Americans always have welcomed those fleeing danger and oppression abroad. Some of the earliest Americas crossed the Atlantic to escape religious persecution in Great Britain.
We should continue to offer sanctuary to those in need. Christians, especially, should be compassionate to those who face death for their beliefs. But in today's world we must be cautious as well. After all, the first responsibility of the government in Washington is to those who already are here. We can enjoy our liberties only when our lives are secure.
True horror has befallen the Syrian people. Hundreds of thousands have been killed, millions have been driven from their homes. After years of warfare they see little hope for the future. Our hearts should go out to them. more >>
Americans remain largely ignorant and indifferent toward the plight of Christians overseas despite headlines featuring ISIS' violence, argued an expert on religious liberty.
Timothy Samuel Shah, associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, argued as part of a panel held Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C. that American Christians are not as involved as they should be in fighting persecution abroad.
A practicing Catholic, Shah talked about how he was "struck by widespread apathy and indifference and ignorance concerning this issue among Christians, let alone others." more >>
Rev. Gary Hall once called on lawmakers in Washington to stop fearing the gun lobby and fulfill their "moral duty" to restrict guns: "Everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby," Hall said. "But I believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."
Hall's comments are disheartening.
What we're seeing today is not a gun problem; it's a moral problem called sin. We are witnessing the rapid deterioration of a nation. We have lost our moral compass ... we have lost the fear of the Lord. When the fear of the Lord decreases, evil increases. more >>
It seems like the imagination of returning American soldiers to surprise their families has no end. Consider this yet another new way of doing so.
Brandon Smith's family had not seen him in two years as he was in the Armed Forces. Upon coming back, he decided to surprise his mother, Tammy, while she was on the job.
As Tammy stayed super-focused on her job, she assumed that she was helping just another patient rushed into the hospital. more >>
A new video by the Islamic State terror group titled "To the Sons of Jews" released on Thursday shows six of its child soldiers murdering a group of captured Syrian security forces.
AFP reported that the video is part of the terror group's "Cubs of the Caliphate" program, and shows dozens of boys around 10 years of age studying Islamic texts and learning hand-to-hand combat.
Six of the young boys are then chosen by an instructor to execute a group of six Syrian security forces. Five of the men are shot to death, while one guard has his throat slit. more >>
WASHINGTON — Deadly terrorist attacks like the one in Paris last month and the one in California on Wednesday are indications that a third world war is on the horizon, the Vicar of Baghdad argued Thursday.
Canon Andrew White, who was the only Anglican Vicar in Iraq when the Islamic State terrorist organization rose to power in Iraq and Syria, spoke at a lunch discussion hosted by the Washington-based Institute on Religion & Democracy and explained that Muslims, Christians and Jews need to work together to support the persecuted refugee communities in the Middle East and combat extremist ideologies that are causing society to "fall apart."
In the wake of Islamic State's attacks in Paris that killed over 130 civilians and injured over 350 others in November, terror struck in the United States on Wednesday when two gunmen, one of whom was believed to have been in contact with domestic and international Islamic extremists, shot up a social services building in San Bernardino, California, and killed 14 people and injured 21. more >>