Muslim jihad in Africa June 2019

Ramadan ended on June 3rd this year. I posted with the overview the following week. There has been no abatement of murder and destruction. In fact, the pace of killing seems to be increasing.

This will not be reported in American mass media. Conservative niche media will only take notice of the most horrifying crimes. The murders of hundreds of Africans is only noted by Christian niche media. Most of the victims are Christians, of course, though plenty of Pagans are murdered by Muslims as well. Every now and then Muslims are killed in reprisals, and that is ten times as likely to get reported in western mass media as other violence.

If you do a search of any mass media news site, or any Big Tech news aggregator, you discover some interesting results.   The stuff I note below turns up on page three or four, or not at all.   If you search for “Muslim” you get pro-Islam stories.   If you search for these countries by name, you get stories about sports stars who come from these nations.   You also get articles about western NGOs and their work in these countries.   What you have to work really hard to find is reporting on jihad, which is a daily fact of life in much of Africa.

I determined to provide a snapshot of the ongoing death and destruction wrought by jihadis in Africa. This is an amazing tale that goes unreported. It should inform our understanding of the Islamic world, and the violence that accompanies Islam.   The following is simply a review of recent events.

Burkina Faso

I mentioned Burkina Faso in my Ramadan Bombathon post. There was an attack on a church every Sunday in Ramadan this year.

Cameroon

More than 80 people were killed, including 16 Cameroonian soldiers, during an attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamists in the north of the country, the defense ministry said.

Eight civilians and 64 fighters also died in the pitched battle in the Darak locality of Cameroon’s Far North Region on June 9, while another eight fighters were taken prisoner, Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo said in statement handed to reporters in the capital, Yaounde.

Here is an interesting bit about Cameroon, which is getting spillover from Nigeria. Boko Haram fighters cross the border either to stir up trouble or as they flee from Nigerian government forces.

Since 2014, the Far North region of Cameroon has experienced several devastating attacks displacing a total of 262,831 Cameroonians as of May 2019. As the country struggles to deal with this unprecedented number of internally displaced citizens within its borders, it is simultaneously hosting over 136,000 Nigerian refugees who fled to Cameroon as a result of the same conflict.

Cameroon also has internal strife. The two large English-speaking provinces have a separatist movement going on, claiming that the government has been stealing elections, which of course they have been. The government arrested 350 peaceful protesters in an escalation over this confrontation.

Central African Republic

The “3R” Fulani Muslim militia used a supposed peace deal as a pretense to host a meeting, then murdered their guests. May, 2019.

More than 26 people were killed on Tuesday and many were wounded when an armed group attacked two villages in northwestern Central African Republic, the UN’s peacekeeping mission said.

 

Chad

At least four Chadian soldiers and a television reporter were killed when their vehicle hit a mine on a road in eastern Chad, security sources said Sunday.

The victims were in a convoy on Saturday, May 25 headed towards an army position that had been attacked by elements of the Boko Haram insurgent group overnight, the sources said.

The timeline of events is unclear.

This delegation of the Chadian army was headed to N’Gounboua, where elements of Boko Haram had attacked an army position overnight, killing at least one on our side,” a security source told AFP.

Alwihda reported that 23 Boko Haram fighters were killed in Berkara, near N’Gouboua on Saturday night. N’Goubouais on the northeastern bank of Lake Chad, near the borders with Nigeria and Niger.

The Chadian Army cannot win every time, even with covert aid from America and France. Chad is about 44% Christian, but parts of Chad are 90% Muslim. The Christians of Kintchendi have a difficult choice to make:

On June 7, the  Islamic extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian woman in the village of Kintchendi in the Diffa region in southeastern Niger. She was released yesterday with a letter to all the Christians living in that area to “leave the town within three days or be killed.”

Egypt

A tourist bus was bombed near the Pyramids on May 20. 17 wounded.

This also happened in Egypt, but in Sinai near Gaza, so not technically in Africa:

Egyptian security personnel were killed Wednesday, June 5 in militant attacks on several security posts in the restive North Sinai region, according to media reports.

One of the checkpoints near the city of  Arish was run by Egypt’s Central Security Forces and two others by the military, according to the independent news  website  Mada Masr, which said 10 police officers had been killed.

The militants attempted to capture armored vehicles, according to reports on social media and AFP citing a security source. Police and Egyptian Armed Forces personnel were battling the attackers and killed a number of the militants, the reports said.

Egypt’s interior ministry later put the death toll at eight, including two officers, and said five militants were killed. The ministry said the attack targeted the Batal-14 checkpoint south of Arish, but did not confirm reports of two additional attacks.

Kenya

At least eight Kenyan police officers were killed on Saturday, June 15 when their vehicle was struck by an IED while on patrol in Wajir County near the border with Somalia, police sources said.Unnamed Kenyan officials earlier said those killed were among a group of officers who were pursuing gunmen who had kidnapped three police reservists in Konton centre in Wajir East, Al Jazeera  reported. Those sources said at least 10 police officers had been killed in the explosion.

Al-Shabab  claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, saying they had temporarily taken control of Khorof Harar village.

Mali

At least 95 people were killed Sunday evening when armed men attacked an ethnic Dogon village in central Mali, a mayor told CNN on Monday.

The gunmen set fire to the village and fired shots, fleeing at around midnight, the mayor, Ali Dolo, said. The attack was carried out by Fulani men, he said.

CNN took pains to point out that 134 Fulani had been killed in reprisal attacks in March. They did not explain the massacres that the reprisals were for. The word “Muslim” did not appear in their two articles about jihad in Africa this month.

Mozambique

Mozambique has experienced an upsurge in Islamicist violence in recent years, though much less than some of the other countries in Africa. This past April, Mozambique was slammed by a cyclone. The storm, storm damage, storm cleanup, and related matters crowded everything else out of the news.

Nigeria

Boko Haram continues its killing. More jihadi murders happened in Nigeria last year than in any other country except Afghanistan and Syria. There was a little blip of notice in conservative niche media because two Nigerian women spoke to Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, June 11. One of them is the mother of a girl who was kidnapped along with 110 other schoolgirls in Dapchi, back in February of 2018. Five of the girls died, and all but two of the rest were either sprung or released. Boko Haram is still holding two girls, including this woman’s daughter, because they refused to renounce Jesus. The thing that made it newsworthy was that the woman made it to America to appeal to President Trump for help.

On May 26, Christians were attacked just as they were leaving Sunday morning worship. Reports vary with between 7 to 30 murdered in several locations. Twenty homes of Christians were burned. These attacks, along with many others, were not included in a Boko Haram timeline posted by CNN on June 9.

There is some good news from Nigeria. I don’t know if this means real progress towards peace:

A total of 894 children, including 106 girls, were released from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria today, as part of its commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children.

The CJTF is a local militia that helps the Nigerian security forces in the fight against insurgency in north-east Nigeria. It was formed in 2013, with the aim of protecting communities from attack.

It is good that the anti-Boko Haram fighters are giving up their child soldiers. The government of Nigeria pledged to do more to fight Boko Haram. Most of those kids will probably end up as refugees either elsewhere in Nigeria or perhaps in Cameroon.

 

Niger

You may well wonder why I have Niger on this list, since it is 99.5% Muslim. But jihadis believe that most Muslims are not sufficiently adhering to Sharia, and they fight the government that occasionally tries to stop the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP, a faction of Boko Haram) from crossing borders. You may also recall that a couple of Americans got killed while on a clandestine mission in Niger in 2017. Boss Mongo is a friend of a guy whose son was on that mission.

Not all military missions in Niger end in failure. The most recent one was a success.

Security forces in Niger foiled three weekend attacks in the capital Niamey and in the southeastern city of Diffa, the government said. … Five people including “two known terrorists” were arrested near Niamey’s international airport on Saturday, the defense ministry said in a statement read on state radio on Monday, June 3.

These terrorists intended to perpetrate attacks in the city of Niamey or its environs,” the statement said. On Sunday, two attacks were thwarted in the Diffa area, according to the ministry.

Overnight, four would-be suicide bombers were “neutralized,” one near a fuel depot and three at the Diffa airport, the ministry said. Local officials had earlier said all four militants were killed near the depot, which stores oil and gas for the region.

Also in Diffa, an attack on a church was averted on Sunday morning, the defense ministry said. “The suicide bomber and his guide were arrested outside the church. They had an explosives belt and its detonator” as well as a firearm and ammunition, it said.

Meanwhile:

On June 7, the  Islamic extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped a Christian woman in the village of Kintchendi in the Diffa region in southeastern Niger. She was released yesterday [June 10] with  a letter to all the Christians living in that area to “leave the town within three days or be killed.”

Somalia

Somalia has been torn by war for over 25 years.

a car bomb exploded near the Somalia parliament on Saturday, killing eight people, emergency workers said, hours after militia executed nine civilians from a clan with suspected links to al-Shabaab.

We have confirmed eight people killed and 16 others wounded in the blast,” the private Aamin Ambulance service said. A second blast on a key road leading to the airport of the Somali capital Mogadishu did not cause any casualties.

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks saying they were “they were targeting two checkpoints, one of them along the airport road and (the other) along the road that leads to house of legislators.”

According to security sources the second explosives-laden car a Toyota Noah, was spotted by security forces at a checkpoint. They opened fire and killed a man in the car, which then exploded. …

Earlier Saturday, police said local militia executed nine civilians after Al-Shabaab killed a police officer.

The revenge attack Friday just outside Galkayo – one of the most developed cities in the centre of the country – targeted the Rahanweyn clan, several of whose members are suspected to be Shabaab fighters.

This was a horrible incident, a gruesome killing against nine unarmed innocent civilians in southern Galkayo. All of the civilians belong to one clan and the gunmen shot them dead in one location a few minutes after suspected Shabaab gunmen killed” a policeman, said local police official Mohamed Abdirahman.

This is an unacceptable act and we will bring those perpetrators to justice,” said Hussein Dini, a traditional elder.

Their killing cannot be justified. It seems that the merciless gunmen were retaliating for the security official who they believe was killed by Al-Shabaab gunmen belonging to the clan of the victims.”

Sudan

Street protests that started in late 2018 led to a coup this past April. The generals removed Omar al-Bashir from power. The street protests continued, however, with protesters saying, essentially, “we wanted the generals to take over, but not these generals.” The guys in power are al-Bashir’s old cronies. Things turned really ugly when police fired on protesters at the end of Ramadan:

Hopes of a peaceful transition of power took a fatal blow on June 3, when soldiers and paramilitary groups opened fire on a pro-democracy sit-in in Khartoum, according to witnesses, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds. About 40 bodies were found to have been dumped in the River Nile after the attack.

In this case the protesters are all Muslims, so this is not jihad; it is just a military junta oppressing their own people. Beatings, political imprisonment, rape and murder have all been charged. This is a story that has appeared a little bit in some American media outlets. Less than one percent of Sudan’s population is not Muslim, and the non-Muslims are keeping their heads down as best they can.

 

South Sudan

South Sudan was torn by a very long civil war that culminated in independence from Sudan in 2011. At the end of 2013 a power struggle plunged South Sudan into a new civil war. Sudan is divided seven ways, primarily tribally.  In the midst of this chaos Sudan has occupied large portions of South Sudan’s oil fields. Cross border incursions have led to friction with Uganda. There has been violence, but I did not see anything there that could be attributed to jihad.

 

Wrapup

I counted 247 persons killed since the end of Ramadan two weeks ago in jihadi attacks in Africa. The summary above adds up to more than that because I included murders that occurred back in May.

Media silence. American mass media is failing to inform us. We have to inform each other.

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Ramadan Bombathon report 2019

Ramadan ended last week.   Here is the tally.

No casualties in America this year.   A pretty big number overall.   911 killed and 1006 wounded.   Do you recall seeing any of this in the news?   Didn’t think so.

Continue reading “Ramadan Bombathon report 2019”

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Dearborn Al-Quds Day Rally

Iranian Shiites held a rally to celebrate Al-Quds Day.

“Many people from across the community and across the Muslim world at large have been swept away by the tide of American patriotism. They are proud of America, its freedom, its democracy, free speech, freedom of religion… At the same time, they look down upon the Islamic countries from the high horse of American exceptionalism. How these countries are backwards, corrupt, unorganized, and you have heard more… For that I would like to call the attention of those individuals – however they might hear this – that the amenities and luxuries that they are enjoying in this country are attained at the expense of the rest of the world.

“American military campaigns, economic sanctions, and political arrogance are the only things that keep America where it is. it has been so since they first came to slaughter natives and enslave Africans.

“We don’t point our fingers at the current idiot in the White House, but at all of the criminals and terrorists who held his position before him.”

“And I would like to make it clear to those individuals who like to sing the national anthem and claim that America has given us so much opportunity that America has not given us anything that Allah did not intend on giving us. Just as the Pharaoh did not do Moses a favor by raising him in his corrupt palace. Because the only reason Moses was there in the first place was because of Pharaoh’s slaughtering and enslaving of Moses’ people.

“Likewise, America has not given us anything that we would not have gotten in our homelands, in the company of our own people – were our lands not invaded and colonized and were our people not slaughtered and exploited.

Just another day in America.

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An unwanted conversation

MJBubba:

Ms. H.:
I will argue with anyone who purports to know.  No one does.

What proof or authority are you using to make this pronouncement ?

That  I will argue?  My personal authority.

I think when you use your personal authority regarding spiritual matters that you are putting yourself onto really thin spiritual ice.

That no one knows?  Oh, come on!!!Because no human that I have ever encountered, nor heard tell of, …

Of course you have heard tell; you have simply decided to reject the testimony of the witnesses.

…remembers where or what he or she was before birth.

Are you now talking of reincarnation? The spiritual confusion compounds.

Nor has any  human being ever returned from death  to tell us what that’s like.

That’s my “proof” that  no living human knows about God.

Once again you are rejecting the testimony of the witnesses.

Now, in the OT, you didn’t need faith: God would come take you on a picnic, like He did with the Hebrew elders on Sinai. He’d do tricks like he did for Gideon! He’d incinerate people, like Aaron’s sons— and animal carcasses, like he did in the contest with Baal.

You can scoff and mock all you like. There are eternal consequences.

But now, I think you’d have to agree, we see through a glass darkly.  We do not know.

Agreeing that our knowledge is limited is very different from insisting that we have no knowledge at all. I reject your premise that says the only acceptable witness testimony is your own.

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Sinister Kullberg Network

Are you influenced by the sinister Kullberg Network? If you have any conservative Facebook friends, chances are you have been influenced in your thinking by this shadowy group.

The Kullberg network is not a foreign entity. It is a collection of at least 24 Facebook pages apparently run by a small group of people based out of Columbus, Ohio, that purports to represent the views of a diverse cohort of Americans. In many other respects, the network is quite similar to these examples [Russian and Philippine troll farms] of foreign social media manipulation. In the view of  Joshua Tucker, a professor of politics and data science at NYU, the fact that these activities stem from domestic, rather than foreign, actors complicates things. “I think if you came to Facebook and said, ‘Hey, the Russians are doing this,’ they would have taken the pages down,” he told us in a phone interview. So far, Facebook has not responded to our questions or multiple follow-ups about the Kullberg network’s practices, and the network remains online.  

That alarm was raised in a bulletin at Snopes.com dated May 15, 2019, by Alex Kasprak. Snopes is concerned about these networks of mysterious reactionary operatives who spread extremist memes on social media. They are extremely concerned that conservative ideas will spread on Facebook by this astroturf activity.

Though the actual authorship of the posts within these pages is opaque, their titles imply diverse representation from a broad swath of American demographic groups, including “Jews & Christians for America” and “Blacks for Trump.” In reality, however, the pages in this network are all connected to evangelical activist Kelly Monroe Kullberg. But  she is neither black nor Jewish, and her views appear to represent an extreme subset of the broader evangelical movement in America.

Ah-Hah!  Curse those Evil Evangelicals!

I have seen some of this activity, in a few cases shared by a couple of my conservative Facebook friends. It is garden-variety information, spreading true statements about Muslims in hyped-up language. That is what Snopes labeled “Islamophobia.”

Snopes did a follow-up the next day. Then on May 26 they posted an update:

Though Facebook has still not responded to any of our requests for comment, as of 26 May 2019, all 24 pages identified in Snopes’ reporting appear to have been removed from the platform.

In their update, Snopes shares how they had contacted Facebook multiple times, making the case that those “Kullberg Network” pages meet Facebook’s definition of “objectionable content.” They included part of their correspondence to Facebook:

These pages claim that Islam is “not a religion,” that Muslims are  violent and  duplicitous, and that Islamic refugee  resettlement is “cultural destruction and subjugation.” Just  hours after the April 2019 Notre Dame spire collapse in a catastrophic fire, this network went into overdrive sowing doubt about the  possible role Muslims had in its collapse. Multiple  pages within this network have stated that their  purpose is “message boosting & targeting.” […]

These pages, however, are steeped in fantastical notions of “globalist” conspiracies linking Islam, Socialism, and multi-billionaire philanthropist and Democratic Party supporter George Soros to the  decline of  Western civilization. Some of these pages also claim that survivors of the Parkland High School massacre in the U.S., for instance, are on a  Soros-funded “Leftist-Islamist payroll.”

They also described Ms. Kullberg’s partner in crime:

Snopes also found that at least one prominent GOP donor,  William Millis, funded and/or exploited the efforts of the Kullberg network. Millis was a fundraiser and campaign board member for current HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Did you see that map that was circulated after Notre Dame Cathedral burned? I saw it on my Facebook feed three times. The time that it landed there because it had been shared out by one of my friends, I responded with a correction:

This map says that those places are all “churches that were destroyed,” but it is actually a map of churches, synagogues and cemeteries that were vandalized. Only a handful were actually destroyed. This does illustrate a staggering level of destruction that has gone unreported by mass media.

Likewise, I had seen the thing about Parkland High students being funded by George Soros. I followed up on that one also, and learned that travel expenses for several appearances had been paid by anti-gun organizations that are primarily funded via Soros’s front organizations.

The predicable capper is that they don’t dispute anything based on facts, but include a quote calling these pages “Islamophobic” that they got from CAIR.

Though they had included some spin-doctoring, I think everything cited by Snopes as hateful conspiracy theorizing was actually mostly true. This is another indication of how Snopes is a thoroughly Leftist project, just like Facebook.

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Viganò vindicated – fingered by Figueiredo

Famous Bad Boy former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is back in the news, along with famous Bad Boy Cardinal Donald Wuerl.   A priest who was formerly McCarrick’s secretary and served as an aide on McCarrick’s travels to Rome has released some interesting correspondence that sheds light on what did Wuerl and Pope Francis know and when did they know it.   Other interesting inside-baseball Catholic issues are addressed.

You may recall that it was last year that Archbishop Viganò wrote a couple of letters about Theodore McCarrick, stating that Pope Benedict XVI had informally instructed him to quit public appearances and travel, but that McCarrick disregarded his instructions, and that Pope Francis knew all this and rehabilitated McCarrick anyway.   Viganò was trashed by fans of Pope Francis and called a liar by Pope Francis himself.   This new release of information corroborates some of Viganò’s key allegations.

The new release of correspondence is from Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, a priest of Newark, N.J., who was ordained by McCarrick in 1994.   The news was broken by Crux, with a simultaneous release by CBS.

In response to the article at Crux and CBS, there was interesting fallout.   CBS has an interview up.   The Washington Post did a reaction article.   But the most interesting immediate fallout are at the New York Times (boo, hiss) and at my favorite Catholic blog LifeSiteNews.org.

My favorite media critics have an interesting take on things.   Here is a big chunk of the post by Julia Duin:

 

Well, in a juxtaposition of bizarre timing, it turns out that Pope Francis recently gave an interview with a Mexican journalist that also came out on Tuesday. In it, Francis talked about how he “knew nothing” about McCarrick’s past until a year ago.

The [New York] Times’ story, on its site Tuesday, was a bit odd. First, it concentrated on Francis.

ROME — For nearly a year, Pope Francis remained mostly silent in the face of a searing accusation by a former papal ambassador to the United States that he knew, and did nothing about, the sexual misconduct of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick — a silence that fueled criticism that he was tone deaf on the issue of sex abuse that was plaguing his church.

But in an interview published Tuesday … he directly denied the accusation.

“About McCarrick I knew nothing. Obviously, nothing, nothing,” he said in the wide-ranging interview with the Mexican television network Televisa, a transcript of which was also published by the Vatican’s own news outlet, Vatican News. He added that before a church investigation reported the misconduct, “I knew nothing, no idea.”

Well, if he had “no idea,” then he was the most misinformed person in Rome, as everyone else at the Vatican seemed to be well aware of McCarrick’s restrictions –- and how he was ignoring them. The Times also noted:

Nothing in the correspondence suggested that Pope Francis knew of the sanctions, and he said in the interview that he wanted journalists to find out for themselves that it was baseless.

Then the Times piece jumps to a quote by Francis from last August; not yesterday’s interview by the Mexican journalist.

This was a clever sleight of hand. Did Francis actually tell the Mexican that McCarrick’s charges were “baseless”? I looked at the closest thing the Times provided as a transcript but didn’t see it.

We find a more extensive description of the Televisa interview –- and more of the transcript -– on the LifesiteNews page. It’s quite informative and explains the subtleties of what Francis actually said along with a slap by the pope against Viganò’s brother.

Fortunately, Viganò had a quote ready to go on Tuesday.

In comments to LifeSite following the release of the interview, Archbishop Viganò said: “What the Pope said about not knowing anything is a lie. […] He pretends not to remember what I told him about McCarrick, and he pretends that it wasn’t him who asked me about McCarrick in the first place.”

 

Wow.

More distress for the Church of Rome.

This is good to see, however.   There has long been a need for some sunlight.

I need for the Church of Rome to heal.   Traditionalist Catholics are my friends and allies in the work to shore up Western Civilization.

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Spiritual Question 2

Does God exist ?

Possible answers:

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Maybe
  4. Lots of gods exist; which one do you mean?
  5. I am God.
  6. We are all gods.
  7. Some of us will become gods.

Continue reading “Spiritual Question 2”

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Pro-Life Democrats on the run

The Pro-Life Democrats are in a tough spot.   Most of their colleagues are gone.   They could hold their caucus in a Prius.   Justice Democrats and Emily’s List are looking to fund primary challengers against them.

The Democrat Party is the Party of Death.   There is no room any more for a pro-life Democrat.   Abortion is a sacrament of the Left, and the Party demands loyalty to a core principle.   In this case the core principle is killing babies.   The murderous Democrats will carry out a purge of their own members who dare to support any limits on abortion.

In discussing pro-life Democrats, it is important to keep up to date.   Some politicians who were formerly known as pro-life have flipped.   Politics is more important to them than life, I suppose.   Here is a quote from an article by Religion News Agency:

The most disappointing former pro-life Democrat, however, has been the senior senator from Pennsylvania, Bob Casey Jr.

Casey’s father, a beloved Democratic governor of the Keystone State, was a bona fide leader of the pro-life movement. I’ve defended his son in the past, even recently suggesting he should run for president in a wide open pro-life lane in 2020.

Though he has taken some good anti-abortion votes and been very helpful when it comes to addressing abortion demand, recent disturbing news demonstrates that he has also been forced to capitulate to party dogma. Last week, Politico reported that Casey had attended and supported EMILY’s List’s annual gala, which is a little like a pig attending a hot dog convention. One the group’s reasons for being is to defeat pro-life Democrats.

So there you go.   The Anti-American Party is now officially the Party of Death.

Not that anyone will be surprised.   I am only posting this now in anticipation of the obituaries that will be written in 2020, when a new congress is elected without a single Democrat who will vote to oppose the murder of babies any time for any reason.

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Cinco de Ramadan

Today the beginning of Ramadan falls on the fifth of May.   This may send shivers across the Intersectionality world, but I am not a part of that world.   My Intersectionality Score is zero.   But I noticed the calendar, and went looking to see what to expect for Ramadan.   Sure enough, I found a recent kid’s program from an American madrassa.   The Umma Day program was really interesting, and will just make your day for the first day of Ramadan.   Here is a little blurb about the kids’ program at the Muslim American Society Islamic Center of Philadelphia:

young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang: “Glorious steeds call us and lead us [to] the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The blood of martyrs protects us… Take us, oh ships… until we reach our shores and crush the treacherous ones… Flow, oh rivers of martyrs!” A young girl read a poem praising martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Palestine, and she asked: “Will [Jerusalem] be a hotbed for cowards?” Another young girl read: “We will defend [Palestine] with our bodies… We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque… We will subject them to eternal torture.”

Just a day in the multicultural life of the City of Brotherly Love.

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Drag Queen Story Story

I posted a few months ago with a story that was broken by LifeSiteNews.com.   That is a small Catholic pro-life news aggregator and blog based in Toronto.   They are very well-known in pro-life activist circles, and were otherwise unknown until they published the famous letter from Archbishop Viganò.  Archbishop Viganò said that the Vatican had known about Cardinal McCarrick for several years, but that Pope Francis had rehabilitated him anyhow.   The reason the letter was published by LifeSiteNews is that they are the only English-language journalists that Archbishop Viganò trusted with his letter.   I bring this up as an introduction to a new story from LifeSiteNews that you do not see in mass media journalism, this time from Houston:

Now, it turns out that a second Houston Public Library Drag Queen was convicted of multiple sexual assaults against young children, according to records uncovered by Houston MassResistance activists. The man has also written a lurid article describing his work as a transgender prostitute. And he was photographed at a Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) event carrying a rubber chicken — a symbol used by homosexuals to indicate a sexual preference for young boys.  …

It’s becoming clear that the outrages we’re exposing are not an anomaly, but more likely the norm — not only in Houston, but probably around the country.

Yes.   LifeSiteNews ran an article back in March that was investigated by Catholic activists MassResistance, in which they broke the story about a drag queen from Drag Queen Story Time who had a record of sexual abuse of minor boys.   Houston brushed it off as a one-time thing, of course; an anomaly.

So here we are with a second DQST drag queen from the Houston library program with a record of sexual abuse of minor boys.   I searched evil Google News for the name of this second drag queen.   Google News did not turn up the LifeSiteNews article at all, because evil Google is suppressing everything by them.   But it did turn up a media criticism article by my favorite media critics, whose angle is that this is yet another instance of a story that would be considered newsworthy but got suppressed by all the journalists because it goes against the Leftist narrative.

This is the sort of thing that is only known by those of us who follow Christian niche media.   It might or might not get picked up in conservative niche media.   Then, if it stirs up enough social media outragey quarrels, it might, just might, get a footnote in legacy media.   A more likely way for an item like this to make it into Big Media coverage would be if President Trump mentions it in a tweet.   Otherwise, this story will remain buried.

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Spiritual Question 25

Why is academia Atheist ?

How did the universities come to be an anti-religion project? What is it about higher education that makes it Secularist?  Continue reading “Spiritual Question 25”

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Spiritual Question 1

Is there such a thing as a spiritual aspect to human existence ?

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Killing Journalism

“It’s almost as if the effort to undo Trump has had an unexpected effect — that Trump has somehow broken the news media.”

That is a quote from a long essay at Esquire last month by Peter Boyer.   Boyer wrote about changes to news coverage of the President of the United States because of Donald J. Trump.   He, of course, blames Trump.   But he is clearly distressed at the current state of affairs.   His essay concentrates on the New York Times, with a long section about the Washington Post and a couple of asides about CNN.  I bookmarked the link to Boyer’s essay.   It is an interesting read.   I think it will make a helpful addition to the obituary for the national press.

Elite newsrooms jettisoned everything they learned in that required Sophomore class “Ethics of Journalism.”   They tossed the New York Times Manual of Style right out with the trash, at least the parts about “neutral voice” and “counterbalance” and context and completeness and anonymous sources and several other picky matters that used to be important to them.

Further from Boyer:

Back in the early months of the Trump presidency, I had asked Liz Spayd, the public editor, if the  Times’s new business model was to become a sort of high-end Huffington Post.

“I hope that is not the case,” she said. “I think that would be a sad place for this country to find itself, that one of the strongest and most powerful and well-financed newsrooms in the country would speak and have an audience only on one side of the political aisle. It’s very, very dangerous, I think.” Spayd had become the voice of the old traditions at the  Times, a position that earned her the opprobrium of progressive critics outside the paper (“This editor appears to be from 1987 or earlier,” Keith Olbermann tweeted. “Sorry—get in the game or get out”) as well as inside the newsroom. Five months into the Trump presidency, her job was eliminated; she now consults for Facebook.

The very thing Ms. Spayd warned about had come to pass.   The New York Times subscriber base consists entirely of Leftists and hotels and libraries.   Nobody reads the New York Times except the white woke Leftist elites who control the Democrat Party, and then the rest of us read the things that make the top of the Google News feed, or we read them if they are cited for some particular outrage in the conservative niche media.   They have become profitable again as the Opposition Party.   Nobody expects the NYT to be anything else besides the PR of the far Left.

How sad.   This is what prompted P. Boyer to write that essay.   The theme is despondency over the death of the old “American model of Journalism.”

We have now fully transformed America into the “European model of Journalism.”   The Europeans have parliamentary governments.   This led to a multiplicity of parties.   The newspapers generally all serve as the PR mouthpiece of one or another of the dozens of parties.   With the legacy media now champions of open borders, Communism, and hostile to traditionalist religions, we can comfortably call them the “Enemy of the People.”

We have been a long time in making this transformation.   Looking back, it is easy to see how the press always leaned left, how the leftward tilt got a huge push when the universities started up degree programs in journalism in the late 50s and 1960s.   Mass media news in America slid further and further leftward until they went into full-on campaign mode in 1992 to boost Bill Clinton past G.H.W. Bush.   It was the campaign of 1992 that turned Rush Limbaugh into a household name.   He single-handedly saved AM radio by turning it into the media refuge for conservative thought.

The internet completed the transformation.   Now the NYT is just a bigger, badder HuffPo.   But the demise of mass media journalism is not because of President Trump.   It is only partly because they lurched even further Left than they previously were during the Obama Administration.   The internet brought them down.   More on that in my next post.   First, another couple of points about Boyer’s essay.

My favorite media critics are liberals (pro-life Democrats).   They noticed P. Boyer’s essay.   They have been saying the same thing pretty much ever since the campaign of 1996, which is when they became frightened at the excesses of supposedly ethical journalists at elite publications.   They connected the adoption of full Leftist advocacy “journalism” to the decades-old tradition in elite media for full Leftist advocacy “journalism” in culture war issues.

As a Social Conservative, I have noticed that elite newsrooms think that people who share my views on matters such as abortion, sex, sin, privacy and personal responsibility are people who are not worth covering accurately.   This was revealed anew earlier this month by the fawning coverage that Mayor Pete Buttigieg received when he launched a religious attack on Mike Pence.

Terry Mattingly of GetReligion concluded:

Thus, elite newsrooms were no longer interested in doing accurate, fair, objective coverage of about half of the United States of America.

I am actually happy to see the obituaries begin.   Leftist mass media helped put Obama in office and keep him there.   They nearly delivered the White House to Hillary.   They have opposed President Trump in every particular, revealing that they only care about scoring political points.   They do not care about what is good for America or the American people, nor do they particularly care about the accuracy of the information that they sell as “news.”   As Leftists, they are anti-American and anti-Christian.   They oppose everything I value.   They are the Opposition Party.

They needed killin’.

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Christ the Lord is Risen

“Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” by Charles Wesley

1 Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

2 Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

3 Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

4 Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

5 Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

6 King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

 

I picked this because Christianity Today said that as near as they can tell it is the most popular Easter hymn in America.

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Bond, James Bond: A Study in Easter

Have you ever noticed how much of the Easter Story is in 007? Probably not because it is not the most pious of stories. Just think a little. The same plot elements are there. (Other plot elements I will not touch shaken or stirred.)

  1. A man is sent to an exotic place.
  2. A man has a dual identity.
  3. The man is part of a select group to save the world.
  4. There is a betrayal by a close friend.
  5. The “gun” is laid down to protect a weak person.
  6. A machine of death is involved. “Goodbye, Mr. Bond.”
  7. Death is cheated. “Not you again, Mr. Bond.”
  8. The story ends in triumph.
  9. The person leaves the exotic place.

I propose the reason we love Bond or Superman is that it basically is the Easter Story updated. They touch a deep part of us. Why? Because though many parts are fiction, they relate some eternal truth. We believe one man can save the world.

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