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Top Psychologist: The Whole Concept Of Microaggressions Isn’t Supported By Science

He says, the science just doesn’t add up.

It is a mental disorder – inability to cope with life.

Microaggressions are in the water these days at colleges and universities. Students across the country are now learning what they are, how to avoid them and how to respond to them.

But according to one leading psychologist, the science behind microaggressions just doesn’t add up, and we shouldn’t be using the concept as a guideline for how we treat people because the whole thing could all be in our heads.

Dr. Scott Lilienfield of Emory University has a new review in Perspectives on Psychological Science that argues that microaggressions aren’t actually well-defined, that they are often dictated by the politics of a situation, and that there is a lack of concrete evidence that people suffer any long-term harm from being micro-aggressed.

Part of the problem, Lilienfield says, is that people lump “old fashioned abuse” in with small, everyday actions that are unintentionally racist and sexist. It’s not clear how small or how large an offense has to be before it moves out of the realm of “microaggression” and into the realm of actual racism or sexism —or whether there is actually any difference.

But that’s not stopping colleges from fully embracing the concept. Some students are being forced into microaggression training programs. Some schools are spending thousands on counselors, coloring books, therapy dogs, and ball pits to help students cope with an increasingly racist world. HeatStreet

Video:  Does Free Speech Offend You?

Dershowitz: Courts Essentially Saying If Obama Issued Same Travel Ban, It Would Be Constitutional

It’s supposed to be about the law and if it is constitutional.

Alan Dershowitz said on Fox News this morning that because court rulings against President Trump‘s travel ban are bringing up his own past rhetoric, the argument is basically, “If Obama had issued the very same order with the same words it would be constitutional, but if Trump issues it it’s unconstitutional.”

This week a federal judge in Hawaii and a district court judge in Maryland both ruled to block the revised travel ban, with the latter saying in his decision, “The history of public statements continues to provide a convincing case that the purpose of the Second Executive Order remains the realization of the long-envisioned Muslim ban.”

Such statements include President Trump’s initial call during the campaign for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on” and Rudy Giuliani saying on Fox a few weeks ago that after Trump announced that call, he asked him for the right way to do that legally.

Dershowitz said this morning that rulings based on campaign rhetoric is “not the way the law is supposed to operate.”

He predicted that the Supreme Court would end up upholding the “major provisions of this ban.”

Study: H-1b Visas Cost Americans Jobs And Lower Wages

The H-1B visa program used to compensate for shortages of skilled workers in the tech industry has caused wages to be lower and hiring to be reduced for U.S. tech workers a study found.

Silicon Valley has long portrayed the U.S. visa program for skilled foreign workers as a win-win, providing much-needed tech talent and fueling innovation and economic growth…

A new research paper on the effects of the H-1B visa program on workers suggests the influx of skilled foreign workers has historically led to lower wages and employment for American tech workers. Such findings could further inflame debate around immigration of high-skilled workers, but some economists caution against making too much of the result.

Economists from the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Diego, analyzed employment, wages and other factors over an eight-year period ending in 2001. They found that, while the visa program bolstered the U.S. economy and corporate profits, tech-industry wages would have been as much as 5.1% higher in the absence of the H-1B visa program and employment of U.S. workers in the field would have been as much as 10.8% higher in 2001. WSJ

Increase Profits

Yet while tech workers in the United States felt those effects, consumers and technology titans harvested a bumper crop of rewards, the researchers stated in their study, which was completed in February 2017.

“Immigration lowered prices and raised the output of I.T. goods by between 1.9 percent and 2.5 percent, thus benefiting consumers,” the NBER study determined. “Finally, firms in the I.T. sector also earned substantially higher profits due to immigration.”

The researchers also noted that the rising profits tends to put tech executives and digital leaders in the camp that urges more skilled immigration.  SiliconBeat

The Rise of Secularism Is Brutal – A Worse America

Who knew?  Christianity makes people better.

A shared Christianity, Judeo-Christian foundation, American kinship brought a feeling of people having something in common despite differences of economic class, race, etc. Today, there is a diverging on core behaviors and beliefs in American society.  That loss of commonality increases the drive towards tribalism. A society coming apart.

Apparently secularism won’t lead to peace, harmony, and utopia.

Secularism is indeed correlated with greater tolerance of gay marriage and pot legalization. But it’s also making America’s partisan clashes more brutal.

Attending church is a good thing for people.

Establishing causation is difficult, but we know that culturally conservative white Americans who are disengaged from church experience less economic success and more family breakdown than those who remain connected, and they grow more pessimistic and resentful…

And even within the white working class, those who don’t regularly attend church are more likely to suffer from divorce, addiction, and financial distress. As Wilcox explains, “Many conservative, Protestant white men who are only nominally attached to a church struggle in today’s world. They have traditional aspirations but often have difficulty holding down a job, getting and staying married, and otherwise forging real and abiding ties in their community. The culture and economy have shifted in ways that have marooned them with traditional aspirations unrealized in their real-world lives.”

Identity

In their book, Religion and Politics in the United States, Kenneth D. Wald and Allison Calhoun-Brown reference a different theory: that the most-committed members of a church are more likely than those who are casually involved to let its message of universal love erode their prejudices.

Whatever the reason, when cultural conservatives disengage from organized religion, they tend to redraw the boundaries of identity, de-emphasizing morality and religion and emphasizing race and nation.

Whoa

When conservatives disengage from organized religion, however, they don’t become more tolerant. They become intolerant in different ways. Research shows that evangelicals who don’t regularly attend church are less hostile to gay people than those who do. But they’re more hostile to African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims. In 2008, the University of Iowa’s Benjamin Knoll noted that among Catholics, mainline Protestants, and born-again Protestants, the less you attended church, the more anti-immigration you were.

Good read -Full article Breaking Faith – The Atlantic 

Snowplow Convoy Escorts Pa. Toddler To Hospital

A 23-month old toddler was escorted during Tuesday’s snow storm nearly 90 miles by a convoy of plows, the Pennsylvania National Guard, the State Police and emergency vehicles to reach Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pa. for an ’emergency medical procedure’,

Bentley Gingerlowski was born with a rare congenital heart defect, and a low platelet condition caused internal bleeding at the height of Tuesday’s blizzard, said his mother, Nicole Gingerlowski.

His parents initially took Bentley to a hospital in East Stroudsburg after he started coughing up blood early Tuesday. However, he needed to transfer to Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville to see his specialist and get the treatment he needed, she said. MCall

State troopers joined forces with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania National Guard and Suburban EMS to ensure he reached the Geisinger Children’s Hospital in Danville safely.

PA State Police wrote on Facebook that the child needed an ’emergency medical procedure’, and posted: ‘The snow doesn’t stop us!’

The mother of the boy, who was born prematurely with a serious heart defect, said he would have died if he was not moved.

He had been at Pocono Medical Centre, which was not equipped to best help the critical pediatric patient.

She told NBC10: ‘This hospital made sure to do everything they could to make sure our son got to his specialist to make sure to get him his best care.’..

State governor Tom Wolf said the child had arrived safely, telling Pix11: ‘The National Guard followed up to make sure that if anything happened, they could help.’ DailyMail

Hospital Update

The hospital says little Bentley Gingerlowski’s life-threatening condition have been stabilized and he is resting comfortably.

The toddler will remain at Geisinger to undergo additional testing. WGal

Why Israel Matters – A Documentary Series

Why Israel Matters is a 13-episode documentary produced by Christians in Defense of Israel (CIDI), Liberty Counsel, and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

The nation of Israel told through the stories of her people.

The Christian leader’s main purpose behind the series is to familiarize people with a true and honest understanding of what the nation of Israel and the Jewish people mean to God and how He has worked through them over the millennia in miraculous ways…

Mati Shoshani, an Israeli expert on the history of the Jewish State, leads viewers through various biblical sites of the Holy Land on a weekly basis, uncovering the miraculous story of how and why God chose the people of Israel to inhabit and claim the Holy Land for His glory. OneNewsNow

Israel is a land of ancient history, storied traditions, and opposing peoples. In the western world, this Middle Eastern nation is seen through the hazy lens of news headlines and political spin.

Why Israel Matters, a new original documentary series presented by Christians in Defense of Israel and Liberty Counsel with Impact Productions and TBN, gives viewers an up close and personal view of this small nation that plays a big role on the world’s stage.

Why Israel Matters explores the big picture topics associated with Israel by zooming in on first-hand accounts of actual people who live this this historic land.

Full of moving stories, thought-provoking questions, and inspiring takeaways, this original series will strengthen viewers’ faith and empower them to thoughtfully engage in the global conversation.

The tv series began in February.  Each episode is about 27 minutes.  Episodes are available online.

Watch online

Airing Schedule TBN
Tuesdays at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT
Wednesdays at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT
Fridays at 4:30am ET/1:30am PT

More about the series.

Culture-Enriching Afghan Gang Rapists To Be Deported From Sweden

Five Afghans claimed to be unaccompanied child refugees took an Afghan underaged boy (under 15) into the woods around Uppsala, Sweden, they raped and beat him for over an hour. One of the rapists filmed the attack and uploaded it to social media.

The district court sentenced 4 to a maximum of 15 months and 1 to 13 months in prison and no deportation back to Afghanistan.

A higher court has reversed their sentence and ordered the five to be deported.

Finally some sense in Sweden!

The five Afghans raped an underage boy in a sadistic fashion in Uppsala, but according to the district court, they should stay in Sweden since they could “be hit very hard by deportation”. But now the higher court has changed it all.

It was October 24, 2016 when the five men who claimed to be unaccompanied refugee children decided they would f*** the boy. They took him into a wooded area, where they took turns raping and beating him for over an hour.

When the Uppsala district criminal court judgment against the rapists was handed down in late December, the court decided that the perpetrators would stay in Sweden, since it could go badly for them if they were sent home to Afghanistan.

“The court finds… that on the basis of their age as well as the security situation in Afghanistan, they would be hit very hard by expulsion. The demand for expulsion is turned down for all defendants,” it said in the judgment.

But the Svea higher court issued a new judgment, and now all five so-called refugee children are to be deported. Among other reasons, the higher court based its judgment on the seriousness of the crime and the lack of connection to Sweden [on the part of the defendants]. GatesofVienna

Women’s Day Protestors Stage Bloody Fake Abortion On Woman Dressed As Virgin Mary

This was in Argentina, Pope Frances’ old stomping grounds.

In these Women’s Marches, what is seen is anti-Christian and wanting to destroy the pillars of Western Civilization.  That is why leftist American women groups wear hajibs (symbols of oppression) and partner with Middle East terrorist they are anti-Christian and anti-Western civilization.

Feminists in pink masks pretended to commit an abortion on a woman dressed as the Virgin Mary outside a northern Argentina cathedral as part of an International Women’s Day protest last week.

A photo of the protest shows what looks like blood and body parts gushing from between the Virgin Mary’s legs, facilitated by the pink mask-wearing feminists. The woman dressed as the Virgin Mary holds a fist in the air. She appears to be smiling and wearing a rosary around her neck. …

“This grotesque and blasphemous act represents what every abortion actually is, and those who are upset by it should be equally upset by each and every abortion that occurs,” Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, told LifeSiteNews. “As Pope St. John Paul the Second wrote in Evangelium Vitae, every attack on a human life is an attack on God and every rejection of a human life is a rejection of Christ himself.”…

“This act also shows what is at the foundation of the hard-core pro-abortion people,” Pavone concluded. “They hate the church, and they literally want to abort Jesus off the face of the earth in every manifestation of his presence today.” LifeSiteNews

Also noted by LifeSiteNews, feminists in Buenos Aires “tried to set the city’s cathedral on fire” in honor of International Women’s Day.

Hawaii Bill Would Force Church, Pro-life Centers To Promote Abortion

The bills  HB 663 and SB 501 target specifically non-profit pregnancy centers.  These bills would allow the government to tell faith-based pregnancy centers what they cannot say, and also what they have to say; provide abortion and contraceptive information even if it goes against their belief system.

Hawaii is considering legislation that would require all pregnancy centers to refer patients to clinics that provide abortions, — a move pro-life centers say will violate their religious beliefs and their free speech rights.

In a 22-3 vote, the state’s Democrat-controlled Senate approved SB 501, which would direct “all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services.”

For the Rev. Derald Skinner, pastor at Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor, that would mean putting a sign advertising abortion in his church.

“They want to mandate all pro-life centers to put an abortion referral sign in our reception areas,” Mr. Skinner said in a video published to the church’s Vimeo account. “Now our particular pro-life center is in our church. So it’s very important to realize that they are dictating to us what we can and cannot say. Will they give me my sermon next and tell me what I can preach?”

A companion bill is expected to pass in the House, which is also controlled by Democrats.  WashingtonTimes

The Real Story On Illegal Immigrant Crime

The studies cited by CNN and the New York Times were from 1997 and 2007 and looked at legal immigrants.  They are fabricating a false narrative that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than American citizens to attack President Trump’s immigration policies.

Deal with it, Democrats: illegal immigrants commit crime far more often than legal immigrants.

Six days after President Trump was inaugurated as our 45th President, the typing wizards at the New York Times got a little desperate. We’re talking nail biting; chain-smoking; shot-pounding nervous.

So they made a story. Days before President Trump’s first address to Congress—CNN and Vox copied the New York Times’ yellow journalism. Their big story: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS WHO RARELY COMMIT CRIMES. (Too bad it was also a big lie.)

Contradictions and fallacies immediately jump out at you. For example, from the New York Times:

“A central point of an executive order President Trump signed on Wednesday — and a mainstay of his campaign speeches — is the view that undocumented immigrants pose a threat to public safety. But several studies, over many years, have concluded that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States. And experts say the available evidence does not support the idea that undocumented immigrants commit a disproportionate share of crime [emphasis added].”

Besides conflating legal immigration with illegal immigration, the Times cites “several studies” making the same conflation. Most notably, a 2007 Rutgers University paper that analyzes crime rates of legal immigrants. So besides being out-of-date, the paper does not offer us any research on illegal immigrant crime rates. TownHall

Soros Fellow Worth $1.5 Million Flees Country While Wife Arrested For Welfare Scam

Social service agencies could do more to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse.  Audits of DHHS shows the problems with large amounts of money lost to fraud, the same problems usually have been identified in previous audits – missing documentation, incomplete forms, software glitches…

A lawyer and recipient of a prestigious Paul [brother of George Soros] & Daisy Soros fellowship for immigrants has reportedly fled the U.S., possibly to Africa, as his wife faces criminal welfare fraud charges in Arlington, Va.

Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, a Nigerian immigrant, “fled the country and is somewhere in Africa,” according to officials at the Arlington General Court, NBC News 4 reports.

Agbapuruonwu’s wife Helen was arraigned March 8 and charged with felony welfare fraud after she allegedly “fraudulently obtained public assistance in excess of $100,000 under false pretenses” for about six years between 2010 and 2016, according to a police report. The defense attorney for Mrs. Agbapuruonwu declined to comment when contacted by The Daily Caller News Foundation.  DailyCaller