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Marriage Equality Won but what about Religious Freedom?

Marriage Equality advocates are celebrating all over this country. They are free to marry in all 50 states. That’s the law and we are a land governed by laws. The Supreme Court said it and that makes it so, but what if your religious beliefs conflict with this law? Your religious beliefs should not be compromised by this law. You are still free to believe that marriage is between a man and woman, and as a minister you should not be compelled to perform same sex ceremonies. You also have religious freedom and that has to be respected too, but if you have a business that caters to the public you can not use those beliefs as a means to discriminate. I’m not a psychic but I predict the lower courts are going to be very busy as we navigate between the law of the land and God’s law.

What is the role of women in the black church?

Yesterday I along with the rest of the country watched the funeral of Clementa Pinckney. The bishops adorned the stage and one woman bishop sat among the sea of maleness. I had to leave to run errands but when I returned the homegoing was still going on. As I watched the participants share their memories of the slain senator I was struck by the fact there were no female voices among the chorus of well wishers. This was a man who by all accounts touched so many people but we never heard from a woman. The family has the right to have whoever they please speak at the funeral of their loved one but this is not a post questioning their choices. this is a post questioning the role of women in the black church. This is not unique to the AME this is pervasive within all denominations. The black women in the church is relegated to sporting big hats and the hankerchief big and long enough to cover her from her stomach to her knees. It can also be used to throw it over any woman slain by the spirit who is not wearing the requisite length dress when she falls out at the alter. What is the role of the woman in the black church. Is she just there to be the amen corner? To occasionally sing a song? Do the announcements or read a poem? Are the women satisfied being the backdrop in the drama? Share your thoughts.

POTUS delivers powerful eulogy replete with song


Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

Why would Henry Louis Gates risk “Finding Your Roots” for Ben Affleck?

Did Skip Gates just get caught up on celebrity? His show has been put on hold. Wonder was it worth it? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/business/media/citing-ben-afflecks-improper-influence-pbs-suspends-finding-your-roots.html?_r=0

We Shall Over Come…At This Point I’d Settle for We Shall Coexist

We Shall Overcome is the go to song whenever there is a civil rights conflict. The people stoicly sing it as an anthem that projects hope and resolve, but is it realistic? Do we actually know “deep in our hearts” that overcoming is an option? As i have watched the Charleston coverage this week I am struck by the fact that we are quoting Dr. King’s words of 50 years ago and they seem relevant in 2015. That does not give me hope it gives me a sense of despair. I’m not one of those people who say nothing has changed since King’s death, but we have to accept there are some deep seated thoughts passed on through generational lore that will not change. Grandparents and parents pass on their life experiences to there children and children take that to heart. The South Carolina Church killer spoke about things that the killers of Emmit Till probably said to him as they tortured him to death over 50 years ago. Racism is real and lives today among us. Not just in the South but everywhere. Not all racist are killers and not all racist would self-define. We can’t change the hearts and minds of everyone and singing We Shall overcome might give a sense of peace while we sing it but after the last note is uttered we walk back into the real world we need to find a way to simply coexist.

Brian Williams is a liar, but that is the one thing he can not admit

What do you call someone who tells you a lot of things that are not true? A liar, but not if his name is Brian Williams. williams sat down today with Matt Lauer and he admitted that over his 20 year career he had done that but he refused to categorize it as lying. Why was he reluctant to use the word lie? As a journalist he can’t admit it. he would have no credibility left. Williams is embarking on his next phase at MSNBC and he has to still protect his brand. Williams is a lucky man. It is obvious he is liked by the boys on tp and that’s why he is getting a second bite of the apple, but will anyone ever believe him? Share your thoughts.

Are churches too welcoming?

Churches welcome anybody. You can come dressed up, dressed down, downtrodden, depressed, and stressed. Whosoever will let him come, but do we need to re-think the churches approach to people? On Good Friday my pastor was ministering on stage and a man walked from the back of the auditorium to the stage and attempted to give the pastor a note. No usher stopped his progress. Fortunately, he was harmless, but what if he had an evil agenda? We have got to be more careful. When Dylann Root walked into Emanuel AME church last night did anybody feel uneasy about his presence? We might never know, but what this tells us is we live in dangerous times and we have stop being politically correct. If someone looks odd or out of place we have to stand up boldly and ask some questions. We might offend some, but we can only apologize later if we are alive. Root is still on the loose and people will be asking why? There is no answer, but we have to accept the sad fact there are no safe spaces. So we have to learn to pray with eyes wide open as we worship the Lord and keep an eye on our neighbors.

Matthew 26:41-“Watch and Pray…”

What do Donald Trump and Rachel Dolezal have in common?

This is a week for self proclamations. Yesterday Donald Trump announced that he is running for president. He is the self-proclaimed greatest businessman to walk the face of the earth. At least according to his own opinion. He gave a rambling speech that managed to insult some ethnic groups and other right thinking people. He has the ability to suck the air out of the room, and no matter what outrageous statements he makes the media will be there to provide airtime and a platform. Yesterday Rachel Dolezal showed she is no slackard when it comes to getting media coverage. She identifies as black. Yes, she was born white, but she is denying that part of her existence. She has said she lived in a tee pee, and she has since admitted lying about that. She had claimed she had been to South Africa, and she lied about that too. She has attended a HBCU, and sued the school in 2002 as a white woman, but now she is proudly a black woman. A “sista”, but only when she wants to be, but why the Trump comparison? She has managed to make her fantasy a national story. This week she has managed to do the impossible. She has out-Trumped Trump. Never have I seen so much coverage of a non story. She was a local chapter president and now she is more recognizable than the national president of the NAACP. By the way can you name him?  If you put NAACP president in Google Rachel’s story comes up. Yes it is a good week to be Rachel Dolezal.

NOW finally speaks out on McKinney Texas Police Incident

NOW finally spoke about the police incident in McKinney Texas. Many in the black community wondered if they would speak out on this issue.

NOW President Terry O’Neill Calls for Immediate Dismissal of the Police Officer and Full Investigation by U.S. Department of Justice
06.09.2015

Washington, D.C. – We can only look with revulsion on the images from McKinney, Tex., of a white police officer pushing a 15-year old Black girl in a bathing suit face-down on the ground and placing a knee on her back. Today, we are shocked, angered, and deeply worried for the well being of this young woman. Tomorrow, we need answers, and action. If the girl had been white, would she have received the same treatment from the white police officers on the scene?
Would the white police officer involved have even considered pulling a white teenage girl by the hair while screaming “ON YOUR FACE!” and then sitting on top of her while she cries, “call my mother”? Would the white police officers have responded to a similar incident involving unarmed white teenagers at a community pool by an outrageous use of violence and intimidation: brandishing weapons, placing the teens in handcuffs, and verbally and physically abusing them?
Placing the officer on administrative leave is an insufficient response, particularly in light of the fact that this police department has a history of racial tension. NOW calls for the immediate firing of the police officer who committed the abuse, and immediate leave without pay for the officers who abetted him. In addition, NOW calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately launch a full-scale investigation into the conduct of the McKinney, Texas police department. We can no longer tolerate the racial injustice that seems to have become a hallmark of too many police departments across our nation. Black girls’ lives matter.

Contact
Elise Coletta , elise@now.org , (951) 547-1241
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Walmart Fight…What is she teaching her son?


This is not the typical fight that goes viral. Unfortunately far too often we see women fighting online, but the child of one of the women becomes an active participant in the fight, and when a customet tells him to stop the boy steps to her. This is sad on so many levels.

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