As United States lawmakers weigh legislation that would commit U.S. support to Christian militias in Iraq and Syria, the Primate of the Chaldean Church warns that arming Christian militias fighting against the Islamic State is a "bad idea."
The National Defense Authorization Act that was already passed by the House and is caught up in the Senate would commit the U.S. government to provide defense articles, services and training to tribal and local security forces who are "committed to protecting highly vulnerable ethnic and religious minority communities, such as Yezidis, Christian, Assyrian and Turkmen."
Although there have been reports highlighting the efforts of Christian militias dedicated to protecting their homelands, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako told Fides News Agency that there are really no actual Christian militias and asserted that the U.S. should not arm any so-called Christian militias. more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, says big corporations that are boycotting states that ban men from going into womens' bathrooms are a greater threat to religious freedom in America than the Islamic State terror group.
Following several media headlines that Jeffress said falsely reported he was trying to compare IS to "transgender friendly businesses," the megachurch pastor told WBAP News in a radio interview on Tuesday that what he was actually saying referred to the threats on religious freedom itself.
"Businesses, or business groups that threaten to boycott states because they have passed bathroom protection bills, or religious freedom bills, I said those businesses are a greater threat to religious liberty in America than ISIS is," he said. more >>
WASHINGTON — Peaceful Muslims who live outside the United States think American society "has gone completely insane" over LGBT issues, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf said on a Monday panel hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
After discussing President Barack Obama's edict directing all public schools to base their bathroom use policies upon gender identity rather than biological sex, the moderator turned to Yusuf to ask how Muslims view the issue.
"Even to think about thinking about it is probably difficult for a lot of Muslims. In the Muslim world ... they think we're a society that's gone completely insane," said Yusuf, an American Sunni Muslim scholar. more >>
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — President Obama sought on Wednesday to ease growing Asian worries about the raucous election campaign to succeed him which has been dominated by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
"I think other people sometimes look at our election system and say 'what a mess,'" Obama told a townhall meeting with young leaders in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon.
"But usually we end up doing okay because the American people are good people. ... Sometimes our politics doesn't express all the goodness of the people," he said, without referring specifically to any of the presidential candidates. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says Target CEO Brian Cornell is in denial over the reason for the company's plunging stock prices, insisting that the conservative boycott against the retailer's transgender bathroom policies is playing a key role.
"Target stock is tumbling after they announced a pro-transgender restroom policy allowing men to use women's bathrooms and changing rooms. Stock value has fallen 20 percent and shareholder value has lost $10 billion since they began promoting this dangerous policy," Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
As the boycott against Target and its transgender bathroom policies continues, a pro-family group is warning parents that as summer season is approaching, they should not allow their young daughters to try on swimsuits in the retail giant's dressing rooms.
"We need more people to sign up for the boycott. We're launching something this week. We're now heading into bathing suit season. … Do not let your young girls and teen girls buy their summer clothes or bathing suits at Target," Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, told Breitbart News Daily with SiriusXM.
Well over 1.2 million people have signed a separate petition by the American Family Association pledging to boycott Target stores for their new bathroom policies, which allow people to use the restroom or changing facility that corresponds with their gender identity, instead of their birth sex. more >>