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Religion Not Basis for Electing Good Leaders

  (Sun News) – Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, yesterday, urged Nigerians to stop using religion to decide who becomes what in the country, saying such sentiment is not good for democracy and  good governance. The governor, who made the call at an inter-faith Read More

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Saving Our Sons

by E.A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” – Carol Moseley-Braun Forward Thinkers today I challenge every single mother and devoted parent to Read More

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Lesson 6: The Strength of Obedience

  by Rev. Manson Johnson Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times 7 Strengths of Christian Believers Bible Fact: God uses a combination of spiritual characteristics to bring Christians to the point to glorify God. The Big Idea:  Growing Christians exhibit more positive spiritual Read More

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Whose Time is it Anyway?

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times When life gets really upside down with me spiritually, I get anxious and scattered. If not reminded by those closest to me, I get a gentle nudge from my wife to remember my Read More

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Lesson 4: The Strength of Confidence

by Rev. Manson B. Johnson II Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times 7 STRENGTHS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS Bible Fact: God uses a combination of spiritual characteristics to bring Christians to the point to glorify God. The Big Idea: Growing Christians exhibit more positive spiritual qualities Read More

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Grace and Mercy

by Pastor E. A. Deckard Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times “I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since Read More

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Miss. Governor Signs Religious Practices Bill

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. The bill, called Read More

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THE RELIGION CORNER: Everything is OK

by Lyndia Grant Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Lyndia Grant Romans 8:28 says it this way: “And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Just Read More

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Does Religion Promote Violence?

[THE HUFFINGTON POST] Does religion promote violence? In our post 9/11 world this is a question that people are increasingly asking. Does religion make you a better person, or does it in fact do the opposite, and instead foster hate, fear, and violence? One does Read More

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Exploring The African Roots of Judaism

by Jamal-Dominique Hopkins, Ph.D. Special to the NNPA from The Pasadena/St. Gabriel Valley Journal News   On Wednesday August 28th, two aircrafts touched down at the Israeli airport in Tel Aviv carrying 450 Ethiopian Jews: the last of an official government operation, which began as Read More

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Islam – A Religion of Peace?

By Eric E. Vickers Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American If Islam is ever to be understood and appreciated by Americans, then Muslims will need to stop trying to convince them that it is a “religion of peace.”  Having just completed my Read More

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Atheists seek end to clergy home tax break

[UPI] The U.S. Justice Department says in a legal filing leaders of an atheist group qualify for the same housing tax exemption priests receive. The paradoxical position comes in response to a lawsuit by the Freedom from Religion Foundation in Madison, Wis., which seeks to Read More

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What the Bible Says About Money (Shocking)

[Money News] Most people know Sean Hyman from his regular appearances on Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg Television, but what they don’t know is that Sean is a former pastor, and that his secret to investing is woven within the Bible. Perhaps that can explain Read More

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A Century-Long Debate: Are ‘Intelligent’ People Less Likely to Hold Religious Beliefs?

[TheVerge.com]   Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there’s any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven’t all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at Read More

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The Truth About Religion

[The Huffington Post] The news media continue to stretch the boundaries of religion far beyond the usual parameters in the American popular imagination. Is belief in climate change a religion, as Rep. Steve King asserts? Did Steve Jobs create a new iReligion with all his Read More

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People, Pulpit & Pews

By Pastor-Teacher Julius R. Malone Special to the NNPA from the Milwaukee Courier Julius R. Malone “ In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths” -(Prov. 3:6) Three of the most well known attributes of God are love, grace, and mercy.  The Read More

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America’s religious market

[THE BERKELEY BLOG] America has long been the most religious of the affluent, western nations, having the most professing and practicing population. (A couple of the nearly 100% Catholic countries are close, but only Canada otherwise.) Explaining this aspect of American exceptionalism has preoccupied many Read More

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Religion, Liberalism, and Worldly Success

[THE CATHOLIC WORLD REPORT] Why does it seem that orderly, prosperous, and well-run societies are usually less religious, but the less religious a society becomes the more disorderly it gets? The situation is complex, it’s hard to do comparisons, and polling results are subject to Read More

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British government asks church to take over thousands of state schools

[RELIGION NEWS SERVICE] Leading secularists are calling on nonreligious parents to fight a government effort that would allow the Church of England to run thousands of state schools. The schools, or academies, would be privately funded, quasi-independent and accountable to the church for their curricula, Read More

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Can North Carolina Declare an “Official” Religion?

[TIME] North Carolina legislators made national headlines last week with a bit of high-profile religious extremism. They introduced a resolution declaring that the state has the right to declare an official religion – presumably Christianity. The bill also contended that states are “sovereign” and that federal courts Read More

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Spiritually Speaking…

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times I know I’ve started one or two columns off like this, but with all the legal maneuverings and trials going on, along with supposed “supreme” and final Supreme Court rulings being handed down, I Read More

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Playing Politics With Religion

[THE NEW YORK TIMES] “Civilized society is perpetually threatened with disintegration,” wrote Sigmund Freud in “Civilization and Its Discontents.” So it is with the sectarian violence that tears at the Middle East today. The strife that pits Sunnis against Shiites is a product of sustained Read More

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Davis Pens ‘Healing of a Wounded Leader’

by Cora Jackson-Fossett Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel ‘Healing a Wounded Leader’ is the latest book by the Rev. Dr. Wendell J. Davis, pastor of New Jericho Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Describing it as a ‘must-read’ for anyone dealing with Read More

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Spiritually Speaking…Your Faith Walk is Now

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly The subject today is “Faith Walk.” Can somebody really explain this to me? I’m not trying to be funny. On the contrary, I’m trying to be real and gain more perspective on what some Read More

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US names envoy to combat anti-Semitism, warns of rising incidents

[REUTERS] The United States on Monday appointed a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism as a new State Department report warned about incidents in Venezuela, Egypt and Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry named Ira Forman, a long time director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, as special Read More

Op-Ed

Being Moral Only When it’s Convenient

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   As a result of Ohio’s Republican Senator Rob Portman’s declaration last week that he now supports homosexual marriage, I am once again compelled to ask: Why are Christians and conservatives constantly apologizing for what they believe? Portman said he Read More

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Poll Shows a Double Standard on Religious Liberty

[Religion News] WASHINGTON (RNS) Half of Americans worry that religious freedom in the U.S. is at risk, and many say activist groups — particularly gays and lesbians — are trying to remove “traditional Christian values” from the public square. The findings of a poll published Wednesday (Jan. Read More

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There is a Reason for the Season

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   With the Christmas season in full bloom, I am amazed how such a simple celebration has now become so controversial.  How can people find a way to criticize the meaning of Christmas that I grew up with? Christmas has Read More