Thursday, January 10, 2019

MIRROR: Jordan Peterson: The Key to Life That Orthodox Christians Salvaged, Western Christians Lost

Jordan Peterson: The Key to Life That Orthodox Christians Salvaged, Western Christians Lost

"the West has viewed Christianity more as a set of beliefs that are analogous in some sense to a cognitive theory of the world. So you have to state that you believe a set of propositions about Christ...
The Orthodox would say, as near as I can tell, that you should pick up your damn cross and stumble up the hill—that’s your job"
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Jordan Peterson, a psychologist, professor, author, and guru, is adored by conservatives for how unapologetically and intelligently he exposes the demagoguery of social liberalism and prevailing Western 'values.'
His ability to look into the core of things and identify the fallacies that orient modern Western society towards degradation is always shocking, witty, and refreshing. Here, Mr. Peterson, who freely speaks about the importance of spirituality for the human being, regularly cites Biblical narratives and interviews Christians, suggests that Western Christians have lost sight of a crucial angle of their faith--one that Orthodox Christianity posits as central (transcript provided below).

Transcript:
The Orthodox look at Christianity from a slightly different angle than the Protestants and Catholics. And I’m not putting down the Protestants and Catholics, they have a perspective, a reason for their viewpoint.
But what’s happened in the West, I think, (and this is a dreadful over-simplification, so please forgive me) is that the West has viewed Christianity more as a set of beliefs that are analogous in some sense to a cognitive theory of the world.
So to be a Christian in the West, you have to accept that Christ died for your sins and that you’re redeemed. So you have to accept Christ as your Redeemer, and that really means to state that you believe a set of propositions about Christ. That He was the Son of God, that His death and resurrection, His Sacrifice, redeemed mankind and then you partake in that redemption by laying out that accordance with a set of facts, let’s say.
I understand why that’s how its worked out but I think there's a big risk in that and I don’t think the Orthodox fell into that to the same degree.
Their idea—and this is there in Protestantism and Catholicism too, it’s there, but its more secondary, more implicit emphasis and I think that’s a problem, especially in the modern world—the Orthodox would say, as near as I can tell, that you should pick up your damn cross and stumble up the hill—that’s your job.  
And the Cross is the x, where everyone is located. You’re right at the center of reality; you’re suffering and dying and being reborn all the time at the center of reality as  you transform. And you have to accept that and embrace it.
And that’s a very very hard thing to do because it means to embrace all your flaws and the flaws of reality and the tragedy of existence and your death and the sum total of human evil; all of that.Unbelievably demanding requirement, but you do what you can to do that.
And not only do you pick up your cross, so to speak, but you stumble uphill towards the city of God, you stumble up towards what’s good. And that’s your destiny, and that’s where meaning is to be had.
And the Orthodox lay that out quite well: that’s your goal, is the imitation of Christ and Christ is the Logos is the Christian story. Christ is the Logos that God uses at the beginning of time to transform pre-cosmogonic chaos into habitable order. Truthful speech.
So that’s the thing: that fact that you are capable of uttering truthful speech is an indication that you’ve shouldered your cross and are stumbling uphill.
A very coherent theory and the Orthodox, I think, have done a very good job of keeping that idea at the forefront of their belief. And so that’s what I think about Orthodox Christianity.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

MIRROR: Florida governor suspends terror-tied Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for disastrous lack of response in Parkland shooting

MIRROR:

Florida governor suspends terror-tied Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for disastrous lack of response in Parkland shooting

By Pamela Geller - on January 8, 2019

CAIR: TERROR IN THE USA 2018

Terror-tied CAIR Sheriff Scott Israel, whose deputies did nothing during the Parkland school shootout, yet he provided weapons training to a notorious radical mosque, has finally been suspended.

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…several deputies stayed outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during the response to the mass shooting instead of immediately going inside. Already, Sheriff Scott Israel has said the first deputy there, the school’s resource officer, did not go inside even though the gunman was actively shooting.
The investigation became public after several media reports, citing unnamed officials in the nearby Coral Springs Police Department, said officers who responded to the Feb. 14 shooting were concerned because Broward deputies did not immediately enter the building to help those who had been injured inside.


Longtime Geller Report readers were warned about Sheriff Israel and his terror-tied department for years.
Back in 2015, I reported on the terror-tied CAIR Leader Nezar Hamze being appointed deputy sheriff by Sheriff Scott Israel. The same Sheriff Israel whose department stood down and hid while children were being shot up in school by a psychopath. Instead, Israel sanctioned CAIR sheriff Hamze teaching a radical mosque how to use guns.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR SUSPENDS BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF SCOTT ISRAEL, SOURCES SAY

By Elizabeth Zwirz, Matt Finn | Fox News
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who faced criticism over his department’s response to the deadly Parkland, Florida school shooting last year, was officially suspended by newly sworn-in Gov. Ron DeSantis, multiple sources told Fox News on Tuesday.
The news followed an earlier report from the Miami Herald that the official had informed his top commanders that he’d be removed from the post as a result of his response.
17 people were killed during the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The suspect was identified as Nikolas Cruz.
Calls for Israel to resign came shortly after the fatal incident occurred and in April, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association voted “no confidence” in him. The association cited the national criticism surrounding Israel and his office following the shooting.
Anthony Borges, a student who was shot five times while shielding classmates during the massacre but survived, criticized Israel, along with Superintendent Robert Runcie, in April for the attack, saying they “failed us students, teachers and parents alike on so many levels.”
A police report from the Coral Springs Police Department alleged that one Broward County deputy was “taking cover behind a tree” during the shooting, while others took up “exterior positions behind their vehicles” parked outside the school.
Surveillence footage taken at Stoneman Douglas the day of the incident shows Deputy Scot Peterson, the school’s resource officer, never going into the building during the shooting and was heard on radio telling other officers to “stay at least 500 feet away” from the building.
Israel condemned Peterson’s actions and requested an internal affairs investigation.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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MIRROR: Facebook and Twitter consult with Hamas-linked CAIR over who gets banned from their platforms

Facebook and Twitter consult with Hamas-linked CAIR over who gets banned from their platforms

JAN 8, 2019 4:19 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER19 COMMENTS

This doesn’t come as any surprise given the eagerness of both Facebook and Twitter to be Sharia-compliant. Facebook’s Vice President Joel Kaplan traveled to Pakistan in July 2017 to assure the Pakistani government that it would remove “anti-Islam” material. And Facebook has done so assiduously, banning numerous foes of jihad terror and twice now blocking the Jihad Watch Facebook page on spurious technical grounds. And Twitter has recently been notifying people that they’re in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which violation carries a death sentence.
But this shows how sick and degenerate the social media giants really are. CAIR has ties to Hamas, and “Billoo has expressed her support for an Islamic caliphate and Sharia law. She also claims, in multiple tweets, that ISIS is on the same moral plane as American and Israeli soldiers, addingthat ‘our troops are engaged in terrorism.'” This pro-Sharia Islamic supremacist is deciding what is acceptable discourse and what isn’t. It’s no wonder that the result would be platforms that are increasingly hostile to foes of jihad terror and Sharia oppression of women and others.

“Report: Facebook and Twitter consult with terror-tied CAIR over who gets banned from platforms,” by Jordan Schachtel, Conservative Review, January 8, 2019:

The Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is best known as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing case in U.S. history, appears to have access to high-ranking Facebook and Twitter executives and has communicated with these individuals about who should be allowed to stay on their platforms, according to a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday.
The Wall Street Journal reports that CAIR officials “complained to Twitter” about activist Laura Loomer, citing a tweet in which she called the anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., an anti-Semite and an apologist for Sharia law. Loomer was later permanently banned from Twitter.
Zahra Billoo, the executive director of CAIR’s San Francisco chapter, was quoted in the Journal piece as an individual who appears to have special access to both Twitter and Facebook.
“The council doesn’t often step in to advocate against other users, says Executive Director Zahra Billoo, but did so in the case of Ms. Loomer based on her previous comments about Muslims,” the piece explains.
Yet the Wall Street Journal fails to note that Billoo herself is a proven radical extremist. In tweets that remain publicly available, Billoo has expressed her support for an Islamic caliphate and Sharia law. She also claims, in multiple tweets, that ISIS is on the same moral plane as American and Israeli soldiers, adding that “our troops are engaged in terrorism.
Billoo is not an anomaly at CAIR. Her views reflect the mainstream consensus within the organization, which over the years has attempted to transform itself from a clandestine Hamas-funding operation to a mainstream Muslim “civil rights organization.” CAIR directors have cheeredterrorist attacks, publicly declared support for terrorist groups, and engage in regular bigotry against various religions, ethnicities, women, homosexuals, and others….


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mortimer says
Jan 8, 2019 at 4:21 pm

FACEBOOK is then IN BED WITH JIHADISTS.
FACEBOOK is PROMOTING THE JIHAD.
FACEBOOK is a bunch of USEFUL IDIOTS and DHIMMIS.
*DHIMMI-BOOK*.

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jule says
Jan 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Its profits and politics making mob rule. Mobs are not Democracy with a constitution! If majority of Germany applauded Hitler, is that Democracy! Seriously, misunderstanding, greed, excuses are all i her today. Not Democracy according to USA. We lost it for private profits years ago. A big part of that was Repubs fault and now Private is using the Left but Also for the same Corporate/profits and the young people don’t even know or question.

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Dapto says
Jan 8, 2019 at 7:08 pm

Zuckerberg is part of the Soros Nazi Project and he wants the world to revert to islam. That mob hates Christians, Jews and all other religion not Islam.

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Ric says
Jan 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm

Facebook’s and Twitter’s censorship is never shocking nor is their collusion with CAIR and definitely others of their Islamic overlords.

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marc says
Jan 8, 2019 at 4:28 pm

in other news, foxes are celebrating that they get to choose what food chickens eat

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gravenimage says
Jan 8, 2019 at 10:16 pm

They are also celebrating over who gets to eat the chickens…

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Wellington says
Jan 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm

Facebook and Twitter are each overwhelmingly harmful to America, to the West in general and to freedom.
By now, one knows this or should know it.

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lisalles says
Jan 8, 2019 at 4:53 pm

why dont you send facebbok or twitter send the executives of the facebook the documents showing CAIR as the face of Hamas? Show them the links. Show them CAIRs views on jews.

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Logic&Reason says
Jan 8, 2019 at 5:14 pm

If these devout Muslims considered themselves to be Americans, there’d be no need for a Council on American-Islamic Relations.
That’s your first clue, Facebook, Twitter, et al…it’s right in the name: CAIR.
American laws protecting freedom vs. Islamic law of theocratic tyranny that will pull a “Charlie Hebdo” if denied.
There can be no “relations” between Islam and true freedom. It’s just a way of keeping the termites working.

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Salah says
Jan 8, 2019 at 5:16 pm

“Antipope Bergoglio, Vicar of Soros, Servant of Satan.”
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https://www.barnhardt.biz/2019/01/08/so-what-is-it-going-to-take-exactly/

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Indiana Tom says
Jan 8, 2019 at 5:38 pm

This is why I do not have Fascist Book and Twatter accounts.

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CTTV15@Hotmail.com says
Jan 8, 2019 at 5:50 pm

CAIR IS a TERRORIST LINKED Organization. Even the Saudi’s acknowledge that..
Dear Zahra Billoo:
It’s always someone else’s fault isn’t it?
So, ISIS and all the rest of the barbaric animals are simply victims of “Zionist” & Christian Plots?
They are all just reacting to the terrible Americans and coalition forces FIGHTING YOUR BROTHER AND SISTER TERRORISTS ALL OVER THE WORLD?
WE are the problem – and all of the bombings, gang rapes, stabbings, arson, vehicle assaults, grooming and rape gangs, theft, rioting, destruction and mayhem, IS OUR DOING, and YOU are the victim here…
What a damned disgrace YOU are..
WE started it? No kidding! You obviously have an IQ problem as well.
1,400 years of Islamic brutal and (ISIS style) barbaric history proves otherwise..
But, your deception goes on.. Taqiyya anyone? …The “Big Con” in perpetual motion..
You are also a not-so-masterful “Grifter”.. I’m not buying any of it..
If you want to find the answer to who, or whom, is responsible for all of this, please go look in the mirror Zahra..
..It’s all about YOU, and, of course, Islam..
If, and until, you publicly renounce sharia, jihad, khilafah, and Islam, it is YOU, and all those just like you, who ARE the problem..

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paul budrunas says
Jan 8, 2019 at 6:08 pm

You have got to be shitting me!

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Lydia Church says
Jan 8, 2019 at 6:24 pm

And the logical question is:
Who the hell gives a rat’s dung what the laws of Pakistan say?!?!
We are in the USA!
And… Pakistan’s laws are wrong anyway, I would not and could not even obey them
if I was living there!
But this is the kind of convergence that I’m saying is happening. Soon it will be Saudi Arabia and facebook… oh wait, that’s already there…. and so on it goes…
On a related note, over on Rather Expose Them he had some posts up about the Southern Baptist Convention’s slide into apostasy, it’s like watching dominoes fall! It was lgbt and islam, both today and yesterday. Holding hands with bedfellows in strange places by Evangelical organizations, etc. (BTW, I don’t agree with everything on every blog I cite obviously, like I disagree with him on the Charismatic thing, but so many are in the dark on that one too so what can one do. I know it’s for today because I’ve got it, but if they don’t it’s like trying to convince a brick wall.) Anyway, this post set is worth a peek.

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somehistory says
Jan 8, 2019 at 6:28 pm

I don’t book my face and I leave twittering to the birds. These two companies have way too much control over people.
How many other companies are people willing to give so much control over their lives? And in the end, give control to moslim creeps such as the bilhoo one, to decide whether or not one can have an “account.” Whether or not one can make a comment, post a report, post a photo?
All of those accounts make money for these companies, and they allow moslims to dictate just who can say what. Despicable.

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gary fouse says
Jan 8, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Billoo is the same person who used that old poster urging Muslims to slam the door on FBI agents if they come asking for info. When she spoke at UC Irvine during wear a hijab day, I got her to admit that sharia indeed has a death penalty by stoning for adultery. (“For both men and women” she hastened to add.

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Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY) says
Jan 8, 2019 at 7:49 pm

I don’t care what evil things you say about Zahra Billoo. She deserves praise and encouragement for her bravery in being CAIR’s spokesmodel to illustrate the facial asymmetry and general ugliness that sometimes results from cousin marriage.

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Kilauea says
Jan 8, 2019 at 8:35 pm

I got off Facebook. Now they can only track me by my phone, car, reading my emails, or Wal-Mart facial recognition.

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george darley says
Jan 8, 2019 at 11:52 pm

Like I have posted on here before and as the majority here have said , Facebook (Farcebook) and Twitter (Twitshits) are nothing more than promoters of the leftist commie propaganda agendas platform that is intent is to destroy this country. I dumped them both as not to support their commercial agenda. If speaking the truth is a crime or is so called “Hate Speech” and you are living in this country then I would suggest you leave it. I did take an oath to defend it and the constitution both times I served it and it never expires!

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Why Democrats Should Be Losing Sleep Over Generation Z

MIRROR: Aug 11, 2017,10:00 am

Why Democrats Should Be Losing Sleep Over Generation Z

Ashley StahlContributor

There has been much talk about the Millennial generation being entitled, lazy, and narcissistic. And while Millennials like myself were busy fending off the harsh criticisms and stereotypes constantly flung at our generation, a whole new demographic was slowly emerging from the shadows. Hello, Generation Z! The fiscally responsible, tattoo hating, Republican leaning group, touted by conservatives as their best hope for the future, and as the antithesis of Millennials.

While Millennials still remember cassette players and dial-up Internet, Generation Z grew up hounded by perpetual terrorist threats and school shootings reflecting on them from their Macbook and iPad screens.
They grew up watching Millennials entering the work force with thousands of dollars in school debt, and it seems that they are intent on not making the same mistakes as us.
According to research, Gen Z is more individualistic, more conservative both socially and fiscally, and they’re already making waves of impact on our political system. Gen Z, those born in 1995 or later, is possibly the most conservative generation since World War II, and it is worrying that their impact has been completely overlooked during this election. While our fears might be preemptive, we should not make the mistake of disregarding the intriguing yet also possibly worrying world views of Generation Z.

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Oftentimes Millennials have been criticized for being notoriously liberal, but it looks like the generation right behind us has completely rebelled. A U.K. Study at The Gild did a survey of almost 2,000 adults and found that on issues like gay marriage, marijuana legalization, transgender rights, and even tattoos, 59% of Gen Z respondents described their views as ‘conservative’ and ‘moderate’.

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This is a radical change from 83% Millennials and 85% of Gen X who state that their views are ‘quite’ or ‘very liberal’ on those same issues. What’s worrying is that given their more conservative leanings, Gen Z was not taken into account during this election, even though for many of them it was their first. Younger generations are famous for being liberal, therefore we mistakenly assumed that Gen Z would vote Democratic. But studies show that Gen Z’s views closely resemble those of Libertarian or Moderate Republicans, and that they related with Donald Trump on issues like national security and job creation.
We can speculate on the reasons why Gen Z differs so much from the previous generations. One facet would be that from the crib they were plunged into the era on the Internet, and grew up in a media obsessed culture that exposed them to terrorism, school shootings, and the staggering budget crisis on a daily basis. They’ve never had to ask anyone for information, directions, or a recipe.
Being able to research their own opinions on an iPad from the convenience of their couch, Gen Z has turned into a very individualistic generation that relies only on themselves and the Internet to form an opinion. One could argue that this mechanical way of living and not having to rely on others for help could have desensitized Gen Z from other people’s struggles, which would help explain their more conservative views on social issues.
One thing us Millenials can be jealous of in regards to Generation Z: they avoid student loans like fire! Generation Z is not only more socially conservative, they are also more fiscally conservative. A new national study by The Center for Generational Kineticsdiscovered that Gen Z students plan to “work during college, keep clear of any personal debt, and start saving for retirement.”
Shockingly 12% have already already saving for retirement, and a huge 21% of Gen Z had a savings account before the age of ten. Currently 77% of Gen Z earn their own spending money by doing“freelance work, a part time job, or earned allowance.” Jason Dorsey, President of the Center for Generational Kinetics and Gen Z and Millennial expert said of Gen Z, “Their practical and fiscally conservative behavior is making them part of businesses and our economy despite their young age.”
The fact that Gen Z is already having a major impact on our economy and politics, being just out of high school, suggests that we must take them seriously and look closely at the reasons that drive them to be more conservative.
Of course we want the next generation to be better than us. Like older siblings, we care for them and certainly appreciate that they have learned from some of our mistakes, especially in the financial realm. But it is important to pay close attention to Gen Z’s more radical political outlooks. The Republican party usually engages people as they get older, but with Gen Z’s conservative leanings the Republicans have great hope of capturing yet another election. If we don’t want a major upset in 2020 we have to find ways to reach out to the next generation and work together.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Arab Muslim Slave Trade of Africans and Caucasians

If it was not for the 1400 years of Arab and Muslim Slave Trade, there would have been no slavery in America.  

Over 28 Million Africans have been enslaved in the Muslim world during the past 14 centuries While much has been written concerning the Transatlantic slave trade, surprisingly little attention has been given to the Islamic slave trade across the Sahara, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

While the European involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade to the Americas lasted for just over three centuries, the Arab involvement in the slave trade has lasted fourteen centuries, and in some parts of the Muslim world is still continuing to this day. A comparison of the Muslim slave trade to the American slave trade reveals some interesting contrasts.

While two out of every three slaves shipped across the Atlantic were men, the proportions were reversed in the Muslim slave trade. Two women for every man were enslaved by the Muslims.

While the mortality rate for slaves being transported across the Atlantic was as high as 10%, the percentage of slaves dying in transit in the Transsahara and East African slave trade was between 80 and 90%!

While almost all the slaves shipped across the Atlantic were for agricultural work, most of the slaves destined for the Muslim Middle East were for sexual exploitation as concubines, in harems, and for military service.


While many children were born to slaves in the Americas, and millions of their descendants are citizens in Brazil and the USA to this day, very few descendants of the slaves that ended up in the Middle East survive.

While most slaves who went to the Americas could marry and have families, most of the male slaves destined for the Middle East were castrated, and most of the children born to the women were killed at birth.

It is estimated that possibly as many as 11 million Africans were transported across the Atlantic (95% of which went to South and Central America, mainly to Portuguese, Spanish and French possessions. Only 5% of the slaves went to the United States).

A comparison of the Muslim slave trade to the American slave trade reveals some interesting contrasts. While two out of every three slaves shipped across the Atlantic were men, the proportions were reversed in the Muslim slave trade. Two women for every man were enslaved by the Muslims.

While the mortality rate for slaves being transported across the Atlantic was as high as 10%, the percentage of slaves dying in transit in the Transsahara and East African slave trade was between 80 and 90%!

While almost all the slaves shipped across the Atlantic were for agricultural work, most of the slaves destined for the Muslim Middle East were for sexual exploitation as concubines, in harems, and for military service.

While many children were born to slaves in the Americas, and millions of their descendants are citizens in Brazil and the USA to this day, very few descendants of the slaves that ended up in the Middle East survive.

While most slaves who went to the Americas could marry and have families, most of the male slaves destined for the Middle East were castrated, and most of the children born to the women were killed at birth. It is estimated that possibly as many as 11 million Africans were transported across the Atlantic (95% of which went to South and Central America, mainly to Portuguese, Spanish and French possessions. Only 5% of the slaves went to the United States).

While Christian Reformers spearheaded the antislavery abolitionist movements in Europe and North America, and Great Britain mobilized her Navy, throughout most of the 19th Century, to intercept slave ships and set the captives free, there was no comparable opposition to slavery within the Muslim world.

Even after Britain outlawed the slave trade in 1807 and Europe abolished the slave trade in 1815, Muslim slave traders enslaved a further 2 million Africans. This despite vigorous British Naval activity and military intervention to limit the Muslim slave trade.

By some calculations the number of victims of the 14 centuries of Muslim slave trade could exceed 180 million. Nearly 100 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in America, and 130 years after all slaves within the British Empire were set free by parliamentary decree, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, in 1962, and Mauritania in 1980, begrudgingly removed legalized slavery from their statute books.

And this only after international pressure was brought to bear. Today numerous international organizations document that slavery still continues in some Muslim countries.

Reports on slavery in Sudan, Mauritania for instance needs looking into. Recently, a former slave from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, Mende Nazer, had her autobiography: “Slave: My True Story” published. Mende Nazer was an alleged slave in Sudan. She was made famous by her transfer to England to serve a diplomatic family.

Mende Nazer reports that she was abducted and sold into slavery in Sudan when she was a child of twelve or thirteen (she doesn’t know when she was born). She lived in a village of the Karko Nuba in the Nuba mountains of Sudan with her family. The village was attacked one night. Mende fled with her family into the mountains.

She became separated from her family, and when a man caught her and told her he would protect her, she believed him. She had already seen people killed in front of her. The man told her to stay with a group of children.

Later, the raiders came and took all of the children to the town of Dilling, there the children were taken by families to serve as servants.

Mende also reports that she was taken by a woman from Khartoum whom she served for six or seven years. She had to do all the hard work of the household, and sleep on the floor of the garden shed.

She was never paid anything for her labor, and was frequently beaten. She wanted to leave, but had no money and nowhere to go, and was afraid to go to the police. The woman of the house said that she owned Mende, and called Mende her ‘Abda’, or slave.

Eventually Mende was sent to London to work as a domestic. After several months Mende escaped and claimed asylum. At first, the Home Office rejected her claim in October 2002. In November, the Home Office overturned its decision and granted Mende asylum.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The lies we were told about who would silence free speech

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The lies we were told about who would silence free speech

Berkeley police officers arrest a man during a rally on April 27, 2017, when protesters gathered to demonstrate against the cancellation of conservative political commentator Ann Coulter’s speech at the University of California, Berkeley. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

John KassContact ReporterChicago Tribune

The lie we were told as kids was this: The end of American liberty would come at the hands of the political right.
Conservatives would take away our right to speak our minds, and use the power of government to silence dissent. The right would intimidate our teachers and professors, and coerce the young.

And then, with the universities in thrall, with control of the apparatus of the state (and the education bureaucracy), the right would have dominion over a once-free people.
Some of us were taught this in school. Others, who couldn't be bothered to read books, were fed a cartoon version of the diabolical conservative in endless movies and TV shows. The most entertaining of these were science fiction, sometimes with vague references to men in brown shirts and black boots goose-stepping in some future time.

Women would become handmaids, subjugated and turned into breeders. And men would be broken as well. The more lurid fantasies offered armies of Luddites in hooded robes, hunting down subversives for the greater good.
But the lie is obvious now, isn't it?
Because it is not conservatives who coerced today's young people or made them afraid of ideas that challenge them. Conservatives did not shame people into silence, or send thugs out on college campuses to beat down those who wanted to speak.
The left did all that.

It's there in front of you, the thuggish mobs of the left killing free speech at American universities. The thugs call themselves antifas, for anti-fascists.
They beat people up and break things and set fires and intimidate. These are not anti-fascists. These are fascists. This is what fascists do.

Some wear masks to cover their faces, or hide bike locks in scarves and swing them at the heads of any who disagree. They're all about intimidation. And intimidation on a national scale, so angry and violent, is a fascist thing of the left.
Many liberals — journalists, senators, television comedians and others — are properly appalled at what their political children, born of the hard left, have done. Many liberals have warned about this, and so many must wince as the fruits of their labor turn bitter in their mouths.

But they are also complicit, because they've taken advantage of the anger and energy of this hard left fascism to leverage their own politics. And Democratic operatives still hope to use this emotional frenzy and muscle for political gain in the next elections.
What is the cost for all this?
Free speech, without which there is no republic.
American universities were once thought to be the last great refuge of ideas, where ideas could flourish and be challenged and debated. But today, the university is the place where liberty and ideas go to die.

The American university is where intellectuals with dissenting views are silenced — even physically assaulted — by mobs. And administrators sit by and watch, afraid to anger those mobs.
What has been the general liberal response to Americans who insist on speaking after being threatened?
Annoyance. The response sounds like this: Hush. Go away. Come back later when it's quiet. Why cause trouble? Shhh.
Right-wing provocateur Ann Coulter has been silenced at Berkeley, where the free speech movement was born. And other intellectuals, including Charles Murray and Heather Mac Donald, have been silenced at other colleges, attacked by mobs.
If the left agrees with your views, you may speak. If the left doesn't agree, they will shut you down. This is America now.
Some liberals also have seen their careers ruined by mob rule. Those two professors at Yale, a husband and wife, come to mind. She told Yale students not to worry if some other student wore a sombrero as a Halloween costume, that there were more important things to worry about than political correctness and a student wearing a sombrero.

But a Yale student, a woman, a minority, screamed in response, weeping in hideous self-indulgent theatrics captured on video. And all of this caught fire on the internet and sparked the virtual mob on social media. The professors, the husband and wife, with decent records and obvious care for the intellectual development of their students, were shamed out of Yale.
And all educators across the country took note.
University administrators have made a show of wringing their hands. But they're hypocrites. They're part of this. They are of the same cloth. They allowed this seed to bloom. They watered it, by giving in to the young who demanded a safe space from intellectual challenge.
Safe spaces are not about learning or critical thinking. Safe spaces belong to education camps, where future bureaucrats are trained in the Orwellian shaping of language and the culling of threatening ideas.
The universities molded the federal education bureaucracy, which turned out teachers that shaped the minds of American children. And some of those children are in college now.

Surveys suggest that many young Americans think the First Amendment should be amended so as to not allow offensive speech. So the students have learned their lessons well.
All speech challenging the status quo is offensive — to the establishment. And free speech is what American liberty is about.
Unless, of course, you're of the hard left, and can hunt free speech at American universities and crush it.
That's not fiction. That's not fantasy. And it is not a lie. It's happening now, in the United States.
Listen to "The Chicago Way" podcast, with John Kass and Jeff Carlin.
jskass@chicagotribune.com

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Linda Sarsour: 'Before wearing a hijab, I was just an ordinary white girl'

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'Before wearing a hijab, I was just an ordinary white girl'

Anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour caught admitting she only wears a hijab in order to be considered a 'person of color.'

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Before putting on her hijab, Linda Sarsour admits she was white. Now she claims to be a "person of color." Neat trick! @lsarsour

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Anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour is never seen without wearing her trademark Islamic head covering, or Hijab. However, a new video has surfaced shows Sarsour admitting that she wears a hijab in order to be considered a 'person of color.'
In a video clip uncovered by popular blogger Elder of Ziyon, Sarsour says that "when I wasn’t wearing a hijab I was just some ordinary white girl from New York City. Wearing hijab made you know that I was Muslim."
The clip was part of a video released by Vox in January 2017 titled 'A beginners guide to hijabs.'
Despite her light skin tone, Sarsour commonly identifies as a person of color, and berates her critics for being 'white supremacists.' In August, Sarsour compared Zionists to white supremacists at a rally for controversial Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, saying that "We will not be silenced by Blue Lives Matter, by white supremacists, by neo-Nazis, or right-wing Zionists."

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