Three reporters from the Al Jazeera media network have been sentenced to prison in Egypt, sparking an international outcry from family members and groups like Amnesty International, who call the sentencing a "sham."
An Egyptian court sentenced the three Al Jazeera journalists to seven years in prison, each on terrorism charges related to the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
The court determined the three defendants, Australian Peter Greste, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed, were guilty of showing bias for Morsi during civilian protests and his ousting from power last year. Along with the seven-year sentence, Mohammed, a producer for the Al Jazeera network, received an additional three years for a second charge. more >>
The great American film director Frank Capra was an Italian immigrant. He came to the U.S. as a boy, worked hard to apply his talents to his chosen field, and such classic films as "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "It's a Wonderful Life" are the result.
In 1982, Capra was given a Lifetime Achievement award by the American Film Institute. In his acceptance speech, he didn't just talk about movies or drop names. Instead, he talked about his love of his country. "America," he said, "just for living here, I kiss the ground."
That deep love of the world's most remarkable country touches a chord with all of us who cherish the liberty, prosperity, and opportunity our nation affords. It's that vision of America, a land of freedom where incredible things can be achieved by ordinary people, which still brings in hundreds of thousands of immigrants from across the globe today. more >>
Colleges are chock-full of various, diverse student organizations, grouping like-minded individuals around a common interest and mission. One can expect a culinary club to be led by a foodie, the Young Democrats by devoted members of the Democratic Party, the dance club by someone who knows how (or least likes) to dance, and the Feminist Student Organization by students who wish to advance the cause of women.
But more and more colleges are depriving religious student groups, particularly, Christian-oriented groups, of this same basic liberty to gather with – and be led by – individuals with harmonious views. Instead, these colleges want to tell Christian groups what they are supposed to think.
The current situation at Bowdoin College in Maine is representative of this creeping and downright disturbing trend. more >>
Over two days last week, every one of Mosul's thousands of Christians fled the Sunni Jihadi invasion and they are not going back. All their ancient and beautiful churches and monasteries there will remain closed, and a handful have already been desecrated. In effect, a targeted religious cleansing of Christians has taken place in Iraq's second largest city and one known through much of the past 2,000 years as Nineveh, Iraq's Christian center.
ISIS jihadists, reportedly with support from a sizeable segment of Mosul's overwhelmingly Sunni population, have declared the establishment of a caliphate under medieval sharia rules and the black flag of Islamist extremism.
Some of the Sunnis among the quarter of the Mosul population who left on June 9 are returning. "I hope God supports them and makes them victorious over the oppression of al-Maliki," 80-year-old Abu Thaer, a Sunni resident of Mosul was quoted exclaiming about ISIS in today's press. His sentiment is not unusual within the strong Baathist pockets there. The rest of the city's population will be intimidated into acceptance, particularly since June 12 when ISIS executed the Imam of Mosul's Grand Mosque, along with a dozen other Muslim imams for refusing to swear allegiance to them. more >>
An atheist teacher claims he was recently fired from his position at Middlebury Community Schools in Indiana due to his lack of religious beliefs, but school officials are arguing the 29-year-old educator was fired for his poor performance.
Teacher Kevin Pack recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that he was fired from his position as a German teacher at Northridge High School because he is an atheist and the school's principal, Gerald Rasler, is an evangelical Christian.
Pack told The Goshen News that expressing his atheism during the school year led to the recent termination of his work contract. The 29-year-old teacher has disputed the district's claims that he was fired due to poor work performance that included missing parent-teacher conferences, arriving at work late and leaving students unattended in the classroom. more >>
Brooks Hamby never wanted to be a rabble-rouser. He just wanted to thank Jesus in his high school graduation speech.
But the Brawley Union School District in Brawley, Calif., said the references to Jesus and prayer in Brooks' graduation speech were "inappropriate" and violated "prevailing legal standards."
School officials rejected three versions of the young man's graduation address, and one administrator went so far as to redact every religious reference with a black marker – as if it were some sort of top-secret government document. more >>