The Institute on Religion & Democracy has called on evangelicals, Catholics, and all Christians to stand together against proposals, backed by a number of Republican presidential candidates, to draft women into combat roles should the need arise.
"Christian leaders should oppose conscripting women into the military. Not only evangelicals, but also Catholics and Christian pacifists should speak out. Can the Church be silent about the potentially coercive militarization of America's daughters?" asked IRD's Evangelical Action Director Chelsen Vicari.
"Women are serving and have been serving their country alongside men. We support and thank them for their sacrifices. Women have important roles to fill in the military, but women also play vital roles in the home. Forcing mothers, daughters, and our sisters to register for Selective Service would be a tragic mistake," she added. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson responded to North Korea's launch of a satellite or similar device into orbit during the weekend provoking the U.S. and its allies, saying, as president, he would use "every arrow in our quiver," including military, to check the nuclear and missile technology of the communist dictatorship.
This is "another step toward attaining the capability to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon," the retired neurosurgeon wrote in a Facebook post Monday, the day after international media reported on North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket.
"This pattern of aggressive weapons testing from the Communist dictatorship demonstrates just how ineffectual America's current foreign policy approach has become," Carson wrote. "It is no coincidence that Pyongyang's defiance to international pressures comes shortly and repeatedly after the Obama administration's concessions to Iran." more >>
A former Department of Homeland Security employee accused the Obama administration of forcing him to scrub records from the agency's counterterror databases that detail Muslims with connections to terrorist groups that could have prevented deadly terror attacks on American soil.
In the wake of President Barack Obama's visit last week to a Baltimore mosque that some conservatives say has ties to terrorist groups like Muslim Brotherhood, former DHS employee Philip Haney wrote a Friday op-ed for The Hill arguing that the Obama administration has put Americans' lives in danger for the sake of political correctness.
"After leaving my 15 year career at DHS, I can no longer be silent about the dangerous state of America's counter-terror strategy," Haney wrote. "Our leaders' willingness to compromise the security of citizens for the ideological rigidity of political correctness — and, consequently, our vulnerability to devastating, mass-casualty attack." more >>
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said that support by his presidential rivals for drafting women into military service would be both "nuts" and "immoral."
"As I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?' We have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military," Cruz said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, according to the Boston Globe, referring to Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie agreeing that they would support Selective Service registration for women.
"Political correctness is dangerous, and the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong," he added, also arguing that it would be "immoral." more >>
A top U.S. general slammed proposals by politicians, such as Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, to "carpet bomb" the Islamic State terror group, by insisting that the American military does not indiscriminately kill innocents.
"Indiscriminate bombing where we don't care if we are killing innocents or combatants is just inconsistent with our values," Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, who directs the coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, told CNN on Tuesday.
MacFarland added that at a news conference from his Baghdad headquarters that the United States has "a set of guiding principles and those affect the way we, as professional soldiers, airmen, sailors marines conduct ourselves on the battlefield." more >>
Thousands of campaign volunteers, as well as several buildings including a high school gymnasium and a Pentecostal church, have been incinerated after "Feeling the Bern."
In what many survivors and eye witnesses can only describe as a vast fireball, the Hillary Clinton campaign suffered severe losses after large numbers of supporters felt the Bern.
While details remain unclear as to how the blaze began, its point of origin appears to have been a Bernie Sanders speech accidentally blared over the loudspeakers at the crowded gym. more >>