High-level intelligence officials and federal law enforcement are saying that terrorist attacks might be "imminent" for Texas cities and towns located near the U.S.-Mexico border as it's believed the jihadists are already operating in a Mexican border town.
The unnamed officials told Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, that there's good reason to believe Islamic State terrorists are operating in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez, and are planning to use the border to gain entry into the U.S. to carry out their attacks.
Juarez is located just over 8 miles from El Paso, and is a hotbed for violent and narcotic crimes and has been linked to the Islamic militant group, Hezbollah, in previous years. Officials claim that Islamic State jihadists might be setting up shop in Juarez, and plan to attack using car bombs and other vehicle-born improvised explosive devices. more >>
An atheist was escorted out of a Florida city public meeting for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, prompting outcry from secular organizations.
John Thoreau remained seated for both the opening invocation and Pledge during a meeting of the Winter Garden City Commissioners last week.
Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney slammed President Barack Obama on Sunday for not taking any action after receiving intelligence regarding the rise ISIS in Syria over a year ago.
Romney told John Catsimatidis on his radio show on WNYM in New York, called The Cats Roundtable, that had Obama acted upon intelligence reports that highlighted a strong presence of varying jihadist rebel terrorist groups' efforts in Syria, it could have prevented groups like ISIS from seizing cities in Iraq, a country the United States fought to liberate for over a decade.
"Those mistakes were made and now we have ISIS. Almost a year ago, American intelligence sources told the president that there was a group forming called ISIS … and there was significant chance that they would go into Iraq and invade a city there," Romney said. "The president failed to take action. He watched. We saw ISIS roll into Iraq. Instead of attacking them immediately and not knocking them in their convoy, when it would have been easy to knock down, the president again watched. Now we are in a position where ISIS has run throughout major portions of Iraq. There have been horrific human rights abuses, tragedies including those upon American journalists. Now we are in a difficult position." more >>
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has told western powers that there can be no military solution to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and urged continued political dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I know the European Union, the Americans and most of the western countries are discussing very seriously among themselves how to handle this matter," Ban told journalists Tuesday during a visit to New Zealand, Agence France-Presse reported.
"What is important at this time is that they should know there is no military solution in this. There should be a political dialogue for a political solution, that is the more sustainable way," he added. more >>
Is there such a thing as a just war? Can the massive death and destruction of armed conflict ever be morally justified by followers of the Prince of Peace?
For the first disciples of Christ the answer was a resounding "No!"
During the first 300 years of Christianity it was unthinkable for followers of the nonviolent Jesus to kill a human being. They took most seriously Jesus' command: "But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other as well. … Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword." more >>
A young, exuberant minister was applauded as he held his head high ascending the steps to the speaker's platform. Overly confident, self-assured and quite impressed with himself, he was certain the crowd would be captivated by his message.
Less than thirty minutes later, he dropped his head and descended the steps utterly discouraged and perplexed as to why his sermon fell flat. The tepid response was the equivalent of a golf clap as he slouched into his seat embarrassed and deflated.
"What happened?" he whispered to his wife in the seat beside him. more >>