A U.S. court has awarded $330 million to Shurat HaDin, or Israel Law Center, on behalf of the U.S.-based family of Rev. Kim Dong-Shik, a Christian missionary and activist who was abducted by North Korean agents inside China and later killed in North Korea.
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia awarded the family $330 million — which includes $15 million dollars each to Kim's son and brother, as well as $300 million in punitive damages — against the government of North Korea, known as DPRK, Israel Law Center said in a statement Monday.
"This is an important human rights decision that will be utilized in all political abduction cases going forward," Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the Israeli group's director, said. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and other faith groups have spoken out against California Senate Bill 128, which if passed, would give terminally ill people in the state the right to end their lives. Warren said that he opposes the bill both as a theologian and as the father of a son who died by suicide due to mental illness.
"I oppose this law as a theologian and as the father of a son who took his life after struggling with mental illness for 27 years," Warren said at a conference on Saturday, referring to his son, Matthew, who took his own life on April 5, 2013.
"The prospect of dying can be frightening," he added while speaking at a panel, the OC Register reported. "But we belong to God, and death and life are in God's hands. ... We need to make a radical commitment to be there for those who are dying in our lives." more >>
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, pulled no punches Monday evening when he hammered home his message against a potential 2016 presidential candidate rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. "Yesterday is over, and we are never going back," he declared in his formal announcement of his 2016 presidential bid.
"We Americans are proud of our history, but our country has always been about the future. Before us now is the opportunity to author the greatest chapter yet in the amazing story of America. We can't do that by going back to the leaders and ideas of the past. We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them," Rubio said in excerpts from a 12-minute speech provided by his campaign Monday according to the Sun-Sentinel.
"I am more confident than ever that despite our troubles, we have it within our power to make our time another American Century," he said in explaining why he is seeking to become president instead of a second term in the U.S. Senate. more >>
World renowned neurosurgeon-turned-conservative-star Ben Carson is expected to declare whether or not he will throw his hat into the ring of growing 2016 presidential candidates on May 4, according to the doctor in an announcement on social media Monday evening.
"I am excited to announce that On May 4th, in my home town of Detroit, I will announce my decision on whether or not I become a candidate for President," wrote Carson in a post on his Facebook page where he further directed his more than 1 million followers to sign up and donate to his presidential exploratory committee page bearing the slogan, "United, Heal, Thrive."
Just last week the highly regarded neurosurgeon who grew up in poverty in Detroit, noted on the "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that his decision to run would be based in part on the financial support available and that it was "looking quite positive" on that front. His campaign told the Detroit Free Press that he will make his announcement at Detroit's Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. more >>
A leader in the field of sexual orientation change efforts therapy has denounced the therapy's negative portrayal following the Obama Administration's support for banning the practice. Obama supports the right to an abortion for minors, but would deny them therapies to help with same-sex attraction if they want it, he pointed out.
Last week, President Barack Obama came out in support of bans on conversion therapy for gay and transgender youths.
David Pruden, executive director of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, provided The Christian Post with comments denouncing what he called "misleading" descriptions of conversion therapy. more >>
It has been almost five years since former Alaska Republican Senator Ted Stevens tragically died in a plane crash, and over six years since he left the Senate in humiliation. The left viciously targeted him when he was 84, abusing the legal system using classic Alinsky tactics until Stevens' name and career were utterly destroyed.
Unable to beat Republicans at the ballot box as often as they want, the left now selectively targets Republicans who are less likely to be able to defend themselves, frequently using the Democrat dominated legal system to tie them up in court for years, destroy them financially and tarnish their reputations. Stevens came from a sparsely populated rural state, and so was an easy target not having the support of a strong conservative news source or powerful local conservative organizations. His takedown, along with that of Tom DeLay, have become prototypes on how to crush top influential Republicans using the legal system. Since the witch hunts against them, the left has copied that method to go after Dinesh D'Souza, Bob McDonnell, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Rick Perry to name a few.
Contrary to the unethical perception that was created about him, Stevens came from an impressive, upstanding background. He flew planes in the Air Force during World War II, flying behind enemy lines. He graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced Western land and water use law. He tragically lost his first wife in an airplane crash. He became the U.S. Attorney for Fairbanks, and then worked as an attorney for the Department of the Interior, where he was instrumental in getting Alaska admitted as a state. He became a U.S. Senator from Alaska in late 1968. more >>