Navy Rejects Application For First Humanist Chaplain

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Cmdr. Darrel Wesley, from Chattanooga, Tenn., command chaplain aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

Jason Heap did not get the job as a chaplain in the Navy.  The Navy did not divulge the details of the decision due to privacy concerns.  After the Army recognized ‘Humanism’ as a religious preference many thought there would soon be a humanist chaplain.

Humanist chaplain?

Chaplains, historically and by definition, are people of faith,” said retired reserve Chaplain Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. “You can’t have an ‘atheist chaplain’ any more than you can have a ‘tiny giant’ or a ‘poor millionaire’.

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Funding Palistianian Unity Government

Department_of_StateThe United States said on Monday it plans to work with and fund the new Palestinian unity government formed after an agreement by the Fatah and Hamas factions” NBC News

“The European Union will work with the new Palestinian unity government, on condition it sticks to the principle of peace with Israel based on a two-state solution, it said on Tuesday.” NBC News

“The United Nations on Tuesday welcomed the new Palestinian unity government and said it was ready to lend its full support in efforts to reunite the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, a spokesman said.” TimesofIsrael

Hamas is not a group that will recognize Israel, commit to  nonviolence, and accept all prior agreements. The “the new government will be made up of technocrats”; frontmen who will supposedly run this new unity government and represent it publicly.

 

General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Statement

General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

On Facebook General Martin E. Dempsey made the following statement:

In response to those of you interested in my personal judgments about the recovery of SGT Bowe Bergdahl, the questions about this particular soldier’s conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity. This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him. As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts. Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty. Our Army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred. In the meantime, we will continue to care for him and his family. Finally, I want to thank those who for almost five years worked to find him, prepared to rescue him, and ultimately put themselves at risk to recover him.

 

Questions Swirl Around Prisoner Exchange

question marks photoThere are many questions on the prisoner exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and 5 Gitmo terrorist.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in 2009 in Afghanistan.  At the time of his capture he was a private.  BreitBart reports that Bergdahl was promoted twice in captivity and is scheduled for another promotion in June to staff sergeant. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban and was just released in a prisoner exchange that was arranged by the White House through negotiations with the Taliban.

Brad Knickerbocker at the  Christian Science Monitor reports that Bergdahl’s story is one of recovery, reunion with his family, and military debriefings.  “Those debriefings also will include difficult questions about how and why he happened to be in a position where he fell into the hands of Taliban fighters.”

At this point in the developing narrative, Sgt. Bergdahl seems to have grown disillusioned with the mission, bitter about the Army and especially higher ranking enlisted men and officers, and simply walked off – gone “outside the wire” or protective base limits – and disappeared.

There are questions surrounding the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture with mixed reactions from the military community.

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No Sign 5 Released Gitmo Terrorist Are Under Custody In Qatar

Brian Ross on ABC reported:

The terror group is calling their release a major victory. New video posted this morning on an Afghan news website shows the five former detainees arriving in Qatar with no sign they are under any sort of custody or guard.  Online video shows the men receiving a kind of hero welcome.

The Miami Herald quotes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Qatar had agreed “to ensure that security measures are in place and the national security of the United States will not be compromised” by the release of the five men, all of whom had been placed on a list of terrorist suspects that the United States felt were too dangerous to release.

France Arrest Suspect In Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting

Marseille, France
Marseille, France

French police have arrested a 29-year-old suspected of involvement in the shootings deaths last weekend at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman with suspected ties to Islamic radicals in Syria, was detained in Marseille in southern France. He was detained by custom officials at the bus station on a bus from Amsterdam via Brussels and was found caring a Kalashnikov assault rifle and another gun.

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Updated: Canadian precedent: Toronto man convicted of trying to join terrorist group

Mohamed Hersi
Mohamed Hersi

Hersi was arrested at Toronto’s Pearson airport in March 2011 as he was about to leave for Cairo. The investigation began when a dry-cleaner found a USB memory stick in Hersi’s security guard uniform that contained a book on bomb-making. An undercover police officer befriended Hersi with the cover story of a fellow Somali-Canadian that wanted to join the terrorist group Al Shabab.

Mohamed Hersi is the first person in Canada to stand trial for attempting to join a foreign group classified as a terrorist organization. Hersi arrived in Canada as a four-year-old refugee with his mother after they fled the Somali civil war. As an adult he said his goal was to live in a Muslim country.

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Sudan announces Christian Meriam Ibrahim will be released from prision after international outcry

4329074615_5c69563794_q_sudanImprisoned Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim may be released soon.  Meriam  is imprisoned with her newborn baby girl and two year old son for refusing to renounce her Christianity and was sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy.

Authorities in the country are said to be working out a way to free Meriam thhat will be consistent with the country’s laws, according to Foreign Ministry under-secretary Abdelah Al-Azrak. He said: ‘The related authorities in the country are working to release Mariam (sic) who was sentenced to death for apostasy, through legal measures. I expect her to be released soon’.

However, Mrs Ibrahim’s lawyers said they do not believe the offer is genuine, and is a ploy to silence the growing outcry. Elshareef Ali Mohammed, one of her legal team, told the Telegraph: ‘It’s to silence the international media. This is what the government do. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison’.

Tina Ramierez, of religious freedom group Hardwired, said campaigning for Meriam’s freedom is more important now than ever. ‘They could just be saying this just to get everyone off their backs. We have seen them do that before,’ she told MailOnline.

‘Its essential that we keep the pressure up until Meriam is actually freed.

Online: Daily Mail Sudanese woman forced to give birth in shackles and held with toddler in prison ‘hell hole’ as she awaited death sentence for refusing to drop her Christian faith will be FREED after international outcry

Captured Hamas Member Tells Shin Bet Hamas Funds Islamic Movement In Israel

Jerusalem Temple Mount
Jerusalem Temple Mount

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced Thursday that a senior Hamas operative,  was arrested last month as he tried to cross the border from Jordan into Israel.   The operative, Mahmoud Toama (Tuama), revealed during his interrogation Hamas ties to the Islamic Movement in Israel and its activities in Jerusalem.

Mahmoud Toama (Tuama), told Shin Be that Hamas funds the Islamic Movement religious lessons on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to prevent Jews from entering the holy site.

According to Toama, Hamas has funded Islamic Movement projects in Jerusalem. One project paid for religious lessons for Arab youths on the Temple Mount, in an attempt to prevent Jews from entering the holy site. Hamas paid hundreds of youths NIS 4000-5000 per month to study at the site. The Shin Bet linked that project to an increase in the number of violent incidents and clashes with Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount in recent months.

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Guantanamo Bay Terrorists Released

Guantanamo BayThe White House agreed to a deal to release five Taliban leaders from Gitmo in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held in Afghanistan since 2009. The DailyBeast reports that the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners being released are considered by some the worst of the worst.  The five prisoners to be released are: Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari.  A 2008 Pentagon dossier on Guantanamo Bay inmates, all five men being released are considered to be a high risk to launch attacks against the United States and its allies if they were liberated.

The Miami Herald quotes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Qatar had agreed “to ensure that security measures are in place and the national security of the United States will not be compromised” by the release of the five men, all of whom had been placed on a list of terrorist suspects that the United States felt were too dangerous to release.

Palestinian Unity Government Runs into Obstacles

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Differences between Fatah and Hamas may delay the formation of a Palestinian unity government. The unity government was expected to be announced on Thursday it has been delayed to Monday.   There seems to be three major issues that Fatah and Hamas  have not agreed on.

 

The sources told the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper that one of the obstacles hindering the formation of the unity government is related to the status of the Palestinian security forces.  Hamas has rejected the idea of permitting Fatah-dominated security forces to return to the Gaza Strip, they said.

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