Why are we still listening to Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?

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There’s No Such Thing as ‘Black America’

The concept of a ‘black community’ or ‘black America’ led by figures like Al Sharpton is counterproductive and, at best, outdated. It’s time we spent more time concentrating on what unites us.
In light of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown, I’ve been troubled by the notion that a monolithic entity called “Black America” or “the black community” still exists in the 21st century—if it ever existed at all. Moreover, I think that it is simply dangerous for the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to be allowed to act as if they speak for all black Americans. They don’t, but the media and our first black president perpetuate this insidious myth.America has obviously made tremendous progress since the days of Jim Crow, Bull Connor, and voter intimidation at the polls. We have our first black president in Barack Obama, who immediately chose Eric Holder to be our top law enforcement officer. People of color serve at the highest levels of business, academia and politics. Still, without question, there is inequality in our country today. And does racism still exist in certain aspects of our society? Unfortunately, of course, the answer is yes.

But the civil rights era is over, and the idea that there’s still some separate Black America out there is as unproductive as it is inaccurate. The tragedy that took place in Ferguson should have allowed for a meaningful opportunity for everyone in this country to talk about race from an individual perspective. Instead, people who inflame racial tensions to suit their own political ends have helped polarize this nation further, leading to a continued “us” versus “them” idea of race that doesn’t do justice to our more complicated reality.

Case in point: the spectacle of Brown’s funeral on Monday. The day the young man should have been laid to rest in peace and dignity served as a political pep rally that underscored the false narrative that something called the black community is crying out for justice in light of the shooting. NBC News was happy to play into this fantasy in their coverage of Brown’s funeral by offering: “The crowd of 4,500 was brought to its feet by the Rev. Al Sharpton, the activist…who said Brown’s killing was a wakeup call for the black community and the entire nation.”

In his remarks, Sharpton noted: “All of us are required to respond to this. We can’t have a fit. We have to have a movement.” A movement? We need to have an impartial call for calm minds to search for the facts, not a kangaroo media court looking to convict a white police officer. We need to take a deep breath and push back on the destructive idea that white police officers hate blacks and want to shoot them.

Those in the grievance industry are always looking to make a buck off racial strife, and it’s time we stopped listening to them. Be honest: When you first heard about the tragic shooting, did you not think to yourself that the likes of Jackson and Sharpton would be along shortly with a bullhorn in one hand and a collection jar in the other?

We will never live up to our national motto of E Pluribus Unum until we stop hyphenating Americans and seeking to classify our fellow citizens based on race, ethnicity and gender. Six years into the much-ballyhooed presidency of our first post-racial president, race relations in America seem more polarized than they have in decades. Why is this the case?

Those in the grievance industry are always looking to make a buck off racial strife, and it’s time we stopped listening to them.

For a president who made his race a defining (and admirable) aspect of his run for the Oval Office, Obama has shied away when he could have led on matters of race, while injecting himself in ways that have been divisive rather than helpful. Think: “Cambridge Police acted stupidly,” or “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin.” In the case of Ferguson, the president sat on the sidelines for too long as rioters and other criminals descended on the community, looking for “justice” as they stole and damaged the property of local residents.

And then of course there’s the company that Obama keeps and, by extension, legitimizes. That he and his senior advisers would turn to Sharpton—perhaps the most racially inflammatory figure in contemporary America—for  Politico reported over the weekend that Sharpton is the de facto liaison for the White House regarding the shooting in Ferguson. Couldn’t they have found a less polarizing figure?

We will continue to make strides forward in the United States on matters of race by focusing on what brings us together rather than what divides us. So it’s time to reject the notion of the existence of a Black America or White America. There’s one America, and it functions best as a melting pot. Likewise, it’s time to extinguish the flames of racial animosity by turning away figures like Sharpton and Jackson, who claim to speak for every black American and profit from the idea that we are two countries divided by race. Instead, let’s start listening to people who want to bring us together, and try to speak for all of us.

California says two Catholic universities must pay for abortion

California says two Catholic universities must pay for abortion

Maggie Lit

Maggie LitReporteron Aug 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM EDT
 

 

  • Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University notified employees last fall that they would discontinue paying for abortion services provided through their health care plans.
  • On Friday, the California Department of Managed Health Care declared that allowing insurance companies to honor the universities’ request would violate the state’s constitution and a 1975 state law.

The California Department of Managed Health Care has denied requests by two Catholic religious universities—Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and Santa Clara University (SCU)—to opt out of abortion services provided to their employees through their designated health care plans.

Last Friday, the Department notified seven insurance companies that any requests for exemption from “medically necessary” abortions are prohibited by the California state Constitution and a 1975 state law.

“All health plans must treat maternity services and legal abortion neutrally.”   

This comes as a surprise to both universities, who were told by their insurance companies—Anthem Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente—that their requests had been cleared by the state.

Last fall, both universities notified their employees that they planned to discontinue paying for the services. However, employees could pay for supplemental coverage through a third party provider if they desired.

Soon after, abortion-rights groups and employees at the universities began lobbying the women’s caucus of the California Legislature. The caucus requested that Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reverse the health care department’s decision.

“Abortion is a basic health care service,” wrote department director Michelle Rouillard. “All health plans must treat maternity services and legal abortion neutrally.”

Two pro-life groups, the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), sent a letter to Rouillard on Friday, arguing that California lacks the authority under federal law to require employers to cover elective abortions.

“When Congress enacted the Weldon Amendment, it sought to ensure that the government could never strong-arm pro-life employers into paying for abortion coverage,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Matthew Bowman told Christian News. “Therefore, California’s decision is illegal. No state can ignore federal law in a pursuit to conform everyone to the state’s own ideology on abortion.”

ADF and LLDF are threatening to file complaints with the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services.

ADF and LLDF did not respond in request for comment in time for publication.

School suspends teen who said ‘bless you’ to another student who sneezed

School suspends teen who said ‘bless you’ to another student who sneezed

  • ‘Godly speaking’ was banned by a teacher in the classroom at Dyer County High School in Tennessee
  • Kendra Turner spent the rest of the day in in-school suspension after using the phrase

By ASHLEY COLLMAN FOR MAILONLINE

A 17-year-old was suspended from school after telling a fellow student ‘bless you’ after they sneezed.

Kendra Turner says a teacher at Dyer County High School in Tennessee has banned her and her classmates from using Church speech in the classroom.

But she didn’t think it was that big of a deal when a fellow student sneezed, and she used the common expression.

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Censored: Dyer County High School student Kendra Turner, 17, was suspended from school for saying 'bless you' in the classroom

Censored: Dyer County High School student Kendra Turner, 17, was suspended from school for saying ‘bless you’ in the classroom

 

The incident recently happened at Syer Count High School in Tennessee and the teacher involved said Turner was actually being disruptive

The incident recently happened at Syer Count High School in Tennessee and the teacher involved said Turner was actually being disruptive

‘She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class, and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,’ Turner told WMC.

Not to be said: A list of some of the other words and phrases banned in the unidentified teacher's classroom

Not to be said: A list of some of the other words and phrases banned in the unidentified teacher’s classroom

Saying ‘bless you’ earned Kendra a one-way ticket to the principal’s office, however ,where she spend the rest of the school day in an in-school suspension.

Kendra’s youth pastor Beck Binegardner said that this teacher has banned certain words and phrases from the classroom since the beginning of this year, and she has informed the students on their constitutional rights.

On Tuesday, Kendra’s parents met with school leaders and at the meeting the teacher involved said Kendra was being ‘disruptive’ and ‘aggressive’ in class.

She explained that Kendra had shouted the phrase from the other side of the classroom and then continued to defend her use of the phrase when the teacher called her out for breaking the rules.

Many students at the school have shown their support for Kendra by making their own ‘Bless You’ t-shirts.

Kendra says she doesn’t want any trouble for the teacher, but wants it known that ‘it’s alright to defend God’.

‘It’s our constitutional right because we have a freedom of religion and freedom of speech,’ she said.

 

Statement: Dyer County students have shown their support for Turner with handmade t-shirts

Statement: Dyer County students have shown their support for Turner with handmade t-shirts

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Professor bans students from saying “God bless you” in class.

File photo of a classroom.  (Credit: Thinkstock)

File photo of a classroom. (Credit: Thinkstock)

 

 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – One professor at the College of Coastal Georgia has banned students from saying “bless you” in his class.

Campus Reform reports that Dr. Leon Gardner, assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Coastal Georgia, pointed out his six rules on behavior on his Introductory Physics class syllabus.

According to the #6 under the “Behavioral Deduction” section of the syllabus, students’ grades will be lowered for: “Saying ‘bless you.’ We are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude!”

Gardener states that a student may be deducted up to 15 percent of their final grade for any student that disrupts his class. He goes on to say in the syllabus that saying “bless you” may result in an immediate 1 percent grade deduction for each occurrence.

“Especially egregious behavior could result in expulsion from the class, withdrawal from the course, and disciplinary action from the college,” his syllabus warns students.

Last week, a high school senior in Tennessee was suspended after breaking a class rule saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

RESTORATION: GETTING BACK THE YEARS THAT SATAN STOLE FROM YOU

Restoration: Getting back the years that the devil stole from you.

By Mario Murillo

 I was with a great man of God as he surveyed the wreckage of America even as he was looking back on his life.  This Christian general sighed deeply and said “if only I were a younger man…”  I interrupted him and said “YOU ARE A YOUNGER MAN!  At that moment I had nothing to back up my statement but I felt that I had just blurted out something very important.

No long after that I listened to an older woman who had received a great miracle of healing say, ” While I am grateful for my healing… I still regret the years that Satan has stolen.

Soon after that I listened to a saint explain how unfair it seemed that huge chunks of her life were taken from her and she said,  “I just want them back!”

Right now, a lot of people are looking back on their lives and feeling that many years were stolen from them.   They recount scenes of besetting sin, betrayal, calamity, sickness and just plain mistakes that had outsized impact on their years.

There are lots of people feeling a special turmoil right now.  They have conflicting emotions:  Feeling they’re too tired or that it is too late to start over while at the same time they are burning with passion to take on a new mission.

Hollywood senses this and makes films like RED: Retired and Extremely Dangerous that touches this need for revenge on the past.

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However this turmoil is far from just an older person’s crisis.  Many young believers struggle with the sense that something has swept in like locust and robbed not just their past but their future.  Dreams are held in limbo and they live feel trapped in a holding pattern losing valuable time.

Joel 2:25 says, “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust.   What does that mean?  Can we get back the years that the enemy has stolen?

The answer is: WE CAN AND WE MUST!

In that moment when I exclaimed, “But you are a young man!,” it was not clear to me what I was actually saying but now it is not only clear but forcefully irresistible.  The Holy Spirit wants to give us back what Satan has stolen!   Here is how:

1.  BURN OUT the burn out!  Wait on God for specific fire to burn out spiritual fatigue and regret.   Isaiah 40: 31 “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”   It is time for you to get up and get going!

You need to make some bold moves and big decisions.  Realize that it is not really your body that is tired it is your spirit.   Go to war in prayer specially seizing God’s promise to fuel and direct those who wait on Him.

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 2. Do not settle merely for restored energy, go after a total revolution in your mind and body.    Some of what you suffered in your past was because you were timid.   You went along with things and you did not make the demands on life that were just and right.  Now you must boldly enforce God’s Word and apply God’s grace.   You will now say no to things that you once said yes to: “No, I am not too old.  No, I am not going to sit still.  No, it is not too late!   Conversely, you will now say yes to things that you once said no to!  Yes, I can do it!  Yes, I can finish my race!

Here is what your new attitude must look like:  Joshua 14: “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.”

3. You get the years that you lost by an overabundance of years now!  Locust destroyed Israel’s crops because of judgment.  The damage eat up years of crops.  What God promised in Joel “I will restore the years”  is that You shall be comforted according to the time that you have been afflicted, and shall have years of plenty to more than make up for the years of famine.

This is not just added time but added results that puts your life back in the plus column.  Haggai 2: 9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

Note just added time but long life that satisfies: Psalm 91: 15 says, “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” 

4:  Live to leave something for the next generation.  Psalm 71: 18 “18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.” I believe that great men and women have been kept alive by their passion to impart a legacy to the next generation.  So long as they stubbornly mentored, imparted and wrote great works of wisdom it kept them alive. 

Oh, and by the way…that great man of God I mentioned in the beginning of this blog…at 87 he has reclaimed the rights to the  name of the mega church he once led and he and his wife are relaunching a great work.  AMEN.

 

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P.S.  The Warrior’s Workshop in Houston is now on for September 17th!

God forged a new weapon at Mario Murillo Ministries—a weapon that answers the monumental, unspoken frustration in the heart of millions of believers.  It will yank believers out of the Christian Witness Protection Program and turn them into lions.

We call it the Warrior’s Workshop.  A workshop that makes a bold claim:  With just 3 skills we’ll revolutionize America.  You will get these skills at my Warrior’s workshop…a workshop that took me 40 years to build.

The best way I can describe it is this:  The object of military training is not to prepare men for war but to make them long for it.   The same is true of this workshop—it makes you yearn to reach out—heal the sick—and walk in total victory.