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Christian apologist and writer Ravi Zacharias addressed 3,500 evangelicals and Mormons at the LDS Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, asking that people from the two faiths stand together to oppose "relativism" and "lost morality."

The two-day "Freedom and Friendship" event held last Friday and Saturday marked the second time that Zacharias had spoken at the Tabernacle. The apologist's first meeting occurred 10 years ago, when he became the first non-Mormon speaker in the Tabernacle in 105 years.

By Jacob Resneck | Religion News Service

ISTANBUL — Has a reclusive Turkish cleric exiled to Pennsylvania hatched a plot to bring down the government of his former ally?

That’s the narrative being peddled by the embattled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose Justice and Development Party is embroiled in a massive corruption and graft probe.

While conspiracies and plots are an integral part of Turkey’s political culture, analysts say, there is little doubt the movement spawned by Imam Fethullah Gulen is playing a key role in the turmoil racking the political elite for a month now — with no end in sight.

On Dec. 17, prosecutors directed a police raid on the houses of cabinet ministers, their families and businessmen with close ties to the government. Millions of liras — some stuffed in shoe boxes — were seized in an alleged crackdown on graft and corruption that threatens to reach the very top of Turkey’s leadership.

FROM: dennisprager.com

Last week the International Business Times reported:

“In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States ‘is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.’ Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the United States on the poll, with 8 and 6 percent, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4 percent.”

posted by Hugh Hewitt

The “Free Enterprise Friday” roundtable on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report means the always gracious but relentless Larry Kudlow focuses his panel of three guests on very specific subjects.

Larry’s table Friday included Richard Socarides, Democratic strategist and former Clinton White House official, New York City radio talker Mark Simone, and me. After Larry led us through a dissection of the brutal opening of the 2014 edition of the Obamacare follies, we all turned our collective attention to the Senate races of 2014.

MIT’s Richard Lindzen, the unalarmed climate scientist

BY ETHAN EPSTEIN / weeklystandard.com

When you first meet Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, leading climate “skeptic,” and all-around scourge of James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and sundry other climate “alarmists,” as Lindzen calls them, you may find yourself a bit surprised. If you know Lindzen only from the way his opponents characterize him—variously, a liar, a lunatic, a charlatan, a denier, a shyster, a crazy person, corrupt—you might expect a spittle-flecked, wild-eyed loon. But in person, Lindzen cuts a rather different figure. With his gray beard, thick glasses, gentle laugh, and disarmingly soft voice, he comes across as nothing short of grandfatherly. 

A nation founded by pilgrims who came here to worship the God of the Bible freely without interference and persecution from ruling elites and those opposed to Christianity's influence on the culture, has now come to the proverbial fork in the road. After years of attempting to balance traditional Americana with political correctness, those pushing the new "my way or the highway" definition of "tolerance" have decided accommodating our differences of opinion is defeat.

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