This Father's Day, I will remember my most public event with our daughter. My duty was not to draw any attention to myself. It was to be the bride's day. All the arrangements had been made, it seemed. The invitations had gone out. The family members near and far had responded. Many would even cross the border to make it to the wedding. This would not only be a union of husband and wife, it would be a celebration by two families from different nations.
In order to bring so many guests onto the "Yard" of the U.S. Naval Academy, it would be necessary to meet heightened security requirements. Passports and drivers licenses would have to be presented to armed guards. It's not what you would normally expect at a wedding, but it is what we have had to live with in this post-9/11 world.
To bring guests to the Academy Main Chapel for the ceremony would require a bright yellow school bus. It embarked the guests at a nearby high school. There were surely a thousand details to be managed. And my wife of many years and our daughter managed them all with aplomb. Two plombs, even. more >>
The 15-year-old suspected of recently opening fire at his high school near Portland, Oregon, has been described as a "spiritual" person who was very involved with his local Mormon church.
A church elder with the local Hartley Park Ward in Gresham recently described suspect Jared Padgett as a spiritual and quiet person who was devoted to his local Mormon church. Padgett is suspected of opening fire at Reynolds High School in Troutdale on Tuesday, killing one fellow classmate and injuring a teacher before turning the gun on himself in a campus bathroom stall.
Following the release of undercover videos exposing a Planned Parenthood counselor giving sex advice to an under-age girl by telling her to experiment with BDSM (bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/ sadism and masochism) and look at porn sites, Lila Rose, president of Live Action, announced Thursday that the employee continues to work at the clinic, despite official claims that she was fired.
During a Thursday phone call to the Planned Parenthood Midtown Health Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, Rose was told that Megan, the employee who facilitated the teen sex counseling session, is still employed by the clinic.
Planned Parenthood president and CEO Betty Cockrum, however, told the IndyStar that the counselor is no longer employed at PPINK. She also insisted that the sex advice given to the 15-year-old girl "is not indicative of the type of counseling and information clients are provided." more >>
WASHINGTON – A group of demonstrators representing over 40 different organizations gathered outside the White House to demand that Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan, be freed.
Dozens of protesters, including U.S. Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, stood outside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on a warm overcast Thursday morning to demand the freeing of Ibrahim.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Senator Cruz said that the effort to free Meriam Ibrahim was part of a grander need for the United States to address international religious liberty. more >>
The director and co-writer of the upcoming religious parody, "Believe Me," says that although his project takes a hard look "at the power of platforms, particularly among today's young Christians," he does not want to label the film as a "Christian movie."
When asked if he would be marketing "Believe Me" to Christians and people of faith, Will Bakke, the director and co-writer of the film, told The Blaze, "Of course!"
He went on to note the visible presence and power of the Christian demographic at movie theaters of late. more >>
Pope Francis has spoken out against human traffickers, warning them that they will be held accountable for their crimes. He also pleaded on behalf of the tens of thousands of children around the world forced to work in degrading conditions on the eve of World Day Against Child Labor on Thursday.
"One day everything comes to an end and they will be held accountable to God," the pope said about those responsible for human trafficking, slave labor and arms manufacturing during a general audience at the Vatican on Wednesdays, also calling them "merchants of death."
The Roman Catholic Church leader pleaded for the "tens of thousands of children who are forced to work in degrading conditions, exposed to forms of slavery and exploitation, as well as abuse, mistreatment and discrimination." He also called on the international community to "extend social protection for minors in order to weaken this scourge." more >>