A Capital View, by Harry Jackson

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Why MLK Would Applaud 2012 Voters

Bishop Harry Jackson ponders what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have thought of the events of our times. Could he have imagined that our country would have twice elected a black president? read more

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Why Obama Is Unpopular With Jews in Israel

While most Americans were focusing on the domestic implications of the president's re-election, the effects of his victory are being felt around the globe in different ways. Bishop Harry Jackson discusses why President Obama is so unliked in Israel. read more

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Follow the Money

Bishop Harry Jackson explains why traditional, biblical marriage is threatened in our country. read more

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Same-Sex Marriage: A Child’s View

No one is debating the right of consenting adults to do what they wish with each other in private, Bishop Harry Jackson says. But, he argues, children need both a mom and a dad. read more

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Same-Sex Marriage: Still a Tough Sell

Bishop Harry Jackson discusses concerns of how same-sex marriage is affecting children and the values of our culture. He looks at several countries that openly suport gay marriage for examples of how this "new normal" could impact the U.S. read more

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Who Loves Ya, Baby!

As LGBT activists continue to try to force the redefinition of marriage on the entire nation, Bishop Harry Jackson argues that the recent FRC shooting highlights the fact that the playing field is far from level. read more

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Gay Rights Activists Attempt to Bully Businesses

HIV-AIDS is affecting black gay men in the United States on a mass scale. So why is the LGBT movement spending multiplied millions to boycott Chick-fil-A instead of fighting this deadly enemy? Bishop Harry Jackson offers insights. read more

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The NAACP No Longer Speaks for Me

Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. discusses his disappointment with the NAACP's decision to back same-sex marriage, and explains why the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People no longer speaks for him. read more

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Energy Wars Discourage the Poor

Do you expect to pay eight times as much as you have in previous years? Bishop Harry R. Jackson says that could happen to some unless Congress stands up to the insane regulations on coal put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. read more

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Father in Chief? Or Just Another Politician?

Whatever a family’s beliefs about marriage and sexuality, they are matters about which parents must clearly teach their children, not send them into the world to figure it out on their own, says Bishop Harry R. Jackson. read more

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What Money Can’t Buy

Bishop Harry Jackson says LGBT activists have learned that money and bullying tactics can buy you a few black leaders—some pastors even—but they cannot buy you the conscience of black America. read more

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A New Coalition Emerges to Protect Marriage

Last week (May 23 and 24), 175 Christian leaders from around the country gathered for a 24-hour marriage summit in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The small group represented nearly 100,000 individual churches and several denominations. The purpose of the summit was to strategize how we would respond to President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage.

The group, which included pastors, community activists and denominational leaders, decided to send out a group letter to the president and to develop a pro-biblical marriage resource that could be used around the country.

The summit culminated with a press conference in which black, Hispanic, white and Asian leaders stood shoulder-to-shoulder. We wanted to let the nation know that Christian leaders will not be silent on the issue of same-sex marriage. We also wanted to ask the president and the legislators of both parties to convey to us their specific strategies. read more

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Why I Condemn Obama’s Support of Same-Sex Marriage

The president’s decision to endorse same-sex marriage is a great disappointment for many people. His statement—which he announced Wednesday—is of great concern to those who still believe in traditional marriage.

These people fall into two major categories—those whose belief systems are informed by their spiritual background and those who have been convinced that redefining marriage will be a horrible social experiment that will further weaken America’s declining structure.

Many in the faith community have suspected for some time that the president’s announcement was coming. It seems as though the administration feels that this moment will bolster the same-sex marriage movement from the crushing defeat it experienced in North Carolina. read more

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Where Did Black Parents Go Right?

I remember sitting at the dinner table with my parents at 8 years old. During that season, the “no elbows on the table” rule was in full force. In addition, my mother constantly chided me for using slang as opposed to proper English. Those three to four years seemed like hell on earth. Nonetheless, years later, I could trace my success in school to my family dinner table and a few great teachers.

My parents always said, “For a black man to do half as well, he must be twice as good!” For them, education was almost a “sacred privilege,” which had been denied my ancestors because of the black and Native American social status. Today, I am shocked by the almost unfathomable swing from my black community’s sense of excellence and purpose to an entitlement mentality.

Not long ago, both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported a growing national trend: Black students are suspended and expelled from school at two to five times the rate of white students. Both articles highlighted the unintended bias of teachers and administrators, zero-tolerance school discipline policies and school leadership styles as possible causes for this development—and undoubtedly they are contributing factors.

But I wonder whether forcing teachers to sit through another mandatory sensitivity seminar or lobbying to relax school discipline policies will improve the long-term prospects of black students in America? read more

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Trayvon Martin Case Not Emmett Till Revisited

As we mourn Trayvon Martin’s death, we should remember another black teenager killed just four years ago.

On March 2, 2008, high school senior Jamiel Shaw was gunned down in Los Angeles. According to police, Shaw was walking home when two men he had never met jumped out of a car and one shot him. A talented football player, Shaw had scholarship offers from Stanford University and Rutgers. The man who shot him was Petro Espinoza, an illegal immigrant and member of a gang with a history of extensive violence against African-Americans. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Espinoza had been released from jail 28 hours before the shooting, after serving time for an earlier [violent] offense.”

Why did the nation not mourn Jamiel the way we are mourning Trayvon? Was it because the media knew immediately that Shaw’s killers were Latino, not white? read more

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