Although Christian persecution continues to be one of the biggest human rights issues facing the world, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have shared very few specifics about how they plan to help suffering believers.
The persecution of Christians for their faith reached unprecedented levels in 2015, according to watchdog groups such as Open Doors, with over 7,000 Christians losing their lives last year specifically because of their religion.
Persecution continues to manifest itself in a variety of different ways across different regions, most notably in the face of the brutalities of North Korea's totalitarian regime, and the ongoing genocide by Islamic extremists in the Middle East against religious minorities. more >>
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose government is accused of committing human rights abuses against its citizens, including Christians, has reportedly called the U.S. presidential race between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump a choice between "bad to worse."
"Did you see the debate and the way of their speaking, accusing and mocking each other? Do we want such a democracy in our country? Do we want such elections in our country?" Rouhani said in a speech in the Iranian city of Arak, as reported by The Associated Press on Sunday.
"You see the United States that claims it has had democracy for more than 200 years," he added. "Look at the country, what the situation is where morality has no place." more >>
Under the "progressive" leadership of Barack Obama and his like-minded "social justice" warriors throughout all levels of government, we have entered an era of lawlessness unprecedented in American history. This is no more apparent than in Alabama where Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court has been unlawfully removed from the bench at the hands of liberal activists on Alabama's Court of the Judiciary (COJ).
The case is under appeal.
This miscarriage of justice was carried out at the behest of the left-wing extremist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an anti-Christian activist organization that seeks to undermine, if not extinguish altogether, the free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. more >>
With Election Day fast approaching, get out the vote efforts are in full swing, many of which are aimed at or made by Christians. Insofar as these make the standard claims about voting, (e.g. voting is a privilege, people died so that you could vote, you should make your voice heard, every vote counts, etc.) they are unremarkable.
However, in this most unusual of election years, I have seen an increase in attempts to induce voting on theological grounds, which purport it to be nothing short of a divinely willed moral obligation for Christians to choose sides between Trump and Clinton. Some Christians see voting for a third-party or write-in candidate as a viable alternative, even as they admit the futility of this choice, but all agree that all good Christians must vote.
In general, I get nervous when Christian ideals are too simply equated with American ideals. I especially get nervous when people, no matter how well intentioned, use theological claims as leverage to control secular behaviors. more >>
Did anyone else notice that Donald Trump, Republican nominee for President, hit a sour note at the debate with the pro-life conversation?
When asked by moderator Chris Wallace about a woman's right to abortion and if he would overturn Roe v. Wade, Trump did not specifically state that he would.
What Trump was trumpeting was "I would think that would go back to the individual states" — and then "If they overturned it, it would go back to the states" — , and finally he stated "It will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination" — not exactly a resounding end of Roe v. Wade. Turning the decision back to the states only let's states decide to continue to abort babies, it does not make abortion illegal in this country, therefore abortions will still continue to erode our nation of the potential of her future. more >>
"In a speech at Variety's 2016 Power of Women L.A. luncheon last week, actress Scarlett Johansson said abortion is no longer 'a woman's rights issue' but 'a human rights issue'," Melanie Hunter reports at CNSNews.com.
"A woman's right to choose what to do with her body shouldn't be just a woman's right. It's the year 2016, and this is a human rights issue," the actress said.
I would suggest this is an odd "human right." For as Ms. Johansson expresses it, it is a human right that does not apply to all human beings. more >>