In light of last week's presidential debate in St. Louis and Hillary Clinton's assertion that "millions" would be "fact-checking" the many statements made by the candidates who would lead this country, I decided to join the legions of fact-checkers and here's what I discovered:
FACT: American politicians habitually deny the growing threat of Islam, a religion that, when taken seriously, calls for all who are not Islamic to convert, pay a tax, or die. During last night's debate Secretary Clinton said that "We are not at war with Islam." That is beside the point. A significant element of Islam has engaged in a de facto war with the United States. It simply won't do to characterize ISIS, the Taliban, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc. as fringe elements of Islam. These groups occupy whole countries, not a mosque or two.
FACT: According to The Spectator, an average of 100,000 Christians die for their faith each year, mostly at the hands of Muslims. That translates to 11 Christians martyred every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The United States has largely ignored the plight of these persecuted peoples and has instead reassured us that Islam is a "religion of peace." This did not merit mentioning during last week's debate. more >>
What happens after this November's American presidential election will undoubtedly be momentous.
Will Donald Trump concede defeat or will he further inflame the passions of his supporters (and weaken the constitutional consensus that makes American democracy plausible) by claiming that the election had been stolen from him?
How will the forthcoming wrestling match between old school conservatives and white nationalists over the future of the American Right play out, and what will that mean for the Republican Party? more >>
Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz was recently interviewed by television star Oprah Winfrey on her SuperSoul Sunday talk show program and described what he believes is the "root of racism" in America today.
Lentz, who proclaimed on Facebook in September that he and his megachurch won't be chanting "All Lives Matter" because "black lives apparently are worth less on our streets," talked with Winfrey for over 40 minutes about faith, religion and Christ.
But one of the last questions that the 62-year-old African-American megastar asked the 31-year-old pastor was what he thinks "the root of racism is." more >>
Churches across the country will be holding communion services on election day this year as part of an ecumenical effort to combat the "spirit of divisiveness."
Known as Election Day Communion, the observance was first held in 2012 and had approximately 900 congregations from diverse denominations take part.
"We watched the rancor and bitterness of this election reach new highs (and new lows). We've seen that spirit of divisiveness seep into our communities, our neighborhoods, even our churches," stated the EDC's website. more >>
Willow Creek Community Church has launched a billboard campaign during the last leg of the election season with a simple message: "Love Everyone, Always."
The Chicago, Illinois area-based megachurch put up 27 digital billboards on Monday, with the intention of having them displayed until Sunday, November 20.
The digital message also changes to have the word "Love" periodically replaced with the words "Bless," "Serve,", "Protect," and "Forgive." more >>
Best-selling author and megachurch pastor Max Lucado believes that the 18 month long political process is draining Americans of the joy in their lives.
In an interview on the NPR program "All Things Considered" that aired Sunday, the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas preacher talked about his concerns regarding the 2016 election.
"I think these days, my main concern is not really with either candidate. But my main concern is with the anxiety that has settled upon the country. I'm concerned about the consequences of this 18-month conversation that seems to have just really sucked the joy out of our people," said Lucado. more >>