Young People Are Speaking Out On The Issues Of The Day *Open Thread*

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There has been so much negativity going on in this country, as well as the rest of the world, it is daunting. I know, that is putting it mildly.

For today, though, I want to share the voices of three very different young people as they speak out, and speak for, those who are being demonized.

First up is a young man, Orim Shimshom, and this is a bit of his story from United With Israel:

Orim Shimshon was born an Iraqi Muslim who went to an Islamic school. Though he was taught to hate the Jewish people and Israel, somewhere along the line he began to notice inconsistencies and discovered a world of truth that has put him on a completely different course. Today, Shimshon bravely defends Israel. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Here is his story in his own words. I hope you can watch the whole thing, but if not, the very beginning sets the tone of his transformation from being anti-Israel to pro-Israel despite his “indoctrination”:

Powerful, isn’t he? What a great speaker he is, too. I found it more than refreshing to hear this young man, who took it upon himself to get both sides of the story on a number of occasions, and realize that what he had been told was false. His willingness to speak out is nothing short of courageous, especially in the current environment.

Which leads me to another brave young woman. You may recall that when the insanity erupted over the hypothetical response from a small-town pizza owner, one young lesbian sent them money and an apology. That would be Cortney Hoffman. Since then, she has been interviewed and asked why she did it. From Western Journalism:

[…] In a subsequent interview, Hoffman explained that she and her significant other operate their own small business and understands what the owners of Memories are facing.

She asserted that “there is a difference between operating in a public market space and then attaching the name of your business to a private event,” acknowledging that she would turn down a request to organize an anti-gay marriage rally.

While speaking to radio host Jeff Adams, Hoffman shared her view that the gay community should be especially attuned to discrimination and disavowed those who try to silence anyone with whom they disagree.

“There’s this tendency to group people together,” she said “—they are either one thing or they are another. I just think there’s a lot of room for difference and similarities between all of these businesses, all of these communities, and if we can remember that differences don’t equal maliciousness and we try to find what we have in common – you know, the ands instead of the ors – maybe we can move beyond threats of violence and have open discussions of the things that we don’t agree on.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

What an eloquent statement from Hoffman. And what a great distinction she makes about a public vs. private event. It is unfortunate that more people cannot make this logical connection. Good for her, and for us, that she is able to see the bigger picture, to extend compassion and grace to those who may not think like she does, but who deserve respect anyway. She is a great role model for many not just in the LGB community, but across this country.

Finally, our fair city and state have been in the news a lot, with charges of racism against a cop while depicting the victim as completely innocent (the first section of our paper on Sunday was almost ALL on Walter Scott), ignoring his fleeing the scene, fighting with the cop, and attempting to flee again when he lost his life. According to the paper, those 8 shots took all of 2.7 seconds. But that wasn’t all of it as the article continued, and as we know, now that ABC has released a dash-cam video depicting Scott trying to leave his car, and then succeeding, in fleeing despite the lawful commands of a police officer. Conservative Treehouse (h.t Facebook friend) has pieced together the extent of this altercation, and it was far more extensive than we have been led to believe. Again. It serves to further promote a narrative being pushed by the Left, including those at the very top of this Administration to the Charlatan, Al Sharpton.

And that is where we are these days, it seems. Even people who were willing to take a “Wait and see” approach to Officer Wilson in Ferguson have bought into the racist cop meme the Left has been working so hard to promote. I am not saying Officer Slager is innocent. Clearly, he shot Scott. But there is always more than meets the eye, and to declare this a case of “racist white cop shoots innocent black man” without all the facts being in serves no one but those pushing this narrative on the rest of us.

That is why I want to share this message from another black man from SC, William Stack, who recounts his own experiences with a police officer this weekend:

All I can say is, Amen, brother. You are so right. Race is not always the precipitating factor. Breaking the law, even unknowingly, brings about its own set of consequences. This young man seems to have been truly ignorant of the law on driving in the median to get to the turn lane. But it was his ATTITUDE on being stopped, his interaction with the white police officer, and his affirmation that God sees no color, are lessons MANY could learn, beginning with Obama to Holder to Sharpton to the pastor preaching that racism was the cause of Scott’s death.

I wish we had many more young men like the one from Midlands. Stack’s message is one that should be preached from the rooftops, not the false narrative being pushed by so many others in this nation. What a great role model he is. And in a subsequent interview this morning, when asked about his opinion, he basically quoted MLK, Jr., that people should be judged on their character, not the color of their skin. I say again, Amen, brother.

Thank heavens there are these young people who see the bigger picture, who are not being taken in by the anger, maliciousness, hostility, and anger some are trying to sow. Thank heavens for them and those like them. Heaven knows, we could use some more…

That is what is on my mind today. How about yours? This is an Open Thread.

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15 Responses to “Young People Are Speaking Out On The Issues Of The Day *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I am so impressed with these young people who show that they have minds of their own and are not willing to follow the herd. I wonder how many in the “herd” would continue to believe that false narratives were not the media types and far left pushing them to hard. For the media and far left to “win” they need to divide us. Thus far they are doing that well. Will it continue? Doubtful. People are willing to be fooled for just so long. Then the narrative, and the lies, become old, tired and subject to doubt. Add in people like the ones above and the left’s plan to keep us divided so that they can benefit will begin to crumble. (I hope.)

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Doesn’t it give you hope? It does me. I am so glad that they are speaking out. As I understand it, William Stack’s video already has over two million views. That is no small thing these days.

      Meanwhile, as expected, more and more is coming out abt this altercation between Scott and Slager. Once again, what happened was FAR more than met the eye, or what the media and the Left wanted us to know. Never mind the running and fighting in the first place, but it also seems (according to photos at the Conservative Treehouse) that Scott shot Slager with the Taser. Moreover, you can repeatedly hear Slager yelling at Scott to get down, which he refuses to do.

      I might add something that I figured and that others mentioned: all of Slager’s shots did not hit Scott, right? He stopped shooting when Scott finally stopped running. While Scott’s demise is sad, he was not innocent. When he chose to run, then fight with a police officer for an extended time, then run again, all while ignoring lawful orders to get down, he sealed his own fate. Just because he was black should not mean immediate canonization for a man who was clearly doing the wrong thing. Yes, it is sad a life was lost, but Scott made some very bad choices that led to his own demise.

      All to say, thank heavens there are people like Stack, Hoffman, and Shimson speaking the truth when it doesn’t fit the narrative the Left is pushing. I hope we have more and more young people like them.

      Link to Treehouse post: http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/04/12/game-changer-or-paradigm-shift-walter-scott-shooting-enhanced-video-shows-officer-slager-with-taser-darts/comment-page-2/#comment-1377772

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    I guess “announcing” on Twitter is supposed to convince the public that Grandma Clinton is hip as well as keep her from having to answer questions. Wonder how that’s going to work since sooner or later she’s is going to have to answer questions and she doesn’t seem to be very good at that.

    I doubt that the media will roll over and play dead, or as dead, for her as they did for Obama. Then what’s Granny gonna do?

    No Questions, Please: Hillary Announces on Twitter

    America rejoice! A multi-millionairess serial liar married to a multi-millionaire serial adulterer has just announced for the presidency of our country to save the middle class from impoverishment! (Or was it “income inequality”?) (Or was it “Chelsea Clinton in a Gucci dress, Mateo New York bracelet, Cartier bracelet, Garland Collection ring, Halleh ring,” as appears in this month’s ” Elle”?)

    Better tell Rosa Luxemburg, Lenin and Trotsky, not to mention Gil Scott-Heron. His song [got it wrong. The Revolution is going to be televised (until we’re blue in the face) and it will start in tony Chappaqua on a posh gated estate with pool and tennis court, guarded by the Secret Service with its own (exceptionally) private email system, infinite closed-circuit video surveillance and who knows what else?

    Is everyone throwing up yet? Not even Maureen Dowd is buying. Oh, well, American “liberalism” has been screwing the lower classes for the last fifty years. Why stop now?

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2015/04/12/hillary-no-questions-please/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I sure hope they don’t, Marge. But then again, it seems their problem with her is she isn’t Left ENOUGH for them. Because what Obama has done to this country hasn’t convinced them sufficiently that these policies are bad for America and Americans. Hence why they keep calling for the equally unqualified Elizabeth Warren to run.

      Ugh.

      But yeah, let’s hope people aren’t taken in by the “I’m A Woman, Vote For Me!” crapola…

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    love those videos Amy. 😀

  4. mcnorman Says:

    Those of us here know exactly how the msm cherry picks their versions of whatever they wish to pimp to the public.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      mcnorman, I think you have summed it up beautifully – that is precisely what they do!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Most “thinking” people have the media’s number by now. Or as Kurt Schlichter called them, “the Democrat’s steno pool”.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thomas Sowell addresses the ways that we are losing our freedoms and how little attention is being paid. The media not only ignores the erosion of our rights but contributes to it in supporting the left’s agenda. I once thought these people were simply misguided and that we could “agree to disagree”. That isn’t so. Those who would do this are evil and corrupt and must be stopped by any means possible before they destroy this country.

    The New Inquisition

    How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things?

    http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2015/04/14/the-new-inquisition-n1984575/page/full

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      OOPS, wrong cartoon.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much for this piece, Marge. I was thinking abt this the other day, how people are being so conditioned to not interact face-to-face, how they are constantly distracted by the phones, iPads, whatever, and how little they pay attention to the world. That combined with crap like Common Core, the silencing on university campuses of any opinions not sanctioned by one side, the censorship of Political Correctness, and so much more of this kind of dictatorial behavior is damaging us.

      Thank you!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        You are most welcome. As you may have noticed I find writers like Thomas Sowell most brilliant when they agree with me. 😉

        I too have become very concerned with how disengaged people have become and how willing they are to allow someone else to do their thinking for them.

        To me it seems that many are frightened of silence. Thus they must have some device at their ear or in their face constantly. Silence is frightening to those afraid, or unable, to think. Thus the desire for a constant babble telling them what’s hot and what’s not, what’s right and what’s wrong and on and on.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL, but of course! It just highlights that great minds think alike! 😀

          YES, that is a big part of it, Marge – the fear of SILENCE. You can’t hear yourself think if you are constantly bombarding your eardrums, or playing games, or Tweeting, or always looking down. It seems a bit insidious, doesn’t it?

          I have long said that while the technology is great, our maturity levels have not kept up with how to DEAL with this technology in a smart, even POLITE, way. Never mind how disengaged it makes people from those standing right next to them…

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