Last Week, Today: Churches Respond to #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile, and #DallasShooting

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Churches Respond to #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile, and #DallasShooting

"After the Dallas shooting, 500 believers and advocates attended an impromptu conference call (#SolidarityisPower) to pray for the nation and take action to address the problem of racism and bias in law enforcement. Unfortunately, the first fifteen or so minutes of the call which included a time of prayer, were lost due to technical difficulties.”

Michael put out a call on Twitter for churches to respond with what they are doing in light of this week's recent shootings. Check out how different pastors and church leaders responded. After the Dallas shooting, 500 believers and advocates attended an impromptu conference call (#SolidarityisPower) to pray for the nation and take action to address the problem of racism and bias in law enforcement. Unfortunately, the first fifteen or so minutes of the call which included a time of prayer, were lost in the recording due to technical difficulties.”

GOP leaders say whites unaware of challenges facing black Americans

"It took me a long time, and a number of people talking to me through the years, to get a sense of this: If you are a normal white American, the truth is you don't understand being black in America and you instinctively underestimate the level of discrimination and the level of additional risk." 
-- Newt Gingrich

Also really worth watching is a short clip of Paul Ryan's speech on the House floor after the Dallas shooting of five officers: "Every Republican and every Democrats wants to see less gun violence; every member of this body wants a world in which people feel safe regardless of the color of skin... Sometimes we disagree on how to get there... But in having this debate, let's not lose sight of the values that unite us, of our common humanity: the values that brought those protestors to the street in Dallas... Respect, decency, compassion, humanity. If we lose those fundamental things, what's left?"

Study Supports Suspicion That Police Are More Likely to Use Force on Blacks

Until now, the lack of data on police's use-of-force statistics made it difficult to determine whether racial bias empirically exists in law enforcement. But now a groundbreaking study shows that African-Americans are far more likely than whites and other groups to be the victims of use of force by the police, even when racial disparities in crime are taken into account.

The Evangelicals and the Great Trump Hope

Why have some evangelicals started to coalesce around Trump? According to Robert Jones, chief executive of the Public Research Institute, Trump represents moral compromises some are willing to make to attain or retain political power. As a senior pastor of a Dallas church said, “I want the meanest, toughest, son-of-a-you-know-what I can find in that role, and I think that’s where many evangelicals are.”

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