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Why This Millennial Left College Behind to Pursue Kindness Full Time

Alex Radelich as a student at Purdue University. ( Alex Radelich )

The late Margaret Thatcher once said, “One’s life must matter.”

She underscored the importance of her statement when she said it to her husband, Denis, who had just proposed marriage to her in the early 1950’s.

Thatcher had made it very clear that the last thing she wanted to become was an arm ornament or a professional dish washer. It was as though she knew she was destined for something greater.

You could almost call it an inspired moment for Thatcher. It was an inner proclamation that would lead her to leave a significant legacy.

Sometimes inspired moments occur when we least expect them.

Late one night at Purdue University, freshman Alex Radelich of Indiana, was sitting silent in his dorm room watching the movie “Evan Almighty” on TV.

Alex Radelich as a student at Purdue University. ( Alex Radelich )

During the film, God, played by Morgan Freeman, says to Evan: “You want to know how to change the world, son? One act of random kindness at a time.”

That single on-screen exchange stirred something deep within Radelich.

“I felt an explosion of energy,” he told me. “I knew [that] is what I needed to be doing.”

After some detailed self-reflection, Radelich, now 22, knew that if he was going to be effective in changing the world for the better he would have to commit himself to his newfound purpose full-time.

It was then that he took a leap of faith and dropped out of college.

Since that night, Radelich has tirelessly poured himself into developing his cause for good that would take on the name of ARK Project Now (ARK stands for Acts of Random Kindness).

Along with three of his childhood buddies, Radelich didn’t waste any time, having executed thousands of acts of kindness in their community and neighboring cities during their first year of operation.

One time they surprised students at a university with flowers and candy as they roamed between classes. On a different occassion they took to the streets and provided meals to the homeless. But no matter what type of kindness they performed, the guys never left an encounter without first having presented their ARK card, encouraging those they’ve touched to pay it forward to others.

“We’re trying to create a kindness epidemic,” Radelich told me.

Childhood friends Alex Radelich, Dalton Lemert, Jacob and Teddy Thatcher perform an act of random kindness for a family by purchasing their back to school supplies as part of ARK Project Now. (Alex Radelich , ARK Project Now)

But ARK’s mission really hit the gas when the team was gifted the keys to a brand new RV, courtesy of a community dealership in their home state of Indiana.

The new wheels allowed Radelich and his boys to take their show on the road where they would reach a broader audience. Along the way they receieved grants from companies like KIND Foods and generous donations from supporters which provided ARK the resources to have spent the last two summers crisscrossing the country.

While on tour in Florida the guys took an entire Boys and Girls Club, full of at-risk youths, to Walt Disney World.

“They’d never been and it allowed us all to be kids that day,” Radelich fondly recalled.

Having arrived in Baltimore, Maryland just a few weeks after the highly publicized riots, ARK rented an ice cream truck and drove it to into the heart of the city. The team then invited local police to help pass out the free treats.

Free ice cream is passed out to children as an act of random kindness by ARK Project Now co-founder Alex Radelich.  (Alex Radelich, ARK Project Now) Free ice cream is passed out to children as an act of random kindness by ARK Project Now co-founder Alex Radelich. (Alex Radelich, ARK Project Now)

The ARK boys weren’t the only ones who had performed kind acts during their journey. Radelich said at one point a man and his friends saw the ARK RV in a Target parking lot in Savannah, Georgia, and later reached out online and invited them to his house for a barbecue.

After having spent 10 weeks on the road and putting 10,000 miles behind them, the guys brought their 2015 road trip to an uplifting close in Louisville, Kentucky. It was there where they had joined forces with Yum! Foods and threw a senior citizen prom at a local community center.

The prom brought more than 50 seniors from around Louisville together to enjoy a party in their honor.

The extraordinary efforts of Radelich and his team have been recognized by dozens of national media outlets and personalities.

Most recently, the members of ARK Project Now have embarked on a college tour to share some of their illuminating experiences with the hope that students will join them in their acts of random kindness campaign to “just do one.”

Asking whether Radelich regretted his decision of leaving college three years ago, he told me: “Absolutely not. This is what I am supposed to be doing. This is where I am supposed to be.”

One’s life must matter. Alex Radelich is a modern example of how to make it so.

You can learn more about ARK Project Now here.

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Chelsea Clinton Reportedly Reveals the Sunday School ‘Lesson’ That Led Her to Leave the Baptist Church: ‘That’s a True Story’

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton huddles with former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea at her New Hampshire presidential primary campaign rally, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Chelsea Clinton reportedly defended her family’s Christian faith at a recent fundraiser and revealed why she left the Baptist church, citing confusion over why a Sunday school lesson that she attended when she was just 6 years old purportedly included a discussion about abortion.

“I find it quite insulting sometimes when people say to my mom, my dad or me … that they question our faith,” Clinton reportedly said. “I was raised in a Methodist church and I left the Baptist church before my dad did, because I didn’t know why they were talking to me about abortion when I was 6 in Sunday school — that’s a true story.”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton huddles with former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea at her New Hampshire presidential primary campaign rally, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

She apparently went on to call her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, “very deeply a person of faith” — a religious devotion that Chelsea Clinton described as entirely “authentic.”

“It is deeply authentic and real for my mother, and it guides so much of her moral compass, but also her life’s work,” she reportedly said.

These purported quotes came from an unnamed Democratic donor who attended the fundraiser where Clinton spoke and subsequently shared notes from the event with a Page Six reporter.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04:  Chelsea Clinton speaks at The Clinton Global Initiative Winter Meeting at Sheraton New York Times Square on February 4, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images) Chelsea Clinton speaks at The Clinton Global Initiative Winter Meeting at Sheraton New York Times Square on February 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

As TheBlaze previously reported, Hillary Clinton has been more open about her Methodist faith of late, explaining some of her beliefs during a campaign every in Iowa last month.

“My study of the Bible, my many conversations with people of faith, has led me to believe the most important commandment is to love the Lord with all your might and to love your neighbor as yourself, and that is what I think we are commanded by Christ to do,” she said. “And there is so much more in the Bible about taking care of the poor, visiting the prisoners, taking in the stranger, creating opportunities for others to be lifted up, to find faith themselves that I think there are many different ways of exercising your faith.”

(H/T: Page Six via Daily Mail)

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Report: Fiery Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan Is Heading to Iran

File photo of Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan will reportedly speak at a rally in Iran on Thursday — a ceremony that will mark 37 years since the Islamic Revolution unfolded, according to Fox News.

Farrakhan, 82, is known for his oft-times contentious remarks about Jews, the U.S. and a plethora of other sociopolitical subjects. He will reportedly speak alongside Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at the event, where a new drone is being put on public display.

The event as well as Farrakhan’s purported participation were reported this week by Tasnim News Agency, a private media outlet in the Iran. The news agency said that Farrakhan will be considered “a special guest” and that a new drone will be unveiled.

File photo of Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

In addition to the drone, which is called “Shahed,” a ballistic missile and satellite carrier will also reportedly be publicly shown, with the outlet reporting that 450 foreign guests from 28 countries are expected to be in attendance.

As TheBlaze has extensively documented, Farrakhan has a long history of controversial commentary. Most recently, he called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration hesitations “wise,” but warned in a separate interview that, “If Donald Trump becomes president, he will take America into the abyss of hell.”

Farrakhan also lashed out at media outlets last summer, saying that they “terribly missed the mark” when covering a speech he delivered in July 2015 during which he called for black Americans to “rise up” and “kill those who kill us” if the government fails to “intercede.”

Louis Farrakhan. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

“I never said kill all white people! Those are not my words. Those are the words of the mischief-makers,” Farrakhan said during a subsequent speech in Memphis, Tennessee, on August 20. “If you’re going to quote me, then quote me! But when you add your evil mischief-making to my words to make white people think that I’m calling on black people to kill white people to start a race war, then you’re nothing but a lying devil!”

He continued, “They’re saying these things to frighten white people and silly black people.”

Farrakhan said that both the Bible and the Koran contain a “law of retaliation in matters of the slain.” The Nation of Islam leader also said that it is essential for police and prosecutors to properly and fairly do their jobs.

As for the trip to Iran, it’s likely that questions will arise surrounding the Islamic country’s anti-Israel stance and Farrakhan’s past claims about Jews; last year, Farrakhan said in an interview that the Jews are the “most powerful” group.

“Who owns America, who runs America that everybody has to pass by Farrakhan for the litmus test? You have a small population of Jewish people in America, but they’re the most powerful,” he said. “Nobody can deny their influence, their power, their money.”

(H/T: Fox News)

He Was a ‘Full-Blown Drug Addict’ and a ‘Borderline Atheist.’ But One Night Changed Everything.

Christian speaker Kegan Wesley was once a “full-blown drug addict” and a “borderline atheist” until he attended a Christian concert one night and heard a message that changed everything.

Wesley, who now travels around the country to share the Christian gospel, recalled being someone who simply didn’t hold a belief in God when he attended the concert one fateful night, but it was something about the message that he heard that truly resonated.

“I went to the altar that night not knowing what to do or what to say or what to pray, and I asked Jesus into my life,” Wesley said during an interview with CBN’s “The 700 Club.” “It was an unforgettable experience for me.”

Watch him discuss becoming a Christian below:

Wesley also shared how he overcame drug addiction and — as someone who once lived a gay lifestyle but says that he no longer does — gave advice during about how Christians should handle relationships with gays and lesbians, advocating that the issue be approached with love.

Speaking of his own experience, Wesley said that he “grew up as a confused child” and shared details about a horrific incident during which he was raped and molested by a number of men while attending a birthday party in the fourth grade.

He said that he later found himself alone and confounded, spending years in silence about what had unfolded.

“I didn’t know where to go or who to go to, and if I went to somebody, what was I going to tell them?” he said. “And I also didn’t know if they would believe me … so I hid it in my heart.”

Watch Wesley address these issues in a video that was posted to YouTube in 2012:

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After finding Jesus, though, Wesley said that everything changed.

“It was like, in a moment God’s love hit my life,” he said.

While he said that temptation still comes, he is committed Christian who wants to be “more like Jesus.”

“I fell so in love with him and out of love with the life I was living,” he said, expressing the same hope that others will find Jesus as well.

Hey, Vatican City: Why So Much Gold And So Few Refugees?

A police officer, right, advise refugees to follow him after they were pulled out of a train by German Federal Police at the train station of the south German border town Passau, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

In the next week or so, the Council of the European Union will meet to discuss how well its ongoing commitment to provide for the millions of Middle Eastern, Asian and African adult males and other migrants fleeing the likes of Syria has been going.

But let’s just cut to the chase. The bureaucrats in charge are going to conclude A) the European Union needs to do more and B) the United States needs to do more. What’s not going to be determined, however, is the need for any sort of first-person attachment to those conclusions.

Germany’s Angela Merkel may double down on her national embrace of the migrants, rapists and all. But she is never going to open her massively spacious Bundeskanzleramt-based apartment to taking in a few of these refugees herself.

A police officer, right, advise refugees to follow him after they were pulled out of a train by German Federal Police at the train station of the south German border town Passau, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Nope. That Price is Right “come on down” attitude has a boundary – and it weaves nicely along the border of Not In My Yard.

Politicians being politicians, nobody’s really surprised at their hypocrisy. Where it really nags, however, is in the religious realm. And where it’s really personified is in this continuing migrant crisis is in the pope, his church, and Vatican City.

Migrants are our brothers and sisters, in search of better lives, Pope Francis told the world, during a January address on Vatican Radio.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” he told the United States, during a September 2015 address on Capitol Hill.

“Behind these statistics are people, each of them with a name, a face, a story, an inalienable dignity which is theirs as a child of God,” he said in a November 2015 speech from Vatican City marking the 35th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service, just days after a series of terror attacks rocked Paris and threatened to slow the flow of migrants into the area.

Noticeably absent during these speeches?

Faces and photographs of the dozens of refugee families welcomed into Vatican City, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and the home of the pope. The sovereign city-state sits on a 100-acre parcel of well-guarded, partly walled land by the Tiber River, and is home to some of the world’s most notable treasures, from art work to gold, as well as to the highly secretive – and highly profitable – Vatican Bank with untold amounts of assets and investments. Plenty of money to spend on provisions for these children of God, it would seem.

The world saw a glimmer of goodwill from the cloistered city when the pontiff, in a widely reported September 2015 address, called on every parish, monastery and religious community in Europe to take in a refugee family or two – and backed that call by vowing to house two such families in the Vatican. But weeks later, and the segregated city had only found one family worthy of welcome – and curiously enough, given the high Muslim population of the refugees, a Christian family belonging to the Melkite Catholic Church, at that. Within months, many of the Catholic Churches called by Pope Francis to do their moral duty and open doors to refugees abandoned the idea in seemingly similar fashion.

(AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano, ho)

One can imagine the cry of the migrant standing outside one of the five armed-guarded doors that keep Vatican City secure: “Father, got a spare coin?”

It’s bad enough listening to politicians prattle on from tax-paid venues about the need to provide for the world’s suffering, before being escorted by armed officers to their chauffeured vehicles and dropped within the gates of their high-security homes. But having a religious leader wag moral fingers at the rest of us, from behind gilded screens and amid some of the world’s most precious of metals and treasures – from behind walls that protect this wealth from the riffraff of society – is just too much. It’s unChristian, and it’s everything people hate about organized religion. But Jesus said it best, speaking to the money-lovers of the time: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!”

Cheryl Chumley, a writer for WND.com and former news writer for The Washington Times, is also the author of “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare Is Becoming Our Reality.” She may be reached at ckchumley@aol.com or through her blog, cherylchumley.blogspot.com, or at Twitter @ckchumley.

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‘The View’ Co-Host Candace Cameron Bure Breaks Down ‘What’s Wrong With Feminism’

Actress and “The View” co-host Candace Cameron Bure appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning, where she commented on the 2016 presidential race and discussed what she believes is “wrong with feminism.”

Bure pushed back against former secretary of state Madeleine Albright’s recent comment that, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other” — a reference that some took as an effort to shame women into supporting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

The actress, who prefaced her comments by stating that no one should be joking about hell, took specific issue with Albright’s proclamation.

“There’s so many women that are not pro-choice, that are pro-life,” Bure said. “To say that they’re not feminists, that they’re anti-women if they’re not supporting other women, that’s, to me, what’s wrong with feminism.”

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She continued, “That is a turn-off for me as a woman.”

The actress also said that she hasn’t yet chosen a presidential candidate, but is looking for someone “who’s going to put America back in the hands of the people and not so much the government.”

Bure is also set to star in a “Full House” reboot that is set to release on Feb. 26 on Netflix.

Why This Pro-Life Group Is Sending ‘Love Letters’ to Abortion Clinic Workers

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A pro-life group has announced that they will encourage workers in the abortion industry to leave their jobs by writing them love letters.

Pro-life activists and volunteers with the “Love One Out, Love Won Out” campaign launched by And Then There Were None will send flowers and love letters to abortion clinic employees that read, “We love you, and you are too good to be working in an abortion clinic. We love you enough to help you quit. Healing is possible.”

And Then There Were None provides financial and emotional support to individuals who leave their jobs in the abortion industry.

Photo credit: Shutterstock

Abby Johnson, founder and president of And Then There Were None, said that love is the key to getting abortion clinic workers to leave the industry.

“As a former abortion clinic worker, I remember wanting to leave the industry but wondered how it would be perceived,” Johnson said. “Would someone love me enough to help me get out? I knew that I deserved better, and when I left the abortion industry, I wanted to help other workers leave as well, which is why I started ATTWN.”

Johnson, a former clinic director at a Texas Planned Parenthood, was the organization’s employee of the year in 2008 before she became pro-life. Her former affiliate was featured in undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress.

“Love always wins, and what we’re finding here at ATTWN is that this message of pro-life being pro-love is helping the pro-life movement to reach a different group of people,” she added. “This group — clinic workers — are changing the narrative in the pro-life movement through a message of love that empowers them enough to quit their job in the abortion industry.”

“The Love One Out campaign was designed to help abortion clinic workers know that they can do better than working in the abortion industry and that they can receive the support and love from others who have left the industry,” Johnson said.

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Take a Look at What Al Jazeera Cuts From Interview When On-Air Discussion Turns to Islam

Al Jazeera English was called out by a guest Monday for removing criticism of Islam from a segment that aired on the network.

Tommy Robinson, a strong critic of Islam, appeared on “Inside Story” to offer his thoughts on the religion.

Using his phone, Robinson recorded the entire segment. It began with host Peter Dobbie trying to trick Robinson by reading supposed Quran quotes that were actually from the Old Testament.

“When you hear those quotes, what do you think that speaks to?” Dobbie asked.

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Robinson wasn’t fooled.

“I’d ask you why you’re reading the Old Testament to me,” he fired back. “I’m not stupid.”

Robinson then went on to slam Islam, blasting Prophet Muhammad as a violent pedophile.

The criticism Robinson leveled against the religion was all captured by his phone — but it never made it on air. Instead, Al Jazeera edited the clip to remove the criticism from the program.

Robinson, however, saved it and uploaded a video Monday to show the portion of the interview that was removed.

Al Jazeera, owned in part by the ruling family of Qatar, acknowledged the segment was edited in a statement provided to a conservative website.

“Inside Story is a pre-recorded programme, and on many occasions our editorial staff make decisions on what to include or omit based on what is editorially relevant and acceptable to broadcasting standards to the particular debate being aired in the episode in question,” the statement said.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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We Asked Ben Carson to Explain the ‘Message’ From God That Convinced Him to Run for President. Here’s What He Said.

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson made headlines back in 2014 before announcing his campaign when he said that he felt God compelling him to run for office — a claim that other politicians have made over the years as they’ve prayed about their electoral aspirations.

In a recent interview with The Church Boys podcast, Carson explained how he approached God about his decision to run for office, and how he felt that the Lord had given him a clear message that launching a presidential bid was the right move.

“It was easy for me, because all the pundits, all the political experts said, ‘Absolutely impossible — a political novice to run for president? There’s no way you can out together an organization, there’s no way you can pay for it. It’s impossible,’ which comforted me,” Carson said. “Because I wasn’t that interested to do it it anyway.”

But as the clock ticked, Carson said that he told God that he would continue on whatever path that the Lord had for him.

“I finally said, ‘Lord if you truly want me to do this, you’ll have to open the doors, because I’m certainly not going to kick them down. And if you open the doors I will walk through them,'” Carson said. “‘And as long as you hold them open, I will walk through them, but if you close them, I will sit down.”

He continued, “That’s the way I have looked at it.”

Listen at the 1:26:30 mark below:

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As TheBlaze previously reported, Carson also told The Church Boys podcast that the biggest lesson that he’s learned on the campaign trail is just how “dishonest” he believes the media are — something that he said has truly “shocked him.”

“I knew the press was dishonest, but the level of dishonesty, I guess, shocked me a little bit,” Carson said. “They came out with all these stories about my temper, West Point, courses at Yale psychology … and implied that they were all lies — and then, when all the evidence was found to demonstrate that they were true, they never seemed to come back and say, ‘We were wrong about that.’”

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‘He’s Possessed by a Demon!’: The Moment Two Men Armed With Crosses and Mirrors Tried to ‘Exorcise’ Ted Cruz During a Campaign Event

Things can often become quite strange on the campaign trail, as evidenced by the two protesters who interrupted a Ted Cruz event in Raymond, New Hampshire, on Monday, to say that they wanted to “exercise” a demon from the Republican presidential candidate.

Holding mirrors and crosses, the two men demanded that the “evil spirit” depart from Cruz, drawing a meeting at a local pub to a brief halt.

“Ted Cruz look in the mirror and let the evil spirit depart!” one of the men yelled. “He’s possessed by a demon!”

Watch a portion of their antics below:

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And the duo weren’t done there, demanding that the “evil…confront itself” by asking Cruz to stare into one of the mirrors.

“He’s possessed by a demon! The demon has to leave,” the boisterous individual continued. “That’s why the body is so disgusting to look at!”

The Trail Blazers Blog noted that the incident was staged at the hands of “performance artists,” who had also confronted Cruz in a similar way in Iowa last week. The Huffington Post identified the men as members of The Good Liars, a “guerrilla comedy” group.

See more of the antics below:

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“He’s very hard to be in the same room with. We had to exorcise some sort of disgusting evil spirit,” one of the men continued before a police officer ushered the two out of the room. “There’s a reason that the body is so haggard and disgusting, and the face, and it’s all so weathered and gross and hard to look at. And it’s because he’s possessed by a demon.”

Cruz didn’t appear too worked up during the incident, speculating that the men were linked to Democratic contender Bernie Sanders’ campaign and then making a crack about liberals and faith.

.@TedCruz to protester who is removed from event: “Usually lefties don’t believe in God.” #FITN #NHPrimaryhttps://t.co/c8K6m9GQ4l

— CSPAN (@cspan) February 8, 2016

“Usually lefties don’t believe in God,” he quipped.

(H/T: Dallas News)

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