The Egyptian army has reportedly relieved Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of his authority, informing the Muslim Brotherhood-linked official at 7 p.m. local time that he was no longer president. At a press conference called shortly afterward, Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi outlined a roadmap that the army said would “put an end to the [...]
When the left describes something they don’t like about Christianity or Judaism, they are not shy about it. They’ll even pin bombings or shootings on “Christian terrorists” or “Tea party” people ( which to many on the left seems synonymous), before any evidence is in hand at all. [...]
This image is supposed to commemorate the horrible 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide — which means we are now at about 1/20th of the level at which green plants evolved. But to me, it has a very different connotation:
The Obama administration has pushed its intelligence agencies into purging their training materials of “anything that might be offensive to anyone, particularly anyone of Islamic faith” (a quote from the purge order). So what, exactly, would that amount to? Apparently, any reference to Islam at all in connection with terrorists. Even calling jihadists “terrorists is” offensive to them. [...]
I mentioned a purge of material relating to jihadism yesterday, undertaken by the US defense and intelligence agencies in response to complaints from terrorist-linked organizations. Here’s a link “showcasing that purge” — just a tiny portion of it, in this instance from the FBI Training Directory little niche of the US Intelligence apparatus. This is 600+ pages documenting that the offending material was removed. What was the offending material? “… any material that may be offensive to anyone, particularly someone of the Islamic faith…” [...]
(Over at Citizen Tom’s, he and I have been engaged in a discussion related to his “Speaking Truth to Power” posts, including the follow up. One aspect of the discussion in that follow up is worth pointing out separately, I think. I wrote, in part:) There is, as we’ve discussed before, a distinction between the “public personae” of political figures, which have generally been quite overtly religious, and their private philosophies which are sometimes less so. This is not always different; Ronald Reagan, for example, was quite devout both privately and publicly. But for years — centuries, really — it was necessary to be publicly religious in order to be seen to be fit as a leader in the US. You would not be criticized for being Christian here. The newer sort of evangelical faith was accepted by both political sides; our first evangelical president so far as I can recall was Jimmy Carter (for whom Pat Robertson campaigned). [...]
New media downplays the Islamic jihadist aspect of the brothers, it seems, and implies that these “nice” and “shy” and “quiet” and “harmless” brothers just recently became radicalized. This is evidently false.
Tamerlan had been in the US since 2006, and it’s interesting to note that he apparently set up an Amazon wishlist at that [...]