MIAMI BEACH — Two former George W. Bush administration officials, Elliot Abrams and Michael Gerson, debated Monday whether it is appropriate for presidents to call Islam a religion of peace.
"What is authentic Islam? Is ISIS an authentic form of Islam, or is it not? I think it's very important that the United States government shut-up about that question," Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, declared at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Faith Angle Forum.
"It used to annoy me enormously when President [George W.] Bush, for whom I was working, would say, 'Islam is a religion of peace,'" continued Abrams, who served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser. more >>
Family members of the Pakistan Christian couple burned to death say they are being pressured to drop their calls for a criminal case and demand the government to protect them, in a recent press conference.
Shahbaz Masih and wife Parveen are petitioning the government to get justice for his brother Shehzad Masih and sister-in-law Shama, who was believed to be pregnant when a mob, allegedly led by Muslim clerics, burned them alive in a kiln. So far regional Kot Radha Kishan police have arrested 44 people in connection to the incident.
However the Masih family says they are receiving threats to drop their pleas for an investigation. The family said they have also been offered bribes of land and money to end the case. But they are determined to get justice for their family. more >>
Recently, I had the privilege to visit the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Someone asked me, "What were you doing there?" My response: "Worshiping Jesus Christ."
Before and after the beautiful service, it was a delight to walk around and see what's there---such as the stone sarcophagus of Woodrow Wilson, with just his name and the years of his birth and death. He died in 1924. The cathedral was built in 1907. This was the only presidential grave I saw there in my abridged, unofficial tour.
The National Cathedral is part of the Episcopal Church. It is not officially part of the U. S. government, in that we have "no establishment of religion" in America. By design. A good design. The founders wanted to make sure there would be no religion "by law established" in America at the federal level. more >>
An Israeli police officer has died from his injuries sustained in the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday that also led to the deaths of three rabbis with dual American-Israeli citizenship, and one with British citizenship. Terrorist group Hamas has claimed that the attack was revenge for the killing of a Palestinian bus driver on Sunday night. An autopsy report reveals, however, that the bus driver committed suicide.
Hamas, which was engaged in a war with Israel over the summer that led to the deaths of over 2,100 people, mostly Palestinians, said that it blamed Jewish settlers for the killing of 32-year-old bus driver Yussuf al-Ramuni.
"The attack in Jerusalem is a reaction to the crime and execution of the martyr al-Ramouni and a reaction to the crimes of the occupation, the Hamas movement is calling for more revenge attacks," Hamas said on its official Al-Aksa TV. more >>
Comedian Bill Maher has taken aim at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, calling the religion a "sex cult."
In comments delivered on a recent episode of the HBO television series "Real Time with Bill Maher," the atheistic comedian took a few shots at the LDS church.
Three Americans are among four people killed during an attack Tuesday at a Jerusalem synagogue carried out by two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and gun. The Israeli police, who shot down the attackers, said they view the incident as a terror attack.
"We are viewing this as a terrorist attack," said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, who confirmed the four dead and that the two assailants were killed by police.
Fox News identified the slain Americans as Aryeh Kupinsky, Kalmen Levin and Moshe Twersky. Another eight people were injured in the attack on the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood in the western part of Jerusalem. more >>