President Barack Obama reluctantly signed into law the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. He was forced to accept, by overwhelming votes in both chambers, Congress's constitutional role in reviewing any nuclear deal with Iran and the lifting of any congressionally imposed sanctions.
Now the toughest work begins.
The U.S. and Israel both understand that the Iranians, despite their repeated denials, continue to pursue a nuclear weapons capability. We also both understand that Iran has a long and troubled track record of sharing military technology with terrorist organizations. more >>
When Tulsa, Okla., police captain Paul Fields refused an order to attend a mosque, he was slapped with a two-week suspension and permanent demotion. Captain Fields resisted the order based on his religious freedom—he is a Christian. But his objections were not good enough for his superiors or the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled against him.
The chief of police had ordered officers to attend the mosque to hear a discussion on Islamic beliefs, Muhammad and Mecca; learn why and how Muslims pray; and consider buying Islamic books and pamphlets. In December 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The Fields case is but another in a bewildering campaign to sell Islam to Americans while denigrating Christianity and, as in the Tulsa decision, rejecting the rights of individuals or groups holding other religious convictions.
Such capricious actions, though motivated by a professed desire to be sensitive to followers of Islam, actually have the opposite effect. Even Muslims should reject them based on their own self-interests. No one has benefited from the radical polarization of Americans over the past few years. Religious intolerance and deteriorating race relations threaten to alter or destroy this society. more >>
After allegedly calling Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas an "angel of peace" over two weeks ago, Pope Francis reportedly asserted last week that anyone who does not recognize Israel as the Jewish state is anti-Semitic.
The Times of Israel reports that in an email sent to Portuguese-Israeli journalist Henrique Cymerman last Thursday, the pontiff equated anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism as one in the same.
The author of the Awkward Moments Children's Bible, which illustrates controversial or strange passages in the Bible, has announced that he's canceling a follow-up project that would have illustrated parts of the Quran because of fears for his safety and the safety of the illustrators.
"After a great deal of consideration and wise counsel, I've decided to cancel the controversial Kid's Koran project we've been working on and hinting about over the past year that was set to release this fall. Why? Because of a certain group of fringe maniacal 'radical' bullies who equate the transfer of lead and pigments into shapes on paper as blasphemy — punishable by death," the author, going by the pseudonym Horus Gilgamesh, explains on his website.
"I'm quite unhappy to be forced into making this decision and would like to state emphatically that this project is not being cancelled out of any sort of respect for any irrational ancient religion that threatens to silence critical thinking and/or satirical challenges with death. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group is being accused by local government officials of kidnapping over 500 children from the Anbar and Diyala provinces in Iraq, and there is fear that some of the children could be forced to carry out suicide bomb attacks.
Farhan Mohammed, a member of Anbar's Provincial Council, told the Turkish news organization Anadolu Agency on Saturday that the Islamic State abducted approximately 400 children in the Anbar towns of Ar Rutba, Al-Qaim, Anah and Rawa in raids that took place over the course of a week.
Mohammed further added that he believes more children in the area will be recruited to join ISIS and that they could be used to carry out jihadi attacks. more >>
After a recent Islamic State English magazine article claimed that the terrorist group could buy nuclear arms from Pakistan, India's defense minister warned last weekend that ISIS does have the connections and resources needed to purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan.
At a security conference in Singapore last Saturday, Rao Inderjit Singh, India's Minister of State for Defence, said he's "afraid" that ISIS could possibly gain nuclear capabilities, Bloomberg reported.
"With the rise of ISIS in West Asia, one is afraid to an extent that perhaps they might get access to a nuclear weapon from states like Pakistan," Singh asserted. more >>