Rev. Refaat Fikri, head of the Media Center for the Evangelical Church in Egypt, said the problems facing Egyptian Christians have been going on since the 1970s and looks to continue as there is a lack of political will by the ruling regime to solve them.
This came in response to the initiative launched on Wednesday by the Building and Development Party, the political arm of Gamaat Islamiyya under the title "A Unified Nation."
It aims to "strengthen the national fabric and maintain strong relations among all Muslim and Christian communities of the Egyptian society." more >>
A recently released poll from The Washington Post indicates that a Bible Belt state may be moving toward majority support for same-sex marriage.
According to the results, which were published on the newspaper's website Tuesday, 56 percent of Virginians polled stated that they believe gay couples should be allowed to marry; 33 percent said no and 10 percent held no opinion.
This was an increase from two years earlier, when 46 percent of Virginians said yes to legalized same-sex marriage, 43 percent stated opposition, and 11 percent held no opinion. more >>
President Obama is suffering the not untypical reality of Second Term blues, or blahs. His administration is beset by scandals foreign and domestic. But his record can still be examined for a clear understanding of this president's preferences, namely home schooling.
Take the Romeike family, for instance. The Obama administration is relentlessly pursuing them through the courts. President Obama wants this family deported. These evangelical Christian home schoolers fled their native Germany in 2008. They pleaded for and obtained temporary asylum in this country.
They have lived since then in a quiet hamlet in Tennessee, home schooling their six children. Hannalore and husband Uwe were threatened with imprisonment and loss of custody of their children in Germany if they persisted in home schooling them. more >>
New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg has become an interesting urban social engineer. In 2012 alone, he pumped nearly 2.5 million dollars of his own money to help legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Maryland. Needless to say, he has become a formidable foe to traditional family values.
More recently he proposed an ill-conceived soda ban. I criticized his maniacal attempt to force New Yorkers to eat right a few weeks ago. Although his goal for better health among the urban poor is a pandemic issue in every US City; his solutions will hurt minority businesses, increase government expenditures, along with many other intrusions into personal freedoms. Surprisingly, in this article, I am highlighting one of Bloomberg's better, less invasive policy concepts. Let me explain!
Last month, thousands of posters were put up around New York City. They carried images of crying toddlers with words for teen mothers, including messages like: Because you had me as a teen, I'm twice as likely not to graduate high school. Mom, chances are, he won't stay with you. What happens to me? more >>
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Obama Administration's decision to deny asylum to a German homeschooling family.
The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States – where they hoped to home school their children. Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical Christian family deported.
An Immigration judge granted them asylum in 2010 after the family revealed they were facing criminal prosecution for homeschooling their children. That decision was later overturned by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2012. more >>
Most of us who watch television and read newspapers develop strong opinions on politics and religion. From the expression of these opinions we apologetically admit to or proudly affirm our being either a liberal or a conservative. Moderates and Independents define extremism on either side by distance from what they believe.
In November of 2008 we watched the returns come in from the presidential election and Barack Obama had polled 52.93 percent of the votes to John McCain's 45.65 percent. Before and after the election we were inundated with cartoon images of a Kenyan-born Muslim Socialist who worshiped at the temple of Jeremiah Wright. The liberal community rallied to his defense and watched in disbelief as Senator Mitch McConnell and a group of Republican leaders met to plan a strategy to make Barack Obama a one-term president. The mid-term election of 2010 brought an insurmountable majority in the House with help from the Tea Party with a commitment to no new taxes and no passage of any part of the Obama agenda.
All events that happen during his tenure become the responsibility of the President-Department of State, Homeland Security, the Military, the IRS, and the CIA. We make arbitrary comparisons of the attacks on the World Trade Towers, the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, budget deficits, suppression of rights, and the religious values of the Bush presidency with the recent events of the Obama administration. Comparison of misdeeds and blame contribute nothing to saving lives or preventing recurrence of mistakes. more >>