The New England Conference of United Methodist Churches, a group of 600 churches spanning six states, voted in favor of a resolution Saturday which calls for an end to the war on drugs because it is the Christian thing to do.
"In the love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole," said the resolution, in part, according to a release from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
"Restorative justice grows out of biblical authority, which emphasizes a right relationship with God, self and community. When such relationships are violated or broken through crime, opportunities are created to make things right," it continued. more >>
The way black celebrities are defending Bill Cosby in the face of new evidence proving Cosby gave a woman Quaaludes to violate her sexually, you'd think rape is okay if a black man like Cosby does it. According to Whoopi Goldberg, Faizon Love, Raven-Symone and Phylicia Rashad, "proof," and the allegations of rape by nearly 50 women, isn't enough to destroy, a good black man-- "a legacy" --like Cosby.
Through a legal request for a court to unseal documents from a 2005 lawsuit against Cosby, the Associated Press obtained a deposition in which Cosby admitted to giving a woman drugs-- essentially to rape her. The woman, who filed the lawsuit was Andrea Constand, the operations manager for Temple University's women's basketball team. Until the allegations surfaced last year, Cosby served on Temple's board of trustees.
In the sworn deposition, under oath, Cosby was asked by one of Constand's attorneys: more >>
Judah Smith, Seattle megachurch pastor and friend to pop star Justin Bieber, has called on Jesus' followers to be bridge-builders weeks after a white supremacist murdered nine black Christians during Bible study at a South Carolina church.
"Recently, the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, had a very deep impact to me and in my heart and in my mind," Smith said in a video message shared online. "Of course, at it's core is the issue of race and racism and prejudice and hatred."
Smith was referencing Dlyann Storm Roof, the 19-year-old who was charged with nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for the shooting. Police say Roof entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17 and opened fire on a group he had been sitting with an hour prior for Bible study. Roof, who faces additional charges, reportedly confessed to targeting his victims because they are black. more >>
"I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the Internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me."
These are the concluding sentiments of mass murderer and racial terrorist Dylan Roof, as expressed in his now infamous "manifesto." This young man was clearly full of bitterness and anger at a nation that had, in his warped view, gone terribly wrong. His solution was to commit an act of brutality so jarring and so provocative that it would incite bitterness, anger, and violence in others. His ultimate goal? A race war.
In the face of such hatred, it's almost inconceivable that the survivors of Roof's rampage – in this case, the families of those slain – could react with anything but wrathful anger. The country certainly would have understood. But they didn't. In the face of withering evil, the families offered forgiveness. To the man whose goal was to elicit violence, they offered a peace that passes all understanding. more >>
Now that Christianity is strange to the larger American culture, Christians have an opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the Gospel message, Russell Moore writes in his new book, Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel.
"As American culture changes, the scandal of Christianity is increasingly right up front, exactly where it was in the first century. The shaking of American culture will get us back to the question Jesus asked his disciples at Caesarea Philippi: 'Who do you say that I am?' As the Bible Belt recedes, those left standing up for Jesus will be those who, like Simon Peter of old, know how to answer that question.
Once Christianity is no longer seen as part and parcel of patriotism, the church must offer more than 'What would Jesus do?' moralism and the 'I vote values' populism to which we've grown accustomed. Good," wrote Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, in Chapter two. more >>
The recent, racially-motivated massacre of a bible study group in a historic African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston has sparked grief, shock, rage, and an almost-unbelievable and moving expression of forgiveness from the victims' families. The shooting reignited a national conversation on the appropriateness of public displays of the Confederate battle flag; many prominent Southern Christians spoke in favor of its removal. Within Charleston, the church which was the site of the massacre was packed during the next Sunday's service. Thousands participated in vigils, and an estimated 20,000 people of every background marched together in solidarity, singing "This Little Light of Mine" and "God Bless America." Many public leaders recognized and reflected this solidarity and the forgiveness offered even while acknowledging and mourning the history of anti-Black and anti-Black church violence in American history; a vocal few, primarily from the political left, chose instead to exploit the tragedy for their own ends.
Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, gave an impassioned speech denouncing America and aligning all white Americans with the sentiments of the racist murderer. This speech was given at historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington D.C., the "National Cathedral of African Methodism," and received thunderous applause and cheers. Farrakhan did not hold back with his extreme and inciting vitriol. Speaking of the white people of Charleston that joined in the services, vigils, and marches he shouted, "White folks march with you because they don't want you upsetting the city. They don't give a damn about them nine."
Because the police fed the murderer shortly after he was (without incident) apprehended, Farrakhan accused them of supporting the murders. "And you know what they [the police] were saying? 'You did a good job killing all them [racial epithet].' You think they were sympathetic? If they were sympathetic with us they would have snatched him, put him in chains, had the gun on him." (Photos show the murderer in handcuffs.) more >>