Friday, October 19, 2018

EU Top Court Blocks Poland's Judiciary Changes; Disbars Poland from European Judiciary Network

The European Union's top court has issued an injunction against the implementation of Poland's new law on the Supreme Court, freezing any changes to the existing system, the Euro News website reports today (October 19, 2018).

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said "after thorough analysis we will take a position (on the European Union Court's ruling)."

The new Polish law lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65 years, putting 27 out of 72 sitting judges at risk of being forced to retire.

The loss of independence by the National Council for the Judiciary was the reason why Poland was suspended last week from the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENC).

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Louis Farrakhan Stigmatizes Jews as "Termites;" Chelsea Clinton Rips Nation of Islam Head's Slur

Chelsea Clinton called Louis Farrakhan's anti-Semitism "dangerous" and said laughter in response to it "made my skin crawl," the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (October 18, 2018).

Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was reacting on Twitter to a Farrakhan tweet in which the leader of the Nation of Islam said "I'm not an anti-Semite. I'm anti-termite."

"Comparing Jews to termites is anti-Semitic, wrong and dangerous," Clinton tweeted, quoting Farrakhan.

Farrakhan's tweet posted this week on Twitter along with a video said "To the members of the Jewish community that don't like me ...call me a hater .. call me an anti-Semite, stop it! I'm anti-termite!" The audience laughed in response.

Trump Warns Mexico to Stop Migrant Onslaught; Says US Will Use Mil.Force at Border If Necessary

President Donald Trump warned Mexico today (October 18, 2018) the U.S. will use military force to shut down the border if it doesn't stop what he called an "onslaught" of illegal migration, according to the UPI website.

In three tweets today, Trump slammed Democrats for being "weak" on immigration and cautioned Mexico to stem the flow of migrants at its border with the U.S.

"I must, in the strongest terms, ask Mexico to stop the onslaught," he wrote. "If [they are] unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!"

Trump has tried to restrict unlawful immigration since the start of his presidency, including the controversial border wall he is still trying to have built along the 2,000-mile stretch in the Southwest that separates the two countries.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

IS Fighters in Syria Engaging in Fierce Resistance; Use Civilian Shields,Booby Traps, Hide in Tunnels

Islamic State (IS) fighters trapped in Syria are still putting up fierce resistance, using civilians as human shields, setting deadly booby traps, and hiding in underground tunnels, thus frustrating efforts by U.S.-backed Syrian fighters to deal a final blow to the terrorist caliphate, the Washington Examiner website reports today (October 17, 2018).

It has been six months since the start of "Operation Roundup," an offensive designed to liberate the last swath of territory held by the Islamic State in the Middle Euphrates River Valley, or MERV, near Syria's eastern border with Iraq.

"ISIS, however, remains a deadly adversary. The remaining fighters in the MERV are hardened combatants and have shown every indication of being willing to fight until the end," Army Col. Sean Ryan told Pentagon reporters.

The ruthless tactics of the remaining IS fighters have slowed the advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which must be careful to protect the civilian populations who are often held hostage in their homes and prevented by IS from leaving the battle zone.

Canada Has Legalized Recreational Marijuana; Canadians Wait in Line for Hours to Buy Joints

Canada today (October 17, 2018) became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana, beginning a national experiment that will alter the country's social, cultural, and economic fabric, according to the NY Times website.

Across the country, jubilant Canadians waited for hours in line to buy the first state-approved joints. For many, it was a seminal moment, akin to the ending of Prohibition in the U.S. in the 1930s.

It was an unlikely unifier, coming at a time when Canada has been buffeted by bruising trade talks with the U.S. and has seen its prime minister, Justin Trudeau, repeatedly ridiculed by President Trump.

Canada is only the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to legalize marijuana.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Survey:God Accepts Worship of All Religions; Most Say God Accepts Christianity, Judaism,Islam

A majority of American evangelicals now believe that God accepts the worship of all religions, a new study released today (October 16, 2018) by Ligonier Ministries shows, according to the Christian Post website.

Chris Larson, president of the Ligonier Ministries, says the results of the 2018 State of Theology survey conducted by LifeWay Research shows an urgent need for bold teaching of historic Christianity.

In the survey, evangelicals were asked about their views on a series of theological statements including: "God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam."

Some 51 percent of respondents agreed with the statement, while 42 percent disagreed.

Russian Orth. Church Splits from Constantinople; Scraps Bartholomew's Call for Ind.Ukraine Church

The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has cut ties with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, claiming his recognition of an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine departed from Orthodox Christian norms, the National Catholic Register website reports today (October 16, 2018).

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, who heads the foreign relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, and Russian Orthodox leaders decided to "break the Eucharistic communion" in response to actions it called "lawless and canonically void."

"The Russian Orthodox Church doesn't recognize those decisions and won't fulfill them," Archbishop Hilarion said in Belarus after a meeting of the synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Patriarch Bartholomew's plan to create a single, self-governing Church in Ukraine, led by its own patriarch, is motivated by a desire to unify the country's 30 million Orthodox Christians, theologians say. The Russian Orthodox Church sees the move as an infringement of its jurisdiction and authority.