Four Students Arrested After Protesting American Sniper; ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Cited


Four students were arrested last week at a Michigan university after interrupting a viewing of the renowned film American Sniper, citing “cultural appropriation.” The disruption caused a second viewing to be cancelled.

A showing of the film at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), about 35 miles west of Detroit, was interrupted last Friday when Ahmed Abbas, Layali Alsadah, Jenna Hamed, and Sabreen Dari led a group of 35 other students to shut it down..

Though the showing continued after the protesters were removed, a second was cancelled because the first ran late.

“Once the film started the protesters moved into the theater and disrupted the movie. Department of Public Safety officers were summoned and the protesters were given several warnings. Four protesters were arrested and released shortly thereafter without any charges being sought,” EMU spokesperson Geoff Larcom told Campus Reform.

One of the lead protesters passionately expressed his dismay.

“We are never allowed to challenge [the administration]. When we do, we get arrested and we are taken in,” Abbas told the Eastern Echo, the university’s official newspaper. “That is the issue here that we have. [The] administration that says Campus Life is supposed to be about students [and students] have no right to challenge them in what we want and what we should be watching.”

“They don’t care about student dignity or respect,” Abbas added. “That is our mission. Moving forward from today in the weeks ahead we are going to be in meetings. This is a chance to get what students want.”

Abbas also told the university paper that black and Jewish communities showed concern when Tropic Thunder and Passion of the Christ were shown on campus:

The reality is, this is about a process of not allowing cultural appropriation for the movies being allowed into the university…This is not about freedom of speech, this is not about freedom of expression, this is about public safety and people being respected with dignity. That’s the reality – that’s why we’re here. If you want to voice yourself, students shouldn’t be protesting.

Student Body President Desmond Miller told the Echo that the decision to show the film was made by him, other members of the board, and other school officials.

“The conversation we had wanted to make sure student safety was at the forefront. We wanted to make sure whatever happens, students would be safe,” Miller said. “The second part of it, which is actually just as important as the first part, was making sure we have a very serious dialogue about the movie and the propaganda associated with this movie.”

h/t: Top Right News

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Controversial School Assignment Instructs Kids To Pretend They Are Muslim

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After a Wisconsin radio host posted a screenshot of one area teacher’s idea of an appropriate writing assignment, dozens of outraged citizens – along with several high-profile news organizations – began circulating the story and lambasting the teacher.

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According to the post, U.S. and World History teacher Beth Urban instructed her students to prepare for a five-paragraph essay in which they will pretend to be a male or female Muslim in America.

“Give 3 examples of what you do daily for your religion,” the assignment stated, “and any struggles you face.”

EAG News contacted a parent of one student in the class who, while she doesn’t hold the teacher accountable for coming up with the project, does feel it was inappropriate.

“I did not voice my concerns directly to the teacher,” she said, “because I do not blame the teacher. I believe this is a curriculum issue. The teachers are not using their own curriculum; the school boards/superintendents do generally.”

Such a loss of local control over public education is a major source of concern for opponents of the federal curriculum program known as Common Core. EAG News pointed out, however, that this was not Union Grove High School’s first experience with controversial assignments.

Roughly two years ago, the same school distributed crossword puzzles that defined conservatives as those who adhere to a “political belief of … restricting personal freedoms,” a move that was quickly denounced by local parents.

Shortly after that incident, the company responsible for publishing the assignment confirmed it would take greater care in eliminating such biased content.

Western Journalism contacted Union Grove High School for comment. As of this writing, our attempts have been unsuccessful.

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A Major Muslim Group Just Made A Bold Move To Gain More Power In The US Government

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About 280 Muslim delegates met with members of Congress Monday in a “historic” gathering on Capitol Hill.

According to a press release on the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) website, the first-ever National Muslim Advocacy Day enabled nearly 300 Muslim delegates representing several organizations to visit 200 congressional offices Monday – one third of the House and about half of the U.S. Senate.

The event was put together by the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO). These were their priorities according to the release:

  • Calling on Congress to urge the U.S. Department of Justice to amend its racial profiling guidance for federal law enforcement by removing any existing loopholes that continue to permit profiling in the name of national security, domestic surveillance and policing the border. Many of these programs have disproportionately targeted Latinos, Muslims and other minorities, and raise serious due process concerns.
  • Congressional support of federal legislation that prohibits any federal, state, local and Indian tribal law enforcement agency from engaging in profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or religion.
  • Support of federal legislation that addresses the problems our nation is facing with youth violence by strengthening after-school programs.

USCMO is an umbrella group of Muslim organizations which include: American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed).

“This kind of event has several key elements to it. The first is they’re trying to declare the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations is a Muslim political party in the United States and that candidates are going to have to be vetted by them,” John Guandolo, a counterrorism expert, said on Newsmax TV Monday.

It’s a flexing of the muscle in the political realm. It’s also a demonstration to the Muslim community in the U.S. and outside the U.S. that they have a very heavy hand inside our leadership realm and inside Washington, D.C.

Here are a few photos from Monday’s festivities:

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Here’s The Once-In-A-Lifetime Photo Linking Two Fearless Fighters Against Murderous Ideologies

Brigitte Gabriel is a fighter. She’s also a journalist, author, and activist who has been fighting tirelessly against the threat presented by radical Islam. As Western Journalism has reported, Gabriel has long warned of the terrorism carried out by Muslim extremists, including the bloodthirsty militants of Hamas who, she claims, use Palestinian citizens as human shields in their attacks on Israel.

She also founded the organization ACT For America, whose website describes its mission as “the nation’s largest non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to promoting national security and defeating terrorism.”

Now 50 years old, Brigitte Gabriel often tells of her early life in Lebanon, where she was born the first child of a Maronite Christian couple. “She recalls that during the Lebanese Civil War, Islamic militants launched an assault on a Lebanese military base near her family’s house and destroyed her home. Gabriel, who was ten years old at the time, was injured by shrapnel in the attack.”

For years, Gabriel traveled throughout the United States as well as overseas, sounding the alarm about the perils posed by radical Islamists intent on converting or killing Christians in the drive to create a Muslim caliphate. She often appears on TV and radio countering the claims of apologists who content that Islam is a “religion of peace.”

On her Facebook page, Gabriel has noted, “The most persecuted and victimized people in the world today are Christians in the Middle East. The perpetrators of the widespread destruction of that region’s Christian community? Islamists.”

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Only hours ago, on Facebook, Brigitte Gabriel posted a remarkable picture that she says was taken during a trip “down under.” It’s a one-in-a-lifetime photo that shows the cross-generational bonds between two people who have fought against the unspeakable brutality of those who would kill them and destroy their people.

The share text that Brigitte posted on Facebook to accompany the photos reads:

While I was in Australia last month I had the honor of meeting a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor from the Auschwitz concentration camp. He showed me the numbers tattooed on his arms and I showed him the scar from the shrapnel that nearly killed me that night in Marjayoun when my home was bombed.

Generations apart, our enemies had the same goal of implementing their ideologies and killing those who did not subscribe to the same beliefs. This Holocaust Memorial Day, I say NEVER AGAIN. Won’t you stand with me?

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Heathrow Airport, Alyssa Milano, Breast Milk, Pedophiles, And Terrorism…Seriously

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What television actress Alyssa Milano just experienced at Britain’s Heathrow Airport represents only a small glimpse of the moronic mindset and inane laws its citizens have allowed.

Milano tweeted Thursday that prior to departing Heathrow, airport staff confiscated her breast milk; it was “taken away with no discussion.”

She tweeted: “They said they would let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me. Why would I need to pump if I had the baby with me?

“Why can you test my toiletries to make sure they are safe but you have to throw away my breast milk?”

Heathrow’s response: “Unfortunately, without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule.”

Apparently, the U.K. is more concerned about breast milk than it is about the thieves and drug users it’s recruiting to join its police force as part of its “diversity program.”

Breast milk isn’t allowed to leave the country; but people like Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, president of the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain, aren’t deported. Sayeed advocates that men who rape their wives should not be prosecuted because “sex is part of marriage.” Not to mention the fact that Sharia law councils throughout the U.K. affirm child marriage and domestic violence–and cover-up criminal pedophilia rings.

No sharia councils in Britain have been disbanded, even though the European Court of Human Rights has ruled more than once that sharia law is “incompatible with the requirements of a democratic society,” and opposes the “values embodied in the Geneva Convention.”

Britain outlaws 100ml of breast milk but has not prosecuted the Birmingham City Council members who suppressed information for 23 years of a sex trafficking operation targeting children specifically linked to Muslim cab drivers.

Britain outlaws 100ml of breast milk, but it reprimands a UK Home Office researcher who exposed a Muslim Pakistani pedophile ring that had exploited at least 1,400 children in Rotherham. The researcher was told, “You must never [again] refer to Asian men”; and her awareness of “ethnic issues” was a concern.

Milano is not alone in dealing with this mentality at Heathrow Airport. Last fall, my experience was equally, if not more, disturbing.

Because of a non-British airport employee’s error, one of my carry-on items was flagged as “suspicious” when passing through the final security check point. The next non-British airport employee tasked with going through my bag told me she had to go through each and every item “for my protection” because she claimed I was carrying liquids, which I was not.

I asked, “Are you saying, you think you are protecting me from myself? That I packed poison or explosives in my moisturizer or digital camera?” Half-jokingly, I then asked, “Do you know any white female American terrorist returning to her country who has murdered other Americans?”

She stared at me with piercing eyes, arms crossed, and aggressively demanded I answer her question, “what does a terrorist look like?”

“I can tell you what they don’t look like,” I said, “me.” Next, I asked to speak to her manager–and she refused.

However, during this ridiculous conversation (and I’m only providing highlights), another non-British airport employee came over to tell me: “You are not allowed to use the word ‘terrorist’.” She added that “people who use that word are flagged as a ‘suspicious and treated with caution.’”

Nearly laughing, I asked if she’d ever met a terrorist who first identified him/herself as a terrorist. And, “tell me what British law prohibits me from using the word ‘terrorist,’ ‘terrorism,’ ‘suicide bomber,’ or ‘Muslim Jihadist’?” Both women looked at each other, saying to each other, “she said the word ‘terrorist’ again!”

In response, one employee told the other that she would not look through my bag and then, with her right forearm, swiped my bag of breakable gifts (not flagged for “suspicion”) off of the counter onto the floor. I told her she had no authority to do that. She told me she could do whatever she wanted.

Finally, five people later, I was able to speak to a British citizen and supervisor and asked if there was a British law that censored speech at Heathrow Airport. He confirmed there was no such law.

After summarizing the entire situation to him, detailing examples of airport employees’ hostility, he told me that his father, who fought in WWII, would not recognize 2014 Britain–and his mother had told him that “with rights come responsibility.”

Imagine what Britain would look like if its citizens actually followed this man’s mother’s advice. Instead—breast milk is illegal, and former convicted criminals can now be police. Pedophiles aren’t exposed; and when they are, those who expose them are reprimanded. That’s British law. Why any citizen allows this is beyond me.

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