U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was booed at a Washington, D.C., event spotlighting the need to help persecuted Christians abroad.
The outspoken Texas Republican heard jeers from some members of the audience for the inaugural Summit dinner for the group In Defense of Christians while speaking on Wednesday.
Addressing an audience that included several Middle Eastern Christian leaders, the negative response reportedly came after Cruz spoke positively of the modern state of Israel. more >>
Did you know that since 9/11, there have been 23,780 separate deadly terror attacks carried out by Islamic extremists, according to thereligionofpiece.com?
The 13th anniversary of 9/11 is upon us. Why did it happen at all?
We get a hint of why from a statement from the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hasan al-Banna (1906-1949) of Egypt. He said: "It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations, and to extend its power to the entire planet." more >>
The news from around the world over the last few months has been nothing less than heartbreaking. It seems as though the world is in flames.The democracy protests that began in Kiev have erupted into a full-scale armed rebellion, which resulted in hundreds of innocent lives lost when separatists shot down a commercial airplane. Iraq is falling into chaos with hundreds of thousands fleeing violence, including religious minorities. The upheaval could spell the end of the 2,000-year presence of Christianity in many places in Iraq. The more than three-year-old civil war in Syria continues to produce victims, with more than 10 million refugees and internally displaced people so far. Families and children are forced to rebuild in Gaza after fighting between Israel and Hamas. In Central America, gangs have reeked such havoc that now tens of thousands of children are seeking refuge by flooding into the United States. In many cases, they are fleeing for their lives, taking tremendous risks in the hope of some protection in the U.S. The deadly Ebola virus has brought terror across western Africa.
Our instinct, as we are confronted by this horror on the nightly news, is not to allow ourselves to truly confront this pain. We might say a quick prayer asking God to do something to help those who are suffering, but often it is simply too much to allow ourselves to really engage with what is happening around the world.
As a Christian, I think it is a tragedy if we fail to engage in the world's suffering and instead retreat for our own safety or peace of mind. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a healing balm for the sake of the suffering, not a means of escaping it. That's in part why World Vision decided to take the risky step of beginning relief operations in Iraq. more >>
As the United States marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a nationwide poll has found that many Americans do not feel any safer today. The sentiment has been echoed by a number of politicians who continue ringing the warning bells on terror group ISIS and the rise of Islamic extremists who have the means to attack the U.S.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Monday found that 47 percent of Americans believe that the country is less safe now than before 9/11.
Only 26 percent felt that the U.S. is safer now than before the al-Qaeda-organized attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and hit the Pentagon in Washington, killing close to 3,000 people. Another 26 percent answered that about the same level of threat exists. more >>
President Barack Obama is reportedly planning to ask for congressional support to arm moderate Syrian rebels who are fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, and potentially launch new airstrikes against terror group ISIS. A global chemical weapons watchdog group has meanwhile found evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria again.
Ahead of Obama's planned speech to the nation regarding ISIS on Wednesday, Fox News noted that the White House faces a "strategically complex" situation in Syria, which has been locked in a civil war since 2011.
Assad's forces have been fighting against ISIS, which has captured territory in both Syria and Iraq in its mission to create an Islamic caliphate across the region. While the U.S. has launched airstrikes in Iraq to protect religious minorities and key strategic points from the Islamic militants, it has also spoken out strongly against Assad. more >>
Author's note: I wrote the following article on the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001, as a remembrance of what I experienced. Mine was nothing compared to those who died on that day, to their loved ones, or to those who survived. But what happened on that day was not merely personal, it was national. It was also theological. What happened on that day raised profound questions about God, suffering, and the purpose of evil in the world—issues I explore in my eBook: A 911 for 9/11: Finding Answers to the Evil of September 11, 2001.
On a beautiful New England morning I was driving from Boston to Rhode Island to visit a client. The morning air was crisp and fresh. The sun had just enough warmth to keep the chill at bay. The sky was a stunning hue of blue. It was one of those days that made you wish you worked outside.
That is how the morning of September 11, 2001, began. It ended in ugliness and rubble - and 3,000 of our fellow citizens dead. more >>