One day after the Obama administration confirmed that American aid worker Kayla Mueller was killed by Islamic State terrorists who'd been holding her captive in Syria since August 2013, the president asked Congress Wednesday to authorize additional war powers to combat and defeat ISIS.
While both Republicans and Democrats have yet to coalesce around Obama's strategy and take a vote on his resolution, coalition players want to see ISIS defeated and for Iraq to become a success story instead of being seen by the administration as a "loser" and a country to withdrawl from and avoid, as former Ambassador to Iraq Christopher R. Hill described it in his October 2014 column in Politico.
To better understand the U.S.'s mission in Iraq during both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, as well as the rule of Saddam Hussein and the plight of Christians in the floundering country that's fighting for its survival, The Christian Post spoke to Joseph Ghougassian, a former ambassador to Qatar, who was also a special envoy in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 through the summer of 2014. more >>
Criticisms of President Barack Obama's National Prayer Breakfast speech did not fall neatly along ideological lines. Some liberals criticized the speech while some conservatives defended it.
Here are three of the criticisms heard from liberals.
1. Comparing ISIS to the Crusades and Inquisition was outdated. more >>
Osama bin Laden, meet Mother Teresa. Salvation Army, meet the Taliban. After all, you're just different sides of the same coin anyway, or so says President Obama essentially.
Last week, Obama famously used the National Prayer Breakfast to scold Christians for having more than their fair share of scalawags who have "hijacked" their religion, lest we judge these professed Muslims who are killing, raping, and pillaging all over the world.
Thus, there is a moral equivalence between Islam and Christianity. We all have our good and our bad apples. more >>
A Jordanian pilot was burned alive in a cage by ISIS just days before President Obama seized the moment to trash Christianity at this year's National Prayer Breakfast, saying Christians should get off their "high horses." Besides downplaying the atrocities taking place in the Middle East, most disturbing was his attempt to tie a moral equivalence between things like slavery or the Crusades to the current day beheadings and indiscriminate murders committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Islamic State).
Granted, a history lesson would be okay, if the setting were a classroom, and the Professor-in-Chief had the facts straight. Obama failed to mention the Crusades were, in part, a defensive war necessary to push back Muslim aggression, similar to what we see in ISIS today. In the modern era, responses to aggression are much more civil; we abide by the Geneva Convention; the enemy does not. Furthermore, Judeo-Christian values ended slavery here in the U.S., while the Islamic State actively promotes it, regularly turning captured non-Muslim women and children into slaves, sexual and otherwise.
Honestly, the only place Obama's sanctimonious hog slop would not be questioned is a campus coffee shop where moral relativism rises thicker than pot smoke. Or in the mainstream media. Or, maybe a "Christian Left" sanctuary for social justice overflowing with condemnation and calls for retribution. The Apostle Paul (Paul), also beheaded for his faith in Christ wrote in Romans that we should not "take revenge…but leave room for God's wrath." Collecting reparations for the sins of our forefathers -- or theirs -- is about as sick and twisted as believing actions taken a thousand years ago validate the burning and beheading of live human beings. more >>
Accomplished neurosurgeon and possible Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has called for "true tolerance" after the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled him an "extremist" over his views on gay marriage.
In a statement released Monday, Carson remarked that it "is important for us to once again advocate true tolerance."
Much ado has been made over President Obama's remarks at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, namely his comparison between the Christian Crusades and the racism of the Jim Crow South and the heinous tactics of ISIS. Christians are outraged, as are most conservatives. Even MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell found the President's condescending (and, it turns out, inaccurate) history lesson in poor taste, coming as it did mere days after a Jordanian pilot was burned alive at the hands of Muslim extremists.
Needless to say, enough ink and airtime and bandwidth have been expended excoriating the President on this point. So much so that a second and perhaps more fundamentally problematic issue with his speech has gone unaddressed. A good deal of the President's talk revolved around the sacred importance of religious liberty. He praised it as a bastion of democratic society and a cornerstone of America's constitutional order. He lauded the good work done by those who dedicate their lives to caring for "the least of these." He had a great deal to say about the value of humility, the importance of heeding God's commandments, and the responsibility to speak out against agents of hate, oppression, and religious perversion. From the speech:
"And, first, we should start with some basic humility. I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt – not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn't speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn't care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth. more >>