Elon Musk Talks With Twitter Staff During All Hands Meeting, Video
June 16, 2022 Sundance
Project Veritas has published another recording of an internal Twitter all hands meeting wherein Elon Musk addressed thousands of employees for the first time since news broke of his plans to acquire the company. On the call, Musk described his affinity for Twitter and said the platform was best for “getting a message out” but noted that he was concerned about the platform as it currently stands, reiterating previous statements he’s made about bots, spam, and censorship.
“I think it’s essential to have free speech,” Musk said in response to a question about his highly publicized goal to bring free speech to the platform. When pressed about what that might mean in the context of animal abuse, sexual content and offensive tweets, Musk maintained his stance. “I think there’s also, there’s freedom of speech and freedom of breach, so I think people should be allowed to say … pretty outrageous things that are within the balance, the law, but, but then they don’t, you know, get amplified,” Musk added. WATCH:
BREAKING: Project Veritas Leaks Video From Elon Musk Meeting With Twitter Employees
Project Veritas has obtained video of Elon Musk’s meeting with Twitter employees this week.
While speaking to the staff, Musk explained that he believes it is important for there to be free speech and transparency at the company.
“It’s essential to have free speech and to be able to communicate freely,” Musk told Twitter’s staff. “If there are multiple opinions, just make sure we’re not sort of, driving a narrative.”
Musk added that “in order for people to have trust in Twitter, I think it’s extremely important that there would be transparency.”
Musk also reasserted his belief that both the furthest ten percent of the right and of the left should both be equally unhappy with the platform. He said that he favors moderate politics. He explained that his vision for free speech is all speech that falls within the bounds of the law.
The Tesla founder recently expressed his support for voting for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2024.
You can watch the full footage here:
Project Veritas previously obtained footage of Twitter Lead Client Partner Alex Martinez discussing the company’s ideology, criticizing the acquisition of the company by Elon Musk and at times denigrating Musk for his expressed views on free speech.
Martinez was seen saying that, “the rest of us who have been here believe in something that’s good for the planet and not to give people free speech.”
The lead client partner also discussed censorship on Twitter saying, “people don’t know how to make a rational decision if you don’t put out — correct things that are supposed to be out in the public, right?”
“If we’re implementing all these rules…and Elon wants to dismantle them, then technically our ideology has led us to not making money because we’re not making money, and Elon wants to turn it the other way so that we can make money,” he continued.
Officials in the Grants Pass, Oregon, school district have dismissed two teachers who had developed, with the knowledge and approval of school officials, a plan to address the developing transgender demands in public schools that would protect teacher, parent and student rights.
Fox San Antonio confirmed North Middle School assistant principal Rachel Damiano and science teacher Katie Medart each was dismissed on a 4-3 vote of the school board.
The two already have pending against the district a lawsuit.
The two had been placed on leave in March, after they worked to create their “I Resolve” campaign. They had worked to develop a solution to the problem facing schools with the new campaign to let students who are struggling with gender identity choose what sex they will purport to be.
The faculty members started a grassroots organization called “I Resolve” to address education policies on gender-identity disputes, and to offer solutions that would let teachers continue teaching without violating their consciences and honoring parental rights.
They started their work in order to “promote a tolerant solution to gender identity education policy.”
They suggested allowing staff and students to abide by their consciences and refrain from using preferred pronouns for students whose anatomic sex does not match the students’ pronoun of choice. Damiano and Medart also propose requiring parent involvement to change students’ pronouns.
They also had suggested that restrooms be restricted to those who anatomically fit the definition of male or female.
They had consulted with school officials in preparing their proposal and Kirk Kolb, the superintendent, even indicated he’d bring it up to the board members, who are defendants in a court case along with him, Principal Thomas Blanchard and the district.
But when they promoted their ideas in a video that they created on their own, they were put on leave “pending an investigation.”
They were told that five other school workers had complained that their Christian beliefs were “anti-transgender” and therefore unacceptable. And they now have gone to court to protect their rights. On their behalf, the Pacific Justice Institute is seeking a court order returning them to their jobs, and damages.
Just the News reported school officials even had ordered the two to “issue a disclaimer” when they discuss their personal views while off campus.
Their request for a temporary restraining order against the school explained they have had to stop sharing social media posts about their “I Resolve” campaign because of the chilling effect of the district’s anti-speech threats.
The teachers’ work came in response to the proposed federal Equality Act, which would provide special protections for individuals with gender dysphoria or other gender issues under federal civil rights laws.
The same issue recently was before a state judge in Virginia, who quickly ordered officials in the Loudoun County Public Schools to reinstate a teacher they had suspended for stating during an open comment period at a school board meeting his Christian beliefs that do not support transgenderism.
There, Judge James E. Plowman Jr. ordered the school district to restore his status pending a full trial on the dispute.
“The court finds that the plaintiff’s speech and religious content are central to the determination made by the defendants to suspend plaintiff’s employment,” the judge wrote. “Defendants shall immediately reinstate the plaintiff to his position as it was prior to the issuance of this suspension and remove the ban that was placed upon him from all buildings and grounds of Loudoun County Public Schools.”
The Grants Pass district held hearings for both on Thursday, voting then to dismiss them.
The Fox report explained, “Around 65 people protested in favor of both educators. The protests started around 2:30 p.m. and lasted until 6:30 p.m. Not every supporter was able to attend the meetings, because of fire marshal capacity. Those who did not attend chanted in honor of Damiano and Medart from the front of Grants Pass High School.”
Wake up, America: Cultural Marxism ‘identifying’ as transgenderism
Walt Heyer exposes ‘devalue, dehumanize and destroy’ strategy
Parents packed the Dec. 15 school board meeting in Salinas, California, over the revelation that two middle school teachers were coaching students into gender confusion and into an LGBTQ+ support club, also known as Genders and Sexualities Alliances, or GSA, clubs, without parents’ knowledge.
One mother testified that the teacher gave a boy’s name to her daughter without the mother’s knowledge. Then when she met with the teacher to protest, the school called child protective services on her.
The same two teachers held a workshop in October called “How We Run a ‘GSA’ in Conservative Communities,” and recordings reveal they were coaching colleagues in how to hide the true nature of such clubs from parents. This example illustrates several tactics of cultural Marxism examined in my January 2021 article “It’s Not Just ‘Gender Dysphoria.’ It’s Now ‘Rapid Onset Marxism.'”
Hundreds of parents have written me about their school-aged and college-aged children suddenly announcing trans identities. As a man who identified as a woman for eight years, I know trans identities intimately. Urging children along this path is child abuse.
The transgender indoctrination starts young. Trans-affirming curriculum and storybooks plant seeds of gender confusion in children (aka “grooming”) as early as kindergarten by pushing the bogus idea that children can choose their gender. Many school policies require aiding and abetting children who think they may be the opposite sex.
As seen in the Salinas, California, example, many teacher associations, teachers and school boards are all-in. Willing counselors quickly diagnose young people with “gender dysphoria” and start (push) them down the disastrous path of erasing their identity.
The so-called treatments gender professionals recommend for children are hideous and barbaric: disrupt normal adolescent development with puberty-blocking drugs, inject anabolic steroids (cross-sex hormones) and, finally, butcher healthy body parts—genital removal for boys and mastectomies for girls. Most of the damage is irreversible and all of it is unnecessary.
It’s vital to stand up for parental rights, to question indoctrination in schools, and to protect children. We’ll see examples of courageous people saying “enough,” fighting back and winning. But first, a look at how transgender identity activists employ cultural Marxist strategies.
Marxist Goals: Devalue, dehumanize and destroy The cultural Marxist goals are to devalue, dehumanize and destroy. The trans ideology advances these goals in several ways.
Devalue women—Suggesting men become women by a verbal declaration, “I feel like a woman,” cheapens the inherent, exquisite differences between men and women. Honoring men who “identify as women” with women’s milestone designations, such as “first female four-star admiral,” devalues women and their accomplishments.
Devalue precious children: Affirming children as the opposite sex devalues who they genuinely are. Telling a child they should adopt a “new identity” in the opposite gender sends a message that something is wrong with their innate identity, that it is so terrible that it needs to be eradicated.
Dehumanize, punish, silence: The woke mob dehumanizes and viciously attacks those who break the ever-shifting rules and demands harsh punishment to ruin the offenders. Questioning that men can become women or that men can give birth, for example, triggers the mob and name-calling ensues. Parents who speak up in defense of their children are labeled “domestic terrorists.” Women who speak up in defense of women’s spaces are demeaned as “TERFs,” a derogatory term meaning “trans-exclusionary radical feminists.”
Destroy parental rights and student safety: Schools and school boards keep information from parents, such as allowing children to use different names and pronouns, wear different clothing and use restrooms of the opposite sex without alerting their parents. In Loudoun County, Virginia, a male who identified as female assaulted a female student and the school district covered it up.
Destroy women’s sports: Men identifying as women compete in female athletics, and due to their superior strength unjustly steal opportunities that rightfully belong to women.
Showing up and speaking out Many are speaking out against the devalue, dehumanize and destroy tactics.
Former USA Swimming official Cynthia Millen resigned in protest to a biological male swimmer dominating the women’s competition and boldly stated the simple biological truth: “Bodies swim against bodies. Gender identities don’t swim. [He] is a man who is swimming against women.” Teammates have complained privately to the coach. Parents have written a letter urging the National Collegiate Athletic Association to change its rules on transgender athletes.
In Loudoun County, Virginia, parents have banded together and filed Freedom of Information requests to unearth what the school board did to cover up the student’s assault. Across the country, parents are showing up to school board meetings to hold schools accountable.
Celebrities are taking heat, too. J. K. Rowling, author of the “”Harry Potter” series, pointed out the Orwellian absurdity of incarcerating a sex offender with intact male genitalia in a women’s prison simply because he identifies as a woman. For that, she said in a recent post on Twitter, “I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out.”
The Marxist tactics disguised as transgender policies are a cancer infecting our entire culture, with schoolchildren as the prime targets. Thank goodness that concerned parents and celebrities are speaking out against the damage being done.
Bravo to the brave souls willing to go against the mob. Their selfless example is an inspiration to all and deserves to be imitated. Every voice matters.
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case brought by lawyers for Gareth Lee, a gay-rights advocate in the United Kingdom who had triggered a years-long fight with a bakery when its Christian owners declined to support his agenda.
The Christian Institute reported that the European court dismissed the case because he had not raised those issues of international rights while the case was in the courts of the U.K.
The Institute, which supported the bakery, Ashers, owned by the McArthur family, explained the case erupted in 2014 when Lee ordered a cake promoting homosexuality. The bakery’s Christian owners replied that they could not promote a message with which they disagreed, and refunded his money.
He then complained to the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland, which started an action against the bakery.
After years of depositions, arguments and hearings, the U.K. Supreme Court in 2018 “found in Ashers favor, recognizing the family’s objection was ‘to the message, not to the man.'”
The case was pushed up to the ECHR after that ruling.
But in its decision, the court ruled the application to be heard was “inadmissible” and that Lee was asking the court to “usurp the role of the domestic courts.”
The Equality Commission had dropped out of the case by then, and Lee’s appeal was managed by “same-sex marriage campaigner activist lawyer Ciaran Moynagh of Belfast-based firm Phoenix Law,” the Institute reported.
Moynagh claimed the U.K. decision “created legal uncertainty.”
Simon Calvert, a spokesman for the Christian Institute, said, “The U.K. Supreme Court engaged at length with the human rights arguments in this case and upheld the McArthurs’ rights to freedom of expression and religion. It was disappointing to see another attempt to undermine those rights, so it is a relief that the attempt has failed.”
He continued, “I’m surprised anyone would want to overturn a ruling that protects gay business owners from being forced to promote views they don’t share, just as much as it protects Christian business owners.”
In fact, had the opposite conclusion been reached, a homosexual baker could have been forced to create products quoting the Old Testament’s condemnations of homosexuality.
Or a Jewish baker could have been forced to promote a Nazi theme. Or a Muslim baker could have been forced the promote a pork-themed product.
Calvert said, “The ruling in October 2018 by five of the country’s most distinguished and experienced judges was welcomed by lawyers, commentators and free speech experts from across the spectrum. They all knew of the implications for freedom of speech and religion, had the decision gone against Ashers. This could have included a Muslim printer being forced to print cartoons of Mohammed, or a lesbian-owned bakery being forced to make a cake describing gay marriage as an ‘abomination’.”
Lee’s lawyers had claimed “his rights were interfered with by a public authority – the Supreme Court – by its decision to dismiss his claim for breach of statutory duty to provide services, and that the interference was not proportionate.”
WND reported when the appeal was launched, the Institute explained, “The ruling last fall from the U.K. Supreme Court said, ‘Nobody should be forced to have or express a political opinion in which he does not believe.'”
Lower courts in the U.K. had ruled against Ashers, but the attorney general for Northern Ireland, John Larkin, argued in court on behalf of the bakery.
“Much as I wish to defend the gay community, I also want to defend freedom of conscience, expression and religion,” he wrote.
“It pains me to say this, as a long-time supporter of the struggle for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland, where same-sex marriage and gay blood donors remain banned. The equality laws are intended to protect people against discrimination. A business providing a public service has a legal duty to do so without discrimination based on race, gender, faith and sexuality.
“However, the court erred by ruling that Lee was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation and political opinions. … His cake request was refused not because he was gay, but because of the message he asked for. There is no evidence that his sexuality was the reason Ashers declined his order,” he wrote
Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Christopher Rodriguez reads a bible at Naval Weapons Station Earle chapel in Colts Neck, New Jersey, on March 10, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Diana Quinlan)
The LGBT movement, if it is successful in its campaign to persuade governments to restrict what is said about the same-sex agenda, eventually will target even the gospel of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible, warns a key Christian leader.
“Let’s just state the obvious. If the government can tell you it is illegal to teach biblical truth on the issue of human sexuality, the array of LGBT issues, understand two things. Number one, it won’t stop with LGBT and understand, eventually it means the criminalization of whatever Christian speech is no longer politically attractive. And that eventually will mean everything that is revealed in scripture, most essentially, the gospel of Jesus Christ,” warned Albert Mohler, in an online column.
Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention, continued, “Right now in this turning point between 2021 and 2022, we see the shape of the challenge coming to the Christian church even more clearly, or even more ominously. We are about to find out where the biblical Christians are on both sides of the Atlantic, and as you and I know, on both sides of the American/Canadian border.”
The Christian Institute, citing his comments, noted his reference to bans in both the U.K. and the U.S. on “conversion “therapy.”
Multiple local governments have banned that, contending that it can harm patients if counselors explain to them alternatives to adopting and endorsing same-sex or transgender ideologies.
In some locations, the agenda-driven laws have left it illegal to counsel someone against a same-sex relationship, but allows them to be counseled toward that activity.
The institute warned the Mohler’s comments come as a proposal is coming in Canada to ban “conversion therapy” and similar proposals are being considered in the U.K. and Ireland.
He explained how that ideology contradicts the Bible’s plain teaching that God “made us male and female and he gave us the unalterable rules of human sexual behavior and conduct.”
The result is that LGBT activists don’t simply want a change in the law on a single issue, but they also are wanting to “criminalize and sanction and make illegal any confrontation on biblical terms of their own new morality.”
The result could be restrictions in pulpits, and even what conversations parents have with their children.
Mohler explained those pursuing the radical ideology state, “Look, you simply have to take the issue of orientation as if it is morally neutral. Any orientation is as good as any other orientation.”
That’s evident, he said, from proposals in both Canada and Britain.
“But let’s get to the biggest issue of Christian concern, these particular bills could have the effect of chilling the preaching, restricting the liberty of the pulpit in Christian churches, and even could extend to potentially criminalizing personal conversations and even outlawing certain kinds of conversations between parents and children,” he said.
“It is happening. And we have seen this coming. We’ve seen this issue, this challenge taking shape, and you see now the fact that many who are writing what they consider to be and claim to be a platform of sexual liberation are not only calling for a change in the laws, they’re not only changing the entire society, they want to criminalize and sanction and make illegal any confrontation on biblical terms of their own new morality.”
He warned the legislation in Canada, which is taking effect this week, explicitly states that anything suggesting a chosen LGBT lifestyle “is in any way inferior” to heterosexual standards is “a myth.”
“But the bigger threat is, of course, that this will be extended throughout society, inexorably, unavoidably, to every other context, including Christian institutions, Christian organizations, and even Christian churches. This is legislation that no one in Canada wants to admit is directed to the pulpit, but make no mistake, it’s directed to the pulpit,” he said.
And parents, he said.
“This is a new morality, which now comes with not only the persuasive power of the government of the state, but now with the coercive power of the state, even criminalization. The legislation in Canada is genuinely radical and that’s a matter of pride for Canada’s liberal government whose justice minister, David Lametti, said in a statement, ‘The consensus demonstrated by parliamentarians in Canada is part of an emerging global consensus surrounding the real and lifelong harms for conversion therapy victims and survivors. In fact, with these changes to the criminal code,’ he said, ‘Canada’s criminal laws on conversion therapy are among the most comprehensive in the world,'” he wrote.
“What happens when a young person, or age is in this case not necessarily important, but let’s say a young person goes to talk to a Christian counselor, that Christian counselor, according to this legislation, is not legally able even to discuss in biblical terms the sexual orientation issue or how that would apply in Christian holiness to our understanding of biblical morality and God’s intention for Christians living out the Christian life,” he said.
It won’t be long before Christian teachers are “brought up on charges,” he warned.
In the U.K., the plan is to make it illegal to start therapy from the point that being LGBT is wrong.
“The 1619 Project” was written in 2019 by leftist activist Nicole Hannah Jones and claimed to present the “real” year America was founded, with the first arrival of African slaves in Jamestown, Virginia.
(LifeSiteNews) – This week, Jonathon van Maren speaks with Dr. Mary Grabar, the author of the book, “Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America.” In the latest podcast episode of The Van Maren Show, she detailed how this New York Times article series has become part of a bigger plot to change how the history of America’s founding has been traditionally taught in schools and understood by the public.
“The 1619 Project” was written in 2019 by leftist activist Nicole Hannah Jones and claimed to present the “real” year America was founded, with the first arrival of African slaves to Jamestown, Virginia.
However, Grabar points out that the claim that the United States “was built on the backs of slaves in terms of wealth and power is wrong,” and that a truth-based look at history proves it.
In her book, she exposes point-for-point Jones’ articles, highlighting how “it’s a rewriting of American history” and is dividing Americans by race. Grabar believes the concepts put forth by Jones are being injected into school curriculums across the United States. She also describes how the 1619 Project was created to indoctrinate children and to “capture their emotions” on social justice.
She also argues that the project received most of its funding from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and billionaire Pierre Omidyare, “who donates to a lot of Democratic candidates on left-wing causes.”
To learn more about Dr. Grabar and her book, click here.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a lower court ruling that ordered the reinstatement of a northern Virginia gym teacher who said he won’t refer to transgender students by their preferred pronouns.
Loudoun County Public Schools appealed to the state Supreme Court after a judge ruled that the school system violated the free speech rights of teacher Tanner Cross by suspending him after he spoke up at a school board meeting.
Cross, a teacher at Leesburg Elementary, cited his religious convictions at a May board meeting in which the school board debated proposed changes to its policies in treatment of transgender students. Cross said he would not use transgender students’ preferred pronouns.
School boards across the state have been revising their policies to be more inclusive of transgender students in accordance with a new state law. But Loudoun County, outside the nation’s capital, has been a particular flashpoint in the debate over not just transgender students but also how students learn about racism and race relations.
The school system said it suspended Cross in part because his comments caused a disruption at the school. But the lower court judge, James Plowman, and the state Supreme Court agreed that the handful of calls fielded by school administrators did not cause the type of disruption that warranted a suspension.
Tuesday’s ruling leaves in place a temporary injunction that bars the school system from suspending Cross. A trial is scheduled for next week in Loudoun County to settle the issue permanently.
Since Cross filed his lawsuit in May, two additional teachers in Loudoun County have joined him as plaintiffs.
White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki Makes Jaw-Dropping Announcement, There are Only Two Genders
September 2, 2021 Sundance
In order for left-wing ideologues to continue advancing their ideological belief system, a system built upon intentional fraud, they must pretend not to know things. This truism is the inherent core of their hypocrisy.
For the past several years the ultra-progressive left have been selling a ridiculous narrative that multiple genders exist. Within that multi-gender worldview, men can get to compete in women’s sports and also get pregnant. They even changed the language of mother and father to “birthing person”. Wokeism and cultural Marxism are deployed against anyone who does not accept this assertion in society. When you challenge the progressive orthodoxy with intellectual argument, the response is always an emotional attack in defense of their unsustainable position. A case study in this exact outcome happened today during Jen Psaki’s press briefing.
The White House spokesperson accidentally (and very forcefully) took the public position today, that only two genders exist.
Other revelations today include:
“My body my choice,” except forced vaccinations against you are okay.
Also, “my health status is dependent on your medical condition,” so, it’s okay to slap the cheeseburger out of your vaccinated hand – right?
Fear is at the core of modern liberalism, and love/trust is at the core of conservatism. Modern liberalism, most commonly evolved to leftism, is about control. Conservatism is about self-empowerment.
Control is a reaction to fear. Think in terms or politics and society – the fear behind liberalism is the fear that someone might withhold things (opportunities, money, whatever) from me, fear that if you live your life in a way I dislike that it might affect my life, fear that if you get that job, there will be nothing left for me. Fear that if you make tons of money, it’s means there’s less money out there for me. So people who believe in leftist ideologies seek control as a means of trying to create guarantees and safeguards against those circumstances they fear.
Modern “liberals”, leftists, try to control the world and people to enable their comfort and happiness. Which, as we know, is an endless quest. Trying to control others does nothing in the way of making oneself happy. By extension, voting in this mindset so that government can try to control others will also – shocking – not lead to a happier, more comfortable life.
The conservative (and moderate, independent, but for the sake of expediency, the conservative), on the other hand, relies on himself to meet his own needs. And the trade off of being free to live his life as he wishes is also understanding that he has to make peace with how you live yours. By extension, aware that he wants to be able to hold onto this liberty and freedom forever, the conservative votes accordingly, so that everyone can remain free and in charge of his or her own life.
But here’s the crucial difference, perhaps, particularly where misery on the left stems: The conservative does not worry, so to speak, about you. The conservative knows that you were born with the same access to self-love, self-empowerment, self-determination and self-reliance that we all were, no matter the circumstances into which you were born. (Think about the millions of people this country has allowed to crawl up from poverty into prosperity – the conservative KNOWS this is possible.) And the conservative believes that if you want prosperity, or a good job, or a good education, you can make it happen – but you have to work hard.
The conservative hopes and intends that the free markets bring you all of the affordable and positive opportunities and resources that you need. The conservative also knows that on the other side of that hard work is great reward – material and, more importantly, emotional, spiritual and mental.
The conservative understands that not only is it a waste of time to try to control you, it’s actually impossible. Humans were born to be free. And if we put a roadblock in front of you, you’ll find another way around it. So, we see attempts at control as a waste of resources, energy and time at best, and at worst, creating detrimental results that serve to hinder people’s upward mobility or teach dependence. We see much more efficiency, as well as endless opportunity, in leaving you to your own devices. And we want the same in return.
This is where modern democrats mis-view conservatives as heartless. But really, the conservative believes that there is one and one path only to sustainable success and independence – and that is self-empowerment. All other avenues – welfare, affirmative action, housing loans you can’t actually afford – ultimately risk doing a disservice to people as they teach dependence on special circumstances, the govt, or arbitrary assistance (that can disappear tomorrow). And the real danger – they will ALWAYS backfire, and leave the recipient in equally or more dire circumstances. Any false improvement will always expire.
The conservative believes in abundance. The liberal believes in scarcity.
The conservative believes man is born free and will be who he is, no matter what arbitrary limitations or rules are put on him. The leftist believes man is perfectible, and by extension, believes a society at large is perfectible, and command and control is justified in the quest to a “perfect” utopian society. (Sounds familiar!)
The conservative tends to be more faithful – and not necessarily in God, but in the ability of the individual to find great strength in himself (or from his God) to get what he needs and to be successful. Therefore, the conservative has an outlet for his fear and disappointment – trust and faith in something bigger.
The leftist believes the system must be perfected in order to enable success. Therefore, disappointment is channeled as anger and blame at the system. Voids are left to be filled by faith in the govt, which they surely then want to come in and “fix” things.
And therein lies the roots of love and fear respectively. For the conservative, when life presents great struggles, he knows he has the power to surmount them. Happiness stems from internal strength and perseverance. For the modern leftist, when life presents great struggles, the system failed, therefore they were at the mercy of a faulty system, and they believe that only when the system is fixed can their life improve. Happiness is built on systemic contingencies, which they will then seek to control or expect someone else to.
One blames himself. The other blames anyone and everyone but himself.
And there it is. There’s where the meanness comes from. The leftist ideology causes that person to cast anger at the world when things go wrong or appear “unfair.” He constantly chooses only to see the “injustices” – and that makes for a very miserable, mean, blame-casting existence.
One last point that we have seen over and over and over with many (not all) of our leftist friends: Extreme stinginess and cheapness.
In our conservative community growing up, we were always taught that you give when people are in need – make donations to the Red Cross when there’s an earthquake, donate to charity when you can afford it, etc. Even if it’s just $50 here and there – it’s the right thing to do. Conservatives see this as the responsibility that comes with gaining from the capitalistic system; if you happen to benefit greatly from the system, it’s your duty to give back.
The liberal, on the other hand, does not seem to share this same viewpoint, at least not in my experience. And perhaps I think this is linked to believing in scarcity, and that your dollar comes at the cost of mine. So it seems that liberals, on some level of consciousness, feel guilty about not being voluntarily charitable. Therefore, to write off their guilt, they outsource their “generosity” to the government by voting for wealth re-distributive policies. Thus, the liberal cheats himself of the joy and addictiveness of direct generosity. (Not to mention – re distributive policies ALWAYS end up dis-empowering those who they’re meant to help.)
However each of us got here, it’s probably a fact that we have the turmoil of those storms in common, perhaps some unease that we could share and always, we also find fresh ground to cover from day to day. We’re developing valuable relationships as we trust one another in our community in the woods. The chatting in the branches encourages, strengthens and equips for some serious walking.
We think the Treehouse is a good armory for those who doing long distance walking for the sake of our nation. We hope you’ll think so, too. Find yourself a good branch….or just pull up a rock to the campfire.
A lot of terms are thrown around today to describe extremist movements. One that keeps coming up is “cultural Marxism.” In an attempt to add clarity, political and historical accuracy, Clarion Project investigates the origin and current usage of the term and offers our suggestions going forward.
1 The modern term “cultural Marxism” morphed from its original expression, which was “cultural Bolshevism.” This latter term originated in Germany as a response to the Frankfurt School in the Weimar Republic of the 1920s as a way to denounce the modernist movement in the arts and culture and was later used by the Nazis to claim that the Bolsheviks, the Marxist revolutionary movement in Russia, wanted to subvert the Germany values of family and national identity as well as its traditions in music, art and intellectual ideas.
However, the term “cultural Bolshevism” in Germany was also fundamentally used as an antisemitic canard based on the conspiracy theory that the Jews were behind the 1917 communist revolution in Russia. This canard was aided by the 1920s’ global circulation of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a made-up document published in Russia in 1903 that purported to describe a secret Jewish conspiracy aimed at world domination. (To this day, Far-Right circles continue to believe that communism is a Jewish conspiracy.) In reality, by December 1917, only five of the 21 members of the Communist Central Committee were Jews.
2 Even though the term originated as an antisemitic Nazi trope, most people using it today are unaware of its origins or implied meaning. They certainly are not using it as an antisemitic slur. For example, celebrated thought-leader Jordan Peterson uses the term “cultural Marxism” in a context completely different from its origins. Andrew Breitbart, founder of the Right-wing Breitbart News platform, also popularized the term despite being Jewish himself.
A more accurate representation of the use of this term by the above figures and similar conservative thinkers would probably be “neo-Marxism,” as this expression more accurately describes the aspirations of the specific demographic that favors the uprooting of our existing systems.
In its most extreme, the program advocated by this demographic is based on Chapter 2 of the Communist Manifesto, which outlines the core goal of communism: the abolishment of private property as a means to bring about a classless society (in our day and age, this would be called an “anti-racist” society as per critical race theory).
This chapter of the Manifesto includes a call for the abolishment of the family, as families are viewed as a mechanism of exploitation and a means to capitalism’s ends.
The official Black Lives Matter website advocated a number of these classic Marxist ideologies found in Chapter 2 of the Manifesto in their “What We Believe” page, including the goal of “disrupt[ing] the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.” The page, which has since been taken down by the group, also provided biographies of the movement’s founders, who describe themselves as “trained Marxists.”
3 The Far-Left charges that the term “cultural Marxism” is used by the Far-Right — especially white supremacists — to slander those who believe in the “social justice movement.”
What does cultural Marxism mean for the far right? In the modern iteration, in spaces like Breitbart or Infowars, it is the belief that a failure by communists to topple capitalism through worker revolt has led to a “Plan B” to destroy Western society from the inside. By tearing down the gender binary, de-centering Christianity values, championing the weak over the privileged and creating a multicultural society, revolutionaries have unanchored traditional Western order. Everything from gay rights to Muslim immigration is, in the language of the far right, part of a plot to finish the job that radical worker organizing could not.
Suffice it to say, this is a most paranoid fantasy. Most Marxists don’t speak in these terms, and people who do advocate for immigration, multiculturalism or secularism do so out of a certain regard for human and civil rights. But the far right still obsesses that this is a historical cultural struggle.
This group also points to the fact that Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik invoked “cultural Marxism” in his manifesto. In 2011, Breivik went on a killing spree in which he murdered 77 people, the majority of whom were teenagers at a Workers’ Youth League summer camp.
4 While it would be nice to have a static, agreed-upon definition of “cultural Marxism,” even this would probably not resolve the controversy over the term, considering its antisemitic origins. One solution would be to pivot our use of language around all current discussions of Marxism to the far more specific and accurate phrase “neo-Marxism.”
However, as astutely pointed out by Kit Slater in an essay titled “The Value of Cultural Marxism,” use of the term “neo-Marxism” fails to address the fact that any successful ideological battle must also be fought on the cultural level — with the goal of reaching a kind of “cultural hegemony.”
As Slater explains, cultural hegemony is a concept created by Antonio Gramsci:
“Gramsci theorised that if Communism achieved ‘mastery of human consciousness,’ then active revolution would be unnecessary. Mastery over the consciousness of the great mass of people could be attained if Communists or their sympathisers gained control of the organs of culture – churches, education, newspapers, magazines, the electronic media, literature, music, the visual arts, and so on.
“By winning ‘cultural hegemony,’ Communism would control the deepest wellsprings of human thought and imagination. One need not control all information itself if one can gain control over the minds that assimilate that information …
“In 1967 the West German student movement leader Rudi Dutschke reformulated Gramsci’s philosophy of cultural Marxism with the phrase ‘the long march through the institutions’ of the nation and the state – the church, entertainment, civil service, educational faculties, family institutions and marriage – to replace the dominant culture …
One influential figure in the sixties who understood this theory very well was radical Chicago activist and Marxist ideologue Saul Alinsky. Slater writes about Alinsky’s plan to carry out the transformation of society through community organizers preying on the malcontents of society — a similar situation happening in today’s intersectional victimhood circles.
“The way to do this was through ‘people’s organisations’ composed largely of discontented individuals who believed society was fundamentally unjust, and who would take their lead from trained community organisers. These organisers, taught Alinsky, should “rub raw the resentments of the people” and “agitate to the point of conflict.” His handbook of sedition, Rules for Radicals, was highly influential over the Democratic Party, and is a textbook assiduously followed by Left-wing activists.”
Slater further argues that the subject of cultural Marxism “can’t be explained in full without reference to the Frankfurt School, critical theory, or to post-modernism, all of which relate to cultural manipulation” and are making a comeback today with critical race theory.
“Given that cultural Marxism is the application of Marxist aims to the culture instead of to economics and society,” Slater writes, “‘culture’ is indispensable to its concept. Its anti-Semitic shadow is, like all conspiracies, ideologies and cults, a belief without evidence, and dismisses its perpetuator as someone with a form of locked-in syndrome.”
A love affair with collectivist ideologies has lead to ever bigger government and the welfare-warfare state. Lead by a Marxist splinter group called the “Frankfurt School” — “the long march through the institutions” has infiltrated every corner of Western culture to corrupt traditional Christian values with “political correctness,” another name for “cultural Marxism.”
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The ultimate goal of cultural Marxism is to first destroy American free-enterprise capitalism by undermining its economic engine, the Middle Class and this will lead — they hope — to the destruction of the basic building block of society: the Family Unit.
American Generals Warn: This is How America Falls to Marxism
War Room hosted the patriotic generals who are returning to the fray to warn America is on the brink of falling to Marxism.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Boykin taught special operations how to fight Marxist insurgents. Now he’s seeing it happen here.
“This Marxist movement in America is real, you cannot deny it anymore,” he said.
Boykin is among the over 120 flag officers who are warning America must wake up to the fact we are under a communist revolution.
Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, who is running for U.S. Senate in New Hamsphire, said the Marxist tactics he witnessed overseas are now being deployed here at home.
“I saw the biggest threat to our republic, our democracy, our form of government, everything I fought for,” Bolduc said of the radical movements seizing power in America. “I lost 72 men and women in combat over 10 tours in Afghanistan in 2 years as the special operations commander.
“And the threat was from within,” he said. “And that is how America is going to go down.”
Gen. Boykin said Marxists are implementing the playbook from the 1960s book The Naked Communist.
“They told us exactly what they were going to do,” he said. “They were going to destroy the nuclear family, because the most important fabric of our society is the family. Ultimately they were going to destroy America from within, the same thing we have heard from the jihadists…by infiltrating the institutions of America.
“This is the revolution that Karl Marx talked about.”
Maj. Gen. Gary L. Harrell said, “we’re in serious trouble here.”
“We have not been awake — not woke — awake,” he said. “And that’s why we’re in this mess.”
The solution? Get involved. Gen. Harrell was recently elected party chairman in Washington County in East Tennessee, while Gen. Bolduc is running for senate.
“We need leaders not lemmings,” Bolduc said. “We need a change, we need a big change.”
Wow, you want to say great job U.S. Marshals Service… but then you think about what exactly they are being thanked for, and “great job” seems prayerfully inappropriate.
Ohio State Attorney General, Dave Yost, has announced the results of a 50 agency anti human trafficking operation called “Operation Autumn Hope”, and while the results are excellent the underlying evil is almost unimaginable.
45 missing children were physically recovered in the Ohio operation along with 109 human trafficking survivors. [Media]
(Columbus Ohio) – […] “The success of Operation Autumn Hope is measured not only in the number of arrests but in the lives that were rescued from this evil,” Yost said. “Every agency on this team looks for the day when no person is bought and sold in Ohio. Don’t buy sex in Ohio!”
During the operation, the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Trask Force, Columbus PACT Unit and the Cuyahoga County Human Trafficking Task Force rescued 109 human trafficking victims and referred them to social services.
“These vulnerable members of our population usually slip through the cracks,” said Sgt. Dana Hess, director of the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. “This operation highlighted the vast number of potential victims and allowed law enforcement the opportunity to make contact and link them to services.”
Sondra Miller, president and CEO of the Cleveland Rape Center, whose agency was part of the social services network prepared to aid the rescued victims, said: “Survivors of rape and sex trafficking deserve to be believed and have access to justice. By holding offenders accountable and reducing demand for human trafficking, this operation prevented many others from being harmed.”
Across southern Ohio, 76 missing and exploited children cases were cleared, including 45 by physical recovery by the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
Among those missing included a 15-year-old girl missing from Cleveland whose recovery linked her and other possible victims to an individual in Columbus suspected of human trafficking; a 15-year-old male with two warrants who is a suspect in multiple shootings and a homicide; and a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing by the Lancaster Police Department who was recovered in Columbus within six hours of being reported missing. (read more)
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 enhanced the U.S. Marshals’ authority to assist federal, state, and local law enforcement with the recovery of missing, endangered, trafficked or abducted children, regardless of whether a fugitive or sex offender was involved. The U.S. Marshals Service established a Missing Child Unit to oversee and manage the implementation of its enhanced authority under the act.
President Trump, former AG Jeff Sessions and current AG Bill Barr have unleashed the USMS to support their new authorities; they have been delivering strong results.
It must be remembered these operations have been taking place all over the country with the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) coordinating the cross-state agency efforts: Operation “Not Forgotten” rescued 39 children; Operation “Safety Net” recovered another 35; and now Operation “Autumn Hope” rescues another 45 missing children.
“This operation, with the cooperation of the law enforcement agencies, social services, and non-governmental organizations, has brought to the forefront the realities of human trafficking and the exploitation of trafficking victims. Together, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and its partners will continue with its victim-centered approach and ensure that traffickers, here in Ohio and beyond, face justice for their criminal acts.”
~ Vance Callender, Special Agent in Charge for HSI in Michigan and Ohio
Meanwhile, last week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched the first ever national Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT), and DHS Secretary Chad Wolf held a 30 minute press availability (remarks here) to announce the new federal agency.
The DHS press release is HERE and the White House press release is HERE. However, in a stark example of how liberal media refuse to discuss this topic, after the announcement not a single media reporter asked a question about why this national center was so urgently needed. The media just got up and walked out.
Great work in Ohio by the U.S. Marshals Service. There is some slight solace in knowing we have at least one federal law enforcement institution effectively working on behalf of our nation. The politically disinterested politicians, and their media bootlickers, should be ashamed of their lack of forceful engagement on this issue.
Border Patrol Shows GOP Senators Border Issues, Mexican Cartels Conducting Human Trafficking Shout Mocking Obscenities During Tour
March 26, 2021
Border Patrol Union President Brandon Judd describes what it was like for GOP senators to visit the border crisis and how the Mexican cartel smugglers were laughing at the inept politicians who can do nothing to stop their activity. Quite a stunning interview:
As a candidate, Joe Biden’s number one promise was to “unite” America. Yet in his first months as president, his number one priority has been to divide our country by race and gender at every turn.
There is no clearer example than the Biden administration’s new effort aimed at indoctrinating America’s schoolchildren with some of the most toxic and anti-American theories ever conceived. It is vital for Americans to understand what this initiative would do, what drives it and, most importantly, how we can stop it.
For decades, the America-blaming left has been relentlessly pushing a vision of America that casts our history, culture, traditions, and founding documents in the most negative possible light. Yet in recent years, this deeply unnatural effort has progressed from telling children that their history is evil to telling Americans that they are evil.
In classrooms across the nation, students are being subjected to a new curriculum designed to brainwash them with the ridiculous left-wing dogma known as “critical race theory.” The key fact about this twisted doctrine is that it is completely antithetical to everything that normal Americans of any color would wish to teach their children.
Instead of helping young people discover that America is the greatest, most tolerant, and most generous nation in history, it teaches them that America is systemically evil and that the hearts of our people are full of hatred and malice. Far from advancing the beautiful dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — that our children should “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” — the left’s vile new theory preaches that judging people by the color of their skin is actually a good idea.
Teaching even one child these divisive messages would verge on psychological abuse. Indoctrinating generations of children with these extreme ideas is not just immoral — it is a program for national suicide. Yet that is exactly what the Biden administration endorsed recently in a rule published in the Federal Register aimed at inflicting a critical race theory-inspired curriculum on American schoolchildren.
The rule explicitly cites the New York Times’ discredited “1619 Project” as a motivation. The Times has described the goal of its endeavor as the “re-education” of the American people, and the project even includes a lesson plan that encourages students to practice “erasing” parts of the Declaration of Independence. The Biden rule also directly cites a left-wing activist and leading proponent of critical race theory whose textbook states, “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
This is what the Biden administration wants to teach America’s children.
The Department of Education rule stems from an executive order Biden signed on his first day in office. Biden’s order abolished the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission I created to honor America’s founding principles, and reversed an executive action I took to stop these depraved theories from being imposed upon federal employees in workforce training sessions.
Thankfully, most Americans oppose this insanity. The left has only gotten away with it until this point because not enough parents have been paying attention and speaking up. But that is quickly changing. From Loudoun County, Va., to Cupertino, Calif., parents are beginning to make their voices heard against the left-wing cultural revolution. What they need now is a plan to actually stop it.
Here are the reforms that every concerned parent in America should be demanding.
First, every state legislature should pass a ban on taxpayer dollars going to any school district or workplace that teaches critical race theory, which inherently violates existing anti-discrimination laws. Inspired by my executive order last year, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and other states have already taken steps to pass such laws. It needs to happen everywhere — and Congress should seek to institute a federal ban through legislation as well.
Second, each state should create its own 1776 Commission to examine the public school curriculum and ensure that students are receiving a patriotic, pro-American education — not being taught that the United States is an evil nation.
Third, parents have a right to know exactly what is being taught to their children. Last year, many parents had the chance to routinely listen in on classes for the first time because of remote learning. As students return to the classroom, states need to pass laws requiring that all lesson plans have to be made available to parents — every handout, article, and reading should be posted on an online portal that allows parents to see what their kids are being taught. Furthermore, in many places, there are rules preventing students from recording what teachers say in class. States and school boards should establish a “Right to Record.”
Fourth, parents need to organize locally — in every school district in America — to eliminate “Action Civics” and other versions of the effort to contort traditional civics education into a vehicle for political indoctrination. The left’s new argument is that our “divisions” stem from a lack of “civics education” — a problem they intend to “fix” with lots of new taxpayer money and a redefinition of “civics” in schools, just as they are trying to redefine the meaning of “infrastructure.” Right now, Congress is working on a $1 billion bill known as the Civics Secures Democracy Act. No Republican should trust the Biden administration with a billion dollars to spend on such programs. Even worse, the legislation threatens to establish a de facto national curriculum for history and civics, effectively bribing states into adopting the left’s anti-American curriculum. It is Common Core all over again — but much more extreme. And like Common Core, parents must unite to stop this new federal power grab.
Fifth, any parent who objects to the material being taught to their child in public school should get an automatic voucher, empowering them to pick another school of their choice. The government has no right to brainwash students with controversial ideologies against their parents’ will.
Sixth, states need to take back control of their schools of education and credentialing bodies to ensure they are not churning out radicalized teachers. To be clear, the overwhelming majority of our nation’s teachers are some of the most selfless and wonderful people there are — but regrettably, many have graduated from extremely biased education schools and may not even be aware of the degree to which leftist ideology has permeated their curriculum. States should set up alternative credentialing bodies that can certify great teachers who know how to instill a sense of love for America. School districts can then make it a priority to hire teachers with these certifications, especially for English, history, and social studies roles. States could even set up their own versions of Teach for America to get passionate and patriotic young people into the classroom.
Finally, states need to break the tenure monopoly in public K-12 schools. Tenure was originally supposed to protect competent teachers from being subjected to undue political influence; it has turned into a mechanism to protect incompetent teachers who themselves wield undue political influence over our children. Educators who are alienating children from their own country should not be protected with lifelong tenure; they should be liberated to pursue a career as a political activist.
Make no mistake: The motive behind all of this left-wing lunacy is to discredit and eliminate the greatest obstacles to the fundamental transformation of America. To succeed with their extreme agenda, radicals know they must abolish our attachment to the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and most of all, Americans’ very identity as a free, proud, and self-governing people. The left knows that if they can dissolve our national memory and identity, they can gain the total political control they crave.
A nation is only as strong as its spirit. For our children, we must act before it is too late.
Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States.
A young mother born and raised in the Soviet Union blasted critical race theory during a Bedford Central, New York school board meeting — arguing that it is “actually a tyrannical Soviet ideology” that results in mass starvation and has killed millions of people worldwide.
Under the guise of good intentions, compassion and love for minorities and those discriminated against, the Critical Race Theory and “equity for all” curriculum is marching society towards communism, the mother of three argued in a scathing 3-minute rebuke of the school board on Wednesday.
“The proposed ‘anti-racist program’ is just a prettier name for racial Marxist teaching. You don’t need to sugarcoat it for me. I lived it. Same methods, same vocabulary, same preferential treatment to certain groups,” she lamented. “That’s why equity is packed with good causes like ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion,’ so nobody can challenge it. But, I know.”
When socialists refer to “equity for all” what they actually mean is equal impoverishment for all, the woman explained.
“Ask me how I know? I was born in Soviet Union and my family has seen it all. Suffering first from Nazi and then from tyrannical Soviet ideology. Back there, what started was ‘equity for all,’ quickly ended with nothing to eat for my people. And now my family is here because of it — because ‘equity’ does not work,” she said. “We did not come here for a blanketed synthetic equity. We had enough of that one. We came here for equal opportunity under the law and freedoms in this country. Soviets extinguished all the excellence and opportunity.”
The woman excoriated the board and student committee for their proposal to lower standards for students by assigning less homework and dismantling AP classes in the name of “fairness.”
“Equity” is code for communism and “mindboggling sameness,” she doubled down.
“They told us they were advocates for equity and enemies of privilege, people believed this, and we paid the awful price. This ideology killed millions of people worldwide. And now you’re bringing it here to indoctrinate our own children,” she said. “Equity was just a tool used by communists to make sure everyone was equally poorly educated so people didn’t question authority. While in definition it was about fairness, in reality, it means same outcome – nobody excels, mind-boggling sameness. The key tactic is to remove all the incentives and motivation to succeed for all the students.
“Is this why the Student Committee is proposing less homework and audit of AP classes? Why are you trying to demotivate students and lower the standards instead of directly helping underperforming students? That’s exactly what ‘equity’ means – in reality, making everyone mediocre.”
Switch the school district, but “never switch on the American dream,” she concluded.
“This is not a Bolshevik Central School district in Soviet Union. This is Bedford Central school district in the United States of America. I lived in Siberia. I switched continents because of equity. I can and I will switch the school district if the equity gets pushed,” she proclaimed. “But I will never switch on the American dream and equal opportunity, the only system in the world, that lifts people up, gives second chances to people like me, motivates and brings the best in the people regardless of race and ethnicity. I lived it and you don’t need to tell me what is equity.”
The anti-Western civilization “Critical Race Theory,” a “multicultural” curriculum that alleges white people are oppressors and to blame in perpetuity for racism, sexism, homophobia, environmental destruction, and segregation, has been taught in classrooms for a long time.
But now, as debilitating “woke” political correctness sweeps the nation, teachers are more forthright about what is being taught, rather than subtly indoctrinating the kids with communist propaganda.
A growing number of parents, like the Siberia-born mother in New York, are banding together to finally put stop to it. The woman’s comments came just days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis successfully lobbied the board to block critical race theory from schools.
North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, who attended Columbia University after she escaped North Korea where she was sold into sex slavery, warned on Monday the communist indoctrination transpiring within the Ivy League university is worse than the anti-American, communist propaganda she heard in North Korea.
Hundreds of military whistleblowers say they are being forced to receive “anti-American indoctrination” training, including critical race theory. Last month, a U.S. Space Force commanding officer was removed from his post after publishing a book that warned of the spread of Marxism and critical race theory in the military
MUST WATCH: 9-Year-Old Minnesota Girl Obliterates School Board Over BLM Posters
A 9-year-old elementary student absolutely obliterated her local school board over Black Lives Matter posters that were placed around her campus.
In Lakeville, Minnesota there has been a heated debate about Black Lives Matter posters in the schools for months.
The board initially ruled that BLM posters were political and said that they must be removed after students and parents complained. However, the board ended up not complying with their own determination and placed two posters up in Lakeview Elementary School as part of an “Inclusive Poster Series.”
“The poster series includes two that say ‘Black lives matter,’ which the district has said stands for the social justice movement, but those in opposition say it reflects the views of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which they said stands for political positions. Opponents maintain any poster with that name on it should be banned by policy,” the local news reported.
The BLM posters with a black background and white block lettering were banned in September 2020, but the school board simply created new ones with different colors. None of the other posters mention any race or political group.
During a school board meeting on June 8, a student at the school went off on the members for their dishonest actions.
“The other day I was walking down the hallway at Lakeview Elementary School to give a teacher a retiring gift. I looked up on to the wall and saw a BLM poster and an Amanda Gorman poster. In case you don’t know who that chick is, she’s some girl who did a poem for Biden’s so-called inauguration. I was so mad,” the child began. “I was told two weeks ago at this very meeting spot, no politics in school. I believed what you said at this meeting, so at lunch I went up to the principal to tell him about the BLM poster and that I wanted it down.”
The fiery little girl went on to say that the principal told her they would not be coming down and that the school board are the ones who made them.
“I was stunned. When I was here two weeks ago, you told us to report any BLM in our schools. Apparently, you know they’re in our schools because you made the signs.”
The brave little girl went on to demand that she doesn’t see people’s skin colors and has friends of all shades, before blasting the heck out of the board once again.
“You have lied to me and I am very disappointed in all of you,” she said. “You can’t even follow your own rules. If you’re going to do that, why do we follow any rules we deem unfit or ridiculous? I’m not following your mask rule anymore then.”
She concluded, “get the posters out of our schools. Courage is contagious, so be courageous.”
Superintendent Michael Baumann said in a statement about the poster Series that they are there “to affirm our unwavering commitment to and in support of our Black students and staff, this series includes two Black lives matter posters. While the district has not changed its position that the Black Lives Matter Global Network is a political organization, we recognize there is a non-political social justice movement represented by the statement ‘Black lives matter.’ Lakeville Area Schools-branded Black lives matter posters are permissible under Policy 535; we ask staff who want to put up Black lives matter posters in their classroom or work space to use those from this poster series.”
Watch this parent absolutely obliterate Critical Race Theory at an Illinois school board meeting
“How do I have two medical degrees if I’m sitting here oppressed?”
From the press release this is an interesting, and oddly colloquial, way for the United States Dept of Justice under AG Bill Barr to define the first amendment.
…”Social distancing, while difficult and unfamiliar for a nation that has long prided itself on the strength of its voluntary associations, has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of American lives from an imminent threat.”…
I never quite thought about the first amendment as being so casual. Let’s all attend our ‘voluntary associations’ on Sunday. Alrighty then… Though, well, I do wonder what an involuntary association would be. I digress; I’m being petty.
[DOJ] “Today, the Department filed a Statement of Interest in support of a church in Mississippi that allegedly sought to hold parking lot worship services, in which congregants listened to their pastor preach over their car radios, while sitting in their cars in the church parking lot with their windows rolled up.
The City of Greenville fined congregants $500 per person for attending these parking lot services – while permitting citizens to attend nearby drive-in restaurants, even with their windows open. The City appears to have thereby singled churches out as the only essential service (as designated by the state of Mississippi) that may not operate despite following all CDC and state recommendations regarding social distancing.
As we explain in the Statement of Interest, where a state has not acted evenhandedly, it must have a compelling reason to impose restrictions on places of worship and must ensure that those restrictions are narrowly tailored to advance its compelling interest. While we believe that during this period there is a sufficient basis for the social distancing rules that have been put in place, the scope and justification of restrictions beyond that will have to be assessed based on the circumstances as they evolve.
Religion and religious worship continue to be central to the lives of millions of Americans. This is true more so than ever during this difficult time. The pandemic has changed the ways Americans live their lives. Religious communities have rallied to the critical need to protect the community from the spread of this disease by making services available online and in ways that otherwise comply with social distancing guidelines.
The United States Department of Justice will continue to ensure that religious freedom remains protected if any state or local government, in their response to COVID-19, singles out, targets, or discriminates against any house of worship for special restrictions.” (LINK)
“[Government] shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (First Amendment – U.S. Constitution)
Setting aside my profound disdain for this action… In the short-term there will likely be those who genuinely believe this is legally defensible as a result of a public health emergency. However, in the long-term two things will happen: (1) over time, and up to the possibility of SCOTUS intervention, the pastor will win any legal case against him; and (2) hopefully people will realize quickly the term “essential service” is arbitrary.
Inside the definition of two words “essential services” (which is different from area to area) is all that remains of your liberty. The first amendment of the constitution applies equally for all persons in all areas; the definition of “essential services” does not. That’s the legal issue that will see this pastor win, if he chooses to fight. Faith, the ability to worship, is easily argued as the preeminent ‘essential service’ to the individual and church.
FLORIDA – A Hillsborough County pastor was arrested Monday after he intentionally and repeatedly violated orders that no gatherings of 10 or more people he held in order to stop of the spread of COVID-19 by holding services at his megachurch, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced Monday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office received an anonymous tip on Friday that Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne, the pastor of the megachurch River at Tampa Bay Church in Riverview, refused to stop holding mass gatherings and instead was encouraging people to come to services.
[…] “His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk and thousands of residents who may interact with them in danger,” Chronister said.
The warrant charges the pastor with unlawful assembly and violation of public safety rules, both misdemeanors, according to Chronister.
Howard-Browne was booked into the local jail in Hernando County where he lives on Monday afternoon, and released 38 minutes later after posting bonds totaling $500. (more)
Let us be clear, the government can request, suggest and recommend that faith-based assemblies suspend their services; and in many cases those churches and religious groups may indeed choose to suspend their services. However, under no circumstance, including: war, famine or virus pandemics that could leave only a hand-full of people alive, can the government force the suspension; or punish those who refuse to comply.
Religious worship, including the assembly therein, is enshrined within the first amendment as it carries the first and ultimate essential service. There is absolutely no situation where that right can be removed.
It is often the case where people rush into reactions without thinking through the profound consequences. Why do you think ‘freedom of religion‘, and ‘the right to peaceably assemble‘ is the first amendment? The FIRST amendment. It is specifically the first amendment so that government cannot define arbitrary reasons, any reasons, to limit that constitutional right.
The ability/right to go to a grocery store crowded with people is not more essential than the ability/right to practice your faith. Accept the removal of the primary right of U.S. citizens and there is no longer a country for coronavirus to infect.
This is not a slippery slope; this is akin to voluntarily jumping directly into the abyss….