Saturday, February 4, 2017

Man Is It Cold! You Decide. Dr. Ellen Cannon. Florida Toughens Laws If You Want To Get Welfare Checks.

Man, is it cold?
How is this for a prayer?  You decide. (See 1 below.)


Where's the beef? (6 out of the 7 countries Donald Trump has banned don't accept Israeli passports because the holders are Jewish ... and they have the NERVE to protest to the US about Donald's temporary suspension of their citizens because they are Muslim.)
Well over 12 years ago Lynn and I attended a lecture at Rollins College, in connection with a parent weekend event (our youngest daughter was enrolled at the college in Winter Park, Fl.) The lecture was sponsored by an organization that was unconnected with the school but the subject and speaker attracted our attention.

Dr Ellen Cannon PHD, spoke about the future of the Muslim community in America and how, over time, they would increase their political involvement beginning with running for positions on local school boards and then increasing their political  participation by obtaining media outlet positions etc.
When I returned from Winter Park, I wrote up what I had heard and from time to time I have referred to Dr. Cannon's speech.  In today's Wall Street Journal an article caught my attention and showed, once again, how prescient Cannon's comments were.

The points Dr. Cannon made did not question the right's of Muslim citizens participating in political life but the influence they might have with respect to imposing  their culture and the fact that it could bring significant changes , ie.  Sharia Law.  Just take a stroll down one of Michigan's city's where the Muslim population is significant and you will not believe you are in America. (I recently posted a video of such and several years ago discussed the effort to introduce Sharia Law into our legal system in Georgia , as is being attempted in other states etc.) (See 2 below.)
What an energetic president can accomplish.  Some of Trump's actions were precipitous and not well planned and that has caused some consternation and heart burn but he and his staff are learning and seem willing to mend their ways. He will not stop tweeting though there are times when he probably should not and he will continue to press forward and keep his commitments which enthuses the deplorables. (See 3 below.)
Meanwhile Florida gets tough regarding who gets welfare. (See 4 below.)
Libs freaking out regarding Ginsburg's health. (See 4 below.)

1) Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and 

We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. 

We have exploited the poor and called it  the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it  choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem..

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.  

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. 


or would you rather this?

American Muslims Push Themselves Into Political Arena

Members of Muslim communities in the U.S. say the campaign rhetoric, and recent actions by the Trump administration, are spurring them into action

By Jennifer Levitz and Ian Lovell

 MALDEN, Mass.—A mother of three in this Boston suburb, Nichole Mossalam had never planned to run for office. But when her 8-year-old son heard a friend at school disparage Muslims last fall, she decided she had no choice. She had to run for the local school board.
Ms. Mossalam is part of a wave of American Muslims who—faced with a political climate that they see as increasingly hostile toward their faith—are pushing themselves into everything from labor organizing to local government.
Muslims helped lead protests over the weekend at airports around the country, where they demanded the release of people who had been detained because of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
They are joining with other religious groups to offer sanctuary in houses of worship to immigrants of all faiths who are facing deportation. They are helping form labor unions. And a small number of Muslims, like Ms. Mossalam, are planning to run for public office.
“We need to put ourselves out there and make people aware that we are their neighbors, that we all want the same thing,” said Ms. Mossalam, whose home north of Boston has a white picket fence out front and an American flag on the porch.
Members of Muslim communities have long said they felt alienated, especially in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Since then, they have struggled to find their political voice.
The first Muslim Congressman was elected in 2006, and the second followed in 2008. Nearly a decade later, though, there are still only two Muslims, both Democrats, in Congress. At roughly 1% of the country’s population, they don’t wield the kind of influence that other religious minority groups like Catholics or Jews have built up over decades.
In addition, many older Muslims—especially immigrants, some of whom fled authoritarian regimes—were reluctant to speak publicly about their faith, fearing retaliation.
“In general, I think older, immigrant Muslims are not as inclined to get involved,” said Omar Ricci, chairman of the Islamic Center of Southern California, one of the largest mosques in Los Angeles.
But there is a growing hope among American Muslims that this could be a politically galvanizing moment.
Many Muslims were spurred into action by rhetoric from last year’s presidential campaign, during which Mr. Trump suggested banning Muslims from the country. He has since backed away from the idea of an outright Muslim ban. Still, his executive order suspending immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, which he has said is necessary for national security after attacks in the U.S. linked to the Islamic State terror group, has already impacted hundreds of Muslims with family abroad.
“For us Muslims born and raised here, the feeling is more, ‘Damn it, this is our country,’” Mr. Ricci said. “We’re not going to let this happen.”
So far, much of the political organizing remains at the local level. In Portland, Maine, Pious Ali, a Ghanaian immigrant, recently became the first Muslim on the city council. Mr. Ali says he pulled in donations from across the nation after he organized a peaceful protest against Mr. Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims during the campaign.
Employees at the American Roots garment factory, where the stitchers are mostly Muslim immigrants, unionized in August.
Employees at the American Roots garment factory, where the stitchers are mostly Muslim immigrants, unionized in August. PHOTO: YOON S. BYUN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Sarah Khatib, a 41-year-old practicing Muslim, said Mr. Trump’s campaign and election victory motivated her to try to run for a seat on the local planning board in suburban Walpole, Mass.
“I think a lot of times we’re not going outside our community as much as we should,” said Ms. Khatib, who has a background in structural engineering. “The people who voted for Mr. Trump did so for a variety of reasons and no doubt share many of my beliefs and hopes for the country.”
At the American Roots fleece garment factory in Portland, stitchers—mostly Muslim immigrants—formed a unit of the United Steelworkers union in August.
On Thursday in New York City, hundreds of Yemeni grocers closed for the afternoon in protest of the immigration ban. The protest follows a similar work stoppage by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance at John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday.
Also on Thursday, a nonprofit led by a Muslim city councilor in Cambridge, Mass., launched an initiative to get Muslims to run for office nationwide.
“Many of us, horrified, are asking, what now? What can we do?” says 33-year-old Cambridge Councilor Nadeem Mazen in an online video.
By Friday, the non-partisan group—which formed in late 2015 amid what it saw as a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment—had received more than 120 responses to their open call to run.
Some Muslims say there are still limits to how much visibility they want. Sherif Shabaka, a 52-year-old college Arabic teacher who immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt in 2000, said he had recently considered, but decided against, a more high-profile form of civic engagement—running for city council in Malden.
“I felt I would be looked at as an outsider because I’m Arab and Muslim,” he said. “It intimidated me.”
Still, with many Muslims already working as lawyers and civil-rights activists, the Muslim community is better equipped to mobilize now than they were after Sept. 11, according to Sally Howell, an associate professor of history and director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
“The difference now is that the community is so much better organized,” Ms. Howell said.
Rosa Rad, a 24-year-old Muslim from Arlington, Va., has attended protests over the past several weeks. During the campaign, she opposed Mr. Trump, but called herself a “slactivist,” who did little more than vote and post on social media.
Since then she has become more active. She called the American Civil Liberties Union and offered to volunteer as a translator from Farsi to English. She also attended the women’s march in Washington, as well as another protest at the Capitol on Sunday, called “No Muslim Ban,” which she heard about on Facebook.
Though she said the executive order felt like an attack of her faith and Iranian heritage, she added, “I’m an American as well. I live here. I grew up here.”

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