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Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL Regarding Nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to Lead HUD

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 5, 2016 – Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, representing millions of Evangelicals worldwide, today made the following statement regarding President-elect Donald J. Trump's nomination of Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: "Dr....



Fidel Castro's death could pave way for Catholic Church's bigger role in Cuba

Fidel Castro, whose death was announced on Nov. 25, defied the Catholic Church even in his last moments by asking to be cremated despite the Vatican's admonitions against the practice. Even if the Church's relationship with Fidel had been shaky, Pumar said his death could encourage the Church to strengthen its ties with his brother, President Raul Castro, USA Today relays. During Fidel's dictatorship, church activity was stopped and churches were closed. Many priests were forced to go...



Christians and Jews Must Battle Surging Anti-Semitism Together

Christianity and Judaism are different branches on the same family tree. Built on the teachings of Jesus Christ — a Jew living in the land of Israel — Christianity shares with Judaism the sacred text of the Old Testament, a set of values rooted in ethical monotheism, and a belief in the infinite value of every human life. Despite these commonalities, the historic relationship between Christianity and Judaism has been marked by conflict, prejudice, persecution and tragedy. For...



Shmuley Boteach Shares 50th Birthday With Fidel Castro Burial — Is That a Bad Thing?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is known for his pro-Israel activism, his support of president-elect Donald Trump, and his books about sex in the Orthodox world. But recently he found himself making a small scene about a completely different issue - the burial of Fidel Castro. It’s hard to know if Boteach was Tweeting with tongue in cheek. After all the world continues to spin, with good events and bad, even on the day when America’s rabbi is celebrating the big Five-O. But if he’s...



NHCLC Names Criminal Justice System Director Dr. Antipas L. Harris to head efforts to address racial disparities in the system

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), announced that Dr. Antipas L. Harris has been named to the newly established position of Criminal Justice System Director. He will represent the NHCLC as the liaison on criminal justice reform by working with Congress, the Executive branch and emerging coalitions for the purpose of advancing reforms that immediately address racial disparities in...



Trump And The Evangelicals: Will He Drop Them Now He's Won?

White evangelicals, at least, voted in massive numbers for Donald Trump. Many of them were genuine churchgoers, though it's not always appreciated that 'evangelical' in the US is a social identifier like 'Church of England' used to be in the UK; it doesn't mean they go to church or even believe in God. Evangelicals have had reason to wonder, though, whether they were just being used for their votes by someone who had every reason to tell them what they wanted to hear. Trump has already...



Transforming a Complicated Past to A Promising Future: Why Christians and Jews Must Come Together to Battle Surging Anti-Semitism

Christianity and Judaism are different branches on the same family tree. Built on the teachings of Jesus Christ - a Jew living in the land of Israel - Christianity shares with Judaism the sacred text of the old testament, a set of values rooted in ethical monotheism, and a belief in the infinite value of every human life. Despite these commonalities, the historic relationship between Christianity and Judaism has been marked by conflict, prejudice, persecution and tragedy. For centuries,...



Trump's battle against illegal immigrant sanctuary may end at church steps

President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to block federal funding to Sanctuary cities, but the incoming commander-in-chief may find it tougher to take on another powerful protecter of illegal immigrants -- sanctuary churches. Hundreds of houses of worship around the nation have pledged to provide safe harbor to illegal immigrants facing deportation, as have cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City. While Trump may relish a policy and funding fight with the leaders...



Christians Respond to Fidel Castro's Death: 'Repressive Regime Lives On'

Christian leaders in the United States have responded to the death of former Cuban president and authoritarian Marxist leader Fidel Castro, saying his "repressive regime" lives on while also expressing hope that it could be an "opportunity for freedom and democracy to emerge." "As Fidel Castro's body is being prepared for cremation and a state funeral, thousands of Cuban people of faith and democracy activists are detained and arrested in record numbers by the Cuban secret police," said...



How Hispanics helped put Trump in the White House

The Hispanic vote played a decisive role in the presidential election, just not in the way most people expected. At first, every major network assumed that the Democrats’ “blue wall,” reinforced by a surging Hispanic electorate, would prove too much for the Trump/Pence ticket to overcome. After all, there were 4 million more Hispanic voters in 2016 than there were in 2012. Early exit poll data suggested only 19 percent of Hispanics were voting for Trump. But as the night went on,...



Hadassah Announces Partnership With Pro-Israel Hispanic Evangelical Christian Group

The women’s Zionist organization Hadassah has announced an alliance with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and its subsidiary, the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC), in order to mobilize Hispanic evangelical Christians in support of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s (HMO) humanitarian efforts in Israel. The partnership will be formally launched on National Israel Solidarity Day, held December 4, which the groups will also be...



Pure Flix, NHCLC Transform Hispanic Roles in Hollywood With Ambitious Film Industry Project

To combat Hollywood's frequent typecasting of Hispanics as drug dealers and gangbangers, Pure Flix and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference are teaming up to provide more opportunities for Hispanic actors to star in leading roles in film and TV that better represent the richness of the community. When asked about the dearth of Hispanics in leading roles in film and television, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, Pure Flix Vice President of Strategic...