Category: Praise Connect Written by Michael Arceneaux, News One
As Republican Party state officials across the country continue to give restrictive Jim Crow voter ID laws the modern spin, their cohorts on the national level are reportedly reaching out to a certain sect of the Black community. But how do you “reach out” to a community you’re purposely trying to keep away from the voting polls? Exactly.
- a recent piece for New York magazine, writer Grace Wyler reports on the GOP doing “something historic at an Evangelical confab in Iowa.” That would be an organized attempt at drawing the Black Christian vote with the aid of Black church leaders. As pointed out in the report, it’s not exactly a brand-new concept. After all, former President George W. Bush made similar attempts during his time in office.
Still, the GOP is taking it one step further — organizing as a party versus just allowing its candidate do the leg work for them.
And yet, it feels even more laughable now than it did then:
But in Iowa last Friday, minority church leaders finally got a seat at the table, when a group of about 20 Black and Hispanic pastors joined 400 Iowa evangelicals in Des Moines for a two-day Christian Right confab. The pastors heard speeches from Senate Tea Party darlings Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and sat down with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to discuss how the GOP could better establish relationships with churchgoers in Black and Hispanic communities.
You read that right: The wing of the Republican Party responsible for “Birtherism” is leading the charge on outreach to Black people of faith with the aid of the RNC chair who has enabled them and all of their racist rhetoric. Zoom, look at them go, y’all.
Republican strategists said that Friday’s meeting was the first time in recent memory that the Party has made a concerted effort to include Black and Hispanic church leaders in developing the GOP’s minority outreach strategy. While individual candidates — most notably former President George W. Bush — have brought on Black Christian leaders to advise their campaign strategies, the party proper has lacked a cohesive plan to build relationships with Black and Hispanic Evangelicals in between election cycles.
Former Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts has long pushed his party to reach out to minority voters. In the article, Watts laments, “The party has done very little to bring Black and Hispanic Evangelicals in to the fold. If you’re going to tell me that’s too harsh, then I’ll say, Fine. They’ve not done much. You can probably put in to a thimble what the RNC has done to create any kind of network.”
He went on to add, ”It’s about having relationships, and that covers a multitude of sins. People will extend more grace, they’re more willing to listen, if you have a relationship with them … If Evangelicals trust you, then they will give you a little more latitude.”
But, but, but, but: What Black person with a clue is going to trust a party that is blatantly trying to keep other Black people from voting? Is that not the beginning, middle, and end of this story?
If not, how about the rampant racism that continues to dominant much of the Republican culture? It was only a few weeks ago that Rand Paul let go of his Abraham Lincoln-hating staffer with a soft spot for seemingly racist views. Plus, Rand Paul will forever be the guy who is on record for being against the Civil Rights Act.
If this is the kind of person that can be a presumed presidential front-runner in your party, what kind of inroads with the Black community can you truly expect the GOP to make?
Are Blacks to magically forget all of that because Rand Paul can whisper sweet nothings about God’s glory? I’ve been taught about Jesus performing miracles, but I doubt the Father, the son, or the holy spirit can help the Black community to vote for them. If you believe otherwise…I’ll pray for you.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 02:04
Category: Praise Connect Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
#5 Cornel West
Not sure why Cornell has gone after the president this week.. but BOY OH BOY! Jesus might be able to to tone down the anger. His constant critiquing of the president and everyone else is making people tune out! Some time in the church house might help.
#4 Paula Deen
Poor Paula…. even Jesus had the angels to keep him company. Now comes word that Paula and her husband are divorcing! That’s the pits!
#3 Kirk Frost
Fooling around with other women on camera is not a good look. In addition to talking to Jesus, you might want to listen to Benzino and “retink”.
#2 Mama Dee
Talking to yourself in the third person and referring to a kingdom and you are not a Windsor screams HELP!
#1 Kanye West
Pretty sure that calling yourself “Yeezus” and a “God” puts you in the blasphemy category. He might want to visit the ten commandment for clarity.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 July 2013 11:32
Category: Praise Connect Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Founder and CEO of Gloria Pruett Ministries debuts her first Christian Fiction Novel
Detroit, MI – June 2013 Within the inner circle, how well do we really know each other? Renowned author, Gloria P. Pruett debuts her first novel, You’ve Got a Man.
Rooted in biblical principles and scriptures, You’ve Got a Man will surely have you taking an introspective look at your spiritual walk as a Christian and your level of transparency with close friends and family.
Four friends, who have known each other for over a decade, come to defining moments in their relationships. The common denominator is that they all love the Lord, and they all say they serve the SAME God. You’ve Got a Man, will have you questioning whether you see all sin as sin. Or has sin fallen into categories – little, big, bigger, and unforgiveable?
“This book allows you to understand Holy Spirit in a very intimate way. It frees you to know Our Father loves and cares for us continuously. I thought I knew Holy Spirit in a very formal way, now I realize He desires us to know Him intimately!” – Marilyn White, Publisher, Precious Times Magazine
About the Author – Gloria P. Pruett is Founder and CEO of Gloria Pruett Ministries and CCKG Creations, a company committed to sharing the Word of God in printed form. Her first published book debuted in November 2005, “Lift Up Your Hands – Raise Your Praise and Get Lost In God”, (non-fiction) where she received national acclaim and was featured on The Steve Harvey Morning Show.
A graduate of Word of Faith Bible Training Center (1996) and an ordained cleric, Reverend Pruett travels as an itinerant ministry proclaiming the “good news” of Jesus Christ where she has encouraged educators, at-risk-youth, singles and numerous congregations in various cities across the United States and has undoubtedly left a memorable mark upon their lives.
She is the mother of three and the grandmother of four amazing grandchildren. If you were to ask Rev. Pruett what motivates her, “it’s the love of God.” Gloria Pruett’s Novel, You’ve Got a Man, is set to touch your life with real, raw and transparent views of four friends trying to find their way. Books are currently availalable on www.gloriapruett.com at a retail price of $14.99.
For media or interview requests, please contact LaToya Cunningham of Cunningham Consulting Agency, LLC. at 248.361.8557 or via e-mail at:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 15:11
Category: Praise Connect Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
Sarah Henson (pictured), the daughter of mega-church Bishop T.D. Jakes, has announced that she is divorcing her linebacker husband, Robert Henson (pictured), after four years of marriage and is asking for prayer on her personal website, reports the Examiner.com.
Henson, who leads the Women's Ministry at the Potter's House in Dallas, was only 19-years-old when she married Robert, who was a linebacker for the Washington Redskins but is now a free agent. The couple had a lavish ceremony that was attended by a celebrity list of who's who, such as Tyler Perry, Emmitt Smith, Tom Joyner, and Dr. Phil McGraw.
The couple went on to have a daughter, with Henson already having a son from a previous relationship. At the time, Henson rocked the Christian world when she became pregnant at 14. Ironically, Bishop Jakes is a staunch proponent of abstinence education.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:34
Category: Praise Connect Written by Cathy Nedd
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:13
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