Many of us applauded when President Bill Clinton signed the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998. That law—passed with broad bi-partisan support—established a U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) that was required to issue annual reports. The law called for the appointment of an Ambassador-at-Large in the State Department who would make religious freedom a key concern. These initiatives gave great hope to advocates of religious freedom around the world.
Bob Morrison is Senior Fellow for Policy Studies for the Family Research Council.
June 2, 2015, 10:07 AM EDT
February 20, 2015, 10:11 AM EST
The increasingly desperate attempts of the Obama administration to figure out what motivates ISIS and other Islamist terrorists are wearing thin. Now, even liberals think this administration has lost the bubble.
February 19, 2015, 1:15 PM EST
We Americans have been puzzling over our President’s curious inability to see twenty-one ISIS terrorists cutting off the heads of twenty-one Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya and call the horrible deed what it is – an Islamist atrocity. Not, you will note, Islamic. By using the adjective Islamist, we are distinguishing this brutal and savage action from those billions who claim to be adherents of the Islamic religion.
January 14, 2015, 9:50 AM EST
No, he hasn’t stepped down from the presidency, but President Barack Obama has effectively abdicated his role as “Leader of the Free World.” With the headlines in newspapers all over the world focusing on the leaders who gathered in Paris for the massive solidarity march last weekend, the absence of President Obama—and any other top administration official—could not have been more glaring.
December 19, 2014, 10:51 AM EST
“Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout.” Was that a headline from Ronald Reagan’s favorite conservative weekly, Human Events? Or, perhaps a stiff rejoinder from the up-to-the-minute reporting of the Weekly Standard?
December 9, 2014, 1:27 PM EST
President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress on this day in 1941. Looking stern and resolute, the President wore a black armband, as if to memorialize the thousands of U.S. sailors, Marines, Army and Coast Guard personnel who had been killed and wounded the day before in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
November 25, 2014, 1:38 PM EST
Nearly two years ago, these writers urged President Obama to “Chuck Hagel.” Today, it seems, the hapless Secretary of Defense is on his way out. We wish him no ill. And we certainly don’t rejoice in his forced resignation. The timing of his dismissal could hardly be worse. It comes on the eve of another “deadline” in our dealings with an Iran bent on acquiring nuclear weapons.
October 30, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT
Feathers are flying—in Washington and in Jerusalem—over the off-the-record comments by a senior Obama administration official to the respected Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. The unnamed dovish Obama policy maker said “the thing about Bibi [Netanyahu] is he’s a chicken****!” Direct quote, characterization included.
October 15, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT
Advocates of Common Core State Standards for all our schools regularly boast that 45 states are already "on board." Sounds like a railroad, doesn't it? How could such a thing happen with so little public debate and informed discussion?
June 10, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT
For too long, the U.S. taxpayers have been forced to shell out money to the PLO-the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
April 16, 2014, 3:42 PM EDT
The raucous referendum of 1995 in Quebec Province - which even entangled the Queen in a radio DJ's hoax - resulted in the closest of votes.
December 6, 2012, 12:59 PM EST
Many of our friends continue to register shock at the election returns of last month. ‘How can it be?’ they ask. ‘It’s not so hard to figure out,’ we reply. The first Romney bumper sticker that appeared last year bore a startling resemblance to another famous corporate logo. What were they thinking?
November 5, 2012, 4:55 PM EST
Dear Fellow Pro-Lifers: We won! We know this because now even The New York Times’ Resident Really Smart Fellow has written that he is pro-life, too!
October 15, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT
Just once, I’d like to hear a debate “moderator” ask this question in a cool and rational tone, without getting all emotional.
July 6, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT
Comedian Chris Rock has stoked the flames of controversy with this Fourth of July tweet. The Hollywood comic wrote: "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." Rock's tweet sparked plenty of day-after fireworks. What he wrote went beyond the pale, responded many online, hurt and enraged at Rock's bitter humor.
March 16, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT
English poet Rudyard Kipling saw it clearly more than a hundred years ago in his poem, “Paying the Dane-geld,” about paying the violent, pagan Danes to get out of England.
February 2, 2012, 3:09 PM EST
They turned former Sen. Rick Santorum’s name into an obscenity. Then, they made sure it was the first thing you find online when you google “Santorum.” And, Google stiff-arms all pleas to take it down.
November 23, 2011, 10:04 AM EST
There’s a theme being played out on some radio talk shows: Just nominate any minimally acceptable candidate for president, so long as he (or she) is not scary, and that candidate will cruise to victory, pulling in a strong House and Senate majorities. The formidable Charles Krauthammer has been offering a variant of this notion. He says voter intensity doesn’t count. Every vote is equal in the voting booth.
November 12, 2011, 10:44 PM EST
By calling for “talks,” Tin Woman Hillary Clinton is threatening to open up the issue of the Falklands once again.
November 11, 2011, 1:07 PM EST
The comparisons between Barack Obama and Franklin D. Roosevelt began even before our 44th president had taken the oath.