Former President Jimmy Carter's advocacy of Islam brings to mind something my grandfather used to say: "A leopard can't change its spots."
Little did I know at the time, he was quoting Jeremiah, who 625 years before Christ admonished people to return to God—a warning equally relevant today.
In 1976 Carter famously declared he was born-again. Introducing his "deep Christian faith" into politics, he frequently invoked "evangelical" vocabulary. His presidential platform incorporated key concepts from a little-known document, the "Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern," conceived three years earlier by a group of men in Chicago who first introduced America to the term "Progressive Evangelical." more >>
The top aide to the Islamic State's head leader was killed along with two other senior ISIS militants in an airstrike in the Ninewa province, the Iraqi Defense Ministry confirmed Thursday.
While NBC News is reporting that senior security officials confirmed that a U.S. airstrike carried out the attack, Iraqi Army General Arm Babaker Zebari claims it was an Iraqi warplane that killed the member of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's inner circle, Abu Hajar al-Suri, in ISIS, also known as ISIL, stronghold of Tal Afar just west of Mosul.
Now that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has sent its "second message to America" by claiming the life of another American journalist and has successfully recruited a number of American citizens to join its fight, more Democratic members of Congress are criticizing President Barack Obama for his lack of leadership and strategy in defeating the terrorist group.
While Republicans and conservatives have been speaking out in droves against the Obama administration's lack of urgency in dealing with the jihadist militants in the last month, a number of Democrats have come out in the last few days to criticize Obama for not yet putting together a concrete plan to defeat ISIS, also know as ISIL or the Islamic State.
Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., criticized the president on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday for being "too cautious" and warned that in all her years on the Intelligence Committee she has never seen a non-state actor provide such a serious threat. There is "good reason," she said, for the president, his staff, and all involved to start devising an approach to tackle the ISIS threat before they jeopardize countries like Jordan and Lebanon. more >>
A Christian leader in the Holy Land has said that a "two state solution" for Israel and Palestine is the only way to achieve long-term peace in the region as the truce held out a second week; but another warned that reconciliation between the two societies remains a far away goal.
"It would be wonderful to see two states developed as this is the only way to keep lasting peace and for Islamic radicalism to be contained," Munir S. Kakish, chairman council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land, told The Christian Post in an email on Thursday. "A two state solution is good for both Israel and Palestine."
The long-term ceasefire agreed on by Israel and Hamas last week was brokered by Egypt and made in the hopes of stopping the fighting, which began in July and killed over 2,200 people, mostly civilians. more >>
Bodies are littered across the northern Nigerian town of Bama, captured two days ago by terror group Boko Haram, because the militants are reportedly preventing people from burying the dead.
"So many bodies litter the streets, and people are not allowed to even go and bury the dead ones. So the situation is getting worse and worse," Borno senator and lawmaker Ahmed Zanna told the BBC's Newsday program after speaking to a resident who fled the town.
Government officials had initially denied that the town had fallen, but said that close to 26,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Bama. more >>