Education or divisive, anti-American indoctrination in TUSD?

March 7, 2015

Tucson Unified School District and AZ SPI Diane Douglas form odd alliance

The Arizona Daily Independent recently ran this cogent report, “Douglas finds TUSD Ethnic Studies class in compliance.” Posted midweek, it began with this well-turned phrase, acknowledging waning support and unusual alliances:

“Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas found Tucson Unified School District’s Ethnics Studies Culturally Relevant classes to be in compliance of Arizona law. The Superintendent, who is trying to avoid a recall, hastily called a press conference to announce her decision.”

Diane Douglas ran for state Superintendent of Public Instruction and was elected as a grassroots conservative candidate based on her unwavering opposition to the federal mandates under- girding the Common Core curriculum and support for local control of public schools. Now those issues have fallen by the wayside as she works hand-in-glove with TUSD Superintendent Heliodoro Torres “H.T.” Sanchez to implement the anti-American,  La Raza-endorsed ethnic-studies programs.

The ADI report concludes:  

“After several missteps, it is widely believed that Superintendent Douglas is making strictly politically motivated decisions to avoid a possible recall effort.”

In January, after barely two weeks in office, Douglas disappointingly exhibited a startling new position on the separatist studies. In a statement released following her initial meeting with Sanchez she indicated she is not, in fact, opposed to ethnic studies. Douglas hit a low note with this conclusion, “It is important to correct the misunderstanding that the Arizona Department of Education is opposed to ethnic studies. If any child educated in Arizona is not exposed to the suffering, trials and triumphs of all ethnic groups who have contributed to our state’s rich cultural mix, then we are failing to teach accurate history.”

Seeing Red AZ has been following the TUSD’s ethnic studies program since 2008. A sampling of the reports can be found following this post, “Diane Douglas disappointingly parses ethnic studies.”

In January 2011 even the leftist AZ Republic editorially lambasted the TUSD’s ethnic studies duplicity as “bogus.”  The editorial rightfully referred to the data used to buttress the claims “repeated constantly by [the program’s] defenders that students perform better academically as a result of taking ethnic studies classes and that they go on to college more often” –— “academically unsupportable.” Further the newspaper states that officials who make such claims “are acting irresponsibly in doing so.” The editorial goes so far as to say the results “appear rigged.”

In the intervening years, the only thing that has changed is we now have an irresolute superintendent fearful of being ousted and eager to make any concessions to avoid that embarrassment.


Feds raid state political meeting, harass attendees

March 2, 2015

In what appears to be a wild display of overkill, federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Bryan, Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating their cell phones, iPads, laptops, and personal recording devices. No arrests were made.

The Republic of Texas, a separatist group, was holding one of its regular meetings at the local VFW Post with 60 attendees. There was nothing illicit taking place. Yet according to this account in My San Antonio, an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Agents of the Texas District Attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI disrupted the meeting.

In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing their personal electronic devices in the raid.

In this video, Gov. Rick Perry says, “Texans know best how to govern Texas” as he commended the efforts of the 2009 legislature in introducing HCR 50, affirming that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. 

Seeing Red AZ is not advocating in favor of secession. But it’s a good bet that many regular readers of this site have attended countless political meetings of various stripes and cringe at the thought of being subjected to such tactics for exercising their constitutional rights.

Read more about the underpinnings of the raid here.


Why not “Americans”?

February 1, 2015

“Default” white designation may become MENA?

The federal government is working on another way to further divide Americans. The U.S. Census Bureau is weighing the advisability of implementing a new classification to specifically designate another ethnic division. The acronym MENA would identify those of Middle Eastern and North African descent —- the majority of whom are Arab-Americans.

According to this report in U. S, News and World Report, these Americans “have previously been classified by default as white.”

The census is constitutionally ordered for the express purpose of enumeration for congressional representation. Article I, section II directs that the population be enumerated at least once every ten years and the resulting counts used to set the number of members in the House of Representatives from each state, and, by extension, in the Electoral College. 

In addition to enumerating the population, there is now intrusive data collection. Besides asking how many toilets you have in your home, the relationship of the residents, religion practiced and languages spoken, census data uses ethnicity to determine the configuration of race-based congressional districts, such as Arizona CD 3 and CD 7. Additionally there is $400 billion in federal aid programs and enforcement of civil rights laws to maintain these contrived districts.

A question about Hispanic origin, currently the only ethnic category, has been incorporated into the survey since 1980, though the census form instructs respondents that Hispanic is not a race.

CNN reports that during the 2010 census, some Arab-and-Iranian activists launched a campaign that urged people to check “some other race” on the form and write in their ancestry. The campaign’s slogan was: “Check it right; you ain’t white!

This trend toward ethnic-based separation rather than unity as Americans is troubling. “Balkanization” describes the destructive process of fragmentation of formerly united regions into smaller regions or states that are often hostile toward one another. 

“E Pluribus Unum” was the motto proposed for the first Great Seal of the United States by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. The Latin phrase translates to, “One from many.” That’s who we are.


Same-sex issues: A confusing religious smorgasbord

January 28, 2015

Faith-based courage retreats as political correctness takes major leap 

On Tuesday the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints loosened the reins on teachings about homosexuality via this rare news conference in which church leaders called for a “fairness for all” approach “that balances religious freedom protections with reasonable safeguards for LGBT people — specifically in areas of housing, employment and public transportation.”

Couching this change of attitude as an issue of “housing, employment and public transportation,” and glib use of the acronym LGBT, appears to be acceptance of the camel’s nose under the tent, since these issues were already addressed in 2009 as the LDS Church endorsed two Salt Lake City ordinances barring housing and job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Nearly 20 Utah cities and counties have passed similar ordinances.

This Salt Lake City Tribune report contains information on pending legislation to protect religious individuals’ ability to refuse to marry same-sex couples, but even the sponsor is unsure it will pass.

In July 2013, it was Pope Francis who uttered the stunning words, “Who am I to judge?” when speaking with reporters about homosexuality within the Catholic Church.

In the words of the Catechism, the Church teaches that homosexuals “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity” and that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.” But the Catechism also describes a “homosexual inclination” as “objectively disordered” and homosexual acts as “intrinsically disordered,” because sexuality is “an integral part of the love by which a man and a woman commit themselves totally to one another until death.”

Biblical teachings have remained consistently clear on the topic of homosexuality. Leviticus 20:13 leaves no doubt that homosexual relations are against God’s law. In Romans 1:24 Paul preached to the Romans that homosexual behavior was sinful.

The Bible is a sacred book of scripture that serves as an important pillar of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As overreaching courts have legitimized same-sex marriages in dozens of states, including those with large Mormon populations such as Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Utah, a growing number of churchgoers have pushed the conservative church to become more accepting of homosexual members —- a considerably altered  position since the church’s involvement as one of the leading forces behind California’s 2008 ballot measure  known as Proposition 8, prohibiting such unions.

This Dec. 2012 Pew Research Center report provides an overview of the official positions on same-sex marriage held by 16 religious groups in the U.S.


Obama won’t identify terrorists; Egypt’s Pres. speaks truth

January 10, 2015

Even as Barack Obama condemns the terrorist attacks in Paris, he fails to mention the obvious, that the perpetrators are Islamists peddling a radical ideology — a fundamental component of which is global jihad.

The number of Muslims living in France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain and other European nations is projected to hit 50 million in 2020 — a 72 percent increase from just 30 years ago. Many are unassimilated, living in completely segregated zones, with their own cultural and legal system displacing those of the nations to which they have immigrated.

It was just months ago, Obama touted the “Yemen model,” as a success story for a U.S. policy targeting terrorists.  He was wrong, of course. The murderous Kouachi brothers, who stunned the world with their bloody carnage of “blasphemous” Parisian cartoonists who dared to depict Mohammad, were born in France to Yemeni parents. The brothers returned to Yemen for militarized commando training. They shouted, “We have avenged the prophet!” and “Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is great), as they stormed the offices in a blaze of gunfire.

Although Obama has steadfastly resisted stating that America is at war against Islamic terrorism, the American public holds a vastly different view. A massive 81-percent majority expects the Islamic extremist group ISIS to attempt a U.S. attack in the near future, including 48 percent who think it is “very” likely, according to this FOX News Poll released last month.

Security experts say an Internet-driven, extensive rage against the freedoms of Western society can spark an attack at any time as we’ve seen all too often —- especially driven home on September 11, 2001, with the Fort Hood massacre and vile beheadings of Americans.

In order to win the war on terror, we first have to be clear that we’re in a war, and second, identify who it is we’re fighting. The Obama administration shows little will to declare the enemy. Though it goes by various names —- al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas (an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood), Hezbollah, Islamic State, and Tailban —- their aim of Islamic global domination is the same. Their sadistic barbarism, in coordination with a corrupt concept of religion and politics must unmistakably be called out.

Leading the way, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivered a dose of truth and hard-hitting reality concerning the Islamic world’s relationship to the rest of the world —- a dose of reality very few Western leaders dare think, let alone proclaim.

“It’s inconceivable,” he said, “that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!”  The two-minute video, with English captions is worth your time.

 


Murder in Paris: Multiculturalism, fanned by lack of assimilation, fails

January 8, 2015

Paris, known as “The City of Light” for its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment, is darkened in sorrow after a bloody massacre Wednesday, intended to stifle freedom of the press.

The terrorist attack took the lives of twelve after satirical publication Charlie Hebdo fomented Islamic ire for its caricature of Muhammad —- although other religions and various political figures have been the target of the weekly magazine’s jibes.

Eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor to the office were killed. Eleven others are reportedly wounded — four of them seriously.

A massive manhunt has been underway for the trio of French nationals, including two brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi ages 34 and 32. Another man, 18, has surrendered. The brothers had previously been tried on terrorism charges. Cherif was part of an Iraqi jihadi network dismantled in a nearby Paris neighborhood. He was sentenced to just three years in prison with 18 months oddly suspended in relation to terror charges in May 2008.

As they entered the offices to commit the atrocities, the masked and heavily armed murderers shouted, “Allahu Akhbar,” a phrase with which the civilized world has become all too familiar.

The UK’s Telegraph reports France’s stand against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria —- ISIS, called a JV team by Barack Obama —-  its bans on wearing a full-face veil in public and headscarf in state schools have made it a prime target for Islamist terrorists. It has western Europe’s largest Muslim population, estimated at approximately six million. At least 1,000 French nationals are believed to be involved in jihad in Syria, Iraq and on home soil.

Most disturbing is the information contained in this Washington Times report, detailing how Parisian officials have increasingly ceded control of heavily Muslim neighborhoods to Islamists, block by block. Large segments of this population have not assimilated and some talk openly of eventually controlling the country, replacing Western legal systems with Sharia law.

“The situation is out of control, and it is not reversible,” said Soeren Kern, an analyst at the Gatestone Institute and author of annual reports on the “Islamization of France.” 

“Islam is a permanent part of France now. It is not going away,” he said. “I think the future looks very bleak. The problem is a lot of these younger-generation Muslims are not integrating into French society. Although they are French citizens, they don’t really have a future in French society.

Let this be a lesson. A massive influx of cheap labor coming from impoverished countries can appear attractive to the business community.  But the cultural divide carries a steep price and one we ultimately can’t afford to pay.


2015: A New Year comes with opportunities

December 31, 2014

Happy_New_Year

Seeing Red AZ sends sincere best wishes for a satisfying, productive, safe and healthy New Year to our readers.

As we embark upon this New Year, there is no better time to renew our acquaintance with America’s founding documents: The Declaration of Independence, our U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

They have served us well. The least we can do is stay familiar with what they contain, hold our newly elected Republican House and Senate majorities accountable and ensure that our children know what blessings we have been given as a nation.


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