WASHINGTON — Eric Metaxas compared the silence of Christians about persecution in the Middle East and religious freedom restrictions domestically to the silence of Christians in Nazi Germany.
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil," Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, Metaxas reminded the audience at the In Defense of Christians Inaugural Summit on Sept. 11.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. Americans have been shocked to see the brutality and barbarism of the Islamic militants of ISIS. Americans have been stunned by the revelations that their fellow Americans have joined the ranks of ISIS are taking up the cause of the caliphate. Pundits and politicians alike have publicly pondered the question as to how young Americans can be sucked into such an evil venture. While it may be troubling, the answer is not hard. Atheizers have been driving out of our schools, our entertainment, our military, and our government the very definition of who we are: our Judeo- Christian heritage. What has been left in its place has been called a naked public square. But just as nature abhors a vacuum, something was bound to rush into this void.
We see this in the violent nihilism of the hip-hop gang banger music from which Hollywood sucks billions of dollars. Into this naked public square has rushed a morbid hatred of women, an ugly sexualized pop culture, and the appalling phenomenon of teens "sexting" lewd pictures of their classmates—in our children's schools.
We see in the Advanced Placement U.S. History standards anti-Americanism foisted on some of the brightest of our young people. In place of the heroism of Bunker Hill and that "stillness at Appomattox," of the sacrifices of the Boys of Bedford on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, we see people whose salaries we pay teaching our young people to have contempt for their country and its history. more >>
Boy, turn your head for one minute and suddenly everybody is a war hawk! Wasn't our government in the full-time occupation of blaming Bush for his bloodthirsty colonialism..? All of a sudden, Senator Dianne Feinstein (Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee) has gone on record that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a threat which "cannot be overstated". The Department of Homeland Security circulated a memo to law enforcement agencies, suggesting that attacks by ISIS could happen with "little to no warning". Secretaries Hagel and Kerry, along with the President, are working overtime to cobble together an international coalition, intent on engaging in a military campaign against ISIS.
At the same time, the Federal government is actively working to keep our southern border WIDE OPEN. The President, DHS, Secretary Hagel; these are some of the people directly responsible for the fact that anyone and everyone can do the watusi across our southern border without ever being seen, questioned, or identified, and yet they are acting on a credible, dangerous threat to our safety.We have a credible threat from a terrorist organization which "cannot be overstated'. We have a de facto open borders policy on our Southern border.
These two facts seem to be irreconcilable. ISIS has posted information which seeks to prove that they have active cells here in this country as we speak. Last month, a Twitter profile supposedly affiliated with ISIS posted a picture of a Chicago landmark, boasting about their supposed infiltration of the United States. Given the corroboration of the memo from DHS, it seems clear that our government acknowledges the rapid-strike capability of this group, along with the viability of their threats, and simultaneously retains their position of open immigration. more >>
While many have rightfully criticized U.S. President Obama's recent assertion that the Islamic State "is not Islamic," some of his other equally curious but more subtle comments pronounced in the same speech have been largely ignored.
Consider the president's invocation of the "grievances" meme to explain the Islamic State's success: "At this moment the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL—which calls itself the Islamic State."
Obama's logic, of course, is fortified by an entire apparatus of professional apologists who make the same claim. Thus Georgetown professor John Esposito—whose apologetics sometimes morph into boldfaced lies—also recently declared that "The "primary drivers [for the Islamic State's violence] are to be found elsewhere," that is, not in Islam but in a "long list of grievances." more >>
The Air Force announced that it will no longer require airmen to include the phrase "so help me God" as a part of an enlistment or officer appointment oath.
Under the new policy, Air Force support offices will now allow airmen to omit "so help God" from the end of their enlistment of appointment oath if they prefer to do so. Previous Air Force regulations did not permit the support offices to process enlistment paperwork with any omissions. The policy change is effective immediately while the Army and Navy already allow their enlistees to omit the phrase.
"The Air Force will be updating the instructions for both enlisted and commissioned Airmen to reflect these changes in the coming weeks, but the policy change is effective now," the Wednesday Air Force press release said. "Airmen who choose to omit the words 'So help me God' from enlistment and officer appointment oaths may do so." more >>
After being pressured to allow atheists to distribute materials in public schools declaring that "Jesus is dead," the Orange County School District in Florida may soon have to allow satanic books to be distributed to children, all because they allowed the distribution of Bibles in the schools.
In a press release issued Sunday, The Satanic Temple said it was the decision by the Orange County School Board that sparked their push to introduce satanism to children in schools.
"We would never seek to establish a precedent of disseminating our religious materials in public schools, because we believe our constitutional values are better served by respecting a strong separation of church and state," The Satanic Temple's spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, noted in the release. more >>