History seems to have forgotten the African American soldiers who came ashore on D-Day in WW2. But they were there!

[Bird’s-eye view of landing craft, barrage balloons, and allied troops landing in Normandy, France on D-Day]
[Bird’s-eye view of landing craft, barrage balloons, and allied troops landing in Normandy, France on D-Day]
Barrage balloons over a Normandy beach on D-Day. Source: Library of Congress (public domain)

D-Day, the 6th of June 1944. That day, when Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe from the Nazis, is one of the most celebrated in military history.

If you’ve seen any of the hundreds of books and films produced about D-Day, you’ve probably seen the faces of men of many nationalities — not only British, Canadians, and Americans, but also Australians, Danes, Greeks, Norwegians, and more.

But one group you’ve almost certainly never seen in a depiction of D-Day is African Americans. No major motion picture that I am aware of, and very…


Believing the Big Lie can be fatal

A clinician helping a COVID-19 patient
A clinician helping a COVID-19 patient
Source: Mohammad Mohsenifar via Wikimedia (CC BY 4.0)

On a recent Saturday evening, Jodi Doering, an Emergency Room nurse in South Dakota, was thinking about some of the COVID-19 patients she treats — and watches die — every day. Overwhelmed by what she calls “a horror movie that never ends,” she shared in a tweet her frustrations about one especially pathetic set of terminally ill patients:

“The ones that stick out are those who still don’t believe the virus is real. The ones who scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath on 100%…


Some people seem to think God is a Republican

Political button saying “God’s Official Party”
Political button saying “God’s Official Party”
Source: Ronald Franklin (the author)

If someone says “evangelical Christian” and “political party” in the same sentence, which party comes to mind?

The Republican party, of course.

No one who follows national politics could deny that white evangelicals by and large see themselves, and are seen by politicians, pundits, and the public in general, as being effectively married to the Republican party. When white evangelical leaders comment on the GOP, they are apt speak of “we” and “us.”

No one who follows national politics could deny that white evangelicals see themselves as being effectively married to the Republican Party.

We live in a day when…


Learning to turn angst into joy

A barber shaving a man who looks extremely fearful.
A barber shaving a man who looks extremely fearful.
Source: Lithograph by Louis-Léopold Boilly, from Wellcome Trust via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

I hate shaving!

For me, shaving is not a matter of just running the razor over my chin once or twice.

No, I have to be sure to find every little hair and cut it off at the skin level. Otherwise, some of them, their ends sharpened by the razor, will curl back and penetrate my skin.

When that happens, that spot on my face becomes itchy and actually painful. So, I have to take the time to shave very closely, making sure every patch of skin is smooth. For me, shaving is a real trial, and I hate it!

Actually, that’s not…


He knew better than to take unnecessary risks. (A modern re-imagining of Luke 10:30–37)

Source: sbhland via flickr (CC BY 2.0)

BREAKING NEWS!

In his sermon today, the famous Galilean evangelist, Jesus of Nazareth, commented on a recent news story concerning a man who, while traveling between Jerusalem and Jericho, was set upon by thieves, robbed, and left for dead.

In his recounting of the episode, the Nazarene prophet first focused his listeners’ attention on a priest who came along and saw the unfortunate victim lying on the side of the road. The priest was on his way to a luncheon meeting of the district ministerium where he was to be the featured speaker. Already late, he just didn’t have time to stop…


“You will be going home,” an officer assures the driver after a traffic stop

Source: Highway Patrol Images via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0)

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and now Jacob Blake. The roll call of unarmed black people killed by police just this year goes on. The frustration, anger, and fear experienced by people of color in this nation are reaching levels not seen for decades.

And nothing seems to be changing. Police shooting data tracked by the Washington Post and other organizations tells a heartbreaking story:

  • The number of fatal police shootings has not dropped at all over the last five years.
  • Black Americans are the most likely to be shot by police.
  • Black Americans are also more likely to…


There’s a lion on the loose, ready to snap us up!

Source: IanZA via Pixabay (Public Domain)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8, NKJV)

On the plains of the Serengeti in Africa there’s no such thing as a wildebeest or gazelle that’s not sober and vigilant. They know they have an adversary that is dedicated every day to bringing them down. And the individuals most likely to be targeted by hungry lions are those that fail to be sufficiently sober and vigilant. They don’t last long.

Sober: not controlled…


Enslaved and free black people were allowed to have their own parties to keep them satisfied with their oppressed state.

A “Negro Ball” in Charleston, SC. Source: The New York Illustrated News, Feb 9, 1861 (public domain)

On Monday, January 28, 1861, the city of New Orleans was in a festive mood. Two separate (though definitely not equal) celebrations were being held in the city that night. One was a more or less spontaneous reaction to recent events, while the other must have been planned for some time. Both were noted in the diary of Dora Miller, which was first published under the title War Diary of a Union Woman in the South. It was serialized in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine from May to October of 1889.

New Orleans whites celebrate secession

Dora Miller was a young woman with Northern roots…


Reports of steep drops in the number of Americans claiming to be Christians may be misleading.

Worshippers
Worshippers
Photo by Max DeJour via flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A new Pew Research study indicates that over the past decade, the number of adults in the United States who identify themselves as Christians dropped from 77% down to 65%. By any measure that’s a significant decline.

In fact, the headline of the Pew report seems to indicate that the Christian faith in this country is in dire straits:

“Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace.”

– Pew Research Center survey report

But what does that really say about the state of the Christian faith in our nation? If media headlines are any indication, American Christianity is in real trouble.


For the past half-century, the Republican Party has been overwhelmingly white. Why?

Photo credit: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0)

It was Richard Nixon, of all people, who first raised the alarm. In a 1962 interview with Ebony magazine the former Republican Vice President said:

“It is a mistake for the party to accept the beliefs of Sen. Barry Goldwater and write off the Negro vote. If Goldwater wins his fight, our party would eventually become the first major all-white political party. And that isn’t good.”

— Richard Nixon in 1962

The man Nixon thought was leading the GOP to become an all-white party was Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, one of the most influential Republican leaders at the time…

Ronald Franklin

Retired electrical engineer and pastor. Freelance tech writer. Also write about faith and history: U.S., African American, and Civil War. https://ronelfran.com/

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