It has been a discouraging week for evangelical Christians and others who are steadfastly devoted to protecting unborn life.
Last Thursday, as I joined with approximately 100,000 others at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the ostensibly pro-life Republican leadership of the House of Representatives called off a scheduled vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act. This legislation, which would prohibit abortions of unborn children past 20 weeks in their gestation in most cases, is a matter of conscience. Scientists believe that unborn children at 20 weeks are sufficiently developed so as to feel pain while abortion terminates their life. That's why most Americans, both women and men—including many who support the right to choose an abortion earlier in a pregnancy—support this bill. But in an apparent betrayal of the many pro-life evangelical and Catholic voters who just helped their party to gain control of both chambers of Congress, Republican leaders in the House decided against even offering a vote on the legislation.
Christian engagement in public policy is driven by the fundamental biblical conviction that all human life is made in the image of God and is thus to be cherished. Regardless of gender, ethnicity, legal status, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, disability, or any other qualifier, human life is sacred, and our faith requires us to advocate in particular for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Children still within their mothers' wombs certainly meet that definition. more >>
I write these words as a concerned onlooker, not as an expert on immigration and certainly not as anyone having any authority in these matters at all. It is simply time to put these things on the table, since the subject of Muslim immigration is a burning hot topic worldwide, especially in Europe.
First, the obvious backdrop to the story.
In the aftermath of the latest Islamic terror attacks, how can the citizens of countries like France and Germany and Holland and Spain feel safe living alongside their Muslim neighbors? And, since there has been a backlash against Muslims living in these countries, including attacks on places of business and worship, how can these Muslims feel safe? more >>
A number of German cities this week have hosted mass protests against the "Islamisation" of Europe, with over 18,000 people attending an anti-immigration rally in Dresden on Monday. Counter rallies have also sprung up, however, claiming that the protesters are displaying racism and Nazism.
BBC News reported that the protests against the wave of Islamic immigrants coming to Germany and other Western European nations are part of the Pegida media campaign, which was founded in October 2014 and stands for "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West."
The protests are aimed against the mass numbers of asylum seekers from the Middle East arriving in Germany each year, numbering close to 200,000 for 2014 alone. Attitudes are also set against established Muslim communities in the country, such as the 3 million ethnic Turks, representing Germany's largest immigrant community. more >>
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 >>