Willie Robertson, star of "Duck Dynasty," the most watched nonfiction cable series in history, wasted no time in making his point to Middle America at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday. "Donald Trump will have your back," he said. And it was no light endorsement of the brash billionaire.
Robertson's presence at the convention may have seemed like an oddity for average politicos but according to USA Today's Carly Mallenbaum it made perfect sense.
"Convention attendees love Robertson (we talked to a bunch of delegates earlier in the day who said he was the celebrity they were most excited to see)," Mallenbaum wrote. more >>
On July 13, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill known as the Conscience Protection Act — intended to protect the rights of health care providers, churches and other groups that object to participating in abortion. Seated in the House Gallery, one man watched the vote with all the intensity of a general going into war.
Jim Garlow, father of eight children and pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California, sat with his wife and a dozen congregants who prayed and discussed events unfolding on the House floor. While others visit the nation's capital city for summer vacation, this team came with purpose.
Nearly two years ago, Garlow was thrust into a battle with the State of California — when his church objected to a new state mandate involving abortion. Since then, he has found that the pro-choice bias in state and federal government is no casual affair. more >>
Why has the West been so supportive of Palestinian nationalism, yet so reluctant to support the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a state?
The Kurds have been instrumental in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS); have generously accepted millions of refugees fleeing ISIS to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG); and embrace Western values such as gender equality, religious freedom, and human rights. They are also an ancient people with an ethnic and linguistic identity stretching back millennia and have faced decades of brutal oppression as a minority. Yet they cannot seem to get sufficient support from the West for their political aspirations.
The Palestinians, by contrast, claimed a distinct national identity relatively recently, are less than one-third fewer in number (in 2013, the global Palestinian population was estimated by the Palestinian Authority to reach 11.6 million), control land that is less than 1/15th the size of the KRG territory, and have not developed their civil society or economy with nearly as much success as the Kurds. Yet the United Nations, the European Union, the Arab League, and other international bodies have all but ignored Kurdish statehood dreams while regularly prioritizing Palestinian ambitions over countless other global crises. more >>
Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, pitched her husband as America's best choice for president and pledged to focus on helping women and children as First Lady of the United States in a rare speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night.
"If you want someone to fight for you and your country I can assure you he is the guy. He will never ever give up and most importantly he will never ever let you down. Donald is, and always has been an amazing leader," the former model who grew up in Slovenia before immigrating to the U.S. 20 years ago told delegates.
"He will go to work for you. His achievements speak for themselves and his performance throughout the primary campaign proved that he knows how to win. He also knows how to remain focused on improving our country, on keeping it safe and secure," she said. "He is tough when he has to be but he is also kind and fair and caring. This kindness is not always noted but it is there for all to see. That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with." more >>
CLEVELAND — Aspiring first lady Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday contained a section strikingly similar to that delivered at the Democratic convention in 2008 by the woman she hopes to succeed in the role.
A Trump campaign official suggested the similarity to Michelle Obama's speech may have been the result of an error by her team of speech writers.
"My parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect," Melania, the wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, told the convention in Cleveland. more >>
Theologians over the centuries have addressed the distinction between "premeditated sin" and "hasty sin." While both are deadly, the former is much more devastating to the soul and to a person's ability to have a relationship with God.
Intent is huge.
So did Hillary Clinton intend to do things with her personal e-mail system that are forbidden? Or was it merely a brief lapse of judgment that was quickly corrected the moment she realized her gross violation of the law? more >>