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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 03 Feb 2016

Report On The Trump Ground Game — And The Larger Importance Of Getting It Right!

Politico’s Ben Schreckinger today reports here in “Trump resists staff calls to change coursethat – –

“In the lead-up to Donald Trump’s loss in Iowa, staffers sought additional funding for campaign infrastructure and were denied. Now, six days from the New Hampshire primary and looking for his first win, Trump is still refusing to shake up his ground game.”

Read the entire post.

We cannot second-guess Trump’s Grand Campaign Strategy with the information we have.

Our gut, however, tells us that from what we have seen in our part of the forest (Maryland and Virginia), more talent and resources would be most helpful.

But this brings us to the larger picture of the Trump Insurgency, or better, the hopes for an American Reformation he has raised throughout the nation.

These hopes — for the return of our sovereignty through control of our borders, management of our legal immigration, trading arrangements that clearly benefit us; restoring our economy to benefit ordinary Americans; rebuilding a robust national defense while distinguishing between selected foreign actions that are our business and avoiding the many entanglements that are not our business — have taken on a life of their own.

From conservative patriots ranging from Phyllis Schlafly here to senator Jeff Sessions here to Ann Coulter here, to thousands of Americans who have lined up across America to hear Donald Trump, they are deeply invested in the future he has evoked.

Trump is now the steward of these widely held hopes — almost as if he were already in public office.

The message to  Trump: understand as you make your tactical decisions that your campaign has become a national movement to begin to resuscitate a seriously endangered United States.

The future of your fellow Americans depends on your careful judgment.

2016 Election Richard Falknor on 01 Feb 2016

Not The Heritage We Once Knew–Paul Ryan Keynotes Policy Conference–Will National Review Do An “Against Ryan”?

National Review on Line’s Elaina Plott reports here that–

“Heritage Action has tapped House speaker Paul Ryan to deliver the keynote address at its third annual policy summit next Wednesday, February 3, according to an agenda obtained by National Review.”

Plott continues–

“Ryan’s appearance at the summit highlights a remarkably rapid thaw in relations between Heritage Action and House Republican leaders. The group maintained a vocal distrust of John Boehner for the majority of his speakership — he was never invited to the policy summit — but has appeared more optimistic about Ryan since he assumed the gavel, largely because of his willingness to court conservatives and commit to offering a conservative legislative agenda in advance of the GOP convention. ‘He’s conservative — folks know that,’ says one leadership aide. ‘He was an obvious choice to lead this.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)

UPDATE: Click here to go to live streaming for Heritage meet tomorrow.

Sadly, much of Ryan’s conservatism is poppycock.

Last October, Senate immigration-control leader Jeff Sessions illustrated this in an exchange (via Breitbart’s Julia Hahn) here with Laura Ingraham–

 “The word is… that 2017 is the year to watch for immigration,” radio host Laura Ingraham asked Sessions. “What are the chances… that if Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is Speaker and Hillary Clinton is President of the United States, or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is President of the United States that they would move in the first 100 days to push a massive, similar [to the ‘Gang of Eight’] immigration reform bill?” Sessions replied, ‘I think there’s a great danger that that would happen.‘”(Highlighting Forum’s)
Ryan with Guteriz

Immigration expansionist Paul Ryan pictured with advocate Luis Gutierriz in 2013. Chicago Sun-Times via Breitbart.

And last November 2, Hahn revealed that “Pro-Amnesty Pundits Pine for ‘Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio Moment’”–

“In his Friday column, New York Times columnist David Brooks–who has called for ‘increased immigration’ and ‘normalizing the illegal’ population–hailed the prospect of a ‘Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio Moment.'”

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz explained last December 17 in his Paul Ryan’s 11 Christmas Gifts to Obama

The enormity of this betrayal is breathtaking. At the same time, however, it perfectly illustrates why the American people are done with the Republican Party as currently constituted, as witnessed by the direction of the presidential primary.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Readers are also urged to open these 11 Christmas gifts here!

December 28, PowerLine’s Paul Mirengoff shed more light in the “The problem with Speaker Ryan in one headline”– 

“Yesterday’s Washington Post featured an article by Amber Phillips called (in the paper edition) ‘A dismal congressional session, but a flicker of hope.’ According to Phillips, the ‘hope’ lies in the ‘fresh face’ of Speaker Paul Ryan and the bipartisanship he has already demonstrated. That the Washington Post sees hope in Ryan’s emergence tells conservatives everything they need to know about the new Speaker. Moreover, an article like Phillips’ is likely, in the time-honored Washington tradition, to induce Ryan to continue to yield to liberals, as he did in the disgraceful Omnibus spending bill. Phillips’ article does a good job of explaining how Ryan managed to sell out conservatives without drawing the ire of his conservative colleagues. She demonstrates the problem with House conservatives in two paragraphs….”

You can read the rest of Mirengoff’s analysis here.

Moreover Ryan’s well-established sovereignty-lite record over the years (see Julia Hahn’s House of Cards: Paul Ryan’s Campaign to Mislead Voters on His Immigration Stance) is frighteningly persuasive.

A Modest Proposal for National Review?

So we have a modest proposal for the National Review — as their first step to reclaiming some credibility after their self-inflicted wound entitled Conservatives against Trump, we urge NR’s higher direction to do a special issue devoted to “Conservatives Against Ryan”!


First things . . . Richard Falknor on 01 Jan 2016

The Omnibus: The Moral Failure of the House Conservatives — Did They Even Try To Derail The Omnibus Express?

The left-leaning Politico got it right when they declared “Conservatives give Ryan a pass on budget deal they despise” —

“But unlike past fiscal battles, when lawmakers took shots at GOP leaders and tried to tank bills, this time conservatives are largely holding their fire. Even as they vow to oppose the package, many are still praising Speaker Paul Ryan’s handling of the $1.1 trillion spending bill and $680 billion in tax breaks.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
“Virginia Republican Dave Brat, a Freedom Caucus member who also sits on the budget panel, said Ryan has also gained support because he has been ‘credible on regular order’ — Congress-speak for empowering committees and rank-and-file members — and has already teed up the budget process for the beginning of 2016, a starting point unheard of in recent years.
‘The end product here is just cleaning the barn; it’s a disaster,’ Brat said of the spending and tax deal. ‘We’re breaking our pledge on the budget caps to the American people, we’ve lost fiscal discipline, and we’re throwing it all on the next generation.’
But in the same breath, Brat praised Ryan: ‘Not only is he saying the right things, he is lining it up to do the right things … and then leadership can’t hijack the budget at the end of the year and throw in the kitchen sink, which we just did.’
Praise from members of the conservative flank is a sign that they believe Ryan (R-Wis.) is trying to chart a new course in his nascent speakership. The conservatives feel more included in the process and said Ryan’s staff has been vocal about wanting their feedback. But the lawmakers are also planning to watch the speaker closely in 2016, when they say he’ll have more control over the appropriations process and Boehner can’t be blamed.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

But PowerLine’s Paul Mirengoff has a sharper perspective in his “GOP leadership caves on Gosar Amendment”–

“From the Politico article, it’s clear that Freedom Caucus members like that Ryan is giving them face time. This represents the triumph of vanity over principle. Ryan is playing these folks and they seem happy enough to be played. (Highlighting Forum’s)
Ted Cruz likes to talk about the ‘Washington Cartel’ — the leaders from both parties who, he says, make sure business continues as usual, to the people’s detriment. Cruz’s rhetoric seemed extravagant to me, but now I wonder whether it is apt.”

Last week Mirengoff added further insights in his “The problem with Speaker Ryan in one headline”–

“[Amber] Phillips’ [WP] article does a good job of explaining how Ryan managed to sell out conservatives without drawing the ire of his conservative colleagues. She demonstrates the problem with House conservatives in two paragraphs:
Ryan managed to negotiate a spending bill with Democrats in the same manner and with largely the same outcomes that Boehner likely would have. But Ryan did it without earning the same kind of vitriol from the right flank of his party that Boehner likely would have. The group on the right didn’t like the spending bill, and many didn’t vote for it, but they didn’t call Ryan names for negotiating it with Democrats.
Knowing he was at risk of being compared to the politically toxic former speaker during these negotiations, Ryan did his best to subtly draw contrasts with Boehner outside of them — Boehner smokes and drinks; Ryan works out every morning. Boehner stacked powerful committees with his allies; Ryan opened the positions up to the whole House.
Apparently all it takes to turn House conservatives into poodles is a morning workout and the promise of ‘openness.’ Amazing.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Who Voted Against The Consolidated Appropriations
Act of 2016 &
The Rule Enabling Its Consideration?

Take a look who voted no on these two bills:

Think about this. If just 40 of the 95 Republican members (42%) who voted against the bill itself had earlier voted against the Rule (together with the 183 Democrats who did so), they might well have brought the Omnibus Railroad to a halt.  

The reasonable and publicly defensible objective would have been to enact a further continuing resolution until mid or late-January (as Americans for Limited Government urged), allowing both the members of the Congress and the public carefully to examine and consider this enormous legislative package.

Daniel Horowitz summed up the Omnibus problem in his “Paul Ryan’s 11 Christmas Gifts to Obama–

“At 1:34 on Wednesday morning [December 16], the party of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan dropped their Christmas package off at the White House lawn in the form of a 2,009-page omnibus spending bill and a 233-page tax subsidy bill.  The House plans to vote on the tax bill today and the spending bill tomorrow [December 18].  The enormity of this betrayal is breathtaking. At the same time, however, it perfectly illustrates why the American people are done with the Republican Party as currently constituted, as witnessed by the direction of the presidential primary.  Amazingly, many ‘D.C. conservatives’ are giving Paul Ryan a pass.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Perhaps even a seriously organized pushback of House conservatives against rushing this monstrous Omnibus to approval might have failed — with Nancy Pelosi getting enough Democrats and Ryan enough Republican Poodles to get the House to approve a Rule giving the green light to the Omnibus Railroad before Christmas.

But if House conservatives had pushed back hard against the GOP leadership on the Omnibus, whatever the outcome, they would have kept their credibility — and their honor — for the future.

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For readers’ quick reference, the following articles make it very clear what this Omnibus should have accomplished, and suggest just some of the damage already identified in that lamentable measure.

“By locking in the President’s refugee, immigration, and spending priorities, Ryan’s bill is designed to keep these fights out of Congress by getting them off the table for good. Delivering Obama these wins–and pushing these issues beyond the purview of Congress–will suppress public attention to the issues and, in so doing, will boost the candidacy of the Republican establishment’s preferred presidential contenders, who favor President Obama’s immigration agenda.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 29 Dec 2015

“Turning the Tides” — January 8 & 9 in Annapolis–Friday Dinner & Saturday Conference–For Northern Virginia,West Virginia Panhandle As Well As Maryland Activists

Turning the Tides is a heavy-hitting gathering sponsored by Maryland Citizens Action Network — click here for registration and full details — covering existential threats to our Republic.

Bring along some of your local GOP officials and state lawmakers!





First things . . . Richard Falknor on 24 Dec 2015

A Blessed Christmas & New Year From Blue Ridge Forum!

1900--Winchester VA Stage from Bluemont

 Northern Virginia 1900–Winchester Stage Loads Passengers In Bluemont

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 15 Dec 2015

UPDATED: Immigration & More: What Do Maryland GOP U.S. Senate Primary Hopefuls Think About The Imminent Omnibus?

UPDATE DECEMBER 16–MORE FOR MD GOP SENATE HOPEFULS TO COMMENT ON! WND’s Leo Hohmann reportsSecret deal quadruples foreign workers in U.S.–Borrows from Rubio’s ‘Gang of Eight’ bill to flood blue-collar job market” –Buried in the 2,000-page omnibus spending bill released by the Senate this morning is a secret provision that many senators hope unemployed blue-collar workers won’t find out about.This provision would quadruple the number of H-2B visas for unskilled foreign ‘guest workers.’ It would allow more than a quarter of a million foreign workers to enter the U.S. each year and work in the construction industry, hotel-motel services, truck drivers, food processing, forestry and many other fields that don’t require a college education.The last-minute insert was sponsored by Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C….’In 2008, CIS found that Mikulski, a long-time champion of SOSSBA, received tens of thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from the biggest users of the program,’ [Ian] Smith said. Like Maryland, Tillis’s state of North Carolina is a big user of the program.” Breitbart’s Neil Munro on Rep Andy Harris role here. Read Ian Smith’s NRO piece here–“Members of Congress from Maryland and North Carolina…should join the bipartisan effort to condemn the bill.(Highlighting Forum’s.)
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The Baltimore Sun’s Michael Dresser here tells us that

“[Kathy] Szeliga, 54, gives the GOP its most prominent contender so far for the seat Mikulski has held for three decades. Also seeking the Republican nomination [are] former gubernatorial aide Chrys Kefalas, Navy veteran Anthony Seda and former Pentagon official Richard Douglas.”

We agree with Dresser’s assessment, and we also recall Szeliga’s outstanding competence and judgment from the time she was chief of staff to then-state senator Andy Harris.  We do not know the other four candidates. If not so prominent, they may nonetheless be equally able. 

But the country is in grave peril, and the Congress as well as the White House is in no small disrepute.

Consequently Maryland Republican candidates for United States Senator in 2016 need to speak forthrightly and in detail about such existential threats as uncontrolled immigration. 

Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz puts the matter here into this week’s context–

“This week will serve as the harbinger for how dramatically Obama will be able to ‘fundamentally transform’ America during his final year in office — coinciding with a time of unprecedented domestic and international security threats. When the voters elect a divided government, the expectation is that each side will have to implement some policies that the other dislikes. With Republicans in control of Congress and the purse strings that come with that power, the December budget bill will be the last opportunity to redress the grievances from which the American people seek relief. This is a time for Republicans to fight for a number of policies that, if not rescinded, will cause irrevocable damage to either our security or our economy. Particularly in Obama’s final year it is vital that Republicans preemptively curb him from consummating the great fundamental transformation. While there are endless liberal policies conservatives would love to block in the budget bill, there are certain items that must be defunded now and cannot wait for the next president.”  (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)

Baltimore-area resident Horowitz continues-

Stop Obama’s Dangerous Refugee Program
Republicans are floating the idea of attaching their phony refugee bill to the omnibus. Their bill will not shut down the program; the best way to prevent future radical Islamists from entering our nation.  It’s time Republicans harness the overwhelming public opposition to refugee resettlement and defund the entire program for the rest of the fiscal year until the Government Accountability Office conducts a full audit of the program’s security problems and fiscal cost.  As Sen. Jeff Sessions noted, if Republicans fund refugee resettlement in the omnibus, December 11 will truly be a date that will live in infamy.  The details of the San Bernardino terror attack demonstrate just how dangerous our immigration policies can be. The budget bill will provide Congress with the last chance to block the new immigration of radical sharia-adherent Muslims from Syria and potential terrorists like Tafsheen Malik.
Defund Amnesty
The release of tens of thousands of dangerous criminal aliens into our communities is undoubtedly the biggest threat to our security for the remainder of this presidency. But the problem is not only limited to sanctuary cities. It’s localities, such as Frederick County, Maryland, that want to cooperate with ICE but are stymied from doing so. Why? Because Obama has essentially repealed the Secure Communities and 287(g) programs designed to coordinate and train local law enforcement in helping with immigration enforcement.  Republicans must condition funding for DHS to the reinstatement of Secure Communities and 287(g). They must also defund DACA, which is still incentivizing a massive border surge to this very day. And obviously, they must defund sanctuary cities. We cannot afford another year of mass illegal immigration. Yet, at present, as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) noted, Republicans are planning to fund every aspect of Obama’s amnesty agenda in the Omnibus. At a time when we have record immigration from the Muslim world, in conjunction with no deportations, no visa tracking, and an open border, we have never been more vulnerable to a terror attack. This cannot stand another year.”

Read the entire Horowitz post 9 Harmful Policies GOP Must Block in Budget Bill here.

Today our worst fears about the Omnibus were confirmed by Breitbart’s Julia Hahn in her Politico: Ryan-Pelosi Give Obama Refugees In Omnibus

“Establishment publication Politico confirms the repeated warnings of  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)… and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)…, that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’s… omnibus spending bill will fully fund President Obama’s refugee resettlement operation.”

Several Questions For Each Of The Maryland GOP U. S. Senate Contenders

If you were a senator today, what legislative action if any — e.g., sponsoring or co-sponsoring amendments to fix the measure — would you be prepared to take when the Ryan Omnibus comes before the Senate this week?

Would you vote for an Omnibus that did not defund refugee resettlement? that did not defund Planned Parenthood? that did not block gun control?

Or is avoiding a “shutdown” in 2015 your first priority?

Extra points: what sitting U. S. senator do you most admire?  Why?

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Readers (and candidates) might find the following  articles useful–

Shelby, Sessions Propose Immigration Provisions To Include In Omnibus

Paul Ryan Set To Mail Obama Check To Bring In Muslim Refugees

Act This Week! Is This Your Last Chance To Keep From Being Replaced?

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 14 Dec 2015

Act This Week! Is This Your Last Chance To Keep From Being Replaced?

“The omnibus would put the U.S. on a path to approve admission for hundreds of thousands of migrants from a broad range of countries with jihadists movements over the next 12 months, on top of all the other autopilot annual immigration – absent language to reduce the numbers.” —senators Jeff Sessions & Richard Shelby

This week the Congressional Republican Leadership plans a vote on a giant “omnibus” appropriations measure to bankroll the Federal government through next September 30!

Today Politico’s Huddle reports

“Negotiations continued throughout the weekend on a massive government funding deal lawmakers need to clinch this week. Technically the deadline is Wednesday, but it’s highly likely Congress passes another short-term funding measure to give the Senate time to pass any deal that emerged from the still ongoing negotiations. Sources famil[iar] with the talks said staff for Republican and Democratic appropriators, along with leadership, are ‘making significant progress’ and a deal could come together shortly. But big issues on riders and levels of appropriations still exist.”(Highlighting Forum’s.)

Importantly, last Thursday senator Jeff Sessions, in discussing Syrian refugees warned, “It’s going to be jammed through!” (Click here.)

Last Friday constitution defender Sessions and his colleague Richard Shelby urged (click here)–

“Congress must cancel the President’s blank refugee check and put Congress back in charge of the program.  We cannot allow the President to unilaterally decide how many refugees he wishes to admit, nor continue to force taxpayers to pick up the tab for the tens of billions of unpaid-for welfare and entitlement costs.  The omnibus would put the U.S. on a path to approve admission for hundreds of thousands of migrants from a broad range of countries with jihadists movements over the next 12 months, on top of all the other autopilot annual immigration – absent language to reduce the numbers.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The two senators recommended instead–

  • “A provision to deny the expenditure of grant funds in the omnibus legislation for Sanctuary Cities
  • A provision to deny the expenditure of funds to issue visas to countries that refuse to repatriate criminal aliens
  • A provision to prevent the expenditure of any funds on immigration programs that waive in-person interviews
  • A provision to withhold refugee resettlement funds until Congress passes a joint resolution to authorize refugee resettlement, ending the President’s unilateral refugee power”

Replacing America

Refugee-resettlement expert Ann Corcoran detailed what appears to us to be our Deep State’s larger goal –click on her Obama Task Force on New Americans: Changing America by ‘seeding’ migrants in towns everywhere–

“Obama is changing America by changing the people!  You might even say he is ‘colonizing’ America!
And, they are doing it by changing the language as well!
Update March 2:  Learn about another participant in the plan—New Americans Campaign, here.
. . . . . . . . . .
“It is not just Obama!
Finally, remember this “seeding” concept has been going on for decades through Presidents of both parties as the US State Department and its contractors (all nine are progressive, six of them represent the ‘religious Left’) have been seeding communities with refugees — see our post just this week about how over 60 towns in Minnesota have been ‘salted’ (I should have said ‘seeded!’) with Somalis.  Obama is just taking it to a new level.
By the way, I will bet the contractors*** were on that Task Force on New Americans conference call too!
Speaking of language—you are a racist if you don’t want to be replaced!
Again, they control the language:  If you aren’t ‘welcoming’ then that means to them you are unwelcoming = racist, redneck, xenophobic, nativist boob.  Such language sends most good people running for cover.  Or, in the case of politicians, especially Republican ones, they virtually wet their pants out of fear while Obama and the progressives move forward with their agenda of replacing you.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

What — then — should be done?

  • The Congress must move the current extension until mid-January so sensible immigration fixes can be added and so that members will have at least a week to review the provisions of this giant measure before voting on it. Blind legislating of this scope under Christmas “deadlines” is simply indefensible.


  • Readers who don’t want to be overwhelmed by Shariah-adherent and assimilation-resistant refugees should talk bluntly and right now to their House GOP members who plan to go along with the Ryan Leadership on immigration: we’ll bring up your record at every Republican county committee meeting we attend; we’ll confront volunteers for your reelection campaign on your position; we’ll picket your district offices; we’ll put your porous-border votes on local overpass media; and we’ll seek not just a primary opponent but even explore finding an independent conservative candidate to challenge you. 

Civility, yes; “nice”, no longer.

Overpass Media Richard Falknor on 12 Dec 2015

Overpass Media–“Trump | We Say Merry Christmas!”

Trump-Merry Christmas--best
Maryland Tea Party Activists Ed Hunter and Lewis Porter reported on last Friday’s response to their I-95 rush hour message delivered from an overpass near Baltimore —
“40,000 views! Great support from passers-by…one couple tracked us down on the overpass road to shake our hands.

Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 10 Dec 2015

“It’s ‘Feed My Sheep,’ Not ‘Feed My Sheep To the Wolves’”— Stephen Coughlin Unmasks Interfaith Dialogue Movement

Bridge Building to Nowhere: The Catholic Church’s Case Study in Interfaith Delusion, by Stephen Coughlin, Center for Security Policy, Civilization Jihad Reader Series, Vol. 6, 2015. (Click here or here for entire monograph.)
“Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalizations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” —Paragraph 253, Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis to the Bishops, Clergy, Consecrated Persons and the Lay Faithful on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World, November 24, 2013.
“In every cry of every Man,
In every Infants cry of fear,
In every voice: in every ban,
The mind-forg’d manacles I hear” —from  “London,” by William Blake, 1738

Pope Francis and Grand Mufti of Istanbul

“In a gesture designed to highlight his commitment to inter-faith dialogue, Pope Francis conducted a silent prayer alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday. Facing Mecca, Francis bowed his head in prayer for several minutes while standing next to Istanbul’s Grand Mufti Rahmi Yaran. November 29, 2014. Photograph: AP” [Source: The Guardian.]

In this monograph from Center for Security Policy, CSP senior fellow Stephen Coughlin — author, attorney, decorated intelligence officer, and specialist on Islamic law — exposes how the interfaith movement has enlisted the Roman Catholic  hierarchy into the service of the dangerous deception that “Islam is a religion of peace.”

Coughlin’s 96-page booklet was originally an appendix to his magisterial Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad. (Click here for our review of the book.)

The new monograph explains, in the words of Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney—

“…how Jihidist groups like the Muslim brotherhood and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation take calculated advantage of liberal mindsets among Catholics — from the lay faithful through the clerical hierarchy and all the way to the Vatican.”

Coughlin, himself a Roman Catholic, evokes the doleful clanking of what poet William Blake called the “mind-forg’d manacles” within the Catholic interfaith movement today.

“This is not unique to Catholics,” Coughlin assures us, “as this scenario is playing itself out in many Protestant, Evangelical and Jewish communities as well.”

Cardinal Dolan radio show

Smelting Blake’s “mind-forg’d manacles”: “’Religion is not the locomotive of conflict,’ said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the Cordoba Initiative and the man whose efforts to build an Islamic center in Lower Manhattan five ago were thwarted after a bitter controversy over what foes labeled the ‘Ground Zero mosque.’”

As Coughlin explains, the self-imposed, self-censoring rules of engagement of interfaith dialogue cajole non-Islam participants to betray their own religious identities, traditional values, and moral responsibility to protect their own flock from error.

One dialogue pitfall, for example, “only allows discussions of Islam that Muslim partners affirm ‘as accurate.’”

The Roman Catholic partners blindfold themselves when they “pledge ‘to remain committed to being friends when the world would separate us from one another.’” (From Interfaith Dialogue: A Guide for Muslims, International Institute of Islamic Thought

Coughlin describes dawah (Islamic outreach to people of other religions) as a form of “stealth Jihad.”

Dawah is much more than just the Islamic equivalent to proselytizing, and a competent due-diligence review would reveal this. The duty of dawah is doctrinally associated with the duty of jihad and concerns actions taken in preparation for jihad.”

For Islamist organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the ultimate goal of jihad is to impose shariah (including Islamic blasphemy laws, cover-up dress for women, and such traditional punishments as stoning and whipping) everywhere in the world.

Christian & Jewish Religious Leaders
Have a Duty to Learn the Islamist Codes

Coughlin spells out the codes that make it easy for an Islamic scholar to pronounce a message that reassures a listening Catholic bishop, but which, to Muslims with a hard-line Koranic education, rings with a subtext of implacable hostility.

  • The hard-line Muslim clerics—with authority derived from Islamic scriptures and enforced by violent, pro-Sharia movements—draw on the Islamic doctrine of abrogation, which gives predominant weight to the later, jihad-praising, passages of the Koran. In their minds, these later passages expunge any earlier verses that prescribe tolerance toward “the People of the Book.” But they do not tell their interfaith partners this. 
  • For these hard liners, revelations that occur later in time are superior to earlier, so Mohammed superseded the earlier “prophets” Abraham and Jesus Christ. Any Jews or Christians intransigent enough to cling to their traditional faiths after the appearance of the Prophet are condemned.
  • The Christian doctrine of the Trinity (God as a unity of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) is abhorrent to the Muslim hard line, which also holds that the concept of a Messiah—the fully human, fully divine son of God—is utterly blasphemous to the basic oneness of Allah.
  • “They do blaspheme who say, ‘Allah is Christ the son of Mary.’ But said Christ: ‘O Children of Israel! worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.’ Whoever joins other gods with Allah, – Allah will forbid him the garden and the Fire will be his abode.” (Qur’an 5:72)
  • In November 2014, the Grand Mufti of Istanbul pleased Pope Francis by quoting a Koran passage that describes the birth of Jesus, the “son of Maryam.” Yet, says Coughlin, that passage concludes with reporting a first miracle by the holy child—a marvel not found in the Gospel scriptures—“…his express denial, as an infant, of his divinity. ‘He [‘Isa (Jesus)] said: ‘Verily, I am a slave of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.’” (Qur’an 19:30)
  • The Koran’s version of Judgement Day acknowledges Christ returning to the world, but only to pronounce damnation on those who believed in him while rejecting Mohammed, the one true Prophet of Allah.

Shepherds Who Cannot Recognize the Wolf

Why do these doctrinal issues—obscure to many Americans—matter?

Stephen Coughlin

Stephen Coughlin briefs on “Abrogation & the ‘Milestones’ Process,” at the Center for Security Policy. Watch YouTube of briefing.

In the long term, ignorance of how Christianity is treated in Islamic thought sows basic confusion. Such “dislocation of faith,” is a major goal of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Civilization Jihad.”

Even in the immediate term, however, as defense expert Sebastian Gorka explains, “no Islamist organization or movement can launch is efforts without first establishing its ideological legitimacy within the corpus of Islam.”

Gorka acknowledges the new importance of social media and peer-to-peer contact in recruitment of American jihadists, but also declares—

“It is the key failing of U.S. efforts to fight terrorism that we have not understood the importance of ideology, that every act by jihadists must be justified by radical clerics, jurists or scholars. Indeed, one can argue that the ideologues are more important than individual operational leaders. Field commanders, as we have seen again and again, are replaceable, but ideas live on. They are much more difficult to defeat.” [Highlighting Forum’s.]

The Catholic leadership, Coughin laments, has shirked their responsibility of examining and discerning evidence; they have even abandoned basic rules of reason that would enable them to judge the proposition, “Islam is a religion of peace” as a logical impossibility (that is, “A” cannot equal “not-A”). Or, as he puts it more simply—

“Shepherds who cannot recognize the wolf are not good shepherds.”

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 08 Dec 2015

Call Your GOP House Member To Say “Trump Is Right”– Stop Importing Shariah!

This week the House of Representatives Republican Leadership apparently plans (click here, then here) on continuing to bankroll the Administration’s expanding “refugee” program — and in spite of the Islamist-engineered slaughter in San Bernardino. This morning open-borders Speaker Paul Ryan showed here he still didn’t “get” the peril.

Trump is right with his interim solution here — and so are the similar approaches of Ted Cruz here and Paul Rand here.

Now is the tipping point: will the GOP Establishment rise to the challenge and put their country ahead of their donors?

National-security expert Frank Gaffney has a lucid explanation — “It’s Shariah, Stupid” — of the danger here.

“If we are to survive the collective effort of shariah-adherent Muslims and their enablers around the world to force ‘non-believers’ to submit to that toxic ideology, we have to recognize that a) that we are not just confronting the Islamic State, but all those who embrace and practice the same ideology; b) we must counter both the violent and the pre-violent jihadists; and c) this will require a comprehensive, clear-eyed and patient strategy akin to that utilized decisively by President Reagan to destroy the last totalitarian ideology that sought world domination: Soviet communism.”

Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz gives us a John Quincy Adams illustration here of what we should expect from immigrants.

Constitutional scholar Andrew McCarthy reminds us here

“The promotion of constitutional principles and civic education has always been foundational to the American immigration and naturalization process. We fatally undermine this process by narrowly vetting for terrorism rather than sharia adherence.” (Highlighting Forums.)

Members who vote to continue bringing in swaths of people many of whom are Shariah-adherent will bear a heavy responsibility for future slaughters about which Trump warns — click here.

And so will we if we don’t push the Congress hard — right now — to defund these dangerous but taxpayer-supported programs.

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