A Ukrainian official said 23 Americans were aboard Malaysia Flight MH17, reportedly shot down in the troubled Donetsk region of the Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday. President Barack Obama said, however, that the U.S. is still checking to see if any Americans were among the 295 people killed on the doomed flight.
"Obviously, the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border, and it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we are working to determine whether there were American citizens on board," Obama said in brief remarks in Delaware on Thursday, according to Reuters, which reported the figure from the Ukrainian official.
In a recent Politico op-ed as detached from reality as her political views, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote, "Come November, voters will have a choice between a Democratic Party trying to fix our nation's problems and a Republican Party interested only in standing in our way."
I'd like to know what Democratic Party she's talking about. Because it's certainly not the one that controls the White House and the U.S. Senate today. It's certainly not the Democratic Party she belongs too.
If that party is "trying to fix our nation's problems," they clearly don't know what they're doing. Consider their record. more >>
A group advocating for marriage being legally recognized as only being between one man and one woman has called for a boycott of JP Morgan Chase.
National Organization for Marriage announced its boycott of the financial company earlier this week due to a survey the company did of employees that many believe was meant to punish employees who disagree with pro-LGBT positions.
Joseph Grabowski, director of communications for NOM, told The Christian Post that the idea for the boycott came when "Chase asked its employees in their annual survey whether they were 'allies' of the LGBT community." more >>
As I mentioned yesterday, story matters. In fact, it matters so much, it can overwhelm and hide the facts of the case so as to harm one party and benefit another. An example resides in a recent article by Politico that asserts that young evangelicals are giving up their convictions on marriage. The article posits that Millennial evangelicals are starting to adopt same-sex marriage as compatible with Christian teaching. There, one finds mention of a Pew study regarding attitudes toward marriage.
First of all, a new and more in-depth study by Mark Regnerus undercuts Politico's use of the Pew research. As Russell Moore and Andrew Walker point out, "[O]nly 11 percent of young Evangelicals actively expressed support for same-sex marriage." In other words, the actual sexual ethic of young evangelicals proper isn't going anywhere. What is changing is the rest of culture and–by extension–how Millennial evangelicals are going to deal with that conflict.
The story also cites examples of cultural retreat from evangelical leaders and cites Matthew Vines as the shining champion of evangelical acceptance of the LGBT agenda. The author, Jim Hinch, seems to believe that the Presbyterian Church, USA counts as an evangelical denomination. Oddly, one of the article's subjects, Amy Tincher, leaves a United Methodist congregation to join the United Church of Christ (which is notorious for its plummeting membership). These are all Protestant Mainline denominations rather than the usual traditions that fall under the Bebbington quadrilateral. The UCC as well as liberal United Methodists and Presbyterians reject biblicism, crucicentrism, and conversionism; and thus hardly qualify as evangelical. Denny Burk commented on this a couple days ago. more >>
Archie Comics Publications, Inc. has garnered controversy over its latest edition of the Archie comic series, wherein the title character is killed by politically driven violence.
Released Wednesday, the latest "Life With Archie" comic concludes with Archie Andrews being killed while protecting a gay politician who was trying to advance a gun control measure.
Pro-Life organizations have expressed cautious relief after the U.S. Senate failed to vote in favor of ending debate on a bill meant to counter the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.
Known as S. 2578, if enacted the bill would have compelled businesses like the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby Inc. to provide all FDA approved birth control methods despite the owner's religious objections to paying for drugs that could cause an abortion.
When S. 2578 was brought to a cloture vote Wednesday, it failed to get the necessary 60 votes to have debate ended and an up-or-down vote be given by the Senate. more >>