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Sunday, April 03, 2016

"I Was Wrong About Trump"

"I Was Wrong About Trump"
But I was right about one of the big reasons he's winning: his enemies.

By Daniel McCarthy, at The American Conservative, March 26, 2016 (well worth reading the whole piece)

"Trump has a plethora of weaknesses, as general election polls amply demonstrate. But just look what he’s up against within the Republican Party: that’s why he’s winning. I should have recognized that last summer, but I thought voters would never break their habit of preferring 'electable' candidates. It turns out that voters have much more capacity to learn and adapt—even if only by trial and error—than Republican elites do."
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Saturday, April 02, 2016

An Interesting Alternative To Ted Cruz's Idea To Police Muslm Communities

"Recognize the Islamic State"
If European countries won't charge would-be jihadis with sedition, make the charges treason.
By Philip Jenkins • March 25, 2016, at The American Conservative

All of which brings me to recognizing the Islamic State. Presently, the Daesh is viewed as a dangerous terrorist group, membership in which constitutes illegal behavior in Western nations. But suppose that it was recognized internationally as a state, and its sympathizers and agents continued to advocate or practice violence against Western governments. In that case, they would be advocating or committing acts of irregular warfare, which would constitute treason. That would be all the easier if Western states formally declared war against the Islamic State.

The potential of treason charges would really, seriously, force Islamist thinkers to think very hard about the nature of their propaganda and activism. That redefinition would also make it vastly easier to frame and press charges, and to inflict maximum criminal penalties.

The people who would be happiest with such a development would be the leaders of most European mosques and Islamic organizations, who get very tired of banging their heads against the obstructive attitudes of police agencies. When sane, moderate, imams denounce the troublemakers in their midst, they would like nothing better than to get those fanatics put away for a great many years.

So, please, let’s recognize the Islamic State, and force its supporters and adherents to come to terms with the implications of advocating violence on the part of an enemy nation. Let them become traitors and saboteurs, and suffer accordingly.

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Friday, April 01, 2016

I Love Ben Carson But Why Endorse Donald Trump?

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Some Glimmers Of Real Hope, And Yet...

The Boston Globe, not known as a conservative/right-leaning bunch of editors/newspeople, writes about "Why there are Muslim ghettos in Belgium, but not in the US":
"Why hasn’t America become a hotbed of Islamic extremism? Why aren’t American Muslims by the thousands flocking to fight for ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations? Why, despite the efforts of Islamist pressure groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations [CAIR] — a Muslim supremacist operation that masquerades as an advocate for civil rights — are most American Muslims intent on adopting America’s customs and way of life?

"The United States has been far more successful at assimilating and integrating Muslim immigrants into American society and culture than has Western Europe. There are no Muslim ghettoes here like those in Molenbeek or the Paris suburbs, where authorities turn a blind eye to antisocial behavior and aggressive incitement by radicals preaching jihad. Of course there have been some heinous exceptions, such as the Tsarnaev brothers, the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hassan, or the killers in San Bernardino. And mosques in American cities have often been built with funding from Saudi Arabia, which promotes a harsh and puritanical version of Islam.

"Nevertheless, at the grass-roots level, Muslims in the United States, like other cultural and religious minorities, have had no problem acclimating to mainstream norms."

Interesting that the Globe calls out the truth about who CAIR really is and what it really supports. Not many mainstream media have the cashews to do that.

But here's one Brussels suburb where terrorists had settled and recruited from, had "assimilated" into the area and were well-known by other Muslim residents to simply be "more hidden." And yet by "tackling radicalisation head-on," Vilvoorde is changing that:

"The local government now runs a prevention programme that works with children and youths who are thought to be at risk. 'We want to give them a stake in society,' says Moad el Boudaati, a social worker whose best friend was among those who left for Syria. Most of those who join IS come from broken homes, where the father is absent and the mother has lost all authority, he says. Now he spends much of his time meeting parents, speaking with young people and working with imams.

"'The real aim is to increase resilience, both of the families and the young people,' adds Jessika Soors, who runs the programme. There is nothing revolutionary about the tools which she and her colleagues use, but the key is to get people to work across disciplines. When worried about a local youth, they assemble a team (perhaps a health worker, a religious leader, a social worker, someone from the parent network and a school employee) to discuss how to influence them. They may offer therapy, housing support for the family, or help in finding a job for the youths themselves. Tip-offs may come from parents or schools: after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in 2015, Ms Soors received many calls from teachers alarmed by students who called the killers heroes.

Police are involved only when necessary. The relationship between cops and local youths used to be disastrous, says Mr el Boudaati. Daily house searches and random frisking on the street bred resentment. Now the police hold town-hall meetings to hear young peoples’ grievances; the relationship is slowly improving. But Ms Soors is adamant that police involvement remain limited so as not to jeopardise trust.

Opinions are divided over the effectiveness of the Vilvoorde approach of showering could-be jihadists with kindness. (A similar programme in Aarhus, Denmark, provides even more support. In Saudi Arabia repentant radicals are provided with housing and even assistance in finding a spouse.) But thus far it seems to be a success. Authorities think no further recruits have left for Syria since May 2014.

Yet a new challenge is lurking. Of the 28 who left, five are known to have died ... and two are in prison; but about eight are thought to have returned. Dealing with returnees is in some ways harder than preventing young people from radicalising in the first place. The town’s mayor makes a point of speaking to returnees to make them feel included. At the same time, few doubt that police should monitor them closely. Returned IS fighters formed the nucleus of the terrorist cells that attacked in Paris and Brussels. One of them, according to Belgian authorities, is still on the run.

Gee, would someone Tweet that link to #DONALDTRUMP and #tecruz, please?

Still, even after "assimilation" into our culture, new polls show "at least 37% – and possibly as high as 45% – of American Muslims believe that their religion should be either the main source or a contributing source of American law." We've shown you the earlier Pew polls and charts on this problem in this September 2015 post.

Another possible explanation, one that could still coexist with the hopeful explanation by The Boston Globe above, is that we're about 10 years behind Europe in terms of accepting refugees and undocumented immigrants from the Middle East. The Atlantic Ocean prevents them from streaming onto our Eastern shores. But Italy is a peninsula and has effectively been set upon on three sides:

"Welcome to Italy: this is what a real immigration crisis looks like:
"With 50,000 boat people in just six months, and more to come, the politics of asylum here is becoming increasingly toxic

"...none of the boat people are arrested once on dry land. Instead, they are taken to ‘Centri di accoglienza’ (welcome centres) for identification and a decision on their destinies. In theory, only those who identify themselves and claim political asylum can remain in Italy until their application is refused — or, if it is accepted, indefinitely. And in theory, under the Dublin Accords, they can only claim political asylum in Italy — the country where they arrived in the EU. In practice, however, only a minority claim political asylum in Italy. Pretty well all of them remain there incognito, or else move on to other EU countries.

"Here’s how it works. In the welcome centres, they are given free board and lodging plus mobile phones, €3 a day in pocket money, and lessons — if they can be bothered — in such things as ice-cream-making or driving a car and (I nearly forgot) Italian. Their presence in these welcome centres is voluntary and they are free to come and go, though not to work, and each of them costs those Italians who do pay tax €35 a day (nearly €13,000 a year). Yes, they are supposed to have their photographs and fingerprints taken, but many refuse and the Italian police, it seems, do not insist. As the Italian interior minister, Angelino Alfano, explained to a TV reporter the other day: ‘They don’t want to be identified here — otherwise, under the Dublin Accords, they would have to stay in our country. So when a police officer is in front of an Eritrean who is two metres tall [6-feet-7-inches] who doesn’t want his fingerprints taken, he can’t break his fingers, but must respect his human rights.’

"It’s worth remembering here that the majority of the boat people are Muslims and reports suggest that a small number are Islamic terrorists. The terrorists of ISIS are, we know from their Twitter feeds, obsessed with taking their crusade to Rome. One of those arrested in connection with the Islamic terrorist attack on the Bardo National Museum of Tunis in March had crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy in a migrant boat in February." [mhy emphasis]

I wonder if they know about the massive, modern arsenal housed inside the Vatican.

So even if some estimate that the entire refugee vetting process in the U.S. is "much more extensive [since 9/11,] expensive [and] can take longer than three years", where do refugees actually pass those three years? Are they detained, housed, fed, taken care of till the entire three-year vetting process is over? Where? Who pays for it all? You can be sure most folks with an Obama iPhone won't want to give up what's "theirs" to help the refugess we take in and hold for three years. Nor, by the same token, would half of Congress give up some of its hefty, generous benefits to pay for that. Oh, no. Take that money from someone else.

And if they're not detained, just let go and told to come back for further vetting, well, once they're out on the street, aren't they just gone? If you might be sent back to where you came from, wouldn't you disappear too, given the chance? You betcha.

Which leaves us back at "And yet..."

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lying About Lying

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hillary's "Trump-like Consiglieri" and Her Leftist Creds

"The Democratic front-runner is still intimately involved with conspiracy-theorist leftists":
"...her apparent weakness for the counsel of unrepentant veterans of the 1960s New Left gives cause for wonder about the voices she would listen to and the direction she would steer once she reached the White House.

"When the president of Wellesley College yielded to the demand of protesting students that one of their number be added to the graduation program in 1969 to counterbalance the establishmentarian commencement speaker, Senator Edward Brooke, Hillary Rodham was their choice. She delivered an address in which the core idea was this: 'Our prevailing, acquisitive, and competitive corporate life, including tragically the universities, is not the way of life for us. We’re searching for more immediate, ecstatic, and penetrating modes of living.'

"She was chosen because she had already made a name as an activist, a trajectory that continued beyond Wellesley. Its highlights were recalled in 2008 by none other than Tom Hayden, who as one of the organizers of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Michigan was perhaps the preeminent founder of the New Left. Hayden, whose purpose was to retaliate against the Clinton campaign for circulating accounts of Barack Obama’s far-left associations, wrote:

She was in Chicago for three nights during the 1968 street confrontations [at the Democratic National Convention]...She was involved in the New Haven defense of [Black Panther] Bobby Seal during his murder trial [for the torture and murder of one of their own (whom they suspected of being an informer) in 1970] ….[A]fter Yale law school, Hillary went to work for the left-wing Bay Area law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein, which specialized in Black Panthers and West Coast labor leaders prosecuted for being communists. Two of the firm’s partners, according to Treuhaft, were communists and the two others 'tolerated communists.'
...
"Of course, everything in Hayden’s Hillary history happened long ago, and her views, like those of most of us who were 1960s radicals of one stripe or another, have doubtless evolved. Yet in thousands of pages of writings and in countless spoken words since, she has failed to explain in what way they have changed. Instead, she has deliberately blurred the picture. ...
[The] scandal of Bill [Clinton’s] various extramarital moments, which became the focus of an impeachment process...cement[ed] the role of Sidney Blumenthal as a key adviser to the Clintons, now especially to Hillary.

"Blumenthal had been a member of the SDS. He began a career in journalism writing for “alternative” newspapers like the Real Paper and the Boston Phoenix and radical magazines like the Nation and In These Times. He published an anthology that carried an introduction by Philip Agee, the CIA turncoat who declared himself a 'communist' and turned his knowledge of America’s secrets over to Cuban intelligence. In the 1980s, Blumenthal began to contribute to mainstream publications and landed a position with the Washington Post, which then leaned more sharply leftward than it does today. Blumenthal’s beat was exposing the wrongdoing—real or invented—of conservatives. His contributions often appeared in its Style section, which suited his method—to besmirch his subject’s reputations rather than critiquing their ideas.

"His schoolyard style was vividly displayed in a book he published at the time, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment. I captured his Trump-like approach in a review in these pages: [my emphases]

He reports that Edwin Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation, read two conservative classics in his freshman year in college, after which 'his mind was set in a pattern that would never waver.'...The neoconservatives as a group embraced President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative as 'a way to compensate' for their failure to 'broker the Jewish vote for Reagan' in 1984. Further, 'a desire for vengeance' against the culture of the 1960’s 'led some neoconservatives to feel a measure of vindication when John Lennon was killed' (though Blumenthal offers neither names nor specifics). William F. Buckley Jr. was inspired to launch National Review by an obsessional anti-Semite. Arthur Laffer is fat.
...
"His longtime friend and former fellow-leftist Christopher Hitchens wrote of their reunion in 1998 after an interregnum:
Where was my witty if sometimes cynical, clever if sometimes dogmatic, friend? In his place seemed to be someone who had gone to work for John Gotti. He talked coldly and intently of a lethal right-wing conspiracy that was slowly engulfing the capital. And he spoke, as if out of the side of a tough-guy mouth, about the women who were tools of the plot. Kathleen Willey, who had been interviewed on television the preceding weekend, was showing well in the polls, but that would soon be fixed….As for Monica Lewinsky, he painted her as a predatory and unstable stalker.[my emphases]
...
"When President Obama named Hillary Clinton secretary of state, she wanted Blumenthal on her staff, but presidential aides vetoed the idea because of Blumenthal’s part in spreading derogatory information about Obama during the primaries. Blumenthal continued nonetheless to function as a confidant and adviser. In lieu of a government salary, he became a consultant to the Clinton Foundation and also to Media Matters, a 'progressive media watchdog' Hillary Clinton helped found, and to its closely linked PAC, American Bridge. [my emphasis]

"Mrs. Clinton’s recently released emails include hundreds from Blumenthal. As Politico’s Nahal Toosi put it, 'Clinton received advice from many…but the quantity and audacity of the missives from Blumenthal…stand out.' Her address on this private server was reserved for top aides, close friends, high government officials, and former secretaries of state, denied even to most diplomatic and administration officials. When Blumenthal’s outsized presence in her inbox prompted questions from reporters, Clinton dismissed it, saying his were 'unsolicited' messages, some of which she had 'passed on.'

"In truth she often replied to them with appreciation, occasionally asked Blumenthal for more on a subject, and at least once wrote that she was waiting for something he had promised. As the New York Times reported: 'Mrs. Clinton…took Mr. Blumenthal’s advice seriously, often forwarding his memos to senior diplomatic officials…and at times asking them to respond. Mrs. Clinton continued to pass around his memos even after other senior diplomats concluded that Mr. Blumenthal’s assessments were often unreliable.' ...
"In making a highly successful career near power, Blumenthal has never, to my knowledge, confronted his youthful radicalism to explain which, if any, of the ideas held then seem mistaken today and why. Far more consequentially, the same is true of Hillary Clinton, which is disquieting now that the presidency seems so readily within her grasp. The danger is not that she will reveal herself to be some kind of Manchurian Candidate once in office. Rather it is that, having forsaken radicalism merely out of concern for electability, she will continue to be credulous toward the counsel of the Michael Lerners and Sidney Blumenthals of the world." [my emphases]

from Commentary's article, "Hillary Clinton’s Bad Old Days," by Joshua Muravchik, Mar. 17, 2016

Vet her on this (because no one has yet), before it's too late.
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Hey Emory Students: How About A Dose of Real Pain?

"Students at Monday's protest chanted, 'You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!'" ...and "We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

O.M.G.

Why were the vast majority of them "scared" and "in pain"?

Because they saw this:

and this:

and this:

Chains? Really? Taking Melodrama 401, I see?

How about some real pain? Some real chains? If you react with such "terror" over chalk campaign endorsements, what, pray tell, would you do seeing these images?

Or these?

Or these, where the executioner is leading his victim through the village square to his crucifixion, with his arm around his shoulder, before killing him and affixing him to a cross? And hogtying the other victim in the background to his cross?

How about imagining you're in a part of the world where this could seriously happen to you if you so much as whined in the wrong person's general direction?

Then how about getting down on your knees to kiss that chalk-covered concrete you're so tewwibwy afwaid of, to thank God, your parents, anyone, every day for the rest of your lives, that you're here and not there?

The only good news about the fate of those young men, about your same age or younger, is that they get shot in the head and/or heart first usually, then are strung up with chains and cords on the crosses after they're dead.

Tell me: Who came to "Speak to [those young men] in their pain"?

Wait till you get to the real world, then you'll also find that "Millennials like socialism — until they get jobs:"

"...millennials become averse to social welfare spending if they foot the bill. As they reach the threshold of earning $40,000 to $60,000 a year, the majority of millennials come to oppose income redistribution, including raising taxes to increase financial assistance to the poor.

"Similarly, a Reason-Rupe poll found that while millennials still on their parents’ health-insurance policies supported the idea of paying higher premiums to help cover the uninsured (57 percent), support flipped among millennials paying for their own health insurance with 59 percent opposed to higher premiums."

What an ironic time that would be: if all the Socialism-loving Sanderistas put Bernie in the White House (a long shot unless Hillary is indicted which is still entirely possible and even likely), then after they turn 26 and have to fork out dough for their own insurance premiums and pay 30%-40%+ total taxes out of their paychecks...then they are reminded that they voted for this themselves!

College-coddling of millennials. Prepares you for nothing.

Do you think that protesting not getting a raise or a promotion by saying or even implying to your bosses, "You are not listening! Come speak to me, I am in pain! I have nothing to lose but my chains" will get you anywhere?

Your bosses will say, "You have nothing to lose but your job. You're fired."

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

He Is Risen!

"The Disturbing Fact of the Resurrection" By Robert Barron

Wishing all a Blessed Easter, but please keep praying for all those, Christian or otherwise, who are not having that.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Un-Silent Scream

"Poland Debates Banning Abortion After Live Baby Cries Itself to Death

"The scream of this child was so traumatic the personnel declared they will never forget it."

3.24.2016 post from TruthRevolt.org

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CBS:0, Cruz: 1 (or ""Anti-Islamism Is NOT "Anti-Muslim")

And check the additonal commentary at Truth Revolt. Cruz really calmly, rationally shoots down all the left's talking points on the issue, to their great frustration, especially this one:

"There is a difference between Islam and Islamism. Islamism commands that you either murder the infidels or you forcibly convert them. You wage jihad. And here is the consequence of President Obama and Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio refusing to acknowledge what we are fighting. You end up with policies that don’t keep us safe.
And this one:
"Let me give an example: If you're concerned with gang violence, gang violence is a real problem in a lot of places across the country. What does law enforcement do with proactive policing? You go into the neighborhood where gang violence is a problem and you work proactively to get the gang members off the street. And by the way, the people you are protecting are the residents of those communities who are typically the victims. With gang violence, it is often African-Americans and Hispanics and low-income Americans often the victims of those violence. By having a serious police presence there, you're protecting those communities. The same is true in the Muslim community where radical Islamic terrorists don't just murder Christians and Jews, they murder other Muslims as well. And we need to fight and defeat radical Islamic terrorism."
Do you really want police to completely avoid areas where gang violence is a real problem? I kind of doubt it, especially if you're one of the ones needing protection from gang violence.

And the silencing of moderate, peaceful American Muslims is already happening, thus intimidating any others who would wish to speak up for the possible majority who don't favor jihad.

Another complicating bind for peaceful Muslims, in particular European but also American Muslims, is the requirement to consume only halal meat. When purchased from a halal-certified seller of halal meat, like it or not, Muslim or non-Muslim, you are funding terrorist groups, at least in part:

"Therefore, whenever you buy one of the many halal-certified products increasingly found in our Western countries, even without your knowledge and against your will, you are indirectly contributing to Islamic terrorists, killers of Christians in the Middle East, al-Qaeda-linked groups and so on."
Another area where peaceful Muslims may be conflicted is in the obligatory paying of the zakat and zakat fitr religious taxes, considered not voluntary but a requirement of their religion by many Muslim majority states, including Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Pakistan, as well as all Sunni Muslims:
"Southern California businessman Safi Qureshey plans to contribute to charity during Islam's current holy season of Ramadan, when it is said that the blessings of all donations are multiplied 70 times in the book of God...[since 9/11] Qureshey is far more cautious about which charities he supports. Now, he says, he no longer contributes directly to individual charities but funnels his giving through the California Community Foundation and Citibank, which check the recipients for him to make sure they have a clean bill of health.

"'We have all become much more cautious,' said Qureshey, one of Southern California's leading Muslim philanthropists, whose largess includes a $1-million gift to UC Irvine for brain research and seed money for a new foundation to produce documentaries promoting understanding of Islam and harmony with other religions. 'Now you feel much more of a burden as a donor that you have never felt. If you see an appeal that looks OK on the surface, how do you know the details? You just don't know where your money may end up.'

"For many American Muslims, the war on terror is forcing modern adjustments to Islam's age-old tradition of charitable giving. Their faith requires them to contribute a religious tax known as zakat, amounting to 2.5% of their assets, to the poor and other needy people listed in the Koran. In addition, Muslims are required to pay zakat fitr, or a fee to feed a family during Ramadan; without that contribution, many Muslims believe, their spiritual benefits gained from fasting and praying will be forfeited."

Again, from the Front Page Magazine article:
"The principle of 'zakat' in Islamic law makes it obligatory for all Muslims to give 2.5% of their income to charity – only in aid of their coreligionists, of course. Zakat has to be distributed among 8 categories of recipients, one of which is the jihadists fighting in Allah’s cause. From Mission Islam:
'Zakat can be given in the path of Allah. By this is meant to finance a Jihad effort in the path of Allah, not for Jihad for other reasons. The fighter (mujahid) ["mujahid (Arabic: مجاهد‎), the term for one engaged in Jihad."] will be given as salary what will be enough for him. If he needs to buy arms or some other supplies related to the war effort, Zakat money should be used provided the effort is to raise the banner of Islam.' [my emphasis]
...
"In early July [2013] the Gatestone Institute published a report documenting the many links discovered between the Islamic Relief Worldwide charity, with headquarters in the UK, and terror groups with an anti-Western agenda."
What happens if Muslims refuse to "practice {pay} zakat"?
After Muhammad's death in 632, several Arab tribes, while still identifying themselves as Muslims, refused to pay zakat, much of which was being used to fund ongoing military operations. Abu Bakr, the first "righteous" caliph, responded by launching the Apostasy Wars, which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Arabs. In this context, neither the uses of zakat, nor Abu Bakr's murderous response, seem very "charitable." (Who ever heard of killing people for not being "charitable" enough?)
Modern day interpretations of the penalites of refusing to pay zakat:
"The penalty of one who refuses to give the Zakaat out of greed and love of money, then it is on the ruler to take it by force plus half of what he owns wealth, The Prophet ﷺ said...and on top of that, any group which has influence which refuses to give zakat, then war is declared on them as is clear from the example of Abu Bakr after the Prophet's ﷺ death with those that refused to give zakat."
And why didn't we hear about this December 2015 news story from every mainstream news outlet and the rooftops? Probably because the press wanted instead to trumpet its increased clarion call for more gun control in the wake of San Bernadino:
"It takes courage to stand up publicly to radical Islam, even if you’re Muslim. Maybe especially if you’re Muslim.

"Ask Asra Nomani. On Friday she and a dozen of her fellow Muslims went to the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., and posted a declaration on the door denouncing violent jihad, rejecting Islamic statism and opposing the 'ideology of violent Islamic extremism.' ...
"The declaration announced the formation of the Muslim Reform Movement, an international organization aimed at countering the beliefs of Middle East terrorist groups like Islamic State in what the document describes as a “battle for the soul of Islam.”

"Was Ms. Nomani nervous? No doubt. But the recent bloodshed in Paris and San Bernardino, California, spurred by radical Islam has convinced her the Muslim community needs to confront frankly the connection between terrorism and religion, not deny that it exists.

'Ultimately, the reason why we, as Muslims, stood on Friday and went to the mosque and took the risks on our own lives, is because we’ve had enough,' Ms. Nomani said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 'I think the world has had enough.'
...
"Ms. Nomani said [the] approach [of] denouncing the violence but refusing to acknowledge any link to radical Islam — is part of the problem. She cited the '3-D strategy' — 'denial, deflection and a demonization of those of us who want to speak honestly about these issues of extremism.'

“'We don’t want to bury our heads in the sand about serious issues,' said Ms. Nomani, author of 'Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.'
...
"The Muslim Reform Movement’s declaration calls for equal rights for women, an end to institutionalized Shariah law, a separation between 'mosque and state' and an end to bigotry based on a list of traits, including 'sexual orientation and gender expression.'

“'We stand for a respectful, merciful and inclusive interpretation of Islam,' the declaration says. 'We are in a battle for the soul of Islam, and an Islamic renewal must defeat the ideology of Islamism, or politicized Islam, which seeks to create Islamic states, as well as an Islamic caliphate.'"

Kind of right along the same distinguishing definitions that Cruz said to CBS, isn't it?
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No Matter What You Think of Trump, You Should See This

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Friday, March 25, 2016

"Father, Forgive Them, They Know Not What They Do"

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Look To Our Future, America? (Video Had 1.5 Million Views in 5 Days Before Youtube Removed It)

"The refugee video liberals do NOT want you to see"

I read the Snopes.com take on this November 2015 video, referenced at that link, and I like their reporting and trust it. Still, they come up with only three instances where footage wasn't of actual Muslim refugees. Snopes also writes that it uses footage from cities all over the world, not just in Europe, but doesn't give any estimates or percentages. Breitbart-London's reports the film consists of "recent news reports, police camera footage, and interviews. Kicking off with scenes of a modern car ferry disgorging thousands of illegals into Greece, the film then cuts to dozens of aerial shots of columns of migrants marching north into Europe."

If it went so viral five months ago, I sure missed it at the time. I still think Americans should watch it and decide for themselves. Surely, the clips of the threats made by Islamists to the Western world weren't dubbed in or scripted falsehoods.


"What ISIS sees from their perspective is that killing Americans is an act of mercy...in which the unbeliever is treated like a sacrificial offering to Allah."

This article translates and quotes from The ISIS Manifesto, found on an ISIS laptop. It also supplies a myriad of Youtubes--still up--by radical jihadists showing how to make bombs including chemical weapon bombs, and the ISIS statement that "Even Muslims, their blood is permissible to shed regardless so long they live in the United States."

Maybe that is why we don't see more peace-loving, moderate Muslims speaking up. They know they will be next to die.

Also, please pray for Rev. Tom Uzhunnalil, a Yemeni-based Indian priest reportedly to be crucified today, Good Friday, by ISIS.


Only if the United States was a relatively short boatride away from Syria and the rest of the war-torn Middle East, or only if we shared land borders with European countries, would we see such masses walking, running, being violent, pillaging like this here as they went, across our land.

But what's to say that our current Swiss-cheese immigration policy won't result in this, someday soon, having started with the unnoticed, un-vetted trickle at airports, seaports and the Mexican and even Canadian borders, amounting to the same overwhelming dangerous takeover of cities and states, over several years' time?

Think we're too big to be overrun and outpopulated? Think there's so much [land/food/resources/taxpayer-paid welfare] to go around that it won't become reality? Perhaps. But watching that video, I don't think any of those excuses are any obstacle to those of the same mindset as those bragging in the video about how they're going to take over a country and eventually all of Europe and establish sharia law.

It's already starting small here, with the beheading of an Oklahoma woman and the attempted beheading of another there, by a convert to radical Islam. That attacker had on his Facebook page another photo [WARNING; EXTREMELY GRAPHIC PHOTO IN THIS LINK] of a white man, presumably a U.S. soldier, being beheaded.

Do you really think it will just end if we "all try to just get along?"

Is Donald Trump really so wrong, about a temporary moratorium on refugees until we can sift out the troublemakers and haters of Americans who only want to kill us because they believe it glorifies Allah and wins them Paradise?

I haven't liked Piers Morgan since he was one of the judges who, like all the rest of the world, disdained then fell in love with then-unknown Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent. (Do take a break and go watch it. Every time I watch this video, it brings tears to my eyes. And Piers is actually a nice guy in it, shocked speechless for once, but genuine and nice. Too bad he didn't stay that way.)

But unless this obnoxious Republican-basher is pulling our chain to fool us, he actually seems to believe Trump has some points right:

"Trump told me countries must tighten their borders in light of these terror attacks, especially to anyone related to an ISIS fighter in Syria.

"Is he so wrong?

"He told me he wants law-abiding Muslims to root out the extremists in their midst, expressing his bafflement and anger that someone like Abdeslam was able to hide for so long in the very part of Brussels he had previously lived. Is he so wrong?

"He told me America must make it far harder for illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. and thinks European countries should follow suit. Is he so wrong?

"He told me he believes there are now areas of many major European cities which have become poisonous breeding grounds for radicalized Islamic terror. Is he so wrong?

"I didn’t feel I was talking to a lunatic, as many seem to view Trump. I saw a guy, a non-politician unfettered by PC language restraints, who is genuinely furious at the devastation which ISIS is wreaking, and seriously concerned for the security of his fellow Americans and indeed, the citizens of Europe.

"(Remember, Trump’s from New York and felt the horror of 9/11 very personally and very deeply like all New Yorkers.)

"His plans for tackling this extraordinarily dangerous threat to the world have been widely condemned as ‘bigoted’ and ‘racist’. But although I publicly criticised him for the Muslim short-term ban suggestion, I’ve known Trump for ten years and I don’t believe he’s a racist.

"I think he’s someone who has spent his life responding to metaphorical punches on his nose by punching even harder back. And right now, he firmly believes that ISIS will murder countless more Americans and Europeans if somebody somewhere doesn’t stand up and punch them hard in the face."


I am Roman Catholic. 100%, or at least I try to be. Not like Barbara Boxer, Joe Biden, etc. are "Catholic." I was once like them, and out of fear, I aborted what would be my only daughter. It's a grief, now, that I can never outlive.

In finding forgiveness and redeeming grace only through Jesus and the help of Rachel's Vineyard, I came back to my faith more completely than I thought I had been in my youth.

So I do believe in what all those who are truly Christians believe, what Jesus taught us, about "whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."

Because in aborting my child, I did it to Jesus, also. And yet, coming to Him in my grief and sorrow, twenty long years of denial later, He still forgave and welcomed me back, just as the father of the Prodigal Son did in Jesus' parable: "While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him." What I learned, as the Prodigal Son learned, is that, while I was "still a long way off", meaning not even spiritually close to Him, not acknowledging my sorrow over the abortion, He had already forgiven me, already washed away my sin, by his Blood and Death on the Cross. I just hadn't known it or asked for it, yet: "God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us."

And I also believe that I am to

..."love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
Do to others as you would have them do to you
For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.
But watching that first video, and imagining similar atrocities by rampaging mobs of angry, radicalized Islamists, happening ten or so years from now in the United States, as it's happening in Germany, France, Britain, Greece, and other Europeans countries, I am very afraid.

Even the Pope and the Vatican are protected by "Italian Armed Forces...[and] the Pontifical Swiss Guard." When the Pope travels, he is guarded exceedingly well, and "in fact, he sits at the center of one of the world’s most sophisticated executive security systems."

The guns of the Vatican Swiss Guard, and their experience and proficiency with them, is highly lauded by the website Guns.com: "Located deep inside the barracks of the Swiss Guard is an arsenal of arms that the soldiers train with constantly over the course of their service and, today, this steel is far from archaic."

The Swiss Guard has and is proficient in using an arsenal of submachine guns including "HK MP7 PDW's chambered in 4.6×30mm" (which are "armor piercing" and also used by US Navy Seals and the German GSG9), SIG MKPOs (9mm firing 900 rounds a minute with 30-round magazines), MP43/44's ("a better-made Swiss copy of the Finnish Suomi M31 submachine gun"), SIG 510 and 550 assault rifles, Beretta submachine guns, Sig P220 semi-automatic pistols, and much, much more. That gun aficionado link has beaucoup photos of all the weapons at the Swiss Guard's disposal, and their final comment is, "Woe is the military force that would chose to invade the Vatican. Suffice it to say, if the Swiss Guard ever has that clearance sale, we want to get in line."

My point is that the Pope, whether he likes it or not, is heavily guarded with uber-extensive firepower. I know he's a lot more important a person than I am, or you are, for that matter. And I am not trying to be disrespectful of or disobedient to Christ's current Vicar and Rock of my Church here on earth.

But if we were always, all of us, meant to let our enemies "strike us on one cheek" then "offer the other one as well," then does all the Vatican 's firepower go against that?

I'm searching for what is right by my Lord. He is my only judge. But am I cherry-picking scripture when I remember Jesus said, at the Last Supper which we commemorated last night, Holy Thursday, among the most solemn of our holy days,

He said to them, “But now one who has a money bag should take it, and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one.
For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, namely, ‘He was counted among the wicked’; and indeed what is written about me is coming to fulfillment.”
Then they said, “Lord, look, there are two swords here.” But he replied, “It is enough!”
I believe that passage was intended by Jesus, in that He wanted (or knew already that) Peter would strike the high priest's servant with his sword, cutting off his ear, so that Jesus could perform his very last miracle, healing the man completely with His touch, while all his enemies stood watching.

But then there is this scripture passage, about the coming persecutions Jesus warned his Apostles (and us) about: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves." How are we to be like sheep, and also shrewd as serpents? I'm not sure. But I do know that in the rest of that passage, Jesus predicted what is already coming to pass here in this country--the first part--and I believe could only get worse--the later parts: "But beware of people for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved."

They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact,

the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.

They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.
Jesus predicted this, not only for his immediate disciples in His own time, but for His followers today, as well.

"When their hour comes..." Is that hour here? It is for those in Paris, Brussels, San Bernadino, as it has been for others in almost countless places.

There are Muslims who reject that "killing is offering worship to God/Allah":

"Islam rejects the call of ISIS to murder civilians", from a blog/website called "Faith in Allah", in 2014:

"When crimes against humanity are committed, it is the duty of Muslims to stand with the oppressed whether they are Muslims or not. If such crimes are committed in the name of Islam, we have a further obligation to clarify for people the truth about our religion.

The so-called “Islamic” state, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has released a video message calling upon Muslims to kill civilians living in the nations at war with them. Muhammad Adnani, official spokesman of ISIS, issued the following statement:

If you can kill a disbelieving American or European, especially the spiteful and filthy French, or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, kill him in any manner or way however it may be. Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling.
"This communication demonstrates as clear as day that ISIS are the modern-day Khawarij and the enemies of Islam. Never have we seen such stubborn and ignorant repudiation of Islamic law. Any Muslim who supports them after hearing this from them is a fool who follows his repugnant desires upon the path to Hellfire.

"Allah the Exalted and His Messenger have commanded in unmistakable and decisive (muhkamat) verses and traditions that it is unlawful for Muslims to kill women, children, and those who are not participating in war."

This group of Muslims took it a step further:
From The Center For Inquiry's "A Call to the Muslims of the World from a Group of Freethinkers and Humanists of Muslim Origins", apparently written soon after 9/11:

"Where did they get this distorted idea? How did they come to believe that killing innocent people pleases God? [my emphasis] Or is it that we are misguided? Does really Islam preach violence? Does it call upon its believers to kill non-believers? We denounce those who commit acts of violence and call them extremists.
...
"In this crucial moment of history, when a great catastrophe has befallen us and a much bigger one is lying ahead, should not we wake up from our 1400 years of slumber and see where things have gone wrong?

?Hatred has filled the air and the world is bracing itself for its doomsday. Should we not ask ourselves whether we have contributed, wittingly or unwittingly, to this tragedy and whether we can stop the great disaster from happening?

"Unfortunately the answer to the first question is yes. Yes we have contributed to the rise of fundamentalism by merely claiming Islam is a religion of peace, by simply being a Muslim and by saying our shahada (testimony that Allah is the only God and Muhammad is his messenger). By our shahada we have recognized Muhammad as a true messenger of God and his book as the words of God. But as you saw above those words are anything but from God. They call for killing, they are prescriptions for hate and they foment intolerance. And when the ignorant among us read those hate-laden verses, they act on them and the result is the infamous September 11, human bombs in Israel, massacres in East Timor and Bangladesh, kidnappings and killings in the Philippines, slavery in the Sudan, honour killings in Pakistan and Jordan, torture in Iran, stoning and maiming in Afghanistan and Iran, violence in Algeria, terrorism in Palestine and misery and death in every Islamic country. We are responsible because we endorse Islam and hail it as a religion of God. And we are as guilty as those who put into practice what the Qur'an preaches - and ironically we are the main victims too. If we are not terrorists, if we love peace, if we cried with the rest of the word for what happened in New York, then why are we supporting the Qur'an that preaches killing, that advocates holy war, that calls for the murder of non-Muslims? It is not the extremists who have misunderstood Islam. They do literally what the Qur'an asks them to do. It is we who misunderstand Islam. We are the ones who are confused. We are the ones who wrongly assume that Islam is the religion of peace. Islam is not a religion of peace. In its so-called "pure" form it can very well be interpreted as a doctrine of hate. Terrorists are doing just that and we the intellectual apologists of Islam are justifying it. We can stop this madness. Yes, we can avert the disaster that is hovering over our heads. Yes, we can denounce the doctrines that promote hate. Yes, we can embrace the rest of humanity with love. Yes, we can become part of a united world, members of one human family, flowers of one garden. We can dump the claim of infallibility of our Book, and the questionable legacy of our Prophet.
...
"We know too well that it is not easy to denounce our faith because it means denouncing a part of ourselves. We are a group of freethinkers and humanists with Islamic roots. Discovering the truth and leaving the religion of our fathers and forefathers was a painful experience. But after learning what Islam stands for we had no choice but to leave it. After becoming familiar with the Qur'an the choice became clear: It is either Islam or humanity. If Islam thrives, then humanity will die. We decided to side with humanity."

I must be compassionate to "the least of brothers of Christ", and want to allow serious, desperate refugees to come here, but also feel I owe it to not just my own son but to all our sons, daughters, grandchildren and everyone in this country to at least try to be smart about who we let in and who we keep out. I don't think a "wall" will necessarily do it. I do think we have the intelligence and surveillance to better vet those who would infiltrate the refugee masses. And I think Trump is right to say put a hold on it till we know what's really going on. It is common sense, after all, and the hold won't last forever.

It is just "being shrewd as serpents." Isn't it?

Or else, I am afraid, we will see the scenes in that first video, here, on our soil, in my lifetime.

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