A phrase from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Stride Toward Freedom, reverberates in my mind this MLK Day: "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable."
It serves as reminder that God's will that everyone be treated justly and with integrity is something we must continually pursue. It is crucial that we apply the struggle for justice and integrity to our education system for the sake of our children.
Over the past quarter century, the United States has made remarkable strides toward achieving equity in schools. High school graduation rates among minority students have steadily increased, and today more women are enrolled in college than men. According to the Pew Research Center, from 1996 to 2012, Latino college enrollment more than tripled. The same report shows that African American college enrollment has increased by more than 70 percent. more >>
"Any extreme is bad. Any. And that goes for people who call themselves 'Christians' and it goes double for anyone who calls him or herself a 'fundamentalist' anything."
Such was the proclamation trumpeted last fall by Huffington Post columnist, Jenny Block, when assessing a well-known conservative Christian.
Put aside for a moment the odd fact that she made an extreme statement to tell us that all extremes are bad. Instead, let's consider her assertion. She represents the growing chorus of voices in our universities, politics, and media that insist that devotion (especially religious devotion) only causes harm, and should therefore be demeaned, if not ushered out of the public square entirely. more >>
French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has sparked a new wave of outrage on social media with its latest cartoon, this time depicting the drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy of the world-famous photo last year as a grown-up sex attacker.
The image of the dead boy was used in news headlines around the world, which sparked international attention and sympathy for the plight of the refugees. more >>
Over 200 people were arrested on Monday at a large anti-Islamisation protest in the German city of Leipzig, clashing with police over the mass sex assault attacks carried out by suspected refugees on New Year's Eve.
BBC News reported that close to 2,000 supporters of the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West movement (Pegida) marched through Legida in protest against Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy, which saw Germany welcome in close to 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015.
The nation was rocked by news of mass sexual assaults in Cologne and other cities over New Year's Eve when thousands of suspects believed to be from Arab and North African backgrounds groped, assaulted, and in some cases raped women out on the streets. Well over 500 cases of assault were reported in Cologne, sparking protest marches in several cities. more >>
Mass anti-refugee protests were broken up by riot police in Cologne, Germany, over the weekend, with protesters venting their anger at Chancellor Angela Merkel and the gang sex assaults that women suffered in the city over New Year's Eve.
Reuters reported that on Saturday 1,700 protesters from the far-right PEGIDA movement marched with signs such as "Rapefugees not welcome," and chanted slogans including "Merkel must go" and "this is the march of the national resistance."
Police who broke up the march claimed that many of the demonstrators were from the "hooligan scene," and were forced to use water canons on the crowd after bottles and fire crackers were thrown at officers. more >>
Michael Brown, a Messianic Jewish apologist and host of the talk radio show "The Line of Fire," responds to Franchesa Ramsey's recent video, "What Did Jesus REALLY Look Like?" for MTV Decoded, agreeing with some of the things she said while disagreeing with the rest.
Agreeing that race is an issue that is debated a lot in the United States, Brown, the president of FIRE School of Ministry, says in his show, "A lot of what she [Ramsey] had to say was true and was accurate."