A global survey of 68 countries (including our allies) at the end of 2013 conducted by Gallup and the Worldwide Independent Network now rates America as the biggest threat to world peace on the planet. Pakistan was the runner up, closely followed by China. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea equally tied for fourth place.
What happened? Didn't America elect a Nobel Laureate who promised to return the respect he claimed was missing by buddying-up with the bad guys and bullying our friends? Well, it backfired, so it is a bit ironic Obama recently misspelled something that's taking a nosedive both here and abroad these days. He spelled respect as "RSPECT" last month when introducing Aretha Franklin and her signature song at a White House event honoring women of soul.
It was funny -- right up there with his 57 states gaffe years back. The kind of funny people on both sides of the aisle can enjoy. Clinton has his catnap, and Bush, his "strategy," so it seems a little silly the White House saw fit to scrub Obama's flub from the official White House transcripts. But, you know what? Even if he could spell it, he still wouldn't have it. more >>
Since the Internet now permeates our lives in every possible way, it is disturbing that Obama has relinquished U.S. control over its underlying structure. Control will be turned over to a global panel, which will include totalitarian countries that do not value our First Amendment protection of free speech.
Since 1998, through a contract with the U.S. government, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit corporation, has administered the IP numbering network and domain name system (DNS) worldwide, controlling .com, .gov, etc. ICANN has done a fairly respectable job administering the rules and standards. Its board is composed of an incredibly diverse selection of foreign citizens. The vice chair is Australian. The current makeup of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee includes 109 nations, plus the European Union and the Vatican.
To claim that ICANN is under U.S. control is really in name only, since the U.S. members of the organization have worked together successfully to forge consensus with foreign members. In spite of this, international interests have been pressuring the U.S. since 1998 to relinquish all control from ICANN to an "international organization." The Department of Commerce under President Clinton indicated it intended to eventually cede control. more >>
"I am not a racist." The fact that we even have to make a qualifying statement such as "I am not a racist!" in America may say less about our past and more about the present misuse of labels. Qualifying statements may also indicate how quickly others are to take offense in our culture. However, racial qualifications may have more to do with conscience than anything else.
Last month, my daughter's travel soccer team decided to go out to dinner after a game. Over pizza, the girls and the team parents were able to get to know each other on a more personal level. During some light conversation with another father, I asked, "Has anyone ever told you that you look like Kurt Russell?" He said, "No, is that a good thing?" I said, "Well, he's a good looking guy, successful, and famous!" I then jokingly said, "I guess it's better than being compared to Barak Obama." He laughed and shortly thereafter, we finished our pizza and went our separate ways.
Later that night, my conscience began bothering me regarding that last statement but I could not understand why. It finally occurred to me that my struggle had to do with the potential perception with which my comment could have been received because Barak Obama is a black President. I began thinking to myself, "I am not a racist and there are no latent issues of which I am aware." I further protested, "My comment was politically motivated and had nothing to do race." Yet, I was really bothered by the fact that it could have been misconstrued. more >>
Too many are evangelical in name only. After declaring via Twitter she is "leaving evangelicalism" because World Vision will not hire folks within same-sex "marriages," Rachel Held Evans is now "second-guessing" her decision.
Likely jolted by the realization that her female evangelical angst persona sells books, Held Evans is taking a break from blogging to allow the spotlight to pass over her reactionary decision to abandon a community that doesn't endorse all her values.
But here is what Held Evans and the Religious Left don't understand: Evangelicalism is not an identity we slip on and off like a pair of shoes when it is comfortable. It is a counter-cultural uniqueness reflecting our commitment and responsibility to place God's will first in our public and private lives. more >>
After months of waiting, people have had it. Well, as of Friday, at least a few hundred people have had it anyway.
The White House Petitions website is now the subject of a petition on the White House website that calls for the White House Petitions website to answer White House Petitions on the White House Petitions website.
A petition posted on April Fools' Day (or April Atheists' Day in some circles) demands that the White House answer every petition that has gotten more than 100,000 signatories within one month of reaching their goal. more >>
WASHINGTON — Youth pastor skills translate well to serving in Congress, Rep. James Lankford told The Christian Post this week. He also explained his recent decision to run for the U.S. Senate.
"There's a lot of middle school behavior in Washington, D.C.," Lankford joked. "I look at that and I say, 'I've seen that before,' it was just with a 14-year-old."
Like youth ministry, he added, serving in Congress means working with people and solving problems. more >>