NBA star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has sparked outrage online after he criticized Lebron James and his teammates from the Miami Heat for wearing hoodies in support of Trayvon Martin.
Bryant reportedly tells Ben McGrath in a profile published in the March 31 edition of the New Yorker that Lebron James' decision to post a photo of the Heat players dressed in hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon Martin spoke to a lack of progress. He said he didn't feel obliged to support Martin simply because he is black, according to the excerpt below.
I won't react to something just because I'm supposed to, because I'm an African American," he said. "That argument doesn't make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we've progressed as a society? Well, we've progressed as a society, then don't jump to somebody's defense just because they're African American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won't assert myself." more >>
Far from being repentant of the Armenian Genocide, Turkey, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan, is again targeting Armenians; is again causing their death and dislocation.
In the early morning hours of March 21, al-Qaeda linked Islamic jihadis crossed into Syrian territory from the Turkish border and launched a jihad on the Christian/Armenian town of Kessab. Among other thing, "Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages." Reportedly eighty people were killed.
The jihadis later made a video touring the devastated town. No translation is needed, as the main phrase shouted throughout is Islam's triumphant war cry, "Allahu Akbar" (or, according to Sen. John McCain's translation, "thank God"). more >>
The writer of "Alice in Arabia" is speaking out about her project, which she says is "pro-tolerance" and not stereotypical. The show was cancelled by ABC Family before it even hit the airwaves due to concern by Muslim advocacy groups and the general public.
Brooke Eikmeier wrote of her disappointment and what she had truly hoped that the show would accomplish in a column written for The Hollywood Reporter. She previously worked on "Family Guy" and "Boston Legal" before enlisting in the U.S. Army, which is where she got the idea for the show "Alice in Arabia."
"The genesis of 'Alice in Arabia' lay in the deep frustration I felt while studying the Arabic language in the Army," Eikmeier wrote. "I was particularly struck by the struggle of women, especially in Saudi Arabia. I knew many were fulfilled and proud of their way of life, but there were others who wanted things that I had taken for granted as an American – for example, a legal system that gives you the right to have a woman defend you in court when you bring a rape case, or for the culture to allow you to bring the case without prejudice in the first place." more >>
Franklin Graham defended his controversial remarks about homosexuality, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Islam, saying that he is only following in his father's own activist footsteps.
"You talk about controversy – my father (Billy Graham) stood with Martin Luther King in the early 1960s," Graham told The Charlotte Observer. "My father never worried about polls. I don't care about them, either. And with the issues we are facing today – if my father were a younger man, he would be addressing and speaking out in the exact same way I'm speaking out on them."
Late last month, Graham suggested that Putin was "right" on how the Russian government had dealt with its LGBT activists. more >>
The president of a Virginia Ku Klux Klan group claims that the KKK is a faith-based Christian organization that does not condone violence.
"We don't hate people because of their race. We are a Christian organization," Frank Ancona, the imperial wizard of the Traditional American Knights of the KKK, told NBC 12, distancing himself from the Klan's violent history, asserting that he is seeking to "set the record straight."
Despite Ancona's claims, the KKK are widely reviled for their history of committing acts of violence against African Americans, including lighting their homes on fire, lynchings, and leaving burning crosses in the front yards of homes and churches. An organization that was also closely associated with Protestants in its heyday in the 1920s, many of its 4 million members then were also anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic. more >>
Author Trillia Newbell, an African-American woman who began attending a predominantly white 200-member church more than a decade ago shares her experiences in her recently released book, Unity: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity.
Newbell, who resides in Tennessee, writes in that she was initially attracted to the church by warmth of the congregants, the seriousness with which the leaders grappled with theology and doctrine, and the growth that her own faith experienced.
Yet, she could hardly ignore the fact that she was part of the only 5 to 10 percent of the total African-American population at the church. more >>