James Foley, the American photojournalist beheaded by ISIS militants was reportedly trying to forge dialogue between Christians and Muslims, his former fellow hostage said.
"It's completely ironic," French journalist Nicolas Henin told the Irish Times after learning of Foley's beheading. "James got hold of a Koran in English and he was fascinated by it. There were times he read it without interruption. After being taken hostage twice, he said his career as a reporter was obviously jinxed."
However, Foley was not deterred and continued working for the Global Post and the Agence France-Presse. He was taken hostage in 2012 while on assignment in Syria, which was under attack from ISIS at the time. During his imprisonment, Foley was convicted and felt the need to try and do his part to encourage dialogue between Christians and Muslims. more >>
Glenn Beck, a notable conservative author, activist, and radio personality, denounced a recently unveiled video game as being anti-Tea Party.
The trailer for Battlefield Hardline included statements by the villains that indicated they are Tea Party activists, Beck claims.
The first person shooter game created by Visceral Games and Electronic Arts known as Battlefield Hardline is scheduled to be released next year. more >>
Atheist intellectual and author Richard Dawkins has issued an apology following the controversy over his recent remarks claiming that Down syndrome children should be aborted.
Dawkins had responded on Twitter to a woman's comment about what she should do if she were pregnant with a Down syndrome baby.
"Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice," tweeted Dawkins in response. more >>
A student at Dyer County High School in Tennessee claims that she was suspended after saying, "bless you" to a student who sneezed.
On Monday, 17-year-old Kendra Turner said "bless you" to another student who sneezed during class. The phrase is reportedly banned from the teacher's classroom, as each teacher is allowed to set rules and limits for his/her classroom. One student took a photo of the alleged board in the room, which states the rules for the room, which does list the phrase "bless you" along with others such as "my bad," "stuff," and "I don't know."
"A girl sitting right next [to] me sneezed in class," Kendra told blogger Trisha Haas. "I said, 'Bless You!' My teacher, (Name redacted by Editor) asked, 'Who said that?' I said, 'me.' She said, 'Why did you say that?' I said, 'Because it is courtesy.' She said, 'Says who?' I said 'Says my pastor.' She said 'Well we don't say that in class.'" more >>
A coalition of mostly right wing groups will soon host a "National Impeach Obama Week," which will include numerous protests across the United States.
Scheduled from Saturday until the last day of August, the "National Impeach Obama Week" boasts of having events scheduled in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
The website, http://impeachobamaweek.net/, does not credit a specific group as being behind their efforts, but rather boasts a diverse group of endorsements, including Tea Party and Occupy groups, Republicans, libertarians, anarchists, independents, and some Democrats. more >>
Michael Brown's funeral has been set for Monday, Aug. 25 in St. Louis, Missouri, his family's attorney announced; it will be a public funeral with national figures taking part in order to remind people why there are protests being held in Ferguson.
"Everybody needs to take a break [from the protests]," Brown family attorney Anthony Gray told the Los Angeles Times. "We've got a big memorial service that needs to be planned. [The violent protests] divert all of the attention from [the family] honoring their child and allowing him to begin to process to rest in peace. That's not how they want him to be remembered. They do not want that to be their son's legacy."
The memorial service will be held at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist church in St. Louis. The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy and Rev. Michael Jones will officiate, KMOV reported. more >>