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DNC Day One: Hillary's Road - Matthew Bunson
Day One of the Democratic National Convention began with unexpected turbulence. What had been a smooth process of nominating Hillary Clinton as the Democrats’ presidential candidate was sideswiped by the leak over the weekend of 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails on Wikileaks. The leak led to the resignation of DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz and sparked new fury by the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders that the Democratic primary had been possibly unduly influenced by collusion between the Clinton campaign and the leadership of the party. (click to read more)
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France: Church where priest was beheaded was on jihadi hit list of Catholic churches - Robert Spencer
“The building was one of a number of Catholic churches on a terrorist ‘hit list’ found on a suspected ISIS extremist last April.” So we have a church that was on a jihad hit list and a jihad killer who was monitored by police, and still this happened. Why weren’t there guards at the church? Because authorities probably didn’t take the hit list seriously, or are so overwhelmed by the magnitude of the threat that they can’t place guards at every location that is threatened. (click to read more)
France: Muslims who beheaded priest were screaming “Allahu akbar” - Robert Spencer
“Allahu akbar” is such a constant of jihad attacks that every time it is shouted, it is bearing witness not only to the fact that the murder in question is being committed in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings, but also to the fact that Western authorities are resolute in their refusal to acknowledge the motivating ideology of the enemy, and thus are abjectly ill-equipped to deal with it adequately. (click to read more)
Gunmen storm hotel in Mogadishu; 15 killed, police say - Omar Nor and Ray Sanchez
Gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday after detonating a car filled with explosives at the hotel gate -- an attack that has left at least 15 people dead and 25 others injured, police said. (click to read more)
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ISIS rocketed onto the world stage seemingly out of nowhere, beheading American hostages, bulldozing international borders, routing the American-trained Iraqi Army, and carving out a new state that rules eight million people. Now, after the shocking San Bernardino and Paris attacks, it has become devastatingly clear that no one is safe from the threat of ISIS. The group has managed to radicalize and recruit Muslims all over the world and is staging an all-out "holy war" against the West, while U.S. leaders remain stumped. In The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS, New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals the terrifying inner workings of the Islamic State—its successful recruitment program, how it is financing its expansion, and the ideology that is driving its success. As Spencer explains, the Islamic State has taken the first steps on the path to becoming a serious world power—steps that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda dreamed of but were afraid to take. The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS is your one-stop easy reference for all you need to know about ISIS—including how "infidels" can stop its reign of terror. (learn more)
Shane contributes articles to Catholic Exchange and Catholic Lane and is a frequent guest on EWTN and Relevant Radio. He was recently featured on EWTN Television's "The Journey Home." He vehemently maintains however, that his "best gig" is being the father of two.
Bishop Quinn holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; a Master of Divinity from St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth; a Masters in religious studies and Masters in systematic theology from the University of Detroit/Mercy. He has also done graduate work in religious studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Kathryn Jean Lopez is the former editor and current editor-at-large of the widely read and cited daily webzine, National Review Online, where she has written and edited for more than a decade. She is also a Senior Fellow at the National Review Institute. An award-winning opinion journalist who has been praised for her “editorial daring,” Lopez is also a nationally syndicated columnist with United Media’s Newspaper Enterprise Association. She writes frequently for a variety of Catholic publications, including Our Sunday Visitor.
Dr. Joseph White converted to the Catholic Faith while in graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University and later studied Catholic Theology at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He has served as a parish Director of Faith for two years, and then worked for seven years as Director of Family Counseling and Family Life for the Diocese of Austin, Texas. He now works as a writer, editor and consultant to Catholic Publisher, Our Sunday Visitor and is in part-time practice as a clinical child psychologist. Dr. White and his wife Ana also frequently do missionary and relief work in Panama and other locations, such as Mexico and Cambodia.