It's that time again. Every four years, the GOP interviews presidential hopefuls to determine who will be their nominee, who will have a show on Fox and who will be doing reverse mortgage commercials on TV.
So many candidates are running this time that the Republican debates won't have room for a moderator on stage. Instead, they will need the fire marshal to OK that many folks in the building.
Here is my early take on the candidates: more >>
California's legislature has moved forward with a bill meant to legalize assisted suicide. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, opposed the legislation, instead calling for a "radical commitment" to help those who are near death.
Last week the State Senate approved the End of Life Option Act, which, if enacted, would allow doctor-assisted suicide for patients who are terminally ill.
Known as Senate Bill 128, the proposed legislation passed the Senate in a vote of 23 ayes to 15 noes following third reading. more >>
GOP 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Fox News' Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" Monday night that he has been left "stunned and shocked" by the way the media has "exploited" the Duggar family in the wake of the molestation scandal. Huckabee also suggested critics are targeting the Duggars so heavily because of their Christian beliefs.
"I was stunned and shocked that the victims were exploited in this by the media for their own interests — there was no interest in the media to protect those girls, there was no interest to make sure their interests were served, and I think your interview pointed out that they had a very different reaction to all of this than did their critics who were out to destroy their families," Huckabee told Kelly.
The molestation scandal concerns Josh Duggar, who according to unlawfully released police reports, was found to have molested four of his younger sisters when he was a teenager. more >>
Once more President Obama proclaims June to be the "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [don't forget Transgender] Pride Month." Every federal worker and member of the armed forces received a presidential proclamation in their email. It labels all opposition to homosexual behavior as "prejudice," which, in effect, declares all traditional Christians to be bigots and enemies of the state's ideology of sexual "diversity."
"... We celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue our work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are.... I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people."
"Proud Legacy"? more >>
Is the Obama administration moving to require Christian nonprofits that receive government grants to follow LGBT non-discrimination rules in hiring?
A May 29 blog post by Austin Ruse, president of the Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam), claimed that an "unnamed source within the federal government" informed him that "the White House is quietly moving forward" with an LGBT non-discrimination policy for nonprofit organizations receiving government grants.
Since then, however, a White House official has assured another religious freedom organization that no decisions have been made about federal grantees. more >>
Saleem al-Jubouri, the speaker of the Iraqi parliament and the country's highest-ranking Sunni politician, said in a speech on Monday at the Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. that defeating terror group ISIS will not be enough to end radicalization in the region. He said that a "new democracy" must be "built in the minds of people" in order to prevent new forms of oppression.
Jubouri pointed out that some who are fighting ISIS militants in Iraq are being heavily armed by foreign forces, and will still be in possession of such weapons if or when the terror group is driven out of the territory.
He said that "those who have weapons are in a much more powerful situation than others," referring to the various armed groups who have been pushing back against ISIS. more >>