The Obama administration is denying claims made by an Iranian militia leader that the recent wiring of $1.7 billion to the Islamic republic was ransom money paid in exchange for the freedom of five American hostages.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters this week that despite comments made by Gen. Mohammad Reza-Naghdi of Iran's Basij militia, the $1.7 billion wired to Iran was not an exchange for the recently-released prisoners.
"There was no bribe, there was no ransom, there was nothing paid to secure the return of these Americans who were, by the way, not spies. We've spoken to this in the days after their release on Sunday morning in great detail about how this process worked," Toner told reporters, according to Breitbart. more >>
Hillary Rodham Clinton received the endorsement of the United States' largest gay rights group, further cementing her support among socially liberal groups.
The Human Rights Campaign released a statement earlier this week in support of the current Democratic primary frontrunner, declaring "HRC for HRC."
"She has stood with us, and now it's our turn. Her fight is our fight," stated the HRC group, listing various positions that Clinton has taken in support of gay marriage and antidiscrimination laws. more >>
Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, spoke at the Free to Believe broadcast event on Saturday, on National Religious Freedom Day, urging the Church in America to do three things in the face of the threat to religious freedom: seek the Lord, reach the lost and engage the culture.
"The secularization of America has done so much to disrupt American Christianity," Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Arkansas, said at the event in Washington, D.C., on practical ways to advance faith, family and freedom in local communities. "Initially, it tried to make us become extinct … unsuccessfully. And then it attempted to neutralize us … and to some degree, a little successful. And now, the attention has turned toward silencing the church."
Floyd added, "That's one thing we cannot let happen." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice, the law group that raised awareness and started petitions signed by millions calling for the freedom of Pastor Saeed Abedini, says it's grateful that he's finally been released, and urged the focus to move on to the many other persecuted Christians around the world.
"From our involvement in Pastor Saeed's case more than three years ago, our goal was two-fold: keep Pastor Saeed alive in one of the world's most dangerous prisons — and work to secure his release. To accomplish that, we implemented a three-point strategy," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement to The Christian Post on Monday.
There's good news and bad news on the U.S. healthcare situation. The bad news: costs are still rising. The good?
It's been nearly six years since the "Affordable Care Act" became law, and for millions, the law mandating that we buy health insurance has made it anything but "affordable." No wonder Congress recently passed yet another bill to repeal the ACA, though of course, the President vetoed it.
According to the annual Kaiser Family Foundation report, average annual family premiums for employer-based health insurance have risen by $4,865 since 2008. That's a tough pill for many of us to swallow, especially given that when President Obama sold us the Affordable Care Act, he repeatedly promised to lower premiums by $2,500. And no, many folks didn't get to keep their doctor either. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of released Pastor Saeed Abedini, has thanked President Barack Obama, the Rev. Franklin Graham, the various groups that campaigned for her husband's release, and the millions of people around the world who signed petitions for the cause.
"I wanted to say thank you to all of you for having prayed and have wept with us, have signed petitions and have called your government officials. Thank you for having stood with our family during this difficult journey," Abedini wrote on Facebook late on Sunday, just hours after her husband was finally released from Iranian prison.