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Shock in Chapel Hill: Should We Call It Terrorism?

On Wednesday morning the world woke to the tragic news of the Chapel Hill, N.C., shooting of Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. A 46-year-old neighbor who turned himself in was subsequently arrested. As of this writing, police are saying the killings may have been related to a dispute over parking spaces, although the father of one of the victims has told reporters that the shooter had harassed them before because of their Muslim faith. My first response to this news is grief. I imagine myself......

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Religion, Violence and High Horses

When I’m wrong, I admit it — at least, I try to. My first gut reaction to President Barack Obama’s controversial remarks at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast was both right and wrong; so was Mr. President. I’ll explain what I mean. My first response was unreservedly positive, both off the air and when I appeared on NewsmaxTV to offer commentary. But I was wrong not to challenge the warning that we shouldn’t “get up on our high horse” criticizing the horror of radical Islam. The President is certainly correct about this......

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Conceiving Babies With Three 'Parents'

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, the United Kingdom’s House of Commons approved a new fertility treatment that would incorporate DNA from three sources – a mother, a father and an egg donor – to be used in cases where children have a substantial chance of inheriting genetic diseases. The ensuing ethics controversy prompts me to question, “Is the fear of our capacity to exercise remarkable power to save life going to get in the way of our doing this very sacred thing?” Watch my video below for......

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Can People (Really) Be Forced to Do the Right Thing?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: A judge’s decision in Colorado – in which a bakery was ordered not to refuse patrons who wanted a cake for a same-sex wedding – is not as cut and dry as it seems. As it turns out, a new set of customers seeks a professionally-baked cake decorated with homophobic hate speech. My question is, “Are these really analagous?” Watch my video below for more insight and discussion: ? Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better.......

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Looking Back at 'Charlie Hebdo' Reactions, from Press to Protests

For three weeks since the Islamic terrorist murders of 12 people at the?Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, the world has been reacting. When it comes to the publishing (or reprinting) of cartoons “defaming the Prophet,” I’ve parsed our seven different responses.   1. YES! YES! YES! More than six million copies were published, in some 16 languages, of the new edition of Charlie Hebdo, depicting the Prophet Muhammad showing solidarity with the victims of the radical Islamist attack. This defiant doubling down, affirming the absolute non-negotiability of freedom of expression, was met......

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Trust in Our Leaders Is Hard to Find

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Following our President’s recent call for a more fair tax system, I explore why Americans, a generous people on the whole, get stuck debating how much individual taxpayers owe. Is it because we harbor too many doubts about our leaders? “It’s not about fairness, it’s about trust.” Watch my video below for more insight and discussion. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wide range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice......

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The Funny Thing About Taking 'Charlie Hebdo' Seriously

It is a very serious time in France, especially for the Jewish community. And yet, at the center of the storm is a very unserious entity, the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Its editors may be best known for caricatures of Muhammed (venerated as a prophet by many throughout the world), but they made their living by ridiculing just about anything anyone took seriously, including themselves. The cartoonist known as Luz, who owes his survival to running late to an editorial meeting, has expressed how the assault that robbed him of his friends......

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When Satire Crosses the Line

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published its first edition since the killings at their offices last week. On the cover is a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign. Was it the right decision on the part of the survivors? Here, I’m exploring the dilemma: “Just because you can do something, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.” Watch my video below for more insight and discussion.   Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the......

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The 'Love Your People' Facade

Recently, a billboard in Harrison, Ark., has generated quite a bit of controversy. Funded by Thomas Robb, director of the Knights Club of the KKK, the billboard for WhitePrideRadio.com reads, “It’s NOT Racist to Love Your People.” Explaining why he believes his billboard isn’t racist, Robb told a local news station, “The message is that White people have the right to be proud of who they are. Everybody else has the right to be proud, and I don’t deny that.” Robb’s belief that there is an ongoing policy of genocide against white......

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Video: Tension in NYC, Terror Abroad

Returning to appear on Newsmax this week, I joined a panel to contribute insights about the escalating terrorist activity in Europe following the attack at Charlie Hebdo, and the troubling racial tension in New York City under the current mayor’s leadership. Watch and share your take in the comments: To see other Newsmax appearances, click here....

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