"Caving to pressure from Muslim groups, the Pentagon has relaxed uniform rules to allow Islamic beards, turbans and hijabs. It's a major win for political correctness and a big loss for military unit cohesion," said a recent report.
This new relaxation of rules for Muslims comes at a time when the FBI is tracking more than 100 suspected jihadi-infiltrators of the U.S. military. Just last month, Craig Benedict Baxam, a former Army soldier and convert to Islam, was sentenced to seven years in prison due to his al-Qaeda/jihadi activities. Also last month, Mozaffar Khazaee, an Iranian-American working for the Defense Department, was arrested for sending secret documents to America's enemy, Iran.
According to a Pentagon spokesperson, the new religious accommodations-to allow Islamic beards, turbans, and hijabs-which took effect very recently, would "reduce both the instances and perception of discrimination among those whose religious expressions are less familiar to the command." more >>
An Iraqi suicide bomber instructor set off his own explosives during a training on Monday, ending the lives of himself and his pupils.
The instructor, who was teaching a class at a camp in the Sunni region of the country, north of Baghdad, accidently detonated his bomb, killing 21 other would-be suicide bombers. The casualties were part of a group formerly linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist group.
The ironic incident is a brief moment of respite for many Iraqis who have been forced to ensure years of violence and killing in the country; in 2013, nearly 9,000 people were killed. Thus far, 2014 has not been anymore hopeful; roughly 1,000 Iraqis were killed last month. Meanwhile, suicide bombers have made themselves an ever present menace in Iraqi civilian life, relentlessly targeting markets, mosques, sporting events and funerals. more >>
A recent hearing on Capitol Hill dealt with an ongoing problem within our armed forces. As the hearing took place the day after the State of the Union Address, political analysis of the speech overshadowed the purpose of this crucial hearing.
Over the last year, there have been an increasing number of stories reporting the encroachment and infringement of the religious liberties of many in our armed forces. The problem has risen to such a level that the House Armed Service Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing to investigate what is being done to protect the rights of conscience of all those who serve in the military.
Among the list of witnesses called to testify was Virginia Penrod - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, as well as the Chiefs of Chaplains for the Army, Navy and Air Force. In what can only be described as willful ignorance, the witnesses denied discrimination against Christians in the Armed Forces. more >>
NEW YORK — Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of human rights organization International Justice Mission, recently visited the American Bible Society in NYC to talk with Gabe Lyons of Q Ideas about his new book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.
"Beneath the surface of the world's poorest communities, common violence — like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality — has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development," reads a publisher description of Haugen's The Locust Effect, co-written with Victor Boutros.
Haugen has led International Justice Mission for 17 years in its mission to protect the world's poorest and most vulnerable from violence, exploitation and oppression. Haugen, formerly a lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, saw the horrors of unchecked and systematic violence firsthand when he served as director of the U.N. investigative team in a post-genocide Rwanda. more >>
North Korea has turned back on its decision to discuss the possible release of imprisoned Christian missionary Kenneth Bae by rescinding its invitation to an American special envoy, blaming a planned joint military exercise between the U.S. and South Korea.
"We are deeply disappointed by the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] decision – for a second time – to rescind its invitation for Ambassador [Robert] King to travel to Pyongyang to discuss Kenneth Bae's release," an unnamed State Department official told Fox News.
"We again call on the DPRK to grant Bae special amnesty and immediate release as a humanitarian gesture so he may reunite with his family and seek medical care. We will continue to work actively to secure Mr. Bae's release. Per our long-standing offer, we remain prepared to send Ambassador King to North Korea in support of Mr. Bae's release." more >>
Franklin Graham and his missionary organization Samaritan's Purse will be featured in an upcoming episode of "Fox Files," which will take a look at Syrian refugee camps in Iraq and the important work being done to help the suffering people there.
Samaritan's Purse said that millions have fled the civil war-torn country, where over 100,000 people have been killed, according to U.N. statistics. Refugees have spread across neighboring countries, many in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
"Samaritan's Purse has rushed to the aid of these desperate people by providing them with food, blankets, diapers, shoes, warm winter coats, and kerosene heaters," the organization said. "In one camp, we also started a sewing project and built a playground and soccer field for the children." more >>