WASHINGTON — Many of the nation's most influential pastors and spiritual leaders gathered at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday for UnitedCry DC16 to offer much-needed prayer for America.
The day's proceedings were called to order by the bellowing of a shofar, a horn used in ancient Jewish tradition to bring people together, as a diverse gathering of thousands of participants across denominations, ethnicities and generations braved wintry elements to act as intercessors seeking God's forgiveness and favor on behalf of the nation.
UnitedCry's emphasis on repentance, spiritual revival and empowerment called for reflection on the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and included a ceremonial foot washing for members of the King family to atone for America's past wrongs against King and the struggle for racial equality. more >>
While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has faced opposition for his stances from a variety of activist groups, one has been protesting his rallies by stomping on the U.S. flag and is drawing controversy for its antics.
Fox News reported on Tuesday that the group, which calls itself the profanity-laced name "[Expletive] Your Flag Tour," has been showing up at Trump rallies, most recently on Sunday at a rally in West Allis, Wisconsin, where its members stand and stomp on top of the flag.
The members of the group have said that one of their main messages is standing up against the oppression of black people. One member, who wasn't identified, explained that the group has been protesting at Trump events because of the billionaire businessman's initial refusal to denounce support from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. more >>
Recently released data says that evangelical supporters of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump tend to hold more racist sentiments than other evangelicals.
Writing Sunday for the Western Political Science Association at Portland State University's blog, Jason McDaniel and Sean McElwee found that "racial resentment" could be linked to the rise of Trump. They analyzed American National Election Study data from a January, 2016 pilot study of 1,200 registered voters and found that Trump supporters tended to hold more "racial animus" than supporters of other candidates.
The NES has a larger sample size and asks more questions than exit polls conducted by news networks, allowing researchers to better analyze support for presidential candidates. more >>
Morgan Freeman has circled the globe in a quest to examine how different cultures view God for his upcoming NatGeo docuseries "The Story of God," and says a visit to Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, for the series made a positive impression on him.
"In a Houston megachurch I connected somewhat," Freeman told Page Six this week. "Encouraged to think positive. You don't just get some things just like that! You have to go do it to get it. God's plan for us is to succeed."
The 78-year-old Oscar winner is referring to his visit to Lakewood Church in early December of last year to explore the practices of Christian megachurches as research for the upcoming docuseries, which he hosts and executive produces. The fact that Freeman was "encouraged to think positive" during his visit coincides with the perennial uplifting themes of Osteen's messages. more >>
The quote was so shocking that I'm shocked it didn't get more attention.
When you hear it, you want to put your head in your hands and weep.
In biblical days, you would have torn your garments in mourning. more >>
An ordained pastor and community organizer who stormed the stage at a Trump rally at the University of Illinois in Chicago Friday before it was canceled, says he's been getting death threats over his activism.
"As a proud Chicago citizen, I wanted to project a different message which was that America is already great without hate," said Jedidiah Brown in an interview with The Christian Post.
Brown, who heads a community organizing group called Young Leaders Alliance, said he decided to storm the stage because he was experiencing what he called "a racially charged and dangerous environment." more >>