About 120 international Christian students attending a Bible college in Ohio could possibly face deportation after their school was recently denied recertification with the U.S. immigration exchange student program.
Although President Barack Obama plans to announce Thursday night an immigration overhaul that could allow nearly 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the country, the 120 foreign Christian students at Marietta Bible College are in a bind after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to issue the school recertification into the the agency's Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
In doing so, the school's international students must either find a new school to transfer to or they will face deportation starting in February 2015. Additionally, the college may no longer accept international students. more >>
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, will focus on the IRS scandal as the House's new head executive watchdog. He was appointed as the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday.
Replacing the term-limited Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the 47-year-old Chaffetz will now chair the committee that has been a leading force behind the House investigation into the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative and Christian groups.
"The faith placed in me by my colleagues today is a tremendous honor and privilege. I am fully committed to taking on difficult tasks that a chairmanship requires," Chaffetz said in a statement. "I have great respect for Chairman Darrell Issa and can't thank him enough for his many years of dedicated service leading the Oversight Committee. I thank him for the professional opportunities he has allowed me on the committee." more >>
Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled Wednesday that he wants to establish closer ties with North Korea in hopes of improving regional security. Leader Kim Jong Un, meanwhile, is facing a new U.N. resolution accusing his administration of crimes against humanity.
"We maintain friendly relations with one of our neighbors, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," Putin said in welcoming North Korea's new ambassador to Russia, Reuters reported.
"A further deepening of political ties and trade and economic cooperation is definitely in the interests of the peoples of both countries and ensuring regional stability and security," Putin added. more >>
"I had an abortion. I was not in a libertine college-girl phase, although frankly it's none of your business. I was already a mother of two, which puts me in the majority of American women who have abortions. Six out of 10 are mothers, which makes sense, because a mother could not fool herself into believing that having another baby was no big deal."
So opens a recent post by journalist Hanna Rosin on Slate.com's infamous XX Blog. This opening salvo, meant to shock us even though she goes on to tell us we shouldn't be shocked at all, is the introduction to her review of a book entitled Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. The author, Katha Pollitt, is apparently disgusted by the way the nefarious pro-life movement has successfully perpetuated the stigmatization of abortion. Her book encourages women to claim with pride the sacred right that's theirs and theirs alone: the right to kill their unborn child for any reason they deem suitable. Her book, according to Rosin (full disclosure, I have not read this book and so my response is based solely on Ms. Rosin's summary of Pollitt's main points) not only defends abortion as a woman's right, but venerates it as a social and moral good.
And Rosin apparently agrees with her. It's ridiculous, she tells us, that in 2014 anyone is still shocked by the fact of abortion. "[A]ny woman who's reading this piece and has had an abortion," she writes, "or any man who has supported one, should go in the comments section and [say so], until there are so many accounts that the statement loses its shock value. . . . We shouldn't need a book explaining why abortion rights are important. We should be over that by now." Get that, America? Moral outrage over abortion is like, sooooo forty years ago. Lots and lots of women have abortions. And these women don't think there's anything wrong with it, so it must be okay. more >>
President Barack Obama needs to include the release of pastor Saeed Abedini, the U.S. citizen who's serving an eight-year sentence in Iran for his Christian faith, in the upcoming nuclear deal talks with Iran, said Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice.
"We want to see ALL Americans held in Iran's prisons freed and have been working for more than two years to secure the release of pastor Saeed as we represent his wife and two young children who reside in the U.S.," Sekulow said in an article for Fox News on Tuesday.
A deadline for a deal concerning Iran's nuclear capabilities is set to be reached on Nov. 24, and Sekulow suggested that the Obama administration is ready to trust that Iran will not create nuclear weapons, as it has promised. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he trusts Iran's fatwa, a religious declaration, "enormously as a matter of religious edict." more >>
Myron Guiler wept.
I held the telephone receiver in my hand and listened as the Ohio pastor became overwhelmed with emotion.
"It's heartbreaking," he said. "I can't stand to see these 120 children go. It's my heart. I've poured my life into it." more >>