The day before Thanksgiving, President Obama assured Americans all was well and he knew "of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland" based "on the latest information I just received in the Situation Room."
A week later, in San Bernardino, California, America experienced the most serious terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001. Yet, during his Oval Office speech December 6, President Obama appeared more upset about his unattained ideological dream of gun control than what happened in San Bernardino.
Those watching his speech in the room I was in corporately exhaled a sigh of relief that President Obama finally joined the FBI and the majority of Americans to call the attack for what it was, an act of terrorism. more >>
President Barack Obama's speech on the San Bernardino terror attack that left 14 dead was slammed by a number of Republican leaders, including GOP candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
While Obama described the shooting last week in Southern California as an "act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people," his Republican critics largely accused the president of maintaining policy that is too soft on terror threats in America.
"If I am elected President, I will direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS. And I will shut down the broken immigration system that is letting jihadists into our country," Cruz said in a statement on his campaign website. more >>
During Thursday's White House National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, President Barack Obama suggested the teachings of Jesus Christ are reflected in all faiths.
Obama, who was accompanied by his family, called Americans and the world to share the "spirit of compassion," adding, "That's the message of the child whose birth families like mine celebrate on Christmas — a prince born in a stable who taught us that we should love our neighbors as ourselves; and that we are our brothers' keeper and our sisters' keepers; that we should feed the hungry, visit the sick, welcome the stranger.
"These are the lessons of Jesus Christ," Obama declared. "But they're also the bedrock values of all faiths — values to be cherished and embraced not only during the holidays, but to be practiced in our daily lives." more >>
Americans remain largely ignorant and indifferent toward the plight of Christians overseas despite headlines featuring ISIS' violence, argued an expert on religious liberty.
Timothy Samuel Shah, associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, argued as part of a panel held Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C. that American Christians are not as involved as they should be in fighting persecution abroad.
A practicing Catholic, Shah talked about how he was "struck by widespread apathy and indifference and ignorance concerning this issue among Christians, let alone others." more >>
The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to strike down key provisions of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, though President Barack Obama has indicated he will veto the bill.
USA Today reported that the Senate voted 52-47 in favor of the bill, which would take away federal funding away from Planned Parenthood for one year. The legislation is also aiming to repeal provisions to the health care law which encourage subsidies for abortion coverage.
On Wednesday Obama's administration affirmed, however, that it will be vetoing the bill, even if it is approved by the House and reaches his desk. more >>
While there were requests for prayers after the shooting in San Bernardino, California, many responded by attacking God and Christianity and calling for gun control.
In what is an increasing trend of the immediate politicization of tragedies, calls for gun control were rampant. And with the increasing secularization and anger toward God within the culture, some media outlets and public figures even tried to shame those calling for prayer, suggesting it would not solve any problems of violence.
Republican candidates calling for prayers in the wake of the shooting were routinely harassed and harangued on social media. more >>