Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rabbi Shmuley: Rep. Tlaib 'Is a Brazen Liar,' Arabs 'Brutally Opposed' the 'Jews Fleeing Hitler'

House Rep. Rashida Tlaib's (D-Mich.) remarks that the Holocaust produces a "calming feeling" in her because some of her Palestinian ancestors "lost their lives" to "create a safe haven for Jews" in Israel are deceitful, said the world-renowned Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.  Tlaib is a "brazen liar," he said, because the Arabs of Israel "brutally opposed" the "influx of Jews fleeing Hitler and in many cases massacred them."

On a related note, the New York Times reported on May 13 that, "Tlaib’s comments made others deeply uneasy because she was wrong on the facts. Far from a safe haven, pre-independence Palestine was wracked by violence, culminating in Israel’s war for independence during which both sides suffered civilian deaths."

In a May 14 tweet, Rabbi Shmuley said, "⁦@RashidaTlaib⁩ is a brazen liar. The Arabs of what is today Israel brutally opposed the influx of Jews fleeing Hitler and in many cases massacred them. The Jews did not steal Arab lands. They drained the swa[m]ps and built their cities."

Discussing Israeli-Palestinian issues on the podcast "Skullduggery," on May 11, Tlaib had said, "There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people's passports."

"And, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time," said the congresswoman.

"I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways," she said. "But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away, right? And it was forced on them."

Tlaib said critics were "twisting & turning" her words to "ignite vile attacks" on her. In a statement, her office said, "Once again, Republican leaders and right-wing extremists are spreading outright lies to incite hate."

In addition to the comments by Rabbi Shmuley, Middle East expert Aaron David Miller told the New York Times, “Palestinians suffered as a consequence of the state of Israel, but the relationship between the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel is highly arguable. Every institution for what would become the state of Israel was in place well before Hitler started killing any Jews.”

"Moreover, Mr. Miller noted, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, had allied himself with Nazis and fiercely opposed the creation of the Jewish state," said The Times. "Of Ms. Tlaib, Mr. Miller said: 'She recognized the horrific nature of the Holocaust. Then she deployed it to make a series of confused, unaware and even ignorant assumptions with respect to what that means for the Palestinians.'"

Another critic of Tlaib, Prof. Benny Morris, one of the leading scholars of the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the War of Independence in 1948-1949, told Haaretz, “Rashida Tlaib is either completely ignorant of the history or is a deliberate liar."

"Morris said Tlaib’s ancestors, meaning Palestinians, 'did nothing to alleviate the suffering of the Jews at Nazi hands,'" reported Haaretz.  "'Rather, the opposite: The Arabs of [British Mandatory] Palestine, during the whole period — and supported by the neighboring Arab states — did all they could to prevent Jews trying to escape Nazi hands from reaching the (relatively safe) shores of Palestine.'”

Morris further said that the leader of the Palestinian Arab nationalist movement, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was in exile in Berlin 1941-45, "called for the massacre of Jews in the Arab world on Nazi radio stations — an anti-Jewish ‘jihad’ — and helped the Nazis recruit Muslims from the Balkans for the SS and Wehrmacht," said Haaretz.


Pence: ‘Loudest Voices for Tolerance Today Have Little Tolerance for Traditional Christian Beliefs’

“Stand firm” in your faith when pressured to endorse things that violate it, Vice President Mike Pence urged the 2019 graduating class of Liberty University at Saturday’s commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Virginia.

It used to be unthinkable that Americans could be persecuted for holding Biblical views, but, times have changed, Pence warned. Today, those who profess to be tolerant are anything but – when it comes to Christian values – the vice president said:

“Throughout most of American history, it’s been pretty easy to call yourself Christian. It didn’t even occur to people that you might be shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.

“But, things are different now. Some of the loudest voices for tolerance today have little tolerance for traditional Christian beliefs. So as you go about your daily life, just be ready. Because you’re going to be asked not just to tolerate things that violate your faith; you’re going to be asked to endorse them. You’re going to be asked to bow down to the idols of the popular culture.”

Be prepared to face opposition to your beliefs, but respond with love, Pence told the graduates:

“So, you need to prepare your minds for action, men and women. You need to show that we can love God and love our neighbor at the same time through words and deeds. And you need to be prepared to meet opposition.

“As the founder of this university often said, quote, ‘No one ever achieved greatness without experiencing opposition.’”

By standing strong in faith and delivering a “message of grace and love” through word and deed, the graduates will be a blessing to the nation, Pence concluded:

“So, Class of 2019, my word to all of you is decide here and now that you’re going to stand firm, that you’ll put into practice all the things you learned here on Liberty Mountain, that you’ll never give up, that you’ll persevere, and that you’ll always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have, and you’ll do so with gentleness and respect. Because our nation and our world need that message of grace and love maybe more now than ever before.

“And as you do these things, in increasing measure, I promise you, you’ll be blessed, you’ll be a blessing to your family, to your coworkers, and you’ll be a blessing to this nation.”


Allen West: The Progressive, Socialist Left’s Latest Tactic – Economic Terrorism

We have seen it before, but now it has become fully recognizable in Georgia with calls from the Hollywood elite to boycott the Peach State. When the progressive, socialist left is confronted with speech, thoughts, perspectives, insights, commentary, and opinion of which they disagree, they call for boycotts. It has happened to countless conservative commentators as the left pressures what we must term as economic terrorism. It amounts to this: if you say anything that we deem offensive, we will call for economic sanctions against you.

We should not be surprised though. After all, this is what the progressive, socialist left has embraced and condoned when it comes to the state of Israel too. How inconceivable that the left would align itself with Islamic jihadism, terrorism, and seek to punish a multicultural nation. Yes, that is what the BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) movement is all about, economic terrorism by the left. How can one justify that when it is Israel that is under assault from rockets and missiles of a designated Islamic terrorist organization, Hamas?

But, that is how the left rolls. If you disagree with their ideological agenda, regardless of how abjectly delusional and irrational it is, they will leverage any means necessary to punish you.

And so, once again, this is playing out before our eyes, this time in state of my birth, Georgia. It appears that the progressive, socialist left, the maniacal, radical lovers of murdering our unborn babies are throwing a fit.

As noted in,

“Filmmakers are now vowing to boycott the state of Georgia after the governor signed a controversial abortion bill earlier this week. The boycott is a big deal because, according to the state’s website, more top-grossing films are produced in Georgia than anywhere else in the world.

“So far, at least three major production companies have said they will no longer be filming in Georgia. One of those is Christine Vachon’s Killer Films, which produced the Oscar-nominated movie ‘Carol’ and Oscar-winning film ‘Still Alice.’

“‘Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned,’ Vachon tweeted Thursday.

“David Simon, whose Blown Deadline Productions is responsible for ‘The Wire’ and HBO’s ‘The Deuce,’ also announced on Twitter that he will no longer consider shooting in Georgia ‘until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.’

“‘Add my company to the list,’ Neal Dodson of CounterNarrative Films tweeted soon after Vachon and Simon announced their own boycotts. Many in the film and TV industry praised the production companies, and urged others to follow suit.

“The legislation in question is House Bill 481, otherwise known as the ‘fetal heartbeat bill,’ which was signed into law by Governor Kemp on Tuesday. The bill bans all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected--usually at around 6 weeks. There are exceptions for cases of rape, incest, physical medical emergencies, and pregnancies deemed ‘medically futile.’ The law is slated to go into effect in January 2020.”

What is the message these entertainment elites are sending? Simple, you will acquiesce, surrender, to our ideology, our beliefs, and our whims, or else. The “or else” is simple to identify. They will enact economic terrorism against an entire state in order to ruin its economy. Who are these people that believe they have the right to control our thoughts, perspectives, principles and values? What these production companies are saying is that they – the elites – are the ones who determine what we can believe. And the punishment for such is siege warfare. They will seek to decimate you and your way of life. This has played itself out elsewhere, such as in North Carolina. When the Tar Heel state decided it did not want the Obama administration dictating who uses what bathroom, the entertainment elites decided that they would not do concerts in the state. In Georgia, previously, there were threats to not have the Super Bowl in the Peach State.

One must ask, who decided that these individuals determine our values, set the rules for culture in these United States?

The President and CEO of Levis Jeans has decided that he will support anti-Second Amendment organizations. He is also incentivizing his employees that do so. How does this CEO bestow upon himself the power to undermine one of our individual constitutional rights?

What could be next, some progressive, socialist elitist deciding what we can say, how we can express ourselves? We have already seen what happens to Christian business owners who dare to not acquiesce to the religion of the left and its radical elements. Who would have ever thought that a Christian baker, Jack Phillips, would have to appear before the highest court in the land to defend his constitutional right to freedom of religion, and the free exercise thereof? Mr. Phillips, Aaron and Melissa Klein, Hobby Lobby, and the Little Sisters of the Poor have found themselves having to stand in defense of their personal constitutional rights, their faith, against the onslaught of the left’s declared religion, same-sex marriage. In the case of the Oregon-based Klein’s, their lives have been destroyed, and their business decimated, due to the economic terrorism of the left.

You must ask yourself in the case of these movie production companies, are they so intent on murdering unborn babies that they would threaten to harm the economic opportunities for the citizens of Georgia? Just think about the second, third, and fourth order effects, consequences on other small businesses, and the locals in the Peach State. Can these elitist leftists be so tyrannical that they would seek the economic ruination of an entire state?

Why is it that the immediate response of the progressive, socialist left when they do not get their way, their ideological dominance, is to punish those in opposition? The answer is self-evident. The policies and ideological agenda of the progressive, socialist left can only be implemented by way of coercion, intimidation, threat, mandate, or violence, direct or indirect. The leftist tactic of economic terrorism, one of their favorites, is nothing more than indirect violence against their political opposition.

What amazes me is that when the Trump administration seeks to enact strong economic sanctions against the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism, Iran, the left balks. Yet, the same leftists prefer economic sanctions against Israel. And the same leftists use economic sanctions, terrorism, against American citizens who refuse to bow down to their philosophy of governance and ideological domination – their tyranny.

Kudos to Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia and those legislators who are taking a stand. There is one thing the progressive socialist needs to learn: real Southerners, Americans, don’t knuckle under to threats; we steel our resolve.


Democrats' Growing Problem With God

A House Dem omits "so help me God" from an oath — symptomatic of a larger issue.

The U.S. was founded upon the assertion espoused in the Declaration of Independence that people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” These rights are bestowed by the highest of all authorities, God, and therefore no mere human government or institution has the authority to remove these rights. No government has greater authority than God, and all humanity, including governments, are ultimately answerable to God.

The Left asserts that the separation of church and state is essential to keep God out of government, but that is in fact the opposite of the Founding Fathers’ rationale in the First Amendment. The intention was to keep the state from dictating to the Church what it could teach and believe concerning God, faith, and religious practice. The Founders recognized that if the Church was not protected from the state, the state would eventually seek to use the Church to dictate what was taught about the nature of God and the relationship of God to the state.

That setup leads us to the recent controversy reported by The New York Times. House Republicans objected to Rep. Diane DeGette (D-CO), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee, leaving off “so help me God” from the honesty oath she administered to a witness. DeGette’s response was dismissive: “This is the oath we use and that’s the oath we’re going to use today.”

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) defended DeGette’s decision, arguing, “I think God belongs in religious institutions: In temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress. God doesn’t want to be used.” It is true that God doesn’t want to be used, but diminishing His authority and presence is something He doesn’t want either. He is present not merely in houses of worship but everywhere, including the halls of Congress.

The fact that God’s existence and authority was recognized by our Founders in instituting our government is the very rationale that undergirds the rights that all Americans enjoy. Failure to acknowledge God as the source of our rights will inevitably lead to statists seeking to usurp divine authority on behalf of the state. The rule of men always leads to the eventual loss of rights and tyranny.

Democrats sought to remove any acknowledgement of God from their platform at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, only reversing course after an outcry from their own constituents. Clearly, there are those within the party leadership whose aim is to remove any reference to God, and by doing so remove any notion of an authority higher than the state. If the statists are successful, the Founders’ declaration of “unalienable Rights” will be attacked as a dangerous usurpation of religious interference into government. In fact, it already is.



Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

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