Reacting to the mass shooting last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that left 10 people dead, including the shooter, who reportedly targeted Christians, Republican Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey warned on Friday that Christians who are "serious about their faith" should consider arming themselves with guns.
"The recent spike in mass shootings across the nation is truly troubling. Whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West," wrote Ramsey in a statement on his Facebook page last Friday accompanied by a link to the state's Department of Safety & Homeland Security's guide on handgun carry permits.
"While this is not the time for widespread panic, it is a time to prepare. I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it. Our enemies are armed. We must do likewise," he wrote. more >>
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says he is contemplating buying Bibles for those who oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
Kasich, the current governor of Ohio, made the remarks Tuesday at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C.
Kasich said that Medicaid expansion is a perfect example of politicians not leading in Washington and around the country and noted that he has been yelled at for supporting the measure, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." more >>
This Christmas season the nation's largest atheist group is planning to unveil a display to rival a Nativity scene at an Indiana Courthouse as part of its ongoing legal effort to have the Christian feature removed from public property.
"The Freedom From Religion Foundation will display a Bill of Rights 'nativity' and a winter solstice banner this year in Franklin County to counter a Nativity scene that has stood alone on public property for 50 years," the organization announced in late September.
"During the course of litigation, the county decided that rather than stay neutral on religion, it would open a public forum for displays, and passed an ordinance regulating the use of its lawn by community residents and organizations." more >>
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson claimed on Tuesday that if he had been at the scene of the Oregon shooting massacre last week, he would have organized the other students to attack the shooter and take him down.
"I would not just stand there and let him shoot me," Carson said on "Fox & Friends."
"I would say, 'Hey, guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can't get us all.'" more >>
While thousands of New Yorkers lined up for blocks to welcome the first stand-alone Chick-fil-A in the city, protesters sought to use the restaurant's Saturday grand opening to make cultural statements about sexual issues and animal rights.
Gothamist, a daily weblog covering the city, reported on demonstrators that included LGBT opponents of Chick-fil-A, Christian counter-protestors, and animal rights activists who descended on the packed restaurant.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has likened the influx of Syrian migrants into the U.S. to a coup, claiming that migrants "could be ISIS." However, in a recent open letter to Trump — who considers himself a Presbyterian — Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of the General Assembly, declared the church's compassion and support for displaced migrants.
"Presbyterians through decades of policy have demanded humane treatment of people of all nationalities and faiths who find themselves within our borders," wrote Parsons.
"We have challenged our government when it neglects to acknowledge the refugee status of those fleeing persecution. We have pushed for due process at the border and we continue to petition for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented persons." more >>