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June, 2019


Slavery history still affects blacks, half of practicing Christians say in survey

Slavery in America

by: Adelle M. Banks June 26, 2019 (RNS) — Fifty percent of practicing Christians say the history of American slavery continues to significantly affect the African American community today, a Barna study shows. A slightly smaller percentage of the general population of U.S. adults surveyed (46%) agrees that, almost 400 years after slaves were brought to Jamestown, Va., there remains a “significant impact on the African American community.” A bit more than a quarter of both practicing Christians and the general population (28%) say our society has moved past theRead More

Leading global Christian humanitarian organization urges humane conditions for asylum seekers and alternatives to detention.

World Relief Challenges Americans Not to Look Away, Help the Children in Detention at Our Border

BALTIMORE, Md., June 26, 2019 – As the heartbreaking image of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, gripped by his young daughter in their last moments of life along the U.S.-Mexico border, pricks the conscience of the nation, World Relief is challenging Americans not to look away, but to respond with courage and compassion. Reports of neglect, poor sanitation and sparse supplies in detention centers – particularly those housing children – are unacceptable. And hardship to the point of death upon being refused aid at the U.S. border is unconscionable. To addressRead More

“We take seriously the relationships that we have with faith communities around this country,” said the Rev. Derrick Harkins...

Democrats’ new faith outreach director launches ‘listening sessions’

by: Jack Jenkins June 25, 2019 (RNS) — Years after Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign was criticized for what some argue was lackluster outreach to faith groups, the Democratic Party has hired a new religious outreach director and launched a round of listening sessions with faith leaders in the lead-up to the 2020 election. “We take seriously the relationships that we have with faith communities around this country,” said the Rev. Derrick Harkins, a senior vice president at Union Seminary in New York, who will oversee faith outreach for the party.Read More

Taylor's board of trustees announced Haines' resignation Monday (June 24)...

Taylor University president resigns after hosting VP Pence as commencement speaker

Taylor University president Lowell Haines

by: Emily McFarlan Miller June 24, 2019 (RNS) — Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the nondenominational Christian university a month after hosting Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker. Taylor’s board of trustees announced Haines’ resignation Monday (June 24), noting in a press release on the school website his departure was neither solicited nor encouraged by the board. His last day at the university will be Aug. 15. RELATED: ‘Who’s doing Christianity right?’ At Taylor University, Pence invitation highlights evangelical divide. Haines, who has led theRead More

ESPY winners will be announced July 10 at the ESPN awards show...

Meet the Catholic sister nominated for an ESPY Award for her wicked curveball

Catholic Sister with a mean pitch

by: Emily McFarlan Miller CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill., June 25, 2019 (RNS) — Sister Mary Jo Sobieck might be the only Catholic sister to have both her own bobblehead and Topps baseball card. Now she might just win an ESPY. “It’s kind of surreal,” Sobieck said. “Wanting to grow up to be an athlete and then to know I’m going to be there in the midst of the greatest of this generation — it’s going to be phenomenal.” Sobieck is nominated for an ESPY Award for “Best Viral Sports Moment.” HerRead More

Jerry Falwell's awkward tweet response

Jerry Falwell Jr. takes on SBC’s Russell Moore on migrant children at the border

Jerry Falwell Jr.

BATAVIA, Ill., June 26, 2019 – Today a report in notes the awkward tweet response from Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. and Trump supporter to a religious leader’s critique of migrant children’s treatment by the government. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, tweeted: The reports of the conditions for migrant children at the border should shock all of our consciences. Those created in the image of God should be treated with dignity and compassion, especially those seeking refuge fromRead More

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer responds

Crisis at the U.S. southern border…results in deaths

deaths at southern border

A photo of a Salvadoran father and his daughter lying face down in the water of the Rio Grande shows the human toll of a crisis at the border. Another report on this tragic death and border crisis from DW News (DW is Germany‘s public international broadcaster). How could you look at the @AP‘s picture of a Salvadoran father and daughter and not understand that these are human beings, fleeing violence and persecution, willing to risk a perilous—sometimes fatal—journey in search of a better life? — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 26, 2019 Too badRead More

Commenting on the death of Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood...

Opinion: Anti-Semitic Chicago Imam… After Morsi, Israel will Wreak Havoc to Expand

Hesham Shehab

A Chicago-Area Imam with a reputation for endorsing Conspiracy theories and antisemitism took to Youtube to blame Israel and the Egyptian government for the death of former Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi. Sheikh Omar Baloch is Resident Scholar of the Bolingbrook Illinois-based Al-Furqaan Foundation, , a group which performs “Dawah”, or proselytizing, by distributing Qurans across the United States.  Commenting on the death of Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood ousted from the presidency and imprisoned following military-backed popular protests in 2013,  Baloch said that Morsi “has been killed byRead More

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Opinion | This is the reality of Trump’s America – Washington Post

He panders to his base by cruelly treating brown-skinned migrant children like subhumans. Source: Opinion | This is the reality of Trump’s America – Washington Post

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s controversial comments spark Care Net President & CEO Roland Warren to release video explaining why he’s not a racist

Care Net’s CEO responds to Senator’s accusation: ‘Pro-life and Racist Morally the Same’

Roland Warren

LANSDOWNE, Va. — The leader of one of America’s largest pro-life organizations today reacted to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) controversial remarks comparing pro-life beliefs to racism – and suggesting pro-life views are “not acceptable.” “I am not a racist,” said Roland Warren, president and CEO of Care Net, and an African American. “This is not about race – it’s about life. And the sanctity of life knows no color.” Care Net is a faith-based pro-life organization with 1,100 affiliated pregnancy centers across North America. Gillibrand, who is pro-choice, responded toRead More