One of the too-few happy days in the twentieth century was November 9, 1989, the day the Berlin Wall came down.
For twenty-eight years the Berlin Wall had kept the people of Communist-controlled East Germany locked in. Without the Wall and without the tightly closed borders elsewhere, the people would have simply left the Communist states in larger and larger numbers and walked into the western democracies.
Freedom was incomparably preferred to state control. more >>
Former Congressman Frank Wolf believes that the rise of radical Islamic terrorism around the globe is an indication that World War III has arrived, yet the United States government is doing little to nothing to address the threat of jihad.
In a panel discussion focusing on religious freedom and Islamic violence across the world hosted by the Family Research Council on Wednesday, Wolf, who's the distinguished senior fellow at 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, stressed that the Obama administration and Congress are standing idle while terrorist groups like the Islamic State (IS), Boko Haram, the Taliban, al-Shabaab and others continue to commit atrocities against religious minorities worldwide.
Wolf, the former Republican representative for Virginia's 10th Congressional district who is known as a leading advocate for international human rights, followed up on a comment by fellow panelist Thomas Farr, the director of Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. more >>
The Islamic State has reportedly burned 15 people alive for trying to escape the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, and has also reportedly arrested a woman who pleaded in a video for Western powers to "save us or bomb us," so they can die quickly and end their sufferring.
MailOnline reported that IS captured and killed 15 civilians in Fallujah, which is located west of Baghdad, and is currently being besieged by Iraqi government forces who are trying to liberate the city.
The radical group is said to have sentenced the hostages to death for their attempts to flee, with a source telling Kurdish news agency ARA that living in the IS-held city has become "unbearable." more >>
The Chinese government has reportedly released from prison the Rev. Gu Yuese, the former leader of Hangzhou's Chongyi Church, the largest government sanctioned church in the country, ahead of President Xi Jinping's scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama.
Herald Malaysia Online reported that Gu, who was formally arrested on embezzlement charges, was held in detention for close to three months for speaking out against the government's church crosses demolition campaign, which has been going on for almost two years now.
The megachurch leader has been placed under "residential surveillance" following his release, which persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern warned means he is not entirely safe yet. more >>
Nine federal agencies published a final rule aimed at protecting the religious liberty of faith-based organizations and the people they serve.
The new regulations from the rule, jointly published in the Federal Register by the departments of Education, Homeland Security, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, will also add new protections that would allow religious providers of social services to compete on equal footing with private providers for government funds.
Words matter. Especially words which when spoken can save lives. But without action, words are empty … worthless … meaningless, especially when we're talking about genocide.
Such are the words of the Obama administration, an administration so preoccupied with majoring on minor things like waging a war prescription drug abuse, it barely has time to notice the things which really matter. So after biting its tongue for way too long, the administration finally mustered-up the energy to choke out a few conciliatory words, acknowledging that the mass killing of Christians in the Middle East is indeed genocide.
What a pity that the administration withheld those potentially lifesaving words, remaining so questionably silent for the longest time in the face of evil. more >>