Sunday, October 24, 2021

Pope:Don't Return Migranrts to Unsafe Countries; Says Violent, Inhumane Conditions Exist in Libya

Pope Francis today (October 24, 2021) urged countries not to send migrants back to insecure countries such as Libya, where he said many suffer violent and inhumane conditions, the Newsmax website reports.

The pope's appeal at his Sunday blessing came as European Union leaders are struggling to overcome their differences on how to handle immigrants. 

"We have to put an end to the return of migrants to countries that are not secure," he said, citing  "thousands of migrants, refugees, and others who need protection in Libya."

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Pope Confirms Greece, Cyprus Trip in Early Dec.; Lauds German Chancellor Merkel as Great Leader

In an interview to an Argentine news site, Pope Francis today (October 23, 2021) confirmed that he is planning to travel to Greece and Cyprus in early December, and urged world leaders preparing for the G20 summit in Rome and COP28 gathering in Glasgow to be creative in how they approach global politics and economics in a post-pandemic world, according to the Crux website. 

He also heaped praise on outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling her a leader who has made history and a model for women in leadership. 

"In the first week of December, I am going to Greece and Cyprus," Pope Francis said to the  Argentine news outlet "Telam."  

Friday, October 22, 2021

Supreme Court Won't Reject Texas Abortion Law; Will Consider Legal Arguments over Law on Nov.1

 The U.S. Supreme Court today (October 22, 2021) said it will consider legal arguments over the Texas abortion law that is the nation's most restrictive, on November 1, and that the law will remain in effect, according to the Washington Post website.

The court granted an expedited review of what is called S.B.8, which the Biden administration in a filing today said "has virtually eliminated abortion in Texas after six weeks of pregnancy."

The decision sets up a momentous term for abortion rights in the Supreme Court. The justices on December 1 will consider a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, far earlier than the court's precedents currently allow.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Taliban Hits Reporters at Women's Rights Rally; Attack Reporters Covering Free Women's Rally

 The Taliban beat up several journalists today (October 21, 2021) to prevent media coverage of a women's rights demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, according to the Euro News website.

One foreign journalist was hit with a rifle butt by a Taliban fighter, while another fighter punched him.

At least two other journalists were hit as they scattered, pursued by Taliban fighters throwing kicks. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Pope Benedict Hopes to Make It to Heaven Soon; Retired Pope,94, Welcoming His Eventual Death

 Retired Pope Benedict XVI said he hopes to soon join a beloved professor friend in "the afterlife" in a sign that the 94-year-old pontiff is not only accepting his eventual death but welcoming it, the Newser website reports today (October 20, 2021).

Benedict penned an October 2 letter to a German priest, thanking him for letting him know of the passing of the Rev. Gerhard Winkler, a priest and academic colleague of the former Joseph Ratzinger. 

"Of all my colleagues and friends, he was the closest to me," Benedict wrote. The two men worked together for several years at the University of Regensburg.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Dr. Fauci:Vaccinated Can Gather for Holidays; Had Previously Stated It Was Too Soon to Tell

 Dr Anthony. Fauci says if you are vaccinated and plan to be around other people who are vaccinated, you can get together and do so safely, the Newsy website reports today (October 19, 2021).

"That's one of the reasons why we emphasize why it's important to get vaccinated," Fauci said. 

Just a few weeks ago, Fauci had said it was too soon to tell whether or not holidays should go as planned. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Court Denies Biden's Attempt to Block Texas Law; Won't End Law That Forbids Heartbeat Abortions

 A federal appeals court has handed the Biden Department of Justice another legal defeat in its bid to halt Texas' heartbeat abortion ban, the Christian Headlines website reports today (October 18, 2021).

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals , in a 2--1 decision, denied the Department of Justice's request to block the law which prohibits an abortion if an unborn baby's  heartbeat is detected. 

"We are excited to continue serving hundreds of lives through the Texas Heartbeat Act,"  said Kimberlyn Schwartz, director of media for Texas Right to Life.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Pope Will Continue to Be a "Pest" for the Poor; Says No One Can Stop Him as It Is Christianity

 Pope Francis said yesterday he realizes some people -- including within the church --  consider him to be a "pest" for defending the poor, but it won't stop him as it is part of Christianity, the Reuters website reports today (October 17, 2021).

"Thinking about these situations, I make a pest of myself with my questions, and I go on asking and ask everyone in the name of God," said Francis.

He called on pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines for the COVID-19 more available to the poor, noting that only 3%--4% of the population in some countries had been vaccinated.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Poll:Evangelical Churches Are More "Practicing;" Practicing Christians See Faith as Very Important

 A new survey reveals that evangelicals account for a higher share of practicing Christians than their mainline counterparts, the Christian Post website reports today (October 16, 2021).

The American Bible Society released the seventh chapter of its 11th annual State of the Bible Report on October 14 titled "The Bible in the American Church." Data in the chapter was based on a survey of 3,354 adults.

The chapter differentiates between self-identified Christians and practicing Christians, A practicing Christian is defined as one who "identifies as a Christian, attends a religious service at least once a month, and strongly agrees their faith is very important in their lives." In contrast to practicing Christians, who "have incorporated the faith into their life and routine in a transformative way," self-identified Christians are those who "simply say they believe."

Friday, October 15, 2021

Pope Condemns Abortion: Says"It Is Homicide;" Tells Med. Professionals to Protect Unborn Babies

Pope Francis encouraged a group of medical professionals at the Vatican yesterday to keep working to protect human life, including unborn babies from abortion "homicide," the Life News website reports today (October 15, 2021).

Speaking to a group of medical professionals gathered for a medical conference, Pope Francis encouraged them to keep working to protect all their patients, including those who are still in the womb.

"I have been very clear -- 'abortion is homicide,'" he said.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Social Security Increase Will Be 5.9% for 2022; Cost of Living Adjustment Is Largest in 39 Years

 Millions 0f retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022, the Newsy website reports today (October 14, 2022).

The biggest cost of living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic.

The COLA (cost of living adjustment) amounts to $92 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released yesterday by the Social Security Administration.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Gas Prices Nearly Doubled in the Past 17 Months; AAA Says Gallon of Gas Averages $3.27 in the US

 Gas prices have nearly doubled in the past 17 months, the Yahoo News website reports today (October 13, 2021).

In fact, the national average price has hit a seven-year high.

AAA says a gallon of unleaded gas averages $3.27 nationwide. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Jehovah's Witness in Russia Gets 4 Yrs. for Faith; JW Is Seen as an Extremist Rel. Group in Russia

 Since April 2020, five men, including Vladimir Skachidub, have been convicted and imprisoned for practicing their faith in Russia's Krasnodar Territory where their religion is considered an extremist group, the Religious News website reports today (October 12, 2021).

Skachidub, a Jehovah's Witness, was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison yesterday, for his religious beliefs. 

"I am a Jehovah's Witness, and I am being prosecuted solely for my peaceful religious activities..." said Skachidub during a hearing.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Some 200 Hindu Radicals Attack Church in India; Claim Christians "Illegally" Converted Hindus

Christian leaders in India are demanding action be taken against a mob of some 200 radical Hindu nationalists who left a church damaged and at least three Christian women seriously injured in  an attack in India's northern state of Uttarakhand, the Christian Post website reports today (October 11, 2021).

The attackers accused the church of "illegally" converting people to Christianity. 

Christians make up about 2.5% of India's population, while Hindus comprise 79.5%.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Pelosi Calls Meeting with Pope "Spiritual Honor;" Her Pro-Abortion Stance Angers Many US Bishops

 Despite ongoing tensions between Nancy Pelosi and a portion of the U.S. Bishops' Conference over her pro-abortion stance, the Speaker of the House had a private audience with Pope Francis yesterday that she called "a spiritual personal and official honor," the Crux website reports today (October 10, 2021).

His Holiness's leadership is a source of joy and hope for Catholics and for all people, challenging each of us to good stewards of God's creation..." Pelosi said in a statement. 

Pro-abortion Catholic politicians -- particularly President Joe Biden and Pelosi -- have been a frequent topic among U.S. bishops, with  a number of prelates advocating that they and others be barred from communion. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Cal. Requires Ethnic Studies for H.S. Grads; Includes Blacks,Asians,Latinos,Native Americans

 California yesterday became the first state to make ethnic studies  a required class for high school graduation to help students understand the struggles and contributions of Black, Asian, Latino, Native/Indigenous Americans, and other groups that have experienced racism and marginalization in America, the Yahoo News website reports today (October 9, 2021).

The bill gained overwhelming support in the legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

The requirement would first apply to those who graduate in 2030.

Friday, October 8, 2021

NYC to End Gifted and Talented School Program; Being Ended to Cut Racial Disparities in Schools

 New York City officials are phasing out the "Gifted and Talented" program for elementary school students, a significant change aimed at addressing racial disparities in the largest school system in the country, the NY Daily News website reports today (October 8, 2021).

The entry exam identifying students as "gifted" will be eliminated, officials confirmed today.

Under its use, about 2,500 incoming kindergarteners per year passed the optional exam, going on to spend the elementary school years in separate classrooms and schools. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

US Teoops Secretly Training the Taiwan Military; Due to Threats of Aggression by Communist China

 Small units of Taiwan's military ground forces have been trained by a U.S. special operations unit and a contingent of Marines, who have been secretly operating in that country, the Newsmax website reports today (October 7, 2021).

Some two dozen members of U.S. special operations and support troops have been conducting the training in an effort to strengthen Taiwan's defenses in light of concerns about potential aggression by Red China.

Officials in Taiwan said that American forces have been conducting the training for at least a year.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Musssolini Heir Tops Votes in Rome Elections; Rachele Mussolini Gets over 8K Votes Counted

 The granddaughter of Italian dictator and ally of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, looks set to win the most votes in municipal elections in Rome, the Euro News website reports today (October 6, 2021).

According to a near-final count today, Rachele Mussolini of the far-right Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia) party was the most popular candidate.

The 47-year-old had received more than 8,200 votes after ballots were counted in more than 97% of polling stations in Rome.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Number of Christians Increases in Indonesia; Most-Muslim Nation Now Has 28M Christians

The latest data released by the government of Indonesia indicate that the number of Christians in the Muslim-majority archipelago has increased, the Christian Post website reports today (October 5, 2021).

The Southeast  Asian country, which is home to the world's largest Muslim population, now has over 28 million Christians.

Among Indonesia's population of 236.63 million, 86.88 percent identify as Muslims.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Rel.Leades Meet at Vatican on Climate Change; Offer Solutions to Save Earth from Ecology Crisis

 Pope Francis and other religious leaders made a giant appeal today (October 4, 2021) for next month's U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) to offer concrete solutions to save the planet from "an unprecedented ecological crisis," the Reuters website reports.

The "Faith and Science Towards COP26" meeting brought together Christian leaders, including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Orthodox Ecimenical Patriarch Bartholomew, as well as representatives from several other religions. 

"COP26 in Glasgow represents an urgent summons to provide effective responses to the unprecedented ecological crisis and the crisis of values that we are presently experiencing, and in this way to offer concrete hope to future generations," the pope said.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Huge Oil Spill Sends Crude Oil into Cal. Beaches; Kills Many Birds, Fish, Threatens Local Wetlands

 Crews raced today (October 3, 2021) to contain the damage from a major oil spill off the Orange County coast in California that left crude spoiling beaches, killing fish and birds, and threatening local wetlands,  the LA Times website reports.

The spill -- first reported yesterday -- originated  from a pipeline off the coast of Huntington Beach.

The failure caused at least 126,000 gallons of crude to spill into coastal waters.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Pat Robertson Steps Down as Host of TV Show; Served 60 Yrs. of TV Ministry on "The 700 Club"

 Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson announced yesterday he is stepping down from his role as host of "The 700 Club" television program, the Raw Story website reports today (October 2, 2021). 

While his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) is calling it "60 years of History-Making TV Ministry," many others are applauding his decision.

For more than half a century Robertson, an ordained minister, waged what he saw as a religious war against the LGBTQ community.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Penn State Drops 117 for COVID Non-Testing; Students Failed to Meet U.'s Test Requirements

 At Penn State University, 117 students have been placed on interim suspension for failure to comply with the university's weekly COVID-19 testing requirement, the WND website reports today (October 1, 2021).

Students at Penn State who are subject to required weekly COVID -19 testing have been notified by the university that they are out of compliance with the school's health and safety policies and have been placed on interim suspension through the Office of Student Conduct.

Students on interim suspension may not participate in classes, in person or remotely; are not allowed on university property; and may not attend any Penn State-sponsored events, programs,and activities. They are also temporarily removed from their residence halls.                                                                                                                                    

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Pope Praises Activists of Youth Climate Change; Says Their Work Is "for the Good of Humanity"

 Pope Francis praised a youth climate activist conference yesterday for the participants' "dreams and projects of goodness" and encouraged them to keep up their action to combat climate change, the Yahoo News website reports today (September 30, 2021).

Speaking via video to the Youth 4 Climate event in Milan, which drew 400 young activists from 197 countries, the pope said their work is "for the good of humanity," and it "is capable of challenging the adult world."

The pope has long advocated environmental protection and has been outspoken about climate change.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Source: Pres. Biden to Meet Pope in Late Oct.; Prefecture for the Pontifical Household Gave Info

 A source at the Apostolic Palace has revealed that Pope Francis is expected to receive Joe Biden on October 29, in the U.S. president's first official visit to the Vatican since his inauguration, the National Catholic Register website reports today (September 29, 2021).

The source said that its information came from the Prefecture for the Pontifical Household.

The Prefecture is responsible for the organization and protocol of meetings.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

FBI Reports Worst Murder Spike in Half-Century; More Than 21,500 Americans Were Killed in 2020

 The FBI says 2020 was the most dangerously violent year in more than half a century, the CBN News website reports today (September 28, 2021).

While the world was dealing with COVID-19, civil unrest, and many other unknowns, homicides were hitting an all-time high. More than 21,500 people were murdered in America last year. 

The pandemic and higher gun sales are being cited as reasons for the surge in violence. Another factor may be the high number of police officers leaving the force in cities across the country.

Monday, September 27, 2021

NY Gov.:Unvaccinated People Don't Listen to God; God Helped Us Come Up with Vaccine for COVID

People who have not received the coronavirus vaccine "aren't listening to God," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared in remarks yesterday to Brooklyn's Christian Cultural Center, the Breitbart website reports today (September 27, 2021).

"I prayed a lot to God during this time... and God did answer our prayers," Hochul stated before denigrating those who have not yet received a coronavirus shot. 

"God made the smartest men and women, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers -- He made them come up with a vaccine. That is from God to us and we must say, thank you, God. Thank you." 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Serb Pres. Rips Silence of Kosovo Occupation; Pristina's Armored Vehicles Occupy N.Kosovo

 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says foreign partners are turning a blind eye in a security crackdown in Serb-majority areas of Kosovo, where breakaway region's forces have brought essential cross-border traffic to a halt, the RT website reports today (September 26, 2021).

"The complete occupation of northern Kosovo and Metohija with armored vehicles by Pristina has been going on for the past seven days, and everyone in the international community stays thunderously silent," Vucic said today.

The statement refers to the ongoing crisis in northern Kosovo, involving several crossings into inner Serbia, which have been blocked by authorities of Kosovo after the government in Pristina banned cars with Serbian license plates from entering the region.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Vaccine CEO:Pandemic to End by Mid-2022; There Will Be Vaccine for Everyone by Then

 The chief executive officer of the company that produced the Moderna vaccine, Stephane Bancel, said yesterday a boost in COVID jab production will mean there's enough for "everyone on this Earth" by next year, the Mirror website reports today (September 25, 2021),

Bancel said a boost in vaccine production should mean enough jabs for "everyone on the Earth" by the middle of next year.

He added: "Those who do not get vaccinated will immunize themselves naturally, because the Delta variant is so contagious."

Friday, September 24, 2021

Army Cuts Retention Time for Troops to Reenlist; Cuts Time from 15 Months before Separation to 12

 The Army is changing its retentions program for fiscal 2022 by shrinking the window of time during which soldiers can reenlist, the Army Times website reports today (September 24, 2021).

The modifications reduce the options available to soldiers who want to re-up.

The service is reducing its "Reenlistment Opportunity Window" from 15 months prior to a soldier's scheduled separation to 12 months, according to an Army news release today.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Anti-Semitism Rises at Colleges Despite COVID; Jews Fear Being Attacked, Hide Jewish Identity

 Anti-Semitism is on the rise at U.S. colleges despite COVID-19, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law reports today (September 23, 2021).

Students are feeling unsafe, concerned about being verbally or physically attacked as Jews. 

Young adults are concluding that to avoid anti-Semitism they must view their religion and Jewish identity as something to hide, not celebrate. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Pope Seeks Synods to Supplement Bishops' Duties; Women Can't Vote in Synods and Can't Be Priests

 In Pope Francis' vision for the future of the Catholic Church, bishops will no longer make decisions alone but  in dialogue and discernment with the faithful in their community, the Religion News website reports today (September 22, 2021).

When it comes to the voice of women in the church, though, it may not be enough.

The question of the role of women in church leadership remains one of the biggest ecclesial and social challenges in the Catholic Church. Despite Pope Francis' appointment of women in leadership positions at the Vatican, women are not allowed to vote in synods -- the summit of bishops at the Vatican -- and cannot be ordained.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Biden to UN:1st Time in 20 Yrs. US Is Not at War; Says US Is Now Opening a New Era of Diplomacy

In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly since taking office, President Biden today (September 21, 2021) noted that his speech also marked  "the first time in 20 years that the United States is not at war," the Yahoo News website reports. 

"We've ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan," he said. "As we close this period of relentless war, we're opening a new era of relentless diplomacy." 

Biden's appearance at the UN comes less than a month after the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, which triggered the quick collapse of the Western-backed government and military, allowing the Taliban to control the country.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Doctor Violates Texas Abortion Ban to Test Law; Feels Law Banning Abortion Is Unconstitutional

 A Texas abortion doctor said that he willingly violated the state's new heartbeat abortion ban and is ready to be sued in order to challenge the law in court, the Christian Headlines website reports today (September 20, 2021).

Alan Braid, an abortion doctor in San Antonio, said he believes the law -- which prohibits an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected -- is unconstitutional.

"I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient..." Braid wrote. "I fully understood that there could be legal consequences -- but I wanted to make sure that Texas didn't get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested." 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Pope: Church Must Listen to Call of Survivors; Care of Abused Children Must Not Be Sidelined

 Pope Francis yesterday called on the Church to "listen to the call" of survivors of clerical sexual abuse and said care of children must not be sidelined in favor of managing the Church's reputation, the Catholic News website reports today (September 19, 2021).

"Only by facing the truth of these cruel behaviors and humbly seeking the forgiveness of the victims and survivors will the Church be able to find its way to be once again confidently considered a place of welcome and safety for those in need," the Pope said. 

He added... "If we recognize our mistakes, we will have nothing to fear, because it will be the Lord Himself who will have led us to that point.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Federal Judge Upholds Tex. Anti-Abortion Law; Despite Request by Biden to Block Pro-Life Law

 A federal judge has rejected the Bidwn administration's emergency request to block Texas abortion law, marking the latest setback for abortion advocates seeking to overturn the pro-life measure, the Christian Post website reports today (September 18, 2021).

In an opinion released September 16, U.S. District Judge Robert Pittman rejected the request of the U.S. Department of Justice to issue a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction against Texas' Senate Bill 8.

The law, which went into effect September 1, bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks gestation.

Friday, September 17, 2021

FDA Panel Rejects Biden's Vaccine Booster Plan; Vaccine May Increase Risk of Heart Inflammation

With the Biden administration set to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination booster plan next week, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel today (September 17, 2021) voted 16-2 to reject one of Pfizer's booster vaccine in people ages 16 and older, according to the WND website.

The panel said there is insufficient data to judge the risks to younger groups, including the possible increased risk for heart inflammation, particularly among males ages 16-17.

A new study from the University of California at Davis found that teenage boys are six times more likely to suffer from heart problems from vaccine than be hospitalized from COVID-19.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Pope Francis Refers to Abortion as "Murder;" Slams Cath. Bishops Who Use Biden Politically

 Pope Francis said yesterday that abortion is "murder," even soon after conception, but also appeared to criticize some U.S. Catholic bishops for dealing with U.S. President Joe Biden's pro-choice position in a political rather than pastoral way, the Reuters website reports today (September 16, 2021). 

On the flight returning from Slovakia to Rome, Francis was asked for his opinion about the debate within the U.S. Bishops Conference about whether Biden, who is Catholic, should be denied communion because of his support for  a woman's right to choose even  though he is personally against abortion.

"Abortion is murder. Those who carry out abortions kill," the pope said. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Poll:Most Americans Angry at US Happenings; Only 26 Percent Said They Are Not Too Angry

According to a new CNN poll, most Americans are angry about how things are going in the United States, the Christian Headlines website reports today (September 15, 2021).

The poll, which was conducted online over a month between August and September 2021, found that 74 percent of Americans are somewhat (48 percent) or very (26 percent) angry about the way things are going in the U.S. today.

Only 26 percent said they were not too angry (17 percent) or not angry at all (8 percent) 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Few School Bus Drivers Keeps Some Kids Home; Mass.Uses National Guard to Drive School Buses

 America's schools have opened for the new school year, but some if the kids have not gone back to their classrooms,  the CNN website reports today (September 14, 2021).

The nationwide shortage of school bus drivers is one of the obstacles to get students into school classrooms.

Massachusetts has called up the National Guard to drive kids to and from schools.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Pope: Counter Fundamentalism with Schooling; Claims Sacred Are Exploited by Fundamentalists

 Unchecked poverty and ignorance help fundamentalist violence to take hold easily, Pope Francis said as he urged religious leaders and others in Bologna, Italy to counter the phenomenon by promoting schooling, the Yahoo News website reports today (September 13, 2001).

"We must help each other to free the horizon of the sacred from the dark clouds of violence and fundamentalism," Francis said.

The pope decried that about 5,000 people have been killed in places of worship throughout the world in the last 40 years. 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Pope in Hungary, Warns of Antisemitism Threat; Says We Must Work Together, Support Fraternity

Pope Francis warned today (September 12, 2021) of "the threat of antisemitism" in Europe and beyond in an address to Christian and Jewish leaders during a brief visit to Hungary, where he also met with anti-migration premier Viktor Orban, according to the Times of Israel website. 

"This is a fuse that must not be allowed to burn. And the best way to defuse it is to work together, positively, and to promote fraternity,"  the pontiff said. 

During the pope's one-day visit in Budapest, he was also set to meet with the country's bishops and various Christian congregants, as well as Hungary's Jewish community, the largest in Central Europe.  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Biden Won't Be Closing Guantanamo Bay Soon; Prisoners of 9/11 Attacks Won't Be Tried in 2021

President Joe Biden faces major obstacles to achieving his goal of closing the prison in Guantanomo Bay, Cuba, including opposition in Congress for the men accused of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Washington Post website reports today (September 11, 2021).

This week, the five men charged with helping plan those attacks, appeared in a pretrial hearing at the prison.


Their trial is not expected to begin until at least 2022.

Friday, September 10, 2021

US Justice Dept. Sues TX over Its Abortion Law; Says Law Banning Abortion Is Unconstitutional

The U.S. Justice Department yesterday sued Texas over a new state law that bans abortion, arguing it was enacted "in open defiance of the Constitution," the Newsy website reports today (September 10, 2021).

The Justice Department argues the law unlawfully infringes on the constitutional rights of women and violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which says federal law supersedes state law.

The Texas law prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect a heartbeat -- usually around six weeks -- before some women know they are pregnant.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Top 3 Christian Leaders Meet on Climate Control; Issue an Appeal to Stem Effects of Climate Change

 The world's three main Christian leaders met at Vatican City yesterday and issued a joint appeal to members of their Churches to "listen to the cry of the earth" and back action to stem the effects of climate change, the Reuters website reports today (September 9, 2021).

In "A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation," Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew asked Christians to pray that world leaders of all United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November make courageous choices.

"We call on everyone, whatever their belief or world view, to endeavor to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behavior and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth, which God has given us," the message said. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Britney Spears' Dad Files to End Conservatorship; Says He No Longer Needs to Oversee Her Lifestyle

Britney Spears' father has filed an unexpected request to terminate the conservatorship that has controlled the singer's life for 13 years, The Guardian website reports today (September 8,  2021).

Jamie Spears, who is the conservator of his daughter's estate, said "recent events" called into question whether she still needed a court to oversee her personal affairs and finances. 

The filing at a court in Los Angeles states: "Ms. Spears (39) has told this court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship."

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Hospital Firing Unvaccinated Is Sent Legal Letter; TX Methodist Health Can't Violate Fed.,State Law

Methodist Health System in Texas is firing dozens of workers for refusing to take the experimental COVID-19 vaccinations, the WND website reports today (September 7, 2021).

The Liberty Counsel has sent the corporation a letter saying the medical care company utilize only legal reasons for rejecting exemption requests based on religion, or the case could end up in court. 

"Methodist Health System cannot violate federal and state law and deny employees' religious exemptions to inject a drug into their body ..." said Liberty Counsel chief Mat Staver.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Pope Plans Key Reform in Church's Power Setup; Plans 2023 Synod to Decentralize Its Authority

 On October 9 and 10, 2021, Pope Francis will inaugurate a three-year preparation process and the 2023 Synod which will focus on reforming the synodal process , the Christian Headlines website reports today (September 6, 2021).

The preparation process and the 2023 Synod, with the theme "For a Synodal Church communion, participation and mission," have the potential to revolutionize the way decisions are made in the Catrholic Church and promote a more decentralized structure of authority.

The three-year synodal review process will take place in three phases: a local phase at the diocesan and parish level; a continental phase engaging bishops' conferences around the world; and a universal phase,  when bishops and lay people will convene in Rome to discuss the findings and topics developed in the first two phases. 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Taliban Holds 6 Planes Filled with US Hostages; Wants Recognition by US before Freeing Planes

 A hostage situation is brewing in Afghanistan as the Taliban refuses to allow six planes filled with Americans and Afghan allies to leave the country, the WND website reports today (September 5, 2021).

Texas Rep. Mike McCaul said today, "We have six airplanes at Mazar Sharif Airport -- six airplanes with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters -- and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now." 

McCaul  added ..."They're not going to allow American citizens to leave until they get full recognition from the United States of America."

Saturday, September 4, 2021

US Investigates Afghan "Child Bride" Evacuees; Human Trafficking Is Illegal in All 50 US States

U.S. authorities are now investigating  the cases of so-called "child brides" among the Afghans who fled Afghanistan in the past few weeks and are now in U.S. custody, the Yahoo News website reports today (September 4, 2021).

CBS News learned that "several" Afghan women and girls who were evacuated to facilities in the United Arab Emirates have told officials that their families forced them into marriage outside of the Kabul airport so that they would be eligible for evacuation.

Human trafficking is a federal crime and also illegal in every U.S. state.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Trump Will "Definitely" Run for Pres. in 2024; Due to Biden's Afghanistan Withdrawal Fiasco

 Former Donald Trump advisor Jason Miller and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) both revealed   after conversations with the former president that a 2024 run is happening, the RT website  reports today (September 3, 2021).

Miller and Jordan both indicated this week that a 2024 announcement was imminent and Trump was going to take advantage of President Joe Biden's poor handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Reporter Lauren Windsor revealed this week that Jordan told her about Trump's plans to announce a plan for a run "any day now" during an event in Iowa, although Jordan denied ever saying  that.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Supreme Court OKs TX Law Banning Abortion; Abortion Is Illegal Once Heartbeat Is Detected

 A divided Supreme Court broke its silence yesterday and declined to block a Texas law that bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, the CBN News website reports today (September 2, 2021).

The court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion advocates to stop the lsw that went into effect on September 1,

"What unimagined joy to see Roe crumbling in front of our very eyes," said Kyleen Wright, CEO of Texans for Life Coalition.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Texas Becomes First US State to Ban Abortions; Law Forbids Abortion Once Heartbeat Detected

 Texas has become the first state in the nation to enact a "Heartbeat" abortion law, which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, the Biznewspost website reports today (September 1, 2021).

As of 12:00 a.m., September 1, "the Texas Heartbeat Act is in effect," said a statement from Texas Right to Life.

In a last-minute effort to block the law, abortion providers applied to the U.S. Supreme Court for an injunction, but the high court has not ruled on the matter. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

FL Denies Funds to Districts Mandating Masks; Parents Need to Make Decisions for Their Kids

 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is keeping his word to withhold funds from local school boards that mandate masks in schools, The New American website reports today (August 31, 2021).

In a statement today, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced that the department has withheld the salaries of the school board members for Alachua and Broward Counties, two districts that imposed a mask mandate for its students.

Corcoran added that since parents know what is best for their children, the department will continue "to fight to protect parents' rights to make healthcare decisions for their children."

Monday, August 30, 2021

Public School Enrollments Drop Sharply in 2021; Some 60% of Drop Due to Rise in Homeschooling

 Public-school officials are panicking over drops in enrollment going into the new school year, The New American website reports today (August 30, 2021).

They're going door -to-door to enlist students,.planting yard signs pleading with parents to enroll their children, and requiring bus drivers to call parents during their off hours.

Almost 60 percent of the decline is due to the growth in homeschooling, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Mary Tyler Moore Show Star Ed Asner Dies at 91; Only Actor to Win Emmys for Sitcom and Drama

 Ed Asner, whose Lou Grant character gave every American worker hope that the boss really does have a heart, died today (August 29, 2021) at the age of 91, surrounded by loved ones, according to the NY Daily News website.

Asner won seven Emmy Awards -- five for playing the crusty Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and later on his own "Lou Grant" show.

He is the only actor to win Emmys for playing the same character on both a sitcom and a drama.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

US Strikes Afghan IS for Killing 13 Americans; Biden Vowed Revenge for the Afghan Bombing

 The U.S. launched a drone strike against the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan early today (August 28, 2021), two days after President Joe Biden vowed revenge for a suicide bombing that killed 13 American troops, The Daily Beast website reports. 

Military officials said the strike targeted a member of IS in the Nangarhar region who was believed to be involved in the planning of attacks on the U.S. in Kabul.

But it was not clear if the person who orchestrated the bombing at the Kabul airport, which also killed scores of Afghans trying to flee the country after the Taliban's swift takeover. 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Cal. Parole Board Votes to Free RFK's Assasin; Gov. to Decide If Sirhan Sirhan Leaves Prison

California's parole board voted today (August 27, 2021) to free Robert F. Kennedy's assassin after two of RFK's sons said they supported releasing him and prosecutors declined to argue he should be kept behind bars, the Newsmax website reports.

The governor of California will ultimately decide if Sirhan Sirhan leaves prison.

Douglas Kennedy was a toddler when his father was gunned down in 1968. He told a two-person board panel that the 77-year-old should be released if he's not a threat to others. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.wrote in favor of patrolling Sirhan.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

High Court Allows Evictions to Resume across US; Blocks Biden from Temporary Ban for COVID

 The Supreme Court's conservative majority is allowing evictions to resume across the U.S.,blocking the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Times website reports today (August 26,2021). 

Roughly 3.5 million people in the U.S. said they faced eviction in the next two months, according to Census Bureau data.

The court said today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reimposed the moratorium August 3, lacked the authority to do so under federal law without congressional authorization.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Pope: Hypocrites Are Afraid of Truth, Don't Love; Like Putting Makeup on Their Behavior to Hide It

Hypocrites are afraid  of the truth, fearful of who they really are, and incapable of truly loving, Pope Francis said yesterday during his weekly general audience, the Catholic News website reports today (August 25, 2021).

What hypocrites do "is like putting makeup on your behavior" and hiding the truth, the Pope told those gathered in the Paul VI audience hall at the Vatican.

Hypocrisy in the church is "detestable," the Pope tells his  audience.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Students in Sports Had to Wear Ankle Monitors; For Contact Tracing for a Positive COVID Test

 Students at Eatonville High School in the state of Waashington were forced to wear ankle monitors in order to participate in athletics, the WND website reports today (August 24, 2021).

Upon hearing of the situation from her high school daughter, a mother went to the school where school employees told her that a meeting had been held the previous week to discuss the implementation of a monitoring program. 

It was designed for contact tracing in the event a positive COVID test of a student.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Va. School Board Slams Transgender Student Law; LGBT Law Lets Students Use Restroom They Want

 A Virginia school board has defied a new state law requirement and voted down a proposal that would have forced schools to allow students to use the restroom and locker room they wish, the Christian Headlines website reports today (August 23, 2021).

The Newport News School Board opposed the proposal in a 5-1 vote on August 17 after hearing from both sides.

The new LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite) law, passed by the Virginia legislature in 2020, requires that all public school districts adopt a policy permitting students who identify as transgender to use the restroom and locker room that matches their gender identity.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Tony Blair Rips US Withdrawal from Afghanistan; Says US Withdrawal Was Political, Not Strategical

 "The abandonment of Afghanistan and its people is tragic, dangerous, unnecessary,not in their interests, and not in ours," Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, wrote on his institute's website, the Euro News website reports today (August 22, 2021).

Blair, who was British Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, supported the U.S. in the Afghanistan invasion and in removing the Taliban in 2001, in the wake of the 9/11/ 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

"The world is now uncertain of where the West stands because it is so obvious that the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan in this way was driven not by grand strategy but by politics," Blair wrote.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Two Catholic Nuns Shot and Killed in S.Sudan; Sisters of the Sacred Heart Buried Yesterday

 Gunmen shot and killed two Catholic nuns while they were traveling on a highway in South Sudan, the Christian Post website reports today (August 21, 2021).

While five other nuns survived the attack, two men were also killed.

Sisters Mary Daniel and Regina Roba from the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in the Archdiocese of Juba were buried at the St. Theresa Cathedral yesterday.

Friday, August 20, 2021

San Diego Residents Oppose COVID Mandates; Reject County Requiring Vaccine Passport to Eat

Rstaurant owners, gym owners, healthcare worker, teachers, and parents stood with San Diego County community leaders fed up with severe government-imposed COVID restrictions, and confronted the San Diego County Board of Supervisors during a board meeting on August 17, just as the board is preparing to issue new response proposals to combat what it deemed a "local health emergency," The New American website reports today (August 20, 2021).

Should the board approve new recommendations put forth by local public health officials, San Diego County would be added to the expanding list of U.S. cities and counties instituting mandatory  vaccine passports to enter restaurants and retail stores, and reinstituting masking in schools and indoor public spaces.

The group ReOpen San Diego issued a Proclamation Against Discrimination for San Diego restaurants, saying "We will never discriminate against anyone and deny them the right to eat based on a vaccine passport."

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Man Says He Has a Bomb in Truck in Washington; Police Negotiate with Man Who Gives up after Hrs.

A man in a black truck rolled up in front of the LIbrary of Congress today( August 19, 2021) and declared he had a bomb, according to police, prompting evacuations of nearby buildings and delivering a scare to the core of Washington, D.C., the NY Daily News website reports.

Negotiators met the suspect, identified as Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of Grover, N.C., and worked to defuse the incident for several hours.

At about 2:20 p.m. he surrendered.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

US COVID Vaccine Boosters to Be Ready in Sept.; For Those Whose Second Dose Was 8 Months Ago

 In a joint statement released today (August 18, 2021) the nation's top health officials said the U.S. is prepared to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to Americans beginning September 20, according to the Fox News website.

The shots would be offered to individuals whose second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine was eight months ago or longer.

"The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States continue to be remarkably effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant," the statement said.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Poll:Biden Receives 1st Negative Approval Rating; Declines by Forcing Americans to Fund Abortions

 Joe Biden received a negative approval rating as President in a national poll today (August 17, 2021) for the first time, the Life News website reports. 

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for today shows that 45% of likely U.S. voters approve of Biden's job performance, and 54% disapprove. 

Biden is getting low marks as he is hell-bent on forcing Americans to fund abortions and has compiled a radically pro-abortion record.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Parents Worry of Kids' COVID in New School Yr.; Calif. Kids' Hospitalization Is Just 10% of Adults'

 With children going back to school, many parents are wondering about the risks of their children contracting the coronavirus, the LA Times website reports today (August 16, 2021).

In California, there have been about 18 new COVID-19 hospitalizations a day for children up to age 17 over a recent seven-day period. 

California's latest hospitalization rate among children is 10% that of the rate for adults in their 30s.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Biden Admjn.Amazed by Taliban's Afghan Control; Did Not Expect Taliban to Control Country So Fast

 President Joe Biden and his administration struggled today (August 15, 2021) to project order amid a race by American troops to evacuate Afghanistan, as Taliban fighters entered its capital, Kabul, the CNN website reports.

The rapid fall of Afghanistan's national forces and government has come as a shock to Biden and senior members of his administration, who believed it would take several months before the civilian government in Kabul fell.

Now, months after his initial declaration that all 2,500 U.S. troops would be out of Afghanistan by the end of the summer, some 6,000 troops are expected to facilitate the evacuation.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Taliban Afghan Killings,Other IllegalActs on Rise; US Afghan Withdrawal GivesTaliban a Free Reign

 Afghan citizens face killings, forced marriages, and other war crimes as the Taliban sweeps across Afghanistan wrestling control from ineffective government forces as the U.S. troop withdrawal is completed, according to the Fox News website. 

The militants have seized territory at an alarming rate, while Afghan government troops and their allied militias fail to put up an effective resistance.

The U.S. embassy in Kabul said it received reports that Taliban members were executing surrendering Afghan troops and unlawfully detaining some members of the government.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Israel Gives 3rd COVID Booster to Those Over 50; Is 1st Country in World to Give a 3rd Booster Shot

Israel today (August 13, 2021) became the first country in the world to give third COVID booster shots to people over 50, The Times of Israel website reports.

Last month, Israel became the first country in the world to begin administering booster shots to those over 60, and it will once again be a pioneer in the move to begin giving the third vaccine dose to an even younger age group.

As of this morning, 775,703 people in Israel have received the third booster.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Biden Says Govt. Must Lower the Cost of Px Drugs; Many Americans Buy Drugs from Foreign Nations

 President Joe Biden today (August 12, 2021) called on Congress to allow Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to drive down the cost of prescription medications, according to the UPI website.

"For every other type of healthcare service, Medicare works to get the best prices for American seniors but for prescription drugs," the White House said in a statement today.

Millions of Americans are buying their drugs from Canada and other foreign nations, because the cost is less than half the  U.S. cost. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Judge Dismisses Suit of Cath.School Counselor; Fired for Marrying Lesbian, Violating Contract

 A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former Catholic-school guidance counselor who broke her contract by entering a same-sex union which is a violation of church teaching, the CBN News website reports today (August 11, 2021).

Lynn Starkey sued Roncalli High School,a private Catholic school in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Archdiocese in 2019 charging "discrimination, retaliation, and a hostile work environment."

Attorneys defending the Archdiocese argued that it is unlawful for the government to force the Catholic Church to hire educators who oppose Catholic teachings, The court agreed.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

NY Gov. Cuomo Says He Will Quit in 14 Days;He Was Accused of Sexual Harassment by 11 Women

 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo today (August 10, 2021) announced that he would be resigning amid the sexual harassment probe in 14 days, the Fox News website reports.

"New York tough means New York loving, and I love  New York and I love you," Cuomo said. 

The governor said he's deeply sorry for any behavior deemed inappropriate during his time in office , but denied the sexual harassment allegations by 11 current and former women employees from 2013 to 2020.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Canada Opens Border for Vaccinated Americans; Allowed to Return for First Time Since Last Year

 Canada today (August 9, 2021) opened the border it shares with the U.S. for the first time in more than a year, welcoming U.S. citizens and returning Canadians who have been fully vaccinated, the UPI website reports.

Today was the first time vaccinated travelers were allowed to cross the border since shortly after COVID-19 arrived last year.

At the border, all travelers must show proof of vaccination that is uploaded through a Canadian app, and a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of entry.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Fauci:Elderly May Need COVID Booster Shot; Affirms Elderly to Soon Need COVID Booster

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said today (August 8, 2021) that elderly people will likely need booster shots for COVID vaccines, according to the NY Daily News website.

The level of protection vaccines provide against the virus goes down over time, Dr. Fauci explained. 

"Sooner or later, you're going to see an  attenuation to the point where we're going to have to give an additional boost to people, very likely the elderly, before you give it to otherwise normal people who are not old," Fauci said.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Eight Missing in Largest Fire in Cal. History; Threatens to Reduce K's of Homes to Ashes

 At least eight people were missing today (August 7, 2021), as what has become the largest single wildfire in California"s recorded history continued to scorch through northern communities, forest, and tinder-dry scrub in the Sierra Nevada mountains, according to The Guardian website.

The fire threatened to reduce thousands of homes to ashes.

The blaze, which has been raging for three weeks and has incinerated much of the gold rush-era town of Greenville this week, was threatening more than 14,000 buildings in the northern Sierra Nevada.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Families of 9/11 Tell Biden Not to Attend Anniv.; Unless He Shows Saudi Proof in the 9/11 Attack

About 1,800 Americans directly impacted by the September 11, 2001 terorist attacks  are calling on President Joe Biden to skip the 20th anniversary events in New York and Pennsylvania unless he releases documents they believe may reveal a link between Saudi Arabian leaders and the attacks, the Newsmax website reports today (August 6, 2021).

The group maintains Biden -- as a presidential candidate -- had agreed to release information, but has since ignored their letters and requests.

"We cannot in good faith ... welcome the president to our hallowed grounds until he fulfills his commitment," the group of family members, first responders, and survivors wrote.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Assembly to Cuomo: Quit by Aug. 13 or Be Fired; Women Accused Cuomo of Sexual Harassment

 The New York Assembly's impeachment into Gov. Cuomo is "nearing completion," as lawmakers warn they will "soon consider potential articles of impeachment against the scandal-scarred governor , the NY Daily News website reports today (August 5, 2021). 

 Cuomo, who has resisted calls to resign in the wake of a report outlining sexual harassment allegations against the governor by several women, has until August 13 to provide any "additional evidence," according to a letter sent to his lawyer.

"We wrote to inform you that the Committee's investigation is nearing completion and the Assembly will soon consider potential articles of impeachment against your client," the letter states.


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Thousands Flee Homes in Wildfire Near Athens; Fire Services Use Helicopters to Contain the Fire

 More than 100 homes and businesses were destroyed by a wildfire in Greece overnight, as firefighters raced today (August 4, 2021) on the outskirts of Athens to contain the fire that forced thousands to flee their homes, according to the Euro News website.

The fire services this morning sent low-flying helicopters and planes to dump water on charred forest land around Tatoi, about 20 miles north of Athens. More than 500 firefighters battled through the night to contain the blaze.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, "We had no loss of human life. Homes will be rebuilt, and over time the forest will grow back."

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

NYC to Be 1st City to Require Vaccination Proof; Indoor Dining, Gyms, Shows to Ascertain Proof

 New York City residents and visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, gyms, and shows, as announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio today (August 3, 2021), according to the Fox Business website.

"This is a miraculous place, literally filled with wonders," de Blasio said of the city..." 

New York City is the first in the nation to take this approach. It will be enforced starting September 13, 2021.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Less Than Half of US Households Give to Charity; There's Been 16.6% Decline in Giving Since 2000

 The number of U.S. households contributing to charitable causes fell below 50% in 2018, according to a report from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Good Faith Media website reports today (August 2, 2021).

Only 49.6% of households engaged in charitable giving, a 16.6% decline from the year 2000.

"We've seen a downward trend in households' participation in giving since the Great Recession, but this is the first time that only half of U.S. households donated to charity," said Una Osili, Ph.D., associate dean for research and international programs, in announcing the report. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Dr. Fauci: Lockdown Measures Won't Come Back; COVID Surge Will Get Worse Due to Delta Variant

 Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease expert, predicted today (August 1, 2021) that lockdown measures aren't coming back but the COVID outbreak is going to get worse, the NY Daily News website reports.

Fauci lamented increasing case numbers, but said enough Americans have gotten vaccinated to avoid a return of major restrictions on daily life.

His comments came as the highly contagious delta variant of the virus has become the dominant strain  in the country, fueling a surge in cases.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Homeschooling Soars,Parents Find It Effective; Parents Say It Works Well,Don't Want to End It

As many schools  across the U.S. prepare to reopen this year, the number of parents opting to homeschool their children has surged in the wake of COVID-19 school lockdowns, the WND website reports today (July 31, 2021).

A common theme for a number of parents is that their kids performed well while homeschooling and they don't want to change that.

Yvonne Bunn, director of homeschool support and government affairs with Home Educators Association of Virginia, said it had to increase its staff in order to answer the spike in questions from parents.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Capitol Police Nab Those Who Don't Wear Mask; Speaker Pelosi's Mandatory Mask Rule Is the Law

A memo issued by Thomas Manger, chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, ordered officers on the House of Representatives side of the Capitol Building to arrest staff and visitors who refuse to wear a mask in defiance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's new rule reinstating mandatory masking in the chamber, The New American website reports today (July 30, 2021). 

"Any person who fails to either comply or to leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry," the memo reads. 

Per the memo, officers are not to arrest members of Congress, but they are to report the noncompliance of lawmakers to the House's sergeant-at-arms.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

More Than 2 DozenTaliban Attacks This Spring; 81 Afghan Troops Were Killed as US Left Nation

A new US government report reveals today (July 29, 2021) that the Taliban offensive this spring included more than two dozen insider attacks during the 90-day period ending June 30, a wave of violence that left at least 81 Afghan troops  dead, as the U.S. withdrew its forces from the country, according to the Washington Post website. 

At least 37 Afghan troops were wounded in those attacks.

The data  underscores the enormous challenges and immense pressure facing Afghan forces who have been left to fight militants with little U.S. support.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Biden, Blinken Slam Antisemitism in US Building; After a Swastika Is Found in a State Dept. Elevator

 President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are among the top U.S. officials to make statements condemning antisemitism after a swastika was found in a federal office building  yesterday, the JTA website reports today (July 28, 2021).

The swastika appeared in an elevator in the State Department building in Washington, D.C.

Blinken, whose stepfather survived the Holocaust, condemned the antisemitic hatred in three tweets last night. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Biden:Federal Workers Will Need COVID Shots; Dept. of Vet. Affairs Now Requires COVID Shots

 President Biden is expected to make an announcement on Thursday, July 29th, requiring all federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the CBN News website reports today (July 27, 2021).

Biden also is expected to reveal a series of new measures to encourage vaccinations as the Delta variant spreads across the U.S.

The Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency yesterday to require vaccination for its 115,000 health care workers. 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Afghan Civilians Being Killed at Record Rate; Taliban Boosts Killings as US Departs Nation

 More civilians are being killed in Afghanistan than any other time in the country's violent past, according to a new report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the Daily Beast website reports today (July 26, 2021).

Nearly 800 people have been killed, and 1,600 wounded in May and June, as the U.S. began to withdraw its troops.

Most were killed by roadside bombs or died in the crossfire between the Taliban and the government-backed military.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Pope:Society Must Treat Elderly with More Love; Society Is Too Concerned with Their Own Affairs

 On the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis said today (July 25, 2021) that he worried about how an individualistic society treats its older members, and urged young people to give them love and attention, according to the National Catholic Register website. 

"I worry when I see a society full of people in constant motion, too caught up in their own affairs to have time for a glance, a greeting, or a hug," the pope said in a homily today.

Pope Francis' homily was read during a Mass for around 2,500 elderly people and grandparents, together with their children and grandchildren, held in St. Peter's Basilica.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Man Nabbed for Attack on Asian Man in NYC; Alex Antoine,35, Is Charged with a Hate Crime

 A 35-year-old man was arrested in connection with an attack on an Asian man in Manhattan, the CBS website reports today (July 24, 2021).

Police said Alex Antoine punched the 48-year-old man in the head and made anti-Asian statements.

Investigators said Antoine is seen on surveillance video released after the attack. He was charged with assault as a hate crime.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Black Churchgoers Want Hybrid Church Choice; Like Online Services Even Though COVID Ends

 A  new study reveals that black churchgoers have adapted so well to online church amid the pandemic that some 41% of them now favor a hybrid model of in-person and online services, even after COVID-19 is no longer deemed a threat, the Christian Post website reports today (July 23, 2021).

The study, titled Trends in the Black Church, examined how the pandemic affected black faith communities. 

Data show that the pandemic pushed black church pastors to innovate and challenged their ability to discipline people digitally during the pandemic.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Woman Destroys Statue Outside N.Y. Church; Topples Over Statue,Smashes It with Hammer

A woman destroyed a statue that stood tall in front of Our Lady of Mercy parish in Forest Hills, New York this past weekend, the Christian Post website reports today (July 22, 2021).

Police released shocking surveillance footage of a woman deliberately toppling, smashing, and destroying the 84-year-old religious statue and another statue outside a Queens church.

The video shows the woman rocking the statue until it fell over at about 3;30 a.m. on July 17, and then dragged  it  into the driveway and continued to smash it with a hammer. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Fed.Judge Blocks Ark. Law Ending Abortion; Issues Injunction,Calls Law Unconstitutional

 A federal judge has blocked a new Arkansas law that would have banned almost all abortions in the state, the Daily Beast website reports today (July 21, 2021). 

The law would have allowed abortions only when the woman's life is in danger. 

Abortion rights groups filed a legal challenge, and U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction, calling the law "categorically unconstitutional."

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Georgia Churches Leave UMC over LGBT Stand; UMC Rejected a Homosexual Vote for Churches

Two congregations in Georgia have left the United Methodist Church over the denomination's opposition to homosexuality, and merged into one church, the Christian Post website reports today (July 20, 2021).

Asbury Memorial Church and Wesley Oak Church -- both based in Savannah -- recently voted to disaffiliate from the UMC South Georgia Conference.

The decision to leave came as a result of the 2019 special session of the UMC General Conference voting to reaffirm the conservative theological stance of the UMC regarding homosexuality, rejecting a compromise proposal that would have allowed more regional variance. 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Biden Admin.Releases Inmate in Guantanamo; May Be the Beginning of the End for US Prison

 The Biden administration has repatriated a detainee from Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to Morocco, the first transfer of an inmate from the high-security prison in several years, the Washington Post website reports today (July 19, 2021).

The transfer of trainee Abdul Latif Nasir leaves just 39 inmates at the facility.

It also provides the first concrete illustration of how the administration may attempt to finally shutter the prison.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Secretary of State Invites UN to Probe US Racism; Sec. Asserts "Transparency" Is Critical for Success

The Biden administration has formally invited the United Nations to investigate "the scourge of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia" in the U.S., the WND website reports today (July 18, 2021).

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made the invitation in a statement on July 13.

Blinken said it's a matter of "transparency." "As the President has repeatedly made clear, great nations such as ours do not hide  from our shortcomings; they acknowledge them openly and strive to improve with transparency," he said.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Many Cath. Angry at Pope Dooming Latin Masses; Latin Mass Society Head:"Grave Disappointment"

Conservatives reacted with outrage at Pope Francis' unexpected crackdown on traditional Latin Mass, saying it could drive many Catholics out of the church, the Newsmax website reports today (July 17, 2021).

"This is a grave disappointment," said Joseph Shaw, chairman of the Latin Mass Society, in response to the pope's new policy against the Latin Mass. 

Such Masses will no longer take place in the Catholic Church unless the local bishop first consults the Vatican for approval.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Pope Limits Old Latin Mass in Catholic Parishes; Mass to Be Performed in Language of Local Parish

Pope Francis today (July 16, 2021) banned the celebration of the old Latin Mass favored by many conservatives, saying priests can only perform it with the approval of local bishops and the Vatican, according to the UPI website.

Instead of Latin, the modern Mass is to be performed in the language of local parishes around the world.

Pope Francis said the old Latin Mass betrayed the tradition and the "true Church."

Gov. Cuomo,Investigators Meet This Weekend; Several Women Accused Cuomo of Misconduct

 New York Gov. Cuomo is expected to sit down with investigators probing sexual harassment claims against him this weekend, the NY Daily News website reports today (July 16, 2021).

Independent lawyers working under Atty. Gen. Letitia James will interview Cuomo on July 17 as part of a months-long probe. 

Several women -- including current and former staffers -- have accused the 63-year-old Democrat of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior, leading to calls for the governor's resignation.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Drug Overdose Deaths Go up 30% in US in 2020; Record Estimate of 93,331 Drug Deaths Reported

Drug overdose deaths rose by nearly 30% in the U.S. in 2020, according to a report released today (July 14, 2021) by the National Center for Health Statistics, the UPI website reports.  

An estimated 93,331 drug overdose deaths were reported nationally last year -- a record -- up from 72,151 deaths estimated in 2019.

Overdose deaths associated with "psycho-stimulants" such as metamphetamine increased by 47% in 2020 from 2019.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Prices Rise by 5.4 Percent in June over Last Year; Largest Spike since 2008,Inflation Stay Uncertain

 Prices rose 5.4 percent in June compared to a year ago, marking the largest spike since 2008, as the pandemic-battered economy regains its footing, the Washington Post website reports today (July 13, 2021).

Inflation has been on a steep rise for about four months, as the recovery gains steam.

Policymakers at the Federal Reserve and the White House have asserted the price pops are not here to stay, and it will take patience for the economy to come back to full strength and for prices to simmer down.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Cubans Stage Largest Protest on Govt. in Decades; Due to Lack of Medicine and Food amid Pandemic

 The people of Cuba demonstrated their anger against the communist government yesterday in the largest protest in decades amid shortages of medicine and food during the pandemic, the Christian Post website reports today (July 12, 2021).

Protests were held in cities around the Caribbean island country, including San Antonio de los Banas, Palma Soriano, and Havana.

"It is the most massive popular demonstration to protest the government that we have experienced in Cuba since 1959," the year Fidel Castro seized power of the country, Cuban activist Carolina Barrero  said.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Biden Admin. Cancels $1.5B in Student Loans; Criticized by Many in US as Drive to Socialism

 The Department of Education has canceled an additional $55.6 million in student loan debt, bringing the total amount of canceled student loan debt by the Biden administration to $1.5 billion, the USA Today website reports today (July 11, 2021).

Miguel Cardona, the secretary of education, said in a statement on July 9 that the canceled student loans are due to "colleges that took advantage of students."

The cancellation of student loans has been criticized by many Americans, who view it as a major step toward socialism being promoted in the U.S. by President Biden.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Pakistan Court:13-Yr.-Old Girl to Go to Husband; Muslim Man Had Her Marry Him, Agree to Islam

 A court in Pakistan's Punjab province has granted custody to a 13-year -old Christian girl to a Muslim man who has three wives, and who abducted  her and forced her to marry him and convert yo Islam, the Christian Post website reports today (July 10, 2021).

Shahid Gill, the Catholic father of the girl, Nayab Gill, pleaded that his daughter was underage and could not legally marry or change her religion on her own, but the Lahore High Court disagreed, giving custody to the Muslim man, 30-year-old Saddam Hayat.

Justice Shahram Sarwar Chaudhry last week rejected the girl's official birth documents showing she was 13, while siding with Hayar who claimed she had converted to Islam on her own free will on May 20.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Teachers Unions for Teaching Racism in Schools; AFT:Republicans Bully Teachers' Honest History

 Both the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) -- America's two largest teachers' unions -- are supporting teaching the school children of America that their country is an oppressive nation, and has been from its beginning, the New American website reports today (July 9, 2021).

After 21 states have adopted some form of ban on critical racist theory (CRT), Randi Weingarten, president of the AFT, blamed Republicans of bullying teachers against the teaching of "honest history."

By "honest history," Weingarten means teaching American history in such a way that this nation's heritage is presented as one long episode of oppression of blacks.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

UK Pulls Most of Its Troops Out of Afghanistan; British PM: Troops Not Meant to Be Permanent

 U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today (July 8, 2021) that most British troops have left Afghanistan, the Daily Caller website reports. 

"The international  military presence in Afghanistan was never intended to be permanent," Johnson told the British Parliament. 

"All British troops assigned to NATO's mission in Afghanistan are now returning home," he added.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Group of Attackers Assassinate President of Haiti; Shoot Him in His Home, Wound Wife at Midnight

Haitian President Jovenel Moise was assassinated  at his home today (July 7, 2021), and his wife was injured in the attack, the UPI website reports. 

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said a group of armed attackers shot Moise and his wife after midnight at their home in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

"The country's security situation is under the control of the National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti," Joseph said. "Democracy and the republic will win."

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Jennifer Lopez:"This Is the Best Time of My Life;" After Split with ARod, Romance with Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez opened up about where she's at in her life after her split with Alex Rodriguez, and rekindled romance with Ben Affleck, and said she's now living her best life, the Us Magazine website reports today (July 6, 2021).

"I'm super happy," the Hustlers star, 51, said yesterday.

She added, "And I love all the love that's coming my way right now and all the good wishes. And I just want everybody to know that it's the best time. It's the best time of my life."

Monday, July 5, 2021

US Hands Over Bagram Airbase to Afghans; Troops Leaving Longest War in U.S. History

After 20 years, the U.S. military left Bagram Airfield, the epicenter of its war in Afghanistan to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al Qaeda perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist  attacks on America, the Washington Times website reports today (July 5, 2021).

The airfield was handed over to the Afghan National Security and Defense Force.

The U.S. top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin Miller, still retains the authority to protect the U.S. forces that remain there.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Ex-PM Donald Tusk Returns to Politics in Poland; Does So to Fight "Evil" of Govt. Law/Justice Dept.

 Donald Tusk, former leader of the European Union and prime minister of Poland, has been elected head of the largest party in Poland's fragmented opposition, the Civic Platform, the Euro News website reports today (July 4, 2021).

Tusk said he is returning to politics to help fight the "evil" of the current right-wing government led by Law and Justice, which has dominated Polish politics since 2016. 

Tusk co-founded the Civic Platform party in 2001. It ruled Poland for eight years -- most of the time with Tusk as prime minister.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

The Left Is Effectively Dividing America; Has Taken Over Ed., Entertainment, Social Media

 The left along with its supporters (feminism, Marxism, socialism, environmentalism, etc.) is effectively dividing America, the WND website reports today (July 3, 2021).

Having already taken over education, entertainment, and social media, the left is now engaged in pitting groups against each other. 

Blacks against whites. Haves  against have nots. Rich against poor. Elite against plebeian. Religious against atheists. Gays against straights. Victims against oppressors. Women against men.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Priest to Give Biden Communion Despite View; Calls Biden Man of Faith Despite Abortion View

 Father Kevin Gillespie of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown confirmed today (July 2, 2021) that he will give Communion to President Joe Biden despite Biden's anti-Catholic radical abortion advocacy, according to the Lifenews website.

Gillespie said Biden attends Holy Trinity sometimes when he is in Washington, D.C., and he is "a man of faith."

He added, "I would give Communion to him like any other Catholic coming up for the Eucharist."

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Poll:27% of Churchgoers Don't Plan to Return Yet; Lost Interest in Church when Closed in Pandemic

More than 25% of people who attended religious services at least once a month before the coronavirus  pandemic have no plans to return to the church, synagogue, or mosque in the next few weeks, as lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted, a new poll shows, according to the Christian Post website. 

Data from the nationwide poll -- conducted in mid-June with 1,125 adults -- shows that while many people plan to reconnect with friends and family, only 34% say they plan to attend jn-person religious services in the next few weeks.

And while a majority -- 73% of people -- say they plan on attending religious services in person in the coming weeks, 27% have no plans to do so.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Bill Cosby Is Freed from Prison by a Penn. Court; His Due Process Violated,Sex Conviction Vacated

 Bill Cosby left prison for his Philly home shortly after 2 p.m. today (June 30, 2021), as a result of Pennsylvania's highest court vacating his sex assault conviction, according to the Newser wesite

The court determined that Cosby's due process rights were violated.

Cosby has served more than two years of a 3-10-year sentence at a state prison near Philadelphia. He was convicted of drugging and molesting  Andrea Constand in 2004 at his home.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Americans Get Mixed Messages on Covid Masks; WHO Urges Using Masks, CDC Says Not Needed

 There are more and more mixed messages on masks, even for those vaccinated against COVID-19, the CNN website reports today (June 29, 2021).

The World Health Organization is encouraging even the vaccinated to keep the masks on -- especially indoors -- as the Delta variant of COVID-19 ricochets around the world.

On the other hand, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a month ago told vaccinated Americans they could largely take the masks off, indoors and out. 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Pope Welcomes a Greek Orthodox Delegation; Says Pandemic Should Be Lesson in Humility

 Pope Francis welcomed a delegation from Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew I of Constantinople today (June 28, 2021),  urging Catholic and Orthodox faithful not to "squander" the "dramatic crisis"caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CRUX website reports.

The delegation is in Rome this week to celebrate the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The pope said the pandemic "is a lesson in humility showing that it is not possible to live healthy lives in an unhealthy world, or to go on as we were, without recognizing what went wrong."

Sunday, June 27, 2021

US Uses Air Strikes against Iran Militia Groups; Due to Militias in Syria,Iraq Firing at US Troops

 The U.S. military conducted air strikes against Iran-backed militias near the Iraq-Syria border today (June 27, 2021), the Daily Caller website reports. 

The strikes targeted "operational and weapons storage facilities" in Syria and Iraq, according to Pentagon press secretary John Kirby.

"The strikes were both necessary to address the threat and appropriately limited in scope," Kirby added.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Hot Air Balloon Crashes, 4 Dead,1 Wounded; Crashed into Power Line in Albuquerque, NM

A hot air balloon crashed into a power line today (June 26, 2021) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, killing  four people and seriously injuring one more, the Daily Caller website reports.

Albuquerque Fire Rescue said the gondola fell about 100 feet after hitting the power line at about 7 a.m.

Police said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Court Suspends Giuliani's New York Law License; Lied to Force Courts to Favor Trump's Pres. Win

 An appeals court yesterday suspended Rudi Giuliani from practicing law in New York state because he made false statements while trying yo get courts to overturn Donald Trump's loss in the Presidential race, the Newsy website reports today (June 25, 2021).

An attorney disciplinary committee said in its motion to suspend Giuliani's license  that there was "uncontroverted evidence" that Giuliani had made false statements to the courts that the election was stolen through fraud. 

The committee also wrote, "False statements intended to foment a loss of confidence in our elections and resulting loss of confidence in government generally damage the proper functioning of a free society."

Thursday, June 24, 2021

One Dead,51 Still Missing as Fla. Bldg. Crumbles; Most of 12-Story Miami-Area Tower Is Destroyed

 A severe thunderstorm halted the search for the 51 people still unaccounted for after a 12-story oceanfront apartment building partially collapsed in Florida early this morning, the Daily News website reports today (June 24, 2021). 

At least one person was killed and another 10 were injured after the condo tower -- located in the Miami-area town of Surfside -- crumbled around 1:35 a.m., police said. 

About half of the building's 130 units were destroyed, while others were left entirely exposed when the walls gave way.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Five Polish Kids Destroy 63 Jewish Headstones; Told Police They Wanted Slabs to Build Fortress

 Several children in Poland toppled 63 headstones of Jewish graves because they wanted to use the slabs to build a fortress, they told police, the JTA website reports today (June 23, 2021).

The group of five 12-year-olds had been working on the project for several days at the graveyard in Wroclaw in western Poland. 

Police stopped them after hearing hammering noises today. Some of the headstones were smashed; others were knocked down. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

US Daily COVID Deaths Lowest No. in 14 Months; Average No. of COVID Deaths Is Now 293 per Day

 For the first time since March 2020 -- when the COVID-19 pandemic was first declared -- U.S. daily COVID deaths have dipped below 300 per day, the NEWSER website reports today (June 22, 2021).

The average number of deaths per day is now 293, Johns Hopkins data shows. 

That average had peaked at more than 3,400 in January of this year.

Monday, June 21, 2021

V.P. Harris Is Not Const. Eligible for President; Nor V.P.,as Her Father Was Never a US Citizen

 Vice President Kamala Harris is not a natural-born citizen of the U.S. and thus is  ineligible to serve as president of the U.S., or even to continue in office as vice president, according to the New American website. 

That is the contention of a lawsuit filed in a federal court in California. 

The case against Harris asserts at the time of her birth, her father was in the U.S. as a temporary visitor in the student visa program, and never was a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

US Cath. Bishops Draft a Document on Eucharist; Mull If Abortion-Backing Pols May Get Eucharist

A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written, the Yahoo News website reports today (June 20, 2021).

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the drafting of a document "on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church" that some bishops hope will be a rebuke to politicians who support abortion rights but continue to receive Communion. 

The 168-55 vote  -- opposed by a minority of bishops amid impassioned debate during virtual meetings -- came despite appeals from the Vatican for a more cautious and collegial approach.

Friday, June 18, 2021

SBC May End Ties with Cal.'s Saddleback Church; Saddleback Recently Ordained 3 Women Pastors

 A  committee that determines whether churches are conforming to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) affiliation rules will consider whether Saddleback Church, a prominent California congregation led by bestselling author Rick Warren, can continue in fellowship with the SBC, since Saddleback recently ordained three women pastors, the Christian Headlines website reports today (June 18, 2021).

Shad Tibbs, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Trout, Louisiana, made the request on June 15, the first day of the Southern Baptists' two-day annual meeting. 

Tibbs called on the SBC to "break fellowship with Saddleback Baptist Church as they have ordained three ladies as pastors..."

Thursday, June 17, 2021

High Court Backs Obamacare,Hits State Dissent; Rules States Did Not Show Harm by Obamacare

 The U.S. Supreme Court today (June 17, 2021) kept the Affordable Care Act --  more commonly known as Obamacare -- ruling in a 7-2 decision that Texas and 17 other states lacked a standing to challenge its constitutionality, the Fox News website reports. 

The states had argued that the law's individual mandate was unconstitutional once it no longer carried a penalty because it had been justified as falling under the congressional power of taxation. 

The court ruled that because the plaintiffs had not demonstrated any past or future harm, they were not in a position to bring the claim.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

House Joins Senate, OKs a New Federal Holiday; Picks June 19 as Commemorating End of Slavery

 The U.S. House today (June 16, 2021) passed legislation designating June 19 as a new federal holiday, just one day after the Senate voted unanimously to approve a similar bill commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., the LA Times website reports. 

The House bill passed 415 to 14, and will now go to President Biden's desk just days before the date arrives. 

"What I see here today is a racial divide crumbling, being crushed  this day under a momentous vote that brings together people who understand the value of freedom," said Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Domestic Violent Extremism Worst Terror Threat; Now Greater Than al-Qaida, Islamic State Threats

 U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas says that domestic violent extremism now constitutes a greater terrorism threat to the U.S. than threats from al-Qaida, the Islamic State, and other radical jihadi groups, the Yahoo News website reports today (June 15, 2021).

"I consider it and I think we consider it collectively the most significant terrorism-related threat impacting the homeland," Mayorkas said. 

He made those comments as he unveiled the U.S. government's first national strategy for combating the domestic terror threat -- a problem that has taken an increased urgency in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Monday, June 14, 2021

High Court Mulls Rule on Harvard Admissions; Seeks Biden Admin.Views on Affirmative Action

 The U.S. Supreme Court today (June 14, 2021) asked Joe Biden's administration to give its views on whether the justices should hear a challenge to Harvard University's consideration of race in undergraduate student admissions, according to the Reuters website. 

The case, should it be taken up by the court, would give the court's conservative majority a chance to end affirmative action policies of Harvard used to increase the number of Black and Hispanic students on American campuses. 

The action by the court signals the interest of at least some of the nine justices in considering an appeal brought by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, founded by anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, of a lower court ruling that upheld Harvard's program. 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Israel Parliament Ends Netanyahu's Long Rule; Naftali Bennett Was Elected PM on 60-59 Vote

Israel's parliament today (June 13, 2021) narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the AP website reports.  

Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned rival, became prime minister after the 60-59 vote.

Promising to try to heal a divided nation, Bennett will preside over a diverse and fragile coalition comprised of eight parties and deep ideological differences.

Tex. Gov. to Build Wall to Reduce Illegal Migrants; Migrants Spiked When Biden Ended Trump's Wall

 The governor of Texas has announced that the state will build a border wall in an effort to stem the flow of migrants since the Biden administration has refused to secure the border, the Christian Post website reports today (June 13, 2021).

At a Border Security Summit in Val Verde County, Texas on June 10, Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans to construct boeder barriers as part of an effort to take a more active tole in stopping the flow of migrants illegally entering the state by taking them unto custody.

"The ability to arrest will be enhanced by building border barriers," he said.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Wisc.Court:State Can't Make Rel. Schools Close; Law that Lets State Close Schools Not Unlimited

 The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that local health departments cannot ban private and religious schools from holding in-person classes during health emergencies like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Christian Post website reports today (June 12, 2021).

In a 4-3 decision, the court also ruled yesterday that Public Health Madison & Dane County infringed on constitutional religious rights.

Writing for the majority, Justice Rebecca Bradley said the law that authorizes local health departments to take preventive measures during a health emergency "cannot be reasonably read as an open-ended grant of authority."

Friday, June 11, 2021

Poll:70% of US Adults Back Same-Sex Marriage; Sets Record in Gallup Upward Trend since 1996

A new Gallup poll revealed that U.S. support for same-sex marriage has reached an all-time high, with more people believing it should be legally recognized, the Christian Headlines website reports today (June 11, 2021).

The report revealed that 70 percent of American adults endorse same-sex marriage, setting a new record in Gallup's trend since 1996, where only a minority of Americans (26 percent) supported legal marriage between same-sex couples. 

Support has continuously grown over the years, with over half of Americans supporting same-sex marriage in 2011 and 60 percent supporting it in 2015. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Inflation Rose 5% in May, Biggest Rise since 2008; Economists Say It May Be Due to End of Pandemic

 The Labor Department said today (June 10, 2021) that inflation rose 5% in May when compared to the previous year, which is higher than expected and the biggest spike since the summer of 2008, the Newser website reports.

The big question is whether it's a pandemic-related blip, and the economic stakes are high if not. 

What economists call the "base effect" is at play here, notes the Wall Street Journal. Last year, prices were depressed more than usual because of pandemic shutdowns, and this year's figure looks big in comparison.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

LA Nun Pleads Guilty to $835,000 School Theft; Retired School Principal Used Money to Gamble

 A Los Angeles nun, who took a vow of poverty, agreed to plead guilty yesterday to federal charges for stealing more than $800,000 to pay for a gambling habit, the LA Times website reports today (June 9, 2021).

Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, of Los Angeles was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, the U.S. attorney's office said. 

The now retired elementary school principal acknowledged that over a decade ending in 2018, she embezzled about $835,000 in donations, tuition, and fee money from St. James Catholic School in the LA suburb of Torrance.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

French Pres. Slapped in Face in Southern France; Two Arrested for Assaulting Emmanuel Macron

 Two people have been arrested after French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a bystander during a visit to southern France today (June 8, 2021), according to the Euro News website.

The incident occurred in Tain-l'Hermitage, around  90 kilometers south of Lyon.

Macrin,who was on a visit to a Drome hospitality school, was struck in the face while shaking hands with a member of the public.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Demolition Destroys Orthodox Church in Bosnia; Church Built Illegally on Muslim Woman's Land

 An Eastern Orthodox Church built illegally on the property of a Bosnian Muslim woman was demolished on June 5 in the village of Konjevic Polje in the Serbian-controlled province of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website reports today (June 7, 2021).

The removal of the church, built on land belonging to Fata Orlovic after she was forced to flee during the 1992-1995 civil war, was ordered by the European Court of Human Rights in October 2019.

Early on June 5, workers with construction machinery and a crane brought down the white-colored church and its tower bell.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Justice Dept. to Allow Journalists Hide Sources; Journalists Won't Have to Reveal Sources of Info

 The Justice Department announced yesterday that it will no longer use subpoenas or other legal methods to obtain information from journalists about their sources, the Washington Post website reports today (June 6, 2021). 

"The Department of Justice -- in a change to its long-standing practice -- will not seek compulsory legal process in leak investigations to obtain information from members of the news media doing their jobs," Anthony Coley, the department's top spokesman, said in a statement.

President Joe Biden said on May 21 that he would not allow the Justice Department to seize journalists' phone and email records. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Fed. Judge Kills Cal.Ban on Assault Weapons; Rules Ban Violates Const. Right to Bear Arms

 A federal judge yesterday overturned California's three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, ruling it violates the constitutional right to bear arms, the USA Today website reports today (June 5, 2021). 

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled that the state's definition of illegal military style rifles unlawfully deprives  Californians of weapons commonly allowed in most other states. 

He issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of the law, but stayed it for 30 days to give the state time to appeal. 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Food Prices Climb at Quickest Rate Since 2010; High May Increases Include Oil, Sugar, Meats

A United Nations analysis shows that food prices around the world climbed in May at their fastest rate in more than a decade, the UPI website reports today (June 4, 2021). 

The Food and Agriculture Organization's Food Price Index averaged 127.1 points last month , which amounted to an increase of about 4% over April. Compared to May 2020, prices were up 40%..

The index is at its highest value since September 2011. The April-to-May rise is the index's largest since 2010.


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Homeschooling Skyrockets up to 700% in 2020; Black Americans Rose Most, from 3.3% to 6.1%

 Between May and October 2020, homeschooling more than doubled among U.S. households with school-age children, from 5.4 percent that spring to 11.1 percent that fall, the Worthy Watch website reports today (June 3, 2021).

Black and Hispanic Americans were the most likely to switch to homeschooling, while white and Asian Americans were the least likely. 

All demographics reported large increases in homeschooling between spring and fall 2020, but black Americans increased homeschooling the most, quintupling from 3.3 percent to 16.1 percent.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Gay Weddings in Germany Bud Vatican Tensions; Vatican Views Gay Weddings as "Not Legitimate"

 When Antje Mahler told her parents in her teens that she was a lesbian, her family struggled to come to terms with her sexuality, the Religion News website reports today (June 2, 2021). 

"Your religion is the first thing they take away from you when you come out of the "closet," said Mahler, who was raised Catholic in Bavaria, Germany's largest and traditionally most Catholic state. "It's as if when you're queer, you're not allowed to be religious anymore."

But Mahler was heartened by a campaign led by priests, deacons, and laity at 110 Catholic churches in Germany to bless same-sex couples, in defiance of a recent statement issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican that such blessings were "not legitimate" and that same-sex unions are "not ordered to the Creator's plan."

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Pope Revises Church Law with New Abuse Rules; Bishops to Discipline Clerics Who Abuse Minors

 Pope Francis today (June 1, 2021) issued the most extensive revision to Catholic Church law in four decades, insisting that bishops take action against clerics who abuse minors and vulnerable adults, commit fraud, or attempt to ordain women, according to the Reuters website. 

The revision, which has been in the works since 2009, involves all of section 6 of the Church's Code of Canon Law and will take effect on December 8.

In a separate accompanying document, the pope reminded bishops that they were responsible for following the letter of the law. 

The new section was expanded to include such crimes as "grooming"of minors or vulnerable adults for sexual abuse, and possessing child pornography.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Fauci:US Must Not See Victory Despite Low Rates; COVID Victory Will Occur as More Get Vaccinated

 Dr. Anthony Fauci. the top infectious diseases expert in the U.S., has warned it is too early to declare victory against COVID-19 as cases fall in the country to the lowest rates since last June, the Guardian website reports today (May 31, 2021).

"We don't want to declare victory prematurely because we still have a ways to go,"Fauci told the Guardian in an interview.

"But the more and more people that can get vaccinated, as a community, the community will be safer and safer."

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Israeli Parties Join Forces to Oust PM Netanyahu; Bennet to Be Prime Minister, Lapid to Follow Him

 A diverse coalition of Israeli opposition parties said today (May 30, 2021) that they have the votes to form a unity government to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving leader and its dominant political figure for more than a decade, according to the Washington Post website. 

Under their agreement, reached after weeks of negotiations spearheaded by centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid, former Netanyahu defense minister and ally Naftali Bennett will lead a power-sharing government. 

Bennett, 49, would serve as Israel's next prime minister, according to terms of the deal reported by Israeli media, to be succeeded in that role by Lapid, 57, at a later date.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Biden's $6T Budget Is Highest Ever Since WWII; Budget Condemned by Republicans in Congress

 President Joe Biden has announced his first annual budget -- a $6 trillion package that includes investments in fighting climate change and steep tax hikes for the wealthy and corporations, the Sky News website reports today (May 29, 2021).

However, it needs approval from Congress and has been condemned by Republicans. 

Biden's budget would surpass record levels of debt relative to the GDP (gross domestic product) that have stood since the Second World War.

Friday, May 28, 2021

School Opposes Christian Words in Grad Speech; School Relents When Org. Backs Student's Rights

 A high school in Michigan has reversed course after initially telling a graduating senior that references to her Christian beliefs were "not appropriate" for her upcoming valedictory speech, the Christian Post website reports today (May 28, 2021).

After receiving a demand letter from the First Liberty Institute, officials at Hillsdale High School relented after pressuring student Elizabeth Turner to alter the valedictory speech for her June 6 graduation ceremony.

"I'm grateful I will be able to share my faith with my classmates, and I pray that God uses this situation to advance His Kingdom.," Turner said in a statement yesterday shared by First Liberty Institute, a legal nonprofit organization that defends First Amendment rights. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

More Protestant Churches Close Than Open in US; In 2019, 3K Protestant Churches Opened, 4K Gone

 A new study shows that more Protestant churches are closing down than opening in the U.S., and further decline appears "inevitable," the Christian Post website reports today (May 27, 2021).

Estimates made by the Nashville-based Lifeway Research, show in 2019 -- well before many churches were forced to close in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic -- about 3,000 Protestant churches were started in the U.S., but 4,500 Protestant churches closed down.

The findings came from an analysis of congregation data collected from 34 denominations and groups representing some 60% of Protestant churches in the United States.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

US Rebuilds Palestinian Ties Destroyed by Trump; Blinken Brings Back Role of US Mideast Mediator

 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the seat of the Palestinian government in Ramallah yesterday with promises of additional aid, a reopened consulate in Jerusalem, and a broad sympathetic pledge to rebuild ties that had been severed by the previous administration in favor of Israel, the NY Times website reports today (May 26, 2021).

It was an attempted revival of America's former role as a more neutral mediator in the Middle East's most severe conflict.

It was also a sharp turnaround from the policies of former President Donald Trump who sided with Israel by closing a political channel with the Palestinian Authority and cutting off humanitarian assistance to millions of Palestinians.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Pope Dumps Altar Boy Youth Home from Vatican; Sparked by Accusations of Sexual Abuse by Priests

 Pope Francis has ordered a residence for altar boys who serve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to move out of the Vatican, after the home became the subject of a sexual abuse trial, the Reuters website reports today (May 25, 2021).

In a statement today, the Vatican said the pope had told the rector, Father Angelo Magistrelli, to find new premises in Rome outside the Vatican walls by September.

The St. Pius X Pre-seminary was founded in 1956 by Pope Pius XII to house altar boys who serve Mass in St. Peter's and are thinking of becoming priests. 

Two priests are currently on trial with alleged abuse that occurred at the pre-seminary.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Growth in Anti-Semitic Incidents Affecting US; Due to Israel Bombing Gaza, Killing Hundreds

Anti-Semitic vandalism and attacks increased in American cities during the 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas, due to Israel killing hundreds of people in Gaza, the CBN website reports today (May 24, 2021). 

Police in New York City arrested a man in connection with the beating of a Jewish man in Times Square last week, labeling the brutal act a hate crime. 

Waseem Awawdeh of Brooklyn was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime, gang assault, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police. 

In Los Angeles, a violent brawl broke out as pro-Palestinian demonstrators attacked Jewish diners at a restaurant last week.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Pope Praises Unity in Church, Rejects Ideologies; For 1st Time Since Pandemic, 1,000 Attend Mass

 Pope Francis called for unity in the church and rejection of the ideologies "that divide and separate us," as he celebrated Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on the feast Pentecost, the America website reports today (May 23, 2021).

He told believers worldwide that "the Holy Spirit is telling the Church that today is the time for comforting."

In a sign that the situation has improved in Italy since the pandemic struck more than one year ago, for the first time a large congregation od 1,000 believers of many nationalities, wearing masks and respecting social distance, participated in the celebration in the basilica on May 23. 

The world-famous Sistine Chapel Choir led the singing in Latin at the joy-filled celebration.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

More Than Half a Million Bees Were Left to Die; Left Weeks in Hot UPS Truck in Shrewsbury,MA

 More than half a million bees died in Massachusetts after they were left in a hot UPS truck for weeks, the USA Today website reports today (May 22, 2021).

A million bees were meant to be shipped to beekeepers in New England, but were held up in the town of Shrewsbury, nearly 50 miles west of Boston, due to faulty packaging, according to UPS. 

A beekeeper had been called in by UPS on May 20 because they had been getting loose, but more than half of the bees had already died. 

Whatever bees survived were located and released by the beekeeper UPS brought in.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Fisker to Donate 1st Electric Popemobile to Pope; Fisker Inspired by Pope's Regard of Environment

 Los Angeles-based Fisker Inc. plans to supply the first pure electric vehicle for Pope Francis next year, it said today (May 21, 2021), with features such as a solar roof and carpets made of recycled plastic bottles from the ocean, according to the Newsmax website. 

Co-founders Henrik Fisker and Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker met the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican City, the company said. 

"I got inspired reading that Pope Francis is very considerate about the environment and the impact of climate change for future generations," said Fisker. 

The electric vehicle being donated to Pope Francis costs about $37,500 in the United States. 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Sanders Seeks to Block $735M Israel Arms Sale; Due to Israel's Current Deadly Bombing of Gaza

 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is preparing to introduce a resolution today (May 20, 2021) disapproving of the U.S. sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, according to the Washington Post website.

The resolution aims to halt the planned sale to Israel by the Biden administration of JDAMs, or Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and Small Diameter Bombs, as the worst hostilities in several years continue between Israel and Hamas. 

"At a moment when U.S.-made bombs are devastating Gaza, and killing women and children, we cannot simply let another huge arms sale go through without even a congressional debate," Sen. Sanders said.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Congress Seeks Boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics; Due to Beijing Genocide, Abuse against Minorities

 Congressional leaders today (May 19, 2021) called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics -- if they are scheduled in Beijing -- due to ongoing "genocide" against Uyghurs and other minorities in China, the NC Register website reports.

"In granting Beijing host status for the Olympic Games, we are crowning a barbarous regime with laurels while we should be condemning their abuse and genocide," stated Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ  today.

According to intelligence reports, some 1.8 million Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities have been detained in a network of camps, where survivors of prisoners have reported indoctrination, beatings, torture, and other abuses.  

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

EU: Number of Deaths in Gaza "Unacceptable;" Calls for a Ceasefire to Protect Civilians in Gaza

 The European Union's foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said today (May 18, 2021) that the high number of civilian casualties, including women and children, in Gaza is "unacceptable," the Euro News website reports. 

After a meeting of EU's foreign ministers, he said that 26 out of 27 member nations agreed to a statement that includes: "the priority is immediate cessation of all violence, and implementation of a ceasefire in order to protect. civilians and to provide humanitarian access in Gaza."

Borrell said Hungary was the only nation that had not agreed to the statement.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Roe vs. Wade; May Require States Deny Abortions after 15 Weeks

 The Supreme Court today (May 17, 2021) said it would hear a major challenge to the reach of the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade abortion ruling and decide whether states may bar nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the LA Times website reports. 

The justices voted to hear an appeal from Mississippi that urges the court to "reconsider the bright line visibility rule" that says states may not prohibit abortions until the time a fetus is visible or capable of living on its own. 

This is the court's first major move to reconsider abortion rights since Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September. Barrett has acknowledged being opposed to abortion, while Ginsburg supported abortion. 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Church of Scotland to Drop "Husband and Wife;" Due to Church Planning to OK Same-Sex Couples

 The general assembly of the Church of Scotland soon will be reviewing a plan to drop the phrase "husband and wife" from its marriage ceremonies, the WND website reports today (May 16, 2021). 

It's because the church is planning to dive headlong into affirming same-sex couples. 

The Christian Institute described the plan as "radical," and noted that later this month the leaders of the religious organization will consider a specific plan to kill references to "husband and wife."