Roger SimonI am uniquely positioned to say this because I spent most of my life on the Left and was a civil rights worker in the South in my early twenties. I was also, to my everlasting regret, a donor to the Black Panther Party in the seventies.
How could he possibly utter such nonsense and who was he talking about? The majority of Americans are from families that came to this country after slavery existed. Many of those were escaping oppression of their own. In my case my family was fleeing the pogroms of Eastern Europe. Many of the members of my family who stayed behind ended up gassed in Auschwitz or starved to death in Treblinka.
A New York Times op-ed and now a story purporting to show that rightwing extremists are more dangerous than Muslim terrorists is so utterly dishonest it would have been given an "F" in any legitimate journalism school (Not that we have any in these politically correct days.) This is the narrative the NYT and other lefting outlets are pushing but it's not true.
The story states "Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists."
The obvious and dishonest problem with this is the arbitrary cutoff date. Why pick Sept. 11, 2001? The reason is obvious. If you include it the figures turn the other way - 48 by other extremists. 4,000-plus by jihadists. If the authors of this study included 9/11, it would disprove their point.
Certainly a more honest date to use would be to begin the study at Jan. 1, 2001, the beginning of the 21st century.
The second major problem is the survey only counts deaths. It ignores the hundreds of lethal plots discovered and stopped by law enforcement authorities. If the shoe bomber of the underwear bomber had been successful, it would have increased the death toll from Muslim terrorists considerably. The study authors conveniently left that out.
These two points alone make the study totally bogus.
(An extremely powerful and poignant column. It mentions not only the Charleston massacre but also terrible crimes that Christians responded to my grace. The scriptures say we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against demonic forces. Those are our real enemies.
JP Morgan Chase tells employees - Celebrate gay rights or else (Don't JP Morgan executives have other things to do, such as screwing citizens, engaging in illegal financial behavior and generallly trying to destory the country.)