Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 7/23/14 at 11:17 AM | Phil Cooke |
I watched the network news last night and the featured stories on multiple channels weren’t the 1,500 rockets that have been fired into Israel by Hamas, but the Palestinian casualties caused by the Israeli army. The reporters never asked why Hamas has refused to agree to three cease fire offers by Israel, or that Israel would cease fire if the Palestinians simply stopped blasting rockets into Israel. On every front, Hamas is breaking the rules and yet winning the PR battle. Why?
They are willing to put their own people at risk.
This is something few armies have ever encountered and is even more insidious than the Japanese Kamikaze pilots of World War II. But Hamas actually tells Palestinians to stay at home despite Israeli warnings to evacuate. They hide bombs in schools and hospitals. As Hillik Bar wrote in The Guardian, “As Netanyahu remarked this week, Israel uses its missiles to protect citizens, whereas Hamas uses citizens to protect its missiles.” The Wall Street Journal reported that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are transporting themselves throughout Gaza in ambulances packed with children. Since Hamas has become the elected form of government, they have turned their own people into weapons. FULL POST
Posted 7/22/14 at 10:37 AM | Bill Blacquiere
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these – Mark 10:14
If you’ve been following the news the past couple of weeks, you’ve surely heard about the thousands of refugee children currently housed at the U.S. border. And yes, I deliberately use the word refugee rather than immigrant as I believe it’s an important distinction to make. Merriam-Webster defines a refugee as someone who flees to escape danger, which is exactly what these children are doing.
I’ve personally spoken to children from this part of the world who have told me about the bleak realities of their home countries—boys who describe their options as either joining a gang and risk being killed by a rival gang member or being killed for refusing to join in the first place—and girls who are afraid to leave the house because they face being taken from their schools and held for ransom their parents cannot afford to pay or to be raped and forced into other illegal activities by these gang members. FULL POST
Posted 7/21/14 at 3:30 PM | Michael Bresciani
On a day when America would normally be proudly looking back to Neil Armstrong’s famous “One giant leap for mankind,” they are lamenting the thousands of giant leaps across the southern borders by tens of thousands of illegal immigrants.
Both sides of the issue were heard in cities across the nation this past weekend, but the naysayers far outnumber the few who seem to think it is a purely humanitarian crisis and the oppressed and displaced Central American children should be welcomed in with open arms.
Main stream America is at odds, as usual, with main stream media on the issue. Dem’s are using whatever news outlets that will yield to make their humanitarian spin, but it is largely failing as opinions and tempers flare because most Americans think Obama’s policies are at the heart of the problem.
To bolster the feeling of most Americans that the crisis is an Obama generated policy blunder is a report from Breitbart News that shows a leak from EPIC (El Paso Intelligence Center) clearly stating that it is not violence and guns in Central America that is driving the immigrants to the borders.
Breitbart says, “An elite, law-enforcement sensitive El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) intel report from July 7, 2014 was leaked to Breitbart Texas and reveals that homicide rates in Central America suggest violence is likely not the primary cause of the surge of thousands of unaccompanied minors and incomplete family units illegally entering the United States.” FULL POST
Posted 7/21/14 at 9:59 AM | Aida and William Spencer |
Posted 7/21/14 at 12:53 AM | Bindings: Reflections on Faith, Life, and Good Books
Which of us hasn’t sorrowed at the school shootings which seem to happen regularly these days? The one at Seattle Pacific University earlier this year, however, especially affected me.
Seattle is the closest major city to my home. More than that, I’ve attended a writers’ conference there. I receive SPU’s Response magazine each quarter in the mail. I know at least one writer on the staff there. Each week, a guided Bible reading from the school arrives in my inbox that I use in my daily devotions.
SPU is affiliated with the Free Methodist denomination. The college lays great stress on the connection between faith and service in the wider world.
According to news reports, a lone gunman entered a building on campus and killed one person and seriously wounded two others. Another student is credited with saving more individuals from harm by attacking the gunman with pepper spray and disarming him. FULL POST
Posted 7/18/14 at 7:40 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
He was swallowed by a gigantic sea creature after he tried to run from God. Chastened in the belly of the behemoth, he later preached to the people of Ninevah and turned an entire city to God.
Tradition places Jonah’s grave close to the city of Mosul, near the ancient site of Nineveh. The Christians there still trace their lineage back to Jonah’s preaching, while Jews and Muslims also celebrate the man as a prophet.
Amidst the remains of Ninevah stands the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus (or Jonah), which was once the location of a Nestorian-Assyrian Church. Jonah is believed to be buried there, the same place King Esarhaddon built a palace.
It is one of the most important mosques in Mosul and one of the few historic mosques that are found on the eastern side of the city.
In early July, members of the radical group ISIS smashed the tomb of the celebrated prophet, as documented in a YouTube video. Some reports also say they unearthed his remains. FULL POST
Posted 7/18/14 at 11:35 AM | Alliance Defending Freedom
In the understandable excitement so many of us felt two weeks ago over the wonderfully welcome and important U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Conestoga / Hobby Lobby case, I have delayed celebrating another high court decision in another Alliance Defending Freedom supported-case – one with its own enormous implications for your family’s First Amendment-protected freedom of speech. And, even more importantly, for the defense of life in the womb.
On June 26, the nation’s highest court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot Gospel-free “buffer zone” around abortion facilities. These zones’ express purpose was to block advocates for life from speaking with women on their way into these buildings to have an abortion. (The law imposed up to two-and-a-half years in jail for its violation.) The court ruled that those who would gracefully make the case for life face-to-face are legally entitled to do so, up until the moment a woman enters the abortion facility’s property.
“It is no accident that public streets and sidewalks have developed as venues for the exchange of ideas,” the court wrote in its opinion. “Even today, they remain one of the few places where a speaker can be confident that he is not simply preaching to the choir…. In light of the First Amendment’s purpose ‘to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail…,’ this aspect of traditional public fora is a virtue, not a vice.” FULL POST
Posted 7/18/14 at 11:31 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By David Murray
“How many lives is our privacy worth?”
“Not one!” most reply
“Well some things, like freedom, are worth sacrificing life for; but not for just privacy.”
“So you have no problems with the amount of private information being vacuumed from our phones and computers?”
“Wait a minute. No, I hate that, and I wish it wasn’t necessary. But imagine if they stopped doing it and a terrorist bombed another building, plane, or sports event?”
“So you’re saying that you are willing to give up privacy rather than risk one life being killed in a bomb?”
“Yes, I suppose I am saying that.”
Just a candy bar?
It sounds like he’s just giving up a candy bar doesn’t it? I mean who’d sacrifice a life for a candy bar? Just give it up, man. Judging by stunning opinion polls, that seems to be the view of a majority of voters about the loss of their right to privacy. FULL POST
Posted 7/17/14 at 6:10 PM | Michael Bresciani
With thousands of sickly children streaming across our southern border, along with MS-13 gang members, terrorist infiltrators, drug runners and criminals of every kind – our Prevaricator in Chief decides to enjoy a game of pool with Colorado Governor Hickenlooper.
Those who were there in the mile high city were all - way up there, whether by location, high office or the all new and fully legalized - yes we can with cannabis.
With yet a two and a half year trek down the yellow brick road to Obama’s Land of Oz, most Americans are growing weary of a president whose response to major crisis is to play the back nine at some golf club, send Michele off to Spain or play pool with a Colorado uber liberal down in the old bar.
Later on the same day, Wednesday July 9, 2014, in a rare show of humility that may be after all a rhetorical compliment to bolster the idea that Coloradans supposedly chose a winner, Mr. Obama told the crowds of sycophants’ and adorers at Cheesman Park that he lost the game to governor Hickenlooper. Who cares?
Doesn’t it follow that if two wrongs don’t make a right – two losers can’t make a winner? We have long since entered the stage in our decline where many ‘winners’ will actually become - the greatest losers. FULL POST
Posted 7/16/14 at 5:34 PM | Barry Bowen |
The Associated Press has caused a Twitter flame war after tweeting the results of today's vote in the United States Senate on the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014.
Last month the United States Supreme Court recognized the right of Hobby Lobby to decline paying for four forms of birth control for its employees. Feminists and Democrats outraged with the decision pushed for new legislation to require corporations to pay for abortifacient contraceptives.
56 senators voted to end discussion on the bill while 43 senators voted to continue discussion. Senator Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, did not vote and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, joined 42 Republicans in voting no. Sixty votes are requred to end discussion or prevent a filibuster. (Results at GovTrack) According to the Senate Democrats' website, "Senator Reid changed his vote to no (for procedural reasons) and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote at a later time. The Senate continues to debate the motion to proceed." FULL POST