The new film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" teaches important lessons, but it fails to capture the main character's deeper motivations and show how the Christian faith condemns the evils of apartheid, Christian reviewers said. Nelson Mandela, the South African civil rights leader, passed away Thursday at the age of 95.
"While the film is a remarkable example of forgiveness and reconciliation, it doesn't reveal the source of Mandela's ability to forgive," Craig Detweiler, associate professor of communication at Pepperdine University, told The Christian Post in an interview on Wednesday. Detweiler argued that "the film could have gotten into spirituality and faith," but didn't.
John Schmidt, associate professor of cinema and media arts at Biola University, echoed the same reservation. "I didn't feel that I got the spirit of the man, the roots of his passion for freedom and equality, which is after God's heart," Schmidt said. more >>
Four immigration activists ended their 22-day fast that was aimed to pressure lawmakers to overhaul the nation's immigration system, while a new group of advocates took their place to continue the call for an immediate vote on reform.
The demonstrators announced on Tuesday that they were ending their hunger strike after unsuccessfully, for now, prompting House Speaker John Boehner to pass immigration reform legislation.
The new group that has taken their place now includes Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners among others. more >>
As a professor of Chicana/o Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, Robert Chao Romero has seen his share of students fall in love with social justice—and fall out of touch with their Christian faith.
"As a professor at UCLA for the past eight or nine years, I've met activists, especially student activists, who fall away from faith or who refused to explore faith because they believe that Christianity is a racist and classist and sexist religion," Romero told The Christian Post.
"That's the commonly held belief in [the university and activist] spaces and as a Christian myself it has broken my heart for many years to experience that," he added. more >>
Today's economic situation has hit my billfold…what about yours? With gas prices soaring and paychecks diminishing, I have been wondering; who has been eating my piece of the American pie?
Everyone may be experiencing tough economic times, but as usual, these struggles hit some harder than others. According to the most recent numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for African Americans remains a shocking 13 percent, while black homeownership is at its lowest in almost 20 years. The black unemployment rate in America remains twice that of whites, and nearly three times that of Asians.
As with any bad news, there is plenty of blame to go around. But a far more important question to ask is what can be done to improve the situation now. I believe one answer is a return to the strong, often unsung tradition of black entrepreneurship. When we think of minority owned businesses these days, we tend to picture immigrants, usually Latino or Asian. This perception reflects our current reality: according to a 2008 study Race and Entrepreneurial Success by the University of California Santa Cruz, the rate of black business ownership is far lower than the national average. more >>
Among the millions of families celebrating Thanksgiving this week are many Native Americans who see it as a time to come together and give thanks, but some are reminding their fellow citizens that there is very little understanding of indigenous peoples' history in the U.S., and that the path to reconciliation is still a long one to walk.
"It feels like our Native community is an old grandmother, who has a very large and very beautiful house. And years ago, some people came into our house, and locked us upstairs in the bedroom. Today, our house is full of people. They are sitting on our furniture, they are eating our food, they are having a party in our house. They've even come upstairs and unlocked the door to our bedroom, but it's much later, and we're tired, we're old, we're weak, we're sick, and so we can't, or we don't come out," reflects Mark Charles, a speaker and writer located on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Ariz., in a video posted earlier this year titled "Being Native American in the US."
"But the thing that is most painful, is that virtually no one comes upstairs to find the grandmother in the bedroom. Nobody sits down next to us on the bed, and simply says: 'Thank you. Thank you, for letting us be in your house.'" more >>
A Florida Christian school has given a 12-year-old student a week decide to cut her hair or leave the school.
After Vanessa VanDyke reported that she had been bullied by classmates for her hair, the Orlando-based Faith Christian Academy (FCA) told the middle schooler that she could not keep it as is.
VanDyke, who has been attending FCA since she was eight, has no intention or desire to modify her hair to fit her school's wishes. more >>