Students at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, knew right away there was something not quite right about the Pledge of Allegiance. That's because the pledge was being recited in Arabic.
"One nation under Allah," the student body president announced over the intercom system on Wednesday.
Reaction in the upstate New York high school was swift, and so was the backlash, The Times Herald-Record reports. Furious students tried to shout down the recitation in their classrooms. Other students sat down in protest. more >>
Israeli elections are over and the big story is Benjamin Netanyahu's stunning come-from-behind win to secure his fourth term as prime minister. Exit polls showed Netanyahu's center-right Likud party just one seat ahead of the main challenger, the Zionist Union, and pundits and pollsters were forecasting his imminent demise all the way to the end. At last count, however, he and the Likud gained a decisive victory with 29 parliamentary seats compared to Zionist Union's 24. The Joint Arab List, a slate of Arab-Israeli candidates, came in third.
But as Netanyahu begins the difficult task of building a governing coalition, he remains haunted, both now and for years to come, by remarks that he made during the final days of his campaign. In most nations, campaign chatter is chalked up to politicking and gamesmanship; but Israel is not like most nations. Seen by some as evidence of God's faithfulness and by others as the source of all that is wrong in the world, Israel lives in a media spotlight that is truly unique.
Thus, it was not surprising when Foggy Bottom, Brussels, and the glittering halls of Amnesty International erupted in a mighty uproar after Netanyahu declared that, under his leadership, there would be no Palestinian state. Many observers saw it as a reversal of his now-famous 2009 speech at Bar Ilan University in which he accepted the idea of a two-state solution. more >>
Actor Nick Searcy from the hit television series "Justified" will be directing a film about infamous abortionist Kermit Gosnell who was sentenced to life in prison for committing crimes of infanticide and involuntary manslaughter inside his West Philadelphia abortion clinic.
"There are three aspects to this story that are fascinating — what happened; why it was allowed to happen; and why no one wanted to talk about it after it happened," said Searcy, who plays the role of U.S. Marshal Art Mullen in the FX series, and will direct the $2.2 million crowdfunded film project about Gosnell's "house of horrors" late-term abortion facility.
On May 13, 2013, Gosnell was sentenced to serve life in prison without parole for three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive in his abortion clinic by cutting their spinal cords with scissors. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old Nepalese refugee who died from a Demerol overdose administered by his untrained and unlicensed staff. more >>
TV and radio personality Glenn Beck announced on Wednesday that he is severing all ties with the Republican Party.
"I've made my decision—I'm out. I'm out of the Republican Party," Beck said during his radio show. "I am not a Republican; I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I'm out. I highly recommend—run from the Republican Party. They are not good."
Beck went on to explain that he was frustrated the political party had not delivered on its promises to overturn Obamacare and work on immigration issues. He also said that he supported Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, and was disappointed that the party had not offered its support to them but rather was "torpedoing them." more >>
There is a movement sweeping across the globe manifesting itself in the fiery hearts of those preaching the gospel of "the stark truth of climate change," insisting the divestment of fossil fuels will "save" the planet. Even President Obama claims, "the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact." A reasonably dramatic statement, given that nothing is ever settled in the world of science.
Why is the movement so convincing? Is it our eagerness to trust information spoon-fed to us by pop culture and a not-so-fair-and-balanced Internet, rather than rolling up our sleeves to dig for truth? Social media and 140-word tweets have taken the world by storm and have left us dimwitted in their wake it seems. Claiming man can answer what ails the planet when we're not sure if anything is wrong is a fool's errand that largely overinflates man's position in the hierarchy of things.
God did lay out the pecking order. "What is man," asked the Psalmist, "that you take notice of him…you gave him dominion over the work of your hands, and you put all things under his feet…" Clearly, we see man is charged with sensible stewardship and proper utilization of creation. The big stuff is left for God to handle. And that is the tough, faith-y part because then we are forced to consider what we really believe about God. Did the omniscient God who created the heavens and the earth have a workable plan for coexistence in mind when he also created man? more >>
The foreign policy clerisy in this country was loud in its denunciation of Arkansas freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R) when he circulated a Round Robin letter with the signatures of 47 GOP senators. Sen. Cotton's letter simply states the obvious truth that no "executive agreement" with Iran can be guaranteed past the expiration of Mr. Obama's constitutionally limited term of office.
Election returns from Israel show that Sen. Cotton was right. Israeli voters appreciated the strong support given to a realistic policy toward Iran and its dangerous drive for nuclear weapons. Israeli voters have to take seriously the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon. Mr. Obama's feckless Sec. of State, John Kerry, is paving Iran's pathway to a nuclear weapon.
Many of the same chin pulling graybeards who tut-tutted over the Cotton letter also protested Prime Minister Netanyahu's acceptance of Speaker Boehner's invitation to address Congress. They and their Democratic Party-aligned flacks and hacks objected that it was "a violation of protocol" for the Prime Minister to speak to Americans and the world from the rostrum of the House of Representatives. more >>