PODCAST: North Carolina Bishop Patrick Wooden Sr. Criticizes Kamal Harris’ Record (BCNN1 8.19.20)

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According to the Christian Post, Firebrand North Carolina Bishop Patrick Wooden Sr., of the conservative Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, slammed newly minted Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris as “ain’t good for black folk” in a politically charged sermon Sunday. In his impassioned sermon during which he took aim at the Democratic Party and its presidential ticket, Wooden pointed to Harris’ controversial record on criminal justice as well as her support for the LGBT agenda. “You know Kamala, oh she’s running for the vice presidency. I call her ‘Miss lock up a brother’ for when she was the AG in California. A negro knew; a black man knew that he was dead in the water … if you appear before her because she took pride in locking up black folk, and all of a sudden she’s trying to be sister girl,” Wooden said. Last week, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris as his running mate, making her the first black and South Asian American woman to run on a political party’s presidential ticket. Wooden argued, however, that the black community should not see her as any kind of savior. “Check out her record. She locked us up left and right, yes she did. … She boasted she was one of the first to perform same-sex marriage,” he said before showing a clip of Harris performing a wedding for two lesbians. “Now that … is who is supposed to deliver us? Are you crazy? I like what Maya Angelou says. She says when people show you who they are, believe them. That’s Kamala. And let me tell you, anybody who’s trying to turn America into Sodom and Gomorrah is not good for this nation. She’s not good for the state and she ain’t good for black folk. … We need real people,” he said.

According to the Christian Post, The body of a woman authorities believe is likely Marilane Carter, the missing wife of Pastor Adam Carter, was found in her vehicle inside a shipping container in Arkansas Tuesday after days of searching and 24-hour prayer vigils. “With a heavy heart we share this update with everyone. Today Marilane’s vehicle was found in West Memphis, AR, in Crittenden County. A female was found deceased in the vehicle. Law enforcement says that foul play is not suspected. The family asks for your thoughts and prayers right now and in the upcoming days,” findmarilane.com, a website promoted by her family, announced Tuesday. Crittenden County Chief Todd Grooms told WMC Action News 5 that her vehicle appears to have been driven into an empty storage container on private property in Arkansas. It is unclear how the driver of her vehicle made it onto the normally gated property and into the container. A purse and credit cards belonging to the pastor’s wife were found inside the vehicle. Grooms also revealed at a press conference that is was Marilane Carter’s uncle who discovered her vehicle in a Conex trailer that was hidden by tall grass in an area that had previously been searched.

According to Christianity Today, John K. Yambasu, the West African bishop who brought factions of the United Methodist Church (UMC) together to agree on a plan for their split over homosexuality, died in a car accident outside Freeport, Sierra Leone, over the weekend. The 63-year-old is remembered as a gentle diplomat in the church and a faithful advocate for Christian education in Africa. Yambasu, the resident bishop of the Sierra Leone area and president of the United Methodist Africa College of Bishops, “stood like a giant in the worldwide mission of the United Methodist Church,” said Bishop Hee Soo Jung, president of the denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries. Yambasu organized the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace, a proposal announced in January 2020 and to be voted on in August 2021. After several stalemates over what to do about the UMC’s decades of division over same-sex marriage and gay clergy, the protocol brought together key leaders from all sides and is expected to be the final chapter in this decades-long battle when the denomination’s legislative body convenes at its postponed conference next year.

According to the Christian Post, Trinity Broadcasting Network said it will no longer air shows from controversial televangelist Kenneth Copeland starting in October as part of a series of upcoming programming changes at the international Christian television network. Kenneth Copeland Ministries and TBN have had a business relationship for some 40 years, with the network airing Copeland’s “Believer’s Voice of Victory.” In a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Tuesday, TBN Marketing Director Nate Daniels said the removal of Copeland’s programs, which will go into effect on Oct. 2, was part of several alterations. “In pursuit of a new vision under Matt and Laurie Crouch’s leadership, TBN has been making changes to programming over the last several years,” Daniels said. “As a part of this transition we chose to move away from telethons, upgraded to HD, expanded our streaming platforms, forged partnerships with family brands like K-LOVE, Museum of the Bible and others, and have replaced some programs with new original content from voices like Christine Caine, Mike Huckabee, Mike Rowe and more.”

According to the AP, Sustaining energy through four days of a political convention is never easy. It’s even more challenging during this, the first virtual convention. On the second night of the Democratic National Convention, party leaders tried to blend its past with its future. Joe Biden, who was formally nominated Tuesday night in a virtual roll call of states, doesn’t shy away from the obvious: He’s a 77-year-old white man leading a party that celebrates its racial and ethnic diversity and gets a majority of its votes from women. He has at times offered himself as a bridge to bring together that coalition, calling himself a “transitional figure” for the party and the country. Democrats tried to put that on vivid display, an ideological arc that spanned the New Democrat centrism of former President Bill Clinton to the new century progressive movement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, who was born in 1989, the year after Biden’s first presidential run. Democrats were trying to show that their party tolerates differences in ways that the Republican Party led by President Donald Trump does not. The Democrats honored Clinton, and former president Jimmy Carter, along with the party’s nominee in 2004, former Secretary of State John Kerry. Cindy McCain, whose husband, John, was the Republican nominee in 2008, appeared in a video praising Biden.

According to USA Today, Two former Louisiana State University students said recently released Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice raped them months apart in 2016, when he was a rising star freshman on the LSU football team. A USA TODAY investigation found that the women’s allegations were shared at the time with multiple people at the school – including at least two coaches, an athletics administrator and a nurse – yet the school does not appear to have investigated. As the holder of LSU’s single-game rushing record and No. 5 on the Tigers’ career rushing list, Guice was expected to be a first-round pick in the 2018 draft. But he fell to the end of the second round amid concerns about his maturity and accountability. Injuries have plagued his short professional career, and Washington cut him Aug. 7 after his arrest the same day in Virginia on multiple domestic violence charges.

According to the Daily Mail, A star of the OWN reality TV series Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s has been arrested on federal charges for his alleged involvement in a murder-for-hire plot with a stripper that resulted in the death of his 21-year-old nephew. James ‘Tim’ Norman, 41, was arrested by FBI agents in Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire, resulting in death, and was booked into the Madison County Detention Center. According to a criminal complaint, Norman allegedly conspired with exotic dancer Terica Ellis to kill his nephew, Andrew Montgomery, who was shot dead in St. Louis on March 14, 2016. Ellis has been charged with one count of conspiracy in the death of Montgomery, prosecutors said.

According to Christianity Today, Approximately 90% of religious adherents who currently watch services online or on TV said they are at least “somewhat” satisfied with the experience but a majority of them plan to return to in-person worship once the coronavirus pandemic passes, according to a new poll. Data for the poll, conducted July 13 to July 19, 2020, by the Pew Research Center was drawn from the responses of a nationally representative panel of 10,211 randomly selected U.S. adults. Some one-third of respondents reported that they watched religious services online or on television in the past month, and just over half of that number said they began engaging with these remote services for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. Among this group of Americans, nine out of 10 said they were “very” satisfied or “somewhat” satisfied with the experience. More than half of the group, 54%, indicated that they were “very” satisfied while 37% said they were “somewhat” satisfied. Nevertheless, most online worshipers said as soon as the pandemic is over they plan to return to in-person religious services or reduce their engagement online. This is overwhelmingly the plan particularly for respondents who previously attended congregational services at least once or twice per month. Some 92% of this group said they expect to attend physical services at least as often as they did pre-pandemic.

Accrding to Variety, A judge has ordered TV host Tavis Smiley to pay $2.6 million to the Public Broadcasting Service for having multiple affairs with his subordinates. A Washington, D.C., jury found in March that Smiley had breached the morals clause in his contract, following a three-week trial. The jurors heard deposition testimony from six women who accused Smiley of misconduct. The jury awarded PBS $1.5 million, which included costs and underwriting revenue for the last two seasons of Smiley’s talk show. But following the trial, the network argued that it should be entitled to additional damages under the morals clause. Judge Yvonne Williams agreed, issuing a ruling on Aug. 5 awarding PBS $2.6 million. That includes $1.9 million in liquidated damages — the amount paid by PBS to Smiley’s company, TS Media, for the show’s last two seasons. The judge also awarded PBS an additional $702,898 that corporate underwriters had paid to Smiley’s company for those seasons. PBS suspended Smiley’s show in December 2017, after hiring an outside firm to look into complaints of sexual misconduct. Smiley sued the network in February 2018, and PBS countersued. The jury rejected Smiley’s claim that PBS had violated his contract by canceling his show.

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