Americans are celebrating the United States' 238th Independence Day Friday, marking the time in which the Declaration of Independence was propagated to the rest of the world.
The Fourth of July has become a major holiday noted for its parades, barbeques, and numerous fireworks displays. As with other holidays, July 4th has its own mythology and interesting factoids surrounding it.
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Louis Zamperini, who is the center of the best-selling book "Unbroken," died at age 97 in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 1.
The former Olympic track star is also the center of the upcoming Angelina Jolie-directed film "Unbroken," which based on the book about his extraordinary story. Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean and three years in a Japanese POW camp during World War II, died of pneumonia.
"After a 40-day-long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives," Zamperini's family said in a statement, according to Deadline. more >>
Editor's Note: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Warren Throckmorton, author of the cited Daily Beast article concerning Mark Driscoll's business relationship with Tyndale House Publishers, provided the following statement via email to The Christian Post:
"My reporting regarding Tyndale House and Resurgence Publishing was based on information disclosed to me by Todd Starowitz, senior public relations manager at Tyndale. I reported it accurately as Mr. Starowitz now confirms. Tyndale House had ample opportunity to provide additional information last week in response to multiple questions from me but did not choose to do so. I hope Tyndale House will now fully accept the responsibility for providing incorrect information. …" more >>
China has "effectively" banned Hillary Clinton's newly released memoir, Hard Choices, as the former Secretary of State criticizes the Asian country's dedication to democracy, its government leaders, and its treatment of human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng in her new book.
A spokesperson for Clinton's publisher, Simon & Schuster, said in a recent interview that Chinese publishers had refused to purchase the translation rights for Clinton's new memoir, and they have also refused to sell the book in English.
Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp told Buzzfeed in a recent interview that China's rejection of Clinton's book amounts to an "effective ban" on the memoir in the Asian country. "It's outrageous and unfortunate," Karp said. "And it's a pretty clear indication of the low level of intellectual freedom in China right now." more >>
Review of: God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines (New York: Convergent Books, 2014).
Matthew Vines, a young, self-professed evangelical Christian and a self-professed "gay" man, has added another book to a growing genre of those claiming that God can bless same-sex sexual relationships. Vines, who was raised in the church, is unwilling to simply reject Christianity, like some homosexuals have. He insists, "Christians who affirm the full authority of Scripture can also affirm committed, monogamous same-sex relationships."
I completely disagree with Vines on this central point. However, I welcome some things in his book-such as his classification of the opposing camps within the church as "affirming" and "non-affirming" (of homosexual relationships). This is preferable to the terms "pro-gay" and "anti-gay," which imply-wrongly-that those who disapprove of homosexual conduct are hostile to "gay people" as individuals. more >>
Ed Klein's damning new book, Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas, claims that while she was in office, former U.S. Secretary of State and vaunted presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton fought with President Barack Obama over Benghazi and got physical with him at one point, forcing him to complain to First Lady Michelle Obama about it.
In salacious highlights from the book published by The Blaze Wednesday, Klein noted that Hillary was miffed over Obama's handling of the 2012 Benghazi attack and resisted his line on it.
"'[Hillary] was stunned when she heard the president talk about the Benghazi attack,' according to a member of her team of legal advisers who was interviewed for this book. 'Obama wanted her to say that the attack had been a spontaneous demonstration triggered by an obscure video. … Hillary told Obama, 'Mr. President, that story isn't credible; among other things, it ignores the fact that the attack occurred on 9/11.' But the president was adamant. He said, 'Hillary, I need you to put out a State Department release as soon as possible,'" noted an excerpt from the book. more >>