"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 >>
The former President of Lebanon, Amine Gemayel, is a Maronite Christian. He recently warned of "an exodus approaching biblical proportions." Gemayel told a gathering in Zurich of Christian Solidarity International (CSI) and other human rights activists that the current wave of church burnings, murders, and riots against Christians in the Mideast is the work of radical Islamists. The former Lebanese leaders own brother had been assassinated in Beirut by these same jihadists.
President Gemayel's warnings echo those issued two years ago by Vienna's Catholic prelate. Christopher Cardinal Schönborn in 2012 told a religious freedom roundtable in Washington that Egypt and Syria "must not become Iraq." He was referring to the ethnic cleansing that had led the post-Saddam government of Iraq to turn a blind eye to the killing or the driving out of more than half of that war-torn Arab country's pre-invasion Christian population of 1.6 million.
Cardinal Schönborn listed many famous cities-Antioch, Smyrna, Aleppo, Damascus, Hippo, Alexandria-among the scores of Dioceses that had fallen under the Sword of Mohammed in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries. These historic Christian communities were lost or suppressed by Muslim conquests. more >>
Last year was the worst ever for transparency in the Obama administration, an analysis of Freedom of Information Act requests conducted by The Associated Press finds.
The administration cited national security as a reason for denying FOIA requests 8,496 times, which is a 57 percent increase from 2012 and over twice as often as the denials in 2009, Barack Obama's first year as president. Responsiveness to FOIA requests is commonly used to measure the transparency of an administration.
"The administration cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy. Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests, the analysis found," AP wrote Sunday. more >>
For more than a decade new military recruits at Maxwell Air Force Base – Gunter Annex in Alabama have received a Bible from Gideons International volunteers. But that tradition has come to an end after volunteers said they were told by the military that they would no longer be allowed to personally distribute the pocket-sized Bibles to recruits.
"They kicked us out," Gideon's volunteer Michael Fredenburg told me in a telephone interview from his home in Montgomery, Ala. "They told us, 'get your Bibles out.'"
Gaylan Johnson is a public affairs officer for the Military Entrance Processing Command. He told me the Gideons' side of the story is "not strictly true." more >>