Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 2/7/17 at 1:35 PM | Michael Bresciani
Watching the defeated Democrats battling President Trump on every level is disconcerting for those who mandated his leadership. It is mostly a fanciful delay and in time it will shrink back so America can get on with the business of being America.
No one would dare say the Democrats are not willing to show up to make war, but as reflected in the eight years of the Obama administration, they seem to have trouble identifying the real enemy. They choose the wrong battles and at times the wrong war.
Let’s put away the notion that President Trump has broken to pieces the nation’s long heritage of helping and receiving refugees to our shores. He has put a temporary ban in place until a better means of vetting dangerous radicals from slipping into our nation can be devised. This is a case of no more and no less – it is now time to move on.
As for his unfolding cabinet picks and choices for the Supreme Court of the United States suffice it to say that America has scored. The choice of Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat of the late Antonin Scalia was called “a home run” by Mr. Trump’s former opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz. FULL POST
Posted 2/2/17 at 1:32 PM | Karen Kramer
Her long black hair and strikingly luminous dark eyes were a contrast to her delicate Indian accent.
Standing before a hundred teens at the leadership camp, she introduced herself,
“Hello, my name is America.”
None of us would ever forget her name, or how her sweet accent slightly altered its pronunciation. She was a first-generation American citizen, and her parents had named her for the freedom and opportunity America offered.
I was in that crowd of teens—where we’d come to learn how to help our schools be places of learning, compassion, and purpose.
We were divided up, and America wasn’t in my group, but I observed her animated energy as she bounded between activities. I had one occasion to stand next to her—as we waited in the dinner line.
We talked about camp, our schools, and the anxious sense that being a high school junior brought. For America, I could tell it meant high expectations. Her parents owned a dry-cleaning store. FULL POST
Posted 2/1/17 at 6:41 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
After ISIS captured his city in Syria, one man thought life would be good, living in their self-proclaimed caliphate. But when he witnessed the mistreatment of female captives as sex slaves, he became disillusioned and fled.
“When they (ISIS) first came, things were very good,” Nizar* told the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism. “It really felt like Islam. We started going to the mosque. A sheikh would give lessons in the Qur’an.”
The sheikh taught him ISIS was in the right and there would be no injustice. Nizar and his wife thought they could go on with normal life.
He became a guard at the detention center for the “hisbah,” or religious police. Every day as many as 100 men were brought in for various infractions of sharia law, such as smoking or having a wife that lacked the proper covering. FULL POST
Posted 1/31/17 at 12:38 PM | Michael Bresciani
Ashton Kutcher called out President Trump at the recent SAG Awards like the President was a child rebelling against those sage and privileged few we refer to as celebrities who really think they know what is best for America.
After years of portraying America’s teenagers as moronic sex crazed imbeciles on ‘That 70s Show’ Kutcher has ridden the fame train right into the land of superior wisdom and now he knows with unwavering certainty that the travel ban imposed by the President is wrong.
Kutcher insists that those being blocked are as he declares, “Welcome in my America.”
Yes Ashton, immigrants are indeed part of the fabric of America, but we are and have been a nation with them and without them. Today some of them come to our shores from other nations with ideologies, plans and schemes to express their views at the expense of our peace, our culture and our lives.
These are not the days of Ellis Island; they are days of danger, These days call for a different kind of diligence, discernment and duty to our native land – like most of Hollywood you don’t seem to know that. FULL POST
Posted 1/30/17 at 10:57 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
What a sight!
Over 25 times from the top of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., I have seen a sea of people marching to proclaim the dignity of unborn human life, and how death-dealing abortion sends the unholy message that some human beings are disposable.
And the latest March for Life (Jan. 27) was equally inspiring. It’s always a moral and spiritual shot-in-the-arm for me.
But good as they are, the Washington “March for Life,” the “Walk for Life West Coast,” the “Midwest March for Life” (Feb. 4), and dozens of similar events at state capitols throughout the U.S., they simply are not enough.
While significant progress has been made to lessen the number of abortions, nonetheless, according to the National Right to Life Committee over 1 million unborn brothers and sisters are brutally dismembered by abortion each year.
And according to the World Health Organization over 55 million unborn babies worldwide are aborted every year. FULL POST
Posted 1/27/17 at 2:10 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Controversial singing prophet Kim Clement had his share of admirers and detractors and he admitted publicly he sometimes got it wrong. Ironically and sadly, Clement passed to his reward a few days after Donald Trump’s election as president.
In two separate appearances in 2007 – long before anyone could have imagined a Trump presidency — Clement uttered a striking prophecy about the New York billionaire.
“’Trump shall become a trumpet,’ says the Lord,” Clement exclaimed at Bethel Church in Redding, California on November 4, 2007. “’I will raise up the Trump to become a trumpet and Bill Gates to open up the gate of a financial realm for the church,’ says the Lord.”
He affirmed God’s protection, mirrored by the future president’s national security preoccupation related to attacks by radical Islamic terrorists. “For God said, 'I will not forget 9/11. I will not forget what took place that day, and I will not forget the gatekeeper who watched over New York, who will once again stand and watch over the nation,' says the Spirit of God." FULL POST
Posted 1/23/17 at 5:04 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
During the Inaugural Prayer Service held at the National Cathedral on Saturday, President Donald Trump and the First Lady sat in the front row as a blind, 20-year-old woman with cerebral palsy was led out in front of them to sing.
Marlana VanHoose sang the traditional hymn “How Great Thou Art” before hundreds of worshippers, including the Vice President and his wife, many from the new Cabinet; and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The First Lady wiped away tears from her eyes several times and stood to her feet to lead a standing ovation when VanHoose finished her touching rendition, according to Breitbart News.
The president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted a video of VanHoose’s performance, indicating he was also deeply impacted, stating: “One of the most incredible and moving performances I’ve seen from yesterday’s #NationalPrayerService.” FULL POST
Posted 1/21/17 at 3:34 PM | Michael Bresciani
Sometimes even the most illustrious words can bury the beauty and the deep meaning of a glorious moment – we will attempt to refrain from burying what may have been the most stirring Presidential inauguration in America’s history with too many words.
The crowds across the mall were superbly self-controlled and respectful, all standing as a cross section of America’s best.
Law enforcement on every level handled themselves with professionalism and respectfulness.
The families of both the incoming President and the Vice President were a picture of dignity and composure and beaming pride for both President and Vice President.
The tears in VP Mike Pence’s eyes after he was sworn in revealed the heart of a man of compassion, purpose and love for his nation.
The speech of President Trump was highlighted, first, by his call for God’s protection on our country and the proclamation that the power of our nation was now being handed back to the people. He vowed to wipe Radical Islamist Terrorism off the face of the earth and he called Americans to unite. It was a succinct, powerful, patriotic and totally all American speech that will grace the pages of our national history. FULL POST
Posted 1/16/17 at 1:59 PM | Carrie Stoelting
Millions of people (about 58 million!) have been killed. The method of murder? Abortion.
No matter how we phrase it, abortion remains one of the greatest horrors of our time. And we cannot allow the passage of time to slowly suffocate our passion.
Let's make 2017 a year of pro-life victories! As we begin the new year, let's recommit ourselves to the fight for the life:
Again, according to the National Right to Life, about 58 million children have been killed since the January 22, 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade. 2014 is the most recent for which we have statistics on abortion numbers in the USA. Tragically, 977,000 abortions were committed in that year alone. That's over 2,600 unborn children killed every day! Yes, abortion must stop. Abortion is truly a holocaust; we are killing our own children. It must stop! First and foremost, unborn children are the victims. However, the mothers are victims as well.
Many people have pretended to be on the side of women and yet have lied to women about the effects and realities of abortion. They have been sold a lie: Abortion kills babies (not blobs of tissue), abortion kills potential and opportunities for the mother and the baby, and abortion harms women's health (i.e. causing a high risk of cancer among other serious health problems). It is painful both physically and emotionally. (Please note the we believe in forgiveness and new starts for mothers who had abortions: Jesus still loves you and offers you Himself. Click here to learn more about how to know God and be saved.) FULL POST
Posted 1/16/17 at 12:51 PM | Michael Bresciani
Fox’s O’Reilly is quick to say that he and his staff trust nothing coming from the internet. Since most of the scandals and fake news today comes from television, we can only wonder if he sees himself as the only legitimate source of the truth. While his attitude smacks of cultism we also see that Mr. O’Reilly does well with his own internet websites.
While many are wary of religious cults the red lights don’t go on as quickly for the more acceptable cults created by celebrities, politicians’ newsmen and others. Cults are formed to create a space where everything within is perfect and correct, and all without is suspect, dangerous or altogether evil.
The truth is that we do not expect either newsmen or politicians to understand or define Biblical or sound theological truths. Not only do they miss the mark in their explanations of these matters, but they seem to miss it when others grossly mishandle such truths.
A prime example can be seen in the recent Senate confirmation hearings conducted for President Elect Trump’s excellent choice for Secretary of State, former CEO of Exxon Mobile, Mr. Rex Tillerson. When asked how he would approach the matter of Isis he replied with, “Defeating ISIS must be our foremost priority in the Middle East.” FULL POST