Some Christian groups are worried that President Barack Obama's forthcoming executive order guaranteeing the protection of LGBT individuals from employment discrimination with businesses that have federal contracts may not have sufficient religious liberty protections.
While the order has not yet been written up, concerns have been leveled by various individuals that the order might not include a religious exemption and would force faith-based groups to engage in hiring practices that are in opposition to the teachings of their faith.
"The big question is: will the Executive Order drive out faith-based organizations out of federal contracting?" Stanley Carlson-Thies, founder and president of Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, wrote in an email to supporters. "The federal government doesn't contract only for aircraft carriers, janitorial services, and IT expertise. It also contracts for research, consulting, and technical assistance, and, increasingly, for social services-particularly USAID and the Bureau of Prisons contract for social services." more >>
U.S. forces captured the suspected ringleader from the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya this past weekend, an official with the Obama administration told reporters Tuesday.
Ahmed Abu Khattala, the alleged ringleader in the 2012 consulate attack that killed four Americans, was captured on Sunday near Benghazi by U.S. Special Operations forces that included the FBI and American troops. Although officials with the administration remain secretive regarding Khattala's current whereabouts, they have confirmed to multiple media outlets that the suspect is currently en route to the United States to face trial.
The U.S. previously charged Khattala with "killing a person in the course of an attack on a federal facility involving use of a firearm," conspiring and providing material aid to terrorists, and possessing a firearm during a violent crime. Khattala is the commander of the country's Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia that rose to prominence after the fall of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011. more >>
I can just see the members of this administration sitting around a table discussing how to handle the inquiry into the IRS targeting of its opponents. David Axelrod says, "Just how dumb do I think Americans are? I say we just tell them we lost two years worth of emails around the time of the conservative groups targeting."
Obama was so incensed about the IRS scandal that he ordered his Benghazi investigator to look into it. Then he said, "There's not a smidgen of corruption in the IRS." Case closed.
We are viewed by this administration as a nation riding the short bus it drives. more >>
An online petition calling for the White House to act to save a Christian woman in Sudan sentenced to be executed has gotten more than 50,000 signatories, but it needs to garner 100,000 signatures by June 27 to be guaranteed an official response by the Obama administration.
Posted on the "We the People" site, the petition calls for action to save Meriam Ibrahim, the mother of two young children awaiting a punishment of 100 lashes and execution for allegedly leaving Islam for Christianity.
"We strongly urge the administration to take action in the case of Dr. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who with her toddler and newborn baby (who pending the proper documentation are American citizens), is languishing inside a prison in Khartoum," reads the petition in part. more >>
The U.S. is sending nearly 300 troops into Iraq to protect the American embassy in Baghdad amid escalating threats that Islamic jihadists who have captured several cities in the region could move in on the capital.
"The personnel will provide assistance to the Department of State in connection with the temporary relocation of some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to the U.S. Consulates General in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman," the White House said in a statement on Monday. "These U.S. military personnel are entering Iraq with the consent of the Government of Iraq. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad remains open, and a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission. "
The approximately 275 U.S. military personnel were authorized by President Barack Obama who transmitted a report notifying Congress of the decision, which the White House says is consistent with the War Powers Resolution. more >>
As the fallout from the Bowe Bergdahl swap for five Taliban prisoners of war continues to reverberate, there's a fascinating statement from one MSNBC host on the subject.
On June 4, "Now with Alexander Wagner," the MSNBC host said she hoped the swap may lead to "broader negotiations" with the Taliban.
"Broader negotiations" with the terroristic Taliban? Reasoning with those who have proven themselves incapable of humane reasoning? more >>