JFK’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when Charles de Gaulle decided to pull out of NATO. De Gaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?” De Gaulle did not respond. You could have heard a pin drop. When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of ’empire building’ by George Bush. He answered by saying, “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.” You could have heard a pin drop.
The firing of an executive at CrossFit reveals how bigotry toward orthodox Christians is becoming more open and accepted. A high-ranking executive at the fitness company CrossFit was fired after tweeting his support for a CrossFit gym’s cancellation of a pride event, citing his belief that celebrating “LGBT pride” is a “sin.” Coaches at CrossFit Infiltrate in Indianapolis planned a special workout in support of Indy Pride, WTTV News reports. In an email sent to members by gym management, they explained the event was canceled because “the owners of the gym value health and wellness, and they believe that this event does not.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Sunday expressed regret over eating at Chick-fil-A, because of the chicken company’s CEO’s personal views on gay marriage. Dorsey tweeted a screenshot from his phone that showed a purchase he had made at Chick-fil-A using a mobile application. After a liberal backlash, however, Dorsey apologized for eating at the popular fast food restaurant. At issue was Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s 2012 support for defining marriage as between a man and a woman, which he described as “the biblical definition of a family.”
Irish documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer came to this country legally over a decade ago: “When I first came to America about 12 years ago I found out that so much we ‘know’ about the country and its people is just not true,” said McAleer. “In Europe everyone is told and we all believed that there are these weird American conservatives, who want to tell you what to do — particularly in the bedroom.” “I got here and all I saw were so called ‘progressives’ who want to interfere with you in every other room in your house and garden and holiday and travel and grocery store, you name it they’re everywhere, controlling. They want to tell you what kind of car you can drive, what kind of house you can live in, what kind of fertilizer you can use in you garden, how long you stay in the shower, even how you flush the toilet. They want to ban your light bulbs.
Many Americans erroneously trace the roots of Islamic terrorism to September 11, 2001. In reality, the United States’ first conflict with Muslim terrorists was also its very first war which it won 213 years ago, on June 10, 1805. Centuries before that, the Barbary States of Muslim North Africa — specifically Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis — had been thriving on the slave trade of Europeans abducted from virtually every corner of coastal Europe, including Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland. These raids were so successful, “between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast,” to quote American historian Robert Davis.
June is “gay pride” month across America, and one NFL team is diving in head-first. The Minnesota Vikings organization announced that it will host a special summit focused on the “critical importance” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) inclusion in sports. The first-ever NFL event will bring together athletes, coaches, team executives, “thought-leaders,” and the media “to share ideas and best practices through a series of panel discussions, interviews, and testimonials from LGBTQ athletes,” explained a Vikings press release. “The Vikings are committed to leading efforts that raise awareness and create positive change for LGBTQ athletes across the country…”
Kentucky will keep God and religion in schools after its education leaders approved a Bible standard that all public schools in the state must meet. The Kentucky Board of Education approved “Bible literary” standards in a unanimous affirmative vote that allow students to take religion and Bible classes as electives, the Associated Press reports. The classes will be taught as literature and history courses as opposed to devotional study as has been done previously and in other states. Approval of the standards comes after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the state, asking it to take religion out of the classroom.