News & Politics


The 'Love Your People' Facade

Recently, a billboard in Harrison, Ark., has generated quite a bit of controversy. Funded by Thomas Robb, director of the Knights Club of the KKK, the billboard for WhitePrideRadio.com reads, “It’s NOT Racist to Love Your People.” Explaining why he believes his billboard isn’t racist, Robb told a local news station, “The message is that White people have the right to be proud of who they are. Everybody else has the right to be proud, and I don’t deny that.” Robb’s belief that there is an ongoing policy of genocide against white......

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Video: Tension in NYC, Terror Abroad

Returning to appear on Newsmax this week, I joined a panel to contribute insights about the escalating terrorist activity in Europe following the attack at Charlie Hebdo, and the troubling racial tension in New York City under the current mayor’s leadership. Watch and share your take in the comments: To see other Newsmax appearances, click here....

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A Girl Named Swastika

This week, I was asked a number of questions regarding the use of the swastika. And while it might surprise some of you, it’s not as simple as telling the questioner that they’re crazy to even ask. In fact, a 17-year-old girl from India named Swastika recently told me she was worried about studying abroad in the future, given her name. Don’t forget that the swastika was not always a Nazi symbol. It appeared in Hindu culture (as a symbol of God, from an even older use as a symbol of the......

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Je Suis Charlie...or Not?

The rallying cry Je Suis Charlie (“I am Charlie”), referring to the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 11 journalists were murdered in the name of Islam last week, has become popular on placards, posters, t-shirts and more – not only in Europe, but here in the U.S., where pro athletes recently sported the slogan on their pregame workout clothes. But what does it mean to identify yourself with Charlie Hebdo, a publication which for years has specialized in being not only purposefully provocative, but blatantly offensive – and not only to Muslims,......

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Grieving the Charlie Hebdo Attack

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week’s?fatal shooting of 12 people at the editorial offices of the popular Charlie Hebdo publication in Paris has ignited strong reactions of condemnation around the globe. What’s the wisest way to frame your position when you oppose something this heinous? Processing all the emotions of grief, and in this case, when we experience the shock of a collective grief, can be challenging. Watch my video below for more insight and discussion.   Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the......

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In a World of Opinions, It's Healthy to Engage

How often do you seriously engage those with whom you may deeply disagree? It’s not always our fault if we don’t (though it’s usually to our detriment) because we live in a world where we can easily surround ourselves, through media and technology, with opinions and ideas that mirror our beliefs. But however easy it is, that’s the opposite of wisdom, from our perspective at TWD. Engaging people who hold different opinions – at least occasionally – is calisthenics for our spirit and our intellect. It stretches our minds and opens our......

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A Path to Unity for New York City

From the Newsmax article by Brad Hirschfield: “As one who has lost people close to me in acts of terror, I find police union head Pat Lynch’s assertion that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has blood on his hands, to be a ill-conceived at best, and dangerous at worst. Having blood on one’s hands, suggests having taken direct action and bearing direct guilt for the resulting crimes, and clearly, that is not the case here. Furthermore, the charge of “blood on their hands” has been used since the time of the......

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Why 'The Interview' Was Censored

North Korean hackers did not stop the release of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. We the People did. I am no expert on cyber attacks, nor am I privy to the boardroom decisions made by Sony and other corporations involved in this debacle. (Full disclosure: I have known Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton as an acquaintance for nearly 20 years, and he is among the most ethical, reflective, and integrity-possessing business executives I’ve ever met.) Cyber-vandalism and cyber-terrorism are scary, and for the foreseeable future, hackers will cause plenty of......

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Irwin Kula and Glenn Beck: Do Conservatives and Liberals See Evil Differently?

From TheBlaze.com: “Rabbi Irwin Kula hails from the notoriously liberal Upper West Side of New York, but he is also?close friends with Glenn Beck. Being able to see the strengths of both conservatives and liberals, Kula spoke on Tuesday about how the two groups see evil differently. “‘Al Qaeda and ISIS evil and they must be stopped,” Beck told the rabbi on his television program. “I think we can all agree — when you are enslaving children, when you are raping women, when you’re stoning homosexuals, when you’re burning teachers alive......

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How Open Are You to New Points of View?

Here is my viral video of the week: Will the Real Black Americans Please Stand Up, by Charles R. Patrick Furguson.?No one seems to know anything about Mr. Furguson, but at last look, hundreds of thousands of people viewed his remarks.   We can’t know the demographic make-up of all the people viewing and sharing this – although all the people who recently shared it with me were White, Jewish, hawkish and remarkably affirming (if not celebratory) of its message. Upon Googling Furguson’s name, I checked the first fifteen sites reporting on......

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