U.S. Recognizes Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

December 6, 2017 | Posted in Current Events | By

Today President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Below is a statement from our friends at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) about this historic event:

Today is a historic day for the U.S.-Israel relationship. For the first time, the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

AIPAC has always supported American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital city, and we commend President Trump’s momentous announcement and decision to initiate relocating the U.S. embassy there.

This recognition is a long-overdue step to implement U.S. law. The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 declared that Jerusalem “should remain an undivided city,” and “the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem.” AIPAC strongly supported passage of that act, which Congress overwhelmingly adopted on a bipartisan basis.

Importantly, relocating the embassy to Jerusalem does not in any way prejudge the outcome of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, to include establishing two states for two peoples and resolving Palestinian claims to the eastern portion of the city and the disposition of holy places. Rather, this announcement acknowledges that Jerusalem will continue to be Israel’s capital as part of any conceivable final status agreement.

The Jewish people have maintained a constant presence in Jerusalem, their holiest city, for more than 3,000 years. Israel declared the city its capital following its reestablishment in 1948. When the United States ultimately relocates its embassy to Jerusalem, it will treat Israel as it does every other country with which we have diplomatic relations.

Today’s action by President Trump is an important, historic step for which we are grateful. We urge the president to quickly relocate our embassy to Israel’s capital.

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Witchcraft as Cheap Spirituality

November 21, 2017 | Posted in Current Events | By

Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview have released a commentary on the growing interest in the occult among Millennials.

John Stonestreet writes,

The owner of one so-called “metaphysical boutique” in New York says business has never been better. Her occult accessories fly off shelves and into the apartments of educated, urban young people. For those who want to go even deeper, her establishment offers workshops like “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and “Spirit Séance.” . . . .

All told, practices like astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-cards, etc., generate a staggering $2 billion annually.

So what do we make of this exodus from organized religion and into the arms of new expressions of old paganism? Well, for one thing, it shows young people have no idea what they’re actually buying into. As my colleague, Roberto Rivera, wrote at BreakPoint.org, witchcraft and occult spirituality has been marketed the last few decades as sanitized, consumer-friendly versions of the real thing. Sorcery and star signs may be in vogue now, but one need only look at the preserved bodies of human sacrifices from Iron-Age Europe to know what sort of world this worldview creates.

You can read the entire commentary here or listen to it below.

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State Taking Comments on Speed Limit Increase

November 1, 2017 | Posted in Current Events | By

Earlier this year the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 1097 authorizing the state Highway Commission to increase the speed limits on some of Arkansas’ highways.

According to the act, speeds on Interstate highways could be increased to 75 miles per hour; speed limits on state highways could be increased from 60 to 65 miles per hour.

Family Council does not have a position on highway speed limits, but we want to make sure our friends are aware the Department of Transportation is taking public comments on this issue.

If you would like to weigh in on whether or not speed limits ought to be increased, you can submit your thoughts to the State here.

You can read Act 1097 of 2017 here.