A Muslim NFL player was penalized after dropping to his knees and praying following a touchdown on Monday night, leading to a discussion of whether his prayer should have gotten him a penalty.
Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs returned an interception during a game against the New England Patriots. He ran the ball into the endzone for a touchdown before dropping to his knees, putting his forehead to the ground and praying. Abdullah received a penalty of unsportsmanlike conduct, angering fans and Muslims alike.
"Abdullah should not have been penalized," Michael Signora, NFL Vice President of Football Communications, posted on Twitter the following morning. "Officiating mechanic is not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons." more >>
Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations about their struggle with Hamas.
Netanyahu noted that some of the countries that didn't support Israel in fighting Hamas were quick to support President Obama's actions against ISIS. Netanyahu said, "Hamas and ISIS are branches of the same poisonous tree." Both ISIS and Hamas present a very dangerous threat, as both have the ultimate goal of global domination.
Hamas, like ISIS, seeks to establish a caliphate, yet there has been very little support for Israel. Hamas placed rockets where Palestinian children live and play, showing their true colors by using civilians as human shields. Israel defended itself against these war crimes, and the actions of Hamas have yet to be denounced. more >>
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nation's (U.N.) General Assembly, giving Israel a chance to refute comments made last Friday by Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas. During his speech, Abbas characterized Israel's self-defense against Hamas, a terrorist organization, as "war crimes." Fatah and Hamas, two main Palestinian political factions, united in April and recently reaffirmed their unity government in the Gaza Strip. In June the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to investigate Israel on war crimes. The only country to reject this resolution was the United States.
Such allegations, against a country whose first priority is to protect the safety of their citizens, are appalling. Unfortunately, President Obama's choice words for our ally during his remarks at the U.N. did not help. Obama referred to the summer's conflict as one between "Palestinians and Israelis." He stated, "... the violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace. But let's be clear: the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza is not sustainable. We cannot afford to turn away from this effort - not when rockets are fired at innocent Israelis, or the lives of so many Palestinian children are taken from us in Gaza."
Where is the outrage over a terrorist organization fighting from civilian areas, Mr. President? Let's be clear, the conflict in Gaza was not a war among peaceful Palestinians. Instead, it was a war waged by a group of Palestinians, one that is internationally categorized as a terrorist organization. Hamas put innocent lives in Gaza at risk by choosing conflict over diplomacy while using civilian populated areas to their advantage. more >>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday before the United Nations in New York that those who support the fight against ISIS but not Palestinian group Hamas don't understand how similar the two Islamic militant groups really are. He also said that Iran and its nuclear capabilities are even more dangerous than ISIS.
"Last week, many of the countries represented here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS, and yet weeks before, some of these same countries, the same countries that now support confronting ISIS, opposed Israel for confronting Hamas. They evidently don't understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree," Netanyahu asserted.
Blogger Pamela Geller is pulling ads she was to run in New York City's transit system featuring James Foley with the masked militant who killed him due to objections made by the slain journalist's family, religious leaders and officials.
The ad, paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and which shows Foley before his beheading by ISIS militants, are being pulled after criticism by the journalist's parents, religious leaders from different faiths and city officials, The Associated Press reported.
Geller's attorney said that Foley's family has been notified about the pulling of the ads, and it has been communicated that "Geller understands and feels intimately the pain" they are suffering. more >>
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Evangelist Greg Laurie read a recent letter from Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is still being held as a prisoner in Iran two years after being arrested for his Christian faith, to his daughter during a somber prayer vigil held at the city of Newport Beach's civic center Friday at noon.
The imprisoned pastor was able to write a letter to his daughter, Rebekkah Grace, for her eighth birthday on Sept. 12.
"You are growing so fast and becoming more beautiful every day," he wrote in the letter released by the ACLJ. "I praise God for His faithfulness to me every day as I watch from a distance through the prison walls and see pictures and hear stories of how you are growing both spiritually and physically." more >>