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Thursday, February 26, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

ISIS In All 50 States?

The FBI arrested three men in Brooklyn yesterday who were attempting to join ISIS. They ranged in ages from 19 to 30. Two were citizens of Uzbekistan and one is a citizen of Kazakhstan. One is reportedly an illegal immigrant. But all three share one thing — they are Muslims who hate America.

According to the New York Post, court documents reveal that one of the men came into contact with an FBI informant at a mosque. No doubt that revelation will lead to a new round of protests by CAIR and other Muslim grievance groups.

One man wanted to plant a bomb on Coney Island and threatened to kill President Obama. Another reportedly expressed interest in joining the military so he could act as a spy or commit another Fort Hood-style massacre.

While addressing the National Association of Attorneys General yesterday, FBI Director James Comey made this startling statement: “We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states. . . . This isn’t a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon. This is all 50 states and in ways that are very hard to see.”

It is certainly a lot harder to see when your politically correct superiors insist on wearing blinders and refuse to identify the enemy, even when that enemy identifies itself as the ISLAMIC State.

Troubled Souls?

Comey also made other disturbing comments. He repeatedly referred to jihadi wanna-bes as “troubled souls.” Maybe that was just the best he could come up with since he isn’t allowed to call them Islamists.

But these troubled souls do not fit the usual meaning of the phrase. A troubled soul might be a young child with no father in the home who needs a mentor or relative to step in. The jihadists want to kill and maim people because that is what they believe Allah has commanded them to do in order to save their souls.

We are way beyond mere troubles. ISIS represents an existential threat to Judeo-Christian civilization. This threat is far more serious than the need for a jobs program or courses in self-esteem. If only we had leaders who took it that seriously, we might not be worrying about radicals in all fifty states.


ISIS militants have reportedly seized control of 11 Christian villages in Syria and have taken more than 200 of Assyrian Christians captive.

But don’t worry — Secretary of State John Kerry is on it. In fact, he’s just appointed a Special Envoy for Christian persecution. . . Whoops, that’s not right.

No, in the face of all that is going wrong in the world today, Secretary Kerry announced this week the first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Persons. He moved quickly on that — the State Department only announced the creation of the job earlier this month.

In contrast, the position of ambassador for international religious freedom was vacant for 43 out of the last 73 months!

If the Assyrian Christians hope to attract the attention of this administration, perhaps they should claim to come out of the closet.

Rule Of Law Or Policies?

The impasse over funding for the Department of Homeland Security moved toward a possible resolution yesterday. Unable to overcome a Democrat filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell split the legislation into two bills — one fully funding DHS and one that overturns Obama’s executive amnesty policy.

House Speaker John Boehner blasted the stalemate today, saying, “I just think it’s outrageous that Senate Democrats are using Homeland Security funding for blackmail to protect the actions of the president, where the president himself said he didn’t have the authority to do this.”

House Republicans heard testimony yesterday from families who have been victimized by Obama’s disregard for the rule of law and his failure to secure our borders. The testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw was especially moving. Here are excerpts of his comments:

“My son, Jamiel Andre Shaw II, was murdered by a DREAMer, a DACA recipient, a child brought to this country by no fault of his own. . . .The illegal alien dreamer that murdered my son only served four months of an eight month sentence for assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer. He was released from the county jail the day before he executed my son.
“Why was this violent illegal alien allowed to walk the streets of America instead of being deported? . . . Do black lives really matter or does it matter only if you are shot by a white person or a white policeman? . . . My son thought he . . . could depend on the government to secure our borders and keep the bad people out.”

Did you hear about this during last night’s news broadcasts?

Meanwhile, at an immigration town hall in Miami, President Obama threatened Border Patrol officers who continue to enforce the law. Referring to his amnesty policy, the president said, “If somebody’s working for [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] . . . and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it.”

Perhaps the president should talk to Mr. Shaw about the consequences of his policies. We are a nation of laws not executive policies. If Obama followed the law, Mr. Shaw’s son might still be alive.

Unfortunately, Obama’s disregard for the rule of law and his amnesty policy is only enticing more illegal immigration. Texas Governor Greg Abbott told CBS’s “Face The Nation Sunday, “Already this calendar year, since January 1, we have had more than 20,000 people come across the border.”

And speaking of Obama’s radical policies, his administration is forcing religious organizations and faith-based charities assisting unaccompanied minors to provide them with abortions or risk losing federal funding — a violation of existing federal law.


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Iran Is Already Cheating

The Obama Administration has yet to formally reach a deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program, but already the Islamic Republic is cheating.

Reuters reported yesterday that Iran has smuggled “at least $1 billion in cash” into the country in violation of sanctions imposed as a result of its clandestine nuclear programs. But that’s peanuts.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of organizations opposed to the mullahs, yesterday exposed the existence of a secret uranium enrichment site, hidden at a military base in the Tehran suburbs.

During a press conference yesterday, Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the NCRI, told reporters that information about the new nuclear lab comes from “highly placed sources within the Iranian regime as well as those involved in the nuclear weapons projects.”

The NCRI is not some group of disaffected radicals looking to make headlines. The Christian Science Monitor noted that Mr. Jafarzadeh and the NCRI were “behind the bombshell revelation of Iran’s Natanz uranium enrichment site and the Arak plutonium facility.”

While everyone in Washington is gearing up for a fight over the details of the deal, the basic point is that we shouldn’t even be trying to cut a deal with Iran. This regime has a long history of bad behavior.

As I noted yesterday, Iran is responsible for the deaths of U.S. troops. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Its leader calls for the destruction of Israel and calls America “the great Satan.” It has routinely blocked international inspections of its known nuclear sites. And it is conducting combat exercises aimed at taking out our aircraft carriers.

No American president should ever trust this regime to honor its word when it comes to the world’s most destructive weapons.

Mr. Jafarzadeh told reporters, “It is absolutely senseless to continue the negotiations.” I couldn’t agree more.

Sounding The Alarm

Iran is marching toward nuclear weapons. Putin is marching into Ukraine. ISIS is marching throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Meanwhile, Obama has been gutting our national defense. With each passing day, the world becomes a more dangerous place and America is increasingly ill-equipped to respond.

That is why I joined 80 leading foreign policy and national security experts urging congressional leaders to increase defense spending. Among those signing the letter were former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Editor Bill Kristol, former Senators Joseph Lieberman and Jim Talent and former Deputy National Security advisor Elliott Abrams.

Our letter to House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Harry Reid reminded them of these disturbing facts:

“In the last three years, the Army’s strength has been cut by nearly 100,000 soldiers. The Navy’s contingency response force is at one-third the level of what it should be. Less than half of the Air Force’s combat squadrons are fully ready. Approximately half of the Marine Corps’ non-deployed units lack sufficient personnel, equipment, and training.”

The Divided States Of America

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani created a firestorm in recent days when he questioned President Obama’s love for America. Giuliani knew his comments were divisive. He prefaced them by saying, “I know this is a horrible thing to say. . .”

The polling firm Rasmussen Reports decided to ask the American people what they thought. While 92% of voters said that they loved America, only 51% could say the same for Obama. Forty-nine percent either said the president didn’t love America or they weren’t sure if he did.

What is it about this president and his policies that has half the country questioning his patriotism? Reverend Franklin Graham offered some suggestions in Facebook post Monday:

“Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken a lot of heat from the media for his remark that he’s not sure if President Obama really loves America. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do know that the president defends Islam and chastises Christians, rebukes our allies and befriends our enemies, and fully supports gay marriages and abortion but denies the religious freedoms of those who don’t agree. Our nation is ridiculed abroad and morally crumbling within. We are in trouble. We have turned our back on God.”

Rudy Giuliani is no extremist. He got elected in one of the most diverse, liberal bastions in America. Reverend Graham is one of America’s leading religious figures who speaks for many evangelical Christians. That both men would make such statements speaks volumes about the growing sense of unease about the direction of our country.

Walker Whacked For His Faith

A few days ago, reporters tried to trap Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in a game of “gotcha,” asking whether he thought President Obama was a Christian. When the governor answered honestly, saying, “I don’t know,” big media pummeled him for doubting their political messiah. Now they are mocking Walker for his faith.

Like most Americans, Governor Walker is a man of faith. He has often said that as he considers his future, he is trying to “discern God’s calling” for him.

That innocuous comment led the anti-Christian bigots at the Freedom From Religion Foundation to file an official records request demanding the governor’s office “provide a copy/transcript of all communications with God, the Lord, Christ, Jesus or any other form of deity.”

Left-wing blogger Taegan Goddard piled on, tweeting yesterday, “Gov. Scott Walker’s office was unable to provide any transcripts of his conversations with God.” This was a dog whistle to the left, mocking Walker as an unstable nut who hears voices in his head. Other liberal bloggers and columnists soon joined in.

The media’s double standard is disgusting. To them Obama’s faith is to be accepted without question, while Governor Walker’s faith is fair game.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Defending Faith, Family & Freedom

Today my public policy group American Values, along with a coalition of other pro-family organizations, released results from a national poll we commissioned on marriage and religious liberty. Contrary to the media’s left-wing narrative, the American people still believe in normal marriage. Here are the key findings:

  • 53% of registered voters surveyed agreed with the statement: “I believe marriage should be defined ONLY as a union between one man and one woman.” Forty-three percent disagreed.
  • 61% agreed that “States and citizens should remain free to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and the Supreme Court shouldn’t force all 50 states to redefine marriage.” Thirty-two percent disagreed. In other words, voters believe the definition of marriage should be left to the people; they do not want it redefined by unelected robed radicals.
  • 81% agreed with the statement “Government should leave people free to follow their beliefs about marriage as they live their daily lives at work and in the way they run their businesses.” Twelve percent disagreed.

    An overwhelming majority of Americans — 81% — believe that true tolerance demands respect for our deeply held religious beliefs and our First Amendment rights. They are clearly concerned about the dangers to freedom of belief as more individuals — photographers, florists, bakers, college administrators, high tech executives — discover that liberal intolerance threatens their livelihoods.

    Soon the Supreme Court will take up cases regarding the people’s right to define marriage. As our poll indicates, the justices would be wise to respect the limits of their power and the judgment of voters in more than 30 states who voted to preserve the meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    Americans do not want another Roe v. Wade-like ruling from unelected judges that assaults their values and forces the left’s morality on every state in the union. Such a ruling will only enflame America’s culture war.

    Obama’s “Cold Shoulder”

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to Washington, D.C., next week. Normally the leader of a strategically allied nation could expect a warm reception from the White House, but not if that leader is from Israel, the only Jewish state in the world.

    In fact, the Associated Press reports, “. . .the White House is mulling ways to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington. . .” The report adds that the “White House is now doubling down on a cold-shoulder strategy,” including “a pointed snub” of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference.

    There is no doubt that Barack Obama has tried his best to fundamentally transform America’s foreign policy. Obama began his presidency by extending an open hand to the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has written secret letters to Ayatollah Khamenei. And his appeasement of Iran’s nuclear program is making even the liberal Washington Post nervous.

    Iran is directly responsible for the deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Its leader calls for the destruction of Israel and calls America “the great Satan.”

    Yet an “unrestrained” Obama administration is working hard to embarrass and disrespect the most pro-American leader in the Middle East.

    Camp Jihad

    ISIS has released a chilling new video. It shows scores of children, some appear to be as young as five, training for jihad.

    Americans would not rush to sign-up their five, six or seven year-olds for summer camps where they are taught to hate and kill “infidels.” What is significant about this video, in my view, is that militant Islamists — whether it’s Hamas, the PLO or ISIS — do it at such a young age. They are willing to rob whatever innocence Muslim children in the Middle East might still have and immerse them in a culture of death and jihad.

    A few days ago, a young girl blew herself up at a bus stop in Nigeria, killing 16 people. Earlier this month, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child warned that ISIS was forcing mentally disabled children to be suicide bombers.

    The bloodlust of radical Islam knows no limits. It will take much more than an Obama jobs program and politically correct cliches to crush this evil.

    Forget The Filibuster

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried again yesterday to bring up a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security. Democrats blocked it for a fourth time because it defunds Obama’s executive amnesty programs.

    Think about that. Militant Islamists are threatening the Mall of America and Democrats are defending Obama’s amnesty over our homeland security.

    We know that if the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t get funded, it is because Democrats blocked the bill in the Senate. But the media narrative is the opposite. The public is being told that intransigent Republican demands are holding it up.

    Alabama Senator Richard Shelby thinks it time to end the filibuster entirely. Harry Reid “broke eggs” when he eliminated the filibuster for presidential appointments, Shelby said. “My own view is we should go ahead and break some more eggs,” he added. “It’s just a rule . . . And the rule is that each Congress makes its own rules.”

    Shelby is right, and columnist Charles Krauthammer agrees. Democrats changed the filibuster rules when it suited their purposes — to pack the courts with left-wing Obama nominees. Now it suits our purpose on public policy to change the rules so we can fund the Department of Homeland Security.

    This shouldn’t be necessary. Seven Senate Democrats who said they opposed Obama’s executive amnesty are now running interference for him. But, of course, the media are not reporting these facts.

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    Monday, February 23, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Obama Administration Asks For Help
    After last week’s ludicrous conference on violent extremism that failed to identify the Islamic foundation of the enemy responsible for most of the violent extremism, the Obama Administration is now asking the public for help. On Friday the State Department tweeted out this appeal, “What Solutions Do You Think Are Most Critical To Countering Violent Extremism?” I tweeted back my answer: Get a new president.

    I also liked the multiple responses from Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who tweeted, “Glad you asked — I have some ideas. . .” They were:

    Special Forces
    A-10 Warthog
    Forward Air Controller
    B2 Bomber
    Navy Seals
    Tomahawk strike
    Carrier Strike Group
    101st Airborne

    Meanwhile, the radical Islamic group Al Shabaab released a video calling for attacks on shopping malls in western countries. The Al-Qaeda linked terror group based in Somalia is responsible for the 2013 massacre at a mall in Kenya that killed more than 60 people and wounded at least 175. The video specifically names three targets: the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London’s Oxford Street and the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

    The Somali community in Minnesota seems to be a hotbed of radicalization. As National Public Radio recently reported, the Somali community in Minneapolis-St. Paul “is fast becoming the center of ISIS’ recruitment effort in the United States.”

    Ebola Is Airborne?

    You’ll recall that when the Ebola crisis took center stage last summer, the Centers for Disease Control had a lot of missteps. Just prior to the Ebola outbreak in America, the CDC had been caught mishandling three pathogens — anthrax, avian flu and small pox.

    President Obama assured us that the chances of Ebola arriving in America were “extremely low” — an “unlikely event,” he added. Well, it turned out that the chances were a lot higher than Mr. Obama predicted. When the first case of Ebola was reported at a Dallas hospital, we were assured that nurses were adequately trained and had all the appropriate equipment. That too wasn’t accurate.

    Then the debate quickly turned to questions of public policy. The president, who rejected quarantines, said the experts were certain that Ebola could not spread through the air. Those who suggested we should stop flights to and from the most heavily impacted countries were accused of ignoring science.

    Well, new research shows Obama and the CDC were wrong. This weekend the Washington Post reported on a new study by four top scientists who conclude, “It is very likely that at least some degree of Ebola virus transmission currently occurs via infectious aerosols. . .” In other words, Ebola may well be spread by airborne particles.

    Now, let’s see if the president and the CDC will change their views on quarantines.

    Obama’s Faith

    The media have been having a field day since Rudy Giuliani questioned Barack Obama’s love for America. Virtually every potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate has been forced to address the issue.

    Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio have all been cornered by reporters demanding responses to whether they believe Obama loves America and whether they believe he is a Christian.

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence was asked about it yesterday on Fox News Sunday. Governor Pence said, “I don’t think it helps to question the president’s patriotism or motives. . . .The focus of our country needs to be on the task at hand.”

    The media clearly believe they have a great “gotcha” question to portray Republicans as extremists. Here’s a succinct response for the next Republican asked whether he or she thinks Obama is a Christian: “You will have to ask him. And while you are at it, ask Obama why he denies that the jihadists who are trying to kill us are Muslims.”

    Why Questions Remain

    Since big media is pushing a debate about the president’s faith, let me remind you that in 2008, when a few people raised serious questions about Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church, the media declared the subject off limits.

    Now it is demanding that every Republican attest that Obama is a Christian. Someone should remind the reporters and the public about the disturbing nature of Obama’s church of nearly 20 years and its pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

    One of the reasons Obama’s faith has been so controversial is that he attended a church led by a racist pastor who called down God’s wrath on America and who said after 9/11 that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” The church’s magazine even gave an award honoring Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan.

    Yet Obama remained a loyal member and in spite of the vitriol and raw racism of his pastor, he continued to take his family there.

    Hollywood’s Radicalism

    Liberalism in Hollywood and at the Academy Awards is nothing new. Last night, American Sniper, a patriotic box office hit, was virtually shut out, winning a minor technical award.

    But when a documentary about Edward Snowden won an award, the presenter praised Snowden as a whistleblower and bemoaned the fact that he couldn’t appear in person to accept the Oscar. The audience shouted its approval.

    Hollywood dissed an American hero and applauded a traitor who seriously damaged our security. If the homeland suffers another catastrophic attack like 9/11, Snowden’s disclosures may well be responsible for aiding and abetting the terrorists.

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    Friday, February 20, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    America Stands With Israel

    New polling confirms, once again, that American voters stand with Israel and want a tough stand against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Here are the key findings:

  • 59% of likely voters support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address before Congress. Only 23% of voters oppose it.
  • 76% believe that the purpose of negotiations with Iran should be to prevent the mullahs from ever developing nuclear weapons. Only 10% believe the negotiations should permit Iran to join “the ranks of nations with nuclear weapons.”
  • 79% believe that any deal with Iran should require congressional approval. Just 11% believe the president’s approval alone is sufficient.
  • 67% of voters believe that Iran would use nuclear weapons itself or give them to terrorists to attack Israel and the United States if it had them.

    Now let me remind you of these facts:

    Even though 79% of voters want Congress to weigh in on any deal with Iran, the New York Times reported months ago that, “The White House has made one significant decision: If agreement is reached, President Obama will do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on it.”

    And while more than three-quarters of voters believe any deal should prevent Tehran from developing the world’s most destructive weapons, the Washington Post recently reported that “a process that began with the goal of eliminating Iran’s potential to produce nuclear weapons has evolved into a plan to tolerate” its nuclear program.

    Whether it is the meaning of marriage, border security or taxes, this administration says one thing and does the opposite. If Obama makes a deal with Iran, he will claim that it prevents Iran from getting nuclear weapons. But everything we know tells us the exact opposite is true.

    My point is this: We will have to make the case that this is a bad deal. We can’t get bogged down in confusing details like the number of spinning centrifuges.

    But we must remind the public of what it instinctively knows — that Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, that the Islamic Republic has never been our friend, that it calls our nation “the great Satan,” that its leaders have promised a second Holocaust, that it cannot be trusted any more than Hitler could be trusted to keep his promises. The public’s instincts are on our side, but they can erode if we do not fight and make the case for peace through strength not appeasement.

    Christian Complications

    This will come as no surprise. The Daily Caller has discovered that State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, the woman who said we shouldn’t be trying to kill terrorists but giving them jobs instead, wrote her college thesis on “how conservative evangelical support for Israel complicates U.S. foreign policy.”

    Without having read her paper, I can say she got that one correct. Clearly the strong support Israel enjoys from Americans generally and conservative Christians in particular does complicate the policies of the administration she works for, which doesn’t seem to care much about the security of the state of Israel.

    Unfortunately for late night comedians, Ms. Harf will not be getting a promotion to become the State Department’s chief spokesperson. A State Department official said yesterday, “Marie’s TV appearances were an audition of sorts, a test run, and she failed spectacularly.”

    Faith Under Fire

    The radical left’s assault on America’s traditional Judeo-Christian values is quickening. Barronelle Stutzman, a 70-year-old florist in Washington state, was convicted this week for discrimination. The charge may as well have been heresy against the state religion of Politically Correct Secularism.

    Stutzman, as you may recall, had declined to participate in a same-sex wedding ceremony, citing her deeply-held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman. But the left has no tolerance for her values or beliefs. Christianity is being criminalized.

    Elsewhere on America’s left coast, the Catholic Church is under attack. Left-wing politicians have written a letter to church leaders demanding that they abandon requirements that Catholic high school teachers affirm Catholic teachings on issues like marriage, abortion, adultery and pornography.

    According to these “tyrants of tolerance,” requiring Catholic teachers to actually believe Catholic teaching “sends an alarming message” and “foments a discriminatory environment.” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco wrote back, asking them:

    “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you . . . ? My point, is that I respect your right to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advance your mission. I simply ask the same respect from you.”

    That’s a great response, but I hope the archbishop isn’t holding his breath waiting for the left to demonstrate its respect. It may not be long before he finds himself standing before Caesar, persecuted for his faith just like the florist in Washington state.

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    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Summit Of Fools

    President Obama’s White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism contributed nothing to winning the war against radical Islam. Instead, Obama and the other speakers employed rhetoric and arguments more likely to prevent us from understanding our enemy and making the hard decisions to counter it.

    Even worse, Obama’s insistence that the jihadists have “legitimate grievances” is likely to provide fuel for the Islamic fire burning throughout the world. His repeated narrative that American Muslims are being unfairly treated and that they are the victims of hate is likely to inspire more radicalization here at home.

    In short, the conference actually weakened us and strengthened our foes.

    Obama asserts that “violent extremism” is “not unique to one group or to one geography or one period of time.” But there is one group — radical Islamists — who at this period of time is threatening, killing and enslaving more people than any other expansive ideology.

    When he claims that groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda have nothing to do with Islam, he defies the evidence plainly in front of our eyes. He makes it less likely for Muslim leaders to confront the spreading cancer. Why should they? The president says it has nothing to do with them.

    The March issue of The Atlantic, a prominent mainstream magazine, features an article by Graeme Wood entitled, “What ISIS Really Wants.” Wood’s piece is the result of months of research and personal interviews with ISIS leaders and sympathizers around the world. Here’s an excerpt of what he found about the centrality of Islam to the Islamic State:

    “The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.
    “Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, ‘the Prophetic methodology,’ which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn’t actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it.”

    Wood interviewed Princeton scholar Bernard Haykel, the leading expert on ISIS theology. Wood writes, “In Haykel’s estimation, the fighters of the Islamic State are authentic throwbacks to early Islam and are faithfully reproducing its norms of war,” which Haykel says includes, “Slavery, crucifixion, and beheadings.”

    Needless to say, neither Wood nor Haykel were at the White House conference. If they had been, they could have dispersed the fog that kept the truth hidden. Instead, the far-left that currently controls our government spent the day talking to American Muslim leaders who want to play the victim card. Everyone agreed to continue the charade while the world burns.

    Obama’s Losing The Debate

    If Obama’s politically correct nonsense sounds idiotic to you, take heart. He is starting to lose folks on the left, too. We’ve told you about Bill Maher’s recent comments on radical Islam. Now even some talking heads in the media are breaking ranks.

    MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says that we are being “morally humiliated” by Obama’s weak response to ISIS.

    Left-wing loud mouth Ed Schultz understands that “it’s a religious war.”

    NBC’s Chuck Todd said, “Look, it comes across as if they are trying to be so politically correct that they’re losing focus on what the problem is.”

    And MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell dismissed the president’s summit on violent extremism as “more of a dog and pony show.”

    Virginia Liberals Diss Israel

    Once upon a time — oh, say about ten years ago — support for Israel in America was bi-partisan. But something has changed. Left-wing hostility toward Israel can be measured in polling and through actions.

    Two weeks ago, a resolution of support for the state of Israel was offered on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates. The resolution passed 70-to-2.

    A near unanimous vote sounds good, right? But there are 100 members in the House of Delegates. What happened to the missing 28 votes?

    Only four Democrats supported the resolution, while most of them literally walked off the floor to avoid the vote. The resolution was brought up a second time and they walked out again. You can watch this display of liberal disrespect for Israel here.

    Thank Goodness For Global Warming

    Wind chills in Washington, D.C., today are well below zero. It is so cold here, I saw a liberal congressman with his hands in his own pockets! With records falling all across the country and the Great Lakes covered in ice, I’m thankful for global warming. It might be REALLY cold without it!

    Seriously, folks, I’m not disputing the notion of climate change. The earth’s climate does change. In fact, there is evidence (beyond the current conditions outside) that we may be entering another cooling period.

    But for the left even the climate is politicized. The big government crowd is pushing government income redistribution schemes in the name of stopping climate change.

    Christiana Figueres, the U.N.’s top climate change official, recently said: “. . .we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, [changing] the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years. . .”

    As the editors of Investor’s Business Daily noted, “The only economic model in the 150 years that has ever worked at all is capitalism.”

    Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is pursuing environmental policies that could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and cause gas prices to triple.

    Socialism won’t put bread on the table and it won’t change the climate.

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    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Franklin, Francis & Radical Islam

    I was encouraged by Reverend Franklin Graham’s clear-headed reaction to the brutal murders of 21 Egyptian Christians. Pope Francis also spoke out in unusually strong terms, saying with clarity what the Obama Administration would not. The pope said:

    “Today I read about the execution of those 21 or 22 Coptic Christians. . . . They were executed for nothing more than the fact that they were Christian. The blood of our Christian sisters and brothers is testimony that cries out.”

    Few media outlets reported the statements the ISIS jihadists made about targeting Christianity and Rome — threatening new crusades. (How can anyone possibly cling to the canard that ISIS has nothing to do with Islam?)

    You know my strong views about Obama’s attempt at the National Prayer Breakfast to downplay the jihad going on today by reminding his audience of the crusades, which were fought at least 700 years ago. Here is the worst aspect of what he did: By pointing back to the crusades, Obama adopted the chosen narrative of ISIS and the other radical Islamic groups.

    The ISIS magazine frequently promotes the idea that what the jihadists are doing is just a continuation of the crusades. Now they can quote President Obama on the “terrible deeds done in the name of Christ” as justification for the ethnic and religious cleansing that occurs everywhere radical Islam is triumphant.

    Even a leftist like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews understands that we are being “morally humiliated” by the inept response to ISIS.

    Take a moment to read Reverend Graham’s statement. He ended his remarks in almost Churchillian terms, warning, “The storm is coming.”

    The confluence of statements by Reverend Graham and Pope Francis should send a strong message to pastors and priests in the United States and around the world. This is a time to preach from the pulpit about this rising threat to Judeo-Christian civilization and freedom.

    I hope more religious leaders will follow the examples of Reverend Graham and Pope Francis by doing what our own government leaders refuse to do — provide us with the truth about the nature of this conflict, and the courage we need to defeat it.

    “Jobs For Jihadis?”

    State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf said Monday that the basic problem fueling jihadism was a lack of jobs. She doubled down yesterday on CNN, suggesting that this line of reasoning “might be too nuanced an argument for some.” She says her point is “nuanced” — I think it is insane. What’s next? A new Obama stimulus program called “Jobs for Jihadis”?

    As ridiculous as her statement sounds, it is just another variation of, “Abdul didn’t get a raise at his pizza delivery job, so he decided to blow up a synagogue.” Or, “Ahmed in Minneapolis didn’t get into the college he wanted, so he decided to join ISIS.”

    Even the vice president got in on the act at yesterday’s White House conference on extremism. Biden suggested that the problem in some American Muslim communities is alienation and lack of integration.

    Muslims in America, by and large, are enjoying lives that make them the envy of Muslims throughout the world. They are enjoying the same freedoms of religion, speech and assembly that are provided to all who are fortunate enough to be part of this great nation. The number of mosques in America has nearly doubled in the past decade.

    This has happened in the middle of a war that became so apparent on the morning of 9/11 — a war being waged by jihadists who operate in the name of their faith. It is a tribute to the decency of the American people that Muslims are able to live in peace and practice their faith here much more safely than they can in many countries where their co-religionists hold power.

    I am hopeful that American Muslims will look for opportunities to express gratitude for, in many cases, their adopted nation. I hope that Muslims take the lead in removing the jihadist cancer that is growing in their midst and that they will fight the scourge of anti-Semitism, which has deep roots in Islam. I hope they reject the false narrative promoted by many on the left that American Muslims are a victimized, oppressed minority. In fact, they are blessed to be living in a nation informed by Judeo-Christian concepts of tolerance and ordered liberty.

    Obama’s Pyrrhic Victory

    Polling shows that the Obama White House may have won the narrative that it was inappropriate for Speaker Boehner to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress. Yet, polling also shows that the public does want to hear what Netanyahu has to say, and it does not like the way the White House is dealing with him.

    According to a Bloomberg View report, by a 15-point margin, Americans disapproved of the fact that President Obama is once again refusing to meet with the Israeli leader and that Vice President Biden will not attend his speech. And by an 18-point margin, Americans were more concerned about Iran’s nuclear weapons program than the manner of Netanyahu’s invitation.

    Winning a debate over process when the substance of the matter involves nuclear weapons in the hands of the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism isn’t much to celebrate.