The evangelical Hispanic vote is up for grabs, Samuel Rodriguez says, but Donald Trump would need to "heal the hurt" of his "inflammatory" statements to gain their support.
Trump, presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican party, continues to make waves with social media provocations, one of the latest being a photo of himself about to eat a taco bowl with the following caption: "Happy Cinco de Mayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!"
Seen as highly offensive by some and amusing by others, much is now being made of his ability to win over Hispanic votes in the general election. Will he be able to do so in light of not just this recent post but his past inflammatory statements on immigration and border security issues? more >>
Bayan Zehlif, a senior at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, said she was "hurt" when she saw the school's yearbook identified her in one photo as "Isis Phillips," a former student who has already transferred to another school.
Zehlif, who can be seen wearing a hijab in one the image above, has expressed fear of a backlash from her classmates and, as a result, will not be returning to school for now. She's also exploring possible legal remedies.
In a news conference as per CTV News, Zehlif revealed that she was "hurt" by her schoolmates' reactions to the issue. She said that some students attacked her on social media while others cheered when a sign expressing support was destroyed by some other students, according to Heavy. more >>
Many family members of the victims and survivors of the Emanuel AME Church massacre that left nine people dead last year are seething over a decision by the church to distribute $1.5 million of the donations they received after the tragedy while keeping over $1.8 million for the church.
The Post and Courier reported Friday that some family members were angered that the church kept more of the donations than it divided up among the nine families and five survivors.
Church leaders, according to the Post and Courier, said only about $280,000 of the donations sent to the church was earmarked for the family members. A vast majority of donations sent to the church didn't specify where the money should go, they said. The church subsequently decided to give family members and survivors more than $1 million in addition the approximately $280,000 donors specified for them. more >>
Pastor Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will lead a national conversation on racial unity next month at the denomination's annual meeting in Missouri.
"The sin of racism is a spiritual stronghold in this nation and now is the time this wall must come down," Floyd wrote on his website Monday, announcing the panel discussion titled "A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America" in St. Louis on June 14.
"As we repent of it personally, repent of it in our churches, and repent of it in our nation, we will perhaps see the next great spiritual awakening in our generation." more >>
As cycles of unemployment, poverty and death have set in on many working class communities across America, are churches overlooking their responsibilities to help alleviate the pain and suffering of plighted working class families?
Although manufacturing jobs once provided the economic stability needed to make life worthwhile in many small, rural and working class towns located far outside the reach of cities and suburbs, the American industrial job market's decline over the last few decades has left many of these communities to face serious problems with unemployment, drug abuse, and alcoholism that foster a cycle of poor decisions that undermine potential economic mobility.
Dr. Kevin Shrum, who pastors at Inglewood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and is also a professor of religious studies at Union University, Henderson, told The Christian Post that there is a "challenge" when it comes to churches "abandoning" the actual residents that make up their neighborhoods today. more >>
Sojourners founder Jim Wallis and dozens of other Christian leaders are condemning Donald Trump's use of public fear and resentment throughout the 2016 election as being "a moral and theological crisis" that "threatens the well being" of the American society.
More than 50 prominent Christians "from across the political spectrum," but mostly from the Christian left, have signed onto a declaration titled "Called to Resist Bigotry — A Statement of Faithful Obedience" that calls on Christians to resist rallying around "demagogic" political candidates who rely on exploiting anger and "hatred" to gain support.
"At significant times in history, however, Christians from across the political spectrum come together around political realities that threaten the fundamental integrity of Christian faith and the well-being of society itself," the declaration explained. "Sometimes what is called politics raises moral crises, in which our faith is literally at stake in the way we respond." more >>