Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage

Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage - March 17, 2015 (New York Times)
After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage. The final approval by a majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies, known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the church’s General Assembly. The vote amends the church’s constitution to broaden marriage from being between “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”

Netanyahu tries to mend U.S.-Israel ties; White House icy in response

Netanyahu tries to mend U.S.-Israel ties; White House icy in response - March 19, 2015 (Los Angeles Times)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to walk back controversial remarks he made in the closing days of his reelection campaign, turning to two U.S. television networks to rebut charges of racism and insist he still backs a negotiated peace that would include a Palestinian state. But his words met an icy response at the White House, where Press Secretary Josh Earnest repeated that Netanyahu had walked away from previous Israeli commitments to a two-state solution for the conflict with the Palestinians.

Vladimir Putin calls for “Eurasia” currency union

Vladimir Putin calls for “Eurasia” currency union - March 20, 2015 (The Telegraph)
Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday creating a regional currency union with Belarusand Kazakhstan, Russia’s partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics.

Russian Cruise Missile Threat to U.S. Grows

Russian Cruise Missile Threat to U.S. Grows - March 20, 2015 (Free Beacon)
Russia is developing a long-range cruise missile that poses a new threat to the United States, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command warned this week.

Yemen worshipers were cursing Jews when mosque blown up

Yemen worshipers were cursing Jews when mosque blown up - March 21, 2015 (Times of Israel)
A video recording of a deadly terrorist attack at a Shiite mosque in Yemen on Friday revealed that worshipers were chanting a slew of hateful slogans just as a suicide bomber detonated himself, killing scores of people.

Peres presents George W. Bush with Friends of Zion Award

Peres presents George W. Bush with Friends of Zion Award - March 22, 2015 (The Jerusalem Post)
Former President Shimon Peres presented former President George W. Bush with the Friends of Zion Award in a ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on Saturday. Peres told Bush that it was a “great honor to present him with the prize.”

Fatah celebrates murder of 80 (sic) Israelis in most lethal Palestinian terror attack

Fatah celebrates murder of 80 (sic) Israelis in most lethal Palestinian terror attack - March 11, 2015 (Palestinian Media Watch)
Yesterday, Abbas’ Fatah party celebrated the anniversary of a bus hijacking in which Fatah terrorists murdered 37 Israeli civilians. On Facebook, Fatah posted a text glorifying the attack. A striking element of Fatah’s glorification and celebration of the attack was the decision to exaggerate the number of Israelis killed, in order to make the “operation” seem greater and more successful.

Iran’s Cruise Missile Could Strike Targets Beyond 2000 km

Iran’s Cruise Missile Could Strike Targets Beyond 2000 km - March 11, 2015 (The Jewish Voice)
On March 8, the Iranian defense ministry revealed a new strategic cruise missile—the Soumar. New for Iran, that is. Named after a city destroyed during the Iran-Iraq War, the Soumar is a reverse-engineered copy of the Soviet-made Kh-55 cruise missile. But it’s one of the longest-range weapons Iran has—and comes with a fairly sophisticated guidance system.

The state of marriage in America today, in 6 charts and maps

The state of marriage in America today, in 6 charts and maps - March 11, 2015 (The Washington Post)
While 52 percent of U.S. adults, 15 or older, have married only once, roughly 1 in 6 (17 percent) have been married twice or more, according a census report released Tuesday. Thirteen percent have been married twice, and 4 percent have been married three or more times. Here’s a look at some of the report’s key conclusions.

Police Explain Their Insistence on Enforcing Illegal Restrictions on Jewish Worshipers on Temple Mount

Police Explain Their Insistence on Enforcing Illegal Restrictions on Jewish Worshipers on Temple Mount - March 11, 2015 (The Temple Institute)
Following last week’s verdict in the case of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick vs the Jerusalem police, in which Judge Malka Aviv ruled that the police are “to ensure that Jews are able to pray on the Temple Mount, and not to act sweepingly to prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount,” and that current police practices to the contrary are illegal, many Temple Mount ascenders anticipated the immediate dawn of a new era of religious freedom upon the Temple Mount. These hopes were quickly dashed the following day, when Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount were subjected to the very same discriminatory restrictions that Judge Aviv had determined to be illegal.

Texas Pro-Life Lawmakers Cause Stir With Signs Saying, “Former Fetus”

Texas Pro-Life Lawmakers Cause Stir With Signs Saying, “Former Fetus” - March 11, 2015 (LifeNews.com)
In Texas, pro-life signs calling some state lawmakers “former fetuses” are causing controversy at the state Capitol. On March 11, Rep. Jonathan Strickland (R-Bedford) said Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) tore down his pro-life sign.

Ben Carson: Being gay is a choice, look at inmates (video)

Ben Carson: Being gay is a choice, look at inmates (video) - March 04, 2015 (YouTube)
Potential GOP presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson says being homosexual is a choice. CNN’s Chris Cuomo sits down with him in an exclusive interview.