Riots versus Quiet

As Black protesters chant for days on end, “No Justice, No Peace,” declaring their rejection of any rationale for the recent street execution of a Black youth near St. Louis, Missouri, by the police, worldwide Jewry is assured that there is no evidence of hate crime when a Jew was executed the same weekend on the streets of North Miami Beach.

In both of these instances, quiet is just as wrong as riot; for blood has been shed and will never be coursing through the dead bodies again.

In Missouri, innocent business owners, totally detached from the killing of the Black youth, were victimized by looters in the name of avenging the fallen man. In Florida, an entire Jewish community is fallen by its false sense of security and robbed of its right to have the highest criminal charges brought against two young Black executioners, on foot and on bicycle, casually and repeatedly shooting a Jew on a Sabbath morning in front of his grandchildren walking behind him to synagogue.

Say the police, a hate crime is not here.

Is there no continuum between quiet and riot in the hideous face of a Rabbi executed on the street? Can we watch the execution in silence? Such silence is subservience to evil, and it is evil when a Jew is massacred. The Jew was indeed massacred. Where is the rightful indignation of the masses? Will the masses watch massacres without relentless meaningful protests – in letters, articles, posters, and demonstrations – not riots or lootings in the name of “justice”?

We demand justice for the Jew. How many times can one man be murdered? The Rabbi, markedly Jewish and unarmed, walking in a sunny Jewish neighborhood, was massacred by multiple gunshots. Jews must raise their voices, with the multitudes or alone as a People, against the massacre.

“No Justice, No Peace” means that Jewish voices cannot rest until Jews are safe in North Miami Beach, where hate crimes against Jewish person and property are escalating, and across the globe. Silence in the face of violence is sin, and sin feeds upon itself until the world is covered in darkness … which we can “Never forget.”

August 13, 2014, in Loving Memory of my Beloved Mommy, Sophia Passo Katz, on her Yahrzeit.

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A Tale of Two Shootings in Black and White

Over the past week there were two shootings that made the headlines. The first was the shooting of an Orthodox Rabbi going to worship at a shul (synagogue)  located in North Miami Beach, Florida on Shabbat (Saturday). The second was of a young black man shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

The local reactions to each shooting is a stark contrast in black and white.

Ferguson, Missouri black residents reacted by rioting and looting local businesses. In Miami the Jewish community remained calm and concerned citizens raised a $50,000 reward to help police find the perpetrators of the crime. One community revolted and the other grieved. One displayed violence, the other patience and reverence. Can you see the difference?

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New York Rabbi Joseph Raksin

Rabbi Joseph Raksin was shot by two black men. The Miami police are saying that it was a botched robbery, however many believe it was a hate crime targeting Jews. Orthodox Jews, like Rabbi Raksin, do not carry money on Shabbat. There have been multiple examples of anti-Semitic graffiti on cars and buildings in the Miami area.

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Michael Brown

In the case of the shooting of Michael Brown it is being reported that he and a second young black got into an altercation with a police officer. Brown was struggling for the officer’s gun when he was shot. USA Today reports, “Police Chief Tom Jackson said members of the [black] crowd threw rocks at police and gunfire came from the [black] crowd, so officers used tear gas and shot ‘beanbag rounds’ meant to stun them. Jackson said police blocked off the area where most of the looting and vandalism occurred [by blacks] the previous night out of concern that cars passing by might hit demonstrators in the street.”

Some blacks are fixated on their race, having been brought to America as slaves. Jews are fixated on their religion and survival as a people.

Blacks have been free for over a century due solely the efforts of President Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans in Congress  passing the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution during the Civil War. The Jews have been persecuted since they came to the land of Israel, the Holy Land. They have been hunted down by various civilizations ending with the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazis during WW II. Not so with black slaves, who while enslaved, were never subject to genocide in the United States.

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Kevin Jackson

The Black Sphere’s Kevin Jackson writes, “A black teen gets shot by cops, and black people in the neighborhood say, ‘Kill the cops.’ But when black teens shoot other black teens, black people say nothing. If I were the police, I would take black neighborhoods off my radar. Let’s face it, white neighborhoods are safer, and they don’t shout ‘Kill the cops!’”

Jackson has a point that is made abundantly clear by this most recent contrast in black and white. Whites respect for the law stands in sharp contrast to black lawlessness.

Jackson concludes, “This is Race-Profiteering 101: The race-baiters can’t make money if it is known that the person they are protecting is not a good citizen. In other words, condemning the police, even wrongly, is the right strategy for race-pimps to get paid.”

Just the opposite is true for North Miami’s Jews.

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‘Gay marriage’ battle brewing in U.S. Virgin Islands: Pastors fearlessly organize to stop it

The US Virgin Islands -– St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John -– are facing a “gay marriage” battle. A bill was drafted in their legislature in May, and although it hasn’t yet been formally filed, the fight has already started. Pastors have organized across the territory and have begun to confront the “gay marriage” threat.

The front page of the major newspaper in the Virgin Islands on July 10 tells it all.(Read article here.)

Unlike in many parts of the United States, the pastors in the US Virgin Islands are leading the charge. More importantly, they have taken the gloves off and are not being stopped by “political correctness.”  At this point they are overwhelming the organized homosexual movement there. MassResistance has also begun helping and Brian Camenker may be asked go there at some point.

The U.S. Virgin Islands are located just east of the Dominican Republic in the Carribean.

Bill written by lame-duck Senator

The bill was written by Sen. Judi Buckley, a liberal who is not running for re-election this year. (The Virgin Islands has a unicameral legislature with 15 senators, each with 2-year terms.)  Being a lame-duck – and not having to face voters — is part of the reason she’s doing this. “The reality is, when you know you’re not running for re-election, it takes away the fear,” she told the local press.

Sen. Judi Buckley
[Photo: St. Croix Source]

The laws of the US Virgin Islands currently state that marriage is “between a male and a female.” The bill would change that to “between two persons” and also deal with same-sex divorces, annulments, and similar issues. It would also allow clergy (or anyone else) to refuse to perform any marriage ceremony.

The bill is currently in draft form, and is still before the legislature’s legal counsel. It’s expected that it will not be formally introduced into the Senate until after the November elections, and most likely after the next session starts in January (when Buckley will no longer be in the Senate). Nevertheless, she’s told the press that she’s glad she got the process started. And the fact that it’s in the queue has shaken up many on the islands.

Clergy react strongly and swiftly

The bill’s appearance caused immediate distress and outrage across the territory. Even though it was in “draft” form, people could see that the “gay marriage” train was starting to roll –- and that it needed to be confronted immediately. Within days, MassResistance got a call from one of the major pro-family activists on St. John asking for information, materials, and advice –- which we were happy to supply.

“One Voice Virgin Islands”

A few weeks later, a group of pastors from all three islands met to talk about what to do to stop the “gay marriage” bill. They decided to form a pastors’ organization which they named “One Voice Virgin Islands” to carry the battle across the territory.

“One Voice Virgin Islands” is off and running!

They are not shy about voicing their principles. “The bottom line is: It’s immoral,” the pastor who is vice-president of the new organization told the press. Other pastors were quoted saying that “it would be un-Christian not to speak out against the bill” and “we do not wish to be America’s same-sex paradise.”

They immediately set up a One Voice Virgin Islands FaceBook page that has galvanized support across the territory.

They also set up a petition on Change.org titled: “Petitioning Governor and Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands: Petition to Uphold Traditional Marriage Law In the U.S. Virgin Islands.”  As of today, the petition has 416 signers. The statement on the petition includes Bible verses supporting traditional marriage and condemning “effeminacy and sexual acts between persons of the same gender.”  It’s already a serious political movement. According to press reports, signers of the petition include politicians running in the 2014 gubernatorial and senatorial races.

Pastors begin taking the fight to the people!

The pastors wasted little time taking their fight to the people, and have been organizing regular rallies. In particular, For example, Pastor Dexter Skepple of Speak the Word Ministries on St. Croix has organized religious rallies and interviewed major politicians on his radio program.

“We are going to have to go to jail for this kind of thing,” Pastor Skepple has told the local press. “Same sex marriage is not a human right, not a civil right,” he said. “Could you imagine two men raising a baby? That’s disastrous. God has designed a husband and a wife to raise a child.”


Pastor Skepple gives a fiery speech on “gay marriage” at one of his rallies on July 9. Watch the video of Pastor Skepple’s speech here. [Photo: Virgin Islands Daily News]

Pastor Skepple interviews a candidate for Governor of the Virgin Islands on the “gay marriage” issue.

Listen to the show here.

Homosexual group emerges to support the bill

Until now there has not been a significant homosexual movement in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because of that, public sympathy for so-called “gay rights” is not widespread there, and “gayness” is certainly not as public as in other places. Even the media is much more evenhanded on these issues.

In March, two months before the bill was submitted, a homosexual group “Gay Pride V.I.” appeared and started a Facebook page. That timing is now believed to have been in anticipation of the bill’s May debut. Sen. Buckley told the press in July that said she actually started writing the bill last year, but for strategic reasons waited until this May to submit it.

Gay Pride V.I. appears to be fairly small, made up of devoted pro-homosexual activists. But like “gay” groups in other places, their main activities so far have been to disrupt and harass the One Voice Virgin Islands activities and to aggressively label anyone who disagrees with “gay rights” as bigots and haters. But from what we can tell, the One Voice people are clearly not intimidated by this.

MassResistance enters the fight

A media confrontation came on July 22.  Talk radio is a big deal in the Virgin Islands. Lots of people listen. That morning a major station with a well-known liberal host did a “gay marriage” show with some prominent guests in studio, and took calls.

We got a call at the MassResistance office from a Virgin Islands pro-marriage activist asking if Brian Camenker would come on a segment of the show and debate the host, and discuss what “gay marriage” brought to MassResistance. People in the Virgin Islands need to hear this, he said.

It was a very spirited debate, to say the least. One Voice Virgin Islands later posted the entire show on YouTube (Note: Camenker is introduced at 22:35):

Radio show on “gay marriage” broadcast across US Virgin Islands on July 22. Camenker of MassResistance is introduced at approximately position 22:35.

After the show, activists said that as the bill gets closer, they would like to bring Camenker to the Virgin Islands to work with the pastors organization and help inform the public what “gay marriage” really brings to a society.

One Voice Virgin Islands holds press conference in public park

Two days later, on July 24, One Voice Virgin Islands held a press conference at Emancipation Garden, a major public park in St. Thomas. There were several speakers and they were clear as a bell as to what they wanted, and why. Not surprisingly, a gaggle of homosexual activists also came to jeer them. But it didn’t hold the pastors back at all.

Inviting the media and islanders to the press conference.


At the press conference the pastors read their statement, made speeches, and answered questions.

Here’s part of the official statement that the One Voice Virgin Islands people read:

Let me be clear. we are steadfastly and unalterably opposed to this bill or any other efforts to legalize same sex marriage in the Virgin Islands. We believe that marriage, whether performed as a religious or civil ceremony, is a divinely ordained covenant between a man and a woman, period.

While we understand that some will not agree with our position and understand why we are so adamant in our opposition to same sex marriage, we have a moral responsibility to make our position known and take a strong stand. We will not be deterred from our position. The issue of same sex marriage is a state by state decision. despite what other jurisdictions have said and what the courts have ruled, all of those authorities do not trump the authority of God. The Bible is clear on this issue. We believe the Bible and that is our position. Frankly, we also believe that this is the position of the majority of the residents of the Virgin Islands.

. . . While some may view this as a human rights or civil rights issue it does not matter what label is placed on it. It is still the same. It is a moral issue. While some may manipulate the science and the political argument, those arguments do not change the fact that marriage is ordained by God to be between a man and a woman. And that position does not change regardless of the decisions of the V.I. Legislature or the US Supreme Court. Accordingly, we are committed to doing everything within our power to stop the bill from becoming law. We intend to educate the people concerning the effort to force this agenda upon us so an informed decision may be made during the political process and beyond. The decision of the people of the Virgin Islands will most assuredly affect unborn generations, our children! We are our brother’s keeper! We are calling on all like-minded individuals, groups, and organizations to join in our opposition to the same sex marriage bill.

(Note: We have yet to see any wimpy “every child needs a mother and a father” type arguments meant to placate the “mushy middle” and which never work.  Luckily, these pastors haven’t been “educated” by the American mainstream pro-family movement.)

Homosexual activists came to the press conference to try and disrupt it, but the pastors weren’t intimidated at all.

In addition, One Voice Virgin Islands announced that on August 24 they would march in the streets of St. Thomas from Addelita Cancryn Junior High School to Emancipation Garden, followed by a rally there, to support traditional marriage laws. According to press reports, the homosexual activists are also considering attending the march. We’ll see what happens.

The pastors’ fight: An exciting breath of fresh air

“Gay marriage” bans are being aggressively challenged by the national homosexual movement in state after state here on the U.S. mainland. In opposition to that, pretty much all we’re hearing from our side is mushy, moderate, punchless rhetoric that’s mostly inspired by a dreadful fear of the angering media and/or upsetting the “political middle.” That strategy has become almost useless.

These pastors, on the other hand, are doing far more effectively. The public is always more inspired by clear thinking and unyielding passion and emotion. And the word of God is a much easier sell than most conservatives realize. When you listen to these guys talk, you get inspired.

You’ve got to love the “One Voice Virgin Islands” gang!

It will be a fight, for sure, if this bill starts to get traction. The international homosexual movement cannot be underestimated. But if these pastors keep up their rhetoric and energy, and don’t yield to the temptation to water it down, they can stop this cold.

How it got started: A “Christian” politician who drank the Kool-Aid

Sen. Judi Buckley, the author of the “gay marriage” bill, who admittedly will probably be out of office when it gets officially filed, appears to have been hand-picked for the task. We’ve seen it in state after state: a leftist politician with traditional roots who is spoon fed the emotional stories about being denied “equal rights” as defined by the activists.

Buckley told the press she “set aside the teachings she was raised with,” to write the legislation because soon after she was elected, many people asked her to “take it on.”  She added:

“I was raised in church, and I was raised in the teachings of the Bible. However, as I have gotten older, and I have understood better the Constitution, and I have understood the rules of church and state, I recognize as a lawmaker that I have to set aside my personal convictions,” Buckley said. “For me, this is not an issue of morality. I believe that this is an issue of human and civil rights. No one should be discriminated against.”

In other words, when deciding what’s good for society, timeless morality God’s teachings may be personally fulfilling, but should be trumped by man’s “superior” reasoning. It’s very compelling if you don’t think about it too carefully, and has a long history of leading to disaster.

How do deal with politicians like this? In our opinion, the Virgin Islanders are doing it right. You can’t pander to them and moderate your message. You’ve got to plow through it with the straight truth.

The start of the legislative process

The process of passing bills into law in the Virgin Islands is relatively slow, and unlike most places, can overlap legislative sessions. The bill is now just in draft form. Once it is introduced, it must be assigned to a committee, have public hearings, be approved by the committee, go through the Rules and Judiciary Committee, be passed by the Senate, then be signed (or vetoed) by the governor.

Jew Murdered in Miami Beach not a Hate Crime?

On the anniversary of my dear Mother’s passing, I beg you to pray deeply for the safety of the Jewish People and the State of Israel that she adored and to dedicate an hour of precious time to reading the world’s best seller, our Holy Bible, written by the world’s most popular Author.

Last week, I heatedly debated a successful Jewish entrepreneur in Sarasota, Florida, and community leader, whose solution to the rabid global anti-Semitism and relentless Hamas missile attacks against Israel, was to sell “the strip” of Israel to the Arabs and move the Jews to the United States, where they will be safe…. These proved to be very ominous words ….

Our safety as Jews in America is symbolized by our latest tragedy. A 60-year-old Orthodox Rabbi on vacation from New York, on a picturesque placid North Miami Beach street, at 9:00 AM, in bright daylight, on his way to Shul in his daughter’s Jewish community, a neighborhood where there are nearly a dozen synagogues, was murdered by two young men, one clad in yellow and one in orange, one on foot and one on a bicycle, who simply left the surreal scene, and remain at large.

Our safety can be summarized by the assurances from law enforcement in the area that there is no indication of a hate crime when a bearded Orthodox grandfather, looking distinctively Jewish and distinguishly dressed for Shabbat, walking ahead of his grandchildren on a street in a Jewish neighborhood, is repeatedly shot by two young Black men, minus an altercation, minus any money on the Jew, without any clues as to the murderers’ identities, and minus an encompassing investigation.

Without an investigation, the determination had already been made, hours after the crime scene was viewed, that the youths’ heinous acts were not designed to murder a Jew on a Jewish street in a Jewish community on the Jewish Sabbath as the Jew walked to a nearby Jewish house of worship. After all, who does not carry loaded guns on sunny Saturday mornings that might just accidentally shoot down a Jew multiple times, without malice, of course?

Our safety can be shown by the swastikas and word “Hamas” painted hugely upon a nearby Shul days before the Rabbi’s murder and by the Jewish cars that were covered on a recent Jewish Sabbath with eggs and cream cheese in the same Jewish neighborhood with the words “Hamas” and “Jew” written on their windows.

In answer to the safety of American Jews and Jews worldwide, somehow I cannot buy the offer that selling that little strip of land coincidentally called the Holy Land in the Holy Bible will suffice the insatiable lust for hate against a tiny strip of People coincidentally called “the apple of His eye.” Whether in the Big Apple or the pineapple state or the State of Israel, crimes against Jews are real in real-time.

Charity Begins at Home

Americans have lost their minds. Forgive me for not expending any of my emotional energy or shedding any tears for those illegals coming into America. No, I can’t get all wrapped up in the plight of all the illegal children whose derelict parents are sending them thousands of miles on a dangerous journey alone.

I can’t help but to invest my emotion into citizens who have lost family members because someone in the country illegally was involved in a drunken driving incident; or whose daughter was raped by an illegal; or whose home was broken into by an illegal. I can’t feel sorry for kids in Central America or worry about their plight when you have American kids who are homeless and no one seems to care about them.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the number of children in the United States is 74.2 million, this at an all-time high. However, the share of the national population who are children (24 percent) is at an all-time low. Based on this data, 54 percent of these children are White, 23 percent are Hispanic, 14 percent are Black, and 4 percent are Asian. Furthermore, though Black children are only 14 percent of the population, they are 27 percent of all children in the foster care system, according to the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care. Disturbingly, they stay in the system longer than any other demographic.

There is a record 1.16 million students in the United States who were homeless last year, according to U.S. Department of Education. That’s just 100,000 shy of matching the population of Dallas. Were the homeless a city, they would be larger than San Francisco, San Jose, Indianapolis or Charlotte. They would be larger than St. Louis, New Orleans and Pittsburgh combined.

The states with the largest increases of homeless students were: California, New York, Texas, and Florida. That should come as no surprise because these are the same states with the largest population of people in the U.S. illegally.

The Obama administration has encouraged a flood of illegal children to trek across Central America through Mexico into the U.S. because they have made it perfectly clear that they will not enforce our immigration laws. This public declaration has put our own kids at dire risk. According to Reuters, “An estimated 60,000 such children will pour into the United States this year, according to the [Obama] administration, up from about 6,000 in 2011. Now, Obama is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing, schooling and transportation.

So, with this backdrop, can someone tell me again why I am supposed to feel sorry for these illegals?

I am sick and tired of hearing all the sad sob stories. It’s not America’s fault that other countries have high levels of crime. We have our own problems. Have you been to Chicago lately? It’s not America’s fault that other countries have few jobs. Have you seen the Black unemployment rate? It’s not America’s fault that families have made the decision to enter into the U.S. illegally and be separated from their family. Have you seen our foster care system lately?

You want to hear about sad stories? Let’s try this one. In June of 2013, Arizona policeman, Daryl Raetz, was killed in a DUI crash by an illegal who was drunk and on cocaine. He left the scene, but the police later caught him and found he had been deported earlier but reentered the country.

Here’s another one: In August 2012, an illegal drunk driver killed Sister Denise Mosier on a Virginia highway. The illegal driver was a repeat offender who was awaiting deportation and whom federal immigration authorities had released pending further proceedings. He had been arrested two other times on drunken-driving charges and on at least one of those occasions county police reported him to federal authorities. At the time, he was in the deportation process and released on his own recognizance.

One final story: Last year, an illegal raped a preteen girl and forced her to have an abortion. He was sentenced to less than seven years in jail and permanently barred from the U.S. after completing his sentence. And the Pope is the last person I want addressing a moral or humanitarian crises after the silence of his church while little boys were being raped.

We are a compassionate country. However, our compassion is being misdirected in this case. Charity begins at home, not on the order side of the border.

RELATED ARTICLE: Obama Administration Released Over 600 Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Convictions

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D-Day 2014: The saluting boy on Omaha beach [VIDEO]

“And a child shall lead them” — those are the words that came to mind as I watched this video of a young man honoring the memories of those who perished on D-Day. It is well worth seven minutes of your time.

The simple act of devotion from this 11-year-old American boy is more than commensurate to honor the last full measure of devotion of young American boys some 70 years prior.

Every now and then, when there are times of despair, despondency, and desperation we just need a little reminder of the greatness and goodness of America.

Bravo young man, Steadfast and Loyal!

EDITORS NOTE: This video originally appeared on AllenBWest.com. The Publisher of DrRichSwier.com served in combat with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. On the featured image you see this young American is wearing the Screaming Eagles patch. His heroes are those of the publisher and staff of this e-Magazine.

Am Yisrael Chai: Lighting the light of a single candle

Summer 2014: The world looks like it’s at the brink of WW III. With all the darkness pushing fear and terror upon the world, what positive way can WE do something to ensure the safety of Israel?

Answer: Light the light of a single candle of truth.

Selling Our Soul for Votes

America has a two choices: Go left like the Democrats have done or return to the God and Country principles that founded America. Time to sow some different seeds. Selling our Republican souls by attracting “pro-perversion voters” is the wrong strategy to take back the U.S. Senate.

Do You Pass The Israel Test?

Would you believe us if we said that the best litmus test of any society’s success is its attitude towards Israel? Well, it’s true. As George Gilder explains, whether a society envies and resents Israel’s success or celebrates and tries to replicate it is indicative of that society’s progress. Countries that “pass” the “Israel Test” tend to rise. Those who don’t tend to sink.

Do you and does your society pass the “Israel Test”? In five minutes, find out.

George Gilder explains what the Israel Test is in this interesting video that might cause you to examine both your personal attitude as well as your society’s attitude towards those that achieve success. It is that age old battle between Envy and Admiration that often determines success and is the central divide in the world today. The part about water usage in Israel is fascinating because future wars will be fought over water rights as population growth strains water resources.

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Libertarian Folly: Why Everybody is a Social-issues Voter

There is this notion, one we hear more and more, that the Republican Party has to shed the social issues to seize the future. “Social issues are not the business of government!” says thoroughly modern millennial. It’s a seductive cry, one repeated this past Tuesday in an article about how some young libertarians dubbed the “Liberty Kids” are taking over the moribund Los Angeles GOP. Oh, wouldn’t the political landscape be simple if we could just boil things down to fiscal responsibility? But life is seldom simple.

If you would claim to be purely fiscal, or assert that “social issues” should never be government’s domain, I’d ask a simple question: Would you have no problem with a movement to legalize pedophilia?

Some responses here won’t go beyond eye-rolling and scoffing. Others will verbalize their incredulity and say that such a movement would never be taken seriously. This is not an answer but a dodge. First, the way to determine if one’s principles are sound is by seeing if they can be consistently applied. For instance, if someone claims he never judges others, it’s legitimate to ask whether he remains uncritical even of Nazis and KKK members; that puts the lie to his self-image. And any thinking person lives an examined life and tries to hone his principles.

Second, there is no never-land in reality. People in the ’50s would have said that homosexuality will “never” be accepted in the U.S. And Bill O’Reilly said as recently as 15 or 16 years ago that faux marriage (I don’t use the term “gay marriage”) would “never” be accepted in America. Sometimes “never” lasts only a decade or two.

Third, my question is no longer just theoretical. As I predicted years ago and wrote about here, there now is a movement afoot — one that has received “unbiased” mainstream-media news coverage — to legitimize pedophilia. Moreover, it has co-opted the language of the homosexual lobby, with doctors suggesting that pedophiles are “born that way” and have a “deep-rooted predisposition that does not change.”  A film reviewer characterizing pedophilia as “the love that dare not speak its name” and activists saying that lust for children is “normative” and those acting on it are unjustly “demonized.” Why, one Los Angeles Times article quoted a featured pedophile as saying, “These people felt they could snuff out the desire, or shame me into denying it existed. But it’s as intrinsic as the next person’s heterosexuality.”

My, where have we heard that before?

So, modern Millie, as we venture further down the rabbit hole, know that one day you may be among “these people,” these intolerant folks who just can’t understand why “social issues” should be kept out of politics and government out of the bedroom.

I should also point out that a movement advancing bestiality has also reared its head, using much of the same language as the homosexual and pedophiliac lobbies.

Of course, I’m sure that many libertarians have no problem with legalized bestiality; hey, my goat, my choice, right? And there may even be a rare few who would shrug off pedophilia, saying that, well, if a child agrees, who am I to get in the way of a consensual relationship? But these issues, as revolting and emotionally charged as they are, are just examples. There are a multitude of others, and this becomes clear if we delve a bit more deeply.

After all, what are “social issues”? What are we actually talking about? We’re speaking of moral issues, which, again, thoroughly modern millie would say should be kept out of politics. But this is impossible. For the truth is that every just law is an imposition of morality or a corollary thereof — every one.

Eyes may be rolling again, but let’s analyze it logically. By definition a law is a removal of a freedom, stating that there is something we must or must not do. Now, stripping freedom away is no small matter. Why would we do it? Unless we’re sociopathic, like Aleister Crowley believe “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” and are willing to impose our will simply because it feels right, there could be only one reason: we see the need to enforce an element of a conception of right and wrong. We prohibit an act because we believe it’s wrong or mandate something because we believe it’s a moral imperative. This is indisputable. After all, would you forcibly prevent someone from doing something that wasn’t wrong? Would you force someone to do something that wasn’t a moral imperative? That would be truly outrageous — genuine tyranny.

There are laws where this is obvious and unquestioned, such as the prohibition against murder. But the same holds true even when the connection to morality isn’t so obvious, such as with speed laws: they’re justified by the idea that it is wrong to endanger others.

Then there is legislation such as ObamaCare. The wind beneath its wings was the idea that it was wrong to leave people without medical care; this case was consistently made, and, were it not for this belief, the bill could never have gotten off the ground. Or consider the contraception mandate and the supposed “war on women”: the issue would have been moot if we believed there was nothing wrong with waging a war on women.

Some will now protest, saying that there is nothing moral about ObamaCare and the contraception mandate. I agree, but this just proves my point. Note that my initial assertion was not that every law is the imposition of morality — it was that every just law is so. Some legislation is based on a mistaken conception of right and wrong, in which case it is merely the imposition of values, which are not good by definition (Mother Teresa had values, but so did Hitler). It is only when the law has a basis in morality, in Moral Truth, which is objective, that it can be just. Hence the inextricable link between law and morality. For a law that isn’t the imposition of morality is one of two other things: the legislation of nonsense or, worse still, the imposition of immorality.

So this is the fatal flaw behind the attack on social conservatives. It would be one thing if the only case made were that their conception of morality was flawed; instead, as with those who sloppily bemoan all “judgment,” they’re attacked with a flawed argument, the notion that their voices should be ignored because they would “impose morality.” But what we call “social conservatives” aren’t distinguished by concern for social issues; the only difference between them and you, modern Millie, is that they care about the social issues that society, often tendentiously, currently defines as social issues and which we happen to be fighting about at the moment. This is seldom realized because most people are creatures of the moment.

But rest assured that, one day, the moment and “never” will meet. And then you very well may look in the mirror and recognize that most unfashionable of things: a social-issues voter.

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Biotech Researcher Finds Medical Pot Laced With Feces & Vaginal Bacteria

One of the fallacies of “medical” marijuana is that it is safe, much like the aspirin or prescription drugs we take based on a doctor’s order. That is not the case according to Bloomberg’s Peter Robinson. Robinson reports:

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Oaksterdam Uk Blue Cheese/Blueberry Kush. Photo courtesy of Mary Janebly.

Months after her biotechnology company sold for $40 million, Jessica Tonani is on Seattle’s Highway 99, where Kurt Cobain in his final days shot heroin in cheap motels. She’s scoring a gram of Blueberry Kush.

Tonani doesn’t plan to smoke the pot. Her typical procedure is to isolate some of its DNA and bank it, sequence its genetic profile, and test it for bacteria. After her stop at Choice Wellness, a medical marijuana store in one of the states where pot is newly legal, she buys the same strain in three more places (often collecting a “new-patient gift” of pot-infused gummi bears or goldfish). The goal for her new company, Verda Bio, is to build a database bringing order to billions of potential DNA combinations and, eventually, create stable strains that people can grow like a Red Delicious apple.

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Tonani analyzed more than 20 samples of Harlequin along with Analytical 360, a Seattle testing lab, and found that 22 percent were high in the psychedelic tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and had almost no CBD. Any kids taking it were likely just getting stoned.

Tonani is also looking at contaminants to determine where they’re introduced and how to control for them. The first two samples turned up a long list of nastiness, including the fecal bacteria Enterobacter asburiae and the vaginal bacteriaGardnerella vaginalis. What this means, politely, is that many people handling pot don’t wash their hands.

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Others have found pot samples collected contaminated with pot shops rarely testing to insure customers get a safe product. “The whole thing is just so loose and unregulated,” said Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly, Director of the Marijuana Research Project at the University of Mississippi.

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Green Crack ads on The Denver Post’s Cannabist website. For a larger view click on the image.

Bob Doyle, Chairman of the Colorado Smart Approaches to Marijuana Coalition, Christian Thurstone, M.D., General, child and addiction psychiatrist and A. Eden Evins, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School Director, Center for Addiction Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital in a letter to Greg Moore, Editor of The Denver Post, and Ricardo Baca, Editor of The Cannabist, wrote:

We are writing to express serious concerns regarding The Denver Post’s The Cannabist website’s recommendations of various marijuana strains to “treat” mental illnesses, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  We are writing as concerned professionals with extensive experience in mental health treatment, medicine, and/or public health.

The Denver Post’s web site provides information from Leafly.com listing 92 Colorado specific strains of marijuana with 88 claimed to treat depression, 25 to treat PTSD, 23 for bipolar, and 40 for ADHD (see attached document assembled by Bob Doyle, Chair, Colorado SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) Coalition).  And a few strains are noted to treat cancer.  The improper treatment or delay in effective treatment of mental health issues and major psychiatric illnesses can exacerbate the problem and could lead to additional harm to the patient and/or those around them.

In light of the serious potential impact of your recommendations, including possible delay in medical treatment for serious and potentially life threatening mental illnesses, and the potential for worsening of those illnesses by the marijuana you recommend, we request that you release the data upon which these recommendations for dispensing the specific marijuana strains as a treatment for bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and depression are based.  We are sending a copy of this letter to medical authorities with knowledge of science and regulatory policies and procedures.

The absence of critical information on the web site for those accepting your advice to use the various marijuana strains is alarming and demonstrates a failure to appreciate the potential implications of your protocol.  For each of the strains, we request to know the recommended dosage, duration, the THC and CBD content, whether you’re recommending they be used with or without FDA approved medication or behavioral treatment for the condition, what contraindications are known, and whether other physical or mental health issues should preclude certain people from using the strain.

We look forward to your prompt reply given the seriousness of the claims on your web site and their potential negative impact on serious psychiatric conditions your web site claims will be “treated” by particular strains of marijuana.

This is coming to Florida now and will get worse if the Marijuana Amendment 2 passes in November. Gird your loins.

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ISIS, Mosul, Textbooks and Bad Headlines

What do you do when editors place an unfortunately worded headline above an opinion piece you wrote?

We have been struggling with that issue since last night. An opinion piece of ours was published today in the Washington Times about the need for people to witness atrocities—particularly the atrocities being perpetrated right now in Iraq—because we cannot rely on history books to accurately portray them. The column was not an attack on anyone. In the column, we explain that textbooks have sanitized historical atrocities that were similar or identical in nature to those now committed by ISIS. The Washington Times titled the column, “Sanitizing Islam.” We would have preferred something relating to witnessing history, recording history, accurately portraying atrocities, or sanitizing history.

At Verity Educate, we are committed to sharing the truth. We help inform parents and the public about what is really in their schools’ educational material and whether or not it is accurate. Sometimes it means pointing out inaccuracies in the history of empires ruled by Muslims. Sometimes it means pointing out inaccuracies in the history of the United States. Sometimes we deal with European history. Sometimes we deal with African history. And so on.

Our work is about honesty, accuracy, and objectivity. It is not about focusing on one religion. We began that piece by writing about the worst recorded atrocity in history, an atrocity committed entirely by Europeans—the Holocaust.

We hope you do read the column [below] in the Washington Times because the message is important: bear witness to what happens around you in your time and retell it, because you cannot be sure it will be accurately recorded for posterity.

Sanitizing Islam in textbooks

Soft-pedaling of past intolerance mustn’t obscure current eradication of competing faiths.

When shocking events happen, it is worthwhile to consider how future generations will retell them. In April 1945, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower wrote to Gen. George Marshall, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to explain why he visited the concentration camps even though it was “so overwhelming as to leave [him] a bit sick” and too powerful for even Gen. George S. Patton to enter. Eisenhower wrote, “I made the trip deliberately in order to be in position to give firsthand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to ‘propaganda.’”

It is for the same reasons that the world must pay attention to what has been happening in Iraq. Our society does exhibit a tendency to forget and dismiss atrocities.

By now, anyone who cares has heard the horrifying news that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has eradicated the ancient Christian community of Mosul after forcing an ultimatum on the population to choose between conversion to Islam, paying a special tax, or dying. ISIS relied on a centuries-old Islamic practice of placing Christians and Jews in a lower societal rank, referring to them as “dhimmi.” The associated tax non-Muslims paid to preserve their lives and religion historically was called “jizya.”

The dhimmi system and the jizya requirements were not universally applied in historic Muslim states and, in fact, they were adopted from the Sassanid (Persian) Empire that predated Islam. These practices were common in medieval caliphates and the 600-year Ottoman Empire. Yet today, in a revision of history, it has become common to minimize, ignore or misinterpret such historic subjugations and discriminations. In near-lockstep, essentially every world history and geography textbook emphasizes the “tolerant” nature of historic Muslim states, often in the same paragraph it teaches about dhimmis and jizya.

Volusia parents protest chapter on Islam in world history…

A McGraw-Hill middle-school text, “World History and Geography,” reads, “Muslim administrators were relatively tolerant, sometimes allowing local officials to continue to govern. Both Christians and Jews were allowed to practice their religions. Following the concept of dhimmitude, however, these peoples were free to practice their religions, but they were also subjected to some regulations in order to make them aware that they had been subdued by their conquerors. Those who chose not to convert were required to be loyal to Muslim rule and to pay special taxes.” In other words, it is “relatively tolerant” to require people to pay, convert or die — the same choice ISIS offers today.

A high school McGraw-Hill textbook, “World History,” reads, “The Ottoman system was generally tolerant of non-Muslims, who made up a significant minority within the empire. Non-Muslims paid a tax, but they were allowed to practice their religion or to convert to Islam.” This textbook deems it generally tolerant to require people to pay, convert or die — just like ISIS does.

Another text avoids applying the modern concept of tolerance, but it also minimizes the jizya requirement and the dhimmi system. Pearson-Prentice Hall’s, “World History” reads, “These Arabs imposed certain restrictions and a special tax on non-Muslims, but allowed Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians to practice their own faiths and follow their own religious customs within those restrictions.” It is disputed how often Zoroastrians were afforded the same privileges as Christians and Jews, but the text takes the rosy view on that. It obscures the historical fact that Arab rulers decreed a choice for non-Muslims: pay, convert or die — just as ISIS does.

The history of non-Muslim minorities in Muslim-ruled states is well known and well documented, but for decades now there has been an effort to sanitize it in education and even in scholarship. This happens when we are not dedicated to promoting truth and teaching facts. This is why it was vital that Gen. Eisenhower and many others witnessed the Holocaust, recorded it and refused to allow people to deny it.

Similarly, today it is vital to witness and record the destruction of the ancient community of Mosul, just as yesterday it was important to witness and record the atrocities in Rwanda and Sudan. If we do bear witness without wavering, maybe the textbooks of future generations will actually teach the facts about ISIS’ intolerance.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image titled Three Choices Illustration is by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Art of Economics by Schuyler Dugle

Life Is Improv: How Art, Culture, and the Free Market Make the World Beautiful, held at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, focused on the intersection of art and economics. Forty-five participants came together for three days of camaraderie, networking, and learning.

Loyola professor of economics Dan D’Amico began the seminar by showing that economics is everywhere, and the laws of human behavior can be found throughout popular culture, including in the television shows Jersey Shore and The Walking Dead. In the same way that economics provides a framework for understanding culture, it governs politics as well, and politicians are constrained by the system in which they work. D’Amico cited Nobel laureate James Buchanan’s sage advice to not hire foxes to protect a chicken coop since foxes eat chickens. In the same way, human nature does not change for politicians upon election.

D’Amico also debated Rachel Ciprotti, a board member of the Georgia Arts Network, on Who Should Pay for the Arts? Ciprotti held that people should be forced to pay for art they do not consume (public funding) while D’Amico argued for private funding of the arts.

Robert Anthony Peters, an actor and producer, spoke on the incentives of both artists and characters. He quoted actor Charlie Chaplin saying, “I went into the business for money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can’t help it. It’s the truth.” While many people actively do things for money, it’s important to remember the products, paintings, and films that artists create bring joy and fulfillment to thousands of customers.

Peters further explained how the institutions surrounding art create incentives and rules that artists must follow. Grants comprise over half of a performing arts theater’s operating revenue, while tickets purchased by individuals cover less than half. A theater, like any other business, must always satisfy its customers, be they large donors or individual ticket holders.

James Padilioni, a PhD student at the College of William and Mary, spoke on spontaneous order, jazz, and regulation. He explored the African diaspora and whether the traditions coming from those communities were imported from Africa or created in North America.

Padilioni also noted how Harlem regulators attempted to shut down jazz clubs that catered to all jazz, swing, and hep lovers, regardless of their skin color. Other regulations required employees to possess their own liquor licenses just to work at an establishment that sold alcohol, meaning that some jazz singers like Billie Holiday could not play at local piano bars or gin joints.

Continuing the theme of regulation, Amy Sturgis, who teaches at Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Mythgard Institute, spoke on the recent uprising of young adult dystopian novels and culture. Many of these books explore the (not improbable) case of a government deciding that in addition to owning and regulating your property, it also owns you. Sturgis noted the use of architecture in The Hunger Games to enhance the importance of the state over the individual and concluded that these dystopian novels and films are an accessible method to communicate the ideas of freedom to people.

Students at Life Is Improv learned there is a great deal of overlap between art and economics and left understanding that economics is a loupe by which we may examine and understand art as well as that art can and should be an expression of freedom.

ABOUT SCHUYLER DUGLE

Schuyler Dugle is a member of the Summer Associate Program.

The New Advance Placement U.S. History Exam: Providing Opportunities for Indoctrination

College Board dictates for the new Advanced Placement U.S. History exam have already garnered criticism. Jane Robbins and Larry Krieger charged that the new course of study “inculcates a consistently negative view of the nation’s past.” Units on colonial America stress “the development of a ‘rigid racial hierarchy’ and a ‘strong belief in British racial and cultural superiority.’” At the same time, the new Framework “ignores the United States’ founding principles and their influence in inspiring the spread of democracy and galvanizing the movement to abolish slavery.”

Advanced Placement (AP) teachers, of course, will need retraining for this; accordingly, Summer Institutes are being held across the country. I got a look at how teachers are pitched the new program at a session titled “Boundaries of Freedom: Teaching the Construction of Race and Slavery in the AP U.S. History Course” at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians (OAH), “the largest professional society dedicated to the teaching and study of American history,” in Atlanta this month. Identity politics and the assumption that conservatism is evil and backwards infused the conference. The AP session fit right into this year’s theme, “Crossing Borders,” highlighting the evils of the United States, in its past with slavery and segregation, and in its present in regards to “immigrants” (illegal aliens).

One of the AP panelists, Lawrence Charap, of the College Board, said that although there was no direct “coordination,” Common Core’s approach is being implemented in the AP and SAT exams by his boss, David Coleman, Common Core’s  architect and the new president of the College Board, which produces the AP and SAT exams. The new approach includes using the scholarly papers that one would find at this conference.

No More Facts, Ma’am

He told  high school teachers the new exams eliminate unnecessary memorization of facts and replace them with “historical thinking skills.” As examples of such irrelevant “facts,” Charap referred to Millard Fillmore and the Lend-Lease program.

The revisions to the exam began in 2006, at the request of college professors who said AP history tried to jam a college survey course, “a mile wide and an inch deep,” into a high school class, according to Charap. So the course has been redesigned to focus on skills, where students go in-depth and ask questions in an engaging way—traits AP shares with Common Core and the SAT. Accordingly, multiple-choice questions count for less of the score and have been reduced from 80 to 55, which Charap would like to reduce even further.

So what will replace facts about the thirteenth president or a controversial wartime program? Students will be tested for “skills,” in relating secondary (scholarly) sources back to the primary (historical) sources.

Dramatic Re-enactments

Such an exercise may sound good. But as I found out, it is a means by which teachers can impose their ideological views on students who do not yet have a foundation in history. The exercises showed that historically significant facts would be replaced with emotional exercises focused disproportionately on negative parts of American history. Two members of the AP development committee, UC-Irvine professor Jessica Millward and high school teacher James Sabathne, demonstrated how.

Millward said she brings her research on female slaves and their children in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland into the classroom. She claimed her students use “critical thinking skills” and focus on concepts, like “freedom” and “bondage.” Millward also recognizes students don’t do the assigned reading, so she breaks them into groups and has them read assignments on the spot. The exercises include a visual timeline and scenarios in which students imagine a way to “resist and rebel” against, for example, the whipping of a six-month pregnant slave face down, her belly in a hole (to protect the future “property”). Millward then play-acts the slave owner. She praised the new “interactive exam” for allowing the freedom to recreate such experiences. She offered a list of online resources, such as the University of North Carolina’s Documenting the American South, the African American Mosaic, and Depression-era Works Progress Administration interviews at the Library of Congress, as well as secondary sources, including her article, “‘That All Her Increase Shall Be Free’: Enslaved Women’s Bodies and the 1809 Maryland Law of Manumission” in Women’s History Review. No one can deny her contention that slavery involves “heartbreak,” but she seems intent on exploiting it.

After one teacher in the audience noted that the U.S.’s share of slave trade was only 5 percent, the panelists suggested that that fact and the one that some blacks owned slaves should be downplayed to students. Clearly, the aim is to give high school students a limited, emotional perspective of white-on-black racism, instead of the larger historical one.

Racist White People

The next panelist, James Sabanthe, who teaches at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois, heralded the new focus on “historical interpretations.” It became apparent from his, Millward’s and other teachers’ comments that although high school students are treated as adults who “think like historians,” they do not do the reading that real historians do. Because students do not read all 20 to 30 pages of a typical scholarly article, Sabanthe distributes excerpts among groups of students. As an example of an exercise, students would be asked to use their “historical thinking skills” to demonstrate change while comparing revolutions in France, Russia, and China, a conversation launched by asking students about prior knowledge of labor systems, Indians, servants, and racism.

For the unit on slavery, Sabanthe provided hand-outs, with sample readings. Half of his groups would tackle excerpts from Edmund S. Morgan’s “Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox,” in The Journal of American History (June 1972), and Kathleen M. Brown’s Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, & Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (1996). The other half would read excerpts from Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America (1998) by Ira Berlin, former president of OAHand How Race Survived US History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon (2008) by David Roediger, who writes from a Marxist perspective. These groups would make “t charts” and Venn diagrams, and discuss similarities and differences between the excerpts.

But upon reading Sabanthe’s hand-out, it became clear the excerpts do not stand alone. Sometime surnames pop up, with prior references obviously in an omitted section. His assignment, to annotate the primary document, “’Decisions of the General Court’ regarding William Pierce’s Plantation, Virginia, 1640,” and relate it to Brown’s feminist tract, is bewildering. Students would need considerable direction. Instead of the full narrative of a textbook, history book, or full article that they could digest for themselves, students turn to their teacher for direction. Of course, this leaves wide open opportunities.

Trauma—From Whom?

This activity, according to the hand-out, fulfilled AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework, 2014, “Key Concepts,” pages 35-39, which focused on the especially racist qualities of the British system, for example: “Unlike Spanish, French, and Dutch colonies, which accepted intermarriage and cross-racial sexual unions with native peoples . . . , English colonies attracted both males and females who rarely intermarried with either native peoples or Africans, leading to the development of a rigid racial hierarchy” and “Reinforced by a strong belief in British racial and cultural superiority, the British system enslaved black people in perpetuity, altered African gender and kinship relationships in the colonies…”

With all the attention on abuses of slavery, it’s no wonder that one of the teachers, who teaches in an Orthodox Jewish school, wondered how she should handle the only black student in her class. In response, Millward acknowledged that these topics bring up anger and white guilt. “I believe in educational affirmative action,” she said and suggested removing the black student from the class discussion to avoid “trauma.”

Quite obviously, the “trauma” is a problem of the teachers’ own making—now to be reinforced by the College Board.

The new AP exams, like Common Core, presumably are inspired by what “engages” students. From what I heard at this and other panels, the revisions come from what engages, and profits, teachers developing the exams.

Although Sabathne said he is getting away from textbooks, he also said he has been working with Charap and publishers on new AP-aligned history books and guides. Sabathne encouraged teachers to sign up for his upcoming week-long AP session in St. Petersburg. The huge publisher Bedford-St. Martins has been working with the College Board on new books and was a “platinum” (highest level) sponsor of the conference. Norton Publishing (silver sponsor) is also coming out with new books. Charap optimistically said that in three years there should be a good bank of materials to prepare students for the new AP exam.

No doubt there will be, at the expense of taxpayers who subsidize the indoctrination.

Image by MC Quinn.

American University professor claims anti-Semitism doesn’t exist in Muslim countries

Islamic anti-Semitism is indeed not based on race or color. It’s based on religion. The Qur’an puts forward a clear, consistent image of the Jews: they are scheming, treacherous liars and the most dangerous enemies of the Muslims. Allah gave food laws to the Jews because of their “wrongdoing,” and for “for their averting from the way of Allah many [people]” (4:160), and by doing so, “repaid them for their injustice” (6:146). Some Jews are “avid listeners to falsehood” who “distort words beyond their [proper] usages.” These are “the ones for whom Allah does not intend to purify their hearts,” and they will be punished not just in hellfire but in this life as well: “For them in this world is disgrace, and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment” (5:41).  Jews dare to deny divine revelation, claiming that “Allah did not reveal to a human being anything,” to which Muhammad is told to respond, “Who revealed the Scripture that Moses brought as light and guidance to the people? You [Jews] make it into pages, disclosing [some of] it and concealing much” (6:91).

In light of all this, it is understandable that Muslims should not get close to such people: “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people” (5:51).  Ultimately, Allah transforms disobedient Jews into apes and pigs (2:63-66; 5:59-60; 7:166). In line with this, the practice of calling the Jews of today “apes and pigs” has become a staple of jihadist discourse. And while the Qur’an says that Muslims are the “best of people” (3:110), “they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the worst of creatures” (98:6). They are “like livestock” (7:179). “Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are those who have disbelieved, and they will not [ever] believe” (8:55). The Jews, according to the Qur’an, wantonly killed the prophets Allah sent to them (2:61; 2:87; 2:91; 3:21; 3:112; 3:181; 3:183; 4:155; 5:70). The Qur’an depicts the Jews boasting that “we killed the Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary” (4:157). Yet the same verse goes on to say that they did not kill or crucify Jesus, but only thought they did. The Jews, according to the Qur’an, are prone to war – especially against Muslims. Whenever the Jews “kindle the fire of war,” says the Qur’an, “Allah doth extinguish it” (5:64). The Jews also “strive to do mischief on earth” – that is, fasaad, for which the punishment is specified in 5:33: “they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land.” The rebellion against Allah that has resulted in the Jews’ degradation – the “terrible agony” that those who have rejected Islam are to feel “in this world” as well as in the next (3:56) – is a frequent preoccupation of the Qur’an. Departing from his earlier tendency to appeal to the Jews as the authorities on what Allah had revealed, Muhammad began to criticize them for concealing parts of that revelation. The Qur’an several times criticizes Jews for refusing to follow Muhammad, asking, “Why don’t the Jews’ rabbis stop their evil behavior?” (5:63). In a particularly egregious transgression, the Jews even dare to say that “Allah’s hand is fettered” (5:64).

Yet the Jews need not suffer their fate passively, for the Qur’an offers them a way out. The one thing the Jews can do to get back into Allah’s good graces is to convert to Islam (2:43). This might sail right by the English-speaking reader, since the translations exhort them to be “steadfast in prayer” and to “practise regular charity” (as Abdullah Yusuf Ali has it), but in Arabic the word used here for prayer is salat, and for charityzakat; these refer specifically to Islamic prayer and almsgiving. Non-Muslims cannot pray salat or pay zakat. Ibn Kathir is forthright about the need for this conversion: Allah “commands the People of the Book to be with, and among the Ummah of Muhammad.” Likewise, Sayyid Qutb observes that here Allah “invites the Israelites to join the Muslims in their religious practices, and to abandon their prejudices and ethnocentric tendencies.”

Islamic tradition is no kinder to the Jews. Ibn Kathir notes Islamic traditions that predict that at the end of the world, “the Jews will support the Dajjal (False Messiah), and the Muslims, along with ‘Isa [Jesus], son of Mary, will kill the Jews.” And, of course, the most notorious anti-Semitic passage among very many is the one in which Muhammad is made to prophecy that Muslims will bring about the End Times by killing Jews wholesale: “The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews’” (Sahih Muslim 6985).

“MSNBC: Professor claims anti-Semitism in the Middle East doesn’t exist,” by Samantha Reinis, Campus Reform, August 6, 2014 (thanks to CJ):

According to American University professor Hillary Mann Leverett, anti-Semitism doesn’t exist in the Middle East.

The Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at the School of International Service recently appeared on MSNBC and claimed that since she has personally seen a Jewish hospital and kosher restaurants in Iran, the idea that anti-Semitism exists in the Middle East is false.

“That doesn’t exist in the Middle East. There’s no history of that in the Middle East.”    Tweet This

“There is not this deep-seated Arab-Jewish or—you know, Muslim-Jewish animosity. There’s not an anti-Semitism in the Middle East the way that there was in Europe, which is based on race; which is based on color; which is based on genes and biology,” Leverett said in her segment on Melissa Harris-Perry. “That doesn’t exist in the Middle East. There’s no history of that in the Middle East.”

However, a recent worldwide survey from the Anti-Defamation League on global anti-Semitism shows that the majority of the most anti-Semitic countries and territories are in the Middle East.

The top 10 worst countries for anti-Semitism among inhabitants include: the West Bank and Gaza, Iraq, Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Jordan.

Public figures from the Middle East have been extremely outspoken about their anti-Semitic beliefs, including Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi and Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad….

Read the rest here.

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