Majority Of Democrats Okay With Violating First Amendment

 

FAKE SIGNA poll released Wednesday by the online pollster YouGov has found that a plurality of the American public, as well as a majority of Democrats, support limiting the First Amendment to allow a ban on hate speech.

The poll, conducted from May 8-11, asked respondents whether they would support a law criminalizing “public comments intended to stir up hatred against a group based on such things as their race, gender, religion, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.” Overall, 41 percent of Americans supported such a laws, while only 38 percent were opposed (22 percent were unsure).

Among those supporting a ban on hate speech were 51 percent of Democrats, as well as 37 percent of Republicans. The higher figure for Democrats was driven in large part by the attitudes of black and Hispanic respondents. Sixty-two percent of blacks favored a ban on hate speech, as did 50 percent of Hispanics. In contrast, only 36 percent of whites wanted a ban.

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YouGov found other significant demographic divides among respondents. Those age 69 or older were the most supportive of a hate speech ban, but they were followed by those aged 18-29, while those of intermediate age were more protective of free speech. Women and those earning under $40,000 a year were also more willing to ban hate speech.

A ban on hate speech, if it passes, would utterly violate the First Amendment as it is currently interpreted by U.S. courts. The Supreme Court has, among other things, upheld the legality of cross-burning and affirmed the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals and other events with hateful signs. Even hate speech calling for violence is protected in U.S. law, as long as the advocacy is general rather than promoting immediate and specific action.

However, the U.S. is relatively exceptional even among democracies in its near-total lack of restrictions on offensive speech. YouGov’s write-up of the poll noted that in the United Kingdom, columnist Katie Hopkins has faced a police investigation for a column she wrote referring to African migrants to Europe as “cockroaches.” Comments of that nature may run afoul of British law prohibiting the incitement of “racial hatred.”

The poll also asked people for their views on other hate-related legislation. Overall, 56 percent of respondents endorsed the federal hate crime law requiring increased penalties for crimes motivated by hatred against a particular race, ethnic group, religion, or gender, and 51 percent favored a 2009 expansion of that law that added sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories.

The poll was conducted with 1000 respondents and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

Obama says U.S. not losing against ISIS

ObamaU.S. President Barack Obama has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost.

“I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama said in an interview with news magazine The Atlantic published Thursday, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi was overrun.

“There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time,” he said.

Since August 2014, on Obama’s orders, a U.S.-led coalition has hit more than 6,000 targets in Iraq and Syria with airstrikes, with the aim of degrading the Islamic State group. laughing-emoticon-7

Obama has refused to return U.S. combat troops to Iraq, following a long brutal war after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

But the rout in Ramadi has called into question US strategy and the credibility of Iraq’s central government. jobs for ISIS

Obama blamed it on a lack of training and reinforcement of Iraq’s own security forces.

“They have been there essentially for a year without sufficient reinforcements,” he said.

“But it is indicative that the training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the country.”

Ramadi is in Iraq’s minority Sunni heartland, a short drive from the capital Baghdad.

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Even with sustained U.S. airpower, many observers are skeptical the Iraqi army can win the war against the well trained and highly motivated ISIS.

Both Washington and Baghdad have reluctantly begun to advocate the use of ethnic and religious paramilitaries to bolster the fight.

The United States has pushed Iraq’s central government to enlist Sunni tribesmen in Ramadi’s Anbar province, something the Shiite-led government has been reluctant to do.

“There’s no doubt that in the Sunni area we’re going to have to ramp up not just training, but also commitment, and we better get Sunni tribes more activated than they currently have been.”

Ever wonder why so many unscreened Muslim refugees are suddenly flooding into Christian communities all around America?

By BI: Muslim Refugee Resettlement and the ‘Hijra’ (Muslim Immigration Jihad) to America is being facilitated by the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) and the UN. Thousands of Muslims, funded by the U.S. government, are being foisted on mainly Christian communities to the tune of billions of American taxpayer dollars every year. And we don’t even know who these people are.

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See Refugee Resettlement Watch: Working with the OIC and UN, tens of thousands of unscreened Muslims from the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, etc, are being brought in and funneled to American Christian communities by NGOs that are funded almost completely by the US Government through grants and contracts to these non-governmental agencies. Plans are now in the works to import upwards of 80,000 totally unscreened Syrian refugees over the next year or two.

Bosch Fawstin on Islam and Jihad

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Bosch Fawstin is a cartoonist, blogger, and creator of the anti-jihad superhero Pigman. Having won the recent Muhammad cartoon contest, a pro-free speech initiative sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, Bosch was in attendance at the award ceremony in Garland, Texas, when two rifle-wielding jihadists arrived to murder everyone there. Fortunately, moments after the jihadists opened fire (hitting only a security guard in the ankle), they were shot dead by a SWAT team.

As readers of The Objective Standard know, this latest assault by jihadists on freedom of speech is one in a long series, from the Iranian government’s fatwa on Salman Rushdie for depicting Muhammad in his novel The Satanic Verses; to the murder of Theo van Gogh for directing the film Submission, which depicted Islamic violence against women; to the attempted assassination of Kurt Westergaard for drawing a cartoon of Muhammad; to death threats against Matt Stone and Trey Parker for depicting Muhammad dressed as a bear; to calls for beheading Geert Wilders for producing the film Fitna, which showed that the Koran calls for violence against infidels; to the massacre of twelve people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo for satirizing Muhammad. Bosch Fawstin and the organizers and attendees of the Garland event are recent additions to this list of infidels who speak their minds in spite of Muslim threats because they know that freedom of speech is the last leg of a free (or semi-free) society.

I recently spoke with Bosch, whose drawing of Muhammad and Jesus covers the Spring 2015 issue of The Objective Standard. Three of his cartoons, including his winning entry, are included with this interview. —Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with me, Bosch. It’s an honor to interview you. And congratulations on winning the Muhammad cartoon contest. Your drawing is brilliant and profound, in that it captures so much about the nature of the problem at hand.

Bosch Fawstin: Thank you very much; that means a lot. And I want to say kudos to you as well for publishing an issue of The Objective Standard with Muhammad on it, something very few publishers have done in the West.

Biddle: Let me begin by asking what went through your head when you heard that shots had been fired at the Garland event?

Fawstin: I was on somewhat of a high, having just won the $12,500 award and standing on a stage with Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Geert Wilders. I was in the middle of an interview with CNN when my friend told me shots were fired. Now, I understand the threat we face—I’ve studied Islam as if my life depended on it after 9/11—but being in the middle of an actual jihadist attack was . . . I can’t find the words . . . surreal seems too easy, but it was just the latest reminder that this enemy—one our government could have long defeated by now—is getting to us in ways it never has before, because our government has not done its job in defeating it.

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Al Qaeda’s Job Application Form: Do You Want to Be a Suicide Bomber?

Prior to joining the terror group al Qaeda, some potential jihadists were apparently provided a job application form that would not be entirely out of place for an entry-level position at any American company – except for questions like the one about the applicant’s willingness to blow themselves up.

The form, watermarked with an al Qaeda logo, was released today along with dozens of other never-before-seen documents the U.S. government said were recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan after he was killed in 2011. The documents were published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as part of what it said is President Obama’s push for the intelligence community to be more transparent.

The al Qaeda application form as translated by the U.S. government involves a lengthy questionnaire about basic personal details, family history, marital status, and education level. It asks that applicants “answer the required information accurately and truthfully” and, “Please write clearly and legibly.”

PHOTO: Among documents posted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence May 20, 2015 is this purported al Qaeda job application form.

PHOTO ABOVE: Among documents posted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence May 20, 2015 is this purported al Qaeda job application form.

It also asks what clerics the applicant listens to or knows and what kind of traveling they’ve done. Do they prefer science or literature?

But quickly the questions veer towards those that, depending on the answer, could give al Qaeda a tactical advantage in future operations: Is the applicant expert in chemistry, communications or any other field? Do they have a family member in the government who would cooperate with al Qaeda? Have they received any military training?

Finally, it asks what the would-be jihadist would like to accomplish and, “Do you wish to execute a suicide operation?”

For the final question, the application asks would-be killers that if they were to become martyrs, who should al Qaeda contact?

The notion of an al Qaeda application is not a new one. Back in 2007 the U.S. government entered into evidence a similar application form prosecutors said had been filled out by Jose Padilla, who was later convicted as an American member of al Qaeda.

 

Minn. Men Accused Of Using Federal Student Loan Money To Join ISIS

 

   MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two of the Twin Cities men accused of trying to join ISIS are now charged with student loan fraud.

Investigators say both Hamza Ahmed, 19, and Hanad Musse, 19, used more than $1,000 from federal student loan accounts for plane tickets to Turkey and Greece. Prosecutors say they were really going to Syria to join ISIS.

On Tuesday, prosecutors combined two separate cases, meaning that seven young Minnesota friends will eventually be tried together for allegedly trying to join the terror group.

Prosecutors combined the case of Ahmed, who was arrested and charged in February, with that of six young men who were arrested in April. Prosecutors say Ahmed’s arrest should have served as a warning to the others.

The initials of some of those who were arrested in April appear in the Ahmed complaint.

Also on Tuesday, Abdurahman Daud, one of the two members of the group who the government says went to California to pick up fake passports, made his first court appearance in Minnesota.

Supporters of the young men argue that the fake passports were the idea of a confidential informant, and that all of the men are victims of government entrapment.

The informant was a close friend of all of the accused. Prosecutors say the informant was once part of the plot and at one point tried to join ISIS, too.

Since he began cooperating, the informant has been paid $12,000 by the FBI, a fact that has angered supporters of the young men.

Prosecutors have refused to say what, if any, charges the informant might face.

Five defendants are expected in court on Wednesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office won’t say where the seventh defendant, who was arrested in California, is right now.

Rifqa Bary details transformation from Islam to Christianity

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A woman who said she feared for her life after she converted from Islam to Christianity as an Ohio teenager has written a book through which she hopes to inspire girls and women who are desperate for freedom.

Rifqa Bary, 22, gained national attention in 2009 when she ran away from her northeast Columbus home to Florida, saying her father had threatened to kill her.

The book Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus tells her story. It was released on Tuesday by the WaterBrook Press division of Penguin Random House.

“Writing this book was so painful. I wept so much reliving everything again, and my hope is to save others who read it, to shed hope and light, and that it would cause other people to see that you can leave, that there is hope,” Bary, an evangelical Christian, said on Tuesday in a telephone interview.

Even though I’ve had so much loss in my life, I’ve experienced more joy and love than I ever dreamed of, and I found that to be in my faith in Jesus Christ.”

Bary has finished one year of college, supported by a scholarship and a family who heard her story and wanted to help. She plans to seek U.S. citizenship when she turns 23.

She said she attends church each Sunday, has participated in inner-city work and a mission trip to India, and said she practices her faith by “loving people and serving.” She said she has recovered from uterine cancer that was diagnosed when she was 17.

She has no intention of returning to Ohio, which she stills views as an unsafe place, and stays off social-media sites, but keeps in contact with many of the people who were involved in her conversion and helped her run away. 

When asked about law enforcement failing to corroborate her abuse claims, she suggested that there was political pressure involved. She criticized Florida officials for investigating claims that originated in Ohio and said it grieved her that people in authority failed to look out for the weak and hurting. Her friends can testify to her fear, she said, as does her decision to give up everything and run away.

She said she had “no intent on becoming a national symbol.”

 

A jailed al-Qaeda terrorist to MBC TV host: If I had the chance I would kill you

Davoud Al-Sharian, famous host of the al-Thamina program on popular Saudi MBC channel, in his last show invited khaled al-Muwallad, a jailed al-Qaeda terrorist.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency – Davoud Al-Sharian, famous host of the al-Thamina program on popular Saudi MBC channel, in his last show invited khaled al-Muwallad, a jailed al-Qaeda terrorist.

The shocking part of the show occurred when Khaled told to the host: “If I had the chance to kill you I wouldn’t hesitate to do that!”

The aim of the show was to make the public aware of the evil nature of these terrorist groups

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Taliban justify killing foreigners after Kabul guesthouse siege

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KABUL: The Afghan Taliban justified targeting foreigners after a brazen hours-long siege on a Kabul guesthouse that killed 14 people, saying people from “invading countries” do not count as civilians.

Four Indians, two Pakistanis, an American, an Italian and a British-Afghan dual national were among those killed in Wednesday’s attack on Park Palace, located in downtown Kabul and popular with international aid agency workers.

“Every foreigner from an invading country especially NATO is considered an invader. We don’t classify any of them as civilian,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a Twitter posting on Friday.jobs for ISIS

“The occupying forces should realise that.. as long as they have a military presence inside our country… their civilian efforts will not find security,” he said, without referencing the Afghan civilians killed in the overnight attack.

The assault, which rattled the international community in the Afghan capital, came as NATO on Wednesday formally announced plans to retain a small military presence in Afghanistan after 2016 to help strengthen local security forces.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the future mission would be led by civilians and “will have a light footprint, but… (with) a military component”.

Strongly condemning the announcement, Mujahid tweeted: “NATO announced its mission after 2016 is ‘civilian’, so we’re not supposed to kill them anymore? while thousands of troops still remain”.

Kabul-based think tank Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) mourned the loss of their American colleague Paula Kantor, who was killed in the guesthouse attack.

“Paula gave her life here — like many other selfless heroes — to make sure millions of people, especially women, get a chance at a better life,” AREU said in a statement.

“While we grieve her loss, we shall never forget the cause she gave her life to.”

The guesthouse attack sparked strong condemnation from Amnesty International, which said it was a “stark reminder of the Taliban’s contempt for human life” and reflected “a worrying new surge in the armed group’s targeting of civilians around the country”.

bullshit alert1The Taliban have stepped up attacks on government and foreign targets since they announced their annual spring offensive late last month, vowing to “safeguard and protect the lives of civilians”.

But it is Afghan civilians who are overwhelmingly paying the price for a surge in Taliban attacks, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

In the first four months of 2015, civilian casualties from growing attacks jumped 16 percent over the same period last year, a recent UNAMA statement said.

“These deliberate attacks on civilians are atrocities,” said the Georgette Gagnon, UNAMA’s Human Rights Director.

“Taliban statements on avoiding civilian casualties ring hollow when we set them against the latest killings. The Taliban should abide by their commitments and immediately stop deliberately attacking civilians.”

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