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It’s Not Islamophobia, It’s Common Sense
Today, President Obama had these words to say about the recent attacks in New York and New Jersey and commented also on “fear.”
You know, at moments like this, I think it’s important to remember what terrorists and violent extremists are trying to do. They are trying to hurt innocent people but they also wanna inspire fear in all of us and disrupt the way we live to undermine our values. And so even as we have to be vigilant and aggressive both in preventing senseless acts of violence but also making sure that we find those who carry out such acts and bring them to justice, we all have a role to play as citizens in making sure that we don’t succumb to that fear…
By showing those who want to do us harm that they will never beat us, by showing the entire world that as Americans we do not and never will give in to fear, that’s going to be the MOST IMPORTANT ingredient in us defeating those who would carry out terrorist acts against us, Obama said.
Of course, our nation should bravely stand up to this enemy and not cower in fear… but is that what the President means when he speaks of not giving in to “fear”? It seems not. Judging from previous statements both he and his spokespeople have made, when the Administration speaks of “fear”in regard to Islamic terrorism they are talking about “fear of Muslims” (Islamophobia). We should not give in to irrational fear of Muslims, he argues, because it is not all Muslims who commit these heinous acts, only the radical few. But virtually everyone on the left and the right already acknowledges this point. Everyone agrees that not all Muslims do these things. This is a non-issue.
But they claim, this is about winning the battle for the “narrative.” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in an interview with Fox News, “ISIL is trying to assert a narrative, that they represent the religion of Islam in a war against the west and in a war against the United States. That is mythology. That is falsehood. That is not true. That is bankrupt ideology they are trying to wrap in the cloak of Islam. And to suggest that somehow we should treat Muslims differently or suspect them as terrorists just because of their religion.”
But Martha McCallum countered this well:
This is the ISIS narrative. This is what they said in their recent publication. ISIS states that disbelievers should be slain wherever they may be. This includes the businessman riding to work in the taxi cab, young adults in engaged in sports activities in park, the old men waiting in line and buying a sandwich, striking terror into the hearts of all non-believers, Muslims and non-Muslims is the Muslim duty. So what people have a hard time with you know—you have to take them at their word they mean to do what they say because we see it happening here in the United States. So, it feels sometimes like the White House doesn’t like to make the connection between those two things. Is that wrong?
McCallum is exactly correct. The White House fails to draw the plain connection between ISIS’s ideology and its reprehensible acts of violence and terrorism across the globe. No one cares if this represents true Islam or not. We only don’t want to see more people die at their hands.
Further, it is nothing but slander to claim Republicans and others who point to the obvious Islamic element in the attacks do so out of a some vendetta against the religion of Islam. It is not “fear” that motivates so many to view ISIS as a serious, growing threat (not “on the run”, not “failed”, but spreading), and to see it as a movement inspired by a particular Muslim ideology (not just people who lack jobs, or people paying back America for its supposed imperialism). It is is simply to open one’s eyes and see the obvious. We recognize the specific Islamic-element in the ISIS terrorist threat. Thus it isn’t “Islamophobia” which drives proposals to adjust American border policy accordingly to prevent people with an evil ideology and murderous intentions from doing us harm. No, the border proposals of Donald Trump and others are not Islamophobic, but common sense realism.
The President claims the MOST important ingredient in defeating these terrorist attacks is that Americans don’t succumb to “fear” (i.e., xenophobia or Islamophobia). But is that our most urgent priority in order to stop terrorism? Of course not. The priority is not to look inward and decide whether or not we feel an “inappropriate” fear towards Muslims. Rather, we must stop these attacks by gathering intelligence that strategically takes into account the plainly Islamic element in most of these incidents, not downplaying this element virtually every time such an attack takes place. Of course there are some bigoted, Islamophobic Americans. But growing alarm over the widespread terrorism that originates from an ideological view overflowing with hatred towards Westerners, Americans and the “infidel” is not Islamophobic. It is to understand the existential threat to our lives and to our way of life. This is simply about self-preservation.
This evidence-based approach to our priorities on terrorism and the border is followed by only one of the two chief candidates for President. Hillary Clinton sides with the President’s ideologically-based, making-fear-of-Muslims-the-priority approach. Accordingly, she thinks it no big deal to welcome into America thousands of refugees from Muslim populations, not taking into consideration that top security forces warn all these refugees cannot be properly vetted and that ISIS has pledged to infiltrate by this means. Donald Trump, on the other hand, acknowledges facts– the radical Islamic element in these ongoing attacks– and proposes “extreme vetting”and other measures to prevent ISIS infiltration– a strategy which of course is not racist, xenophobic or lacking in compassion, but practical and life-saving. His compassion for Americans is expressed in the fact that he wants to enact policies to ensure Americans are kept safe.
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The Tyranny of the Offended
Bullet-proof windows, troll-proof doors in my safe space!
This is what safe-space folks do– it is all about controlling the narrative, controlling speech and ultimately, controlling everything by manipulating you. So they may be alone in their bullet-proof protected bubbles, but they are still calling the shots!
So it seems NOTHING one can say or do will ever change the minds of safe-spacers. Common sense is powerless to move them. The free speech and toleration they demand for themselves they deny to others, without any qualms, without self-awareness.
Welcome to the tyranny of the offended, my friends.
Yes, Donald Trump is a flawed human being who makes mistakes and may not be right in all of his prescriptions. He is not a pure conservative. Yet he is still a candidate who shows plain common sense regarding such issues as our currently porous borders, our weak military, our wrong spending priorities. For example, he knows that around the globe our enemies no longer respect us because they no longer fear us.
Can you imagine Donald Trump, following an attack that kills 4 of our people (Benghazi), making a video at taxpayer expense that apologizes for American free speech and distributing it across the Muslim world? Essentially, blaming ourselves for the act of terror?! I cannot.
I do see him re-building our currently gutted military as promised, to demonstrate to our enemies that we will be a military force not to be trifled with, and who will use our strength wisely, as necessary. Some may argue this is not compatible with Christian principles, but that is a debate for another day.
Of course the political remedy is only a stop-gap solution. Ultimately, it is truth that sets people free (John 8:32). Which in my mind means, unapologetically, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our chief problem is now, as it has always been, the sinfulness of the human heart, which no power can fix but the Lord. We currently enjoy the freedom to deliver such a message openly, but that freedom is rapidly being stolen. That is why the immediate fix of electing the right leaders is so important. So that we can lead “peaceful lives” and continue to exert influence in the marketplace of ideas. I hope and pray that we as a people may arise to see the stark dangers before us, and that believers especially, would take action and would pray.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Tim 2:-6)
Filed under Election 2016, Political Issues, Pop theology
Presidential Election 2016: What this Election is Really About
“In the end, this isn’t really about Hillary Clinton. It’s about conservatism, and the fact that it’s resilient enough to survive a single election.”
Heather Wilhelm, National Review
Thus concluded the misguided piece in the National Review— a Hillary win wouldn’t be catastrophic for conservatism, because conservatism can always recoup and go on to win another day. Are they really so sure? If Hillary Clinton has another 4 to 8 years to shape the American landscape via the courts, building on the liberal progressive agenda/legacy of the current Administration, conservatism will be in a much more crippled position from which to mount any “comeback”, if it can at all.
Anyway, the election is not primarily about conservatism. It’s about America– the downward, leftist trajectory we’ve been on that many Americans didn’t see coming when they elected Barack Obama, but now recognize and want desperately to stop!
Anyway, the election is not about primarily about conservatism. It’s about America– the downward, leftist trajectory we’ve been on that many Americans didn’t see coming when they elected Barack Obama, but now recognize and want desperately to stop!
This election is about seeing our nation taken over by political correctness run amok, driven by leftist ideology that robs people of freedom of speech because it tolerates no other points of view. It’s about wanting to stay ALIVE and not be murdered by terrorists on our own soil, yet seeing our leadership consistently downplay the reality of Islamic terrorism. They do so under the tortured logic that if we acknowledge the obvious- that the terrorism which threatens us and the globe is perpetrated by those operating under the Islamic banner– we will automatically spark massive Islamophobia, which will in turn radicalize moderate Muslims and make already radical Muslims terrorize us all the more. Therefore this Administration has for years followed the policy that making nice with such folks is the way to avoid war and avoid provoking more attacks. It ain’t working. This kind of delusional thinking is what brought us the Iran deal– releasing billions and transferring millions in unmarked cash to a nation unswervingly dedicated to our destruction and sponsoring terrorism around the globe! Could anyone have conceived just after 9/11 that on the eve of the 15th anniversary of that attack, which resulted in the deaths of over three thousand Americans, that a President of the US would consider it a great legacy to be releasing billions of dollars into the hands of the worlds #1 terrorism sponsor, Iran? Or that there would follow hundreds more acts of Islamically-motivated terrorism around the globe, yet the worst sin possible would be to connect the dots between Islam and terrorism, because this is “Islamophobic”? Again, this strange and dangerous thinking leads to risking American lives as we bring in thousands of un-vettable Islamic refugees– better this than being called Islamophobes!
Having elected a black President twice, and in the face of this insanity, Americans still have to put up with being constantly called racist, sexist, xenophobic and homophobic by folks who use these obviously false charges to manipulate, divide and conquer– in other words, as a cynical ploy for votes. Hypocritically, Democrats denounce as fear-mongering that Republicans simply point out how deep and lousy is the crap-hole we’re in, yet they purposely incite fears in their constituents by misrepresenting the motivations of Donald Trump and his supporters.
So what is this election really about? The survival of conservatism? A lot more. I believe this election will be a referendum on the past 8 years of division and anti-American sentiment sown by this Administration. It’s about survival. It’s about the desire to regain pride in one’s country; to not be ashamed to stand up and honor the American flag, stand for our national anthem, and honor our true heroes– those who put their lives on the line daily to keep us safe and free. It’s about recognizing and being grateful for what an amazing, free, compassionate country we have.
What is this election really about?… It’s about survival. It’s about the desire to regain pride in one’s country; to not be ashamed to stand up and honor the American flag, stand up for our national anthem, and honor our true heroes– those who put their lives on the line daily to keep us safe and free. It’s about recognizing and being grateful for what an amazing, free, compassionate country we have.
Why are millions of immigrants clamoring to come here? Because we offer great freedom and opportunity. But of course this freedom and opportunity didn’t just magically happen. It was built on a system of laws and government shaped by Western, Judeo-Christian values. And while our system is not perfect, the tremendous freedom and prosperity we have enjoyed arose from free market capitalism also tied to our Western system and values. Is it too much to ask that those who enter America to enjoy all our freedom and benefits obey our rules and honor our way of life?
But the nincompoops in charge are deliberately throwing away everything that made our system work, to replace it with failed liberal socialism. They seem to care not a whit about letting in folks who have no intention of assimilation, nor to consider the impact of taxing our already severely overburdened economy with millions who are not going to be paying their fair share if they come in illegally. We are a nation of immigrants, they proclaim! Yes, morons, but no one is against immigrants.
Their progressive goals are being pursued on many fronts, as they steadily push their ideology through media, academia, the education system, arts and entertainment. But it ultimately is about controlling the laws and the courts. In view of where our country is rapidly headed, stopping Hillary becomes paramount, and this isn’t primarily about whether conservatism remains viable. It is about the survival of our uniqueness as a country. Obama does not see this uniqueness. Neither do the Clintons. Trump sees it and that is why I believe he will win– because Americans see it and moreover, they believe in it. Trump is not a savior and has personal flaws, but his vision of making America great again is one that resonates. As for conservatism, if we lose America, our pure conservatism won’t be of much use.
Stopping Hillary becomes paramount, and this isn’t primarily about whether conservatism remains viable. It is about the survival of our uniqueness as a country. Obama does not see this uniqueness. Neither do the Clintons. Trump sees it and that is why I believe he will win– because Americans see it and moreover, they believe in it. Trump is not a savior and has personal flaws, but his vision of making America great again is one that resonates. As for conservatism, if we lose America, our pure conservatism won’t be of much use.
Let’s not let that happen. Vote for the Trump/Pence ticket in 2016, to stop the progressive machine, and to restore a sense of pride in America.
Filed under Election 2016, Political Issues