Turning the table: Recent lunch at Oklahoma City homeless shelter is spearheaded by local chef with



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Seeking a chef to launch the 2016 series of Turning the Table on Hunger events, Clayton Bahr didn’t have to look far.

Local Pastor Calls For Death of ‘Queers & Homosexuals’



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Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church — located at 3283 Providence Mill Rd, Maiden, NC 28650 — is seen here from a service posted to the church’s website dated May 13, 2012 calling for the concentration and ultimate death of “queers and homosexuals.”

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MOOC | Local Leadership & the Black Community | The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1865-1890 | 3.5.4



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Learn about the political, social, and economic changes in the Union and the Confederacy and the Civil War’s long-term economic and intellectual impact.

In The Unfinished Revolution: Reconstruction and After, 1865-1890, Professor Eric Foner examines the pivotal but misunderstood era of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War, the first effort in American history to construct an interracial democracy. Beginning with a discussion of the dramatic change in historians’ interpretations of the period in the last two generations, Foner goes on to discuss how Reconstruction turned on issues of continued relevance today. Among these are: who is an American citizen and what are citizens’ rights; what is the relationship between political and economic freedom; which has the primary responsibility for protecting Americans’ rights – the federal or state governments; and how should public authorities respond to episodes of terrorism? The course explores the rewriting of the laws and Constitution to incorporate the principle of equality regardless of race; the accomplishments and failings of Reconstruction governments in the South; the reasons for violent opposition in the South and for the northern retreat from Reconstruction; and the consolidation at the end of the 19th century of a new system of white supremacy.

This course is part of the series, The Civil War and Reconstruction, which introduces students to the most pivotal era in American history. The Civil War transformed the nation by eliminating the threat of secession and destroying the institution of slavery. It raised questions that remain central to our understanding of ourselves as a people and a nation — the balance of power between local and national authority, the boundaries of citizenship, and the meanings of freedom and equality. The series will examine the causes of the war, the road to secession, the conduct of the Civil War, the coming of emancipation, and the struggle after the war to breathe meaning into the promise of freedom for four million emancipated slaves. One theme throughout the series is what might be called the politics of history — how the world in which a historian lives affects his or her view of the past, and how historical interpretations reinforce or challenge the social order of the present.

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of the most prominent historians in the United States. Professor Foner is the author or editor of over twenty books concentrating on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history and the history of American race relations. His recent book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize. He is the author of Give Me Liberty!: An American History, a widely-used survey textbook of U. S. history published by W. W. Norton. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University. He is one of only two persons ever to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and Society of American Historians. As co-curator of two award-winning historical exhibitions, and through frequent appearances in newspapers and magazines and on radio and television discussion programs, he has also endeavored to bring historical knowledge to a broad public outside the university.

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The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1850-1861
The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1861-1865

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Local church helping Coast Guard families affected by government shutdown – NBC 15 News WPMI



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Local Lawmakers Pay Surprise Visit To New Jersey Immigration Detention Center



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Activists outside the facility in Elizabeth were joined by seven congressional Democrats, who were initially denied entry into the center. CBS2’s Dave Carlin reports.

A Swingers Club Is Rebranded a Church To Evade Local Busybodies



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How do you protect a swinger club from a bullying neighbor and a hostile zoning board? Turn it into a church.

That was the innovative legal tactic devised by Nashville Attorney Larry Roberts, whose client purchased a property for $750,000 last November with the intention of making it home to the Social Club, an “equal opportunity lifestyle organization” that aims to help its members find other that share the “same interest and desires.”

Enter the Good Pasture Christian School, which his located nearby. Principal Ricky Perry complained that the organization would “pollute” the minds of his children with “ungodly activity.” The local zoning board agreed, passing an emergency zoning resolution in March that blocked Robert’s client from building on the site.

So the swingers club found religion. When asked if rebranding the club as a church was intended to skirt the zoning resolution, Roberts smiled. “Let’s just say it’s opening up to give people guidance.”

No sexual activity will be allowed on the premise, but there will be socializing and dancing. “It will have the same rules that many churches observe,” says Roberts, “such as do not steal, do not lie, do not cheat, do not harm others, and do not kill.” There is one difference: Adultery is OK, as long as your spouse knows all about it.

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Produced by Amanda Winkler. Narration by Todd Krainin.

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