Editor's Note: The following is a transcript and video of a speech delivered by President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, February 5, 2015.
Thank you. Well, good morning. Giving all praise and honor to God. It is wonderful to be back with you here. I want to thank our co-chairs, Bob and Roger. These two don't always agree in the Senate, but in coming together and uniting us all in prayer, they embody the spirit of our gathering today.
I also want to thank everybody who helped organize this breakfast. It's wonderful to see so many friends and faith leaders and dignitaries. And Michelle and I are truly honored to be joining you here today. more >>
Three principles can guide people of faith in opposing those, like ISIS, who distort their faith and commit evil acts, President Barack Obama explained Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Compassion and love flows from all faiths, he said, and all faiths have been distorted for evil purposes.
Faith inspires people daily to do good deeds around the world, Obama reminded as he pointed out Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritan's Purse West Africa missionary who contracted Ebola and survived. Brantly delivered the opening prayer and was sitting to Obama's left. more >>
A pro-Israel group says "shame" should be on any member of Congress who decides to skip next month's address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Last month, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress regarding the possible removal of economic sanctions against Iran.
"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes the case for renewed Iran sanctions with greater expertise and insight than any other leader on the world stage today," David Brog, executive director of Christians United For Israel, told The Christian Post. more >>
With the recent measles outbreak in the United States, Americans are once again debating whether or not children should be vaccinated to stop the spread illness and disease. Below, in no particular order, are some things that you should know about the vaccine debate, including official positions of medical groups, surveys on vaccination opinion, and more.
1. Major medical groups support vaccinations for children
Major medical organizations in the United States support vaccinations in general and especially their use in protecting children from various diseases. more >>
Islamic State terrorists reached a new level of atrocity after releasing a video of the captive Jordanian pilot being burned to death on Tuesday.
The terrorist group, known as ISIS, released a video entitled "Healing the Believers' Chests" on Tuesday, which revealed the brutal murder of Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the pilot held captive by ISIS. The 26-year-old pilot is the first foreign serving military soldier (non-Iraqi or Syrian) held captive by ISIS since the U.S.-led international coalition began its aerial campaign against the extremists in September. Furthermore, Kasasbeh is the first victim known to have been burned to death as opposed to being beheaded.
The video, which has been deemed the most appalling footage from ISIS yet, was released just days after ISIS' British Jihadi John brutally murdered Japanese journalist Kenji Goto in a filmed beheading after days of intensive negotiations through intermediaries to save him. more >>
U.S. officials are considering sending lethal aid such as defensive weapons to the government of Ukraine in its ongoing battle against pro-Russian rebels, as the clashes have been intensifying in recent weeks. The rebels, who are attacking a number of cities in the eastern parts of the country, are looking to build an army of 100,000 fighters.
"Although our focus remains on pursuing a solution through diplomatic means, we are always evaluating other options that will help create space for a negotiated solution to the crisis," said Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
Several media outlets, including The New York Times, noted an independent report on Monday that was issued by eight former senior American officials which urges President Barack Obama to send $3 billion in defensive arms and equipment to Ukraine. This aid would include weapons such as anti-armor missiles and armored Humvees. more >>