When Bishop Johan Bonny, the Catholic Bishop of Antwerp, Belgium, publicly called for the Catholic Church to bless same-sex “relationships,” in a recent interview, a rebuke from the Flemish Catholic Student Association of Antwerp was not long in coming. And, in turn, the Catholic student group has come under attack from a militant socialist youth group, which (predictably) accused the Catholic students of being “homophobic” and called on the Belgian government to take action against them.
Using the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, the United Nations is trying to exert control over U.S. laws and treaties and individual rights — not for the better.
In China, where religious liberty has been under attack since the communist takeover in 1949, persecution of Christians has escalated over recent months. Communist Chinese authorities have destroyed churches and religious symbols and arrested Christian leaders and laity in recent crackdowns against those groups regarded by Beijing as “cults.”
After turning France into a global laughingstock of failed Big Government schemes and further damaging the nation’s already battered economy and reputation, the French Socialist Party’s infamous 75 percent “supertax” on the rich is set to die a quiet death on February 1. Despite the pro-wealth-confiscation ideological leanings of deeply unpopular Socialist French President Francois Hollande and his radical comrades, analysts said authorities in France appear to be finally acknowledging reality — and may now even understand that ending the massive tax scheme and scaling back draconian restrictions on economic freedom will be essential in attempting to revive the struggling economy, if not in preserving some semblance of a political future for the Socialist Party.
U.S. military engagements in the decades since World War II have often been characterized by their expansive nature, a development commonly called "mission creep." But the already expanded role of the new mission in Afghanistan — the training and support mission that follows "the end of combat operations" in that country — might better be described as "mission morph" or "mission mutation."