OBAMA'S HOMELAND SECURITY - President Obama has nominated David Heyman as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S.. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and at the same agency, Secretary Napolitano has appointme Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. Both men are devout Muslims, and in her announcement Napolitano made that clear. When Catholics, Jews or Baptists are appointed or hired their religion is not mentioned, but why is that? Pandering to Islam and political correctness would be the answer. Alikan is associated with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) "a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims." Both men will have top security clearances. Several Muslims at the DHS who have top security clearances are associated with groups that claim Hamas and Hezbollah are humanitarian groups. Meanwhile, Secretary Napolitano has ordered an investigation of the Border Agents who work for her, because they are allegedly "profiling" Muslims at the Canadian border.
CONGRESSMEN JOIN MEMORIAL LAWSUIT - Congressmen who are members of the Prayer Caucus headed by Randy Forbes (R-VA) filed an Amicus Brief in the Utah Roadside Cross Memorial Case. The amicus brief to the Supreme Court urged it to decide if crosses placed on Utah roadsides to honor fallen state troopers violate the Establishment Clause. Utah allows a private nonprofit organization to place cross memorials at sites where state troopers have been killed in the line of duty. The 10th Circuit held that the crosses were unconstitutional because they caused a reasonable observer to believe the state was endorsing a specific religion. Twenty states are also urging the Supreme Court to hear the case and overturn the ruling.
RELIGION AND CULTURE
PASTOR FILES LAWSUIT TO SAY "JESUS" - Rev. Scott Rainey was allowed to pray in the name of Jesus at a Memorial Day celebration in Texas, but only after taking legal action.The pastor had been invited to pray at an event at a National Cemetery, but the Department of Veterans Affairs instructed the pastor that he would not be allowed to pray unless he removed references to Jesus. He sued and a federal judge held that the government was engaging in impermissible religious viewpoint discrimination, and was "forbidden from dictating the content of speeches"
AUSTRALIA BUS ADS OFFEND CHRISTIANS - The percentage of Muslims in Australia is very small, but with money from wealthy Arab states they make their presence known. The Australian organization Mypeace is purchasing ads on buses and billboards in Sydney claiming Jesus was a prophet of Islam. Read more
ARE WE FORGETTING ASIA BIBI - Remember Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman who has sat for over a year in a jail without trial on a blasphemy charge? Read more