Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., is urging the Department of Homeland Security to change the wording on naturalization tests and study materials to promote "freedom of religion" instead of "freedom of worship," stating that "freedom of religion" is the right to exercise beliefs, while "freedom of worship" confines acting on beliefs to location.
Lankford, co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus and former youth pastor, sent a Monday letter to secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, arguing that asking prospective citizens to identify "freedom of worship" rather than "freedom of religion" in question 51 of the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services civic test study materials contradicts the First Amendment, which James Madison introduced in his proposal of the Bill of Rights 226 years ago Monday.
"We are doing a great disservice to those seeking citizenship in this great country if we distort our history and fail to teach new citizens about the founding and constitutional principles of this nation," Lankford wrote in the letter. "How can your Department request that Congress create a new United States Citizenship Foundation when your own naturalization materials do not even accurately reflect the constitutional rights of American citizens?" more >>
Honesty cannot be optional for a strong and free society. The truth sets us free, as we pastors remind our congregations, and this is true for public life as well as private souls. Nowhere is honesty needed more today than in the discussion of justice and equity for students in public schools. There is an assumption that if our children work hard every year in school and master all of the skills expected of him or her, then they will graduate high school prepared for college level work or a job. However, Hispanic students graduate high school at a rate 10 percent lower than their white classmates, and many graduates face significant obstacles when trying to earn their college degree. We know today that almost 60% of Hispanic students entering a community college are required to pay college tuition to take high school English or math. These students almost always end up with debt and no degree.
While Hispanic students have made some gains in educational outcomes over the last 20 years, they still lag behind their non-Hispanic classmates. A recent study by Pew Research found that for the first time in 2012, the enrollment rate among Hispanic high school graduates surpassed their white peers. Sadly many are not able to finish their degree. In fact, nationally, only twenty percent of Latino adults have a postsecondary degree.
It is a matter of biblical justice that education leaders are honest about the quality of education students receive in their state since it is most often the poor who are harmed when academic promises fall short. State leaders could go a long way toward improving this situation by closing the "Honesty Gap" between what states measure as academically necessary to what national data proves. more >>
Ann Coulter lives up to her reputation of issuing warnings and political commentary that nobody else dares to say in her newest book, Adios, America! It's aptly titled; she makes the case that it is goodbye to the America we know and love if we don't stop diluting our population with people who don't love America, don't respect our Constitution and laws, don't even speak our language, and commit all sorts of unspeakable crimes.
Adios, America! brims with the scathing humor that has made Coulter's previous 10 books bestsellers.
Coulter gives hundreds of specific examples of major crimes committed by illegal immigrants and, in particular, crimes against very young women and girls. She shows the devious ways that the media conceal the fact that these horrendous crimes are committed by illegal immigrants whom our government never should have let into our country. more >>
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, told The Christian Post that a recent three judge panel decision against the Obama Administration's immigration policy executive action mean many immigrants will continue to suffer as political leaders struggle to resolve their differences on immigration reform.
A panel from an appeals court has denied the Obama Administration's request to lift an injunction barring the president's controversial immigration executive order from taking effect.
In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of the Appeals denied the Justice Department's request to lift an injunction given to Texas and 25 other states suing the Administration over the executive action. more >>
As conditions in the Middle East and Africa are causing thousands of people to seek ways to migrate into Europe, terrorist organizations like the Islamic State are profiting handsomely off of people that are trying to flee from the chaos these groups have helped cause, a recent report has found.
According to a report released Tuesday by The Global Initiative, terrorist groups including ISIS are benefiting from the lucrative human trafficking trade that illegally smuggles boatloads of people from the Libyan coast across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.
The report estimates that the human trafficking trade generates between $255 million and $323 million each year. more >>
An Iraqi nun who has been an outspoken critic of the Islamic State will finally receive a visa to travel to the United States to speak on Christian persecution in the Middle East.
In a reversal following much outrage, the US State Department has agreed to give Sister Diana Momeka, member of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, a visa for a trip to Washington, D.C.
Sister Diana's trip was sponsored in part by the groups the Institute for Global Engagement and the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. more >>