The opening scene of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts.
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Many Israel-watchers don't believe in coincidence. As they wait for President Trump to arrive, they ponder the significance of the fact that his visit is happening during the week of Jerusalem's jubilee celebrations. Fifty years ago this week Jerusalem was liberated from Jordan, which had captured it in a war of aggression 19 years earlier. Published May 22, 2017
Captain Jack Sparrow might be a household name, but despite the cultural clout, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise has gone adrift. In some ways, it's been a series of diminishing returns, and they're not done yet. As the fifth film, "Dead Men Tell No Tales," prepares to set sail Friday, it's already facing a few hurdles, including a changed blockbuster landscape, a star with a diminished profile and a six-year gap between installments.
Pope Francis and Vatican officials raised the issue of climate change with President Trump in their first meeting Wednesday at the Vatican City, along with discussions of combating terrorism and famine.
British families and communities rocked by Monday night's bombing in Manchester now face an increasingly familiar reality: dealing with the aftermath of terrorism.
British columnist Piers Morgan says the Muslim community needs to "step up the war" against radicals so potential killers can be identified before they commit atrocities like Monday night's terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.
Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday that he agrees with President Trump that Islamic leaders need to take responsibility for extremism in their faith.
The world's most powerful president and religion's most visible voice with meet for the first time Wednesday -- but not before President Trump has to cross through the Vatican wall that divided the two men, metaphorically, last year.
Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections.
In order to assist the creation of a Shia Crescent from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, the question remains: Is Iran working to thwart the creation of an independent Kurdistan? Are they working together with Syria in order to further this strategic goal? According to an Iraqi source, Iran is working to thwart the creation of an independent Kurdistan by trying to instigate a civil war among the Kurds by supporting groups opposed to Masoud Barzani. They are doing this because they perceive Kurdish autonomy in Northern Iraq to be a threat and they view the internal divisions among the Kurds to be the most effective way to destroy the dream of an independent Kurdistan for the Kurds presently are not united.
The same unconventional style that propelled Mr. Trump to the White House is leaving a singular mark on the world stage as he takes his first trip abroad as president.
Thank God President Trump has mandated that his administration restore the strength of our military -- its mission readiness, command proficiency and combat effectiveness.
Standing in the heart of the Muslim world Sunday, President Trump told leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa that it was up to them to rip out extremist Islam at its roots within their homelands.
Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony.
Perhaps a friend or family member has talked with you about probiotics? Or you may have walked by the dairy case or health food section - and you see shakes, milk, yogurt, energy bars, ice cream (along with an array of other items) with added probiotics claiming that the product will improve your overall health. But that may not necessarily be fact.
Sometimes there's a nugget of something good in the daily ration of bad news. A T-shirt printer in Lexington, Ky., one Blaine Adamson, won a state court ruling early this month that he was within his First Amendment rights to refuse to print an offensive message on T-shirts ordered by the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization for a "gay pride" parade.
Our media are inundated with stories of strife, especially from the arch of instability which reaches from the Atlas Mountains to Afghanistan. However, there are some areas where one can experience moderate and tolerant Islam, which lived for centuries in peace with Christians and Jews. Take Uzbekistan in Central Asia.
President Trump's latest executive order titled "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty," potentially ends the enforcement of the Obama administration's Health and Human Services (HHS) contraception mandate requiring all employers -- including religious institutions -- to provide health insurance that covers contraception.
My son says, "You can't take God out of me if I go the school. So they can tell me all day long not to bring God to school, but I'm taking him with me." The same thing is true with me whenever I serve in public office. Everywhere I go, I've got God right there with me. And, as Governor Jindal said, "Christians need to wake up." We don't need to be the voices that are hiding in the closet. We need to be the guys that are sitting right out front telling the good news about Jesus Christ.
The Obama Justice Department discriminated against military veterans, trying to force them to withdraw their applications for two job postings -- then canceling the postings altogether and rewriting the jobs to prevent the veterans from qualifying, a government watchdog said Wednesday.
An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further undermining the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy.
A geologist is accusing the federal government in a lawsuit of barring his research in the Grand Canyon because of his biblical beliefs, which religious liberty advocates cite as part of a growing trend of persecution against Christians who try to live their faith in public.
It takes a certain something to be a good storyteller: enthusiasm, timing and a flair for the dramatic. Performers at a children's story hour at a New York City library have all that and then some - they're drag queens.
The Trump administration announced a massive expansion Monday of the pro-life Mexico City Policy, issuing guidelines that will strip billions of dollars in aid from international groups that perform or promote abortion.
In a press conference on Saturday, Pope Francis voiced hope that he will find "open doors" in his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump later this month, saying he never judges another person's views until he hears them for himself.
Sara Walsh, a former ESPN anchor who was let go from the network last month during a massive round of layoffs, revealed on social media Sunday that she suffered a miscarriage while doing a live broadcast for "SportsCenter" several years ago.
The Trump administration has picked the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
"The Marketing of Evil" profoundly explains the tactics in continuous use by the left in their attempt to destroy God and His created order and replace them with a world where mankind is sovereign.
President Trump on Saturday told the class of 2017 at Liberty University to stay true to their ideals and remember that the United States was built on religious principles.
A special education teacher has resigned from his job at a California high school in the wake of writing a letter to the student newspaper saying the Bible says homosexuals "deserve to die."
Pro-life students are suing a Fresno State University professor who erased their sidewalk chalk messages and recruited students to do the same while claiming "college campuses are not free speech areas."
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry scolded protesters Thursday evening for frightening his children after a profane sign showed up in his front yard.
President Trump's new executive order promoting religious liberty won't help a Colorado baker who faces penalties for refusing to make a cake for the wedding of a same-sex couple.
Zach Ruff, the Philadelphia-area assistant principal who made national headlines after telling teenage activists that aborted babies are in "hell," has resigned.
Do you remember that last time you had a good, hearty laugh? Just thinking about such a time can bring a smile to our face and lift our spirits.
It's inevitable, but names tied to highly controversial figures tend to lose popularity among parents of newborns, experts say.
"Last Man Standing," the top-ranked television sitcom starring comedian Tim Allen, has been axed. And fans are now wondering: Is it 'cause Allen's a conservative? Well, here's a thought: Of course it is. Why else?
When President Trump steps out on the big stage to deliver the commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday, he will face 18,000 graduates. They portend to be a friendly, faith-minded and patriotic crowd; their graduation ensembles include a traditional gown in navy blue -- plus red, white and blue scarfs at the neck.
The Trump administration is raising alarms about the Islamic State committing genocide against Christians, a conclusion that President Obama's team reached reluctantly only last year.
D.C. Council member David Grosso, please pay attention. This column focuses on your lawmaking and appropriation wheelhouse: education.
Child pornography charges against a pair of illegal immigrants previously accused of raping a fellow student at Rockville High School have refocused attention on the problem of teen sexting.
Kordel Davis, a member of Beta Theta Pi at Penn State University, says he told his fraternity brothers to call 911 after noticing a 19-year-old pledge who had been drinking tumble down the stairs, then end up comatose on a couch.
President Donald Trump's first return to Liberty University since his campaign days will feature a "non-welcoming committee" of local liberal activists.
A drama slated for release this summer that is produced by a Christian film company is causing a stir for the movie's frequent use of expletives, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Mormon church, the largest sponsor of Boy Scouts troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling older teenagers from the organization as the religion takes a step toward developing its own global scouting-like program.
Mother's Day ain't what it used to be. (Apologies to Mom for using a word she hated.) The day set aside to obey half of the Biblical commandment to "Honor thy father and thy mother" is grounded root and branch in multi-culti faith, whose diverse goals do not always have much to do with motherhood.
In his first month in office, Donald Trump delivered on his promise to be an anti-abortion president and help stop our national shame. He reinstated the "Mexico City Policy," which bans federal funding to international groups that provide abortions.
What's better than another Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court? How about another Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court and another 10 Antonin Scalias on lower federal courts, ready to rule and move up when the time is right?
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday plowed through the first commencement address of her tenure over a noisy chorus of boos during a raucous ceremony at Bethune-Cookman University.
Health officials have surmised that the vaccine for mumps is not fully effective, explaining wide-ranging reports of the viral infection with at least three states recording more than 300 cases each since Jan. 1.
The Democratic Party's big tent has shrunk a little with the defeat of Heath Mello, whose failed bid for Omaha mayor exposed a rift in the party on abortion and the viability of the progressive wing in middle America.
Saudi Arabia is pushing back against reports that it will fund a $1 billion project to build 560 mosques in Bangladesh.
PBS Kids is out with a new, affordable plug-and-play device stocked with ad-free, kid-friendly shows and games, Engadget is reporting.
The University of Arizona is paying students $10 per hour to be "Social Justice Advocates" on campus, reported Campus Reform.
People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder who take their medication decrease their risk for motor vehicle crashes, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Brothers Noah, Sumner and Cole Ogrydziak entered West Point's grueling world of 6:30 a.m. reveille, 60-pound packs and rigorous course loads on the same day four years ago. The three cadets are now preparing to fling their caps together at graduation this month, marking a rare fraternal trifecta at this storied academy.
Kentucky could become the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic — if a judge sides with the government in a case that's set to define how far states can go in putting restrictions on the constitutional right to an abortion.
A Canadian elementary school has canceled its Mother's Day and Father's Day events in the name of diversity and inclusivity.
Lankford said, "I'm talking about the ability for a pastor to be able to speak without worrying that there's an IRS agent in the back monitoring their speech. That's not the role of the IRS--and a pastor...shouldn't have the government monitoring their speech."
Indonesian court sentences minority Christian governor of Jakarta to 2 years in prison for blasphemy.
A professor is resigning from the Duke Divinity School after colleagues and administrators tried to punish him for publicly criticizing a "training" program espousing a liberal view of racism.
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In his compelling new book, "The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels," David Limbaugh challenges us to examine Christianity's central figure through the words of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- the men who wrote the first four books of the New Testament.
Sex and gender are serious subjects, but academics, pundits and the pop media have so stretched their meanings to use as weapons of political persuasion that the words sometimes don't mean very much. Communication becomes confusion and distraction.
Bill Clinton famously said he didn't like abortion, and only wanted to make it "safe, legal and rare." The abortion lobby picked it up as a nice slogan, and used it often. But that was then and this is now. The abortion lobby is proposing now in Hawaii that "pro-life counselors" be required to recruit young women for abortions.
In today's highly competitive and busy world, kids can easily believe their value comes from what they do versus who they are.
Time to shed light on the father-son talk, although not the one you might imagine.
On Feb. 2, at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump said, "My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty."
We've all been there -- in those dark times when hope is hard to find.
If talk is cheap, political-speak is even cheaper, and campaign talk is the cheapest of all.
There are many books that parents will tire of, or not be able to discuss with their children, But here are 20 books both you and your child will enjoy.
While driving near campus the other day, I noticed a student who was obviously visually impaired. I could tell he was panicked as he continued to walk in the same circle over again, unable to get his bearings and figure out where he was.
Like all previous presidents in my lifetime, President Trump ran against "Washington" and not incidentally, against the elites. This approach is Campaign Strategy 101 for all first-term candidates who had not been vice president first.
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Pro-life pregnancy centers are asking the Supreme Court to strike down a California law requiring clinics to refer patients for state-funded abortions.
They sat on either end of the congressmen's couch, one a Jewish healthcare executive whose parents fled Germany in 1936, the other the Kashmiri Muslim chairman of a well-known American furniture chain. The men, Stanley Bergman and Farooq Kathwari, came to draw attention to an outbreak of hate crimes. But Bergman and Kathwari hoped their joint appearance would also send a broader message: that U.S. Jews and Muslims could put aside differences and work together.
The Supreme Court is returning a transgender teen's case to a lower court without reaching a decision.
Responding to reports that President Trump will reverse the Obama administration's rule on transgender bathrooms for students, the White House said Tuesday that Mr. Trump views it as a "states' rights" matter.
Per Chance to Dream. If dreams, as Freud noted, are the primary pathways to the subconscious, a dream-worthy travel bucket list is a good way to start the journey of fulfillment in becoming a whole and knowing person. A great plan for 2017 might be to get a start on that lofty aim with these amazing travel concepts that will take you to the bottom of Argentina to the eerie night skies of Lapland.
America's most iconic author, Mark Twain, once observed that "it ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." And in the United States, our secular academic elite has taught two generations of Americans to know a lot of things for sure that fall into that latter category -- they just aren't so.
Few can forget the media furor over Caitlyn Jenner's cover story in Vanity Fair.