Friday, October 30, 2009

A Book to Read- "Muslim Mafia"

Cross-posted by Gary Fouse

" This is not a book about Islam or Muslims in general. It is about the threat from Shariah Islam and violent jihad propagated by a criminal class of Muslims known as the Muslim Brotherhood or the "Ikhwan mafia". This secretive organization dominates most established Muslims groups and mosques in America while exploiting, manipulating, and even victimizing law-abiding Muslim Americans. Only a small share of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are part of this dangerous group. This book is about them." (Note of caution from the authors in the front of the book.)

I have just finished the controversial new book entitled: "Muslim Mafia-Inside the secret underworld that's conspiring to Islamize America". It is written by P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry. It is a book that should be read by every American. The allegations contained therein are alarming, to say the least.

David Gaubatz, a former agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations has centered this book around the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the most well-known Muslim advocacy group in America. As part of the research, Gaubatz's son, Chris, posing as a Muslim convert, went to work as an intern in CAIR's national hqs, where he came into possession of numerous documents he had been assigned to shred. It is this book that has led to a group of Republican congressmen and women to demand an investigation into the organization. One of the congresswomen, Sue Myrick, wrote the foreword to the book.

According to the authors, CAIR is one of several subversive organizations in this country-along with the Islamic Society of North America and the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood, that is trying to bring about an Islamic nation in America under Shariah law through a variety of long-term methods, including phony out-reach programs, education, political connections, lawsuits, intimidation and infiltration of American institutions. CAIR was identified as an unindicted co-conspirator in the recent Holy Land Foundation trial in Dallas, which exposed certain Islamic charities as fronts for transferring money to Jihadist groups oversees as well as Hamas.

The book is also based on interviews with numerous law enforcement agencies, on and off the record.

CAIR denies the content of the book and has launched a public relations drive to discredit David Gaubatz as an Islamophobe, which can be found on their website.

Of course, a book does not constitute a criminal conviction in a court of law, and the reader should keep that point in mind. But if there is anything to the book's allegations, then it would be incumbent for the government to investigate CAIR and its associates as a matter of urgent national security. If the allegations are untrue, I have faith in our institutions that this would come out. I would also add, as a responsible citizen, that this should be no reason for anyone to harass or otherwise victimize innocent Muslim Americans.

However, there must be an investigation.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ZOA Response to New University (UCI Campus Paper) Article on Viva Palestina Fundraiser

Cross-posted by Gary Fouse

In response to the New University (UC-Irvine campus paper) article on the UC-Irvine controversy over George Galloway and his Viva Palestina money collection on May 21, (see my previous post) the Zionist Organization of America has responded to the New University. That response is attached below.

"______________'s (I am deleting the name of the student journalist) article contains several errors and key omissions. First, the article says that the ZOA has no “direct disputes with the MSU.” That is not accurate. To clarify, the ZOA’s legal action on behalf of Jewish students at UCI was not filed against the MSU. It was filed against UCI for failing to ensure a campus environment free from anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation, in accordance with federal law.

That is not to say that the ZOA has no issue with the MSU. We do have an issue with this group, because the harassment and intimidation that Jewish students have faced comes primarily from the MSU and the hateful and bigoted programs and speakers it routinely sponsors on campus, which promote demonizing lies about Jews and Israel.

Kym Thoumaked asked us many questions about the two Jewish students whom we know left UCI because of the hatred and bigotry that the MSU promoted on the campus. We gave Ms. Thoumaked many details about what these students faced before they decided that they could no longer endure the hostility and transferred elsewhere. For instance, we told her that one Jewish student was screamed at, “Go back to Russia where you came from” – even though this student’s father was from Lebanon and his mother was from Syria – “burn in hell,” and “f_ _king Jew.” We described to Ms. Thoumaked that the other student was called such epithets as “dirty Israeli” (he was actually Egyptian), “dirty Jew,” and “f_ _king Jewish bitch,” and his life was threatened. None of this was even mentioned in the article.

Second, the article says that “Steven Emerson, a distinguished terrorism expert, is investigating Viva Palestina.” In fact, Mr. Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism completed its investigation and issued a 31-page report about it. Mr. Emerson concluded that “the Viva Palestina campaign is more about supporting and legitimizing Hamas than it is about providing aid to the needy. In their speeches and in the delivery of their supplies, Viva Palestina’s most visible leaders call for the elimination of the State of Israel to pave the way for a ‘one state solution' to the [Palestinian Arab-Israeli] conflict. They treat Hamas leaders as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and provide both material and moral support to the terrorist organization.”

Third, this article disseminated the falsehood that the MSU has been promoting – that the ZOA is attempting to suppress the MSU’s free speech rights. That is patently false. We have our own free speech rights, entitling us to speak out against the MSU’s hateful and bigoted conduct, and to decry the harmful impact it has had on the UCI community.

The article notes the MSU’s letter to UCI’s chief campus counsel in which the MSU launches a vicious and baseless attack on the ZOA and other groups, accusing the ZOA of violating the MSU’s First Amendment rights. We answered these claims in a detailed response, which the article neglects even to mention. Interested readers can access it here:

What is most significant about this article is that it highlights the fact that the MSU has not denied that it solicited funds for Viva Palestina, that Viva Palestina provided support and resources to the terrorist group Hamas, and that such conduct is illegal. It is also significant that the MSU has admitted that it violated UCI’s policies on fundraising. As the article makes clear, the MSU simply shrugs off its misconduct by belittling UCI policies as mere “technicalities,” and contending, without proof, that other student groups violate these policies, too.

Many like us believe that university policies should be fully and fairly enforced. This situation certainly cried out for strict compliance with UCI policies. By failing to comply with them, the MSU may have aided and abetted a violation of federal law, by soliciting funds for a group that provided material support to Hamas, an organization that our government recognizes as a terrorist organization."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

First Amendment

By Findalis of Monkey in the Middle

Wake up, America

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I find myself amazed at the poor quality of education that $41,500 a year buys at Harvard Law School. You would think that for that amount of money they would at least teach the US Constitution. But it seems not to be the case, especially with one of their most famous graduates, Barack Hussein Obama, our current President.

I wonder what part of the First Amendment they did teach him or was he absent that day? For no person who has been taught the US Constitution would ever forget the words of the First Amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Yet President Obama has chosen to ignore this and is pushing for full restrictions on our right to Free Speech:
The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a U.S.-backed resolution Friday deploring attacks on religions while insisting that freedom of expression remains a basic right.

The inaugural resolution sponsored by the U.S. since it joined the council in June broke a long-running deadlock between Western and Islamic countries in the wake of the publication of cartoons depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

American diplomats say the measure — co-sponsored by Egypt — is part of the Obama administration's effort to reach out to Muslim countries.

"The exercise of the right to freedom of opinion and expression is one of the essential foundations of a democratic society," the resolution states, urging countries to protect free speech by lifting legal restrictions, ensuring the safety of journalists, promoting literacy and preventing media concentration.
Not the sort of "outreach" the majority of Americans want. We like our Freedoms very much. Free speech is a protected right here in the US. Our own Supreme Court has affirmed the concept that "Even the most hateful and harmful speech is protected speech." (NATIONAL SOCIALIST PARTY v. SKOKIE, 432 U.S. 43 [1977])

Oh yes, we can say what we want about a religion without the fear of blasphemy laws. Oh happy day!

Mr. Condell need not worry about the United States losing our Freedoms soon. Not as long as Article VI of the Constitution is the law:
"This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
Or in layman speak:
"This Constitution will be the highest law in the land. No law or treaty can be written or ratified that would violate this Constitution."
This whole idea of forcing Islamic blasphemy laws came about because of the riots over the Danish Muhammad Cartoons, it is only fitting that this post on Free Speech end with these cartoons.

To Muslims around the world:
Feel free to riot. For that shows to us the true face and spirit of Islam. A backward cult suitable only for children and those with the intelligence of an imbecile.
The rest of us will just laugh at your ignorance and keep on speaking our mind!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The George Galloway Viva Palestina Fundraiser at UC-Irvine- ZOA Response to the Muslim Student Union

Cross-posted by Gary Fouse

George Galloway at UC-Irvine May 21, 2009

Reference is made to my previous reports regarding the controversial May 21 event at UC-Irvine in which British Member of Parliament George Galloway solicited funds for his Viva Palestina drive to deliver supplies and funds to the government of Gaza (Hamas). As previously reported, the Zionist Organization of America had formally requested the US Justice Department to launch an invesitigation into whether US laws had been broken. A parallel request was sent by ZOA to UC-Irvine asking them to conduct an internal investigation into whether university rules had been broken by the fundraising event. In response, the UCI Muslim Student Union, which sponsored the event in question, wrote to the university complaining of harrassment and violation of their rights. Today, ZOA issued a press release in response to the MSU letter. The press release is attached below:


In response to the troubling concerns that the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) recently raised about the questionable and disturbing conduct of the Muslim Student Union at the University of California, Irvine, the Muslim Student Union sent a hateful, rambling letter to Diane Fields Geocaris, UC Irvine’s Chief Campus Counsel, filled with threats, name-calling and false accusations against the ZOA, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and other so-called ZOA “allied affiliates.” Yet the Muslim Student Union never refuted the ZOA’s charges. The group posted its letter, dated October 13, 2009, on its Web site.

These actions followed shortly after the ZOA sent letters to UC Irvine and the U.S. Department of Justice, raising concerns about whether the Muslim Student Union, a registered student group at UC Irvine, solicited funds on campus in violation of University policy, and used the campus as a base for fundraising for the terrorist group Hamas in violation of federal law.

The Muslim Student Union Reportedly Solicited Funds for the Viva Palestina Convoy to Gaza

Last May, the Muslim Student Union sponsored radical Israel-bashing British politician George Galloway on campus to talk about his group, Viva Palestina, which organizes convoys of vehicles, goods and supplies to Hamas-controlled Gaza. According to several witnesses and a videotape of the event, the Muslim Student Union and Galloway solicited funds from the audience for Viva Palestina.

There is evidence that these convoys to Gaza furnished material support and resources to Hamas, a group that the U.S. State Department has designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, which would violate federal law. Based on records produced by the University, the Muslim Student Union and Galloway solicited funds for Viva Palestina without University approval and without complying with numerous University policies regarding fundraising on campus. In fact, University documents show that the Muslim Student Union misrepresented in writing to UC Irvine that the Galloway/Viva Palestina event was not going to be a fundraiser. Several University officials were present at the event and knew or should have known that the solicitation of funds had not been authorized. None put a stop to the misconduct and – at least according to records produced by the University – none reported the misconduct to senior UC Irvine officials.

The ZOA Reports Concerns about the Muslim Student Union’s Actions to UC Irvine and the U.S. Justice Department

The ZOA provided UC Irvine and the U.S. Justice Department with detailed evidence supporting the ZOA’s claims, including a 31-page report about Viva Palestina recently issued by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). The IPT’s Executive Director, Steven Emerson, is one of the foremost experts on domestic terrorism in the U.S.

The IPT report debunked the claim that Viva Palestina’s goal is to provide for the needy. The report states that “Viva Palestina’s most visible leaders call for the elimination of the State of Israel . . . They treat Hamas leaders as the legitimate representatives of the Palestinian people and provide both material and moral support to the terrorist organization.”

The ZOA also furnished UC Irvine and the U.S. Justice Department with information from a participant in the Viva Palestina convoy of July 2009, for which the Muslim Student Union reportedly solicited funds at UC Irvine. The participant confirmed that the convoy’s resources went to Hamas. Given the seriousness of the alleged wrongdoing at UC Irvine and the possibility that a federal anti-terrorism law was violated, the ZOA sent copies of its letters to several public officials, including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Congressmen Brad Sherman and John Campbell of California, California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, and leaders and members of several U.S. congressional committees who would be particularly concerned about the possibility that American college campuses are being used as a base to solicit funds for U.S.-designated terrorist groups like Hamas.

The Muslim Student Union Responds by Publishing a Letter to UC Irvine’s Chief Campus Counsel, Lodging False and Malicious Accusations and Threats against the ZOA

Significantly, in its letter to UC Irvine’s Chief Campus Counsel, responding to the concerns raised about its conduct, the Muslim Student Union never refuted the ZOA’s allegation that the Muslim Student Union may have used UC Irvine as a base of fundraising for the terrorist group Hamas. In its letter, the Muslim Student Union never refuted the ZOA’s allegation that the Muslim Student Union solicited funds for Viva Palestina in violation of University policy, and that in fact, the Muslim Student Union misrepresented to the University that the Galloway event was not going to be a fundraiser. Indeed, the Muslim Student Union ridiculed the University’s protocol for fundraising, calling the detailed policies “university technicalities” – which the Muslim Student Union acknowledges having likely breached, both now and in the past. In its letter, the Muslim Student Union never refuted the evidence that the ZOA provided to the University and to law enforcement – that the convoy to Gaza in July 2009, for which the Muslim Student Union reportedly solicited funds, provided support and resources to the terrorist group Hamas.

Instead, the Muslim Student Union launched a baseless and vicious attack on the ZOA, the ADL, the Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism, StandWithUs, and nameless “others,” all of whom the Muslim Student Union has called the ZOA’s “allied affiliates.”

The Muslim Student Union Challenges the ZOA’s Right to Fight Israel-Bashing and Anti-Semitic Bigotry, Claiming it has “Taken the High Ground” and Shown “Moral Restraint”

The Muslim Student Union’s first line of attack was to condemn the ZOA for exposing the Muslim Student Union’s anti-Semitic and Israel-bashing actions, and for helping Jewish students at UC Irvine enforce their right to an educational environment free from the demonization of Israel and anti-Semitic hostility. According to the Muslim Student Union, the ZOA, as “an external organization with no registered connections to UCI or its student population,” has no right to try to rectify the wrongs committed by this campus group that regularly promotes hatred and bigotry against Jews and Israel.

The Muslim Student Union’s contention is completely nonsensical. For years, the ZOA has had connections with UC Irvine students, faculty and administrators, as well as with members of the Irvine community who oppose the Muslim Student Union’s divisive conduct that is antithetical to the community’s values of tolerance and respect.

The ZOA’s “registered connections” to UC Irvine are in any event irrelevant. As the Muslim Student Union should know, in this country, civil rights protections were fought for by many groups and individuals outside the class and location of the victims. Groups like the NAACP, comprised of persons of every color and religious background, have fought against racists and racism. Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman were young men from New York who traveled south to Mississippi in order to fight against racists and racism, and to protect African Americans’ right to vote. As a college student in the 1960’s, ZOA National President Morton Klein traveled from Philadelphia to Mississippi also to fight against racists and racism and to protect African Americans’ civil rights. Would the Muslim Student Union condemn Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and Morton Klein as outside agitators because they fought against discrimination?

The Muslim Student Union’s claim, that the ZOA must have “registered connections to UCI” in order to advocate for students whose civil rights are being threatened and violated, makes no sense. It is a long-held American tradition to go wherever we are needed to fight against discrimination and injustice.

The Muslim Student Union claims to have, up until now, “practiced moral restraint, seeking to take the high ground.” Moral restraint and taking the high ground are not characterizations that most people would associate with this group. There would certainly be a fair and moral way in which the Muslim Student Union could express its political views, by showing respect for the facts and historical truths. Instead, this group has a long history of expressing its views by promoting falsehoods and unfairly demonizing a people and a nation.

The Muslim Student Union falsely, maliciously and repeatedly accused the ZOA and its “affiliates” of “a bad faith intent at denying MSU [the Muslim Student Union] their constitutional First Amendment rights of speech, religion, and association.” The Muslim Student Union falsely and maliciously claimed that the ZOA’s legal effort on behalf of Jewish students at UC Irvine – launched to redress the Israel-bashing and hostile anti-Semitic environment at UC Irvine that this group fostered and promoted – was an “attempt to forcibly silence MSU [the Muslim Student Union].”

In fact, the ZOA has taken no action to interfere with the Muslim Student Union’s free speech rights, its religious practices, or its right to freely associate. Rather, with the backing of Jewish students at UC Irvine who had suffered years of Israel-bashing and anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation as the result of the programs and speakers that the Muslim Student Union regularly sponsored on campus, the ZOA chose a peaceful and legitimate course of action – enforcement of our federal civil rights laws – in order to redress a longstanding hostile campus environment for Jewish students. The legal action – filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights – was instituted after Jewish students’ numerous informal efforts to resolve problems with the Muslim Student Union had failed.

In the United States, civil rights laws exist precisely to protect victims of harassment, intimidation and discrimination. The ZOA used a legitimate legal tool to enforce and secure the rights of Jewish victims of harassment and intimidation, not to deny the rights of any group or individual, including the Muslim Student Union.

The Muslim Student Union Misrepresents the Office for Civil Rights’ Conclusions in the ZOA’s Legal Action on Behalf of Jewish Students

The Muslim Student Union mischaracterized the conclusions of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the ZOA’s legal action. OCR did not find that the ZOA’s allegations were “false.” OCR also never endorsed the Muslim Student Union’s actions; in fact, OCR found that Muslim Student Union speakers “made broad generalizations about Jews,” and that Jewish students were offended, intimidated and harassed by the Muslim Student Union’s events. OCR never investigated many, if not most of the ZOA’s allegations, in large part because OCR concluded that it lacked jurisdiction over the students’ claims. The outcome of the legal action was certainly not an endorsement of the Muslim Student Union’s actions.

The Muslim Student Union’s Speakers and Programs Promote Hatred of Jews and Israel

The hostility that Jewish students at UC Irvine have faced as the result of the Muslim Student Union’s conduct is not “crying wolf,” as the Muslim Student Union alleged in its letter. The Muslim Student Union regularly sponsors speakers and programs that demonize and promote falsehoods about Jews, Zionism and Israel. A Muslim Student Union-sponsored speaker endorsed terrorism against Israeli Jews and called for the destruction of the State of Israel. In May 2006, this speaker, who is a frequently invited guest of the Muslim Student Union, said, “The apartheid state of Israel is on the way down. They are living in fear . . . and it is about time they live in fear. The truth of the matter is: Your days are numbered. We will fight you until we are martyred or until we are victorious.”

Muslim Student Union speakers have accused the Jews of arrogance, of being “a den of spies,” and of controlling the government and the media. The Office for Civil Rights noted several statements by Muslim Student Union speakers concerning Jews, which offended, intimidated and harassed Jewish students, including this, from May 2006:

“Liars. Straight up liars, Rupert Murdock, Zionist Jews. The Zionist Jews own Fox News. They say that it’s anti-Semitic if you say that the Zionists control the media . . . They got the media; they got Congress . . .”

“You all definitely don’t love children and you know why? Because you all kill them . . .”

“They have taken the concept of chosen people and fused it with the concept of white supremacy. Once you take the concept of chosen people and white supremacy and fuse them together, you will get a people who are so arrogant that they will actually make a statement and imply that ‘we are the only Semites.’ That’s arrogance and that’s the type of arrogance they display every day and that’s the same type of arrogance that’s getting them into trouble today.”

Last May, a Muslim Student Union-sponsored speaker compared Jews to “Shaytan – Satan,” accusing Jews of “lik[ing] to operate behind closed doors. Satan is slick, he operates in the shadows, in the dark.” Also last May, the Muslim Student Union mocked and debased the greatest tragedy in history, the Holocaust, posting a photo of Anne Frank wearing a Palestinian Arab scarf or keffiyeh, and falsely and absurdly comparing the systematic murder of Jews by the Nazis to the situation that currently exists in Gaza, which is largely of the Palestinians’ own making. The fact is that it is Hamas and Arabs in Gaza who have been launching thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel with the goal of murdering innocent Israeli Jews.

Many Have Criticized the Muslim Student Union and its Promotion of Hatred and Bigotry

The Muslim Student Union calls the content of its speeches and programs “political critique.” But none of it is legitimate political discourse about Israel and the conflict in the Middle East. It is false and demonizing rhetoric plainly intended to incite hatred of Jews and Israel, and the impact on Jewish students has been serious. At least two students left UC Irvine and transferred elsewhere because they could no longer endure the anti-Semitic hostility promoted in large part by the Muslim Student Union. In the spring of 2008, 19 UC Irvine students signed a statement in which they expressed their “deep[] concern about the anti-Semitism at UCI.” In January 2009, in a plea for help and support from the community, the then-president of the pro-Israel group on campus said that “UC Irvine has been a hotbed for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activism over the past seven years.”

An independent group of Jewish and non-Jewish academic, professional and religious leaders in the Orange County community – called the Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism – was commissioned by the Hillel Foundation of Orange County to investigate allegations of anti-Semitism at UC Irvine. Although Hillel eventually discontinued its sponsorship, the Task Force completed its year-long investigation, including approximately 80 hours of interviews of students, faculty, administrators and community members, a document review, and first-hand observation of campus events and activities. This independent group found that anti-Semitic acts on campus “are real and well documented. Jewish students have been harassed. Hate speech has been unrelenting.” As to the Muslim Student Union, the Task Force found that the group “is agenda driven and unchecked by the bounds of propriety. It allies and identifies itself with terrorist groups that are enemies of the United States.”

In May 2008 and again in May 2009, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) wrote letters of concern to UC Irvine’s Chancellor Michael Drake about the Muslim Student Union’s programs. The Muslim Student Union may call its events “political critique,” but Congressman Sherman characterized the Muslim Student Union’s events in May 2008 and May 2009 as “appear[ing] intended to encourage violence against the State of Israel and propagate the spread of anti-Semitism.”

Also concerned, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations –the umbrella group for 52 national Jewish groups from across the religious and political spectrums – wrote to the then-head of the Office for Civil Rights. The Presidents’ Conference urged OCR to reconsider its decision in the ZOA’s case against UC Irvine because OCR applied an overly restrictive reading of the law, which could have serious consequences for Jewish college students facing anti-Israel and anti-Zionist attacks and other forms of anti-Semitism.

Now, plainly with the intent of intimidating the ZOA and its so-called “affiliates,” and to squelch the ZOA’s own freedom of speech, the Muslim Student Union has falsely and maliciously accused the ZOA of being a “vigilante group” that has acted illegally. Nothing could be further from the truth; all of the ZOA’s actions have been peaceful and lawful.

Concerned, UC Irvine Refers Muslim Student Union Matter
to Law Enforcement and Initiates an Internal Probe

UC Irvine now shares the ZOA’s concerns about the Muslim Student Union’s conduct. When the ZOA brought its concerns to Diane Fields Geocaris, the University’s Chief Campus Counsel, Ms. Geocaris immediately responded that “UC Irvine takes very seriously all allegations of wrongdoing. We appreciate your [the ZOA] bringing this to our attention.” UC Irvine was so concerned that the University “has referred that matter to law enforcement officials,” according to Ms. Geocaris, and had “initiated an internal review” into the Muslim Student Union’s conduct and the conduct of University officials who witnessed the Muslim Student Union’s actions but did not intervene or report them.

It is noteworthy that despite the Muslim Student Union’s unrelenting sponsorship of speakers and programs on campus that promote falsehoods about Jews, Zionism and Israel, the Muslim Student Union’s cold and uncaring disregard of the impact its hateful rhetoric is having on fellow students and the campus environment, and the Muslim Student Union’s solicitation of funds that may well have gone to a terrorist group committed to killing Jews and to Israel’s destruction – it is the Muslim Student Union accusing the ZOA of “planting the seeds of hate and discord on campus.” The claim is ludicrous. It is the Muslim Student Union planting those seeds.

The Muslim Student Union claimed that Muslim students face a hostile environment at UC Irvine, and that Muslim Student Union members receive hate mail and threats. If in fact there are Muslim students at UC Irvine who are being threatened and harassed, then we support and encourage those students to report the incidents and ensure that there are consequences for the perpetrators. No student should face harassment or intimidation on his/her college campus or anywhere else. But it cannot be called harassment when the ZOA shines a light on the Muslim Student Union’s conduct and criticizes it for the harmful impact it is having on others.

The Muslim Student Union claimed that after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there was an “upsurge of ‘Islamophobia’,” and that “Muslims have become the most discriminated against religious group in the nation.” The evidence – hate crime statistics collected on an annual basis by our government – contradicts these claims.

After the Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990 was passed and at the Attorney General’s request, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been gathering and publishing hate crime statistics every year since 1992. The Muslim Student Union is correct that after 9/11, anti-Islamic religious bias incidents increased, according to the FBI. But anti-Jewish incidents were even higher that year and were by far the highest among all the religious bias incidents. Out of the 1828 religious bias incidents reported by the FBI in 2001, 1043 were against Jews; there were only 481 incidents against Muslims. Each year thereafter, the FBI reported that the group subjected by far to the most religious bias incidents was Jews. In 2007, the most recent year for which the FBI has published statistics, there were 1400 religious bias incidents; 969 of them were anti-Jewish and only 115 were anti-Islamic. (See In light of these statistics, if the Muslim Student Union genuinely “deeply sympathizes with individuals who are victimized based on their religion, ethnicity, or race,” then it would be reasonable to expect the Muslim Student Union to finally stop promoting hate and bigotry against Jews, the single most victimized religious group in this country, and to fight against the bigotry.

Morton A. Klein, the ZOA’s National President, Dr. Michael Goldblatt, Chairman of the ZOA’s National Board of Directors, Steven Goldberg, Esq., Vice Chairman of the ZOA’s National Board, and Susan B. Tuchman, Esq., Director of the ZOA’s Center for Law and Justice, criticized the Muslim Student Union for its intimidation tactics and praised UC Irvine for initiating an internal probe and seeking an investigation by law enforcement: “We once again thank UC Irvine for responding quickly and appropriately to the Muslim Student Union’s deeply troubling conduct. The Muslim Student Union’s attacks on the ZOA are nonsensical and plainly calculated to scare into silence those who, like us, abhor all forms of bigotry, including bigotry against Muslims. Promoting falsehoods about the ZOA, ADL and others, does not obscure the fact that in its letter, the Muslim Student Union has not denied that it solicited funds at UC Irvine for Viva Palestina in violation of University policy and without the University’s authorization. In its letter, the Muslim Student Union has not denied the fact that Viva Palestina furnished support and resources to the terrorist group Hamas. If these allegations are found to be true, and the Muslim Student Union’s role in the solicitation of funds is proven, then federal law and University policy have been violated and the Muslim Student Union should be disciplined for its serious misconduct, including by losing its status as a registered student group at UC Irvine.”

"The Most Moral Army In The World!"

By Findalis of Monkey in the Middle

Is the assessment given to the IDF by Colonel Richard Kemp (Great Britain) to the UN Human Rights Council 12th Special Session, 16 October 2009 Debate on Goldstone Report.

The Goldstone report (you can read this work of fiction here) is based on lies, innuendos, and hearsay. There is no factual data in this work of fiction (the conclusion was made way before the members of the committee were picked) and it is considered the honest truth by the Obama Administration trying to appease their Muslim masters. It is the only way Obama and his Muslim cohorts can "legally" destroy Israel (since the Muslims are too incompetent to do it with an army).

The world will not listen to reason and the truth. The world has already decided on the verdict (with the great appeaser Barack Hussein Obama leading the way to the slaughter [His his idol Hitler would have been so proud of him!]).

I ask you, truthseeker, to listen to the words of this British hero, and judge for yourself.

Col. Richard Kemp on the U.N. Goldstone Report

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Text of the speech

Thank you, Mr. President.

I am the former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan. I served with NATO and the United Nations; commanded troops in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Macedonia; and participated in the Gulf War. I spent considerable time in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, and worked on international terrorism for the UK Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee.

Mr. President, based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.

Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population.

Hamas, like Hizballah, are expert at driving the media agenda. Both will always have people ready to give interviews condemning Israeli forces for war crimes. They are adept at staging and distorting incidents.

The IDF faces a challenge that we British do not have to face to the same extent. It is the automatic, Pavlovian presumption by many in the international media, and international human rights groups, that the IDF are in the wrong, that they are abusing human rights.

The truth is that the IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping over 2 million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties. During the conflict, the IDF allowed huge amounts of humanitarian aid into Gaza. To deliver aid virtually into your enemy's hands is, to the military tactician, normally quite unthinkable. But the IDF took on those risks.

Despite all of this, of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of mistakes. There have been mistakes by the British, American and other forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq, many of which can be put down to human error. But mistakes are not war crimes.

More than anything, the civilian casualties were a consequence of Hamas’ way of fighting. Hamas deliberately tried to sacrifice their own civilians.

Mr. President, Israel had no choice apart from defending its people, to stop Hamas from attacking them with rockets.

And I say this again: the IDF did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.

Thank you, Mr. President.

Col. Richard Kemp, CBE, served in the British Army from 1977 - 2006. He was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, an infantry battalion Commanding Officer, worked for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBR and completed 14 operational tours of duty around the globe.

Richard Kemp was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), Military Division, in recognition of his intelligence work in Northern Ireland in 1992–1993 and was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery as a commander in the United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia in 1994. He was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), Military Division, in the New Year Honours 2006 for his service in relation to the London bomb attacks in 2005, and for his work for the British and US governments in Iraq the same year.

Thousands have watched his testimony. Now is the time to turn his words into action. Write to your Congressman, to your Senator, remind them that lies do not make a truth no matter how many times you tell them. Remind them that you vote, that you support Israel, and will not vote for them if they do not do all that they can to get the President to use our veto in the Security Council when this pack of lies comes up for a vote.

There is truth and there are lies. Goldstone is a lie.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Demonization of Israel (and America) on US Campuses

Cross-posted by Gary Fouse

Anti-Israel demonstration at UC-Irvine

The Israeli incursion into Gaza last December-January unleashed a wave of anti-Israel protests across North America and Europe instigated by pro-Palestinian elements in Western societies. In the US, some of the protests were on the streets of cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ft Lauderdale and Toronto. Other protests took place on college campuses. In addition, anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian activists organized several “seminars” on college campuses across the US ostensibly to “discuss” the Israel-Palestinian conflict. They were anything but balanced. In essence, they represented nothing more than an attempt to give the prestige of the university and so-called “scholarship” to defame the state of Israel, accuse it of war crimes and call for its dismantling in favor on a one-state solution under Palestinian rule. In addition, this organized campaign also involved-and involves to this day- a huge amount of America-bashing as Israel’s ally. This represents nothing less than a concerted effort in our universities to stigmatize the Israeli nation and our own country as well.

The first question that should be addressed is who is carrying out this “academic program” to tear apart Israel? It mostly consists of an unholy alliance of Middle Eastern professors who teach in our universities and traditional left-wing radical professors who have taken up the Palestinian cause since it fits like a glove into their own anti-American agenda. These are largely the 1960s reprobates, who grew up on Viet Nam and Watergate and to this day, believe that America is a deeply flawed nation in need of a top to bottom overhaul. Into this mix has been added another element, the 150 or so Muslim Student Associations in universities across the US who organize many of the anti-Israel events on their campuses. These events feature a series of speakers who not only demonize Israel, but the US as well. Some speakers even go so far as to attack Jews. In fact, what we are witnessing across North America, Europe and even parts of Latin America is a resurgence of anti-Semitism fueled by the Israel-Palestinian conflict and featuring aspects of modern anti-Jewish feeling that feed off the typical Jewish stereotypes.

There are few universities in the US whose humanities departments are not stocked with a solid majority of liberals-many of whom can only be described as solid leftists. They dominate most universities to the point that conservative voices are drowned out or simply non-existent. This carries over into the Middle East issue where many professors have joined the Palestinian cause as part and parcel of their leftist ideology.

Let me take a few examples: At UC Santa Barbara, sociology professor William Robinson recently sent e-mails to his students comparing the Israeli military to Nazis carrying out the Holocaust. This caused some students to complain to the university. Another UCSB professor , Richard Falk of the Dept of Global and International Studies, also regularly attacks Israel, and according to Campus Watch, has stated that “America and Israel are most addicted to reliance on moral superiority. They practice genocidal geopolitics.” ( Leftist professor Lisa Hajjar, formerly of UC Santa Barbara, now at UCLA is a regular basher of Israel and the US. During the Gaza conflict, she participated in a “seminar” at UCLA in which she told a Jewish questioner who took an opposing stand (Eric Golub) that “that Zionist hat on your head is screwed on way too tight”. (The hat was actually a fedora.)

Of course, there are others at UCLA like Gabriel Piterberg and Saree Makdisi who travel the college circuit attacking Israel. At Stanford, there is Joel Beinin, professor of history, who regularly not only denounces Israel, but “US imperialism” as well. At MIT, there is the noted linguist Noam Chomsky, who also writes and speaks regularly on how bad the US and Israel are. Columbia has both Joseph Massad and Rashid Khalidi, both controversial Palestinian advocates. The above represent only a tiny sampling. The list goes on and on all over the United States and Canada.

Without putting each and every professor into each and every ideological box, there are common threads that can be found when looking at them in general. Their mostly common message is that Israel is imperialist, racist, not a legitimate state, is conducting deliberate genocide against the Palestinian people and deliberately targeting civilians. They mostly believe that Israel has no right to exist as a Jewish state. One of their side issues is that American universities should divest themselves of Israeli financial interests.

Most also preach the message that the US is imperialist and guilty of complicity in Israel’s “crimes against humanity”. Many will also tell you that the US is a “racist” nation. They will tell you that our war against terror is at best misguided and at worst a war against Muslim people worldwide.

In addition, many are Marxist in their political outlook. They do not respect our form of democracy and hate capitalism with a fervor.

In many cases, academic leftists, many with roots in the Middle East, have joined with traditional American leftists, anarchists and radical Islamists in order to bring an anti-Israel, anti-America, anti-Jew message to college campuses to the point where many Jews do not feel comfortable asserting their Jewish identity on campus. On many campuses, including where I teach at UC-Irvine, Jews have occasionally been accosted, insulted or shoved by pro-Palestinian students during MSU-sponsored events that attack Israel. In addition, MSU-sponsored speakers at UCI have glorified suicide bombers (Amir Abdel Malik Ali) and stated that “Jews are low-life ghetto-dwellers” or “You can take a Jew out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the Jew”. (Mohammed al-Asi). This type of hate speech gets a pass from UCI administrators because it is “free speech”. It should be noted that speakers such as the above, while condemning Israel in one breath, will condemn the US in the next breath. And here, I speak as a first-hand witness.

Attend virtually any public “seminar” on the Israel-Palestinian problem on a university campus and you will see a hall packed full of Palestinian supporters where any defenders of Israel are jeered, shouted down or ridiculed by the speakers when they dare to challenge his or her point of view. Here again, I speak from first-hand experience. Watch this video taken May 21, 2009 at UCI when I asked British politician and Palestinian supporter George Galloway about incidents of anti-Semitism on the part of pro-Palestinian demonstrators in the US.

Was Mr Galloway not aware of the numerous incidents that had taken place in December and January at protests in Ft Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto and other places where pro-Palestinians yelled things like, “Jews back to the ovens”, “Long live Hitler”, “Hitler didn’t finish the job”? He made a fool out of himself by calling me a liar because everything I quoted was documented on YouTube.

Interestingly, many of the figures of whom I write are of Jewish descent themselves. One prime example is Norman Finklestein, late of DePaul University, an acid-tongued character who seemingly hates Israel and his own country equally if you follow his invective-laced rhetoric. Tony Judt at NYU uses his position to launch countless attacks against Israel even though his area of expertise is European history. There are many others who lend their Jewish background to the anti-Israel cause, and thus, give “credibility” to those who want to drive every last Jew out of the Middle East. In addition, there are organizations that masquerade as Jewish advocacy groups, such as J Street that are really dedicated to bringing about an end to the Jewish state.

So this is the side show that these people are bringing to universities across the nation. Whether in the classrooms or in seminar halls, they teach our young that Israel and its ally, America are rotten entities. They bring no balance or real intellectual discussion to their cause. Opposition voices on campus are to be derided or simply shut down. These people, even with their PHDs, are academic frauds who have taken over higher education in America and made it a joke. Sadly, they are enabled by weak-kneed college administrators who have allowed this situation to fester and grow like a cancer over the last four decades.

Reasonable people can agree to disagree on the Israel-Palestinian issue. However, American students are not getting a balanced presentation of the issue. This is antithetical to what universities are supposed to be-places where students are exposed to all sides of an issue. In addition, honest disagreement over this issue is no excuse to bring about a resurgence in anti-Semitism.

I don’t know the solution to this problem other than to expose it for what it is and help educate the public as to how their tax or tuition dollars are being spent. Eventually, it is up to the public to demand reform. And reform is the key word here. This is not education. This is indoctrination.

Lionheart: English Defence League Protest October 31st, 2009

by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook

Take your pick of spellings: Anjem Choudry, Anjem Choudary, Anjem Choudhury or Ajum Choudhary. He is the scourge of freedom loving peoples in Britain. He is a British citizen and a jihadist working openly on the streets of London - trying to bring Islam to the West in a very final way. The members of the English Defence League (EDL) are protesting Choudry's influence in their beloved and non-Muslim country. See an English Defence League video about the protest below.

Anjem Choudary - Anjem Choudry

A protest demonstration against Choudry, extremist Islam and the country's Islam-appeasing, over-taxing authorities, is scheduled in Leeds on October 31st, 2009 at the Leeds City Square, 13.00 to 15.00 hours. The name of the protest is "Judgement Day."

The next thing you need to know is that a "fanatical group, Islam4UK, is also assembling on October 31st to push sharia law on the people of Britain:

10-19-09 Daily Express:

A RADICAL Muslim group sparked outrage last night as it launched a massive campaign to impose sharia law on Britain.

The fanatical group Islam4UK has ­announced plans to hold a potentially ­incendiary rally in London later this month.

And it is calling for a complete upheaval of the British legal system, its officials and ­legislation.
 So the English Defence League will also be there. Their website says they stand for:
(1) free speech, (2) democracy, (3) equality in law, and (4) cultural tolerance.
Choudry and Islam want no part of these principles. From EDL:
We also protest against individual Islamic fanatics like Anjem Choudary who has stated:

“Not being a Muslim is a crime against god”
“If you are a non-Muslim you are guilty”
“I must have hatred for everything which is non-Islam”

Source: BBC World.

Anjem Choudary has also stated that it is his aim to fly an Islamic flag over 10 Downing Street and to enforce Sharia law over our country. His hatred for freedom, democracy and our culture is clear to see.

Unfortunately others share Anjem Choudary’s view. Extremists like him, use their influence in the Islamic community to spread the seed of hatred among disillusioned Muslim youth.

For years we have looked to the government to resolve the direct and indirect causes of Islamic extremism in our country. They have failed us. And they have failed our troops who fight for our freedom from terrorism and tyranny.

Whilst British troops have been fighting and dying, your Members of Parliament have submitting inappropriate expense claims for duck islands, porn films and luxurious second homes. Their obscene behaviour had to be leaked to the press before some of them reluctantly repaid the money taken from tax-payers.

They have also bailed-out the fat-cats, the privileged few, in the City with hundreds of billions of pounds of tax-payers money whilst leaving 2.47 million British people to rot unemployed, or on unliveable wages.

In the absence of effective Government the English Defence League has been forced to rise up.

If you share the EDL’s values please attend the peaceful demonstration at Leeds City Square at 1pm on Saturday 31st October 2009.
 Choudry is a follower of Omar Bakri Mohammed who founded al-Muhajiroun, which Choudry now leads. Mohammed also founded Hizb ut-Tahrir. Hizb ut-Tahrir has already made inroads into the U.S. under the guise of "moderation." President Obama's head of Muslim Affairs, Dalia Mogahed, was interviewed on a British television show, Muslimah Dilemma on the Islam Channel on October 4th. Ms. Mogahed told the host of the show that she finds from her surveys that "the majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with shari'ah compliance." Only a small majority of women, said our President's advisor, associate Sharia law with oppression of woman.

Hizb ut-Tahrir attempted to hold a "Caliphate Planning Conference" at an Islamic school in Bridgeview, Ilinois, but the event was canceled after publicity, at least in the school; instead the group moved to the Hilton Oak Lawn in Oak Lawn, Illinois. The goal of Hizb ut-Tahrir:
In its self-description, Hizb-ut-Tahrir declares: "Its work is not educational, as it is not a school, nor is its work concerned with giving sermons and preaching. Rather its work is political, in which the thoughts and laws of Islam are presented in order to act upon them and to carry them so as to establish them in life's affairs and in the State."
According to Heritage Foundation researcher Ariel Cohen:
Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a "totalitarian organization, akin to a disciplined Marxist-Leninist party, in which internal dissent is neither encouraged nor tolerated." Candidates for membership undergo two years of indoctrination, becoming full members only after they "mel[t] with the Party."  Members belong to compartmentalized cells and know the identities of only the others in that cell. "When a critical mass of cells is achieved," writes Cohen, "according to its doctrine, Hizb may move to take over a country in preparation for the establishment of the Caliphate." Hizb-ut-Tahrir reportedly has cells in 40 or more nations.
We are following in the footsteps of Britain and we must wake up! Here's another lesson:

This from the TimesOnline 9-14-08:
ISLAMIC law has been officially adopted in Britain, with sharia courts given powers to rule on Muslim civil cases.

The government has quietly sanctioned the powers for sharia judges to rule on cases ranging from divorce and financial disputes to those involving domestic violence.

Rulings issued by a network of five sharia courts are enforceable with the full power of the judicial system, through the county courts or High Court.

Previously, the rulings of sharia courts in Britain could not be enforced, and depended on voluntary compliance among Muslims.

It has now emerged that sharia courts with these powers have been set up in London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester with the network’s headquarters in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Two more courts are being planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The mistakes the Brits have made by allowing Islam to encroach on huge chunks of normal English life is astonishing. Perhaps the worst is allowing Muslim MEN further control over a British Muslim citizen, who may not want a Shari'ah court looking over them. What happens to a Muslim couple who are British citizens, attending a mosque but wanting to follow Western laws because they are lawfully living in the West?

More tidbits about Choudry:

From Discover the Networks:
October 2000, Choudary co-signed and issued a “Warning to All Jews…in the UK” that “if you support Israel financially, verbally or physically you will become part of the [Middle East] conflict.” Choudary, in other words, explicitly warned Jews in democratic Great Britain, the mother of parliaments, that if they opened their mouths in support of Israel, they risked being attacked in England by Islamist terrorists.
Speaking at a meeting in London, Anjem Choudary, right-hand man of exiled preacher Omar Bakri Mohammed [his deported mentor], said: "It may be by pure conversion that Britain will become an Islamic state. We may never need to conquer it from the outside."
So how would this happen? Choudry tells us and notice his plan for the "flag of Sharia."
Mr Choudary then referred to Bakri’s notorious aim of flying the ‘flag of Sharia’ over Downing Street, claiming that this would happen by 2020 as 500 people a day were converting to Islam and laughing that Muslim families in places like Whitechapel and Bethnal Green in east London were having ‘10 or 12 children each’.
Read about the EDL below the video.

English Defence League Protest October 31, 2009 (video)

Just a note about the English Defence League: My friend Lionheart (Paul Ray) is a member of EDL. There are some who refer to the EDL as "far right," which I think is a good thing in these dire times. No marshmallow can stand before a hot fire. Nevertheless, if you see "far right" as skinheads, then EDL is not "far right." As I have watched Lionheart for a couple of years now, I see no violence. I see and hear the urging for peaceful and meaningful protests, which have sometimes not been allowed, although Muslim groups HAVE been allowed to protest returning troops from Iraq in a most despicable manner, as well as the British people and their values, in general.

Lionheart - Paul Ray

I pray for England. There are some very harsh times ahead for them if their leaders don't do something. Next stop: the U.S.

Are Evangelical Churches Drifting Left?

by Barbara Sowell

Did you wake up one Sunday morning and finally realize that you could no longer support or attend a church that has gradually embraced an anti-American – anti-Capitalistic gospel in the name of Christ? Did it suddenly dawn upon you that the ever-present term “social justice” is merely a code word for a Marxist view of redistributive justice wrapped in a thinly disguised Christian veneer? Have you visited church after church after church only to discover that something decidedly unchristian has crept into the gospel teachings replacing, by redefinition, all that has been sacred to Christianity for centuries?

We live in the Age of Heresy and what we have to fear is not the old cults that Christians have traditionally warned against for years. What we have to fear today is the steady drift to the political left that has distorted our many venerable institutions and well-known Christian denominations.

Today 100,000 local congregations and 45 million Christians are supporting leftist goals yet most of the members are still blissfully unaware. For a quick overview of this un-Christian indoctrination, please read: United Nations Entrenched Within Most Christian Denominations

The following information is from the leftist progressive blog called Queering the Church which is proudly proclaiming the Evangelical Christian churches “leftwards drift.”

Martha Cook of the Centre for American Progress reports that “Evangelicals Step Up For Marriage Equality”

Brent Childers used to call himself a “Jesse Helms Republican” who justified his homophobic beliefs through biblical interpretation. But last weekend, as he marched in the Equality March in Washington, D.C., he stood alongside his lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender friends in support of their full human rights. . . .

From The Rise of the Religious Left”

As Austen Ivereigh points out, Moore’s anti-capitalist preaching is quite in keeping with Catholic traditions of social activism. What’s less known is that evangelical Christian churches – the supposed mainstay of rightwing politics in the US – are showing a leftwards drift.”

“Nearly every major social justice battle fought in the US has been supported, if not driven, by religious groups – which in statistical terms overwhelmingly means Christians. It’s widely known that the historically black church has been a key player in promoting justice for African Americans – from the abolition of slavery to the civil rights movements – as well as championing initiatives that support marginalised communities, both black and white. Beneath the more notorious rhetoric of Obama’s former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who at one point looked likely to irreparably fracture Obama’s presidential bid, we can find him preaching the acceptance of homosexuality and the importance of works as well as faith. Wright’s work at Trinity United Church of Christ, the church Obama was a member of for over 20 years, involves programmes for HIV/Aids sufferers, drug rehabilitation, and housing support for Chicago’s impoverished South Side communities.” . . .

For a thorough assessment of Wright’s church, Black Liberation Theology, and what the Catholic Pope also has to say about the dangers of Black Liberation Theology, please read Obama’s Marxist Liberation Theology Church.

From David Horowitz Newsreal on “queer theory:”

. . .For these new radical theorists, the enemy is no longer a ruling class, a hegemonic race or even a dominant gender. Instead it is the sexual order of nature itself. Oppression lies in the very idea of the “normal,” the order that divides humanity into two sexes. Instead of a classless society as the redemptive future, queer theorists envisage a gender free world.

A specter is haunting America’s universities, the last refuge of the political left. It is the specter of “queer theory,” the latest of the radical identity politics that have replaced class struggle and the classic proletariat in the schema of Marxist revolution. . .

Here are some links to other bits of news concerning Christianity this week:

A Reason for the Left to Hate MLK offers an excerpt from the writings of Martin Luther King Jr. as to why he rejected Marxism.

Praise God – Washington Times Covers the story of the Iranian Christian Girls (Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, 30) Jailed for Converting to Christianity

Members of Iran’s tiny and much-persecuted Christian minority, they were arrested March 5 for “acting against state security” and “taking part in illegal gatherings” and left to rot in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Their families have tried to bail them out, to no avail. . . .


The following from beliefnet’s Crunch Con

Politically correct white flight

Aaron M. Renn at the indispensable New Geography site has a fascinating analysis of a curious aspect shared by progressive urban havens like Austin, Portland and suchlike: they have relatively few black people in them. Excerpt:

This raises troubling questions about these cities. Why is it that progressivism in smaller metros is so often associated with low numbers of African Americans? Can you have a progressive city properly so-called with only a disproportionate handful of African Americans in it? In addition, why has no one called these cities on it? . .

Obama ‘Loathes’ and is ‘Disgusted’ by Israel

JERUSALEM – U.S. officials in recent days expressed to the Palestinian Authority that President Obama’s administration is “disgusted” with Israel, a top aide to PA President Mahmoud Abbas told WND in an interview. . . .

Organizing for America — a political action group for President Barack Obama — recently carried an entry on its website from ultra-left-wing professor Richard Falk, who said “Comparing the present-day Israel with Nazi Germany, one discovers that the majority of the Israeli policies are exact copies of the Nazi policies.”

UN Report Says War on Terror Hurts Transgenders!!!

Cross-posted by Gary Fouse

"Additionally, counter-terrorism measures that are characterized as being a fight for women’s rights (such as the United States portrayal of its “war on terror” in Afghanistan in 2001) should be closely scrutinized, to ensure that they are not misinformed by gender-cultural stereotypes and are actually responsive to the concerns of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals in local contexts."

-Martin Scheinin, Special Rapporteur, UN Human Rights Commission

If you still think the UN is a worthwhile organization, read the below report and accompanying document published by the UN Human Rights Council. According to this August report, the whole war on terror has to be re-designed (or perhaps called off?) in the name of gender equality and not to bring harm to transgendered people!,2933,568869,00.html

But of course, this report is from Fox News, and the White House says they can't be trusted, so here is the actual document:

Fousesquawk comment:

No really! What can one say to this ridiculous document? And who is the author of this mad concoction? His name is Martin Scheinin.

That's him right there.

Apparently, Mr Scheinin, a native of Finland, is a professor of public international law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Since 2005, he has been a "Special Rapporteur" (that's French) for the UN Human Rights Council.

Only a professor could think this up.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ex-Washington Post Executive Editor wants philanthropic funds to preserve journalism

by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook

The headline caught my eye. Journalism does indeed need preserving, but my ideas about how to do so were not even close to those laid out in the report.

I am thinking that journalism needs more of a scrubbing - a good clean-up, more about getting to journalist ethics. A report, co-authored by a former executive editor for the Washington Post, doesn't go there.

Len Downie, in a report commissioned by the Columbia University Journalist School, wants "nonprofits" (philanthropists) to step in and help financially, as well as lobby for government tax codes granting nonprofit status - and how about that suggested fee for telecom and internet users?

What about feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, getting children who need medical assistance to the right hospital, donating to DARE and diabetes, the Ronald McDonald House, AIDs, various adult cancers and heart associations and our local church and missions? Where do these elitists get the brass to ask nonprofits to syphon-off monies given by the "givers" in America?

Did I mention there is a tax in this plan? The report is asking "philanthropic organizations to support local reporting." That's where the tax comes in - or fees - to be gathered in some fashion from telecom or internet providers."

I might not object if a clear definition of "journalism," and adherence to that definition, must be met to get the nonprofit status. Of course, it all depends on the definition of the trade - like defining what "is is."

Next will be White House ordered legislation assuring that FOX News is excluded from "nonprofit status."

I cannot credit this report by linking to it, because the "original source" says I cannot (but never mind, they want me to donate to keep their less-than-honest endeavors alive) but go to type in some keywords and you'll find it.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Obama Vs. Fox News

By Findalis of Monkey in the Middle

Today Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States, Leader of the Free World and Champion of Free Speech declared War on Fox News Channel.

Using his Kapos, he has attempted a Blitzkrieg upon the Network.
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN that President Obama does not want "the CNNs and the others in the world [to] basically be led in following Fox."

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod went further by calling on media outlets to join the administration in declaring that Fox is "not a news organization."

"Other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way," Axelrod counseled ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "We're not going to treat them that way."
While the other News Networks Propaganda Mills are rallying around the President, his Healthcare proposals, and denigrating the protesters on 9/12 as a bunch of kooks and racists, Fox News has been hitting hard on Obama's czars, his foreign policy, his economic policy, his Healthcare proposal, and the general lies and deceits Barack Hussein Obama has brought to Washington.

Looking at the lead stories from the other networks it is no wonder that Obama wants Fox News to start looking like them. Instead of examining the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Healthcare, and the situation in Iran, viewers at CNN and other media outlets (to call them news channels would be erroneous) subject their viewers to Sexy Michael Buble jokes, bed-wetting, and Balloon Boy. Not exactly the hard-hitting stories. More like fluff for the masses.

Or the example of distinguished journalism by such reporters ink slingers like Rick Sanchez.
Mr. Sanchez once wrote:

Sanchez generated controversy on Twitter when he wrote in his account, "do u know how much money i’d make if i’d sold out as hispanic and worked at fox news, r u kidding, one problem, looking in mirror."

In response, Fox News anchor Julie Banderas wrote on Twitter, "As a wise Latina woman, I have no comment other than to say...if I were Rick Sanchez, I wouldn't look in the mirror, period."

A Fox News spokesman also responded with, "Everyone knows that Rick is an industry joke, he shows that he's a hack everyday. And he doesn't have to worry about working at FOX because we only hire talent who have the ability to generate ratings."
Rick Sanchez, Politically Correct Hack, pushes the pro-Obama agenda, flunked his course in objectivity at college, is openly anti-Semitic (he supports La Voz de Aztlan openly including their full anti-Semitic rhetoric), and is vying for the Joseph Goebbels award for Excellence in Journalism. Is it any wonder that a Conservative like Lou Dobbs (the only Conservative on the staff) is leaving CNN (Hostile work environment?).

The last President who declared war on the media was Richard Nixon. He declared war on the Washington Post and New York Times. Look what happened to him. A fair warning to any President with skeletons in his closet.

President Obama thinks the heat is on now, just wait a bit. Think of what the heat will be like if and when Fox News start to investigate his private finances (Deep Throat did tell Woodward and Burnstein to "Follow the money.").

Nixon's approval ratings were very high when the Washington Post started to investigate Watergate. Obama doesn't have that luxury any more. Even Saturday Night Live and Late Night Comics are taking potshots at him:

SNL Obama Do Nothing Skit 10 3 09

View at YouTube.

The honeymoon is over President Obama. You better grow a thick coat, the satire and criticism is just going to get worse.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Re-Name the Washington Redskins Contest

Cross-posted by Gary Fouse

Yes, folks, with this latest loss, it is time to re-name Washington's pitiful football team. As you know, the team has been named the Redskins for many moons now-going back to when they were in Boston. (Yes, they were in Boston once.) However, the name is not politically correct, and pressure has been building for years to change the name and team logo. In my previous post, I suggested the name "All-Stars", but obviously, that won't do. Perhaps something that symbolizes the city of Washington. I have some suggestions. With each suggestion, I will include a suitable picture which would go on their helmet and other equipment gear as their official team logo. The first suggestion that gets 3 votes wins. Here we go.

1 The Washington Porkers

Either this....

or this.

2 The Washington Stealers

Same pronunciation, different spelling, different meaning.

3 The Washington Elephants

Silly me. There are no elephants in Washington.

4 The Washington Donkeys

Perhaps a bit ubiquitous. Everywhere you look, you see donkeys.

5 The Washington Obamas

Strange name, but the logo is great. Hell, it elected a US president!

6 The Washington Staffers

Who else can get tickets to the games?

7 We could bring back the Washington Generals.

8 How about we bring back the Washington Senators?

Looks scarier than the Raiders' logo, if you ask me.

Or we could just sell the team to Rush Limbaugh and let him re-name the team.