Germany, France, Russia, and Ukraine managed to broker a deal offering peace between Russia and Ukraine after intense fighting broke out between the countries.
"The main thing which has been achieved is that from Saturday into Sunday there should be declared without any conditions at all, a general ceasefire," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told journalists.
Tensions between Ukrainian and Russian forces have reached new heights, but the leaders agreed to honor and respect the "sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. They firmly believe that there is no alternative to an exclusively peaceful settlement. They are fully committed to undertake all possible individual and joint measures to this end." 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 >>
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 >>
In speaking as a guest on a national syndicated Christian radio show this week, Texas Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress explained how society's growing acceptance of homosexuality and attack against those who express their biblical view of marriage is paving the path for the Antichrist.
While on the The Janet Mefferd show on Monday, Jeffress, who is the pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas and is also a Fox News contributor, said that there are a few key indicators in the world today that make him believe that the second coming of Jesus Christ and the coming of the Antichrist is nearing.
Jeffress said that indicators like the rise of radical Islam, the increase in the persecution of Christians across the world, and growing acceptance of gay marriage and "moral disorder" are like "labor pains" signaling the second coming of Jesus. more >>
U.S. intelligence officials said that at least 20,000 foreigners from around the world, including 150 American citizens, have attempted or are still trying to join the ranks of terror group ISIS in its mission to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Some, like Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, have said that Syria has seen "the largest convergence of Islamist terrorists in world history."
CBS News said that an American intelligence official confirmed the news on Tuesday, which is an update on previous estimates concerning terrorism concerns.
Nick Rasmussen, chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, revealed that the rate ISIS is recruiting foreign fighters is "without precedent," and far exceeds foreign fighters who have joined jihadist campaigns in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen or Somalia. more >>
The Islamic State policing unit in Mosul severely disfigured the faces of 15 Iraqi women by pouring acid on them as a form of punishment after the women were caught without their faces being veiled appropriately, by ISIS standards, last weekend.
ISIS' all-female policing unit, the Al Khansa brigade, which polices the streets of the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, reportedly carried out the punishments after the women were detained on Sunday in the Mosul neighborhood of Salamiya, a kurdish official told BasNews.
The official from the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, told the news site that the women were subject to the cruel, face-deforming punishment simply because they were caught in public without wearing a Niqab, the cloth like veil that fully covers the face except for slit for the eyes. more >>