President Barack Obama has relaunched his early campaign plan to close GITMO, the infamous prison facility for terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, though is facing opposition from conservative critics who warn such a move would put American lives in great danger.
Explaining his plan on Tuesday, Obama insisted that keeping the prison open works against America's best interests.
"For many years, it has been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security — it undermines it. It's counterproductive to our fight against terrorists, who use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit," Obama said. more >>
President Barack Obama launched a final push on Tuesday to persuade Congress to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but lawmakers, opposed to rehousing detainees in the United States, declared his plan a non-starter.
In White House remarks, Obama, a Democrat, pleaded with the Republican-led Congress to give his proposal a "fair hearing." He said he did not want to pass along the issue to his successor next January.
The Pentagon plan proposes 13 potential sites on U.S. soil for the transfer of remaining detainees but does not identify the facilities or endorse a specific one. more >>
A national atheist group has joined the effort to convince President Barack Obama to designate the Islamic State's persecution of Christians and other minority groups in the Middle East a "genocide."
The Center for Inquiry, a national nonprofit atheist group, joined the International Religious Freedom Roundtable in asking the Obama administration to properly label the atrocities committed by the Islamic State.
Michael De Dora, director of public policy at the Center for Inquiry, told The Christian Post on Thursday that there are several reasons why his group has chosen to support the International Religious Freedom Roundtable. more >>
A number of prominent Protestant leaders, including Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr., are criticizing Pope Francis for implying yesterday that Donald Trump's intention to build a wall on the southern border is "not Christian."
After the Pontiff chastised Trump's desire to build the wall instead of "building bridges" in a conversation with reporters during his return flight home from Mexico, the real estate mogul responded Thursday by saying that it is "disgraceful" for a religious leader to question a person's faith.
Falwell, the president of Liberty University who endorsed Trump for president earlier this year, told CNN that the Pope's comments would cause America's first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, to roll over in his grave. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has sent legal documents to the United Nations calling for an end to the grotesque practice in Afghanistan where grown men force young boys to dress up like women, before raping and sexually abusing them.
The conservative law group said that the "bacha bazi" practice, which translates to "boy play," has been present for centuries in Afghanistan, and reports have said that it is still being used in the war-torn country.
"Perpetrators span all facets of society, including high-ranking officials in the government and security forces, and are allowed to systematically rape and traffic young boys with virtual impunity," the ACLJ said. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson argued that the United States should officially declare war on the Islamic State terror group, something which Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton has firmly opposed.
"As President I will declare war on the Islamic State, taking back the territory through which it claims legitimacy. I will destroy the means by which it gains revenue and cut off the supply routes on which it relies, and I will work with regional partners and local forces — including displaced Syrian men — to take back that country from the jihadists," Carson wrote in an Op-ed for Fox News published on Monday.
"At the same time I will work with allies and partners in Europe and Northern Africa to halt the advance of the Islamic State in the Maghreb and turn back the growing tide of radical Islam across the continent. This movement is global, and our efforts must match it in scale and intensity," the retired neurosurgeon wrote. more >>