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Southern Baptist Leaders Respond to Black Minister Lawrence Ware’s Op-ed In ‘The New York Times’ Detailing his Decision To Leave the Denomination Over ‘Alt-Right’ Denouncement Controversy

A black academic from Oklahoma is renouncing his Southern Baptist ordination because of the massive support for Donald Trump within the denomination, and alleges the SBC is "complicit" in the rise of the alt-right. Yet noted SBC leaders believe he is furthering a misleading narrative that does not reflect the

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Oklahoma State University Diversity Coordinator Lawrence Ware Writes Op-Ed In ‘New York Times’ on Why He Is Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention

The first time I was called a nigger to my face was by a fellow camper at a Southern Baptist Convention retreat near Oklahoma City. I was 13, and it was 1995. Devastated, I complained to a counselor who suggested I pray for the ability to turn the other cheek.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star Breaks Silence on Criticism of Show’s Diverse Cast

There’s been a rather ugly strain of criticism of Star Trek: Discovery online and it goes like this: The upcoming CBS All Access show’s cast is too diverse for some of the franchise’s longtime fans. The term “white genocide” has been bandied about. Original series star George Takei has even

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Bishop T.D. Jakes Steals the Show as Thousands of Faith Leaders Converge In Dallas For 2017 International Pastors and Leadership Conference; Says ‘Politics Often Goes Down a Road That Cannot Be Endorsed By Scripture, and When The Church Moves In An Ungodly Way, We Lose All Credibility as Christians’

Churches must bridge political divides and find not just a common voice but an independent one in the fight for economic and social justice, faith leaders said at an international gathering of their colleagues in Dallas on Thursday. (more…)

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Here We Go: John and Charles Wesley are Turning Over In Their Graves as Wesleyan University In Connecticut Plans to Spend a Quarter of a Million Dollars Per Year on Homosexual, Queer, and Transgender Student Center

Wesleyan University in Connecticut is moving forward with plans to use university funds to create a resource center that will promote LGBT rights, among other social justice causes. (more…)

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Dr. E. Dewey Smith: 5 Things To Learn From the Pepsi Advertisement Debacle

A recent Pepsi Cola commercial featuring Kendall Jenner has come under extreme scrutiny and condemnation. The commercial in question, according to statements from Pepsi, was well-intended and designed to promote love, unity, peace and social justice. The commercial depicted Ms. Jenner walking through a crowd of “protesters” before inevitably giving

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ESPN Replaces Sage Steele on “NBA Countdown” Due To Policy Limiting On-Air Political Commentary

Sage Steele out, Michelle Beadle in, as ESPN’s NBA Countdown makes a new move to limit, on air political commentary. Surprisingly, Sage Steele is aconservative political activist and often finds herself amid controversy for expressing her beliefs. Though Steele has been with ESPN for a decade, her comments have not

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Go Forth and Make Consumers? New Book Critiques the Prosperity Gospel and Examines the ‘Wal-martization’ of Black Churches

In a case study of Bishop T.D. Jakes and “Woman, Thou Art Loosed!” the author of Brand® New Theology offers a critique of the prosperity gospel and its impact on the social justice mission of the traditional Black Church. (more…)

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Election of Trump Has Caused the Religious Left to Grow

Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw. (more…)

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Rev. James Keeton Jr. Settles In as Pastor at Charleston’s Historic Morris Brown AME Church, Looks To Expand Community Ties

He's young. He's new in town. He's got some clear ideas about the obligations of church. (more…)

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Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to Join New York University School of Law

Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney in Manhattan who was fired this month by the Trump administration, will join the New York University School of Law on April 1 as a distinguished scholar in residence, the school said on Tuesday. (more…)

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