As priests are abducted in Crimea, churches burn in Sudan, and American pastors waste away in North Korean prisons, how long will it take this administration to name a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom?
With the president visiting Saudi Arabia and the first lady visiting China earlier this month, April would have been a prime opportunity to send a message that America values religious freedom, even in the presence of necessary allies with dismal reputations in this regard. This isn't a Democratic, Republican, liberal, or conservative issue; it's a matter of common decency and of human rights.
The ambassadorship has been vacant for six months and it has been nearly two months since President Obama stated at the National Prayer Breakfast that he "looks forward to nominating our next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom." more >>
DALLAS — Members of Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kan., staged several protests in Oklahoma and Texas over the weekend where they faced counter protesters, including a group of 2,000 who rallied against them in Moore, Okla., Sunday.
Holding signs that read "God hates fags," "American is Doomed" and "God's Fury" citing Nahum 1:3, WBC claimed that a tornado that struck the town last May and left many residents homeless was punishment from God for abortion, homosexuality and "phony Christians" mocking the Creator.
Although WBC obtained a permit to picket outside Central Junior High for 30 minutes Sunday, they were quickly rushed back to their vehicles to leave the premises after 10 minutes of picketing when six men in the counter protest rushed toward them. more >>
A controversial gay rights critic running for governor of Massachusetts has recently stated that he believed President Barack Obama "may well be a homosexual himself."
Scott Lively, gubernatorial candidate and head of Abiding Truth Ministries, stated in an interview with local media that he felt President Obama was "a radical homosexualist." more >>
Diversity. Tolerance. Open-mindedness. These values have been the benchmarks of American liberalism, until recently.
Liberals are increasingly characterized by demands for homogeneity and intolerance of those who disagree with them. These liberals say that those who do not agree with them, even their fellow liberals, must be silenced, driven from the public square, and forced out of their jobs.
Here are eight recent examples: more >>
While the nation waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to hand down its decision on the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case, an artist turned abortion activist is attempting to reshape the cultural debate through her art.
Heather Ault is both an award-winning artist and an activist for what she calls abortion rights and reproductive justice. In 2009, she launched a project called 4000 Years for Choice which is described as a "dynamic visual art series devoted to re-visioning the historical and cultural narrative of abortion and contraception." Ault has taken her project all across the country to art galleries, college campuses and abortion clinics.
The artist explains that her work is designed to provide an historical overview of abortion and contraception through the ages by using quotes from notable figures. Ault says, "My use of historical images seeks to replace to the iconic "wire coat hanger" used by the pro-choice movement for decades. Each poster conveys a positive word, such as love, embrace, bless, sing, and celebrate, as a means to critique the feminist battle cry of "fight, struggle, and defend." more >>
Since the Internet now permeates our lives in every possible way, it is disturbing that Obama has relinquished U.S. control over its underlying structure. Control will be turned over to a global panel, which will include totalitarian countries that do not value our First Amendment protection of free speech.
Since 1998, through a contract with the U.S. government, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit corporation, has administered the IP numbering network and domain name system (DNS) worldwide, controlling .com, .gov, etc. ICANN has done a fairly respectable job administering the rules and standards. Its board is composed of an incredibly diverse selection of foreign citizens. The vice chair is Australian. The current makeup of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee includes 109 nations, plus the European Union and the Vatican.
To claim that ICANN is under U.S. control is really in name only, since the U.S. members of the organization have worked together successfully to forge consensus with foreign members. In spite of this, international interests have been pressuring the U.S. since 1998 to relinquish all control from ICANN to an "international organization." The Department of Commerce under President Clinton indicated it intended to eventually cede control. more >>