Presidential Thanksgiving proclamations and speeches have been popular throughout American history. Within the federal government, the tradition pre-dates the U.S. Constitution adopted in 1789, and was observed by the Continental Congress.
President George Washington issued the first presidential Thanksgiving proclamation but that was not officially observed as a concurrent tradition by every president until Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be observed on Thursday, November 26, 1863.
Before Lincoln, Thanksgiving was generally promoted in government at the state level. more >>
It's that time of year again. Pumpkin pies, autumn leaves, cooler temperatures, football on the television, and reunions with extended kinfolk.
Thanksgiving is a time of feasting and family, with blessings counted and calories ignored. Tens of millions of Americans travel every year to be with family over this holiday.
Here are a few points of trivia about that one special Thursday in November that precedes the Christmas season and all its pageantry. more >>
While most of the Islamic State terrorist organization's foreign fighters come from Muslim backgrounds, a terrorism expert said Tuesday that jihadi recruits hailing from Christian families are among the most ferocious fighters the militant group has to offer.
During a meeting held by the United Nation's Security Council's counter-terrorism committee that focused on foreign terrorist fighters, Scott Atran, the co-founder of Oxford University's Center for Resolution of Intractable Conflict, explained that ISIS has a "revolutionary pull" that is capable of attracting more than just radicalized Muslims.
Although much has been made about IS' (also known as ISIS or ISIL) intricate online recruiting process, Atran said that IS' most successful form of international recruiting is through the convincing of friends and family. more >>
The "Stop Bullying Christians Now" campaign in Toronto over the weekend brought together hundreds of protesters who stood up against the city's decision to ban a Christian music group from performing at a public square.
The campaign posted a thank you message to all of its supporters on its Facebook page, that read:
"We would like to thank each and every person for being at the rally and ask you to please support the movement of Christian Positive Space, the cause of Voices of the Nations, and Christ's Forgiveness Ministries as they continue to set up Gospel booths around the city. Please also support your local church and your pastor's who are standing for the Gospel daily." more >>
Christians in the predominantly Muslim country of Sudan continue to suffer intense persecution, with the government engaging in a systematic destruction of churches, a conservative law group has warned.
The American Center for Law and Justice said Tuesday that its contacts on the ground in Sudan have affirmed that government officials continue to order the destruction of Christian churches, further marginalizing the minority Christian population.
At least three churches were destroyed in October, according to the ACLJ, including the Sudanese Church of Christ building in Omdurman, the Lutheran Church of Sudan building in Karari, and another Lutheran Church of Sudan building in Gadaref, East Sudan. more >>
The brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, a government minister who was killed by terrorists for opposing the controversial blasphemy laws in Pakistan, told the U.K. parliament that his country finally appears to be moving toward religious freedom.
The people of Pakistan have seen enough religiously-motivated violence that has killed an estimated 60,000 people in 20 years, and now want tolerance, Paul Bhatti, whose brother was killed in 2011, told the parliament last week, according to Catholic Herald.
"We are still facing the cruel and harsh realities of violence against the weak and voiceless people of our community," but there is improvement, he was quoted as saying. more >>