This summer, just as we do every summer, we celebrated the independence of our country and the freedom we enjoy as American citizens. This freedom gives us the ability to worship, to work, and to move freely about the United States without fear.
However, for more than 11 million undocumented immigrants currently residing in our country, this freedom is not an option. And now, hundreds of children with no hope of enjoying that same freedom in their own countries are flocking to the United States, crossing the border in search of safety and an opportunity to escape lawlessness, violence, poverty and corruption.
As an evangelical Christian and an American citizen, I am concerned with the response to the families and children who are coming into our country. more >>
Most of us would love to get the IRS to go to church -- but not to censor what's being said there. Unfortunately, that seems to be the next stop on the agency's intimidation tour, thanks to a new settlement between the President's favorite tax bullies and the extremists at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Last month, the government persuaded the Freedom From Religion Foundation to drop its lawsuit by striking a deal with the atheist group. They had sued the IRS to get it to do what it already does: harass religious Americans. Apparently, the radicals at the Foundation felt like churches were being left out of the administration's conservative targeting party and took the IRS to court for refusing to crackdown on churches that spoke freely about moral or political issues from the pulpit.
According to FFRF, the IRS promised to rewrite its policies and take a harder line against pastors exercising their First Amendment rights. more >>
In 1964 Bob Dylan wrote the amazing classic tune, "The Times They Are a Changing". Some of the words went like this:
"The line it is drawn The curse it is cast The slow one now Will later be fast… Rapidly fadin' And the first one now Will later be last For the times they are a-changin'."
Fifty years after Dylan's riveting verses, special interest groups' claims about both the nature and dynamics of marriage are changing more dramatically than any of the social phenomenon of the 60's. For years, the argument for deeply altering an ancient institution was framed entirely in terms of individual "rights." We were told homosexuals possessed an inherent right to have their relationships deemed "marriage," end of story. more >>
Not a day goes by without newscasters, commentators, or social media chatter using the phrases, "a faction of radical Islamists," or "Islam is a peaceful religion." Because the majority of Americans include the non-religious and self-identifying Christians who know little to nothing about Christianity, it's not surprising that these statements go largely unchallenged.
Americans know little to nothing about Islam. Few non-Muslims have read the Qur'an or the Hadith. If they had, they would know Islam is neither peaceful nor a religion as the West defines either of these terms.
The Qur'an, unlike the Bible, was written by one man, Muhammad, over the course of his lifetime. Knowing what and when text was written is essential. Passages written later supersede passages written earlier. Because the "peaceful" or "tolerant" passages of the Qur'an are in the beginning and the violent and "intolerant" passages are written later, the latter are prioritized. more >>
Pew Research Center recently found that Americans, overall, see Hamas as more to blame than Israel for the current violences. This is true across demographics—except for those between the ages of 18 and 29.
Only 21 percent of these Millennials believe that Hamas is more to blame, compared to 37 percent of Generation Xers, 47 percent of Baby Boomers, and 53 percent of Silent. Millennials were also more likely to see Israel as more responsible for the violence.
Twenty-nine percent of Millennials charge Israel with instigating the violence, compared to 20 percent, 14 percent, and 15 percent of Xers, Boomers, and Silent, respectively. And in another Gallup poll, 51 percent of Millennials reported that they believe that "Israel's actions in the current Middle East conflict" are "unjustified—" a far stronger take than any other generation above them. more >>
Israel has strongly spoken out against the appointment of Canadian international lawyer William Schabas to head the U.N. Human Rights Council's inquiry into the Gaza conflict, accusing the lawyer of setting himself against the Jewish state and suggesting that the commission has already indicated it will have an anti-Israel bias.
"This commission's anti-Israeli conclusions have already been written, all it needs is a signature," Israel foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said, according to AFP.
"For this commission the important thing is not human rights but the rights of terrorist organizations like Hamas." more >>