Liberal and pro-life groups have joined forces to argue for of a Southern heritage group's right to have a specialty license plate issued that features the Confederate battle flag.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday from the Texas chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which had a requested specialty license plate including the Stars and Bars rejected by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
For its part, SCV has garnered a diverse coalition of support, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Cato Institute, and Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc. more >>
George Zimmeran, the man who was acquitted in the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, has said in a video that it was part of God's plans for the 17-year-old Florida teenager to die. Zimmerman also accused President Barack Obama of stocking racial tensions in America.
"I believe God has his plans, and for me to second-guess them would be hypocritical, almost blasphemous," Zimmerman said in an interview posted on his website, talking about the fatal incident involving Martin.
"It's up to God and I put it all in his hands, and I do have faith that whatever he has planned out for me is what's best for me," he added about his future. "So whatever he's determined, whatever he has planned out for me, I am along for the ride and I just hope to be strong enough to see his will be done." more >>
Tired of selling overpriced coffee to pretentious white Americans, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was going to end racism.
He instructed his baristas, the tattooed and nose-ringed Women and Gender Studies Majors with $40,000 in student loan debt, to lecture us on race. Here is what I know for sure, if anyone wants to start a "conversation" about race with you, he is doing two things: calling you racist and presuming to virtuously lecture you on the matter.
Implicit in the tone and tenor of such conversations is that the lecturers are morally superior and not racists, so that automatically makes you morally inferior and a racist. But worry not - they are there to help you. Liberals take this tone about every nonsensical issue like global warming and helping the poor. Their stands are not quantifiable, so they can make themselves look like such caring and compassionate people while implying that you are not and would do well to be more like them. more >>
Starbucks has launched a well-meaning campaign designed to foster dialog about race and racism. Called "Race Together," it is being hailed by some as potentially disastrous and others as brilliant.
I don't doubt the program is well intended, and I don't want to discuss its potential efficacy in addressing issues of racial bigotry. On that score, we can all hope it's a big success. As I've written elsewhere, racism is a sin against God and should be eschewed by every Christian, indeed by every decent person.
Rather, I'm concerned with one of the questions Starbucks is publishing in a "conversation guide" for discussing race: "How have your racial views evolved from those of your parents?" more >>
Espresso makes you hyper. When you're hyper you sometimes make rash decisions. When you make rash decisions you usually regret it. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz evidently chugged a Venti-five-shot-double-pump-skinny-vanilla-latte last week before announcing Starbucks' new "RaceTogether" public relations stunt. As he describes it, the über-"progressive" head of the multi-billion dollar corporate mega-giant that brews mediocre coffee by the silo full and whose leadership is almost exclusively white – hopes to "start a discussion" about American race relations. (I'm pretty sure that discussion has been ongoing for a couple centuries, but, hey, I was wrong that one time about that other thing.)
The way I understand it is that when you unsuspectingly wander into any of your 12 local Starbucks locations, your official Starbucks barista will write "RaceTogether" with his official Starbucks Sharpie on the side of your official Starbucks cup and then, as you try to avoid eye contact and grab your Splenda and 2% on the way out the door while formulating an excuse for why you're already late to work, he'll ask you if you'd like to have a discussion about race.
Bad idea? The cost of white privilege? I don't know. Maybe it's just how I'm wired, but I kind of relish the opportunity to explain to a bearded, ghost white, heavily pierced and tatted 29-year-old aspiring LGBTOMGWTFBBQ Gender Studies professional that the whole "Hands up Don't Shoot™" meme was a cultural Marxist hoax rooted in, as are all things "progressive," a bunch of pretend stuff. more >>
On Friday an evangelical pastor based in Oakland, Calif. (the birthplace of the Black Lives Matter movement), Dominique Gilliard, shared the post with a small diverse group of evangelical leaders who decided to craft a collective response. This open letter was crafted by the collective efforts of Rev. Leroy Barber (CCDA and Word Made Flesh), Gilliard (New Hope Oakland), Dr. Brian Bantum (Seattle Pacific University), Micky ScottBey Jones (Transform Network), Efrem Smith (World Impact) and me (Sojourners). We didn't know if our words would resonate. We only knew the truth that we must speak in response to Graham's outsized influence coupled with apparent ignorance. In the end, a broad representation of national evangelical leaders agreed to sign this letter to Graham as principal signatories.
An Open Letter to Reverend Franklin Graham
Dear Rev. Graham, more >>