Taxi drivers working in the small Filipino tourist island city of Tagbilaran are required by law to have a Bible verse painted on the back of their three-wheeled motorcycle cabs, and any driver that is caught without a scripture is liable to be fined or have their license revoked.
CBN News reports that in an attempt to reduce crime rate in the island of Bohol's provincial capital city, the Bohol provincial government passed into law, over 22 years ago, the requirement for drivers of the city's most efficient mode of public transportation, three-wheeled motorized tricycle taxis that seat as many as four to seven riders, to have scripture verses on the back.
Although the Tagbilaran City Hall only gives out 3,000 commercial tricycle licenses every year, the government requires each driver to have a scripture verse that is completely their own and one that is not being used by any other tricycles operating in the city. more >>
While I fully understand there are bad cops — and there are good cops who make bad mistakes — the Left's recent wave of anti-cop sentiment is not only disgusting, it's dehumanizing.
Essentially, the Left places an inhuman burden of patience and tolerance for risk on police officers, then jumps on the inevitable failure to achieve an impossible standard as proof of police corruption and violence. They do the same thing to soldiers in combat conditions, imposing on them restrictions that defy reason and human nature, then decry alleged "abuses" as creating moral equivalence between Americans and their enemies.
Here's the reality: Prolonged exposure to violence and the threat of violence creates a natural increased tendency towards aggression, and this response is not only logical, it's necessary for self-preservation and necessary to do the job. Unless you've encountered a consistent threat of mortal violence, it's hard to describe how a person changes. I'll relate an example from my own life. In 2008, I was on a "presence patrol" in an Iraqi village that had long been considered relatively safe. We'd rooted out al-Qaeda weeks before, local markets were open, and the atmosphere was somewhat relaxed. While I was obviously alert and scanning the neighborhood for threats, I wasn't nearly as tense as I'd been on different missions on uncleared roads (in other words, where IEDs were expected), deep into territory al-Qaeda was deemed to control. more >>
The news Saturday, that two New York police officers were ambushed as they sat in their patrol car, sent shock waves throughout the country. The slaughter of these officers is more than heartbreaking. I did not want to write about this on yesterday's commentary as it was too soon and too emotional. However, for me, it recalls a time of hopelessness when New York City was circling the drain.
It is among the most despicable of crimes. Not only does this impact the lives of these officers and their families, but the physical, spiritual, and economic well being of all citizens in New York City.
I moved to NYC in the early 1970s. I was astonished by the hostility, crime, and hopelessness. New York was in a tailspin as the city was at war with the police and itself. It was made worse when budget cuts saw the police force decrease by 30% in 1975, sending crime up 40%. more >>
The man behind the real-life story of "Mississippi Burning" has opened up for the first time since 2005 but refused to confess to the triple murder that sparked national outrage.
Edgar Ray Killen, 89, was found guilty of the 1964 murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, young men working for civil rights. In 2005, Killen was put on trial and found guilty, then sentenced to 60 years behind bars, which he has been serving in Mississippi. The three young men were working together for civil rights, investigating the latest burning of a black church just outside Philadelphia when they were stopped by police and accused of speeding.
The police took the three into the Neshoba County jail, and what took place next is something Killen refuses to admit to. Witnesses testified that Killen rounded up members of the Klan in order to intercept the young men after they left the jail. Their bodies were found 44 days later, buried in a dam made of red clay. more >>
Rafael Ramos was one of the two NYPD officers murdered on Saturday, and he's remembered for his commitment to his church as well as his passion for ministry.
Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, were executed by a lone gunman who later took his own life. Ramos, 40, dreamed of being a chaplain and was hours away from graduating from the New York State Chaplain Task Force when he was killed. The pastor of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York, where Ramos was a member, issued a statement remembering the fallen officer's service.
"Ralph Ramos was a long-standing member of 14 years at Christ Tabernacle. When he was not working, he was highly involved in our church. He served as an usher, was part of our marriage ministry and life group ministry. He and his family are well loved throughout the congregation," said Rev. Adam Durso who serves as executive pastor at Christ Tabernacle Church. more >>
The daughter of Eric Garner, who was killed by New York Police, showed her support for the NYPD and called for change after the assassinations of two policemen on Saturday.
Emerald Snipes-Garner, 22, visited a makeshift memorial in Brooklyn on Monday and told the crowd that she stood by the police and the families of the fallen officers.
"I just had to come out and let their family know that we stand with them, and I'm going to send my prayers and condolences to all the families who are suffering through this tragedy," she told ABC News. "I was never anti-police. Like I said before, I have family that's in the NYPD that I've grown up around, family reunions and everything, so my family you know, we're not anti-police." more >>