Atheist Group Urges Congress To Allow Humanist Military Chaplains

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The designation NRP (No Religious Preference) by a Soldier doesn’t equate to being an atheist. Update to this story.

Via Military Times

More than one in five service members do not identify with a particular religion, according to Defense Department statistics. To better serve them, an organization is working to expand the Chaplain Corps to include clergy who don’t believe in a god.

The American Humanist Association held a briefing Tuesday on Capitol Hill attended by congressional staffers and others as part of an effort to convince lawmakers that the armed services should officially recognize humanism within the chaplaincy.

Their message: Secular chaplains can be just as qualified for and capable of ministering to troops who believe in a god as theistic chaplains who work with service members of different religious backgrounds on a regular basis.

“Humanist chaplains would be expected to have Bibles, to have prayer books, to have the ability to guide others in prayer, according to the beliefs of their tradition,” said Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers.

Further, the panelists said, the current Chaplain Corps either lacks awareness or willingness to minister properly to humanist troops.

Humanism is “a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity,” the AHA states.

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France: Muslim Protesters Storm Field During Game With Israeli Soccer Team, Attack Players…

There’s a reason Jews are fleeing France for Israel.

Via Daily Mail:

Maccabi Haifa’s pre-season game against Lille in Austria was stopped when pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch.

With Lille winning 2-0, supporters of reportedly Turkish origin entered the pitch and headed for the Maccabi players.

One of the players is seen to trip a fan before punches were thrown. The Maccabi players – some of whom retaliated – managed to leave the field unhurt.

Maccabi coach Aleksandar Stanojevic was said to have punched a protester.

The referee was forced to stop the game in the 86th minute before eventually bringing the game to an end early.

Banners calling for the liberation of Palestine were also displayed by certain sections of the crowd.

Obama On GOP Takeover Of House: “That’s When All Kinds Of …Stuff Happened. That’s What It Was, Stuff”…

Well said, Barack.

Via The Hill:

Speaking at the fundraiser, he urged donors to turn out in the midterm elections, saying that Republicans have larger turnouts on Election Day and that resulted in the GOP taking control of the House and leading to John Boehner’s role as Speaker of the House.

“What happened to Nancy Pelosi?” Obama said. “What happened is y’all didn’t vote. And that’s when all kinds of …stuff happened. That’s what it was, stuff.”

The president used the big-dollar moment to philosophize, saying that “Sometimes in life, as well as politics, we don’t get 100 percent of what we want right away.”

But he added, that he doesn’t tell his daughters that when they hit an obstacle, “you should quit.”

“I’ve got two years left in this presidency, I want to get a whole bunch of stuff done,” Obama said.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Whines: The U.S. Media Is Not Fair To The Palestinians By Being So Pro-Israel…

Last time I checked the MSM with the exception of Fox wasn’t exactly friendly to Israel.

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A Salute To Israels Lone Soldiers

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Via JPost

There has been an overwhelming outpouring of solidarity over the three lone soldiers (in Israel without close family) killed in clashes with Hamas in the Gaza Strip over the weekend.

Tens of thousands attended the Jerusalem funeral on Wednesday of St.-Sgt. Max Steinberg, 24, who grew up in California. On Tuesday night, there was a massive turnout for the funeral in Ashkelon of St.-Sgt. Jordan Bensemhoun (Ben-Simon), 22, who was born and raised in Lyon, France. And the previous night, a spontaneous social media campaign led to masses attending the Haifa funeral of Sgt. Sean (Nissim) Carmeli, 21, who was raised in Texas by Israeli parents.

All three young men were, by all accounts, exceptional human beings, Jews and Zionists who made aliya in the prime of their lives and joined the IDF’s elite Golani Brigade.

They excelled during their service and made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Protective Edge. We offer heartfelt condolences to their families.

Their lives and deaths highlight the heroism of lone soldiers in Israel – men and women who leave “the good life” in the Diaspora and volunteer to defend the Jewish state.

At least another two other lone soldiers, one American and the other French, are hospitalized with wounds they sustained in the Gaza war. We wish them a speedy recovery.

There are more than 5,000 foreign lone soldiers serving in the IDF, about a third of whom are from North America. They are following in the footsteps of thousands of other lone soldiers from abroad who have fought for the country before and after the establishment of the state.

Among the wonderful organizations aiding them is The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin, an outstanding IDF soldier from Philadelphia who was killed at the age of 22 during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. The center is “a grassroots, nonprofit organization created by former lone soldiers to assist the next generation of lone soldiers in all aspects of life, in the military and out.”

In his eulogy at Steinberg’s funeral at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery, MK Rabbi Dov Lipman said Max had been a hero because he saved lives, plain and simple.

“Max fought to make sure that missiles will not keep falling in our cities, and to destroy the tunnels of terror from Gaza,” Lipman said. “Max fought so that our children can have hope to live the way he himself was raised – without having to run to shelters because of air raid sirens and without the fear that terrorists may tunnel their way into their neighborhoods to kill them or kidnap them.”

In his moving tribute published in full in today’s Jerusalem Post, Lipman asked what had motivated Steinberg to make aliya. He said the answer could be found in a comment Steinberg’s mother, Evelyn, made to the media.

“He felt that if this was his calling, that being on the sidelines or even in the backseat was just not going to work,” she said.

Speaking at Carmeli’s funeral, Ze’ev Bielski – the mayor of Ra’anana, which Sean had made his Israeli home – noted that although he had grown up “among the beautiful vistas of Texas,” he had chosen to make his life here.

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Obama: Lying Republicans “Obfuscate And Bamboozle”…

Name-calling is the only thing this clown is good at.

Via The Hill:

President Obama appeared at a fundraiser Wednesday at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rimes and used the popular political thriller to speak about Washington.

“No offense, Scandal is a great show,” Obama said at the fundraiser before a crowd that included the show’s actress Kerry Washington.”But it’s not necessarily something we want to be living out.”

Speaking at the fundraiser, Obama tore into the Republican party saying that it “has been taken over by people who just don’t believe in government.”

Republicans he said “obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don’t say what’s true — that was a euphemism,” he said to laughter.

Protesters Gather Where Maryland Governor Wants Illegal Aliens

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Not a hot bed of right wing extremists in Annapolis, Maryland. Are you getting this LSM?

Via Watchdog

They protested at the intersection of West Street and Route 2 in Annapolis, a short drive from the governor’s mansion, where Martin O’Malley is seeking to bring illegal immigrant children, who crossed the southern border and landed in to Maryland.

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Turkey’s Islamist PM Erdogan: Israel A “Terror State”…

Same guy who funds jihadist groups in Syria.

Via CNN:

In an interview recorded Wednesday with CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being a “terror state,” saying that the country’s operation in Gaza was “creating a wave of terror.”

Erdogan also denied that the governments of Turkey or Qatar were involved in the funding of Hamas’ terrorist activities, saying the only support his country is offering to the people of Gaza is humanitarian.

“Qatar’s cooperation with Turkey has always been to be on the side of the persecuted and to support them through humanitarian aid. This is what’s being done.”

CNN Poll: Only 18% Of Americans Say They Are Better Off Because Of Obamacare…

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What are the odds the vast majority of the 18% have EBT cards and food stamps?

Via Washington Examiner:

Eighteen percent of Americans, or fewer than one in five, say they or someone in their family is better off because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by CNN. Nearly twice that number, 35 percent, say they or someone in their family is worse off. A larger group, 46 percent, say they are about the same after Obamacare as before.

In nearly all demographic categories — age, income, education, etc. — more people say they are worse off because of Obamacare than say they are better off.

For example, one might expect respondents with incomes below $50,000 to be somewhat likely to say Obamacare has helped them. And that is the case: 21 percent say they are better off because of the Affordable Care Act. But 35 percent say they are worse off. (Forty-four percent are the same.)

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Colleges Seek To Recruit More Native American Students

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AKA the Liz Warren recruitment drive.

Via GF Trib

Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.

The 17-year-old was reminded of the tough decision he’ll face next year when he participated in a weeklong celebration in March of his cousin’s Kinaalda, a hallowed Navajo ceremony marking a girl’s transition into womanhood.

“I’m afraid because it’s really hard to leave my family,” he said, noting that college would mean he’d be away from taking part in the same rite for his little sister and participating in other important tribal ceremonies.

To reach students like Watson with higher education aspirations, a growing number of universities are offering programs to recruit and prepare Native American students for a transition to college life that can bring on a wrenching emotional conflict as they straddle two worlds.

Missing culture, family

Many young Native Americans find themselves divided by their desire for a higher education and the drive to stay close to home to hold onto a critical part of their identity. Sometimes, families discourage children from pursuing college, fearing once they leave the reservation they won’t come back.

That was the case with Watson’s mother — his grandmother encouraged her to stay home and carry on the family tradition of pottery-making.

“These students could be in a classroom with hundreds of kids and no one will be like them, so it’s really good for these programs to pull all of these kids together,” said Ahniwake Rose, the director of the National Indian Education Association.

“Moving to college for these kids is taking them so far away from their homes. On top of that, we still have so many first-generation students and their parents can’t give them any idea of what college is like,” Rose said.

Dozens have implemented mini-college boot camps, including the University of California, Los Angeles, Yale and Duke.

Last week, Watson found himself at the University of California, Riverside, where he was joined by other students, including some as young as 12.

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John Kerry To Mother of Fallen Israeli Soldier: “How’s Your Day?”…

He could be dumber than Biden.

Via Free Beacon:

Taking a break in Jerusalem today from his attempt to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry visited with the parents of Max Steinberg, a 24-year-old Los Angeles native and IDF soldier who was killed in action in Gaza. [...]

“How’s your day?” Kerry asked as he sat down. “How’s your day?” Evie [Steinberg's mother] asked back. “My day’s going better than yours,” he said.

Pro-Palestinian Hack On MSNBC: Claims That Hamas Uses Human Shields Is a “Racist” Myth…

I suppose playing the race card on MSNBC is a no-brainer when you’re trying to defend terrorists.

Via NRO:

“It’s unfortunate we can hear Israeli spokespeople who are speaking on behalf of a military force that is inflicting massive civilian casualties on the ground stand here in front of your viewers and essentially blame the victims for their own deaths, I think there’s something fundamentally wrong and, in fact, racist about that argument.”

Jesse Ventura Trial: Who’s Telling The Truth? Jury Gets Case

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It takes a sick deranged media seeking person to sue a widow. Update to this story.

Via Twin Cities Pioneer Press

It would take 11 witnesses and a decorated Navy SEAL lying under oath for Jesse Ventura’s defamation claims against Chris Kyle to hold up, defense attorneys said Tuesday.

Ventura’s lawyers argued that the accounts of those witnesses were so full of holes and inconsistencies that it’s not hard to see how they got it wrong. Deciding the case in the former Minnesota governor’s favor, they said, would help make things right.

The two sides made their closing arguments Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul before handing off the two-week-long trial to a jury of six men and four women.

Jurors got the case about noon and broke for the day just before 4:30 p.m. without reaching a verdict. They’ll resume deliberations Wednesday morning.

The verdict must be unanimous.

At issue is whether Kyle, a SEAL sniper-turned-author, fabricated a story that he punched out Ventura at a Coronado, Calif., bar in 2006.

Kyle wrote in his 2012 bestseller “American Sniper” that he slugged a celebrity he dubbed “Scruff Face” at the bar after the man badmouthed fallen soldiers at a war hero’s wake.

Ventura, who was at the bar for a reunion of his own Navy class, said that never happened. He sued Kyle after he was outed as “Scruff Face” in promotional interviews for the book and continued the lawsuit against Kyle’s estate after Kyle was shot to death at a Texas gun range last year.

Jurors were instructed to focus their deliberations on whether Ventura made offensive statements — that he hated America, that SEALs were killing innocent people in Iraq and that they deserved to lose men at war.

For Ventura to win, the jury must find three things: that the story was defamatory, that it was false and that Kyle knew it was false or had serious doubts about its truth.

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Biden: Hey, This Economy Is Kicking Some Ass!…

Then again, Biden is actually dumb enough to believe this.

Via Breitbart:

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden declared that America’s jobs picture is brighter than ever.

“Businesses are hiring at historic rates, with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth,” said Biden in the newly released report supporting the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 1998, which President Obama signed on Tuesday. [...]

Obama and Biden’s efforts to cast a positive light on America’s jobs outlook, however, may face headwinds with voters. As the New York Times noted, “In fact, part-time jobs accounted for two-thirds of all new jobs in June.” What’s more, economist Ben Casselman of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight states, “For the 49th time in 50 months, more jobseekers gave up looking than found work.”

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Obama Tells Dem Donors, “You’re Chronicling The Slow Deterioration Of Barack Obama”…

We noticed.

Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama told a group of Democratic fundraisers that they’re “chronicling the slow deterioration of Barack Obama” at a Wednesday event in California.

The luncheon, sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was hosted by real estate mogul George Marcus at his home in California’s Los Altos Hills. Tickets started at $10,000, with a VIP option available for just $32,400 — the maximum amount an individual can contribute to the DCCC in one year.

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GOP Rep. Frank Wolf Accuses Islamic State Of Genocide Against Christians…

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Via CNSNews:

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) accused the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of genocide for “systematically targeting Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq for extinction” during an impassioned speech on the House floor Tuesday.

Wolf – who earned an international reputation as a champion of human rights for his humanitarian efforts in China, Tibet, Sudan, Afghanistan and other countries during his 34 years in Congress – told his House colleagues that “I believe that what is happening to the Christian community in Iraq is genocide. I also believe it is ‘a crime against humanity’.”

“Last Thursday, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, more commonly referred to as ISIS, gave the few remaining Christians in Mosul until Saturday to leave or be killed,” Wolf said.

He added that “on June 16th, for the first time in 1,600 years, there was no Mass said in Mosul.” Prior to the U.S. invasion in 2003, some 130,000 Christians lived in Mosul, where the Prophet Jonah is believed to be buried. However, only 2,000 are estimated to remain there today.

Obama Tells Black Youths There’s Nothing Wrong With “Acting White”…

Which is true, but if a white Republican said this they’d be slammed as a racist.

OBAMA: There’s no contradiction between knowing your culture — the traditional cultures out of which your families come, but also being part of the larger culture.

And I think that one of the things — this is true not just for Native Americans, but it’s also true for African Americans.  Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of “acting white” — which sometimes is overstated, but there’s an element of truth to it, where, okay, if boys are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly?

And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that has to go.  (Applause.)  Because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African American men to be authentic.

HT: Keith Koffler

State Dept. Official: “ISIS Is No Longer A Terrorist Organization, It Is Now A Full-Blown Army”…

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According to Obama and his advisors al-Qaeda went from being “on the path to defeat” to having a standing army.

Via CNS News:

A State Department official who just returned from a seven-week trip to Iraq, said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) – is no longer just a terrorist group.

“ISIL is no longer simply a terrorist organization,” Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “It is now a full-blown army seeking to establish a self-governing state through the Tigress and Euphrates Valley in what is now Syria and Iraq.”

ISIS continues to expand its hold on territory in Iraq, including overtaking the city of Mosul on June 10. Since then, the Sunni extremists have targeted Christians who are reportedly being told they have three choices: Convert to Islam, pay a fine or be killed. As a result, most, if not all, Christians have fled the city.

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Jihadi Work Accident: Six Taliban Fighters Killed When Suicide Bomber’s Explosives Prematurely Detonate…

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Feel good story of the day.

Via Gazzetta:

. . .In Pastori in the southwest province of Paktika, meanwhile, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive prematurely, killing himself and five comrades and wounding seven others, the Pajhwok news agency said. There was no immediate comment from the Taliban on the own-goal blast.

UK: Muslim Teachers Claim Boston Bombing Was A Hoax, Call Gays “Animals”…

Via Daily Mail:

Teachers at the centre of the ‘Trojan Horse’ plot to takeover Birmingham schools exchanged messages that the murder of soldier Lee Rigby was a hoax, it emerged today.

A damning report into Birmingham schools has unearthed ‘compelling evidence’ of an attempt by a group of hardline Muslims ‘to gain control of governing bodies’, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said.

The investigation, led by former anti-terror chief Peter Clarke, revealed details of a WhatsApp group called The Park View Brotherhood which also included a description of homosexuals as ‘animals’ with ‘satanic ways’. [...]

One post above a YouTube link attributed to someone identified as Teacher L on 24 May last year said: ‘ATTACK ON ISLAM! Plz watch and share ASAP before they remove it!!!!! London butcher incident; It’s is a hoax And this is the link to reveal it.’

A message sent by Teacher C on 19 April said: ‘Watch PROOF! Boston Marathon Bombing is Staged Terror Attack on YouTube.’

The ‘core contributors’ to the group were identified as mainly teachers at either Park View School or other schools within the Park View Educational Trust and all were men.

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