We can learn a lot about what’s most important to a person by pondering his last words. In this video, David Wood discusses the parting thoughts of Jesus, Muhammad, and Nabeel Qureshi.
“Do not learn the way of the nations,
And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens
Although the nations are terrified by them;”
September – Hurrican Maria
The streets in Puerto Rico were practically empty Tuesday evening as the country prepares to be hit with Hurricane Irma which devastated the Dominica Tuesday morning
Gov. Ricardo Rossello warned that Maria could hit ‘with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations. Maria hit the US Virgin Islands early Wednesday morning as a Category 5 hurricane. Dominica, a Caribbean island, incurred ‘mind-boggling’ devastation and lost Internet and phone communication during the storm.
Public safety commissioner Hector Pesquera told Puerto Ricans: ‘You have to evacuate. Otherwise, you’re going to die’ DailyMail
Hurricane Maria a category 5 storm, lashes St. Croix, takes aim at Puerto Rico.
The core of Hurricane Maria is expected to reach the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning and is likely to remain a category 5 storm until landfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. DailyMail
September 20 – 6.1 Earthquake strikes south of New Zealand
An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 magnitude struck in the remote Southern Ocean south of New Zealand on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake, at a shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles), was recorded 211 km (140 miles) west of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Island, off New Zealand’s South Island, the USGS said. There were no tsunami warnings issued immediately after the quake. Reuters
September 19 – Mexico 7.1 Earthquake
At least 248 people are dead after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on the anniversary of major 1985 quake. The epicenter was located in Puebla, around 75 miles from Mexico City which has borne the brunt of the damage.
Twenty children and two adults were confirmed dead after being found in the debris of the Enrique Rebsamen school, with a further 30 children and eight adults still missing as of 2 am Wednesday…
It also came just days after another 8.1-magnitude earthquake which struck Chipas, killed at least 98 people, and hours after nationwide emergency practice drills. DailyMail
September 7th – Mexico 8.1 Earthquake
Dozens were killed after one of Mexico’s strongest earthquakes struck off the country’s southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings, triggering tsunami evacuations and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night…
The quake hit minutes before midnight Thursday and was strong enough to cause buildings to sway violently in the capital city more than 650 miles away. As beds banged against walls, people still wearing pajamas ran out of their homes and gathered in frightened groups. CBSNews
Hurricane Irma, which strengthened to a Category 5 storm on Sept. 5, 2017
August – Hurrican Harvey
Hurricane Harvey a category 4 storm, hit the Texas coast with harsh winds and torrential rain.
Hurricane Harvey drops 33 trillion gallons of rainfall on the U.S. Experts say the floods are a once-in-a-thousand-years event. Joel C. Rosenberg blog
Then there’s the horrific, out-of-control wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest Countless that are “creating apocalypse-like conditions in numerous Western states, blotting out the noonday sun behind thick blankets of smoke and depositing ash like freshly fallen snow,” according to the Washington Post. Joel C. Rosenberg blog
Record-breaking Floods in Asia – War games – Terror attacks – North Korea
Record-breaking floods are devastating Asia. Half of Bangladesh is reportedly underwater. 100,000 homes have been destroyed. Forty million people face severe and potentially life-threatening food and water shortages. Russia is preparing to mass upwards of 100,000 troops on the borders of three NATO countries for a massive series of war games that some fear is a prelude to war in Europe. The genocidal slaughter continues in Syria. Terror attacks are occurring around the globe. North Korea threatens to nuke the United States, then tests a hydrogen bomb and long-range ballistic missiles. And tensions over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem spike, then settle, then spike again. Joel C. Rosenberg blog
What is going on?
Joel C. Rosenberg:
People have all kinds of theories as to what is happening, but the answer is quite straightforward — God is trying to get our attention.
In his first speech to the world’s leaders, President Donald Trump delivered the message of the voters who elected him.
“The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies,” Trump said Tuesday. “But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.”
It was a blistering call to action, as Trump urged other nations to do more, much more, to confront what he called the “wicked few” — the “band of criminals” in North Korea, the “murderous regime” of Iran and the “loser terrorists,” among others.
There was no talk of nation-building or deploying the U.S. military to create and sustain democracies.
“In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but, rather, to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch,” he said. KansasCity
‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,’
President Donald Trump began his first speech to the UN Tuesday with a vow to ‘destroy’ North Korea’s Kim Jong-un if his regime threatens the United States, as he talked up the ‘vast military power’ of the United States. ‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,’ Trump warned gathered world leaders, picking up a derisive term from one of his tweets over the weekend. Trump began his remarks at the United Nations with a brash statement of U.S. military might as he defended his ‘America first’ agenda to a group of world leaders. DailyMail
The US president included Iran among “a small group of rogue regimes”, and said the US would “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to do so.
Iran’s foreign minister said: “Trump’s ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times”, and not the UN. BBC
President Donald Trump urged world leaders Tuesday to help restore “democracy and political freedoms” in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism in a speech to the United Nations.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back by calling the U.S. president “the new Hitler” of international politics. He also accused Trump of threatening to assassinate him, even though Trump did no such thing. AP
Video: Are Some Cultures Better Than Others?
Are some cultures better than others? Or are all cultures and their values equal? Bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza, who was born in India and moved to America, explains.
Man attacks soldier at Paris Chatelet metro station
A knife-wielding assailant who attacked a soldier at a major subway location in Paris early Friday was quickly arrested, police said. No injuries were reported.
“The man was arrested,” Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told Europe 1 radio following the attack, Reuters reported.
The suspect apparently shouted references to the Islamic State group while attacking the soldier, Reuters reported, citing French media.
The soldier was a member of Operation Sentinel, a task force assigned to protect prominent sites in the region following a recent surge in Islamic extremist attacks. He wrestled the suspect to the ground, the Reuters report said. FoxNews
Chalon-sur-Saone two women attacked by a man with a hammer
Two women were injured after a hammer-wielding man assaulted them while screaming “Allahu Akbar” in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, according to reports.
The attacker, wearing all black, is still on the run, French media reports.
The two assaults happened near Place de Beaune, 15 minutes apart.
One of the two women is believed to have been hit in the back of the head.
Chalon-sur-Saône is a town in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, in eastern France. Mirror
Update: Police first held ‘refugee boy’, 18, arrested at Dover over bucket bomb two weeks ago but let him go, say neighbors – as officers finally raid home of MBE foster couple who took him in. Officers arrested an 18-year-old suspected of plotting the attack in a dramatic swoop at the port of Dover on Saturday. DailyMail
Photographs show what experts believe is a ‘pretty unsophisticated’ bomb in a flaming white bucket inside a Lidl freezer bag with Christmas lights protruding out of the top – a type of fuse encouraged by ISIS in its online manuals and magazines.
Security sources have said the IED had a timer, indicating the bucket bomber left in on the train and fled before it exploded with police spotters watching back CCTV on the train and at Tube stations…
Witnesses to the explosion said there was a loud ‘bang’, a flash and then a ball of flame engulfed surrounding passengers on the ‘packed’ District Line train.
Luke Warsmey said: ‘The explosion was like a large match going off at the end of the carriage. People just started sprinting. It was every man for himself when that happened. The burn victims had severe leg injuries.
‘It was a very busy commuter train, young and old, school children going to their schools. I saw was nannies trying to look for kids, because of the rush of people just taking five and six year olds away from them and they were trying to look for them.’ DailyMail
Police have now identified the Parsons Green Tube train bombing suspect using CCTV, security services have said. [but fail to name him]
Officers are hunting for the terror suspect across London amid claims he could be armed and may have planted other explosive devices.
His crude bomb hidden in a builder’s bucket could have killed dozens but failed to properly detonate and sent a ‘wall of fire’ through the carriage at Parsons Green injuring at least 22 people including a ten-year-old boy.
A timer is understood to have been found on the device, suggesting the terrorist had got off at an earlier stop.
Terrified passengers were seen covered in blood with scorched hands, legs, faces and hair – others suffered crush injuries during a ‘human stampede’ as they ‘ran for their lives’ in west London at 8.20am. DailyMail
Who will help rebuild Texas and Florida – academics, elites, government?
“About 80% of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based,” said Greg Forrester, CEO of the national VOAD. The money is “all raised by the individuals who go and serve, raised through corporate connections, raised through church connections,” and amounts to billions of dollars worth of disaster recovery assistance, he said.
And it is not just Christian congregations involved, Forrester said. There are also other faith groups including Islamic, Buddhist and Jewish relief agencies at work in disaster zones. USAToday
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Texas and Florida residents face an enormous task in restoring electricity and rebuilding their homes, businesses and lives. The federal government and the Trump administration have thus far done an incredible job coordinating rescue and relief efforts with local officials (evidenced by the deafening silence regarding Trump’s performance from the mainstream media). But throwing government money at a problem never truly resolves a crisis. It was, and is, the efforts of everyday Americans, seeking only to restore their communities, that provide the healing these regions need.
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the private sector made its presence known in Texas. Louisiana’s Cajun Navy volunteers, who assembled themselves without instruction, hooked their boats up to their pick-up trucks and drove to Houston to aid rescue efforts. They pulled Americans of all colors, ethnicities and religions from the water, rescued many who were stranded without food and water, and saved lives. Private citizens, like J.J. Watt, organized relief funds for the citizens of Texas. Watt’s campaign has raised more than $30 Million so far, and efforts are still underway.
Private sector businesses leapt into action. Anheuser-Busch shipped more than 155,000 cans of water to Houston. According to the American Enterprise Institute, Walmart is driving “nearly 800 truckloads of supplies to the region.” Houston furniture store, Gallery Furniture, opened two locations as shelters and provided meals for all those who took refuge there, including a National Guard unit.
Now in Florida, after millions of homes lost power during the onslaught of Irma, Electric Light & Power is reporting that “Florida Power & Light said its workforce of nearly 19,500 worked through the night to restore power. About one-fourth of the 4.4 million customers impacted by Hurricane Irma had regained power, according to FPL.” DailyWire
Lesson of Irma
It’s so not just with tropical storms, but with all the other “hurricanes” of life: illness, financial crises, and loss of all kinds. For all of us, there will be a time to stay stronger than we ever imagined we could. And to stay strong for others. Whoever looks to Washington for help will be sorely disappointed…
Irma was a destructive hurricane, and government is offering what aid it can. But that aid, like the infamous Katrina “trailers,” is never very effective or very much. Life is always full of crises that government cannot address. Prepare, stay strong, and help each other. That’s the lesson of Irma, and of every other crisis in life. AmericanThinker
Video: Not Alone Anymore
Video: In Jesus name volunteers help those stranded by Hurricane Irma
Planned Parenthood and Satanists – this is one of the most appropriate pairings in human history.
Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year “thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood,” who have worked in tandem to fight the state’s restrictions on abortion.
With some of the most clearly defined regulations on abortion in the nation, Missouri had managed to lower the number of abortion facilities to a single clinic, but a second Missouri clinic opened its doors recently and two others plan on following soon.
Planned Parenthood has battled against state regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same surgical center standards as full hospitals and for their doctors to have hospital privileges, and in April a federal court sided with the abortion giant…
…The Satanic Temple has often lent its muscle to pro-abortion efforts alongside Planned Parenthood, and in this case has pressured Missouri legislators and worked through the courts to bring about a relaxing of abortion restrictions, according to reports. One of the Temple’s fundamental tenets is that “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”
On Monday, the Satanic Temple argued in a Missouri court that the state’s abortion restrictions violate members’ rights to free religious practice. BreitBart
Informed Consent violates the First Amendment claim Satanists.
Informed consent laws require patients seeking abortions to read pamphlets designed to dissuade them from choosing the procedure. Often, the pregnant person must also receive an ultrasound. Six states require that patients are told that personhood begins at conception and 13 states require that patients are told about the fetus’ ability to feel pain, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Twenty-seven states have mandatory waiting periods and just four states have 72-hour waiting periods, the longest in the country. ThinkProgress
Missouri’s law mandating that abortion providers get “admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and retrofit their facilities to meet surgical center standards” was rolled back by a federal judge in April, thus paving the way for multiple clinics to open up shop. The crushing blow has offered The Satanic Temple a window of opportunity to attack two other anti-abortion provisions in the state: one requiring women to read anti-abortion pamphlets and another requiring them to wait 72 hours between their initial consultations and a second appointment before the abortion can commence.
The Satanic Temple argued in a Missouri court this past Monday that the two laws violate their religious beliefs, because apparently their religion “prizes rational, independent thought” which would be supplanted if they were forced to read anti-abortion pamphlets and “consider a religious proposition with which they do not agree” during the 72-hour waiting period. DailyWire
The push for government-funded health care used to be just the fringes of the Democratic Party now there is a party consensus for single-payer health care. The Democrat candidates who have shown interest in 2020 are for single-payer.
Video: Global Failures of Single-Payer
The Republican National Committee has released a new video highlighting various global reports that exemplify the failures of single-payer health care systems.
The video was included in an RNC press release Wednesday after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I., Vt.) proposed his “Medicare for All” single-payer health care plan. The RNC video claimed the proposal is unaffordable with a price tag of $32 trillion, and would most likely be paid, in part, with a tax increase.
The video starts with a question, “What does single-payer ‘Medicare for All’ look like in the real world?” The video goes on to feature clips from news reports around the world, including from France, Canada, England and Scotland.
The first clip shows a hospital with the reporter saying, “this morning, there is, what it calls, a humanitarian crisis in public hospitals.” FreeBeacon
Today, on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on America, parents across the country are telling their children what happened on that horrible day 16 years ago.
But the same isn’t happening everywhere in the world. Some places are just too politically correct to say the truth: that radical Islamists attacked the world — anyone and everyone who isn’t like them. (More than 60 countries had citizens who died in the attacks; see this map.)
The United Kingdom lost 67 citizens that day. But some U.K. teachers are simply too terrified to teach their students about the attacks because they fear a backlash from Muslim parents, a leading expert in counter-extremism education told The Telegraph.
Kamal Hanif OBE, who was appointed by the Government to turn around three schools at the heart of the “Trojan Horse” scandal, said that some teachers have a “misplaced” concern that they will cause offence if they raise 9/11 in the classroom.
He said that some teachers — particularly those who work in schools with a high proportion of Muslim students — see it as a contentious topic and shy away from teaching it.
“Teachers sometimes have a fear that this might be controversial,” he said…
“There is a fear [among teachers] but it is not really grounded in anything,” he said.
“It is based on their stereotypical view of a community as opposed to the reality. It is very misplaced. It is an assumption.”
Sixteen years ago, 2,958 people were murdered by Islamic terrorists. More British citizens died that day than in any other terrorist attack.DailyWire
The American religious landscape is changing, most notably by the decline of the white Christian majority. White Christians now make up only 43% of the U.S. population. Four decades ago, they represented 81% of the US population.
The decline is in those under the age of 30. The numbers have dropped substantially in evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants, and white Catholics. The numbers of religious Jews under age 30 have also dropped. America’s youngest religious groups are all non-Christian – Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and religiously unaffiliated. (point 4)
Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) 48-page report, “America’s Changing Religious Identity,” is based on “findings from PRRI’s 2016 American Values Atlas.” Released September 6th it is “the single largest survey of American religious and denominational identity ever conducted.”
Highlights from the executive summary:
The American religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation.
- White Christians now account for fewer than half of the public. Today, only 43% of Americans identify as white and Christian, and only 30% as white and Protestant. In 1976, roughly eight in ten (81%) Americans identified as white and identified with a Christian denomination, and a majority (55%) were white Protestants.
- White evangelical Protestants are in decline—along with white mainline Protestants and white Catholics. White evangelical Protestants were once thought to be bucking a longer trend, but over the past decade, their numbers have dropped substantially. Fewer than one in five (17%) Americans are white evangelical Protestant, but they accounted for nearly one-quarter (23%) in 2006. Over the same period, white Catholics dropped five percentage points from 16% to 11%, as have white mainline Protestants, from 18% to 13%.
- Non-Christian religious groups are growing, but they still represent less than one in ten Americans combined. Jewish Americans constitute 2% of the public while Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus each constitute only 1% of the public. All other non-Christian religions constitute an additional 1%.
- America’s youngest religious groups are all non-Christian. Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists are all far younger than white Christian groups. At least one-third of Muslims (42%), Hindus (36%), and Buddhists (35%) are under the age of 30. Roughly one-third (34%) of religiously unaffiliated Americans are also under 30. In contrast, white Christian groups are aging. Slightly more than one in ten white Catholics (11%), white evangelical Protestants (11%), and white mainline Protestants (14%) are under 30. Approximately six in ten white evangelical Protestants (62%), white Catholics (62%), and white mainline Protestants (59%) are at least 50 years old.
- The Catholic Church is experiencing an ethnic transformation. Twenty-five years ago, nearly nine in ten (87%) Catholics were white, non-Hispanic, compared to 55% today. Fewer than four in ten (36%) Catholics under the age of 30 are white, non-Hispanic; 52% are Hispanic.
- Atheists and agnostics account for a minority of all religiously unaffiliated. Most are secular. Atheists and agnostics account for only about one-quarter (27%) of all religiously unaffiliated Americans. Nearly six in ten (58%) religiously unaffiliated Americans identify as secular, someone who is not religious; 16% of religiously unaffiliated Americans nonetheless report that they identify as a “religious person.”
- There are 20 states in which no religious group comprises a greater share of residents than the religiously unaffiliated. These states tend to be more concentrated in the Western U.S., although they include a couple of New England states, as well. More than four in ten (41%) residents of Vermont and approximately one-third of Americans in Oregon (36%), Washington (35%), Hawaii (34%), Colorado (33%), and New Hampshire (33%) are religiously unaffiliated.
- No state is less religiously diverse than Mississippi. The state is heavily Protestant and dominated by a single denomination: Baptist. Six in ten (60%) Protestants in Mississippi are Baptist. No state has a greater degree of religious diversity than New York.
- The cultural center of the Catholic Church is shifting south. The Northeast is no longer the epicenter of American Catholicism—although at 41% Catholic, Rhode Island remains the most Catholic state in the country. Immigration from predominantly Catholic countries in Latin America means new Catholic populations are settling in the Southwest. In 1972, roughly seven in ten Catholics lived in either the Northeast (41%) or the Midwest (28%). Only about one-third of Catholics lived in the South (13%) or West (18%). Today, a majority of Catholics now reside in the South (29%) or West (25%). Currently, only about one-quarter (26%) of the U.S. Catholic population lives in the Northeast, and 20% live in the Midwest.
- Jews, Hindus, and Unitarian-Universalists stand out as the most educated groups in the American religious landscape. More than one-third of Jews (34%), Hindus (38%), and Unitarian-Universalists (43%) hold post-graduate degrees. Notably, Muslims are significantly more likely than white evangelical Protestants to have at least a four-year college degree (33% vs. 25%, respectively).
- Asian or Pacific-Islander Americans have a significantly different religious profile than other racial or ethnic groups. There are as many Asian or Pacific-Islander Americans affiliated with non-Christian religions as with Christian religious groups. And one-third (34%) are religiously unaffiliated.
- Nearly half of LGBT Americans are religiously unaffiliated. Nearly half (46%) of Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are religiously unaffiliated. This is roughly twice the number of Americans overall (24%) who are religiously unaffiliated.
- White Christians have become a minority in the Democratic Party. Fewer than one in three (29%) Democrats today are white Christian, compared to half (50%) one decade earlier. Only 14% of young Democrats (age 18 to 29) identify as white Christian. Forty percent identify as religiously unaffiliated.
- White evangelical Protestants remain the dominant religious force in the GOP. More than one-third (35%) of all Republicans identify as white evangelical Protestant, a proportion that has remained roughly stable over the past decade. Roughly three-quarters (73%) of Republicans belong to a white Christian religious group.
Nationally, according to the PRRI poll of more than 101,000 Americans, white evangelicals make up 17 percent of the population, compared with 7 percent in the D.C. region and just 1 percent in the nation’s capital WashingtonPost
Overall, 1.5% of Americans identify as Jewish when responding to a question about their religious affiliation…
The issue of Jewish cultural identity has become increasingly important as younger Jews are more likely to have a cultural affinity. Among Jews under the age of 30, fewer than half (47%) identify as religiously Jewish, while a majority (53%) identify as culturally Jewish. In sharp contrast, more than three-quarters (78%) of Jewish seniors (age 65 or older) are religiously Jewish, while 22% identify as culturally Jewish.
In total, fewer than half (23) of all 50 states have majority white Christian populations. This represents a significant drop from 2007 when 39 states had majority white Christian populations.
Notably, between 2007 and 2016, the proportions of white Christians have declined in every state but one (Hawaii), though the amount of decline varies widely by state. Many of the states that
experienced the greatest losses are concentrated in the Northeast. Massachusetts, for example, experienced a 20-point decline in the number of white Christians living in the state over the last decade. Hawaii, the only state to experience an increase in the proportion of white Christians, saw an increase of six percentage points.
America’s Changing Religious Identity – 48-page pdf report
In the Hall of Remembrance US Holocaust Memorial Museum:
Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully,
Lest you forget the things your eyes saw,
And lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life,
And you shall make them known to your children,
And to your children’s children.
These two studies – troubling.
Historical falsehood – Absolving Obama for ignoring Syrian genocide
The study was supervised by former Obama NSC and intelligence officer Cameron Hudson, who now serves as director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. DailyWire
In the last months of the Obama administration, Obama appointed several of his loyalists, including his deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, to positions on the board of the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Rhodes was one of the architects of Obama’s Syria policy.
“Since its release, a number of people with whom we have worked closely on Syria since the conflict’s outbreak have expressed concerns with the study,” a message on the museum’s website now reads. “The Museum has decided to remove the study from its website as we evaluate this feedback.” FoxNews
Over the past week, two major US institutions have produced studies that discredit their names and reputations as credible organizations. Their actions are important in and of themselves. But they also point to a disturbing trend in the US in which the credibility of important American institutions is being undermined from within by their members who pursue narrow partisan or ideological agendas in the name of their institutions.
The political implications of this larger trend were clearly in evidence in the 2016 presidential election. From a larger, long-term sociological perspective, if the current trend is not reversed the implications for American society will likely be long lasting and deeply destructive.
The first study was produced by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. It dealt with the Obama administration’s policies regarding the war in Syria and specifically the acts of mass murder undertaken by the Assad regime. Authored by Cameron Hudson, a former Obama administration national security official who now serves as the director of the museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, the report absolved the Obama administration of all responsibility of the bloodbath in Syria.
As reported by Tablet magazine, the paper argued that “a variety of factors, which were more or less fixed, made it very difficult from the beginning for the US government to take effective action to prevent atrocities in Syria.”
The paper’s claim was based on “computational modeling and game theory methods, as well as interviews with experts and policy-makers.” It argued that had then-president Barack Obama not ignored his own redline and actually responded with force to the regime’s 2013 chemical weapons attack at Ghouta, it wouldn’t have made a difference.
An ongoing problem – Antisemitism
This week, Stanford University’s Research Group in Education and Jewish Studies published a report which purports to show that there is no significant antisemitism on US college campuses and that Jewish students do not feel threatened by antisemitism.
The Stanford’s conclusions fly in the face of a massive body of data, collected by researchers over the past decade, which all show the opposite to be the case. If the Stanford study is believed, it will discredit the work of hundreds of professional researchers and academics, journalists and Jewish and academic leaders throughout the US.
But that’s the thing of it. The Stanford study is utter nonsense.
As the researchers, led by Associate Professor of Education of Jewish Studies Ari Kelman, made clear in their report, their study is the product of interviews with a deliberately chosen, nonrepresentative group of 66 Jewish students from five California campuses who are not involved in Jewish life.
The researchers said that they deliberately chose only Jews who aren’t involved in Jewish life on campus, since they make up the majority of Jewish students on campuses. The researchers claimed that reports on campus antisemitism are generally distorted, because they generally highlight the views of the minority of students who deeply involved in Jewish life at their universities. Their views, the researchers said, are different from the views of Jews who aren’t involved.
There is certainly a valid argument to be made for researching the views of uninvolved Jewish students about antisemitism on campus. But the researchers didn’t do that. They didn’t survey a random, and therefore statistically meaningful sample of uninvolved Jews.
They went to great length to ensure that the “uninvolved” Jewish students were their sort of “uninvolved” Jewish students. As they wrote, “We screened students with respect to their activities in order to determine whether or not they fit our general criteria so as to minimize those with vastly different definitions of ‘involvement’ than ours.”
One Called Out
Whereas the Holocaust Memorial Museum was rightly excoriated for its willingness to have its institution hijacked for narrow partisan ends that distort the historical record, media reports of the Stanford pseudo-study have been respectful. This is deeply troubling. So long as institutions pay no price for the exploitation of their name by agenda- driven members, they will not rein in their members. And over time, the American public’s faith in its national institutions will continue to diminish, to the detriment of the US as a whole.
Arredondo Oviedo was arrested at an immigration court, he asked to be a protected witness as he was part of Los Zetas – one of the bloodiest and most violent drug cartels in Mexico – and he feared they would kill him.
An alleged member of one of the most violent Mexican drug cartels was found in an American sanctuary city and turned over to Mexican officials on Tuesday.
Coahuila state police officers traveled to the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo where they took custody of Juan Rafael “El Cubano” Arredondo Oviedo.
U.S. authorities arrested Arredondo, a “foot soldier” in the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel, at an immigration court in Chicago, Illinois, a sanctuary city, where he sought to be a protected as a witness from the Los Zetas cartel who he said is going to kill him.
Arredondo, who faces 28 kidnapping charges in Mexico, is linked to a horrific 2011 massacre in Coahuila, Mexico, where estimates say over 300 people were kidnapped, murdered, and incinerated in ovens. DailyCaller