The Complicated Intersection Between Evangelical Christianity and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Would evangelical Christians say that black lives matter?

Of course they would.

Would evangelical Christians support the #BlackLivesMatter movement?

Now things get more complicated.

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Because the movement is more closely tied to liberal politics, because it involves supporting LGBT black lives, because it’s critical of law enforcement, conservative evangelicals are having a tough time getting on board with an idea that supporters would say is simply about civil rights and fighting against institutional racism.

Mark Oppenheimer writes in today’s New York Times about the struggle facing these Christians and the reactions from both sides after a supporter of the movement spoke at a major Christian conference.

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Judge Dismisses Humanist Lawsuit Against Colorado School District That Promoted Christianity

This past June, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the Douglas County School District in Colorado detailing extensive evidence that officials at Highlands Ranch High School and Cougar Run Elementary School, in their capacities as district employees, were promoting Christianity and raising money for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ mission trip.

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The FCA made it clear why they were going to Guatemala: “… our group’s primary goal is to share the love and hope of Jesus.”

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Restaurant Manager Sends Note to Local Pastor After Waiter Gets a Jesus Pamphlet Instead of a Tip

Last week, Rachel posted about Garrett Wayman, a 17-year-old waiter in Kansas, who was thrilled to find a $20 tip at one of his table… only to discover that it was fake. Instead of cash, he got a message telling him to accept Jesus.

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Penny Craver, the general manager of a North Carolina restaurant called Dish, has seen the same thing happening to some of her teenage staffers. One of them had received multiple pamphlets, all from the same church. That’s why she decided to do something about it. Craver looked up the church whose URL was included on the pamphlets — Harbor Baptist Church in Charlotte — and sent Pastor Ken Simmons this message:

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Todd Starnes, Who Doubted Donald Trump’s Faith on Thursday, Says We Shouldn’t Doubt Trump’s Faith

If Donald Trump is as pious as he claims to be, he’s doing a horrible job of winning over the Republican Party’s Christian base.

He bungled a Bible verse, blamed a Christian leader for the error, said he doesn’t ask God for forgiveness for anything, swears in speeches, and called the communion wafer a cracker.

No wonder a lot of conservatives are calling Trump’s Christianity into question. But not Fox News’ Todd Starnes. Instead, Starnes is lashing out against conservatives who doubt Trump’s faith. Because if Trump says he’s religious, who are we to judge what’s in his heart?

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Kansas Senate Leader Bans Women from Wearing “Low-Cut Necklines and Mini-Skirts” at Hearings

Because there are no other problems in Kansas, State Senator Mitch Holmes has decided to tackle the real issue affecting people in the state.

He wants women who testify in front of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee (which he chairs) to cover themselves up. He issued an 11-point code of conduct and Item 2 on that list focused on what people could wear. He wants “professional attire,” which might be fine, but he made sure to spell that out in detail for the ladyfolk:

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