Churches and other religious groups can play an important role in reducing the opportunity gap between rich and poor kids in the United States, professor Robert Putnam said in an interview with The Christian Post about his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
While churches already play an important role by promoting the importance of marriage, they can do more by getting involved in the lives of the poor children in crisis, explained Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and the author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2010) with Notre Dame professor David Campbell, and the bestselling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000).
In part one of his CP interview, Putnam spoke about the isolation from family, churches and community experienced by poor children, or the bottom one-third of all children in the United States, and he responded to comparisons made with Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 (2012). more >>
The American dream, that anyone can get ahead if they work hard enough, is increasingly out of reach for the children of poor families, Robert Putnam wrote in his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. In an interview with The Christian Post, Putnam shared that these children, about one-third of all kids in the United States, are distrustful of everyone due to their isolation from family, churches and their community.
"Love hurts, trust kills," one of the kids who he interviewed for the book posted on Facebook, Putnam said in a Friday phone interview. "If you think what it means to grow up in an environment where you think you can't trust anybody, that's a devastating kind of environment to grow up in."
Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and is also the author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (2010) with Notre Dame professor David Campbell, and the bestselling Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2000). more >>
10-year-old twins Carter and Jack Hanson got into the game of Battleship at a young age. By doing so, it got them into naval warfare, which eventually led to a family vacation to see the Yorktown.
While visiting the U.S.S. Yorktown, they realized that history could change their lives. These boys found a WWII veteran who showed them how amazing living history can be. They instantly became best friends and nothing was changing that. History had become a passion of theirs and veteran sailor Roger Harding was a big reason for that. This man was a true hero that served on the ship when it was actually used in the war.
When you see the reaction these twins get from this hero, it will bring you to tears. Watch what happens when they meet their hero below: more >>
The brother of a Pakistani human rights lawyer who is defending the family of two teen Christian girls, who were gang raped in the middle of the night last December by five Muslim men, was shot by an enraged Muslim after consistently refusing to settle on a court-avoiding legal compromise.
Pervaiz Gill, the brother of attorney Sadar Mushtaq Gill, was shot in the back last Wednesday in Kasur after declining multiple times to agree on a legal settlement in the court case brought forth by the Christian teens' father, Ilyas Masih, the British Pakistani Christian Association reported.
Masih is seeking justice for his two daughters, Sherish and Farzana, who were abducted from outside their home last Dec. 3 and were gang raped by a group of Muslim men. The two girls were found lying unconscious the next morning along the roadside several miles away from their home village of Jaranwala. more >>
The University of Tennesse's "sex week" will go on as scheduled this week, despite efforts to challenge funding for the event.
Organized by the group Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee, sex week starts on Monday and runs through Saturday, April 11.
In years past, the event has included the distribution of "condom flowers" and the wearing of penis costumes. more >>
A 56-year-old jobless alcoholic man, who claims to have at least 40 children with 20 women, costing the U.K. taxpayers $6.7 million in child care and claims, says he wants to have many more children because the Bible says God wants humans to "go forth and multiply."
"I'll never stop [having children]. Never stop. In the Bible, God says go forth and multiply. I'm doing what God wants," Daily Mail quotes Mike Holpin, from Ebbw Vale in Monmouthshire, as saying.
Holpin was the subject of a documentary on Britain's Channel 5. more >>