Armenian-American activists have said that it's a "national disgrace" and a "betrayal" that President Barack Obama is refusing to describe the 1915 massacre of close to 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, despite previously promising to do so.
The LA Times reported that White House officials have made clear the president will not use the word genocide when he commemorates the deaths on Friday, which marks the 100th anniversary of the massacres.
"The president's surrender represents a national disgrace," said Aram S. Hamparian, executive director of the Washington-based Armenian National Committee of America. "It is a betrayal of the truth, and it is a betrayal of trust." more >>
Christian involvement in politics has been a much-debated subject at the center of Christian discourse for centuries. Many believers are taught that Christians should not seek engagement in the political realm because "faith and politics do not mix."
There is validity to the caution many Christians have voiced on this topic. Some believers entering the political arena have become so politically focused that they have compromised teachings that are fundamental to the Christian faith. Others have made the mistake of resting all their hope on politicians and government at the expense of morality and godly living. The reality is that hope for change cannot be found in any country's ruling class, but ultimately in Jesus Christ.
As valid as these claims may be, it is a mistake for Christians to completely isolate themselves from the realm of politics. When the people of God do not take it upon themselves to vote or run for office, they carelessly leave the fate of future generations in the hands of wicked and immoral men. By abstaining from the public square, Christians are compromising on one of the most fundamental teachings of the Christian faith: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:31). more >>
Hundreds of protesters marched in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddy Gray, who died while in police custody earlier this month.
Participants in the march demanded "Justice for Freddie" by calling for the six officers involved to be charged with first-degree murder.
"The crowd of protesters gathered on Tuesday evening outside the city's Western District police headquarters and marched to the spot a few blocks away where Gray was arrested," reported Reuters. "They could be seen raising their hands in the air, in what has become a protest sign since the August 2014 death of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri." more >>
It was one of the most gratifying exchanges in recent political memory.
When U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced his presidential campaign recently, he made a standard campaign stop in New Hampshire. While there, a reporter trotted out one of the standard questions any Republican receives when he declares he is running for national office: What are the exceptions to your views about preventing abortions?
Democrats are never – ever – asked what limits they would place on the current federal policy of unrestricted access to abortion-on-demand. To do so would be to assume that any rational person could believe that abortion absolutism is anything but received dogma, something no self-respecting establishment journalist would ever do (at least if he or she wanted to continue working in "mainstream" journalism). more >>
Update: The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 passed the Senate Wednesday on a vote of 99 to 0.
Senate Democrats will no longer block anti-human trafficking legislation after a compromise was reached over abortion funding language.
Under the compromise, funds to aid human trafficking victims will be separated into two separate pots of money. One pot, coming directly from the federal government and used for health-related services, will have the "Hyde Amendment" language saying that the money cannot be used for abortion services. more >>
Because things are obviously not going well for the Democrat Party these days, I thought this former Democrat should do her part to help out and make a few suggestions.
Read the First Amendment. It's your friend. For now, America is still a free speech zone. Disagree with anyone you wish, but know that everyone else has the same right. Frankly speaking, it's immature, silly and outright wrong to silence those you oppose. Either you believe in freedom of speech or you don't. It's really that simple. Freedom is a right endowed by the Creator which no one has the right to take. The more you chip away at free speech, the closer we get to tyranny. If tyranny is your goal, obviously America is not the place for you. If you believe in freedom of speech for yourself and no one else, you live in the wrong country. Get some courage and admit your belief system aligns itself to that of rogue nations and dictators. We'd really like you to stay, but if you insist, I have some friends willing to chip in on one way tickets to Cuba or Iran.
Stop the race baiting. Bait is used here in Alaska to catch fish, not troll for trouble. Some of you make race baiting a fulltime job and would be collecting unemployment otherwise. For that, I give you credit. If you really believe you are losing the conversation about racial injustice, don't end the conversation by pulling out the race card. Instead, let's fix what's wrong by keeping Martin Luther King's dream alive and concentrate "on the content of one's character "instead of skin color. Had you done that with Barack Obama, he'd never have been elected. We've all seen the polls, it's obvious you are not happy with him. more >>