Jewish Rabbi Battles Islamophobia in the US

by Ryan Rifai – Jonah Pesner, one of the most influential rabbis in US, talks about “religious duty” to combat anti-Muslim hate crimes The West has seen an increase in Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims following attacks in Europe and the US that have been blamed on supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But, in response, some non-Muslim political and religious leaders have stepped up efforts to tackle discriminatory treatment and violence. In a recent example, Bernie Sanders, a popular US presidential candidate who is Jewish, launched a campaign known as #AmericaTogether, in which he posted a tweet in Arabic saying: “America becomes a greater nation when we stand together and say no to racism, hatred and bigotry.”    ✔‎@BernieSanders أمريكا يصبح أحسن وطن عندما نحن نقف معاً ونقول لا الى العنصرية والكراهية والتعصب الأعمى #AmericaTogether 2:28 PM – 19 Feb 2016 Jonah Dov Pesner, the director...

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CBS Pathetically Edits Muslim Focus Group’s Criticism Of U.S. – Here’s The Whole Story (VIDEO)

by SARAH – The media is a powerful tool and has a huge privilege of being able to tell the news and stories that might not otherwise be heard. It also has the ability to shape narratives so that the public hears and sees only what it is being shown, other than perhaps the whole story. This is exactly what just happened during a focus group of Muslim-Americans run by CBS’ Frank Luntz. Luntz really wanted this group of Muslims to hate Donald Trump, to condemn the terror attacks as though it is their responsibility to do so, and made sure not to include any criticism of American policies that actually harm Muslims. One of the best responses to one of Luntz questions was, when answering a question surrounding San Bernardino, New York City activist Amelia Noor-Oshiro told The Intercept she told Luntz: “Why don’t you ask that to people...

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Putting the Terrorist Threat in Perspective

by Sheldon Richman – How likely is an American to be a victim of terrorism? Over the weekend CNN breathlessly reported as “Breaking News”—it breathlessly reports everything as “Breaking News”—a new poll indicating that people are increasingly frightened about terrorism. The accompanying web story stated, “Terrorism has eclipsed the economy as voters’ top pick for the biggest issue facing America, a New York Times/CBS News poll has found. Last month only of Americans said terrorism was the most important problem, according to The New York Times. Now nearly one in five … believe it is.” The story goes on: Following terrorist attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino, California, the poll said Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any other time since the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. … More than four in 10 Americans—44%—believe an attack is “very” likely to happen in the next few months....

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Muslims Raise Over $100,000 For San Bernardino Victims While GOP Spouts Vile Hatred

by SARAH – When watching the news lately all you’ll see is Republican after Republican spewing vile, hate-filled nonsense aimed at the Muslim community. Those who practice Islam are being persecuted, attacked, and reviled by entire communities. This is all happening because a few radical extremists who claim to be Muslim are attacking cities globally, most recently in Paris, France, and San Bernardino, California. It is simply unacceptable to stereotype all Muslims for the acts of a mere few who pervert the religion for their own radical aims. Muslims shouldn’t be afraid of walking around their neighborhoods simply because ignorant Islamophobic people, stirred by extreme right-wing propaganda, are wary of anyone who may be different from themselves. Combating this hatred with love and generosity is a LaunchGood campaign called ‘Muslims United for San Bernardino.’ And since last week’s attack on the Inland Regional Medical Center, the campaign has collected over $100,000...

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Who Put the NRA in Charge of Our National Security?

by Marian Wright Edelman – “I have supported legislation in the past which would place reasonable and careful restrictions on the use of firearms, and I am co-sponsoring S.1… I believe this bill would impose necessary controls without unduly curtailing the use of firearms for legitimate sport shooting or hunting, and without curtailing the lawful activity of sport gun clubs. Basically this legislation would only subject deadly weapons to the same control we have always imposed on automobiles, liquor or prescription drugs. The use and sale of these items are carefully regulated by Federal, State, and local government. The same should be true of firearms.” –Senator Robert F. Kennedy, May 2, 1967 With the echo of gunshots from the San Bernardino massacre ricocheting across the country, and another American community reeling with new broken hearts, it sounds like a reasonable plea for common sense legislation a responsible lawmaker might make today....

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University President Urges Students To Carry Guns And ‘End Those Muslims’

by IGOR VOLSKY – Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. urged more students to carry guns, arguing that if the victims of last Wednesday’s attack in San Bernardino, California were armed, they would have been able to protect themselves from the attackers. “I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them,” he said during the school’s convocation, before teasing the students about his own gun. “If some of those people in that community center had what I have in my back pocket right now…,” he said. “Is it illegal to pull it out? I don’t know,” he joked, to laughter and loud applause. “I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course,” he said. “Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show...

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Lawmaker Who Was ‘Life Member’ Of NRA Quits After San Bernardino Massacre

by ALICE OLLSTEIN – Former Nevada Assembly Speaker and candidate for Congress John Oceguera wrote to the National Rifle Association this week asking them to remove his name from their membership list. Calling himself a “law-abiding gun owner” who grew up in a family of hunters, and “Life Member” of the NRA, the Democratic candidate for the House said Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California was the final straw for his relationship with the pro-gun lobby. “Our country is facing a tragic gun violence epidemic, and we cannot ignore it,” he wrote. “Still, the NRA opposes any legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, criminals and the mentally ill, and spends millions to stop any action in Congress that could help prevent further violence. I cannot continue to be a member while the NRA refuses to back closing these loopholes.” The NRA opposes any...

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What Rough Beast? Slaughter Is the Standard in the US

by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed – CNN is in my ear from the other room. The pro-gun people are battering around like moths in a glass jar flapping the standard jargon. I don’t bother with these “news” networks on general principle most days, but this isn’t most days, and despite all the bad noise, as much information as possible is required. Strike that. This is like most days. According to the metric that a “mass shooting” means four or more people are shot in the same incident, there have been 355 mass shootings in the United States this year alone. We have passed 337 days on this year’s calendar. The math drips blood: More than one mass shooting a day. Wednesday proved that out. On the same day as the slaughter in San Bernardino, four people were shot and one killed in a shooting in Savannah, Georgia. The...

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Sandy Hook Senator: It’s Not Congress’ Job To Pray

by EMILY ATKIN –   In the days after a deranged young man fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) was grateful for any thoughts and prayers directed toward his community. “Having lived through the Sandy Hook experience, I know that thoughts and prayers are important,” he told ThinkProgress on Friday. “We appreciated them from every corner of the globe.” But four years later, following yet another mass shooting committed by a couple whose guns were purchased legally, the Connecticut senator has had enough of prayer — at least when it comes from his Senate colleagues. On Wednesday, hours after the massacre in San Bernardino, Murphy sent out a tweet condemning the many members of Congress who publicly offered “thoughts and prayers” for victims of Wednesday’s massacre in Sen Bernardino. Murphy subsequently went viral. News outlets like CNN, Vox, the...

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The Ethnicity of San Bernardino Shooters Doesn’t Matter

by Khaled A Beydoun – Whether they are named Dylann or Mohamed, US scrutiny will fall squarely on the shoulders of US Muslims Fourteen killed, and tens more injured. At approximately 11am on Wednesday morning, several gunmen opened fire inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The facility, which houses patients with disabilities, seemed an unlikely target for domestic terrorists. Yet the carnage that ensued makes it the biggest mass shooting since the Sandy Hook tragedy of December 2012, when 26 people, including 20 young students, were killed. Only five days after the attack on the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, the San Bernardino attack again raises questions about the racial contours and ideological colours of domestic terrorism. NEWS: US police probe motive of California mass shooting For decades in the United States, domestic terrorism has been defined almost exclusively along racial and religious lines. The legal term,...

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Your Opinion on Gun Control Doesn’t Matter

 by Josie Duffy  – Can we stop looking at gun rights as an ideological issue? This is no longer ideological. I don’t care how you feel in theory: I care what is happening in practice. In practice, there have been 351 mass shootings in only 336 days. More people will die by guns than in car accidents this year. In practice, this is a public health crisis. If you still bristle at the idea of gun control, fine. All I’m asking is that you call a spade a spade. To you, the right to own a gun— including one of those assault weapons that looks like what a robot might utilize to kill the enemy in a movie called Robot War 3—is more important than people’s lives. People’s lives matter less than your gun. You may try to work your way around that statement, but evidence shows that I’m right. Nothing...

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