The number of ISIS fighters believed to remain in Syria and Iraq is much higher than previously estimated, according to a new report to Congress. At the end of December, the U.S.-led coalition said in a statement to Reuters that “due to the commitment of the Coalition and the demonstrated competence of our partners in Iraq and Syria, there are estimated to be less than 1,000 ISIS terrorists in our combined joint area of operations, most of whom are being hunted down in the desert regions in eastern Syria and Western Iraq.” Earlier that month, where Iraq declared victory over ISIS, the coalition estimated there were fewer than 3,000 ISIS fighters left in the region. At successive briefings, the Defense Department has declared continued success against the terror group. But the new report estimates “roughly 14,000 fighters” still in Syria and “15,500 to 17,100 ISIS fighters” remaining in Iraq at the conclusion of the quarter at the end of June.
Satanists have wheeled a demonic goat statue onto the lawn of the Arkansas Capitol. The Satanic Temple held a “Rally for the First Amendment” at the Arkansas State Capitol Thursday and brought with them a statue known as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure associated with the group. Members say the goal of taking the statue to the state capitol is “to support the First Amendment and religious plurality,” according to a news release. The Satanic Temple is upset the Arkansas legislature approved putting a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds. Members filed a lawsuit to allow the statue of Baphomet to be put on the same grounds, after lawmakers denied “a donation from The Satanic Temple,” the news release states.
“And we worry about sharia law!!” Christine Hallquist tweeted last summer, with a link to an article from “LGBTQ Nation” about a girl who was disqualified from a soccer team because she looked like a boy. “Radicalized Christians are a part of the American landscape, and we tolerate it.” There are other tweets that show Hallquist’s disdain for Christians. In January of this year she [sic] tweeted, “Some of these Christian evangelist’s [sic] are just downright crazy!” (Note that punctuation error, too.) She [sic] was referring to Christian satire site Babylon Bee’s joking about Christian evangelist Jim Bakker. Several other tweets seemed to show a decided antipathy toward people of faith, including an assertion that people who allow children to be harassed for being gay probably “call themselves Christians.”
The reality behind the ordinance is discrimination against “people of faith.” The regulation just got the city’s official approval, says Jameson Taylor, Ph.D., of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. “These ordinances use the power of the government to force Christians and orthodox Jews, and others,” he warns, “to bow down to the same-sex lifestyle.” But the true purpose behind these ordinances, Taylor tells OneNewsNow, is to take the ongoing culture war a step farther by demanding new rights from landlords, business owners, and employers. “The radical homosexual lobby is looking for local wins in the South as well as the Midwest,” Taylor continues. “Their goal is to change the culture and the politics one city at a time, one classroom at a time, (and) one book at a time.” Read more: https://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2018/08/16/lgbt-push-for-full-equality-claims-another-ms-city
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein and his dubiously named Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) filed a formal complaint this week with Defense Secretary James Mattis alleging that Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, a Christian and the newly installed commander of the 412 Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base in California, engaged in “intolerance/proselytizing; violations of DoD diversity & civil liberties policies; and Air Force standards violations.” In a press release on Monday, the virulently anti-Christain organization screeched that Teichert “should be doing time behind prison bars, not commanding a wing wearing general’s stars.” Teichert “has denigrated LGBT individuals, slammed American society at large, and, of course, delivered election voting mandate directives wherein he has effusively urged that only HIS type of approved Christian should ever be elected to American public office,” according to the salacious smear by MRFF.
When an American couple decided that, in their reality, “evil didn’t exist”, they had to prove it. To do so, they attempted to ride their bicycles in ISIS territory near the Afghanistan border. Note that we said “attempted”. While on the trip, they posted on their website: “Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own—it’s easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it. Badness exists, sure, but even that’s quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this. Then, on July 29, 2018, as they were riding their bikes with two other cyclists in Tajikistan, five men exited their car and stabbed all the bicyclists to death.
The Parents Television Council, a media watchdog group, wrote a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings calling for the immediate removal of Argentinean film “Desire” for its “child-porn content.” The parents group accused Netflix of “showing a reckless disregard for the millions of families that keep your streaming platform alive and viable, and callously placing profits ahead of any sense of corporate responsibility, to potentially engaging in criminal activity.” Netflix did not return a request for comment. The film depicts a 9-year-old girl masturbating and accidentally experiencing an orgasm while watching a John Ford cowboy film with another young girl, according to Deadline and IndieWire. The movie scene shows the girl bouncing up and down in slow motion on a pillow as if on a horse and close-ups of the girl’s face.
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