In Defense of Christians, the nonprofit organization that has made protecting Christians in the Middle East its mission, challenged media reports Friday that Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed offstage at their inaugural Summit Gala Dinner Wednesday for supporting Israel.
A 30-second YouTube clip from the dinner shows Cruz declaring to a restive audience: "I will say this, that I am saddened to see that some here, not everyone, but some here, are so consumed with hate …" At the mention of the word hate, guests at the gala became loud enough to drown out portions of Cruz's voice.
He continued: "I will say this: if you will not stand with Israel, then I will not stand with you. Thank you and God bless you." more >>
Feathers have been ruffled at California's Ventura High School, where the principal this week banned the football booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches over fears that people might be offended.
What, pray tell, could people find offensive about a plump juicy chicken breast tucked between two buttered buns?
Were English teachers put off by the restaurant chain's grammatically challenged bovine pitchmen? more >>
"Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change … loss of productivity in vast agricultural areas, the pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of biodiversity, the increase of natural catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial and tropical regions?"
These aren't the radical words from the leader of a secular environmental organization, no; these are the radical words from the former leader of the Catholic Church!
In his 2010 World Day of Peace message titled, "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation," Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that "it would be irresponsible not to take seriously" the signs of a growing environmental crisis. more >>
With opposition to Common Core gaining ground in the electorate, some politicians are beginning to respond.
U.S. Rep Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is running for the U.S. Senate, said that gaining control of the Senate will allow conservatives to put the "brakes" on big government "regulatory overreaches" including the overhaul of Common Core state standards for national education.
Cotton, who is in a dead heat with Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor, blamed Senate Democrats for stalling legislation that could have "reformed" American education and returned implementation of school curriculum and testing back to the states and local governments as early as last summer. more >>
Just weeks after the world was forced to witness the beheading of American journalist James Foley by terror group ISIS, his mother, Diane Foley, says she's "embarrassed and appalled" by the way the Obama administration handled her son's abduction. She also argues that airstrikes are not the best response to combat the terrorist organization.
"As an American I was embarrassed and appalled," said Foley in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance" to the U.S. government, she said. "It didn't seem to be in (their) strategic interest, if you will."
The grieving mother said her son believed that the U.S. government would have saved him. But government officials, she said, warned her family that they could be prosecuted if they tried to raise ransom to pay ISIS for her son's life. more >>
A federal appeals court panel has upheld New Jersey's law banning sexual orientation change therapy for minors, in agreement with a lower court decision.
Three judges from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in King v. Christie that while they held some disagreement with an earlier district court decision, they still affirmed the decision against the plaintiffs.
At issue was New Jersey's A3371, a law passed in 2013 with strong bipartisan support, which bans conversion therapy for LGBT minors. more >>