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Minnesota Mosque Hit by Early-Morning Explosion

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In a news conference, Mohamed Omar, the executive director of the mosque, said the explosion had occurred “in the direction of the imam’s room.”

He said one member of the congregation immediately ran outside to see what had happened, and “saw a truck fleeing from the parking lot.”

While the police had not determined a motive, community members and interfaith leaders of various congregations responded to the episode as yet another attack on a Muslim place of worship.

“We’re here all together in order to defend the values of our country, the values of our faith, the values of our people,” said Hamdy El-Sawaf, president of the board of the Islamic Community Center of Minnesota. “No matter what happens, small or big, it will never scare us, it will never bring us to our knees. We’re here to help each other, to support each other.”

Mr. Omar was joined by dozens of community members, with some in the crowd holding signs of support proclaiming “All are welcome here.”

“What I would say is an attack on a mosque is an attack on a synagogue, it’s an attack on a church, it’s an attack on all faith communities, so we stand with you, a million Protestants in Minnesota,” said the Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, the chief executive of the Minnesota Council of Churches.

The mosque had recently been the target of harassment, receiving threatening and hateful messages, Mr. Omar told The Star Tribune.

“People talking about us, telling us, accusing us that we shouldn’t be here, that we are like a burden to the community or we are like harming it,” Mr. Omar said.

In a statement issued late Saturday, Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota said: “Every place of worship, for all Minnesotans of every faith and culture, must be sacred and safe. My prayers are with the children, families, and faith leaders of the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center today.”

 

Via: NYTimes

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WATCH: Ex-Bush Adviser – ‘If You Think Iraq Was A Bad War, Wait Until You See Iran’

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President Donald Trump has based nearly his entire political identity on positioning himself as the opposite of former President Barack Obama – the racist birther movement was the beginning of Trump’s foray into politics, and his obsession with disassembling the Affordable Care Act is probably his most publicized.

However, a former adviser to President George W. Bush seems to think that Trump’s desire to undermine his predecessor becomes most frightening when dealing with the Iran nuclear deal. He claims Trump, and complicit Republicans, will lead us into a deadly war with Iran.

Retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Chief of Staff to Bush’s Secretary of State Colin Powell, appeared on MSNBC’s AM Joy and stated that Trump and his congressional apologists are deliberately setting up for years of war with North Korea and the Middle East. He told MSNBC host Joy Reid:

“I think we are doing the same thing as we did in 2003, and I was very intimate with that process in Iraq. We are marching down the road to war. If you think Iraq was a bad war wait until you see Iran.”

Wilkerson argued that Saudi Arabia, a country which Trump’s team has shown all manner of favor towards, is actually the country destabilizing the Middle East, claiming:

“The Saudis are far worse than Iran and we are getting ready to make that situation even worse, more profoundly destabilizing, by taking on Iran militarily.”

Wilkerson was heavily involved with Bush’s war against Saddam Hussein, and he knows a thing or two about twisting intelligence and public perception to lead a country into war. He left Reid speechless with this ominous warning to our troops:

“I will tell every GI out there: You have had 17 straight years of war, get ready for 17 more.”

Watch Wilkerson’s conversation with Reid below. Is America great again?

Featured image via YouTube screen capture.

Via: LA

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WTF? ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Makes MS Snowflakes ‘Uncomfortable’ (TWEETS)

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WTF? ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Makes MS Snowflakes ‘Uncomfortable’ (TWEETS)

 

For more than half a century, Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” has been a staple of eighth and ninth-grade English classes around the country. It’s also been a fixture on lists of banned and challenged books due to its brutally honest depictions of racism and rape. According to the American Library Association, it was the 21st most-challenged book in the first decade of the new millennium.

Well, add another challenge to the list. Late last week, school officials in Biloxi, Mississippi removed “To Kill A Mockingbird” from the eighth grade language arts reading list. According to school board vice president Kenny Holloway, school officials had fielded a number of complaints that “there was some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable.” Ultimately, administration and English department officials concluded that they could “teach the same lesson with other books.”

While Holloway didn’t elaborate, the (Biloxi) Sun Herald received an email from one parent at Biloxi Junior High School that may have provided something of an explanation. According to the parent, eighth graders were still reading “To Kill A Mockingbird” when the decision was made to yank it from the curriculum. Now, according to this parent, they won’t be allowed to finish it “due to the use of the N-word.” This parent called the move “one of the most disturbing examples of censorship I have ever heard.”

“Disturbing” is being kind to it. This book teaches a number of important lessons–such as the need to have compassion and empathy for everyone, regardless of race or economic background. It also lays threadbare the outrageous reality of racism and prejudice in the Depression-era Deep South, and does so through the eyes of children. For those who don’t recall, Scout Finch, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill are forced to mature and quickly after seeing absolute evil first hand. If that makes people “uncomfortable,” it actually proves why kids in Biloxi need to be exposed to this classic.

A lot of people are of the same mind. The reaction in the Twitterverse has been unsparing.

These aren’t just the objections of “outside agitators,” though. The decision doesn’t seem to be playing very well on the Mississippi Gulf Coast either.

The Sun Herald editorial board blasted the decision, saying that the school board had denied eighth graders a chance to understand why, in the words of Atticus Finch, “reasonable people go stark raving mad” whenever race is even discussed. The Facebook comments sections for both the original article and the editorial are, with virtually no exceptions, filled with people blasting this decision.

Considering this area’s history, this is very refreshing. The Gulf Coast was one of the first areas of the South where the old-line Democrats started turning their backs on the national party after it became more receptive to civil rights. It has since become one of the most Republican areas of the South. Harrison County, home to Biloxi, has not supported a Democrat for president since 1960.

If the reaction to this decision is any indication, though, it does appear that the people in this area do have some standards. While the book is still available at the Biloxi Junior High library, district officials should be ashamed at their apparent decision to cave in to a few snowflakes.

Hopefully someone at either Biloxi Junior High or Biloxi High has the guts to allow their kids to continue reading this book, or at the very least allow them to watch the Oscar-winning film version that came out in 1962 and stars Gregory Peck as Atticus. Of course, though, the only real way to right this wrong is for the Biloxi school board to grow a pair and put this book back in the curriculum. Let them have it on the Web, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

(featured image: screenshot courtesy Universal Pictures, part of public domain)

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Fox & Friends Loses It Over Female Thomas The Tank Engine Characters (VIDEO)

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Taking a break from trying to remember whether or not President Donald Trump ever admitted to committing sexual assault, the hosts of Fox & Friends turned their shrieking ire to a new target: children’s cartoon Thomas and Friends.

Specifically, it is Thomas and Friends’ addition of two female characters that have ruffled the F&F feathers. Host Pete Hegseth really kicked things off with this brilliant observation, sputtering as he tried to string together an argument.:

“Traditionally, boys have probably loved trains and girls probably do too. But there are more boy engines than girl engines. They’re balancing it out. They’re getting rid of two of the males and replacing them with female trains, one from Africa. And then the other changes — they are going to make Thomas more sustainable. He’s going to follow U.N. goals and stop polluting so much, and start being more environmentally friendly.”

This then launches into an argument about allowing “childhood to be childhood,” because, apparently, a show that includes female anthropomorphic train engines is too much for some children to deal with. Male anthropomorphic train engines that love polluting, however, are just fine.

Host David Webb continued to express his concern for our children, trying to clarify his anti-female train stance:

“I’m not against girl or boy trains or any trains. I would like to see a nice high-speed train represented, whatever the case may be. You know, Abby, I just don’t see the agenda being the driver.”

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Third host Abby Huntsman is the lone voice of reason in the discussion, arguing that gender equality in the cartoon train world is okay by her, all while her co-hosts attempt to interrupt her:

“Adding more women faces to trains, as a woman, I think that’s great. Also, clean energy, I’m all for clean energy in this country. I’m all for being more energy independent in this country. So, if this is something to be worried about, I just don’t know if that’s on the top of my list.”

Webb claims that the female trains on Thomas & Friends are “killing childhood.” Huntsman questions that argument, incredulously stating:

“Does that kill childhood, though? Because I know I’m about to have a girl and to read her that book or show her that, I don’t think that ends her childhood.”

Adding women to popular entertainment has long ruffled the skirts of the far right; alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was booted off Twitter for (among other things) directing his fans to harass actor Leslie Jones, who was starring in the female reboot of Ghostbusters.

Keep in mind that this was a four minute segment on President Trump’s favorite morning news show, and it was discussing if the children of the United States are being indoctrinated because they added female trains to an animated children’s show. Watch the unbelievable exchange below, and especially note Abby Huntsman trying not to laugh in Pete Hegseth’s face as he introduces the segment:

Featured image via YouTube screen capture.

 

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