The Center for American Progress calls itself progressive, which I’d interpret as liberal. Still, I was interested in the article on religious freedom. I noticed an odd focus from the outset:
This weekend, millions of Americans will gather with family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate Independence Day. But the July 4th weekend has long been about more than just barbeques and fireworks. It is also a chance for Americans to reflect on the nation’s fundamental values and celebrate fundamental American freedoms, including what many call the first freedom: religious liberty.
This year, Independence Day coincides with the end of Ramadan—the Islamic holy month when Muslims worldwide fast from dawn to sunset. However, Ramadan includes more than just abstaining from food and drink. During this month, Muslims strive to come closer to God by performing charitable acts, mending broken relationships, and building character while practicing self-discipline. Ramadan can be a challenging month for Muslims to observe, not only because of the long, hot days of fasting but also because of the constant scrutiny, discrimination, and hate crimes that Muslims face today from bigoted individuals in the media, politics, and the general public.
OK. I don’t usually associate one particular faith with Independence Day, though it is interesting that Ramadan this year occurs around the 4th of July.
I did notice the progressive use of minor crimes lumped with major crimes. When liberals frame a ‘hate crime’ argument, they often mix things like scrutiny with the phrase hate crimes to make it appear that there is a bigger problem. Look at the last sentence in the above paragraph. Is there constant scrutiny, discrimination and hate crimes against Muslims? We’ll get to that.
Reading on, the title didn’t quite match the text.
Word counts are not everything, but here we go. Look to the upper right hand side of each of the next three graphics:
The article mentions Christians only in the context of their lack of support for religious liberty protections for Muslims. There is no reference at all to Jewish folks.
According to the most recent FBI hate crime statistics, it is still more dangerous to be Jewish than Muslim in America.
Of the 1,140 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:
56.8 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
16.1 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
All crimes based upon religion are wrong. Any crime is wrong.
I don’t blame the Center for American Progress for one article skewed toward the supposed bias/hate crimes/backlash against Muslims. As I said, word counts are not everything. One article does not prove a bias toward or against anyone.
It is a demonstrated fact that worldwide, Christians and other religious minorities are being killed. The Middle East is being purged of its Christians. All around the world, Muslims are committing mass murder of others. Did I say all Muslims? Of course not.
When we celebrate religious liberty for all, remember please the entire world. All faiths.
UPDATE in red below the post.
Bill Schmalfeldt has apparently petitioned for a mental health exam for John Hoge:
This is a part of a multi-year strategy to turn the Schmalfeldt controversy into an argument between two old guys. I think the Team Kimberlin folks figure that they’ll get a judge like that Vaughey guy, who messed up so horribly with Aaron Walker. This strategy has included multiple attempts to sully John Hoge’s reputation, and multiple repeated attempts to get under his skin.
Apparently, this is not going to work. But you know what they say about trying the same thing over and over?
UPDATE: The Daily Omnivore:
Projection is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings. Projection reduces anxiety by allowing the expression of the unwanted unconscious impulses or desires without letting the conscious mind recognize them.
An example of this behavior might be blaming another for self failure. The mind may avoid the discomfort of consciously admitting personal faults by keeping those feelings unconscious, and by redirecting libidinal satisfaction by attaching, or ‘projecting,’ those same faults onto another person or object. The theory was developed by Sigmund Freud.
I’ve been calling around for prices on what is called a forensic examination by a psychologist. Costs are between $250.00 to something less than a thousand dollars.
In general, insurance will not pay for such an examination, according to the representative who I spoke with. The psychologist looks over the court paperwork, then call with a price. They get $250.00 per hour.
I would suggest that John answer questions slowly, as the longer the session lasts, the more Bill Schmalfeldt will have to pay. Psychologists charge while you’re in the bathroom (don’t ask me how I know) so take frequent breaks.
I am still waiting for a response from Wisconsin. I might have some more prices later.
When do you call the police? Don’t laws have to be broken, or safety be at risk before the police get a call?
On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene: an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood.
The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy’s mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities.
Dos Santos said that the school overreacted and that her son made a comment about snacks, not skin color. -snip-
The increased police involvement follows a May 25 meeting among the Collingswood Police Department, school officials, and representatives from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, where school officials and police both said they were told to report to police any incidents that could be considered criminal, including what Police Chief Kevin Carey called anything “as minor as a simple name-calling incident that the school would typically handle internally.”
Suppose for a moment the third grader had said the most God-awful racist thing possible. He didn’t, but suppose. Do you call the cops?
While school rules naturally should be enforced, the police should not be the ones to enforce them. This is especially true of speech from third grade boys.
Obligatory statement: I love all kinds of people, and am not a racist. I don’t condone coarse talk in school, or racism anywhere. The little dude was probably just talking about brownies. Some people gotta get over themselves!
h/t reader Mrs. Whatsit
So, should we give up our liberty without a fight? To avoid upsetting a people who keep killing us?
[Update: I added the word upsetting to a sentence above because it didn’t make sense without it. Brain not connected to fingers today.]
Bil Schmalfeldt has sent this to the judge who has already requested that he file no more stuff. There’s a legal term, but who cares at this point. Smell the desperation:
The last two paragraphs are absolute gems. He is complaining about Aaron Walkers work to eliminate a law Aaron thinks is unconstitutional. It is totally unrelated to this case. He says Sarah Palmer and Eric Johnson are continuing “misbehavior.”
I don’t know about Eric, but Sarah is under the impression that her commentary about Bill and quoting of Bill is constitutionally protected. I’m pretty sure she’s right.