Islamist extremists are waging a religious persecution so severe that, as Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill stated in their historic joint statement last week, "whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated." Nowhere does this obtain more than in Iraq and Syria, where Christian communities, a groundswell of prominent voices is now acknowledging, face genocide.
On February 4, the European Parliament, with near-unanimity and solid socialist support, passed a resolution declaring that ISIS "is committing genocide against Christians and Yazidis" and "other religious and ethnic minorities."
Despite a foreign-policy mandate to speak out against religious persecution, the United States government has so far been silent on whether this epic religious cleansing of Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities from the heart of the Middle East ranks among the gravest of crimes. more >>
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has slammed President Barack Obama for failing to attend Saturday's funeral for Justice Antonin Scalia in Washington, D.C., and claimed Obama could have changed his mind if the funeral was held at a mosque instead of a church.
"I wonder if President Obama would have attended the funeral of Justice Scalia if it were held in a Mosque? Very sad that he did not go," Trump said in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Obama has faced criticism from different voices for his absence, the New York Post reported, with Philip Foglia, vice president of the Italian-American Museum, stating that "Italian-Americans take paying respects at funerals very seriously." more >>
A private letter written after a funeral by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a leading conservative voice on the high court who died recently, offers a glimpse his personal faith.
Justice Scalia wrote the letter in 1998, sharing his thoughts on the funeral of Justice Lewis Powell at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, that he had attended.
Addressing it to Dr. James C. Goodloe, who conducted the service, Scalia said he found it "reverent and inspiring." more >>
Caitlyn Jenner told a group of students this week that she receives more criticism for being politically conservative than for being transgender.
"I have gotten more flak for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans," Jenner said Thursday before a packed audience at the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium along with biographer and journalist Buzz Bissinger.
Born William Bruce Jenner in Mount Kisco, New York, Jenner received a gold medal for winning the Olympic decathlon in 1976. more >>
The Christian Post obtained an early copy of a letter sent to President Barack Obama from more than 100 organizations and individuals, including Hudson Institute, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Family Research Council, as well as Assyrian and Iraqi groups, urging his administration to declare Islamic State atrocities as genocide against all minorities, including Christians, and not just Yazidis.
"There is a growing chorus of political and faith leaders, genocide scholars, human rights experts and numerous Iraqi and Syrian, Christian and Yazidi firsthand testimonies recognizing that the most accurate description for the atrocities unfolding at the initiative of the Islamic State is genocide," reads the letter sent Wednesday by International Religious Freedom Roundtable, an informal and diverse group of non-governmental organizations and individuals which meets in Washington D.C.
The letter comes a week after Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill stated in their historic joint statement that "whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated." more >>
Justice Scalia's unexpected death last Saturday in Texas at the age of 79 was a shocking blow. On a delicately balanced Supreme Court, Justice Scalia was a towering pillar of conservatism and judicial restraint.
Whoever is elected to be Justice Scalia's replacement will be the new deciding vote on a host of critically important issues on a court seemingly hopelessly deadlocked in a 4 to 4 stalemate between liberal and conservative justices.
Will judicial restraint or judicial activism prevail? All Americans, and our children and grandchildren, have an enormous stake in the answer to that question. more >>