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 >>
Anglican leader and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who has spoken out strongly for the need to help refugees fleeing war and violence, says it's wrong to label people fearful of the mass migration of refugees as "racist."
"There is a tendency to say 'those people are racist,' which is just outrageous, absolutely outrageous," Welby told The House magazine during an interview at the House of Lords.
"Fear is a valid emotion at a time of such colossal crisis. This is one of the greatest movements of people in human history. Just enormous. And to be anxious about that is very reasonable," he added. more >>
Seventeen-year-old Nihad Barakat Shamo Alawsi escaped the Islamic State with her life, but in the process left her newborn baby behind.
In 2014, Alawsi was captured by Islamic State militants after the terror group had taken over her town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq, abducting her and 27 of her family members, according to Daily Mail. Alwasi, 15 at the time, was held captive in Mosul where she was repeatedly beaten and raped by jihadists.
"They raped us, they killed our men, they took our babies away from us," she recently told AMAR Foundation, an organization that helps people in areas of conflict. "The worst thing was the torture in Mosul. We were beaten and raped continuously for two weeks." more >>