Christian religious freedom activist Faith McDonnell is pushing back against the notion that it is unchristian to voice concerns with how the State Department is resettling refugees from Syria and other terrorist hot spots in the Middle East.
McDonnell, the the director of Religious Liberty Programs and the Church Alliance for a New Sudan at the Washington-based think tank Institute on Religion and Democracy, told The Christian Post on Monday that it's reasonable for Christians to voice concern about how the State Department is resettling only a minuscule percentage of Christian refugees from Syria and voice concern that the havoc being wrecked by Muslim refugees in Europe could also occur in America.
McDonnell took issue with recent remarks issued by Matthew Soerens, the U.S. director of church mobilization for the evangelical refugee resettlement organization World Relief. more >>
A massive wildfire devastating Southern California continued raging on Thursday, prompting over 82,000 evacuation orders, with firefighters reportedly battling "extreme" and unprecedented fire behavior in the face of an 80-foot wall of fire.
"The biggest thing was, we had to continually retreat against that advancing wall of fire, and that was something that I haven't witnessed in this section, ever," said Eric Sherwin of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, according to CBS News.
"We have strike teams here, and remember, our priorities are life, properties, and infrastructure. And lives also include firefighters' lives. And we can't go and stand in front of that 80-foot wall of fire. That's just self-defeating." more >>
As thousands of homes have been impacted by the torrential rainfall this weekend in Louisiana and Mississippi, leading social conservative activist Tony Perkins has shared his own story of how he and his family were forced to evacuate their home with over 10 feet of water sitting in their way.
As the Red Cross is calling the flooding in Louisiana the "worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy," Perkins, the president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council and a resident of the Bayou State, spoke as a guest on his own Washington Watch radio program Tuesday and explained how much devastation has been caused by the flooding.
Considering that over 40,000 homes have been impacted and over 20,000 people have been evacuated, Perkins, who was on vacation for a couple weeks and was planning to soon return to work in Washington, explained that the disaster of "near biblical proportions" has kept him from returning. more >>
As many as 82,000 people have been told to evacuate from the mountain communities in Southern California as a massive wildfire continues "raging unchecked," according to state officials.
Fire officials said that the Bluecut Fire, which flared up on Tuesday morning, is now covering close to 18,000 acres of land at the Cajon Pass, with none of the fire contained as of Tuesday night, Reuters noted.
Evacuation orders were issued to 82,640 residents and some 34,500 homes near Interstate 15, the main freeway between Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area, with the cause of the blaze still under investigation. more >>
Historic flooding in Louisiana has left five people dead as waters continue to rise in the western portion of the state. In response some local churches chose to cancel their services to help with relief efforts.
Torrential rains began bombarding the southern part of Louisiana last Thursday in what Gov. John Bel Edwards called a "truly historic" weather event, according to CNN. At least 20,000 water rescues occurred over the weekend as flood waters swept through.
A report from The Weather Channel indicated that flooding in the Magnolia State was powered by a weather system similar to an inland tropical depression. Parts of Louisiana saw more rain than some U.S. cities have in the last few years combined. In response, some local churches like the First United Methodist Church in Denham Springs joined in helping victims of the flood. more >>
The United States government has resettled more Christian refugees in the last decade than refugees of other religions, even though the nation continues to resettle fewer Syrian Christians than Syrian Muslims.
Much has been made about the low numbers of Syrian Christian refugees that have been resettled into the United States since the beginning of fiscal year 2016.
Although the Obama administration has a goal of resettling over 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, just 35 of the 7,551 Syrian refugees resettled into the country from last October through the end of July have been Christian, according to CNS News. Meanwhile, over 7,432 have been Sunni Muslim. more >>