As the new year is already upon us, The Christian Post would like to offer a brief look back at the major issues and events of 2014.
Pastors in Houston were almost forced to hand over all their sermons that touched on the topic of homosexuality, a major U.S. megachurch became nonexistent, Christians around the world saw a rise in attacks especially with the rise of terrorist group ISIS, and fear spread around the world as the Ebola virus spread rapidly in West Africa. Below is the full top ten list.
1. Liberal Intolerance: 'Duck Dynasty,' Mozilla, Benham Brothers and Houston Mayor Subpoena Scandal more >>
Religious freedom, gay marriage, abortion, common core, immigration, "Obamacare," and the midterm elections led much of The Christian Post's politics coverage in 2014. Here, ranked by CP editors, are the top 10 Christian Post politics stories of the year.
10. The New Russian Aggression
Russian President Vladimir Putin revived memories of the old Soviet Union in 2014 as he led Russia to expand its territorial holdings. First he invaded the Crimean peninsula, a part of the Ukraine with a large Russian population and declared it part of Russia after a rigged referendum. Later, he led a full-scale invasion of the rest of Ukraine. more >>
President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration is unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania Arthur Schwab declared in a court opinion.
Schwab made the conclusion Tuesday in a 38-page opinion on the criminal case of undocumented Honduran immigrant, Elionardo Juarez-Escobar who was charged in federal court with unlawful re-entry after he was arrested earlier this year in Pennsylvania for drunk driving.
"President Obama's unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional," Judge Schwab wrote in the decision. more >>
President Barack Obama has garnered much attention for misquoting of the Bible during remarks made in defense of his immigration policy executive order.
At a speech made on Tuesday in Nashville, President Obama cited the Bible when pitching his plan for immigration reform.
Now that President Barack Obama announced his intentions to violate the Constitution and grant amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens through executive amnesty, Congress is in a rush to respond. Obama's actions are a threat to the America's democracy, and it is up to the American people to demand enforcement of America's immigration laws.
After returning from recess on Monday, conservative Republicans in the U.S. House circulated draft legislation which would stop Obama's plan dead in it's tracks. The language, which was inserted into an upcoming spending bill, uses Congress' power of the purse and expressly prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from using any funds or fees may by "any agency to implement, administer, enforce or carry out any of the policy changes" announced by the Obama White House. The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently confirmed, in a letter to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) that Congress has the full authority block Obama's shameful amnesty actions.
And because of Tea Party efforts, conservative leaders in the House are planning more action immediately. Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is crafting legislation to bolster law enforcement along America's porous border. And Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is already scheduling hearings immediately to expose Obama's illegal overreach on deportation policy. more >>
This USA Today piece wonders if the religious coalition behind immigration reform, i.e. mass legalization, can survive President Obama's executive amnesty. It quotes Southern Baptist official Russell Moore warning it could indeed fracture the coalition. Moore is just about the only prominent religious leader within that coalition who's publicly criticized the executive amnesty. Officials from nearly all other major participants, such as the Catholic bishops, old-line Protestantism, and Evangelical groups like World Vision have been supportive. The National Association of Evangelicals has so far been carefully quiet.
A Catholic bishop quoted in the story complaining of "neo-nativists" and the "anti-immigrant faction" illustrates why this religious coalition has not been more politically effective. It's dismissive if not contemptuous of skeptics lacking enthusiasm for their prioritization of mass legalization over greater security, deriding them as virtual bigots. In fact, these skeptics include large numbers within their own religious constituencies.
Evangelicals, according to polls, are the religious demographic most skeptical of mass legalization. The Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), a major subset of the religious coalition, expended millions of dollars trying to mobilize Evangelical opinion behind the U.S. Senate legislation. It was thought that U.S. House of Representatives Republicans would succumb to Evangelical pressure. But in the end, little pressure was felt, nary a single House Republican shifted, and the legislation died, hence Obama's executive amnesty. more >>