Barack Obama departed Saturday afternoon for his first trip to Vietnam and Japan. As a goodwill gesture, Vietnam's Communist government released a Catholic priest from prison, but the president agenda might press for the release of more political prisoners while making no mention of a new highly restrictive religion law being enacted in that country.
Obama will arrive in Hanoi on Sunday evening and later visit Ho Chi Minh City, spending three days in Vietnam before leaving for Japan, Asia's second-largest economy, to attend the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima.
Obama is the third U.S. president to visit the country since the Vietnam War ended 41 years ago. The president will also visit Hiroshima, and become the first president to visit the city. more >>
David Goodwin, the president of the Association of Classical Christian Schools, which is affiliated with over 250 evangelical schools throughout the U.S., believes that the Obama administration's directive could likely lead to an increase in private school populations that is similar to the increase seen when public schools were forced by the government to desegregate during the 1960s.
"In the circles of parents that I talk to, at this point, they are a little bit shell shocked. Things have moved pretty fast in the social policy side with the Obama administration and that fast movement has got a lot of parents back on their heels," Goodwin told The Christian Post Monday. "Probably the biggest infusion of kids into private schools was during desegregation during the '60s. This could very well match or exceed that in the next 10 years."
White House spokesman Josh Earnest has announced that he will officially change his name to "Josh Somewhat Sincere."
At the end of a tenuous press briefing centered on if aerial drones can bomb whatever country best fits their gender identity, Earnest made a quick announcement with intense passion as actor Jim Varney stood by his side.
"I can no longer lie to myself and call myself something that I am not nor would ever care to be," earnestly spoke Earnest in earnest next to Ernest who offered earnest moral support. more >>
No school has to allow transgender students in the bathrooms of the opposite sex, regardless of what President Obama says. That's according to Matt Sharp, legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom or ADF.
Sharp said President Obama's sweeping directive telling schools they must allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice "violates the clear meaning of Title IX. It also violates Congressional authority, and state authority on this issue. And, it violates students' rights to privacy."
Though the president is threatening to withhold federal funding from any school that does not comply with his directive, Sharp said the administration must win its case in court before it can pull funding. However, to date, the administration has lost every court case challenging its transgender directives, except one. more >>
Nearly half of IS-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria has been recaptured by allied forces, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
"The number right now in Iraq is about 45 percent of the territory they once held has been recovered. … The number in Syria is anywhere between 16 to 20 percent," said Peter Cook, press secretary for the Department of Defense, during a press briefing on Monday.
The percentages of territory lost is based off the amount of territory IS held in 2014, according to USA Today. more >>
In a letter sent to schools last week, President Obama explained that longtime bans on Creationism in public schools violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Title VII specifically prohibits among other things employer discrimination on the basis of religion and demands that employers give proper accommodation for religious beliefs.
"While until five minutes ago no one considered Title VII applicable to teaching Creationism, we realize that laws are not set in stone and in fact need to develop — but definitely not evolve — with the times," read the letter. more >>