Every January the United States remembers a profoundly influential historical figure named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
An outspoken champion of racial equality and an ordained Baptist minister, King made many memorable statements about spiritual and cultural struggles, and victories.
Below are just some of the many words he spoke during his public career both as a man of God and a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. more >>
Every year on the third Monday in January, the United States celebrates the life of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King is widely known and respected for his commitment to racial equality, advocating for a nonviolent method of social changes and preaching unforgettable words to mass audiences.
While popular memory has enshrined this image of King, the late civil rights leader was a man of many positions and actions, as well as the occasional flaw. more >>
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 >>