Cal Thomas on the shutdown showdown, the new military and religious freedom, Hope Awards finalist
Today’s news and commentary from Cal Thomas on why the impending government shutdown could be a “taking-stock moment” for a government out of control, plus: part one of a three-part series on the clash between religious freedom and military imperatives two years after repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a profile of the international semi-finalist in WORLD News Group’s 8th annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion.
Obamacare skirmish: In a preview of the Senate battle to come, Texas Republican Ted Cruz tangles with Senate leader Harry Reid over routine business.
IRS political targeting: Lois Lerner, the official at the heart of one of Washington’s biggest controversies, resigns abruptly.
Pakistan church bombing: Religious freedom commissioner says U.S. could have done more to help prevent a deadly church attack this weekend.
Iran: As Iran’s new president traveled to New York to speak at the United Nations, prayer vigils are being organized across the US to mark Thursday’s one year anniversary of an American pastor’s imprisonment in Iran.
Markets/economy: The Federal Reserve announced last week that quantitative easing would continue. But on Friday and Monday, regional Fed presidents were saying that they expected tapering to begin as early as October, when the federal Open Markets committee meets again.
Commentary: Government shutdown a “taking-stock moment”
President Obama complains that congressional Republicans’ price of raising the debt ceiling and approving funding for government agencies is too high, that defunding Obamacare is tantamount to “extortion.” Commentator Cal Thomas says the GOP ought to hold firm, even if it means a government shutdown, which “if properly framed ... might be a taking-stock moment for the country. Republicans might urge citizens to reflect on government’s proper role and why Washington has become dysfunctional. They could propose the government ‘reopen,’ built on the original foundation: the Constitution.”
LGBT rights, religious freedom, and the new military
Two years after “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal: the first of a three-part series on the clash between the military’s normalization of open homosexuality in the armed services and the religious liberty of service-members who object. A current investigation of a sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base raises the question of whether the new military can tolerate religious orthodoxy.
WORLD’s 8th Annual Hope Award for Effective Compassion
WORLD News Group’s Jamie Dean profiles our 2013 International semi-finalist, HOPE International. The group is help impoverished Haitians learn to save money and apply biblical principles to their finances. Learn more about the Hope Award.