The Controversy Over Syrian Refugees Misses the Question We Should Be Asking
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY, NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE
The jihad waged by radical Islam rips at France from within. The two mass-murder attacks this year that finally induced President Francois Hollande to concede a state of war are only what we see. Unbound by any First Amendment, the French government exerts pressure on the media to suppress bad news. We do not hear much about the steady thrum of insurrection in the banlieues: the thousands of torched automobiles, the violence against police and other agents of the state, the pressure in Islamic enclaves to ignore the sovereignty of the Republic and conform to the rule of sharia. What happens in France happens in Belgium. It happens in Sweden where much of Malmo, the third largest city, is controlled by Muslim immigrant gangs — emergency medical personnel attacked routinely enough that they will not respond to calls without police protection, and the police in turn unwilling to enter without back-up. Not long ago in Britain, a soldier was killed and nearly beheaded in broad daylight by jihadists known to the intelligence services; dozens of sharia courts now operate throughout the country, even as Muslim activists demand more accommodations. And it was in Germany, which green-lighted Europe's ongoing influx of Muslim migrants, that Turkey's Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan proclaimed that pressuring Muslims to assimilate in their new Western countries is "a crime against humanity." So how many of us look across the ocean at Europe and say, "Yeah, let's bring some of that here"? None of us with any sense.
President Rebukes Whiny
'Safe Space' Students
EVERETT PIPER, NEWMEDIAJOURNAL.US
This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt "victimized" by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable. I'm not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them "feel bad" about themselves, is a "hater," a "bigot," an "oppressor," and a "victimizer." I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience! An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad! It is supposed to make you feel guilty! The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization!
Hating Whitey on Campus
JACK KERWICK, FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE
It isn't just Woodrow Wilson who's got to go. For the social justice warriors on America's college campuses these days, force and intimidation are paying off in spades. Following the occupation of the president's office courtesy of the "Black Justice League," Princeton University is the most recent "institution of higher learning" to relent to students' demand to reject "racism." President Christopher L. Eisgruber has "agreed" - more accurately, was bullied into agreeing - to petition the Board of Trustees to consider reevaluating "the legacy" of America's 28th president and one-time Princeton University president, Woodrow Wilson. The website Inside Higher Ed informs us that the Black Justice League regards Wilson's as a legacy of "racism" that continues to inform "campus policy and culture." These elite, Ivy League universities are indeed a dangerous place for racial minorities. Perhaps this is why it isn't only the eradication of every last vestige of the ominous name and image of Wilson from their school that these fonts of wisdom and courage demanded. They as well demanded - wait for it - the retirement of the distinction of "master" at the school. You read this correctly: Students at one of the most elite academic institutions in the world feel threatened by the word "master." And they've forced its leaders into protecting them from it. There will be no more "masters" of colleges at Princeton; there are now only "heads" of colleges.
That Stole Christmas
JAMES HALL, NEWMEDIAJOURNAL.US
The usual holiday cheer that underpins the throngs of shoppers may be missing this season. Political pundits are eager to blame potential terrorist risks as a compelling reason to avoid the crowds at malls, but knowing the sentiments of the consumer culture, it is difficult to accept that retail businesses will be empty. Nevertheless, will the economy incentivize the bargain hunters to brave the added security obstacles to storm the doors for the reward of super discount pricing? The expected immediate shock in France is understandable. Xmas sales plummet, Champs-Elysees empty in edgy post-attack Paris, indicates that upscale customers respond predictably: "Department stores half-empty when they should be packed and a Christmas market on the prestigious Champs-Elysees avenue where vendors outnumber the visitors - the attacks on Paris are having a profound effect on retail business." Notwithstanding, Forbes makes an obvious point in the column, The Paris Attacks And The Economic Impact Of Terrorism: "Consider the fragility of both European economies and the institutions underpinning the European Union. The euro zone grew by a meager 0.3% in the third quarter, well below expectations. And last week's attacks may do some real damage to current spending, keeping shoppers away from crowded retail parks in the lead-up to the busiest month of the year."
*ABC, Hate Speech
& Whoopi Goldberg
SHARON SEBASTIAN, NEWNEDIAJOURNAL.US
Like so many trapped in their own illogical thinking without knowing the facts, ABC Talk Show Host Whoopi Goldberg contorts both truth and history. Ironically, Goldberg's comments have historical bearing as they pose a threat to Christians worldwide. It is a threat that must not easily be dismissed. In his article, "Whoopi Goldberg: Hitler Was A Christian," William Bigelow of Breitbart News wrote with rich sarcasm that, "...The View's imminent historian Whoopi Goldberg, reaching into her vast bag of historical erudition, pulled out a tidbit of data that would astonish even Jesus: Adolf Hitler was a Christian." In regard to the talk show's on-air debate over Syrian refugees and who should be allowed in, Muslims or Christians, Goldberg let it rip: "There have been a lot of horrifying -- there have been a lot of monster Christians. Hitler was a Christian." In a deepened display of her ignorance of what it means to be Christian, Ms. Goldberg declared: "Well, he didn't like the Catholics, remember? So, he thought of himself as a Christian person." Break down her statements and you get: Monster equals Christians equals Hitler. The question is: What is her intent? Is Ms. Goldberg practicing "hate speech" while she sits comfortably in the lap of an ABC Entertainment talk show as she both denigrates and targets Christians? By doing so, Ms. Goldberg displays similar traits to Hitler. Does this escape her? Ms. Goldberg's right to free speech is tantamount. Even so, her "Hitlerizing" of the followers of Christ recalls the same insidious propaganda verbalized by Hitler that first vilified then led to the persecution and slaughter of the Jews. Is that Ms. Goldberg's intention? Are we to conclude that Ms. Goldberg represents the same mind-set as Hitler with her deception and targeting. What are Ms. Goldberg's motives to subject God-loving Christians to such a negative and damning association?
Facebook Blocks Article Revealing Bernie Sanders' Hardcore Marxism
CONSERVATIVE FIRING LINE
On Monday, Examiner.com's Renee Nal published an article highlighting a video that exposes the hardcore Marxism of Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator running for president in the Democrat Party primary. But, she added Thursday, the article was blocked by Facebook with no explanation. "The New Zealand native is working with Iowa-based Director Judd Saul on the film The Enemies Within, which seeks to expose anti-American ties in the federal government.
This is becoming a very common issue where censorship in social media - and especially on Facebook - is concerned. Because social media has become a legitimate source of news and information for many in the world - and whether that is in and of itself a good thing or a bad thing - the so-called "moderators" who troll these platforms must be restrained from violating peoples free speech rights. Yes, Facebook is a private revenue generating enterprise, but because it has morphed into a news and information dissemination vehicle they have an ethical obligation to restrain from censorship. Many other private entitles have see government intervention to oversight because of the General Welfare Clause. In the end, ideological philosophy posing as speech moderation is, and there is no way to argue this point away, censorship , and a pathway to totalitarianism.
NEW! These Dead Shall
Not Have Died In Vain
Last evening, we shared a table with a young group of marines en route to SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) training in Maine. I woke up this morning feeling especially thankful to those who put themselves in harm's way to protect our nation and yet I kept thinking about the Gettysburg Address. This is because I worry whether our soldiers (and their families) deployed after 9/11, many injured or in coffins, sacrificed in vain. Did the soldiers who liberated our country from England, as well die in vain? Did the 620,000 casualties of the Civil War die in vain? At 10 years of age, I became aware of terrorism. I watched it play out during the television broadcast of the 1972 Olympics when a terrorist group, identifying itself as "Black September", killed 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team. Why were these athletes arbitrarily murdered on a world stage? I truly didn't understand the catalyst until I was much older. Black September was a movement to avenge Palestinians' losses in Jordan. This was one battle in a continuum of battles and part of a larger war...Like it or not, we are being called upon to fight a non-conventional war against a group of people who do not believe we have a right to exist. There is no co-existence in their world view. It is our freedom and our lives that are at stake. Civilians are targets and the population needs to prepare for this reality. Our leaders need to admit this truth and take all precautions to maximize freedom and limit casualties.
Exposing the Deep Marxism of Dem Pres. Candidate Bernie Sanders
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"In proportion, as the mass of citizens who possess political rights increases, and the number of elected ruler's increases, the actual power is concentrated and becomes the monopoly of a smaller and smaller group of individuals." ~ Paul Lafargue