Atheist author Sam Harris has joined the growing list of secular and religious voices who have called out President Barack Obama for comments he made on terror group ISIS, suggesting that the group is not Islamic.
"As an atheist, I cannot help wondering when this scrim of pretense and delusion will be finally burned away — either by the clear light of reason or by a surfeit of horror meted out to innocents by the parties of God," Harris wrote in a blog post titled "Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon," in response to Obama's address to the nation on Wednesday.
"Which will come first, flying cars and vacations to Mars, or a simple acknowledgment that beliefs guide behavior and that certain religious ideas — jihad, martyrdom, blasphemy, apostasy — reliably lead to oppression and murder?" more >>
The pastor of a church in Aleppo has spoken out against President Barack Obama's recently announced plan to support "moderate" rebel groups in Syria, noting that all such groups want to establish Islamic rule. He also discouraged military intervention in the region, arguing that war can never stop war.
Pastor Mouner Ajji of Aleppo Baptist Church told The Christian Post in an email interview on Friday that he does not support Obama's strategy on Syria, and said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should not be compared to terror group ISIS. more >>
NEW YORK — Under overcast skies in downtown New York City, the grieving families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks remembered their loved ones in a dignified memorial service punctuated by bouts of tears, moments of silence and muted anger over their loss.
As President Barack Obama announced a plan Wednesday night to combat ISIS, many families standing in their pain on the Memorial plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum declared that he has their full support.
"I think it's definitely a bold move to be proactive and counter that terrorism before another incident or event like 9/11 happens again. It's pretty much putting our foot down," said Phil Cruz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who lost his uncle, John Robert Cruz, in the Sept. 11 attacks. He died while working on the 101st floor of the North Tower for Cantor Fitzgerald. more >>
In a televised address on how to address the Islamic State Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama declared the organization variously known as ISIS or ISIL to be "not Islamic."
In making this preposterous claim, Obama joins his two immediate predecessors in pronouncing on what is not Islamic. Bill Clinton called the Taliban treatment of women and children "a terrible perversion of Islam." George W. Bush deemed that 9/11 and other acts of violence against innocents "violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith."
None of the three has any basis for such assertions. To state the obvious: As non-Muslims and politicians, rather than Muslims and scholars, they are in no position to declare what is Islamic and what is not. As Bernard Lewis, a leading American authority of Islam, notes: "It is surely presumptuous for those who are not Muslims to say what is orthodox and what is heretical in Islam." more >>
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charities in the world, has said that it will pledge $50 million to help fight the Ebola virus crisis in West Africa, which has killed over 2,200 people.
The foundation said in a statement that the money will help international relief groups and national governments "to purchase badly needed supplies and scale up emergency operations in affected countries."
It will also "work with public and private sector partners to accelerate the development of therapies, vaccines, and diagnostics that could be effective in treating patients and preventing further transmission of the disease." more >>
As the United States marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a nationwide poll has found that many Americans do not feel any safer today. The sentiment has been echoed by a number of politicians who continue ringing the warning bells on terror group ISIS and the rise of Islamic extremists who have the means to attack the U.S.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Monday found that 47 percent of Americans believe that the country is less safe now than before 9/11.
Only 26 percent felt that the U.S. is safer now than before the al-Qaeda-organized attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and hit the Pentagon in Washington, killing close to 3,000 people. Another 26 percent answered that about the same level of threat exists. more >>