Military Religious Freedom Foundation President Mikey Weinstein wants an Air Force Academy cadet who wrote a Bible verse on his personal whiteboard, to be "visibly" punished.
"We want to have visible punishment for the cadet," Weinstein reportedly said on the American Center for Law and Justice's radio program on Thursday, according to an email from the law group.
The incident concerns an Air Force cadet who cited Galatians 2:20 on his personal whiteboard: "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." According to Weinstein, this prompted 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members to contact his organization to complain. more >>
With Vladimir Putin's seeming success in rolling over Crimea and pushing aside the Ukrainians, President Obama is talking tough. And, though Ukraine is not a member of NATO, Poland, the Baltic States, Hungary and the Czech Republic are. They need some shoring up. So Mr. Obama has sent Vice President Joe Biden to reassure the Poles. This makes sense to President Obama because Joe Biden sat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for nearly forty years. Sending Joe Biden to Warsaw will impress the Russians, the president believes. Now, they will surely know that Obama means business. The president famously said of his veep: "nobody messes with Joe."
Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates might not have suggested sending Biden to Poland. In his recently released memoir, Duty, the former Defense Sec. says "Joe Biden has been wrong on every foreign policy issue for thirty years."
Joe Biden supported his chief's decision early in this administration to cancel the missile defense agreement with Poland. The U.S. had promised to help Poland and the Czech Republic to defend themselves against Iran and, not incidentally, to enable these once captive nations to resist new pressures from Moscow. Now, Moscow is rising anew. more >>
When President Obama visits Saudi Arabia next week, he will have an opportunity to follow through on his inspiring words at the Feb. 6. National Prayer Breakfast. There, he told thousands of Christian leaders that "the right of every person to practice their faith how they choose" is central to "human dignity," and so "promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy."
The freedom so central to human dignity is denied by the Kingdom. The State Department has long ranked Saudi Arabia among the world's most religiously repressive governments, designating it a "Country of Particular Concern" under the International Religious Freedom Act. Yet the Obama administration, like its predecessors, has not pressed Riyadh to respect religious freedom.
Saudi Arabia is the only state in the world to ban all churches and any other non-Muslim houses of worship. While Saudi nationals are all "officially" Muslim, some two to three million foreign Christians live in the kingdom, many for decades. They have no rights to practice their faith. The Saudi government has ignored Vatican appeals for a church to serve this community, despite the fact that in 1973 Pope Paul VI approved a proposal for the Roman city council to donate city lands for a grand mosque in Rome. The mosque, opened in 1995, is among the largest in Europe. more >>
"To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace"-Hebrews 6:6
The United Nations, Western governments, media, universities, and talking heads everywhere insist that Palestinians are suffering tremendous abuses from the state of Israel. Conversely, the greatest human rights tragedy of our time-radical Muslim persecution of Christians, including in Palestinian controlled areas-is devotedly ignored.
The facts speak for themselves. Reliable estimates indicate that anywhere from 100-200 million Christians are persecuted every year; one Christian is martyred every five minutes. Approximately 85 percent of this persecution occurs in Muslim majority nations. In 1900, 20 percent of the Middle East was Christian. Today, that number is less than two percent. more >>
While previous documents released by "traitor" or "whistleblower" Edward Snowden uncovered National Security Agency's bulk data collection of information such as phone contacts and email addresses, Tuesday's release to The Washington Post is the first to reveal the collection of actual phone conversations.
The NSA collects all the phone conversations in a single nation under a 2009 program called MYSTIC. The Washington Post chose not to reveal which nation at the request of U.S. government officials. Whether the program has expanded since 2009 to include other nations was not confirmed, but the documents suggest there were plans at the time to expand the program.
In a Jan. 17 speech, President Barack Obama assured, "The United States is not spying on ordinary people who don't threaten our national security." more >>
The bizarre disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 might sound like an episode from the Twilight Zone, when an aircraft vanishes into a different dimension and emerges in an earlier time.
But of course the airplane is somewhere on earth, intact or in pieces, and we have evidence that it was in flight for hours-under the control of somebody who evidently knew a lot about it.
Air transportation is a wonderful boon, and many of us have to fly to be able to do our jobs. Engineers, weather forecasters, pilots, air traffic controllers, and many others have made flight very safe, but perils remain. Is there anything we as passengers can do to help ourselves? more >>