A Court Battle Over Cancer Treatment for an Amish Girl Has Officially Ended

Sarah Hershberger, second from right, is pictured at her family's roadside stand in Homer Township on Sept. 24. Also pictured are her father and three of her siblings. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY 1851 CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW)

By:  Robert C. Bess Sr. On Friday, an Ohio judge formally ended the court-ordered guardianship of an Amish girl who resisted a hospital’s attempts to force her to resume chemotherapy, bringing a close to the fight that raised questions about the rights of parents in making medical decisions for their children. In October 2013, Homer Township parents Andy and Anna ...

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Minister Louis Farrakhan Calls on Black America’s Best and Brightest


By Doshon Farad Since the early 80’s, march organizer and Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan has been known to attract record breaking crowds. Many observers have said that the Million Man March held in 1995 “legitimized” him as a leader in the eyes of the mainstream media. Since that time he has been regarded by many as sort of ...

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Harvard Professor Discusses Indigenous African Religions


By Eric Ndoria Harvard Divinity School’s award winning professor of Indigenous African Religions, Jacob Olupona, is not only a professor of African and African-American studies at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, he also has decades of experience researching traditional African religious practice, particularly prior to the significant influence of Islam and Christianity. Olupona’s journey into this field started almost 40 years ...

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First It Was President Obama’s Birth Certificate, Now It’s His Faith – When Will It End?


By Michal Ortner Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor and 2016 Presidential Candidate for the Republican Party, again has shared that he is uncertain of President Barack Obama’s salvation and claim of Christianity. Though he has been asked several times if he believes Obama is a Christian, Walker simply says, “I don’t know.” “You’re not going to get a different answer than ...

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Sandra Bland’s Mom Sings With Choir At Her Funeral

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April V. Taylor As Sandra Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, laid her daughter to rest, she did it in such a way that embodied the strength of Black women. Rather than sit defeated in a pew and simply mourn her daughter, she sang in the choir, lifting her voice in praise to a God she believes will bring justice for her ...

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April V. Taylor: Why Is Black America Not Allowed The Same Justified Rage As White America?

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April V. Taylor The recent shooting of nine Black church members at an historic AME church in Charleston, South Carolina has shaken the nation, triggering flashbacks to the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church, where four little girls were killed during the Civil Rights Movement. In the weeks since the Charleston shooting, at least 7 Black churches across the country ...

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VIDEO: Conservative ‘Christian’ Pastor John Hagee Says Unemployed Should Starve, Die

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April V. Taylor John Hagee is one of the most influential evangelical preachers in the country. As pastor at the Cornerstone Church, a megachurch in San Antonio, a regular contributor on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, CEO of Global Evangelism Television, and the author of several top selling books, his words reach millions all over the globe.  Despite his expansive reach ...

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Pastor Arrested For Lying To Police About Being Shot By Black Man

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April V. Taylor Local news station CBS6 is reporting that Virginia Pastor George Hunley was arrested for filing a false police report. Hunley lied on the police report stating that an interracial couple, a white woman and Black man had shot and robbed him after he stopped to be a “Good Samaritan” and attempted to help them with car trouble ...

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Obama: ‘The Name Of Christ” Used By US To Justify “Slavery And Jim Crow”

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April V. Taylor As President Obama makes it closer and closer to completing his second term, he appears to be no longer worrying about any potential political backlash and opening up more about subjects he previously had not spoken about, including America’s racist past.  During his recent speech at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton, Obama opened with ...

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1 In 3 Americans Under 30 Reject Religion

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April V. Taylor To say that Americans are abandoning religion at an unprecedented rate may be an understatement. Recent data from the Public Religion Research Institute reveals that nearly 20 percent of  Americans do not affiliate with any religion. Based on the General Social Survey, the number of Americans who identify as having “no religion” has more than doubled in ...

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