Churches should stop spending so much time fighting against abortion and gay marriage and do more about poverty and suffering, some say. There are three important points to keep in mind when you hear this claim.
Hosted by the National Association of Evangelicals and Georgetown's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, the May 11-13 Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty brought together both Evangelicals and Catholics, liberals and conservatives, to discuss how churches can better address poverty. There were 17 sessions in all. Solutions offered dealt not only with what local churches can do, but the roles government, business and labor can play as well. more >>
Reports coming out of Ramadi Iraq and Palmyra, Syria convey hundreds of dead and burned bodies littering streets and thousands of people displaced and on the run. Loss after loss, setback after setback, the White House remains resolved: The president's Islamic State [ISIS] strategy is an "overall success," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on May 19.
A success for the Islamic State [ISIS], maybe.
Lest we forget, less than a decade ago, nearly 1300 Americans died fighting in Ramadi. Soon after, the U.S. returned control of that city, which had become one of Iraq's safest, to Iraqi forces. A few days ago, ISIS ransacked and overtook Ramadi, and gained control of U.S. provided tanks, artillery and weaponry. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, the same woman who blamed Benghazi on a second-rate video and claimed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl served "with honor and distinction," told a group of war veterans the administration had "ended two wars responsibly." more >>
Memorial Day, a federal holiday since 1967, originated from the American Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead. During the early 20th century the occassion has been extended to recognize all Americans who have sacrificed their life during military conflict. Below are five memorable Memorial Day speeches in American history.
1. Ronald Reagan's Remarks on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetary, 1982.
Reagan, known as "The Great Communicator," concluded his remarks with a challenge: "Earlier today, with the music that we have heard and that of our National Anthem – I can't claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don't know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask." more >>
Only our bumbling Republicans could take the number one issue we have against Obama, losing to Islamic terrorism, and turn it into George W. Bush's fault. Beginning with Jeb Bush, several Republican presidential candidates said recently they would not have gone into Iraq militarily had they known what we know now. The others are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Iraq has fallen apart under Obama - not George W. Bush - and so it is absurd that Republican presidential candidates are scrambling to distance themselves not from Obama, but Bush. Islamic terrorism has become far worse under Obama. Earlier this month, ISIS took over Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province, just 70 miles west of Baghdad. In contrast, Bush had the terrorists on the run, dismantling al Qaeda piece by piece, which led up to the capture of Osama bin Laden shortly after Obama took office. Under Obama, ISIS has ballooned into arguably the most serious issue facing us today. Matthew Olsen, a senior US counter-terrorism official, says ISIS now controls territory the size of Great Britain.
Democrats have always been better than Republicans at spin, enhanced by help from the left-leaning media. The few right-leaning media outlets are fairer in their coverage, asking tough questions of Republicans. So when Fox News's Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace asked candidates, "Would you have invaded Iraq in 2003 if you had known then what we know now?" the rest of the media pounced on it. more >>
On May 19, Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) was confronted by a reporter for 12 News KBMT, while at a fundraiser in Beaumont, Texas. The reporter, Kevin Steele, asked Cruz if he "is personally opposed to gay Americans." While reporting on Cruz's response, the news outlet framed it that Cruz "refuses to deny animosity towards gay Americans."
The answer Cruz provided though, and the implications of his response, are far more telling. Cruz asked if Steele had a "personal animosity against Christians," and said that his "line of questioning is highly curious," and that Steele seemed "fixated… on a particular subject."
One could very well say that Cruz did answer the question, when he included in his response that "Scripture commands us to love everybody. more >>
Everyone knows that the American people don't trust Congress. But this week in the Senate we saw why distrust of Washington is at an all-time high and why it matters.
All eyes were on the Senate this week. With some of the most important – and controversial – provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire at the end of the month, the American people expected to see the Senate debating and deliberating the future of our nation's intelligence apparatus.
Last week the House of Representatives took up the issue and passed the USA Freedom Act with a sweeping bipartisan majority. This week, it was the Senate's turn to act. more >>