An important and instructive message
The pro-same sex marriage Arizona Republic crows over the now legal unions with blazing headlines, oversized photos and six pages of gushing splash. The Page One bold headline in oversized, all caps type face, blasts, “LAWFULLY WED.”
As bible-believing conservatives, Seeing Red AZ would more appropriately remove the first “L” in the headline. But as realists in these times of political correctness, elevation of contrived “victimization” status to respectability, and liberal federal courts with unelected judges, overturning the will of the voting citizens in state after state, it was clear this was bound to happen.
Arizona Attorney Tom Horne, who has fought to defend traditional marriage, issued this press release regarding the Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rulings against Arizona. He notes the United States Supreme Court’s unwillingness to accept review in the case of three other circuits in essentially identical circumstances. There is an additional section providing background at the end of the press release. The Attorney General’s Office filed a brief on October 16, advising the court that the Latta decision is not yet considered final under Ninth Circuit case law, and requesting that Judge John Sedwick refrain from issuing any ruling based on Latta until it becomes final. Despite the Arizona Attorney General’s request, U.S. District Court Judge Sedwick issued an order and injunction declaring Arizona’s traditional marriage laws unconstitutional and prohibiting Arizona officials from enforcing the Arizona laws that ban marriage between persons of the same sex
During his 2008 presidential campaign Barack Obama made many promises to various constituencies of the Democrat Party, including the gay/lesbian lobby. Repeal of the 1996 Defense Of Marriage Act was on his “to do” list, and the divided court complied by gutting key sections in 2013. He also called for a law to extend various benefits to domestic partners, which was initially the foundation of the “marriage” effort. Dissenting Justice Antonin Scalia wrote. “I promise you this: The only thing that will ‘confine’ the court’s holding is its sense of what it can get away with.”
Last year, even Pope Francis, who represents the Roman Catholic Church to millions worldwide, and is not legally bound by the heavy hand of liberal, agendized federal courts, disappointingly took the path of least resistance, rhetorically asking, “Who am I to judge?” The answer was, of course, “You’re the Pope, for God‘s sake!”
We live in times our nation’s Founders could never have envisioned.
Radical Islamic terrorism: The words we dare not speak
On Nov. 5. 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist and radical Islamist opened fire at a Fort Hood, Texas processing facility where soldiers were readying for overseas deployment. Hasan was convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder, in the bloody massacre. During his jihadist rampage, Hasan screamed, “Allahu Akbar!” (“Allah is Great!”)
Yet the U.S. Department of Defense continues to define this carnage as “workplace violence.” This is the final DOD Fort Hood shooting review in which the words militant jihadist or Muslim extremist are missing, but “workplace violence” appear.
Now Fox News reports Hasan has written to Pope Francis advocating “jihad,” and clearly aligning himself with radical Islam. Hasan previously described himself —- and again in the letter —- using the acronym “SoA,” or “Soldier of Allah.” And although he pledges his allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS) and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the defining words go unmentioned by our own government.
Hasan makes multiple references to the Koran in the letter, and includes a bulleted list of guidelines for “believers.” In one subsection titled “Jihad,” Hasan praises “The willingness to fight for All-Mighty Allah,” describing it as a test that elevates the “mujahadeen” who “are encouraged to inspire the believers.” He states that “fighters have a greater rank in the eyes of Allah than believers who don’t fight.”
On Sept. 25, Alton Nolan, a recent Muslim convert with a penchant for trying to bring his co-workers to Islam, was temporarily suspended from his job for proselytizing. In a rage, he viciously behead a female co-worker and repeatedly stabbed another, who survived the attack.
And predictably, Nolan’s sadistic assaults on the women, following a killing spree of highly publicized beheadings by the ISIS terrorists he revered on his web page, is referred to as …..”workplace violence.”
The cockpits of commandeered commercial aircraft were overtaken by 19 Muslim extremists who slaughtered nearly 3,000 people on American soil just 13 years ago. In his leadership role as President of the United States, George W. Bush never reconfigured that evil as “workplace violence.”
Barack Obama says “America is not, and will never be, at war with Islam.” Busy with time on the golf course or vacationing, it must have escaped his notice, but Islamic factions appear to be at war with America.
Why is the truth so difficult for liberals to acknowledge?
ACLUers condone infanticide and prefer war on Christians to war on terrorists
This revealing interview session, conducted by Fox News’ Jesse Watters, is interspersed with much needed comic relief clips. It took place at the recent ACLU convention in Princeton, New Jersey.
Notice that one of the interviewees is a University of Chicago law professor. That’s the same school where Barack Obama allegedly was a constitutional law professor.
Muslim convert decapitates Oklahoma woman, stabs another in case of “workplace violence”
In an act of savagery too horrific to imagine, Alton Nolen, just fired from his job at an Oklahoma food distribution plant, engaged in a bit of “workplace violence.” The feds and local law enforcement remain unable to use the term “Islamic terrorism.”
Shouting praise to Allah, Nolen decapitated Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbed Traci Johnson 43. Johnson is hospitalized, as is the knife wielder, who was shot by an off-duty reserve deputy employed by the business.
Employees of the plant said Nolen had been attempting to convert co-workers to Islam.
So what does Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Oklahoma, say about these actions? In his statement he refers to the savage murderer as a “gentleman.”
“It’s really unfortunate that there’s a lot of attention on Muslims these days for actions of people who are either part of extremist groups or who have extreme ideas. However, Islam is clear on what it stands for. Islam stands for peace, Islam stands for justice, Islam stands for love for humanity, compassion and mercy. What this gentleman did in Moore, which is inhumane and barbaric, is definitely not a representation of what our faith teaches and we hope and pray that justice will be brought against the perpetrator soon, so that the victims and their families can find some sort of solace in that justice.”
In an added insult ABC News consultant and former senior FBI agent Brad Garrett, described as having extensive experience in criminal profiling, opined that on the surface the incident appears to be “workplace violence.”
The Oklahoman newspaper used the same foolish language in its report.
Former Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to death for the 2009 Fort Hood Army base massacre that left 14 dead and 32 wounded. Prosecutors argued the attack was a “jihad duty” under his Islamic faith, and witnesses reported him yelling Islamic blessings as he gunned down his fellow soldiers.
But Pentagon officials classified the attack as a “workplace violence” incident, arguing it did not meet the criteria for a terrorist or combat attack.
The victims are still struggling to get medical care and benefits they would receive now and into the future if this slaughter were classified as an act of terrorism, according to this report in the Navy Times.
White House officials declined a request from the victims of Hasan’s evil to meet with Barack Obama and discuss their ongoing difficulties.
Atheists Bill Maher, Charlie Rose debate “moderate” Islam; Maher defends Christianity
“Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion, you should be killed for it. Vast numbers of Christians do not treat women as second-class citizens. Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you draw a picture of Jesus Christ you should get killed for it.”
Bill Maher clashed with Charlie Rose over Islam during an appearance on Rose’s Bloomberg Television program this week. Maher, the host of Real Time on HBO, scoffed at Rose’s numerous attempts to link Islam to Christianity and to try to disavow radical Muslims as representatives of the religion. Rose contended numerous times that “moderate Muslims” do not approve of the actions of radical groups like ISIS. Maher noted Muslims when polled overwhelmingly agree with ideas like killing those who leave Islam and stoning adulters. Rose said the Koran does not teach Muslims to do “these kind of things.” The following is a transcript of their conversation courtesy of Real Clear Politics:
BILL MAHER: I saw Howard Dean on TV the other day and he said something along the order, he said the people in ISIS….he said I’m about as Islamic as they are, you know, distancing the vast numbers of Islamic people around the world from them. That’s just not true.
CHARLIE ROSE: It is true.
MAHER: It is not true, Charlie. There is a connecting tissue between….
ROSE: Behind every Muslim is a future member of some radical?
MAHER: Let me finish.
ROSE: I was doing that.
MAHER: There are illiberal beliefs that are held by vast numbers of Muslim people that….
ROSE: A vast number of Christians too.
MAHER: No, that’s not true. Not true. Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion you should be killed for it. Vast numbers of Christians do not treat women as second class citizens. Vast numbers of Christians….
ROSE: I agree with that….
MAHER: ….do not believe if you draw a picture of Jesus Christ you should get killed for it. So yes, does ISIS do Khmer Rouge-like activities where they just kill people indiscriminately who aren’t just like them? Yes. And would most Muslim people in the world do that or condone that? No.
MAHER: But most Muslim people in the world do condone violence just for what you think.
ROSE: How do you know that?
MAHER: They do. First of all they say it. They shout it.
ROSE: Vast majorities of Muslims say that?
MAHER: Absolutely. There was a Pew poll in Egypt done a few years ago — 82% said, I think, stoning is the appropriate punishment for adultery. Over 80% thought death was the appropriate punishment for leaving the Muslim religion. I’m sure you know these things.
ROSE: Well I do. But I don’t believe….
MAHER: So to claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong. It is not like other religious. The New York Times pointed out in an op-ed* a couple of weeks ago that in Saudi Arabia just since August 4th, they think it was, they have beheaded 19 people. Most for non-violent crimes including homosexuality.
ROSE: I know that they cut the hands off the thief.
MAHER: Right, okay, so we’re upset that ISIS is beheading people which we should be upset about but Saudi Arabia does it and they’re our good friends because they have oil. Okay. But they do it too. This is the center of the religion. I’m not saying….
ROSE: But they’re now fighting against ISIS too. They’re joining us in the fight. As is the Emirates. As is Jordan. They are all Muslim countries.
MAHER: Well, they are both fighting ISIS and they are for ISIS.
ROSE: Well, it’s not the government. I mean, some of them….
MAHER: Certainly the governments.
ROSE: It’s a bit like today about Qatar. The big story today in The New York Times about Qatar. And some guy there is supporting, who is a Muslim….
MAHER: But I mean in Mecca where infidels, non-Muslims, are not even allowed in the holy parts of the city. I mean, right there, we don’t have that example in other religions. They do behead people. Now if they were beheading people in Vatican City, which is the equivalent of Mecca, don’t you think there would be a bigger outcry about it? So this is the soft bigotry of low expectations with Muslim people. When they do crazy things and believe crazy things, somehow it’s not talked about nearly as much.
ROSE: Would you come to the table and debate this with a moderate Muslim?
MAHER: Find one, yes. Find one.
ROSE: I promise you I’ll find one.
MAHER: Find a Muslim….
ROSE: I do believe that what we see with ISIS is not representative of….
MAHER: As I said, connecting tissue.
ROSE: ….not representative of the Islamic religion. I don’t think the Koran teaches them to do these kinds of things.
MAHER: Well you’re wrong about that. The Koran absolutely has on every page stuff that’s horrible about how the infidels should be treated. But for example again ISIS says that they should perform genital mutilation on all women 11-46. Would most Muslims agree with that? No. Or carry it out? No.
But as Ayaan Hirsi Ali points out, she says….
ROSE: I wouldn’t expect for her to….
MAHER: And she would know better than….
MAHER: But can we really say….
ROSE: She’s been a victim.
MAHER: ….women are treated equally in the Muslim world? I mean, their testimony in court is very often counted as half. They need permission to leave the house in some places.
ROSE: But a lot of moderate Muslims would say in fact one of the things that we need to modernize is the idea of the way we treat women.
MAHER: But in this country, if you just use the wrong word about women, they go nuts. And all these other countries…
ROSE: As they should.
MAHER: ….they’re doing things like making them wear burqas and I hear liberals say things like, ‘they want to.’ They want to. They’ve been brainwashed. It’s like saying a street walker wants to do that.
*New York Times August 22, 2014 op-ed “Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism,“ by Ed Husain in which he wrote “Just since Aug. 4, 19 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia, nearly half for nonviolent crimes.”
It’s no secret Gov. Jan Brewer has been a major disappointment to Arizona conservatives. She has unleashed venomous attacks making political foes of fellow Republicans who refused to surrender to her astronomically costly Medicaid expansion demands, and supported recruited challengers. Her defense of Common Core, Obama’s federal overreach into America’s education delivery system, usurping local control, has won her few fans, even as she renamed the scheme in an effort to dupe anxious parents. Her push for a sales tax increase in a dismal economy and her veto of a religious freedom bill caused many to question their jubilation when Brewer initially assumed the office after then-governor Janet Napolitano left mid-term to join the Obama administration.
In myriad ways Brewer was the Republican tailor-made for Democrats to embrace. That is, until she breached the line no Democrat wants to cross. Brewer has now incurred the wrath of the left by using the L-word, “liberal,” to describe lobbyist Fred DuVal, a career-long leftist, now the Democrat nominee for governor.
Liberals despise being called liberal. In fact, they coined the word “progressive” to hide their liberalism behind. It sounds so Teddy Roosevelt-ish and forward thinking, don’cha know?
In this bizarre piece, Linda Valdez, editorial writer at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) slams Brewer “for making things up about Fred Duval.” Zeroing in on a quote from Brewer in which she stated, “Fred is a liberal. He’s always been a liberal. He’s been brought up as a liberal,” Valdez did more than simply take exception. In typical liberal fashion, she contorts herself into a pretzel twist, declaring DuVal’s father spent some time as a Republican before seeing what Valdez would view as ‘the light.’ She rants, hisses and harangues. One can almost see her stomping her feet.
Valdez is an unrepentant liberal, after all.
And who is liberal lobbyist Fred DuVal? He began his liberal career at age 24, managing liberal Bruce Babbitt‘s gubernatorial campaign, later working as Babbit’s senior aide. He did two stints with the Democrat National Committee concluding his final one as recently as 2011. Liberal DuVal worked in the liberal Clinton White House, and was a reliable liberal Napolitano appointee on the AZ Board of Regents, where he never saw a tuition increase he didn’t support. As treasurer for the Democrat Governors Association he was fundraiser-in-chief for national liberal candidates.
It’s plain to see why Valdez, banking on crossover votes, wants to run from the L-word.