One of the world's leading Christian persecution watchdog groups has put together a petition to presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, decrying a "baffling silence" on the problem of persecution, and urging them to devise a plan of action for how to help.
Kristin Wright, director of advocacy at Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post in a phone interview that there has been a "baffling" silence by both Trump and Clinton, given that most Americans believe that the next American president should have a plan of action for addressing the persecution of Christians.
Two separate petitions, one addressed to Trump and one to Clinton, point to a recent Harris/Neilsen poll that shows three out of four Americans believe this is an important issue for the next president to address. more >>
A district court judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Obama's controversial transgender bathroom directive for public schools mandating that they allow boys who identify as female to go into girls' bathrooms and locker rooms.
In May, Texas and 11 other states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its directive that said students in public schools could use the facilities of their chosen gender identity rather than their biological sex.
On Sunday, Judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction on the Obama directive, siding with the Texas-led lawsuit. more >>
As floodwaters began to recede in Louisiana Saturday after leaving at least 13 dead and damaging 60,000 homes, search parties are going door to door looking for survivors or bodies trapped by flooding even as more than 102,000 residents have registered for federal assistance.
Residents were seen cleaning out their homes while others were still struggling to find a place to stay Saturday, according to The Associated Press, which also reported that dozens of families were trying to rebury relatives whose caskets were unearthed by the floods.
At least 15 cemeteries in seven parishes were affected, the Louisiana Department of Health said Saturday. more >>
BATON ROUGE, La. — U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump toured flood-battered Louisiana on Friday, shrugging off the Democratic state governor's plea for politicians not to stop in areas affected by deadly rains.
President Barack Obama said he was also eager for a firsthand look at the damage done by floods that damaged more than 40,000 homes and killed at least 13 people, announcing plans to visit Baton Rouge on Tuesday.
Obama's travel requires a massive retinue of Secret Service agents and assistance from local and state law enforcement officials, so the White House usually waits to visit disaster zones to avoid tying up police and emergency resources needed elsewhere. more >>
In a highly uncharacteristic move Thursday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump expressed "regret" for some of the things he has said on the campaign trail, especially when they "may have caused personal pain."
"Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing," Trump said during a speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, Thursday night where he read from a teleprompter.
"I have done that, and believe it or not I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues. But one thing I can promise you, [is] this, I will always tell you the truth" he added. more >>
Churches in Louisiana where historic flooding has claimed 13 lives and left thousands homeless are now pleading for help as they try to recover from the deadly disaster.
"Within 36 hours, more than 27 inches of rain fell in Baker, just northeast of Baton Rouge, and directly into the Amite River. In less time, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were serving survivors with compassion in the face of crisis. They are right now delivering clean, safe water, warm nutritious meals and the love of Christ as they seek to advance the Gospel," said an appeal on the website of the Southern Baptist Convention.
"You can help the survivors, and the disaster relief volunteers providing aid, today with a generous gift that will help bring healing and the hope of the Gospel. Please prayerfully consider how you can help now," it urged. more >>