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Nation divided: Why unity is becoming a pipe dream

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The massacre in Las Vegas perpetrated by Stephen Paddock was the worst mass shooting in American history and the second worst terrorist attack on our soil. Yet it is more troubling that this event emerges as a sign of irreparable damage done to America. As the death toll rose from 50 to 60, so did tensions. Immediately, this tragedy was politicized by those on the left.

Failed Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t hesitate to politicize this tragedy in the same tweet where she says “politics aside.” But the troubling thing is not only her relevance but also the fact that liberals are all parroting the same calls for gun control. The left is uniting around their cause for gun control and the right is rallying to resist. All this before all the victims have been identified. All this before we have all the facts. And all this while people are still dying.

In our unique history, no matter how divided we are, we come together in times of hurt and suffering. After Pearl Harbor, America united to defeat the Japanese and Germans. On September 11th, 2001, the United States was attacked and shattered by Islamic terrorists. But on that night, we collected ourselves and came together as a country. We have a history of coming together for natural disasters both domestic and foreign. America is most powerful when united. However, recent events suggest that this same level of unity is a mere pipedream of what once was in the current and worsening political climate.

Mass shootings have been politicized for years. The vicious calls for gun control after the Las Vegas attack is nothing surprising, unfortunately. But let’s take into account some other recent events.

Natural Disasters

While in retrospect, Bush is criticized for his response to Katrina, America was united in trying to help. We were fortunate to go twelve years before the next major hurricane to make landfall in the US, yet Hurricane Harvey was politicized by those seeking global warming based policies. To the credit of both sides however, it could have been worse… like Puerto Rico. Donald Trump acted inappropriately as did the San Juan Mayor in an ultimate Twitter/Media war that America would have done better off without. You’d think or hope we’d come together in times of natural disaster but even the ability to unify in this area is fading.

Foreign Threats

Perhaps the other area where Americans historically come together is when we are attacked. Americans couldn’t unite over the Benghazi Terrorist Attack, because some people blamed a video(free speech) and not the actual terrorists(or their ideology). It is amazing how politicized Trump’s handling of North Korea is. Trump is shifting tactics because North Korea is upping the ante. Yet suddenly North Korea is responding to America’s aggression. Suddenly, this is Trump’s fault for addressing an issue that has long been kicked down the road by the inaction of his predecessors. When North Korea threatened Guam, liberals blamed Trump. And now they fancy calling Trump a dotard because Rocketman made it cool for them. It’s disgraceful that we can’t even appear united against a common enemy. We don’t have to all agree on the correct course of action, but we should all be able to agree that Trump isn’t the villain in this scenario.

Presidents

Both Trump and Obama are not going to unite this country. Obama didn’t care to because he had power in Congress and Federal Courts. And when he lost Congress he had executive orders. Under Obama’s leadership, America became more divided. Enter Donald Trump, who capitalizes off the division he creates. Trump did in fact campaign to all Americans, unlike Clinton. But Trump does not have the capability of exercising the self control needed to stay focused on priorities. No doubt the division will worsen under him. We have three or seven more years of Trump, in theory… But will 46 reverse the trend? Hard to say, but smart money is on “No”.

Perhaps a more dangerous threat is people’s inability to accept the election. Trump won fair and square, and Russia isn’t the reason. Democrats ran the one candidate who couldn’t win. Accept the results, blame the candidate, and run someone better next time around like Republicans did after Mitt Romney lost. But the resistance movement was immediately spawned and lingers to this day. This movement prevents us from uniting as a country to tackle key issues, and has facilitated a whole list of issues such as Antifa…

Problem and Solution

The true problem lies in our decreased reliance on our Creator. This core American value is being shelved. Why? Because people don’t want to acknowledge a higher power. If they acknowledge a higher power, then they are accountable to that higher power for their actions. Americans have an accountability problem which is why so many are blaming inanimate objects for the death of thousands of people every year. We prefer to seek scapegoat solutions as opposed to addressing the serious evil that can take place in human hearts. We prefer to blame mental illness rather than believe a person can be so evil. We blame an entire race for the actions of one or few.

In keeping with that theme, instead of identifying as children of God, all equal in His eyes, we identify in our own natural communities. We take pride in our race, as if being born with a set of genes is an accomplishment. Identity politics stems from pride in one’s own identity. But we aren’t identifying as one nation under God, we are identifying as white, black, gay, hispanic, etc.  Identity politics is deepening the divide in our nation. Both the left and the alt-right are guilty of this.

In continuing to rely on ourselves, some have replaced God with government. In one sense, it means people are relying on the government to take care of all their needs. Food, education, healthcare, abortion, birth control, the list goes on. On the other hand, people worship political champions as if they were anything other than sinful people. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and Rand Paul all had/have a devoted following that replaces God in their lives.

This division and trend is sure to continue, unless we can unite. It may seem grim but there’s always hope. Failure to unite will further send America down a path of ugly politics and division. We can either unite as one nation under God, keep the division, or unite in complete rebellion of God. The former has the best results.

“and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NASB

“that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address

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Muslim leader in Ilhan Omar’s district: ‘When David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan agrees with you…’

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Muslim leader in Ilhan Omars district When David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan agrees with you

The controversy over Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) antisemtic statements and Tweets have garnered the freshman Congresswoman criticism from some unlikely sources, including many of the Muslim leaders in her own community. They, along with Jewish Democrats in the district that voted for Omar, are uniting to condemn the way Omar has been handling her first few months in office.

“When David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan agrees with you, you’re not doing something right,” said Mohamed Ahmed, a Muslim activist who spoke with a panel of other local leaders.

The Congresswoman came under fire for her statements, but the response from Congress was muted. Rather than focusing on antisemitism or even including her name in an “anti-hate” resolution, they watered it down to include essentially any form of hate and refused to note Omar’s role as the catalyst for the resolution in the first place.

In other words, she got off without even getting a slap in the wrist.

But the words are still out there and thus far the antisemitic Congresswoman seems more concerned about other people’s reactions than whether or not her words were wrong. Apparently, she still sees no problem in what she said, but will refrain from saying them in public for political expediency.

My Take

As noted here before, one of the goals of the Democratic Party is to normalize antisemitism. While everyone seems to be focused on whether or not Omar is sorry for her words, nobody’s wondering why the Democratic Party as a whole seems to be perfectly fine with her feelings.

It’s getting harder and harder for conservative news outlets to speak out against such things. It’s not that there aren’t enough willing to say it, but between social media and search – the two primary traffic drivers for many conservative sites – they have to tone down their news so as not to get banned. This is just one of many reasons it’s so important for our readers to support us so we can continue bringing these stories to light.

The last thing we need is for someone like Ilhan Omar continuing to spread her feelings unabated. It’s clear the Democrats are unwilling to do something about it. Perhaps it’s time to help a moderate Democrat win a primary election against her. She was endorsed by the Justice Democrats, so it’s pretty clear how her radical ideologies emerged.

The world needs to know that Ilhan Omar doesn’t represent American perspectives. More importantly. voters in her district need to know this. We need to keep spreading the truth.

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Aotearoa, The Land of the Long White Cloud, needs to step back and look at Christchurch objectively

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Aotearoa The Land of the Long White Cloud needs to step back and look at Christchurch objectively

On the 12th of September 2001, the United States began dealing with the unthinkable horror of the day before. After the terror attacks, members of Congress had stood on the Capitol steps and in unison sang God Bless America! Unfortunately, the Kumbaya moment was fleeting. Now in our 18th year after that event that united us, we are more polarized than anytime since the U.S. Civil War.

Day before yesterday, New Zealanders were shocked that their country too could become a target when they knew full well they didn’t deserve it. They had created an open society that welcomes anyone and everyone from anywhere and everywhere. Diversity they recognized to be their greatest asset.

So who would want to do them harm? A self-proclaimed white supremacist from across the Tasman in neighboring Australia chose the city of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island as the optimum place to massacre Muslims in their mosques during their Friday prayers.

I will submit to you that the combination of a soft target and optimum world media attention were significant factors in his decision. Kiwis were not expecting it. But, who would be?

I will not repeat the perpetrator’s name here to deny him the notoriety he seeks. Nor will I go into everything his manifesto may say. But, because New Zealand is focusing on some of his statements to determine why they were targeted and how to prevent such an occurrence in the future, there are some points that we need to consider.

This heinous hate crime and terror attack must be called exactly what it is. It allegedly was done to make a point about anti-immigration and perpetuation of Eurocentric society. However, in my estimation, it has accomplished precisely the antithesis of that stated objective.

The wanton slaughter of 50 Muslims at last count with at least an equal number wounded beyond that has overnight changed the narrative worldwide. American politicians are jumping on the bandwagon to express their solidarity with adherents of Islam against Muslim victimhood in our own country and elsewhere.

As horrendous and unforgivable as the events in Christchurch are, they do not negate the worldwide narrative that reveals thousands of Christians being slain in their churches in Nigeria. Nor Kenyan Christians targeted and killed if they cannot or will not recite the Islamic shahada by neighboring Somalis. Coptic Christians whose ancestors predated Islam in Egypt being persecuted and killed. A Pakistani Christian woman imprisoned for blasphemy by Muslims who refused to drink water from a cup her unclean lips had touched.

None of these other events have gotten significant world attention. But Christchurch is now a household word for everyone everywhere.

As one who has long been in touch with Kiwis for 30 years or more, monitored security threats in their country and throughout the Pacific Basin, having an admiration and respect for the good people of New Zealand, the events that have unfolded recently absolutely break my heart. I am saddened but honestly not totally surprised.

Law enforcement in New Zealand is respected and respectable. They liaise with counterparts throughout Oceania as well as in North America. The problem is New Zealand politicians who carry political correctness to a level that would make American politicians inside the DC Beltway envious.

Radio New Zealand has been my primary source of breaking events in the Pacific for many years. Even when the Pacific Islands Report from the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii ceased publishing a few years ago, they recommended RNZ which often covers even current and former U.S. territories better than our own American media. That’s why I have relied almost exclusively on RNZ for relevant updates regarding events in the aftermath of the Christchurch Massacre.

Now let’s go back about 48 hours and consider the developments as they occurred chronologically. Not so much the attack itself but moreover the reactions to it both in New Zealand and here in the United States.

One of the more troubling, though not unanticipated, responses of New Zealand politicians is to censor any kind of online expression which they don’t like. But what is over the line when it comes to free exchange of ideas? Who are the authorities and what are their criteria for censorship? Only the United States has our 1st Amendment protections of free speech and even those are under assault by today’s Democrats.

Politicians in Wellington should understand that censorship will only further polarize their own citizens. If they do not have a legal conduit to share their beliefs in social media, what extra-legal means will they find? Censorship invariably creates more problems than it solves.

The other to be expected knee-jerk reaction of liberal politicians is gun control. The perpetrator of Christchurch himself declared that he wanted to cause a 2nd Amendment rift here in the United States over this very issue. This is another indication that the Aussie was not just attacking New Zealand, but the USA and the world. Certainly not just Muslims ~ they were just a convenient scapegoat.

Once they have banned guns, will they turn their attention to box cutters, pressure cookers, knives and vehicles that run people down? Where does it stop? The gun does not pull its own trigger. The evil in the gunman’s heart is the problem that nobody seems to want to address.

New Zealand Police originally indicated as reported by media sources that multiple gunmen were believed involved. There were suggestions of a cell of perhaps 3 to 5 people and even allegations that perhaps 10 or more could have been implicated. One RNZ report, even without detail, lent suspicion that a nearby hospital was also targeted.

Within 24 hours or so after the original incident, a 180° turn has been made and the perpetrator is said to have acted alone. So, did somebody in authority over-react to begin with? Or, are there other suspects still at large that they don’t want to talk about?

Why did they suggest Jews not attend their own Sabbath Services in their synagogues the day after the attack on Muslim mosques? If the perpetrator is in custody and if Muslims were the only object of his hatred, then protecting Jewish synagogues makes no sense whatsoever if there was no such threat.

“The national security threat level has been increased from low to high for the first time in NZ’s history.” A related search was reportedly conducted 225 miles from Christchurch in Dunedin. All this for a lone perpetrator now in custody?

Even here in Hawaii, the Honolulu Police Department and the FBI reportedly contacted the Muslim mosque in Manoa to express their solidarity and to ensure additional security measures would be implemented. Nothing in the scenario in Christchurch suggests that a mosque near the University of Hawaii would become such a target.

A more objective analysis might be that retaliation could be taken to avenge the attack in New Zealand. But I haven’t seen any warning that synagogues and/or churches here in Hawaii should be on the alert. So why alert the mosque if they had no specific threat information?

Christchurch has under 1/4 the population of Auckland. The city name likely figures into its selection for this atrocity. Be it anti-Muslim or false flag, somebody wants to tear NZ apart.

The people to whom the perpetrator allegedly attributes his inspiration seem to totally run the gamut of the political and ethnic spectrum from U.S. President Donald Trump to Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik to black American conservative Candace Owens. But he’s a white supremacist, right? Let’s look a little further into that as well.

“The attack had been planned for two years and … New Zealand was not the original choice for the attack. [The perpetrator] chose firearms for the affect [sic] it would have on … the politics of United States.”

“In the post, the accused said he was visiting Pakistan for the first time. He called it an incredible place filled with the most earnest, kind hearted and hospitable people in the world.” This simply does not compute! Persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan is among the worst anywhere on the planet. How does this contribute to the suspect becoming a white supremacist who slaughters Muslims?

Whenever a Muslim kills Christians, everybody wants to claim it’s due to mental illness and not anything to do with Islam. But such conflicting statements by the man who shed so much blood in Christchurch deserve to be looked at from a psychological and mental perspective. Why did he go to Pakistan and view it through rose-colored lenses? White supremacy appears more of a crutch to fulfill his own perverted fantasies.

It’s more than just irony that the mosque attack occurred in a city named Christchurch. It’s probably deliberate. An alleged white supremacist chose such a locale. So could a Muslim offended by the city name. In this, they’d have common cause. Both wonder why Muslims chose to live there.

In this time of shock and introspection, Kiwis are asking how could such hatred be spawned by someone in their midst. But, in fact, it was not someone who developed these views in their midst. It was a man from another country who chose their country as a soft target for maximum media exposure and global impact.

New Zealanders need to realize that love and acceptance of others and a strong defense and security posture are not mutually exclusive concepts. There is absolutely nothing any of us can do to preclude someone with evil in their heart from wanting to do us harm. We have to be proactive in anticipating threats and able to intervene and stop the act before it occurs.

Acceptance of others is never unconditional. It must be conditioned upon their willingness to reciprocate and not seek to impose their will upon us or to do us harm in any way. That applies to white supremacists. That applies also to jihadis. Both are a danger to decent freedom-loving people.

It is not surprising to read reports of panic buying of firearms in New Zealand before the government can impose draconian gun control measures. Once again, as with censorship, you do not want to further polarize your nation. The shooter in Christchurch wanted to tear your country and my own country apart. We must not let such evil intentions and actions succeed. If you prohibit free speech and prevent people from being able to defend themselves, you are just sowing the seeds of future discontent.

While I’m tempted to outline the prevailing world situation in which Christians are the persecuted targets in countries ruled by either Islam or Communism, we shall let just two brief anecdotes suffice in this context.

2017 Palm Sunday church bombings in Alexandria [Egypt] killed 45 people and was all but ignored by the Western media and politicians. That was just two years ago. But you can rest assured Christchurch will not disappear from public consciousness that quickly. More correctly, a Muslim on Christian attack in Egypt never really attracted any real attention to begin with. As with the genocide in Nigeria, the world just yawns.

An article dated today published by Gatestone Institute is entitled, Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: “Wipe Israel off the Map”. This helps demonstrate that Islam is more often the perpetrator rather than the victim. NZ’s neighborhood is far safer than Israel’s, but on the same planet!

I have focused mostly today on the reaction within New Zealand itself. There will be repercussions in the United States as well. As I mentioned, our own politicians are jumping on the bandwagon to paint Muslims as the victim of hate crimes. But, Christchurch was both an aberration and a total exception to the rule of what has been going on for at least a generation all over the world.

This has been just a snapshot of a developing story. Future reports, particularly actions taken by New Zealand authorities in the wake of Christchurch (which unfortunately may become a one word symbol of terror), will influence interpretations for sure and understanding if we’re lucky.

I don’t wish to offend anyone, certainly not our great Kiwi friends, but I must take that risk in order to admonish Aotearoa to emerge from its cocoon. There is no neutrality in the face of evil which has many masks. Be strong!

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Rajmann Sanders accused of ‘marrying’ 14-year-old girl at Philadelphia’s Masjid Uthman Dan Fodiyo mosque

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Rajmann Sanders accused of marrying 14-year-old girl at Philadelphias Masjid Uthman Dan Fodiyo mosqu

Child brides are a known problem around the world, but we’ve heard more about them happening in the United States in recent months than we’d heard in the news before. It has gotten to the point that a heinous crime involving a 14-year-old bride and her 10-year-old sister married in a Philadelphia mosque to a man more than twice her age barely makes local news, let alone state or national news.

Rajmann Sanders has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies, including raping the two girls for the last three years. According to his “bride,” she was forced to marry the man at the Masjid Uthman Dan Fodiyo mosque in Philadelphia. She claims the mosque covered up the crimes against her and her younger sister.

My Take

When I first heard about the story, I figured I would be able to find something about it on Fox News, Townhall, Breitbart, or some other right-leaning news outlet. So far, nothing. This is just another reason that we’re so adamant about growing this news site through donations by our readers. Conservative media is so focused on Robert Mueller, Chelsea Clinton, or whatever the “big” right wing story of the day is that there’s not nearly enough attention being paid to stories patriotic Americans need to read.

This is sick and we may be seeing the tip of the iceberg. As can be seen by a visual of the mosque, this doesn’t look like a place where people come to worship. It appears to be hidden away, run down, and intentionally inconspicuous. If one were to imagine a place claiming to be a mosque where sickening child marriages happen regularly, this is what we’d imagine. Thankfully, police are investigating.

Protecting children should be one of our top priorities, yet stories like these slip through the cracks. If it weren’t for this brave young lady who has been abused herself and wants to stop such things from happening to her children, we may never have even heard of this crime and possible criminal ring.

Where’s the outrage? If this were a Christian church or a synagogue allegedly performing forced marriages between adult men and young teen girls, it would be huge news. There would be protests. Ask yourself why this is.

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