A new Danish statistical study finds that "Muslims [are] 218 percent more criminal in second generation than first." While some of these crimes are clearly related to Islam-such as attacks on Muslim apostates to Christianity-others, such as rampant theft of non-Muslims, would appear banal, until one realizes that even robbery and plunder is justified by Islamic doctrine-as one UK Muslim cleric once clearly said.
The interesting question here is why are second generation Muslims, who are presumably more Westernized than their Muslim parents, also more "radical"? Lest one dismiss this phenomenon as a product of economics or some other "grievance" against European host nations, the fact is, even in America, where Muslims are much better assimilated than in Europe, they too are turning to "radicalism."
For example, some time back, Attorney General Eric Holder said that "the threat [of terrorism] has changed … to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens-raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born." more >>
It's no secret that the Republican Party has for some time been coping with a multifaceted identity crisis. With the election of Barack Obama, the fallout from the 2008 economic collapse, the emergence of the Tea Party, unrest among social conservatives, and a Congressional era marked by deep intra-party animosity, the GOP has been challenged to prove to the American people that it is the party to restore American prosperity and American values. The problem, of course, is that over the years Democrats have waged a relentless and fantastically effective rhetorical campaign against Republicans, to the point where many average Americans associate the GOP exclusively with Wall Street fat cats, K Street lobbyists, and unscrupulous corporate raiders.
Of course, anyone even basically familiar with the way the game is played in Washington, D.C., knows that when it comes to crony capitalism, Democrats' hands are just as dirty as their Republican foes. At the end of the day, it's all about money, and monied special interests invest millions to ensure that their political agenda is advanced on Capitol Hill. The recipients of this corporate largesse simply vary based on the interest in question. Despite this reality, the party of FDR has for decades successfully portrayed itself as a champion for the workingman, the disenfranchised, and the downtrodden. Perhaps for the first time, however, the Democrats' blue-collar facade is beginning to crack thanks to President Obama's unabashed and unprecedented expansion of corporate welfare in the name of economic and social "progress."
If ever Republicans had an opportunity to educate Americans on the vast difference between the virtues of free market capitalism versus the vices of crony capitalism, and if ever there was a time for the GOP to renew its commitment to the former, this is it. National Review's Jonah Goldberg recently discussed the fundamental difference between pro-market policies and pro-business policies and the distinction that must be made between the two in order to reverse America's gradual slide towards European-style socialism more >>
Outgoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hopes ObamaCare covers injuries sustained from being shoved out a door.
After magically manufacturing her own low-ball projections of 7 million-plus signups for ObamaCare, she high fives herself, then exits stage far left. She leaves the smoldering ruins of a poorly thought out commandeering of one seventh of our economy by a bumbling group of ineffective ideologues.
The media coverage was what you would imagine. CBS called her "heroic." Fox asked for details and accountability. MSNBC called Fox "racist and sexist" for wanting details. CNN built a paper airplane, tossed it around the studio, and interviewed experts on Sebelius' projected flight pattern back to Kansas. more >>
Only days after Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) was caught kissing a staffer in his district office, Republicans in Louisiana were calling on the freshman congressman to immediately resign. One question that many in Louisiana and in Washington are asking is if McAllister is being asked to resign, what about the Bayou State's own Sen. David Vitter?
In case your knowledge of political sex scandals has faded over the last decade or so, Vitter had his own troubles in 2007 when his name surfaced in the black book of an infamous D.C. Madam. Amazingly, Vitter got through the scandal by only acknowledging his involvement with the prostitution service as a "serious sin."
"I asked for and received forgiveness form God and from my wife in confession and marriage counseling," Vitter said after the scandal broke. more >>
In testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared to suggest the administration may be backing off its support for the Common Core State Standards Initiative. In a statement to The Christian Post, however, an Education Department spokesperson reiterated Duncan's support for the Common Core.
"I'm just a big proponent of high standards. Whether they're common or not is secondary," Duncan testified Tuesday before a House appropriations subcommittee overseeing his department's budget request for next year, reported Michele McNeil, assistant editor and reporter for Education Week.
McNeil claimed the remarks meant that Duncan "continued to distance himself from the Common Core State Standards." The Daily Caller similarly reported on the remarks with the title, "Arne Duncan slowly backing away from Common Core." more >>
If Hollywood is right and this really is the Year of the Bible in movies, then it's not possible to talk about biblical films without highlighting the one movie that has impacted the world by changing the eternal destination of multiple millions.
The Jesus Film is considered by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the "Most Translated Film" in history. For over 35 years, billions – that's billions of people around the globe have seen the story of the most important, most controversial and most beloved person in history. The movie is currently available in more than 1,200 languages.
What makes the movie unique is that the dialogue is almost entirely from Scripture, with over 450 leaders and scholars reviewing the movie for biblical accuracy. To mark the 35th anniversary of The Jesus Film, the movie has been re-mastered in high definition with a new music score, each frame being re-touched and re-colored. more >>