Recent news has brought to light several deeply disturbing global phenomena: the precipitous rise of radical Islam, an increase in anti-Semitism, and the decimation of Christian populations in the Middle East. Amazingly, there is one small nation on the frontlines of all three conflicts: Israel.
These troubling phenomena, of course, go hand-in-hand. Where radical Islam grows, so does the violence against Christians and Jews. In an eerie resemblance to the January massacre in France that resulted in 17 murders, another gunman reportedly swearing allegiance to the ISIS terrorist group struck in Denmark at a free speech rally and a synagogue. The war-torn countries of Iraq and Syria, having long ago been made Judenrein, or "clean of Jews," are now seeing the destruction of their Christian populations by ruthless Islamist terrorists who envision a fundamentalist state free of any other religious influence. This assault on Judeo-Christian values and those who hold them dear was again witnessed last week with the barbaric execution of 21 Coptic Christians and this week's abduction of 150 Christians from villages in Syria.
The Jewish people have been the first target in a battle to exterminate opposition to an ideology that has declared war on dissidents. But we have all learned that a threat to people of moral fortitude anywhere is a threat to people of moral fortitude everywhere. more >>
If Wednesday's oral arguments are an indication, Abercrombie & Fitch will likely lose in a Supreme Court religious freedom case involving a Muslim job applicant wearing a head scarf.
The case, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, has united a wide range of groups concerned about the religious freedom implications in the case. Christian, gay rights, Jewish and Muslim groups have all filed "friend of the court" briefs on the side of the Muslim job applicant.
In a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post, Eric Baxter of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who was at the oral arguments, said he was optimistic that the court would rule against Abercrombie & Fitch. more >>
Seated behind an elderly Mexican American couple, my wife and I stood moved and motivated as we watched Kevin Costner's latest movie, "McFarland U.S.A." The story of immigrant young men, who worked in the fields picking fruits and vegetables in addition to attending High School and running in cross country competitions, re-ignited our commitment to immigration reform.
With discretion so as to not reveal the ending of this true story, the film confirmed for me a simple truth: that in spite of recent actions and inaction by our elected officials, the issues surrounding our nation's immigration policies will not go away. Immigration reform is, at the risk of sounding overly optimistic, inevitable. A powerful and transformative assurance of this inevitability exists, what I call the "prophetic imperative."
This biblically based impetus has solidified in the hearts of the emerging Christ-following generation as the following truths: that silence is not an option, truth must never be sacrificed on the altar of expediency and today's complacency is tomorrow's captivity. more >>
He's not yet old enough to cast a vote or drive a car, but 12-year-old Georgia native and middle school student CJ Pearson has become a conservative darling after passionately defending former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's claim that he doesn't believe President Barack Obama loves America in a YouTube video that has amassed more than 1 million views since Saturday.
In fact, Pearson, who's worked on many conservative political campaigns in Georgia, according to his Facebook profile, went further to explain why he believes the president has "downright hatred" for the United States.
"I don't want to be politically correct. I don't care about being politically correct at this point," said young Pearson in the 3-minute video. "President Obama, you don't love America." more >>
How much is your religious liberty worth? Try $2,001. That's the going rate in Washington State, according to its attorney general. If Barronelle Stutzman wants to exercise the freedom already guaranteed to her by the First Amendment, she'll have to fork over a couple thousand dollars (which she doesn't plan on doing any time soon).
The Christian owner of Arlene's Flowers is standing by her beliefs, no matter what it costs her. "You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do." When she turned down a same-sex "wedding" job, Barronelle says she didn't "relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honor God in doing what I do best is more important."
And while the courts may not agree with Stutzman, 81% of the American people do. In new polling, released by FRC today at the National Religious Broadcasters convention, Americans -- by overwhelming numbers -- think the government should stop twisting people's arms on marriage and leave businesses alone to operate by their values as they see fit. WPA Opinion Research, who conducted the survey, said it's almost impossible to find a stronger consensus on any issue -- let alone a political hot potato like this. more >>
Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out about former mayor Rudy Giuliani's comments questioning President Barack Obama's love for America. Graham said that the country is "morally crumbling within" and has turned its back on God.
"Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken a lot of heat from the media for his remark that he's not sure if President Obama really loves America. I don't know if that's true or not," Graham posted on Facebook, "but I do know that the president defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriage and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don't agree."
Giuliani found himself at the center of a national debate after stating that he wasn't sure whether Obama loved America but later apologized for questioning Obama's intentions and heart. more >>