Will You Obey God or Will You Obey the Government? Frightening Challenges to Americans’ Conscience


I read this CBN article rapidly and did not notice President Trump’s name in it. BUT the theme of this article is the very reason the Dems, the RINOs and various forms of Leftists want Trump gone by any means necessary. The theme is Biblical-minded Christians are being placed in a position to choose between their Biblical Christian conscience and the ever increasing government mandate to de-Christianize American culture. President Trump is an obstacle to this Leftist de-Christianizing transformation.

 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be [a]carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the [b]carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. –Romans 8: 5-8 NKJV

 

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Will You Obey God or Will You Obey the Government? Frightening Challenges to Americans’ Conscience

 

By Paul Strand

December 11, 2019

CBN News

 

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WASHINGTON – Religious liberty today faces more challenges than ever.  If you pay attention to the headlines, you know these are dangerous days. The battleground is often in the courtroom, where a frequent defender of religious liberty there sees new reasons for hope.

 

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Senior Counsel Luke Goodrich points out every human has a conscience, and the government shouldn’t be messing with it.

 

“It’s that inner voice that urges us to choose the good and reject evil,” Goodrich told CBN News.

 

Big-Time Battler for Conscience Rights

 

He has fought for the right of conscience several times before the US Supreme Court, and writes about huge challenges to it in his new book titled Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America.

 

“When the government comes in and forces us to violate our conscience, it’s forcing us to go against our human nature and violating a fundamental human right,” Goodrich said.

 

But as America moves toward a post-Christian era, issues long felt by believers and their conscience as wrong are now exalted.  Therefore any opposition to them is condemned as rank discrimination.

 

‘Will You Obey God or Will You Obey the Government?’

 

Goodrich explained, “We have experienced a major cultural shift in the last 10 to 20 years where traditional Christian beliefs about truth, about human life, about human sexuality…they used to be fairly broadly accepted or at least uncontroversial, but now those long-standing Christian beliefs are actually viewed as a threat.”

 

He added, “We’re seeing all kinds of new religious liberty conflicts and Christians really being put to the choice: will you obey God or will you obey the government?”

 

The biggest current battleground: homosexual and transgender rights.

 

“If you’re a Bible-believing Christian and you hold a traditional view on sex and marriage, then the rapid advance of gay rights is certainly the most significant religious liberty threat today.  And we’re seeing conflicts in multiple areas all across the country,” Goodrich noted.

 

The government long ago said you can’t discriminate based on someone’s race or sex. If the Supreme Court this term rules “sex” includes sexual orientation or transgender status, it could mean real trouble for those with biblical views on human sexuality.

 

Jack Phillips x Thousands

 

You could likely multiply by the thousands new legal problems of the kind suffered by Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a cake celebrating gay marriage and ended up in a legal battle over his conscience rights for years.

 

“Thousands of religious organizations will face new lawsuits and new liability simply for acting on their long-standing beliefs about human sexuality,” Goodrich predicted.

 

At one point, supporters promised same-sex marriage wouldn’t harm anyone. Well, depending on how the high court rules, Goodrich pointed out those same people could go all out, claws bared, to get their opponents.

 

“There’s a strong effort right now, particularly among progressives, to brand traditional Christian beliefs about marriage as a form of bigotry, and then use the power of the state to punish those religious beliefs and practices,” he said.

 

Bigotry or Believing in What’s Actually Best?

 

On the other hand, Frank Wright of D. James Kennedy Ministries maintains believers back only one-man, one-woman marriage because it’s healthy for families.

 

“The Bible says it because it’s for our welfare. It’s what enables families to flourish,” Wright told CBN News. “The secular research going back decades is irrefutable. Children do better when they have a mom and a dad.  And they are safer, they are more economically secure, they have less bad outcomes in life in terms of drugs and crime and all these things. It’s God’s design because it’s what’s best for us.”

 

He’s sad that homosexuals and their allies view the conservative support of one-man, one-woman marriage as bigotry and hatred.

 

Wright explained, “If they were to come to me and say ‘Why do you hate me?’ I would explain to them that I don’t. ‘You and I see this issue totally differently.  I don’t hate you.  Why should I hate you?   And why should you hate me because we disagree?'”

 

How Culture Views ‘Good’ Religion vs. ‘Bad’ Religion

 

Goodrich believes some of this comes from how modern society views religion.

 

“I think our culture is not really hostile to religion per se, but rather draws a distinction between good religion and bad religion,” he explained.

 

Goodrich added the culture sees so-called “good religion” as, “Fairly relativistic. You keep it private. You don’t make absolute truth claims and you don’t make any intense moral claims.”

 

On the other hand, this same culture sees bad religion as one that makes moral judgments among other things.

 

“Makes absolute truth claims. It doesn’t stay confined to the four walls of the home or the church, and it gets out there,” he said. “It evangelizes. It claims truth and it actually makes moral judgments.  And that kind of religion really today is deemed to be bad, and folks are much more willing to use government power to punish those sorts of belief.”

 

Forced to do the Transgenders’ Bidding

 

As for the transgender issue, the Obama administration mandated that doctors and hospitals provide surgery for men who wanted to be turned into women and women into men.

 

Goodrich explained the government was ordering doctors to perform those surgeries, “Even when it violated their religious beliefs and their medical judgment.  And if they didn’t do that, they would be deemed to be discriminating and would be subject to government penalties.”

 

Abortion is another battleground where supporters try to demonize those who can’t and won’t back it.

 

Those Against Abortion Labeled as Discriminators

 

“If you as a Christian, whether you’re a doctor or an employer, if you oppose abortion, you’re somehow denying health care to women and discriminating against women,” Goodrich explained.

 

This Becket lawyer fought for both the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby’s pro-life stand before the Supreme Court.

 

“The government was trying to force them to provide abortion-causing drugs in their health insurance plans or in their businesses, even when their conscience told them ‘you cannot participate in an abortion,'” Goodrich said of his clients.

 

Many Dark Clouds, But a Silver Lining

 

The high court ruled in favor of both, and Goodrich says believers can take hope in how often their conscience rights win in court.

 

“There are some real difficulties ahead, and we should take stock of where we’re at and be realistic. But at the same time, there’s a lot of reason for hope.  We have a 90 percent win rate and we’re undefeated at the US Supreme Court,” Goodrich said.

 

He warned, however, Christians need to prepare for defeats and learn how to show Christ’s love even to a culture that’s turning more and more against them.

 

How the Bible Can Guide Us in Such a Time

 

“Much of scripture is written to Christians who are facing suffering and persecution for their faith.  And as Christians, we need to recall those teachings and let those influence us,” Goodrich argued. “And it’s not just about winning or fighting a culture war.  It’s actually more about being like Christ in the midst of these conflicts.”

 

What this attorney hopes for is a government that just leaves religion alone as much as possible.

 

For instance, in public schools, it shouldn’t force students to pray, but can allow a time where they can pray if they want. It shouldn’t build a cross on government property, but it can let those there stand. It shouldn’t oppose religion OR promote it. It should just let it be.

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Before Crossfire Hurricane: Devin Nunes asks the essential question…


J.E. Dyer examines Horowitz’s Report on Crossfire Hurricane FISA abuses (a better word – CORRUPTION) in Devin Nunes questioning of pre-operation beginnings by the FBI. VERY IMPORTANT READ and you’ll want to read a few times to digest the info.

 

The first paragraph has a link to the 480-plus page IG Report.

 

JRH 12/11/19 (H/T:  J.e. Dyer  at Facebook Group Patriot Action Network)

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Before Crossfire Hurricane: Devin Nunes asks the essential question after release of DOJ IG report

 

By J.E. Dyer

December 11, 2019

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Devin Nunes (Image: Screen grab of Fox News video, YouTube)

 

Analytical revelations from the Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the conduct of the “Russia-Trump” investigation won’t end any time soon.

 

The highlights have come out quickly, such as the startling count of 51 procedural violations by the FBI just in forwarding the FISA applications on Carter Page, and the fact that nine of those 51 involved making false statements to the FISA court.  In light of these and other findings, the IG report’s conclusion that all this troubling conduct didn’t amount to “bias” on the part of the FBI seems rather … beside the point.  Pick another measuring stick, folks.  That one is about as useful to our public purpose as Gloria Steinem’s famous bicycle was to a fish.

 

Whatever we label it – and “bias” is an unimpressive scare word to begin with – a federal law enforcement undertaking so full of violations and false statements is a problem of the highest priority.  So call it Petunia, for all I care.  Just don’t have the crust to call it something that frames it to be written off.  Real, live Americans have to live every day with what we suffer the FBI to do in the name of law and order.

 

And if the senior officials at headquarters are allowed to misbehave themselves so badly, it doesn’t much matter how honorable the rank and file are.

 

In any case, although there is surely a lot more to come as the IG report gets its public walk-through, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) bore-sighted Monday evening on the question that must propel us forward.

 

The IG report only takes us so far.  That’s because it accepts the start date of its investigative charter as the day Operation Crossfire Hurricane was launched by the FBI: 31 July 2016.

 

We’ll learn a lot from looking at the period after that.  But the operations of U.S. agencies against (or, if you like, “involving”) members of the Trump campaign were underway well before that.  Even if we use the friendlier-sounding term “involving” here, it’s still the case that agencies and personalities that engaged with Trump campaign members after 31 July 2016 were also involved with them before 31 July 2016.

 

Devin Nunes called that out on Monday.  He’s brought this up previously, and didn’t elaborate at length in his segment with Sean Hannity (whose audience wouldn’t need a lengthy explanation).  But that’s what he’s referring to here.

 

And his question is the essential one.  The DOJ IG report looked at the conduct of the FBI and DOJ in Crossfire Hurricane.

 

But who was coordinating what was being done before Crossfire Hurricane started?

 

That question gets to the fundamental mystery of how the counter-Trump operation was started, and who was behind it.  The motive for the operation can only be ascertained fully by answering these questions.  The FBI was a late-comer to the game.  It wasn’t “the” string-puller (which was probably a small group, rather than a single individual).

 

If nothing else, Peter Strzok’s affect in 2016 tells us that.  He doesn’t text like someone who has known for months – or years – that Stefan Halper was set onto LTG Michael Flynn back in 2014, or that Carter Page has been working with the FBI since 2013 to take down Russian agents in the United States.

 

And that’s really the point about the IG report too.  The report is framed as if it’s kind of no big deal that there was prior engagement by the actors in its own drama with the Crossfire Hurricane targets:  Paul Manafort, Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, and Michael Flynn.

 

The IG report accepts at face value the narrative that Crossfire Hurricane was initiated on 31 July 2016, based on the nugget from Australian diplomat Alexander Downer that in May 2016, George Papadopoulos had told him something about the Russians and incriminating information on Hillary Clinton.

 

Yet within two weeks of 31 July 2016, this new operation had turned unerringly to a confidential source (Stefan Halper) who had known Paul Manafort for years, had engaged with Michael Flynn back in 2014, and had invited Carter Page to a conference at Cambridge in July 2016 (where Halper and Page happened, according to Halper, to discuss the possibility of Halper joining the Trump campaign), before Crossfire Hurricane started.

 

Meanwhile, the FBI had had Manafort under investigation several years earlier, and had electronic surveillance of him since 2014 (up through probably March of 2016, when reporting suggests the FISA authority for that surveillance expired).

 

The FBI had been receiving cooperation from Carter Page in interdicting Russian agents in the U.S. who were trying to recruit Americans.

 

And Stefan Halper, whom the IG report refers to as Source 2 (with a number of allusions that make Halper the only viable candidate for that designation), had been involved in an apparent attempt to pin the appearance of improper Russian connections on Michael Flynn in 2014.

 

Papadopoulos, on the other hand, while he had not been approached by Halper before 31 July 2016, had been approached in March 2016 by the Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud, who was well known to the U.S. State Department and ran tame among the top officials of the British and Italian intelligence organizations.  Papadopoulos was subsequently approached by Alexander Downer, the Australian diplomat with extensive links to the same UK intelligence officials Stefan Halper hosted conferences with at Cambridge multiple times each year.

 

There are a couple of passages in the IG report that afford an intriguing look at how these remarkable coincidences were accounted for in testimony to the IG.

 

We are given a little background on Stefan Halper’s (Source 2’s) checkered history as a confidential source (p. 313 as page-numbered in the IG report document):

 

Source 2 was closed by the FBI in 2011 for “aggressiveness toward handling agents as a result of what [Source 2] perceived as not enough compensation” and “questionable allegiance to the [intelligence] targets” with which Source 2 maintained contact. However, Source 2 was re-opened 2 months later by Case Agent 1, and was handled by Case Agent 1 from 2011 through 2016 as part of Case Agent 1 ‘s regular investigative activities at an FBI field office.

 

Case Agent 1 remains anonymous in the report and has not been firmly identified by blogosphere analysts.  He is referred to as male in the report, however, and was working Crossfire Hurricane in 2016.*  He is described as having an extensive history with Source 2 between 2011 and 2016.

 

Therefore, we get the following characterization a couple of paragraphs later (on p. 314):

 

Source 2 ‘s involvement in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation arose out of Case Agent 1’s pre-existing relationship with Source 2. Case Agent 1 told the OIG that when he arrived in Washington, D.C. in early August 2016 to join the Crossfire Hurricane team, he had never previously dealt with the “realm” of political campaigns. He said he lacked a basic understanding of simple issues, for example what the role of a “foreign policy advisor” entails, and how that person interacts with the rest of the campaign. Case Agent 1 said he proposed meeting with Source 2 to ask these questions because Case Agent 1 knew that Source 2 had been affiliated with national political campaigns since the early 1970s.

 

Case Agent 1 seems to have known the source he had been handling since 2011 reasonably well.  So this passage in the middle of p. 315 comes across as a bit puzzling:

 

Source 2 told the Crossfire Hurricane team that Source 2 had known Trump’s then campaign manager, Manafort, for a number of years and that he had been previously acquainted with Michael Flynn. Case Agent 1 told the OIG that “quite honestly … we kind of stumbled upon [Source 2] knowing these folks.” He said that it was “serendipitous” and that the Crossfire Hurricane team “couldn’t believe [their] luck” that Source 2 had contacts with three of their four subjects, including Carter Page.

 

It strains credulity just a bit, that Case Agent 1, who’d been handling Source 2 since 2011, found it mere “luck” to discover that Source 2 knew Manafort, whom the FBI had investigated intensively since 2011, and had contacted Carter Page, with whom the FBI had worked since 2013, only a couple of weeks before Case Agent 1 joined Crossfire Hurricane.

 

Perhaps Case Agent 1 had no reason, at least, to know about Source 2’s connection with Michael Flynn.  But as for the rest, it sounds for all the world as if Case Agent 1 read a Wikipedia entry on Source 2 to get his background information, and then was disingenuously astonished to find out how relevant to Crossfire Hurricane Source 2’s history would actually be.

 

Case Agent 1’s protestations sound, in other words, less than credible.

 

His and the Crossfire Hurricane team’s reported disbelief in their “luck” requires accounting for, given the extensive history of the FBI with everyone that “luck” applied to.

 

That’s where Devin Nunes’s question comes in.  If it wasn’t the FBI that assembled all that “luck” prior to 31 July 2016 – who was it?  And was it, as we would reasonably assume, the same maker of “luck” that manufactured a series of contacts in early 2016, and then handed George Papadopoulos to the FBI, tied up with a bow?

 

Obviously, readers will be waving their hands in the air at this point calling out “Brennan!”  But it’s equally obvious John Brennan couldn’t do this alone.  Just for starters, the Steele dossier was a key component of the anti-Trump operation, and there is neither need nor evidence for connecting it to Brennan’s instigation (at least not directly).

 

Moreover, the collaboration that may have come from foreign intelligence agencies (e.g., in Italy and the UK, as well as the notorious grab-bag of other European sources, like Estonia, supposedly plying Brennan with information in early 2016) would have had motives other than merely helping Brennan out with a personal project.  For those sources, motives related to their own perceived interests had to be in play.

 

There are probably reasons the public will never be cleared for why Brennan would have taken a set against Michael Flynn.  We know of one reason why senior personnel at the DOJ might have.

 

Meanwhile, the odd centrality of Ukraine and Paul Manafort to the Russiagate drama seems to have had its origins and motives from other actors: in the State Department, in the Democratic Party, in at least one of the Democrats’ major funders, George Soros.  And those origins and motives appear, like the animus against Flynn, to have predated even Donald Trump’s candidacy for president.

 

Nunes is right.  This is what we need to get to the bottom of.  All that “luck” the Crossfire Hurricane team stumbled into: who authored it?  Will John Durham be able to dig that out?  Is he making the attempt?

 

William Barr’s comments this week, which include a reference to looking at the activities of other agencies (besides the FBI and DOJ), suggest that at least some version of that attempt may be underway.  But we don’t know its scope or quality.

 

If we get a few indictments for things done by DOJ and FBI personnel after 31 July 2016, and if Trump weathers the impeachment frenzy unscathed – and if we complacently accept never knowing the answer to Nunes’s question – we remain at grave risk for something like this happening again.  We remain at risk for not understanding the alarming power our government’s intelligence and law enforcement tools can wield over our nation’s future.

 

That’s why one of the most important things the IG report can do is point us not only to opportunities for indictment, but to discrepancies in testimony and narrative that set channel markers: buoys we can navigate by in chasing down Nunes’s question.

 

The alarm he raised in early 2017 is what cued both his committee and an interested public to demand the exertions that got us to the DOJ IG report.  In his excellent new book The Plot Against the President, journalist Lee Smith recounts much that was previously unreported about Nunes’s efforts and the centrality of his role.  Without Nunes, we wouldn’t have the broad public understanding we have today of the truth about Russiagate and Spygate, as opposed to the script written by Fusion GPS and pounded in the media.

 

I suggest trusting Nunes one more time: that we cannot rest until we know how and with whom this whole business really started.

 

* Regarding the identity of Case Agent 1, Internet sleuths are lobbying for one of two FBI agents who have spoken at Halper-organized events at Cambridge in the last decade.  This tweep suggests one of them (who was an FBI attaché at the U.S. embassy in London from 2012 to early 2016).  That agent has been a speaker for Halper at least twice.  In an article for The Federalist, Mollie Hemingway had a list of three names – including the one suggested by @TheLegalBrain1 – of FBI agents who appeared at a Halper conference in Cambridge in 2011.  Other analysts are partisans of the third name in the 2011 list for Case Agent 1.

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Wrong Wray — It’s NOT the Whole FBI


Current FBI Director Christopher Wray views FBI exoneration of targeting President Trump before and after election in 2016 in the IG Michael Horowitz Report. President Trump should view another firing of another Deep State FBI Director AND replace Wray with someone willing to drain the swamp stench of Dem influence in that Agency.

 

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Wrong Wray — It’s NOT the Whole FBI

The vast majority of the 12,484 special agents and 2,950 intelligence analysts in the FBI steadfastly abide by their oaths.

 

By  Mark Alexander

Dec. 11, 2019

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On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray issued his response to the Justice Department’s FISA report, concluding: “Finally, we will review the performance and conduct of certain FBI employees who were referenced in the Report’s recommendations — including managers, supervisors, and senior officials at the time. The FBI will take appropriate disciplinary action where warranted. Notably, many of the employees described in the report are no longer employed at the FBI.”

 

But in a follow-up interview, when asked if he had any evidence that the FBI unfairly targeted Trump’s campaign, Wray replied, “I don’t.” If his response was specifically related to the FISA report evidence that was limited in its scope, then Wray’s comments are in line. But if he was suggesting that there is no evidence of bias among “managers, supervisors, and senior officials at the time,” that assertion is ludicrous and earned this response from Donald Trump: “I don’t know what report [Wray] was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me.”

 

Moreover, Director Wray was asked a leading question as to whether he was offended by suggestions that the FBI is part of the “deep state.”

 

He took the bait on a broad question: “I think that’s the kind of label that is a disservice to the 37,000 men and women who work at the FBI who I think tackle their jobs with professionalism, with rigor, with objectivity, with courage … so that’s not a term I would ever use to describe our workforce and I think it’s an affront to them.”

 

Wrong, Wray — the question asked was absurd and disingenuous. He knows better and should have chosen his words much more carefully. The “deep state” assertions have always been limited to a handful of FBI personnel Wray identified in his response — those high-ranking “managers, supervisors, and senior officials” with strong bias in favor of Hillary Clinton. This has never been about the FBI at large.

 

Almost two years ago, in “The FISA Memo and the Demos’ Deep-State Operatives,” I noted:

 

Democrats and their Leftmedia outlets are promoting the diversionary false narrative that serious questions about the political motives of those who seeded the FISA warrants are a “broad assault on the Department of Justice and FBI” by President Trump and Republicans. According to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), “This wasn’t about oversight. This is about … attacking the DoJ and FBI, a transparent attempt to discredit these institutions.”

 

As I noted then, in fact, it is Democrats like Schiff who are broad-brushing the FISA memo inquiry to include “institutions” rather than “individuals.” The memo names a handful of corrupt Democrat deep-state operatives in the DoJ and FBI who colluded to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump and who, after his stunning upset, sought to undermine the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency.

 

As I also noted then: “The vast majority of the 12,484 special agents and 2,950 intelligence analysts in the FBI steadfastly abide by their oaths ‘to support and defend’ our Constitution. They also strive to live up to the FBI motto: Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity. Indeed, most FBI agents, whose reputations are being sullied by the corrupt actions of a few high-ranking officials, are both personally and professionally offended by that corruption.”

 

Again yesterday in “The DoJ FISA Report — Trump Was Right,” I noted that “Hillary Clinton’s backers were high-ranking FBI bureaucrats” — as Wray identified in his report.

 

For the record, it was and remains Democrats who, by advancing this charade to take Trump down, have cast a cloud over the entire FBI — a cloud that will take years to dissipate. When Wray answers loaded media questions without redress, he also throws his whole agency under the bus.

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Impeachment Smoke & Biden-Ukraine Corruption


What Are the Dems Really Hiding?

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© December 10, 2019

 

As the Dems read off and eventually lead the House of Representatives Articles of Impeachment based on hate-inspired Trump Derangement Syndrome more than verifiable facts, watch this video.

 

The video examines Quid Pro Quo Joe Biden & son Hunter corruption that more documentation exists than any faux-corruption President Trump is accused. Things to note is the incredulous corruption inherent in Ukraine that the video hosts speculates (due to connections) quite probably includes the current Ukrainian President Zelensky.

 

If Ukraine is so corrupt even under Zelensky, should the U.S. abandon involvement with whoever leads the Ukraine government? My guess is PROBABLY NOT. That is as long as a Ukraine government defies Russia, Ukraine makes a great foil against any Russian interests that conflict American Interests.

 

So what does that mean for Trump and Biden?

 

Americans NEED to know if Biden corruption enriched his family and/or bilked American taxpayer dollars. AND if any of that Biden corruption discussed in the video was connected in anyway to Crooked Hillary working with corrupt Ukrainian entities to frame Trump and get a Crooked Hillary election victory in 2016 (which thank God did not occur).

 

As speculated in the video, Americans NEED to know just how much the Dem-darling Obama knew and did about said Biden corruption.

 

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An Intro to ‘One More Act of Islamic Terrorism’


Intro by John R. Houk

By Justin O. Smith

© December 9, 2019 

 

A Muslim and an Officer in the Saudi Arabian Air Force comes to America for flight training (SOUND FAMILIAR) at Pensacola Naval Air Station who decides to go on a shooting rampage killing three and wounding eight, YET the Secretary of Defense has not decided to call it terrorism without further investigation. Is President Trump plagued with Deep State Obama-thinking morons or what?

 

Quoted from Jihad Watch (12/8/19 3:00 PM):

 

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday it was too soon to label the shooting at the US Navy base in Florida as a terrorist act.

 

“I can’t say it’s terrorism at this time,” he told a gathering of top US defense and military officials, adding that the investigation needs to proceed. He declined to discuss details of the investigation so far.

 

Investigations are ongoing in the shooting that saw a Saudi airman open fire at three people at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. Six Saudis were held for questioning.

 

Does Mohammed Alshamrani sound like an Islamic Terrorist from this OAN headline?

 

Officials: Pensacola shooter held mass shooting ‘watch party’ before attack

 

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 4:40 PM PT — Saturday, December 7, 2019

 

The Saudi national responsible for the deadly Pensacola shooting reportedly held a mass shooting ‘watch party’ prior to the killings. The Associated Press cited an unnamed U.S. official, who claimed the gunman and three navy students watched videos of mass shootings the same week of the incident.

 

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fired at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, killing three people before being fatally shot by local sheriff’s deputies.

 

10 other Saudi nationals are now in custody for questioning. One of the individuals, who was said to have attended the dinner party, allegedly videotaped the tragedy as it unfolded. Authorities also said two other Saudi students watched from a car.

 

Investigators are trying to locate a number of other Saudi students who are currently unaccounted for. The FBI has taken over the investigation and is trying to determine if the shooting was terror related.

 

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Although it is my perception the FBI has Deep State problems as well, this OAN headline someone there gets Islamic terrorism:

 

FBI: Pensacola shooting under investigation as terrorist incident

 

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 1:45 PM PT — Sunday, December 8, 2019

 

On Sunday, the FBI announced they are investigating the Pensacola shooting with the presumption it was an act of terrorism. Officials stated they are investigating Friday’s attack as a terrorist incident in order to deploy more resources and help quickly eliminate potential threats.

 

They said their main goal is to confirm whether the shooter acted alone and if he was part of a larger network. The bureau has tasked nearly 100 FBI agents in the investigation, who are working hard to find answers as soon as they can.

 

“While there are many reports circulating regarding the shooter’s motivation and his alleged activities leading to his attack, I can tell you that we are looking very hard at uncovering his motive,” stated FBI Special Agent Rachel Rojas. “I would ask for patience so we can get this right.”

 

Officials also stated they believe there was only one gunman and that no arrests have been made.

 

This announcement came after National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien claimed the Pensacola naval base shooting appeared to be a terrorist attack. O’Brien said Friday’s attack looked like it was carried out by an individual who may have been radicalized, either on U.S. soil or abroad.

 

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One More Act of Islamic Terrorism 

Let Muslims Hate America From Afar

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 12/7/2019 9:17 PM

 

Islam has succeeded in training its followers to be fierce killers, in the name of Allah, and today they still toil for the destruction of all who do not submit to the will of Allah and the teachings of their false prophet Mohammed. They view their lives and the lives of Americans and all other non-believers to be cheaper than the dirt we walk upon, and our country has already witnessed this too many times, since September 11th 2001, as numerous other terror events unfolded from Boston to Chattanooga and many other places, even on military installations like Ft. Hood. And now we see another rabidly hostile Muslim lash out against America, the Great Satan, in another act of Islamic terror and gleeful slaughter on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida on December 6th 2019, killing three Americans.

 

I will ask once again, just as I have after each incident of Islamic terrorism: How many more Americans must die at the hands of Muslim terrorists, before we stop all Muslim immigration and remove all Muslim foreign nationals from our country? And I must also wonder, how many years from now will I be asking this same question?

 

Since the first bombing of the World Trade Center at 12:17 PM on February 26th 1993, I have explained to anyone willing to hear the truth, that if a terrorist is determined to murder, not one person, magnificently trained or otherwise, can reveal who is an Islamic fundamentalist jihadi terrorist and who is not until it is too late and they have already extinguished the lives of however many innocents within the perimeter of their miserable, terrible, violent and bloody abattoir, although Major Nidal Hasan did everything but walk up to his superiors and tell them “I plan to kill You all”.

 

As detailed in the New York Times, the shooter at the Naval Air Station Pensacola was a Saudi Arabian foreign national, Second Lieutenant Mohammed Alshamrani, who was in the Saudi Arabian Air Force training alongside U.S. aviators. He used a Glock 9mm with extended magazines, and he was carrying several extra magazines.  And, although Captain Timothy Kinsella, Jr. initially refused to describe this as an act of terrorism, Pensacola’s Congressional Representative Matt Gaetz noted this to be a failure in the vetting of foreign trainees.

 

Representative Gaetz told WEAR television, “We can safely call this an act of terrorism, not an act of workplace violence.”

 

Has anyone forgotten that fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 terrorists were Saudis and adherents of Wahhabi Islam, or that several had taken flight training in America?

 

More than the “thorough and realistic reevaluation of this training program of foreign nationals” that has been suggested as a partial answer, by Robert Spencer,  America needs a thorough and realistic evaluation of its entire immigration and border entry policy. America especially needs to analyze the insanity that ignores the ongoing Christian genocides in the Middle East, an insanity that finds no fault in granting entry to entire groups of people whose worldview and belief systems are antithetical to ours, to cultures who hate America and come here only to subvert and destroy America.

 

[Blog Editor: An honest history shows the very reason European Christian Kingdoms joined Roman Catholic calls for military Crusades to retake the Holy Land was the result of the weariness of Muslim militancy of invasions, pillaging, murders, mass rapes and slavery (including building Muslim harems with European women). TODAY Muslims where they dominate are systematically committing genocide against Christians. The Multicultural Left in politics and the press have systematically ignored this genocide and the lack of action and/or reporting rises to the stench of coverup! Especially if you are unaware of this Muslim atrocity of committing genocide against Christians:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only should it be quite easy for the average American to see for themselves that many valid reasons exist to refuse military service to any Muslim in our U.S. Armed Forces, such as those I detail in ‘The Muslim U.S. Military Experience’ in November 2011, but, it should be equally simple to understand that those same reasons are enough to conclude that Islam really isn’t compatible with America’s Judeo-Christian virtues and our Constitution and freedom and liberty. And, in the meantime, with our own second and third generation Muslims proving untrustworthy in the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. certainly should not be granting any Muslim foreign national access to our military installations and our most advanced weaponry and armaments.

 

Investigators are searching for any links to organized terrorist groups here and abroad, and, in the aftermath of the terrible assault and murders, Florida’s Senator Rick Scott stated: “I’m very concerned that the shooter in Pensacola was a foreign national training on a U.S. base. Today, I’m calling for a full review of the U.S. military programs to train foreign nationals on American soil. We shouldn’t be providing military training to people who wish us harm.”

 

One must note that six Saudi nationals were initially arrested near the scene, after the Islamic terrorist was killed by a Sheriff’s Deputy. Three of them filmed the attack as it unfolded. Four more have since been detained, while several more are the focus of a search. It sure is beginning to have all the appearances of an organized terror plot.

 

One tweet by the shooter gives some insight into his motive, however skewed and deceptive it is. According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, Alshamrani had recently tweeted the following statement: “O American people — I’m not against you for being American, I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but against humanity … I see America is supporting of Israel which is invasion of Muslim countrie, I see invasion of many countries by its troops. I see Guantanamo Bay. I see cruise missiles, cluster bombs and UAV.”

 

[Blog Editor: MEMRI reports on Muslim Tweeting admirers of Alshamrani murderous terrorism HERE.]

 

Alshamrani engaged in the classic Islamic deception, which is to blame his target, even though America’s activities in the Middle East have largely been defensive measures to prevent terrorist acts, such as his, from coming to our own shores. He had to couch his act as a defense of Muslims, since under Sharia law, only the Caliph of all Islam can declare offensive jihad. The defeat and collapse of the Ottoman Empire removed the Caliph, and from that point on, all so-called acts of “Holy War” have been framed as “defensive” measures.

 

But what Alshamrani did is nothing less than what any and all Muslim terrorists and plotters have done from the very beginning days of Islam, as seen in one common Islamic allegory that describes how poet Kab bin al-Ashruf offended Mohammed, earning him the prophets ire and a call for his death. Muhammad bin Maslama was given the task along with permission to lie to the poet, in order to get close enough to him to perform the assassination. According to accounts in the Hadith in Sahih Bukhari and Ibn Sad, Maslama [search page for Maslama] successfully took Kab’s head, and when he presented it to Mohammed, the “prophet” shouted “Allahu akbar”, “God is greater”.

 

Despite Alshamrani’s protestation to the contrary, he is part and parcel of the same group of Islamists who are acting proactively to strike while the iron is hot and Islam is in an ascendancy, as the fastest growing so-called “religion” in the world, although still second in size to Christianity. He and his ilk are those currently seeking to overthrow the House of Al Saud and the Saudi Arabian monarchy and many other current regimes across the Middle East and elsewhere in the Islamic world. They want to transform their culture, but they are still extremely hostile to political freedom, while seeing themselves as avengers who are correcting injustices, through a moral code derived from Islam; and, regardless of how righteous our own efforts might be in the Middle East, seeing the American “infidel” near Mecca, the holiest of Islamic sites, has only served one more excuse for Muslims’ extreme outrage, there and here, as they remain reticent to reform Islam and answer the age old questions on how to reconcile Islam with modern living and the superior advancements of Western Civilization.

 

During the reign of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, over seventy-five billion dollars was spent between 1982 and 2005 to spread the most virulent and violent form of Islam, Wahhabism, to poorer Islamic countries and the Western nations too, the very ideology advocated by Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda associates and the jihadists of the Islamic State. This money built 200 Islamic colleges, 210 Islamic centers, over 2,000 schools in Muslim countries, Europe; and America too saw such schools spring up, similar to the Islamic Saudi Academy in Fairfax, Virginia, known for its extreme anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda. All of these facilities were fundamentalist Islamic institutions that formed a network from Sudan to Pakistan, and by 2000, Saudi Arabia had also distributed 138 million Korans across the globe.

 

Americans must never lose sight of the fact that all of Islam still holds to the belief that infidels, non-believers, and any and all who rebel against submitting to Allah are to be converted or killed. Anyone who rejects the omniscient Allah and the dictates of Islam and Sharia law — that purportedly answers all mankind’s needs — must be put to death. See this ideology in all its evil infamy, an ideology that revels in its holy slaughter of innocents deemed to be enemies of Islam and Allah’s kingdom on earth.

 

And Americans should look at the historical record and understand that within twelve years of Mohammed’s death in 632, Egypt and Syria and been conquered and taken from the Byzantine Empire and Iran’s Sassanid Empire, a long standing regional power, had been reduced to a tributary. Islam and Muslims completely controlled Much of India and Central Asia all the way to the edge of China’s borders, and Islam had laid siege to Constantinople and taken Spain and North Africa all by the eighth century.

 

[Blog Editor: Islamic Imperialism currently hushed up in Western Schools:

 

 

 

There isn’t any Islamic nation that can ever be a true friend of America’s, especially true when studying Saudi Arabia. They are our enemies and the most active exporters of Islamic terrorism worldwide, second only to Iran.

 

King Salman of Saudi Arabia offered his condolences and denounced the act of terrorism, but what else could he say?

 

Call me “the Ugly American”, if you must, because I no longer give a good damn why Islamic nations hate America and the West. I could give a damn less about Muslim sensitivities and my facts that supposedly “stoke the flames of hatred” in Islamic regions, and I sure don’t give a damn what any Muslim, domestic or foreign national, thinks of our foreign policy, so long as it is righteous and actually focused on preventing Islamic aggressions and acts of terrorism against America, as Islam continues to struggle with its own pained growth and existence and its path into the future. I don’t need to understand anything about Islam, other than the fact that over my entire lifetime, I have witnessed Islam in the act of destroying anything good in the world and committing mass murder from Cyprus and Bangladesh to Lebanon and Serbia and on to Syria and all points of the globe.

 

America will never completely eradicate terrorism on its shores, so long as a homegrown Islamic population resides within its domain, as exhibited by men such as Adnan Shukrijumah and Anwar al Awlaki, and that will require a different solution. However, America can certainly make a huge impact on Islamic terrorism by issuing the strongest of warnings to all Islamic nations, halting all Muslim immigration to our country and halting any Muslim access to U.S. military training programs and facilities, while retaining any other limited relationships that do no harm to U.S. interests, i.e. trade. If they hate America so much, let them suffer the consequences of their hatred and hate Her from afar.

 

Our nation has experienced sufferings beyond belief, at the direction of Islamic leaders, and although the Bible tells us suffering is a natural part of life and we all know that sometimes simple unavoidable accidents bring death and suffering our way, it is beyond maddening to see situations arise that could have been prevented, especially when they take a loved one on to an early grave. Americans should not sit idly by in despair and suffer even one more sorrow by way of Islamic terrorism, and we must force our leaders to look at Islam honestly and without fear, to hear the truth and to bear the truth, to find a solution that ensures not one more innocent on our shores loses their life to an act of Islamic terrorism.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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An Intro to ‘One More Act of Islamic Terrorism’

Intro by John R. Houk

© December 9, 2019 

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One More Act of Islamic Terrorism 

 

Edited by John R Houk

Text embraced by brackets and source links are by the Editor.

 

© Justin O. Smith

 

The Coup Against Trump – IMPEACH All Dems


John R. Houk

© December 4, 2019

 

President Donald Trump has faced Leftist and Dem venom from the very point he decided to run as a Republican for President of the United States. I don’t know about you but just as a Conservative voter I was a bit mystified by this venom.

 

Trump’s entertainment days were not exactly a paradigm of Conservative values. I mean entertainment-wise, I enjoyed watching Donald Trump telling an Apprentice contestant not meeting Trump business standards that he/she had a – “YOU’RE FIRED!” It was fun to watch, but not exactly an endorsement for Family Values.

 

YET the Donald announces a GOP run and all of a sudden Leftist politicians, former Leftist pals in Entertainment and the ever wicked Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) all of a sudden hated Trump’s guts. These haters vilified and ridiculed Donald Trump and at the time … I didn’t care. I was voting for the most reputable Family Values Republican in Senator Ted Cruz.

 

BUT WHAT HAPPENED?

 

GOP candidate after candidate went down in flames to the witticism of Donald Trump. Finally, my guy Ted Cruz was eliminated by the numbers and Trump won the Republican nomination for President in 2016.

 

Leftist Politicians, Left-Wing Entertainers (former Trump buddies mind you) and of course RINOs proclaimed from the roof tops that the Republican Party just handed POTUS to Hillary Clinton –

 

  • the gal with an illegal government server as Secretary of State

 

 

 

 

  • the gal who as Dem Nominee for President had her Democratic National Committee (DNC) hacked (by someone) exposing nefarious Dem practices via Wikileaks

 

  • the gal while Dem Nominee told everyone the Russians and Trump meddle in the 2016 election YET would not all an FBI/CIA forensic examination of DNC to confirm Dem client Crowdstrike assertions “the Russians did it.”

 

*Was the DNC server really hacked? By George Parry; Knowledge is Good; 3/4/18

*NSA Whistleblower Has Evidence DNC Was NOT Hacked By Russia, Mueller Report Completely Based on Lies; American Liberty Report

 

*Probe: Hard evidence refutes DNC ‘Russia hack’ claim; By WND Staff; WND; 2/14/19 8:00pm

 

 

  • THE SAME GAL who as the Dem Nominee for President worked with Ukrainians to win the 2016 election she LOST to Donald Trump.

 

*Let’s get real: Democrats were first to enlist Ukraine in US elections; By John Solomon; The Hill; 9/23/19 06:30 PM EDT

*Nunes: DNC Staffer Worked with Ukraine to Dig Up Dirt on Trump During 2016 Election; By Melanie Arter; CNSNews.com; 11/13/19 12:35pm EST

 

The above points are only those I recall off the top of mind, I am certain others could add more egregious actions under Crooked Hillary and her Dem Party.

 

AND YET the Dems in the House as the Majority Party are conducting Impeachment proceedings in which a majority of States via the Electoral College confirmed Donald Trump as President of the United States.

 

ONLY a Dem concerned about Trump’s reversing Obama’s fundamental transformation of America away from our nation’s Christian roots and away from our Founding Fathers’ Original Intent for America embodied in the Declaration of Independence and Ratified U.S. Constitution would support the Impeachment witch hunt being conducted in the House of Representatives.

 

And now I come to the inspiration for these thoughts. Yesterday Israpundit cross posted an American Thinker post referring to Judge Jeanine entitled, “Obama started the Trump hate”. The title sounds more like every Dem involved in this coup against President Trump in Congress and the Executive Branch (and perhaps every Obama Judiciary appointee) should be impeached.

 

JRH 12/4/19

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Judge Jeanine: ‘Obama started the Trump hate’

 

By M. Catharine Evans, AMERICAN THINKER

December 3, 2019

Israpundit

 

Almost four years into the war on Donald Trump, any mention of Obama’s role in the banana republic tactics has been covered up.  The fact that high-ranking Obama-appointed FBI/CIA/intelligence officials have been caught plotting to delegitimize an election and remove President Trump from office makes it a sure bet that Obama, the consummate community organizer, had a tight leash on everything going on in the White House.  During her show this past Saturday, Judge Jeanine Pirro and her guest, The Plot against the President author Lee Smith, specifically called out Barack Obama for “interfering in the peaceful transition of power” in 2016.  It’s about time.

 

The five-minute interview, which aired on Fox’s Justice with Judge Jeanine, boiled this impeachment nightmare down to its essence: Barack Hussein Obama is the first president to orchestrate a coup against an incoming administration.  Smith even went on to suggest that Obama has set up a command post less than two miles from the White House.  As the “de facto head of the Democratic Party still … Barack Obama is right in the middle of the anti- Trump operation,” according to Smith.

 

Judge Jeannine then recalled Obama’s actions weeks before the 2016  election:

 

Watching Barack Obama taking the week off and doing nothing but campaigning for Hillary Clinton … to me I just remembered thinking to myself that’s a little weird, um, I know Presidents support incoming but that was full-on, all-in Barack Obama worried about Trump, making fun of Trump, it had never happened that way in the history of this country.  He started the Trump hate.

 

VIDEO: Author Lee Smith: Barack Obama Interfered with the Peaceful Transfer of Power to President Trump

 

In October 2016, a Sun-Sentinel article reported that the Clinton campaign had “deployed the President to key battleground states.”  At each stop, Obama mocked, derided, and attacked candidate Trump.  When it looked as though a tough New York real estate mogul might actually beat Hillary Clinton, and worse, if elected, have the cojones to expose the Obama regime as the third-world Marxist corruptocrats they are, President Obama put everything on hold and went all in, as Judge Jeanine observed.

 

Obama’s strategy of inciting hatred of candidate Trump was nothing new.  For eight years, Obama had inspired his followers to hate America; rich white people; the police; corporations; private enterprise; and, most of all, those ‘God, family, country’ conservatives who would rise up in 2016 to reject yet another hater.

 

Barack and Michelle Obama’s record of malice toward this country, from Michelle’s racist Princeton thesis to her speech in South Carolina calling the U.S. “a downright mean country” to candidate Obama’s  disdain for working-class “gun and religion clingers,” laid the foundation of hate from which Trump Derangement Syndrome would emerge.

 

The unprecedented attempted overthrow of a duly elected president continues this week in more impeachment hearings as the Democrats throw everything at POTUS, hoping something sticks.  Against all logic, the Democrats and their voter base really, really hate Trump’s guts.  Jeanine Pirro rightly puts the blame for this hate-filled mockery of our Constitution on the Deep State’s figurehead: Barack Hussein Obama.

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© December 4, 2019

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Motives Behind the False Narrative on Islam and the West


I found a Raymond Ibrahim post on FrontPageMag.com that writes about the poisonous propaganda spewed by Left-Wing Multiculturalist and Islamic Apologists brainwashing susceptible Western minds for decades. You should read to discover if YOU are a victim or a collaborator of said brainwashing.

 

JRH 12/2/19

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Motives Behind the False Narrative on Islam and the West

How — and why — reality was turned upside down.

 

An Islamic Mosque

 

By Raymond Ibrahim

December 2, 2019

FrontPageMag.com

 

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

 

Any honest and objective appraisal of Islam’s historic jihad on the Christian world must be eye-opening, to say the very least.  In the first century of its existence (between 632-732) Islam permanently conquered, Arabized, and Islamized nearly three-quarters of the Christian world, thereby permanently severing it.  Europe came to be known as “the West” because it was literally the remaining and westernmost appendage of Christendom not to be swallowed up by Islam.

 

For roughly a millennium thereafter, Arabs, Berbers, Turks, and Tatars—all of whom called and saw themselves as Muslims—launched raid after raid, all justified and lauded as jihads, into virtually every corner of Europe.  They reached as far as Iceland and provoked the U.S. into its first war as a nation.  The devastation was indescribable; some regions in Europe, particularly in Spain and the Balkans, remain uninhabitable due to the incessant raiding.  Some 15 million Europeans were enslaved during this perennial jihad and, according to contemporary records, treated horrifically.

 

In short, “if we … ask ourselves how and when the modern notion of Europe and the European identity was born,” writes historian Franco Cardini, “we realize the extent to which Islam was a factor (albeit a negative one) in its creation.  Repeated Muslim aggression against Europe between the seventh to eighth centuries, then between the fourteenth and the eighteenth centuries … was a ‘violent midwife’ to Europe.”

 

Here the inevitable question arises: How could such a long, well-documented history of unmitigated Islamic aggression that had immense repercussions on the development of Western civilization now be presented as the antithesis of reality?

 

The answer revolves around a number of modern philosophies—from the Enlightenment to moral/cultural relativism—that have each contributed to an all-pervasive “Narrative” concerning the historic relationship between Islam and the West.  In presenting the West as aggressor and Islam as victim—hence the latter’s ongoing “grievance”-based animosity—this history is as entrenched as it is the reverse of reality.

 

To understand this, one must first understand that, despite its many manifestations, permutations, and emphases over the centuries, the Narrative’s unspoken driving force has largely been the same: to demonize and thus justify a break away from Europe’s traditional heritage, religion, identity, and mores.  If this sounds farfetched, consider: whereas by any objective standard the West is responsible for practically every boon taken for granted today—from scientific, technological, economic and medicinal advances, to the abolition of slavery and anti-discrimination laws—today no people of any race or civilization despise their heritage except Western people.    Clearly something is amiss.

 

Or consider how leftists/liberals/progressives who forever whine against any vestige of Western traditionalism, habitually make common cause with Islam—despite the latter’s truly oppressive qualities.  Thus feminists denounce the Western “patriarchy”—but say nothing against the Muslim treatment of women as chattel; homosexuals denounce Christian bakeries—but say nothing against the Muslim execution of homosexuals; multiculturalists denounce Christians who refuse to suppress their faith to accommodate the religious sensibilities of Muslim minorities—but say nothing against the entrenched and open Muslim persecution of Christians.

 

The reason for these discrepancies is simple:  “The enemy [Islam] of my enemy [Christianity] is my friend.”

 

From here, how and why such a formally well-known history of Muslim aggression against Europe was not merely suppressed but reversed should start making sense: of all non-European, non-Christian peoples, only Muslims lived alongside and interacted with (that is, constantly encroached and warred on) Europe for over a millennium; this made Muslims the only people—the only foil—that could be used to support the Narrative’s argument against premodern Europe.  But first an intellectually satisfying way of casting Muslims as victims not conquerors was needed.

 

Enter literary professor Edward Said’s 1978 book, Orientalism.  Its central thesis is that the Orientalists—the Europeans who began the academic study of the East centuries ago—were not writing objectively about Muslims and their history, but rather intentionally slandering and stereotyping them in order to justify dominating them during the colonial era.

 

This made perfect sense—but only because the postmodern Western mind had already been primed for it.  For if, as Marxist Materialism teaches, ideas/religions have no influence on history (and thus, economic want, not “jihad,” caused Muslims to expand); if, as Relativism and its spawn Multiculturalism teach, there are no absolute truths, religious or otherwise (and thus no culture or civilization is “better” than another); if, as pop psychology teaches, violent and negative behavior is always a product of societal injustices (and thus the more Muslims behave violently, the more that only proves they are frustrated victims)—then what does one make of the aforementioned centuries of European writings that uniformly depict Muslims as ideologically driven by violence and lust?

 

Simple: dismiss them all as bigoted and hypocritical lies by nefarious Europeans intent on demonizing a superior, more tolerant faith and civilization.   Thus a whole new academic approach to Islam—stripped of all historic writings not conforming to the Narrative—was born.  History would no longer shape ideas and attitudes; rather, preexisting ideas and attitudes—wishful thinking—would shape history.

 

Bernard Lewis, himself a target of Edward Said’s Orientalism, summarized this new approach—or “pseudo history”—well:

 

According to a currently fashionable epistemological view, absolute truth is either nonexistent or unattainable.  Therefore, truth doesn’t matter; facts don’t matter.  All discourse is a manifestation of a power relationship, and all knowledge is slanted.  Therefore, accuracy doesn’t matter; evidence doesn’t matter.  All that matters is the attitude—the motives and purposes—of the user of knowledge, and this may simply be claimed for oneself or imputed to another.  In imputing motives, the irrelevance of truth, facts, evidence, and even plausibility is a great help.  The mere assertion suffices” (Islam and the West, 115).

 

Orientalism’s success lay less in anything intrinsic to it—American classicist Bruce Thornton characterizes it as an “incoherent amalgam of dubious postmodern theory, sentimental Third Worldism, glaring historical errors, and Western guilt”—and more because it fit the West’s prevailing zeitgeist (which, of course, thrives on “dubious postmodern theory, sentimental Third Worldism, glaring historical errors, and Western guilt”).

 

Nor does the Narrative predominate today because people are well read or pay attention to academe; as French historian Marc Ferro demonstrated in his Cinema and History (1988), the overwhelming majority of Western people’s knowledge of history comes from movies.  And almost any major film dealing with premodern Europeans and Muslims—Robin Hood (1991), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), etc.—contrasts hypocritical, intolerant, and fanatical Christians with sophisticated, advanced, and tolerant Muslims.   Commenting on such films back in 1997, Lewis wrote, “The misrepresentation of the past in the cinema is probably the most fertile and effective source of such misinformation at the present time…”

 

Twenty years later the Narrative has only metastasized and infected all aspects of public life, including politics and so-called “mainstream news.”   Meanwhile, social and other media giants—YouTube, Google, Facebook, Twitter—increasingly censor material that contradicts the Narrative.

 

Such is how a previously well-known history was turned upside down and used to weaken the West—the greatest sin of which is ever again to think or behave like its “awful” ancestors did concerning Islam.

 

For more on the true history between Islam and the West, see the author’s recent Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West

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