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Illustration on the importance of the Holy Bible by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Museum of the Bible is more than just a museum

By Cal Thomas

The Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, D.C., last weekend, and not a moment too soon for a city (and nation) plagued by scandal. Published November 20, 2017

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Volunteers tie the wooden cross that was carried through the streets of Etna, Pa., a Pittsburgh suburb, to the larger cross in the cemetery where their annual "Drama of The Cross", service was done on Good Friday, Friday, April 18, 2014. Clergymen from Christian churches in the borough organize a trek with volunteers carrying the wooden cross through borough streets to the cemetery as part of their services for the holiday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

America on fire, as love for God cools

- The Washington Times

America was built on Judeo-Christian principles, steered into existence by Founding Fathers who believed -- yes, even the less religious ones -- that this republic could not survive absent a moral, virtuous people. My, how wise the founders. That was then. This is now: Roy Moore. Al Franken.

Rebecca Hagelin

The Miracle that is you

Dear beloved grandchild, you are a squirmy one! My daughter giggled at my squeals of joy from feeling you softly "dance" inside her.

Illustration on the deadly history of socialism/communism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Socialism's predictable outcomes

Despite several horrifying current examples of nations in the grip of socialism, many of America's millennials are happily skipping down the socialist Yellow Brick Road toward an Oz that could never be.

Illustration on worldly society and the debasement of the gospel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The corruption of faith

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Mr. Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the corruption of American evangelicalism.

This image released by Lionsgate shows Jacob Tremblay, left, and Julia Roberts in a scene from "Wonder." (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)

Small 'Wonder': Book's writer and film's director discuss the perils of peer pressure

- The Washington Times

One day author R.J. Palacio sat outside a New York ice cream parlor with her son when a young girl sat down beside her. However, unlike other girls her age, this one had pronounced facial scars and deformities. Her manuscript, "Wonder," was published in 2012, and followed a fictional boy named Auggie who, due to a difficult birth, bears many of the deformities Ms. Palacio observed on that mysterious New York youngster years earlier. Fearful of venturing out in the open world, Auggie maintains a healthy fantasy life, and ventures outside only under cover of an astronaut's helmet gifted by his father.

Time for 21st century spiritual creativity

America has always been a spiritually creative country. From the insights of the Founding Fathers to the various historical periods of "great awakenings," America has been a startup nation for repackaging the spiritual impulse.

Faith film 'Genesis: Paradise Lost' shows creation story in 3-D

Proponents of biblical creationism are banking on a new faith-based documentary to help bring awareness to their beliefs, which they say public schools and most of the media have largely tossed aside. "Genesis: Paradise Lost," the nation's first 3-D faith-based film, uses computer animation interwoven with commentary from top creationists to depict the Bible's account of the origins of Earth and its various life forms.

This combination photo shows, top row from left, film producer Harvey Weinstein, former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price, director James Toback, New Orleans chef John Besh, middle row from left, fashion photographer Terry Richardson, New Republic contributing editor Leon Wiseltier, former NBC News political commentator Mark Halperin, former Defy Media executive Andy Signore, and bottom row from left, filmmaker Brett Ratner, actor Kevin Spacey, actor Jeremy Piven and actor Dustin Hoffman. In the weeks since the string of allegations against Weinstein first began, an ongoing domino effect has tumbled through not just Hollywood but at least a dozen other industries. (AP Photos/File)

'Sex Scandal' (Part One)

America is in the midst of a huge, sordid sex scandal. As horrific as it is to have so much alleged sexual harassment and abuse coming to light, worse still is the reality that we should not be surprised.

Illustration on William Carey    The Washington Times

When Reformers traveled to India, China and Korea

In the U.S. and Europe, churches dedicated entire services and sermon series to the subject, tracing their theological history back to Oct. 31, 1517, Reformation Day. In Germany, where the date was declared a national holiday, more than 2 million people from across the world pilgrimaged to Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation, to breathe the air of the historic occasion.

In this Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 photo, good samaritans of the town of Isabela make a circle of prayer with the residents of Rio Abajo in Utuado as recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria continue in Puerto Rico. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The power of charity over government

- The Washington Times

TJX Companies, Inc., the corporate owners of Marshalls, T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, announced just recently that even though its shops' doors have been closed for more than six weeks in hurricane-plagued Puerto Rico, all its employees will still be paid. This is how America rolls.

Director General Emeritus of the Intenational atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei talks to reporters during a break of a conference on nuclear disarmament, at the Vatican, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The Vatican hosted Nobel laureates, U.N. and NATO officials and a handful of nuclear powers at a conference aimed at galvanizing support for a global shift from the Cold War era policy of nuclear deterrence to one of total nuclear disarmament.(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini3

Pope: Nuclear deterrence a false sense of security

- Associated Press

Pope Francis warned Friday that international relations can no longer be "held captive" by fear-based nuclear deterrence policies and urged government leaders to instead pursue an admittedly utopian future of a world free of atomic weapons.

Barbara Solano, center, places flowers at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than two dozen and injuring others. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Texas town feels helpless after church shooting

- Associated Press

Volunteers donated blood at a community hall and others stocked the refrigerator and laid out loaves of bread at a food pantry as the stunned community of Sutherland Springs struggled to recover from the shooting at a Baptist church that left more than two dozen dead.

A woman kneels in prayer at a makeshift memorial for the First Baptist Church shooting victims Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than two dozen and injuring others. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mocking prayer after the massacre

We learn a lot about ourselves and others in the midst of a crisis. Hollywood and liberals had no problem revealing themselves for what they are (again) in the aftermath of the horror of the Texas church massacre. Liberals, these worshippers of failed big government, decided to condemn people of faith by mocking those who prayed on a day when 26 Christians were murdered.

A woman walks past a poster warning against foreign spies displayed in an alleyway in Beijing, China, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. China is marking National Security Education Day with the poster warning young female government workers about dating handsome foreigners, who could turn out to have secret agendas. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China's new video urges children to spy, snitch on parents

In an effort which would make Mao and Stalin proud, China is getting families into the spying game. To celebrate its first National Security Education Day on Nov. 10th, the communist government is launching a ten-minute video for children explaining how to tell if someone in your family is working for a foreign government.

Military service members stand on the field near the end zone before an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Seattle. Sunday was the Seahawks' annual NFL football Salute to Service game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Veterans of Righteousness

Veterans Day has always held a special place in my heart, partly because ours is a military family.

Sam Ferris washes away a swastika, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 at Sholom Drive and Northwest Military Highway in San Antonio, that was spray painted on an electrical box. (/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Anti-Semitic incidents up 67 percent over 2016: ADL

- The Washington Times

A surge in anti-Semitic incidents reported within the U.S. during the first nine months of 2017 suggests an increase of about 67 percent over the same period last year with respect to assaults, vandalism and other attacks targeting Jewish institutions, the Anti-Defamation League said in its Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents released Thursday.

Heavily armed police guard as revelers march during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. New York City's always-surreal Halloween parade marched on Tuesday evening under the shadow of real fear, hours after a truck attack killed several people on a busy city bike path in what authorities called an act of terror. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Muslims to soon beat out Jews in U.S. population

- The Washington Times

There are about 3.35 million Muslims in the United States right now, according to recent Pew Research Center's Factank figures. But by 2050, that particular population is projected to grow -- from about 1 percent of the U.S. population to about 2.1 percent. If it does, that means America will be home to more Muslims than Jews. Just something to think about, post New York City terror attack -- a terror attack that we now know was committed by a radicalized Muslim who professed allegiance to ISIS.

This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey in a scene from "House Of Cards." Netflix says it's suspending production on "House of Cards" following harassment allegations against Spacey.  (David Giesbrecht/Netflix via AP)

Another Hollywood case of 'everyone knows'

The Hollywood/Media volcano is still spewing out its garbage. First, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, then newsman wunderkind Mark Halperin, and now the thespian's thespian Kevin Spacey face a spotlight even they don't like. Three men from industries that control our culture, bullies and lecturers all, allegedly grabbing and groping whatever vulnerable woman, man or child might have the bad luck of catching their eye.

In this Dec. 9, 2015 photo, Walter Williams places his donation in a kettle next to Harold Pierce at a Publix store in Jacksonville, Fla. Pierce is among the top fundraisers for the regional Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas campaign. At right is bell ringer Wilfred Jones. (Bruce Lipsky/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Religious people more likely to give to charity, study shows

- The Washington Times

Newly released data from the Philanthropy Panel Study, an ongoing project at the University of Indiana's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy that tracks U.S. household giving, find that religiously affiliated people are more likely to make charitable donations than those who do not identify with a faith tradition.

From The Vault

Three Prayers for The Sake of North Korea

Oh Father of all Creation, through your Holy Spirit and its wisdom, please grant us the words and actions needed to resolve the most dangerous conflict on Earth. As a nation, we pray for peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula. Let your Holy Spirit change the heart, mind, soul and spirit of the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, so he will realize that all of Korea needs peace and prosperity — not war and destruction.

The human rights holocaust of North Korea

It should come as no surprise that North Korea is threatening parts of the United States with annihilation. For decades, the North Korean regime has been systematically annihilating segments of its own population. More specifically, the North Korean regime has been engaged for decades in the supreme human rights offense of genocide — the deliberate attempt to exterminate entire racial, ethnic or religious groups.

In this picture taken Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, an exterior view shows the facade of the former St. George church, physical reminder of the Little Syria neighborhood, that now serves as bar in Lower Manhattan, New York. Little Syria was a neighborhood that existed between the 1880s and 1940s in Lower Manhattan and was composed of Arab-Americans, both Christians and Muslims, who arrived from what is now Syria and surrounding countries. Little Syria was a paradise and a poor slum, a way station and long-term destination. Its merchants introduced Middle Eastern food to many in the West. Its authors, poets and journalists told stories that bridged the cultures. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Millennials find unity, strength in Christ

This past week, our Florida barrier island home was invaded by 10 "twenty somethings." I say "invaded" because their laughter, energy and noise gloriously shattered my solitude. But they were actually invited, mostly because of the joyful noise they make.

A fighter of Christian Syriac militia that battles the Islamic State group under the banner of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, burns an IS flag on the front line on the western side of Raqqa, northeast Syria, Monday, July 17, 2017. U.S.-backed Syrian fighters fought Islamic State militants in the heart of Raqqa, the extremists' self-styled capital, as scores of civilians fled areas controlled by the group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

ISIS guilty of 'genocide' against Christians, religious minorities: U.S. report

- The Washington Times

The jihadist terror group Islamic State is engaged in a policy of genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the areas it controls in the Middle East, according the State Department's latest annual assessment of the state of religious freedom around the world.

A Haitian boy holds onto his father as they approach an illegally crossing point, staffed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, from Champlain, N.Y., to Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Seven days a week, 24-hours a day people from across the globe are arriving at the end of a New York backroad so they can walk across a ditch into Canada knowing they will be instantly arrested, but with the hope the Canadian government will be kinder to them than the United States. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The hidden expense of fatherless families

Several years ago, my youngest son and I began a regular practice of packing several backpacks with packaged food, toiletries and small Bibles, and heading to downtown Washington, D.C. to pass them out to the homeless. Most of the people we met were men, and soon I discovered something that truly surprised me.

Yezidi girls. (Photo Credit:  Kurdistan Iraq Tours LLC/Tour Guide.)

Kurdistan: A proven sanctuary and 'safe haven' for refugees

The people and regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan have long played a vital role in protecting Christians, Yazidis and all religious minorities. Muslims and non-Muslims alike are free to practice their religion openly in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The threatened future of Christianity in Iraq

I write on behalf of the remaining Christians of Northern Iraq, a threatened and persecuted population, which looks warily to the coming years.