If he were to die anytime soon and discover that God exists, billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is confident that he will go to heaven.
"I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It's not even close," said Bloomberg with a grin in a recent New York Times interview on his plan to pump $50 million in a grassroots network to challenge the National Rifle Association.
While he may have been facetious about heaven, Bloomberg is taking his fight with the NRA seriously. more >>
I was recently involved in an interesting exercise-examining taqiyya about taqiyya-and believe readers might profit from the same exercise, as it exposes all the subtle apologetics made in defense of the Islamic doctrine, which permits Muslims to lie to non-Muslims, or "infidels."
Context: Khurrum Awan, a lawyer, is suing Ezra Levant, a Canadian media personality and author, for defamation and $100,000. Back in 2009 and on his own website, Levant had accused Awan of taqiyya in the context of Awan's and the Canadian Islamic Congress' earlier attempts to sue Mark Steyn.
For more on Levant's court case, go to www.StandWithEzra.ca. more >>
There is no doubt that there is real suffering among the Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank (which is actually ancient Judea and Samaria). The question is who, precisely, is most responsible for their suffering?
Certainly, Israel is far from blameless in its treatment of the Palestinians, and it helps no one when we overlook or whitewash Israel's failings, as some Christian Zionists are prone to do.
But is Israel primarily responsible for the difficult living conditions faced by the Palestinians today? more >>
Some law enforcement officers in Tennessee are now worried about the increase in crime and other unintended consequences that could occur if a bill passed Tuesday by the Tennessee Senate to let gun owners carry their weapons openly without a permit should ever become law.
The lawmakers voted 25-2 to pass the measure filed by state Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet). If it becomes law gun owners will no longer be required to do background checks, get training or obtain a permit before openly carrying a handgun in public. The only instance in which gun owners would be required to have a permit is if they intend on concealing the weapon.
Beavers believes gun ownership should be treated as a right, not a privilege, and believes her bill would support that principle. more >>
It has been interesting to watch Putin gain in popularity as he outwits Obama. Since he invaded Crimea, Putin's approval ratings in Russia have gone up 10 points. In another of his historic "firsts," Obama has done what no other president has done: make Putin look better.
As the Obama administration argues over which symbolic, empty gestures it plans to use next, Putin smiles (or sneers, I'm not sure which; with him, it's a creepy yet subtle distinction).
Russia caught Obama off guard. Prior to the invasion of Crimea, in Obama's view our nation's biggest threats were the Koch brothers, the Tea Party and health care providers. Now on that list is the Russian situation, but only to the degree that it makes Obama look politically weak. more >>
Gay rights trump religious rights.
That's the rule of law in New Mexico after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether a wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to film a gay couple's commitment ceremony.
The high court's decision not to hear the case lets stand a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that the owners of Elane Photography violated the state's anti-discrimination laws. more >>