Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Islamic Arts Society “mission to spread peace and love”

The following article appeared in Accuracy in Academia on January 29th

'Islamic Art Exhibit At Texas A&M'

By Alex Nitzber

An Islamic art exhibit is currently on display at Texas A&M University’s Reynolds Gallery in the school’s Memorial Student Center (MSC). The exhibit titled “Salaam” involves multiple groups:

“The MSC Visual Arts Committee has collaborated with the Muslim Students’ Association at Texas A&M University and the Islamic Arts Society of Houston to bring this unique and culturally immersive exhibit to campus, in order to share just a few personal expressions and interpretations of Islam with Texas A&M and the Bryan/College Station community,” the Visual Arts Committee site states.
Spreading Peace and Love

It goes on to say that Islam itself, as well as the university’s MSA and the Islamic Arts Society, all share the “mission” “to spread peace and love, and to bring people together as a community. That is also the intention of this exhibit.”

An article on The Battalion quoted MSA vice president Sibba Al-Kahtani stating that “Islam is a peaceful religion.” She continued: “I know a lot of people don’t particularly believe that, but it is. It is a religion that allows you to find clarity within your own self. It pushes on forgiveness and being one with everything, almost. Peace is heavily emphasized in our religion and order because if you don’t have peace, you cannot be at rest.”

Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer asserted the opposite during an interview last year on The Alex Nitzberg Show when he said: “Anybody who has read the Quran—and more importantly anybody who’s read the Quran and understands and has also read how it is interpreted by mainstream Islamic authorities—nobody in that position could believe that Islam is a religion of peace.”

The exhibit was “curated by” the MSC Visual Arts Committee and the MSA and contains artwork by “artists from the Islamic Arts Society of Houston” and work by MSA students. MSC Visual Arts Committee Chair Mary Casillas said in an email: “The calligraphy piece was done by MSA members, as well as 2 2D pieces. The images in the center of the room were also submitted by MSA members.” According to a description online, “The MSC Visual Arts Committee is a student committee of the Memorial Student Center.”
Feel the Love

The Islamic Arts Society also exhibits at public libraries. A post on the Society’s Facebook page mentions four public libraries in Texas—one library has an exhibit in January and the other three libraries will have their exhibits in the coming months.

Last summer the Society exhibited in Houston’s city hall, displaying “the work of 24 artists belonging to the Islamic Arts Society,” according to a press release about the event.

Part of the Islamic Arts Society’s mission statement reads: “By promoting Islamic arts we hope to promote mutual understanding and to bring the broader American community together.” The banner image on its Facebook page carries the text: “Building Bridges Through Art.”

The Islamic Arts Society says on its website:

“Islamic art encompasses the visual arts produced from the 7th century onwards by people of the Islamic lands. It spans many different regions, cultures and 1400 centuries. It is not art specifically of a region, or of a time, or of a single medium like painting. It is not restricted to religious objects or architecture, but applies to all art forms produced in the Islamic World. Islamic Art refers not only to works created by Muslim artists or for Muslim patrons but includes art produced by non-Muslim artists or by Muslim artists working for a non-Muslim Patron. Thus Islamic arts encompass a very broad field spanning over 1400 centuries and 5 continents. It includes many art forms such as calligraphy, painting, glass, ceramics, metal, leather, woodwork, rugs and textile.”

Vermont high school to fly Black Lives Matter flag for Black History Month

 The following article appeared in the College Fix on January 26th

A high school in Vermont’s capital city will hoist the flag of Black Lives Matter in honor of February’s Black History Month.

The Burlington Free Press reports Montpelier High School will be raising the BLM banner after the Montpelier School Board gave its unanimous approval.

The board’s decision follows made a presentation made at last week’s school board meeting by the student group Racial Justice Alliance. 
Just when you thought you've seen it all

“Vermont has a long history of being at the forefront of civil rights movements,” a news release from the school says. “Our state was the first to abolish slavery in its constitution, and the first to enroll and graduate a black student, who subsequently served in the state legislature. The School Board’s decision to fly a Black Lives Matter flag builds on that legacy.”

In its board appearance, Racial Justice Alliance noted raising the flag would be part of “a wider campaign of growing awareness and making changes to the school’s curriculum, climate and ‘shared understanding of the need for racial justice.'”

“And yet, we need to do more to raise our predominantly white community’s collective consciousness to better recognize white privilege and implicit bias,” the Racial Justice Alliance’s statement said.

The group added, “We will raise the flag with love in our hearts and courage in our voices. We reject any purported connections to violence or hate that may or may not have occurred under the Black Lives Matter flag. We recognize that all lives do matter, but in the same spirit, not all lives are acknowledged for their equal importance until black lives have been.” …

“In taking this step the board and administration recognize student leadership and their desire for support,” said Superintendent Brian Ricca in a statement.

The School Board recognizes that some members of the community might not agree with its decision. Board members welcome those people to engage in a “constructive and peaceful dialogue, in the hopes of deepening our shared understanding of race and privilege in our education system and broader community.”

Memo Time

The following article appeared in Frontpage Magazine on January 30th

Shock waves in the FBI’s – and Democrats’ – corridor.

Divided on partisan lines, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence voted yesterday to make public a memo asserting the FBI relied on the discredited Trump-Russia dossier to obtain court-ordered foreign-intelligence wiretaps against U.S. citizens, a breathtaking abuse of power.

The document is already generating shock waves in Washington, even though few on Capitol Hill are said to have read it.

The FBI admits the Left’s electoral collusion conspiracy theory is unsubstantiated but still refuses to distance itself from the discredited Russia propaganda dossier Democrats paid Fusion GPS to create to undermine President Trump’s candidacy. And congressional Democrats, long sympathetic to Russia, have suddenly been transformed into strong defenders of the nation’s national security apparatus, implying that criticism of the long-troubled FBI is somehow treasonous or unpatriotic. It is a vicious smear calculated to redirect Americans’ attention, but par for the course for the Left.

Why anyone is even surprised at FBI corruption is unclear. Although the nation’s premier investigative agency is top-heavy with fine, ethical men and women, the FBI was born in corruption. Its founding director, J. Edgar Hoover, kept blackmail material on the powerful so he could stay in power for 50 years. The FBI needs a good housecleaning at the top. 
Comey, McCabe and Strzok
It was a month ago that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly refused to criticize the dossier at a closed-door hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

McCabe was relieved of his leadership post earlier yesterday and is reportedly still on the FBI’s payroll for now. He had planned to retire in the spring in order to qualify for full retirement benefits but FBI Director Christopher Wray reportedly hinted in an internal agency email that McCabe was pushed out because an upcoming government watchdog report was highly critical of his conduct on the job.

Many more resignations are expected at the FBI, which President Obama weaponized and used against his enemies during his time in office.

Majority Republicans say they want to release the memo to clear the air in the current toxic political environment and reveal the extent of what appears to be an Obama-era FBI plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing as the nation’s secretary of state and frame Trump for allegedly working with Russia to unfairly influence the 2016 election. Despite the loud public bellyaching of left-wingers, there is no evidence Trump or his campaign are guilty of such collusion, which, even if it happened, wouldn’t necessarily violate existing laws.

The vote comes after Associate Attorney General Stephen Boyd called releasing the document "extraordinarily reckless."

McCabe, a frequent target of President Trump on Twitter, served as acting director of the FBI from May 9 last year when Trump fired then-director James B. Comey and until Aug. 2 when Wray took over. While serving as acting FBI director, McCabe was involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illicit email servers that put sensitive national documents at risk.

The problem is that McCabe is closely tied to Democrat politics and should never have been anywhere near the email probe.

His wife was a Democrat candidate in 2015 for the Virginia State Senate. Her campaign received nearly $675,000 in funding from the state’s Democratic Party and a political action committee of then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). McAuliffe is a longtime Clinton crony.

McCabe failed to recuse himself from the Clinton email probe until Nov. 1, 2016, which was four days after Comey, then the FBI director, announced the agency had reopened the investigation into the emails after finding new data on computer hard drives belonging to former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), the now-imprisoned sex-offender husband of Hillary’s top lieutenant, Huma Abedin.
Abedin and Weiner

Whether McCabe should have recused himself from the email investigation is now being examined by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.

President Trump reportedly favors the release of the four-page memo, written by Nunes, whose dogged pursuit of the truth has subjected him to partisan slander for months, but has five days to decide whether to publish the document. The FBI’s Wray reportedly read the memo on the weekend at the insistence of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and was alarmed by its content. Nunes is said to have asked Wray to point out any "factual errors, national security concerns or material that could put FBI sources at risk."

To maximize public exposure of the memo without stepping on media coverage of the president’s first State of the Union address tonight, the memo could see the light of day as soon as Wednesday.
Bob Creamer

The dossier is the salacious report commissioned by opposition research firm Fusion GPS. The statements, among them that Donald Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed, were in the partisan hit job compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and published by cat video website BuzzFeed. Steele relied heavily on Kremlin-approved sources.

The dossier was just one of many outrageous dirty tricks by Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the 2016 election cycle. Clinton used the Democratic National Committee to snuff out Bernie Sanders’ bid for her party’s nomination, Clinton also personally authorized the illicit efforts of socialist felon Bob Creamer and organizer Scott Foval who fomented violence at Trump campaign rallies, as James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas group revealed in undercover videos.

The dossier, which BuzzFeed admitted is littered with errors, claims the Russians and the Trump campaign worked closely together, yet provides only unsourced evidence and rumors. The dossier is dominated by statements identified as coming from unnamed sources in and around the Trump team, the Kremlin, and the business community.

Will the release of the Nunes memo help calm things down in Congress?

Don’t count on it.

MSNBC Guest Calls Evangelical Leader A Racist For Calling Obama A Bully”…

The following article appeared in Weasel Zippers on January 29th

Via Raw Story:

Appearing on MSNBC’s AM Joy, former evangelist Frank Schaeffer launched into a righteous rant and accused Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins of being a “racist” over comments he made to Politico calling former President Barack Obama a “bully” who needs to be punched.
Joy Reid; video HERE

Earlier in the week, Perkins told Politico that he was glad to see Trump pushing back at Obama and the “leftists,” saying, Evangelical Christians “were tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists. And I think they are finally glad that there’s somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully.”

“You know, you only have two cheeks,” Perkins added. “Christianity is not all about being a welcome mat which people can just stomp their feet on.”

Addressing the Perkins interview, host Reid claimed, “What we’re seeing is people on the religious right who want someone to punch a bully, the bully being Barack Obama apparently.”
Frank Schaeffer

“I guess Barack Obama was a bully because he was black,” Schaeffer responded. “You have to remember that everything that has happened since his presidency is a reaction by a core group of white voters. Let’s remember, when we talk about evangelicals, in 1958, Jerry Falwell Sr. was denouncing integration and started a white private school academy to get around the new rulings from the courts.”