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Billy Graham’s Striking Gospel of Social Action

It would be easy to cast Billy Graham, the evangelical superstar who led prayer crusades in football stadiums, as a harbinger of the current ideological hardening. Graham, who possessed an incandescent charm, paired with a snow-white smile and eyes of the bluest blue, helped to bring millions, arguably tens of millions, of believers into the fold of a particularly effervescent form of Christianity. This began in the nineteen-fifties, as an American effort, but quickly sparked a global push to reach souls in Africa, Asia, and South America, where his preaching…

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Liverpool news: FA take no action against Roberto Firmino for alleged racist abuse against Mason Holgate

Firmino and Holgate clashed during an FA Cup game in January Wednesday, February 21, 2018 The Football Association has confirmed it will not be taking any action against Roberto Firmino after an allegation of discriminatory conduct by Mason Holgate. The Brazilian clashed with the defender during the Liverpool v EvertonFA Cup game on January 5, with the Toffees defender alleging he heard a discriminatory term be used against him. He informed the referee at the time, and it was noted in the report filed after the game. However, in a…

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The Powerful Calls to Action by the Teen-Age Survivors of the Parkland School Shooting

This morning, on CNN, live from Parkland, Florida, with a backdrop of squad cars parked behind a yellow slash of barricade tape, a reporter interviewed David Hogg, who is a seventeen-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where, the day before, he survived a shooting that left seventeen people dead. Hogg, addressing policymakers with memorably firm eye contact, told them to “look in the mirror.” He gave a sincere performance of—and about—applying scrutiny. In its broad outlines, such TV interviews are routine in the aftermath of school shootings, which are…

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Chelsea promise action against any fans guilty of antisemitism

Discriminatory chanting is alleged to have taken place at Vicarage Road Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Chelsea have vowed to ban any supporters found to have used antisemitic language or behaviour “which shames our club” during Monday’s Premier League match at Watford. A report on claims Chelsea supporter Jonathan Metliss was left “disgusted” with the chanting he heard from fellow Blues fans at Vicarage Road. According to the article, Metliss, who is the chairman of the Action Against Discrimination charity, took pictures of the alleged perpetrators and reported the incident…

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In drug crisis hotbed, hoping for action on Trump's words

President Donald Trump heads to Ohio on Monday to make Cincinnati-area stops focusing on the new tax overhaul — though some in a state with one of the nation’s highest overdose rates would rather hear more about his plans for the drug crisis. In Newtown, outside Cincinnati, Police Chief Tom Synan said he found Trump’s comments on opioids in his State of the Union address to be “much of the same. There are very convincing words and there’s yet to be very convincing actions.” Synan, a law enforcement representative on…

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'Every conversation, action, my life, my passion' – why football consumes Pochettino

Listen to Nihal Arthanayake’s interview with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on BBC Radio 5 live on Friday, 2 February from 19:00 GMT, and watch on Football Focus on BBC One on Saturday, 3 February from 12:00 GMT “My life is 24 hours talking about football. For me it is every conversation, every action. It is my life, my passion.” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is one of the most highly rated managers in world football. In three and a half years in charge, the Argentine has led Spurs to fifth, third…

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Newspapers threaten legal action for Worboys parole report

Two newspapers have threatened legal action if the Parole Board does not publish its reasons for agreeing to release convicted rapist John Worboys. The Sun and the Daily Mail have written to the board and Justice Secretary David Gauke demanding the report. If they do not release it within seven days, the papers have said they will apply for a judicial review. Both the board and Ministry of Justice said they are legally prohibited from disclosing Parole Board decisions. Cabbie who preyed on young women Ministers won’t challenge Worboys release…

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