastors has demanded that Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg recuse themselves from a case surrounding the legality of state-level gay marriage bans. Earlier this week, CAAP launched a petition in which signatories send a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts urging him to have Kagan and Ginsburg recuse themselves.
"For a case that promises to dramatically affect the future of family, religious freedom, and much more, there cannot be any question of political bias on the part of the judges involved," reads the petition. more >>
Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Maryland, is now crying religious and racial discrimination after a group of pastors were booted from the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and forced to find a different venue for a racial reconciliation event in Washington D.C. because their theme included the phrase "an appeal to heaven."
Jackson explained in an interview with CBN News Wednesday that his group was originally granted approval to use the congressional auditorium at the visitor center for their event, but they were told last Friday that they would have to eliminate the reference to heaven from their title.
"They were aware of the original theme, but it seems as they looked into things that the question of God and heaven really caused them angst," said Jackson. more >>
LOS ANGELES – Upon meeting Pastor Rafer Owens, who is both the dynamic leader of Faith Inspirational Missionary Baptist Church and a deputy sheriff serving in Compton in Los Angeles County, it is easy to understand why he was chosen to speak at Together LA, the three-day conference about discovering how to "love on" the metropolis, beginning this Thursday.
Owens has ministered for 17 years to not only a primarily black congregation but to a much wider audience – Compton, a city once known as a war zone for gangs.
"Our mission is to take back the city of Compton and bring the love of God and the spirit of God and overall revival to the city," he said while describing the goals of his church. "What we've done as a church is become involved in everything that the city does and everything that would help lift up the community." more >>