In a flip-flop from its oppressive dress code on Syrian and Iraqi women, which requires them to be covered head-to-toe in black burkas, the Islamic State terror group has now outlawed the burka at its security centers in northern Iraq.
The reversal comes after several IS commanders were killed at security centers in Mosul by women clad in burkas, according to the Daily Mail. Women in the rest of Mosul and in all other IS-controlled areas, however, are still being forced to abide by the strict dress code. Many women have been beaten and even killed at the hands of the jihadists' "morality police" for not wearing the body and eye-concealing garb.
But the oppression of a burka has been a relatively minor worry for many Syrian and Iraqi women who've witnessed the massacre of family members and friends at the hands of the terrorists. more >>
Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham believes the answer to racism lies in people trusting the literal account of Genesis and the story of Adam and Eve, which he said shows that there are no truly black or white people, but instead all are part of one race and one family.
"The answer to racism is believing the true history of humans in Genesis (as confirmed by science): we're all one race — not different races," Ham wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
Rapper-turned-mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, who supported President Barack Obama's presidential bid in 2008, is having a bit of voters remorse when it comes to the country's first African American president, declaring Sunday that he feels Obama "shortchanged" black people.
"My number one thing, though, to be honest, is black people," Combs told the Rev. Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show Politics Nation. "I feel like we put President Obama in the White House. When I look back, I just wanted more done for my people because that's the name of the game."
He continued: "This is politics. You put somebody in office, you get in return the things that you care about for your communities. I think we got a little bit shortchanged. That's not knocking the president. … He's done an excellent job, you know, but I think it's time to turn up the heat because the black vote is going to decide who is the next president of the United States." more >>
Much has been made in recent days about the appearance of the "alt-right," on the American political landscape with Hillary Clinton tying Donald Trump to the movement in an Aug. 25 Reno, Nevada campaign speech.
"The de facto merger between [news site] Breitbart and the Trump campaign, represents a landmark acheivement for the alt-Right. A fringe element has effectively taken over the Republican party," Clinton said, adding that the phenomenon is part of a larger trend of rising hardline, rightwing nationalism happening around the world.
Whether or not Trump actually represents the alt-right is debatable, particularly since he has not embraced the traditional Republican opposition to affirmative action and does not talk about inherent differences in the races, something hard core alt-right devotees do obsessively. But in light of Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric, denouncements of political correctness and professed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, many alt-Righties have indeed enthusiastically latched onto his campaign. more >>
Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the founder and president of Impact Television Network who is set to interview Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday as part of the candidate's outreach to black America, says some critics have the wrong impression about his reasons for hosting the billionaire.
"My phone has been burning up," Jackson told the Detroit Free Press in an interview Tuesday.
"And the things people are asking: 'Is Donald Trump paying me off?' They haven't paid me off. You haven't looked at me and seen a man who's needed things I've always been blessed. It's not about being a Judas to my people. I love my people. I feel that we should be better off than what we are. This is not an endorsement. This is engagement, for him to tell us what he wants to do," Jackson added. more >>
Did you know that if you support the Black Lives Matter movement — as in the official, BlackLivesMatter.com website — you are not only standing with black Americans but also standing with a radical social agenda including queer and transgender activism along with the disrupting of the nuclear family?
Before I demonstrate this to you, allow me to explain the purpose of this article. I write with the goal of standing with my African American brothers and sisters for true and full equality in America while encouraging them to distance themselves from leaders and movements who do as much harm (if not much more harm) than good.