CNN hosts Brooke Baldwin, Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper were stoking the fires on their respective shows Thursday night, amid accusations by the NAACP that "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson isn't only anti-gay, but that he must also be a racist.
Amid the media spin cycle surrounding A&E's decision to indefinitely suspend the senior duck commander from its highest-rated reality TV show because gay activist groups, such as GLAAD, have deemed his views on homosexuality to be far too controversial, the NAACP and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) also sent a joint letter to A&E on Wednesday, accusing Robertson of making "racist, homophobic and ill-informed remarks."
In his now controversial interview with GQ magazine for an article in its January edition, Robertson not only shared his thoughts about various sinful acts, including homosexuality, but he also spoke about his upbringing in Dixie, La., where his family was the racial minority in the community. more >>
The Robertson family has defended its patriarch and Christian faith in a first official media statement since A&E's announcement on Dec. 18 to suspend Phil Robertson, following comments he made about homosexuality in an interview in the January edition of GQ magazine.
On their website the family thanked fans – thousands of whom on Thursday took to social media and online petitions to decry the suspension – for their "prayer and support" and reiterated a strong commitment to their Christian faith.
"We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word," read the statement. more >>
On Wednesday, Dr. Ken Hutcherson, founding pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, WA, passed through the gates of glory after a more than ten year battle with cancer. What you may not know is that Ken played a major role in the formation of the vision, and ultimately the church that Linda and I planted in 2001: the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas.
Here's just part of the story, excerpted from my book, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church.
It was the spring of 1993, and I had two options. After ten years of full-time ministry as a youth pastor, two dynamic churches had each invited me to join their staff teams to oversee student ministries. more >>
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Megyn Kelly is a popular personality on Fox News. In a recent segment, Kelly took up her sword to challenge a Slate.com writer, Aisha Harris's assertion that Santa Claus should no longer be white. Harris calls for a complete makeover: make Santa a penguin (since penguins are black and white?)
Kelly countered with "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white." more >>
An African-American high school student in New Mexico was left distraught after a teacher told him he can't dress up as Santa Claus because Santa is white. School officials have apologized and called it a "stupid mistake."
"This situation involves a teacher recently hired by Cleveland High who made – and admits he made – a stupid mistake," said Kim Vesely, the director of Rio Rancho Public Schools, in a statement. "The remark was inappropriate and should not have been made. The teacher feels very badly about what occurred. He self-reported the incident to the principal and has apologized to the student and to the student's parent. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken."
The incident at Cleveland High School concerning freshman Christopher Rougier reportedly occurred last week during a school holiday dress-up day, according to CNN affiliate KOAT. His father, Michael, revealed that his son was "embarrassed" by the situation and now doesn't want anything to do with Christmas. more >>
In recent days controversy has arisen regarding the racial identity of Jesus Christ courtesy of remarks made by Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
Kelly declared on the cable news channel that Jesus was white, spurring much debate and controversy online and offline.
Craig Mitchell of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., told The Christian Post that the historical Jesus was likely not white. more >>