Is This REALLY The Job Of The WHITE HOUSE?? *Open Thread*


Well, it is according to Josh Earnest, White House Spokesweasel. And just what would that job be, in the wake of yet another terrorist attack by radical Islamists? Teach the tenets of Islam.

I am not kidding. I could scarcely believe my eyes when I was reading the round up of articles in my email, and saw this headline, WHAT? WH spokesman now thinks it’s America’s job to explain ‘the tenets of Islam’.

What the hell?

As is my wont, I went directly to the source the author, Tom Tillison cited, The Weekly Standard. Sure enough, there is was, in black and white. From the Weekly Standard:

[…] “The threat that we face is serious, but what we have is strong international cooperation with our partners around the globe to try to mitigate the threat that is posed by foreign fighters. We are working very closely with leaders in the Muslim community both at home and around the world to try to counter the violent extremist messaging that ISIL and other extremist organizations are using to try to radicalize individuals around the globe.

“There are some individuals that are using a peaceful religion and grossly distorting it, and trying to use its tenets to inspire people around the globe to carry out acts of violence. And we have enjoyed significant success in enlisting leaders in the Muslim community, like I said, both in the United States and around the world to condemn that kind of messaging, to condemn those efforts to radicalize individuals, and to be clear about what the tenets of Islamactually (sic) are. And we’re going to redouble those efforts in the days and weeks ahead.

“And obviously, we’re still trying to figure out exactly, like I said, who’s responsible for this attack in Paris, what their motivations are. But as a general matter, we’re very mindful of the threat from foreign fighters and the threat — and the need to try to counter some of the extremist ideology that ISIL is propagating, using some pretty sophisticated social media strategies.” (Click here to read the rest.)

This from a White House that still refuses to acknowledge when terrorism is at the hands of Islamists. This from a White House that declares a terrorist rampage by an extremely radicalized US Army Major as “workplace violence.” This from a White House that has done away with the phrase, “War on Terror.”

Hmmm – on second thought, considering members of their Administration, their willingness to bend over backwards for CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood, this seems to be EXACTLY the kind of thing THIS White House sees as a priority. I mean, really – considering they were using NASA – NASA – to work on “better relations with Muslims,” this shouldn’t be a surprise at all:

[…] “When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science (Emphasis mine)… and math and engineering,” Bolden said in the interview. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Now, why in the sam hill are our taxpaying dollars going to NASA to reach out to Muslims so they feel BETTER about themselves?! Seriously?? Frankly, I don’t give a damn if they feel good about themselves and their contributions to science. That is NOT OUR JOB to pump up Muslims in Muslim Nations (it would make slightly more sense if this charge was directed toward AMERICAN Muslims) via NASA as if that will stop many in these nations from wanting to harm us. Or for those Muslim Nations – think IRAN – from wanting to destroy us. WOW.

Now, I can hear what some folks out there – not us, mind you – we know better – that the reason Mr. Earnest and Mr. Obama think we should be teaching the tenets of Islam above, say, JUDAISM, or CHRISTIANITY, or BUDDHISM, or HINDUISM (though, I’ll grant you, Hinduism is exceedingly complicated). And that would be ALL those attacks against Muslims in the United States, especially after yet one more terrorist attack by Muslims, say, the beheading of a woman in Oklahoma, or the killing of a college student in NJ as a “jihad” against the US. I mean, given the way this Administration and the Lefties react, you might think, and understandably so, that Muslims were the largest group on the receiving end of violence in this country.

And you would be wrong. As Gov. Huckabee pointed out, the FBI numbers paint a different picture. Want to guess which religious group in this country is most often attacked? As noted, it is not Muslims. Nope, they come in at 13.7%, according to the FBI Statistics for 2013. Nope, not Christians in general, nor the subgroup, Catholics (6.1%), and most DEFINITELY not atheists (a paltry.06%).

That group would be Jews at 60.3%. And the attackers are not all skinheads in Idaho. No, these attacks happen in major cities like New York, and in states like Florida.

But the White House thinks it should be teaching the “tenets of Islam…”

Frankly, it is not the job of the White House to be teaching the tenets of ANY religion, but certainly not Islam, and certainly not as a response to yet another terrorist attack by Islamists.

At least that is what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.

Note: KenoshaMarge posted the link to a very good piece by Daniel Greenberg, “Laughing at Mohammad,” that raises some very interesting points.


52 Responses to “Is This REALLY The Job Of The WHITE HOUSE?? *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Brad Thor had the link to this article on his Facebook page. Oh, is it ever a good one:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Brad Thor was all ready one of my favorite authors. Now he’s one of my favorite human beings.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I am getting ready to read his newest book – it is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to finish a very funny Janet Evanovich book.

        I love that he is as strong a person in real life as his characters are in his books! 🙂

  2. HELENK3 Says:

    when you can not call it what it is

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Those terrorists are in for a huge surprise!!!! 😆

  4. GinaR Says:

    I am hereby publicly declaring my unending love for Brad Thor.

    At the same time, I think I must also declare that I have come to the realization I’m an Islamophobe, as I am anti Islamic supremacists, anti Muslims who do not speak out loudly and publicly against the extremists in their religion, anti those who would portray Muslims as victims, and anti those who claim Islam is the “religion of peace.”

    It’s no wonder we’ve become a nation bowing down to Islam and Muslims; we have instilled in our White House a Muslim who hates America and all that this fine country stands for.

    As a Jew, I’m offended at the victimization of those who hate Jews as well as the blame placed on Jews for being the instigator of terrorism (because doncha just know that it’s all the fault of the Jews, whatever “it” may be).

    And, as long as I’m hatin’ on people, being an Islamophobe and all, I’d also like to add that I’m totally and royally pissed off at American Jews who support the Muslims-as-victims and Jews-as-terrorists agenda.

    Okay, I’m done. Gotta go earn a living now!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t Thor something?? I love his responses to those who attack him for pointing out the FACTS. He is doing nothing but highlighting photos of actual Muslim terrorists, so of course, rather than taking a step back and reflecting on that, they start the name-calling. Typical response to be sure.

      Yep, you sure are a hater, Gina! Ahahahaha! Were you surprised at the numbers of violence against Jews in this country? I mean, really, to hear many of these same Lefties talk, you’d think Muslims were being targeted constantly. Not even close. But JEWS sure are being targeted. The sad reality is, the rhetoric being spewed by these same people in support of Palestine/Terrorist-Organization-Hamas no doubt fuels some of those attacks.

      Btw, the link I have abt the attacks above has a number of articles listed for every time there is an attack on Jews:

      It is extremely troubling, to put it mildly.

      Yeah, especially troubling considering the American Jews you mentioned, and their support of that kind of Anti-Israel/Jew rhetoric. WOW.

      And while I know work is important, I have a feeling you were just getting on a roll, and you KNOW I love your rants! Stupid work…

      • GinaR Says:

        LOL…you know me too well, Rev! Yeah, I am kind of on a roll today, but it’s all in my head…I don’t think my fingers can type fast enough to get it all out on paper! Maybe tonight, when the day is done.

        You know, if us Jews would just behave ourselves and go away, the peace loving Islamists would stop trying to murder us. Sheesh, we are an annoying people, aren’t we? Forcing terrorists to attack us.

        Alrighty, then…if I want to make it to the glaciers in October, not to mention a home of my own by summer, I’d best share the story of health and wealth to the masses! LOL

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          EXACTLY, Gina!! Why can’t you Jews just stop making people want to murder and terrorize you all the time, huh?? That would save these radical Islamists a lot of time and effort, you know. Talk abt being selfish, sheesh! 😉

          It really is mind boggling that there are some who seem to believe something very much like that – Israel antagonizes poor ol’ Hamas just by being in EXISTENCE. How dare they irritate those poor radical Islamist terrorists that way!! Blech, UGH, GRR.

          Thanks for the bit of humor on this, dear one – much appreciated!

          And hells yeah, Glacier National Park, here we come! 😀

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Gina, to prove your point, check out this PJMedia article abt CNN and who they blame for Charlie Hebdo:

    • piper Says:

      I’m stand with you Gina. Although my nuclear family along with aunt’s family immigrated to the states in the 50’s, we still have close relatives in both Sweden and France.

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Holy moley – if only we had a DOJ that would DO something abt this, huh? Thanks, Foxy!

  6. piper Says:

    Retirement update – snow cleared from drive, walk and mail posts, fingers defrosted, pot boiling on stove for added humidity, watching overdue library video, Into the Woods with Bernadette Peters, and eagerly looking forward to workout session with trainer.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well done, Piper! Glad you are all thawed out now, and even have enough energy for your trainer!

      Love Bernadette Peters – I’ll have to check this movie out!

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    As if we needed more proof that Kerry was an idiot, or where this Administration stands, this would do it:

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Sadly, a number of hostages were killed in the French Kosher supermarket today. Phyllis Chesler has this post to honor them:

  9. HELENK3 Says:

  10. HELENK3 Says:

    just watched Atlas Shrugged. I had seen parts 1 and 2 but watched them again then watched part 3. seems odd that a book that was written in the 1930s seems to be real life in this country today.
    I read the book years ago and never forgot it. Also books by Taylor Caldwell and never forgot the lessons from those either

  11. HELENK3 Says:

    per eric holder dissing muslims on social media may violate civil rights.
    well their beheadings, lashings, so called honor killings seem to be real violations of civil rights

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What the hell?? He can bite me. We DO have Freedom of Speech in this nation, and as you well pointed out, Helen, the things THEY are doing actually ARE civil rights, and HUMAN RIGHTS, violations. Ugh.

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Btw, KenoshaMarge, I haven’t forgotten abt setting up a “Foster/Adopt Board” for people to let folks know they are willing to take in pets that belong to those who have passed, and have no where else to go. It is a little tricky with the current layout of this blog, but I haven’t forgotten! Just wanted to make sure you knew that!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I haven’t stopped thinking about it either. I just am not quite sure about how to do it here in Kenosha. I am thinking along the lines of a weekly advertisement in the pets section of the classifieds. Just not quite sure how to make it work and to make it interactive. Perhaps an ad and then a small local website? Thoughts anyone?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        There is also Craigslist, though people might be a bit wary there. Still, it’s free, and worth a shot. Definitely contact the local animal shelter and let them know. I would HOPE they would keep a list of people willing to do that, or maybe some other rescues in the area…

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    FYI Daryl is one of the places I go each morning in my never-ending search for cartoons. It is also one of the places where I find many.

    Daryl is not one of my favorite cartoonists although I do respect and often admire his work. I thought this tribute of his to “Charlie Hebdo” was interesting and informative. And I thought his tribute cartoon was wonderful! I hope you think so too.

    France, Cartoonists and Murder

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    For a TOTAL change of pace, I have to share this Sharyl Attkisson piece. I admit, I do take a little pleasure out of this considering ALL the brouhaha abt it, forcing people like us to pay for a benefit we don’t use, and highlighting the stupidity of having the GOVERNMENT decide what’s best for you:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Imagine the benefit to the citizens of this country if “journalists” did what Sharyl Attkisson does, just give them the facts. We don’t need “advocacy” journalism, the opinion pages are for that biased viewpoint. What we need, and do not have for the most part, is honest media that just tells us the truth. Tell us the truth and let us decide where we stand.

      Granted there will still be a large number of people who will make all their decisions based on party and where their ideology takes them. For the rest, at least let them have a chance to know the facts.

      I respect Sharyl Attkisson so much for her often lonely voice crying in the wilderness.

      Thanks for sharing Rev.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I do, too – she is just something, isn’t she? What a different world it would be if we had more like her.

        And you are so right – opinions are for editorials, not to be presented as facts…

  15. HELENK3 Says:

    good article on the left’s tolerance

  16. HELENK3 Says:

    the problem is within islam itself

    people seem to be afraid to say that out loud. it is a religion of intolerance and terror. their idea of peace is become islamic or die.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for this. Reading the comments of some of these people like Sally Kohn and Rosie O’Donnell is truly disturbing. WOW.

  17. HELENK3 Says:

    this is one of the scariest and sadist articles I have read in a long time

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      You have to wonder if people haven’t coddled the courage out of their offspring. So many are so concerned with keeping their kids safe that they don’t allow them to grow and change and become what they can be. Instead they opt for safe and comfortable.

      It is very scary. The enemies that want to kill us aren’t raising their kids to be “comfortable”. They are raising them to kill our comfortable kids.

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    This short clip, under 2 minutes, cannot begin to do credit to the asininities of this old bag. And that goes for her sister witches from California, Feinstein and Pelosi – especially Pelosi!

    The Worst of Barbara Boxer

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for this – I think! I, for one, am GLAD she is retiring. The whole inane, rude comment she made to the General, not getting that in the military, calling someone, “ma’am” IS a sign of respect. Ugh. Yeah, she cannot get out of there soon enough.

  19. HELENK3 Says:

  20. kenoshamarge Says:

    In Live Paris Coverage, Fox’s Shepard Smith Smacks Down Snooty NYTimes Bureau Chief

    FYI I am seldom a fan of Shep Smith. This smack-down of arrogant, elitist Erlanger may change my mind about that. Good for you Shep!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I am not a fan of Smith’s either, but good for him for holding Erlanger’s feet to the fire. What a typically ill-informed, arrogant jackalope. He did what so many of them do – regurgitate talking points without bothering to do any FACT-checking.

  21. HELENK3 Says:

    visions of the 1930s anyone?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      The rise of anti-Semitism in France is frightening, and deplorable.

      Thanks for the article, Helen.

  22. HELENK3 Says:

    is this the future of this country? you can not use a word in its true meaning because someone gets offended and vandalizes your place of business?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good grief. People have seriously lost the edge in this country. They ARE here illegally – and it is not wrong to use accurate language. Sheesh.

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