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Ominous rise of protests threatens the nation

We all need to be aware of a threat that is more menacing than North Korea. The hard Left has made its mission to suppress—violently if necessary—forms of expression they disagree with. And it ain’t just Nazis. It started on campuses, where invited speakers: Heather Mac Donald, who wrote The War on Cops, Charles Murray, who wrote the Bell Curve, Condoleeza Rice, Breitbart writer, Milo Yiannopoulos and others were blocked from speaking by massive protests, some of which turned violent.

A number of the protests included masked non-students from anti-capitalist groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter. The reasoning was, the speakers’ views warranted the protests, and therefore they had no right to speak.

We saw the next stage at Charlottesville, VA. A rally of reputed white supremacists, who had a court-ordered permit were prevented from speaking by the state police, after Governor McAuliffe, a Clinton pal, declared a state of emergency. The rally had drawn a large crowd of Antifa protesters, some of whom were carrying weapons, as were some of the attendees of the rally.

Although two secure pens that had been erected successfully walled off the two groups, the state police, according to witnesses, forced the rally group directly into the protest group outside the pens. Witnesses also said the police stood back and did nothing until after a woman was killed when a man believed to be a supremacist allegedly drove his car into the crowd.

There were allegations that the conflict was a false-flag operation. LA Key, a guest on a CNN show said protesters were "coming off the same bus with some wearing Black Lives Matter and some wearing the KKK shirts.”

A vigil in Charlottesville was organized by “Indivisible Charlotte,” a local chapter of the huge leftist anti-Trump Indivisible group that wreaks organized havoc at GOP town hall meetings. Indivisible put out a “practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda,” and how to disrupt Republican town hall meetings. This looks a lot like sedition.

DTN also reports that one of its founders, Angel Padilla is a former consultant to the  National Council of La Raza.

The Washington Times reveals that: “According to Matthew Vadum, senior vice president at the Capital Research Center at least three of the group’s five principals have direct ties to organizations funded by Mr. Soros.” That includes Indivisible Guide’s secretary, Angel Padilla, works for the National Immigration Law Center, which is funded by Soros through his Open Society Foundations.”

DTN describes Indivisible as a “partner organization” with Organizing for Action, an Obama-era group that’s been retooled and expanded to oppose the Trump agenda. DTN reported that Obama himself told OFA allies: “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said, adding: “I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy.”

Journalist Paul Sperry wrote in February 2017:

[Obama is] working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular 'America First' agenda. He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action.” At that point, OFA had 250 offices and 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Meanwhile, an additional 25,000 volunteers were in the process of being trained.
OFA has been a major participant in, and organizer of, the many anti-Trump protests that have taken place across the United States since the 2016 presidential election. As Paul Sperry writes: “OFA activists helped organize anti-Trump marches across U.S. cities, some of which turned into riots. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from seven terror-prone Muslim nations, the demonstrators jammed airports." 

Left-jihadi partnership means to destroy America

It’s no surprise that immigration—particularly Muslim immigration—would be a central focus of these far-Left organizations. Discover the Networks says this on the topic:

“The Western socialist left detests the United States and its capitalist economic structure and seeks to facilitate that structure's downfall by any means necessary— including the formation of whatever alliances will further that ultimate objective. One seemingly unlikely alliance that the socialist left has forged is its alliance with radical, fundamentalist Islam”

This, in spite of the jihadists’ utter rejection of everything the Left stands for. “They have been brought together by the one overriding trait they do share —their hatred for America; their belief that the U.S. is the very embodiment of evil on earth and must consequently be destroyed,” said DTN.

Carlos the Jackal, the infamous Marxist terrorist and Muslim convert who joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine wrote in his book Revolutionary Islam: “Only a coalition of Marxists and Islamists can destroy the United States.”

If the Left gets control over what is permitted speech under the First Amendment, they will seek to classify criticism of Islam as hate speech that is not protected by the First Amendment. That may well be the motive behind all this fake KKK outrage. It would only take one federal judge making an unconstitutional decision.

‘Coincidentally,’ the Senate, led by Marco Rubio, Susan Collins, Kamala Harris, and Dianne Feinstein, unanimously passed a bill condemning racial, religious, and ethnic hate crimes, as well as all forms of bias and discrimination, incitement to violence, and other forms of animus..."

This appears to be an attempt to implement UN Resolution 16/18, which Obama and Clinton worked to pass in 2011. It calls on all nations to ..."[Adopt] measures to criminalize incitement to imminent violence based on religion or belief." the Org. of Islamic Cooperation's theory is if you criticize Islam and a Muslim reacts by killing people, then it's your fault. That's the "Test of Consequences."

This bill almost definitely is the initial strike against First Amendment protection of speech critical of Islam.

The bill must be defeated in the House. Read the bill here: https://www.harris.senate.gov/sites/default/files/RYA17265.pdf

Note: on Page 3, it says:

Resolved, That the Senate—
(3) condemns hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States;
(4) calls on Federal law enforcement officials, working with State and local officials—
(A) to expeditiously investigate all credible reports of hate crimes and incidents and threats against minorities in the United States; and
(B) to hold the perpetrators of those crimes, incidents, or threats accountable and bring the perpetrators to justice...
“any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias" appears to include hate speech. 4B notably instructs the DOJ to "hold the perpetrators of those...incidents...accountable.”

Right now, under R.A.V. v St. Paul, hate speech is protected under the First Amendment—even if it's expressed by burning a cross on a black family's lawn, which is what that case was about. [Of course, such a loathsome act could be criminal for reasons other than being offensive.] The decision was unanimous, including Justice Thomas.

Incitement to imminent lawless action is NOT protected speech, per Brandenburg v Ohio.

If an exception to R.A.V. were made, for criticism of a religion—proven by the fact that someone is offended—then all of America will be silenced on that topic. That's why R.A.V. is so important.

But the line is fine indeed and open to interpretation.  If we are not vigilant, this can and likely will leave us like Europe, where Geert Wilders was prosecuted and found guilty of “inciting discrimination against Dutch Moroccans,” said The Guardian.

He was charged for asking a crowd if they wanted “more or fewer Moroccans,” reported the Guardian, adding:

“The verdict comes three months before Dutch voters go to the polls in a general election in which Wilders has vowed to put migration and ‘Islamisation’ at the heart of the campaign. His party’s draft manifesto includes pledges to close every mosque in the Netherlands and ban the Qur’an from public buildings.”

The idea is to punish those who advocate a commonsense assessment of immigration policies that have made Europe unsafe for women to walk the streets alone, and have generated a crime wave. Europeans have no right to criticize Islam, which certainly makes Islamization easier.

However, Americans do have this right—for now. Prepare to defend our most precious possession.

Photo credit: Wikimedia

 

Written by Bob Bennett

Bob Bennett, a NY-based writer, has written op-eds for the WSJ and a cancer medical journal; op-eds and travel pieces for the NY Post and a cover article for the Jewish Press. He has also appeared with his wife on Fox News, discussing Obamacare.

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Great article Bob! Thank you.

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