Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has said that he's ashamed of America, President Barack Obama, and himself, for failing to seriously help the people of Ukraine who are caught in a war against pro-Russian separatists.
"I'm ashamed of my country, I'm ashamed of my president and I'm ashamed of myself that I haven't done more to help these people," McCain said in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation."
The latest attempt at a peace agreement in eastern Ukraine has fallen apart after heavy fighting continued last week, and the eastern town of Debaltseve was captured by pro-Russian rebels. A ceasefire agreement had earlier this month been reached by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko and major European leaders, but the conflict, which has led to the deaths of over 5,600 people, continues. more >>
"More than 90 percent of Americans who express a religious preference identify themselves as Christians." So said a December 2014 Gallup survey after interviewing 173,490 U.S. citizens.
Furthermore, "Eight in 10 Americans attend religious services at least occasionally, while more than half attend monthly or more frequently." The pollsters concluded that, contrary to the view of America as no longer predominantly Christian but a conglomerate of many opinions, "the U.S. remains a largely Christian nation."
If these figures are accurate, why are the Christian faith and followers of Christ under such relentless attack? In an interview that aired recently on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, well-known evangelist Franklin Graham articulated what more and more believers across America are thinking: more >>
If you haven't paid close attention to the school choice movement over the past 10 years, you might not realize how much it has changed. Due to lawsuits and other limitations, innovators have figured out that tuition scholarships, also known as education savings accounts, are more effective than vouchers for giving families a choice of schools. The difference is parents are given much broader control over how to use the money. Instead of just transferring the public school money that would have been spent on a child to a few select schools, parents can choose to spend it in many ways, including for school books, tutoring, or P.E. at a traditional school.
Arizona is the leading state in the country for school choice. But a court in Arizona ruled that directing vouchers to religious (parochial) schools is unconstitutional. Undaunted, proponents of school choice found a way around it by setting up ESAs, where parents direct the money instead of the state. Now other states around the country are scrambling to pass similar legislation.
Last weekend, I attended a school choice conference in Phoenix put on by the Franklin Center. It is one small group taking on powerful teachers unions through the spread of knowledge. The establishment uses fear mongering and false information to retain the status quo. The threat that schools will run out of funding? That's not accurate, The Goldwater Institute's Education Director Jonathan Butcher explained at the conference. The establishment waits for an event that sort of looks like funding might have been cut, then sends out an alarming message. In reality, money for education in Arizona has never been cut and now takes up an incredible 45 percent of the state's budget. Butcher contrasts it with the cost of Sears catalog products years ago versus today – unlike typical commodities, the cost of education has gone in the opposite direction and we now pay more for less. more >>
When you look at the endless problems we face in society today, it's easy to think, "But what I can do? I'm just one person."
The fact is that God only has people to use, and He uses one person at a time. It's amazing to see what can happen when one person decides to take a stand.
Lisa L. is the homeschooling mother of three children. She's 35-years-old and, along with her husband Mike, graduated from our ministry training school when it was based in Pensacola, Florida. more >>
A week after former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said he wasn't sure whether President Obama loves his country, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, said he doesn't know whether Obama is a Christian after The Washington Post asked him the "gotcha" question about which religion President Obama adheres to.
"I don't know. I've actually never talked about it or I haven't read about that. I've never asked him that," Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, told The Washington Post, when asked what he thinks of Obama's faith.
"You've asked me to make statements about people that I haven't had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?" he added. more >>
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani issued a statement somewhat apologizing for his remarks about President Barack Obama's lack of love for America, saying that he never meant to question the president's "motives or the content of his heart."
"My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn't love American notwithstanding, I didn't intend to question President Obama's motives or the content of his heart. My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance," Giuliani wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Sunday.
Giuliani came under fire for saying that Obama did not have love for America or its citizens during a speech at a dinner in Manhattan last Wednesday. He said that he received death threats over his remarks, but CNN was not able to confirm that allegation. more >>