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“Jews Will Not Replace Us”: Why White Supremacists Go After Jews

posted on August 15, 2017

For The Washington Post, Yair Rosenberg argues that the question of whether or not Jews are white must be set aside, since they are so often targeted by white supremacists. Rosenberg writes, “At their Friday night rally at the University of Virginia, the white nationalists brandished torches and chanted anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans.” He adds, “When white supremacists are viciously attacking Jews as nonwhite impostors, then any anti-racists worthy of the name must be there to defend them. They cannot impose their own definitions of whiteness on Jews and sidestep their plight.”

Read at The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton’s Pastor Plagiarized Portion of New Book

posted on August 15, 2017

CNN’s Daniel Burke reports, “Hillary Clinton’s longtime pastor plagiarized the writings of another minister in a new book scheduled to be released on Tuesday.” The Rev. Bill Shillady’s Strong for a Moment Like This, which is based on messages that the United Methodist minister wrote to Clinton from April 2015 through December 2016, features emails that take paragraphs from the Rev. Matthew Deuel’s blog. Deuel said, “If my blog then, in turn, inspired Rev. Shillady and it was used to encourage Hillary Clinton, then praise God for that! Could it have been done differently? Probably.”

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Texas Senate OKs Restricting Insurance Coverage for Abortion

posted on August 14, 2017

The Associated Press’s Will Weissert and David Crary report, “The Republican-controlled Texas Senate backed a plan Saturday night to restrict insurance coverage for abortions, over the objections of opponents who expressed concern it could force some women to make heart-wrenching choices because no exceptions will be made in cases of rape and incest.” After a final vote on Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign the plan into law, which will require women to purchase additional abortion insurance, except in cases of medical emergency. Sen. Sylvia Garcia, a Democrat from Houston, said, “No woman plans to have an abortion and certainly no woman can plan to be raped, no woman can plan to be attacked by someone she knows in her own family.”

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These Are the Western Fighters Who Volunteered to Fight Against ISIS

posted on August 14, 2017

Buzzfeed’s Borzou Daragahi reports that dozens of Western citizens have illegally entered Syria to join the International Freedom Battalion of the People’s Protection Unit (YPG), a group of leftist foreign fighters that is battling ISIS. Daragahi writes, “Some wanted to put their military experience to use against ISIS. Some are leftist activists who say they believe in the quasi-socialist vision of Syria’s Kurds.” Daragahi adds, “US-led coalition officials leading the war effort said they consider the foreign volunteers a potentially distracting nuisance, and steer clear.”

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Alleged Driver of Car That Plowed Into Charlottesville Crowd Was a Nazi Sympathizer, Former Teacher Says

posted on August 14, 2017

The Washington Post’s T. Rees Shapiro, Alice Crites, Laura Vozzella, and John Woodrow Cox report from Charlottesville, Virginia, “A man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of activists here – killing one person and injuring 19 – long sympathized with Nazi views and had stood with a group of white supremacists hours before Saturday’s bloody crash.” The 20-year-old alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was part of a group of mostly white male protesters who were fighting the planned removal of a statue that memorializes Robert E. Lee. Fields’s high school history teacher said, “It was obvious that he had this fascination with Nazism and a big idolatry of Adolf Hitler.”

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“God Has Given Trump Authority to Take Out Kim Jong Un,” Evangelical Adviser Says

posted on August 10, 2017

The Washington Post’s Sarah Pulliam Bailey reports, “Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers who preached the morning of his inauguration, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to ‘take out’ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.” Jeffress explains, “When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary – including war – to stop evil.” On Tuesday, Trump said that North Korea will be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if they continue to threaten the United States.

Read at The Washington Post

U.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

posted on August 8, 2017

NBC’s Courtney Kube reports, “The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News.” Plans for an official military operation could be announced as early as Tuesday. Kube adds, “If approved, the U.S. military would be able to conduct strikes against ISIS targets in the Philippines that could be a threat to allies in the region, which would include the Philippine forces battling ISIS on the ground in the country’s southern islands.”

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The Serial Killer Test: Biases Against Atheists Emerge in Study

posted on August 8, 2017

The New York Times’s Benedict Carey reports that a new study suggests most people around the world presume that serial killers are more likely to be atheists than believers. The report, which appeared in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, surveyed more than 3,000 people . Carey writes, “The findings suggest that, despite declining attendance at churches, mosques and temples in many communities, the cultural tenet that religion is a bulwark against immorality remains intact, experts said, even in those who deny it explicitly.”

Read at The New York Times

Minnesota Mosque Hit by Early-Morning Explosion

posted on August 7, 2017

The New York Times’s Nick Corasaniti reports, “An early-morning blast rocked the Dar Al Farooq mosque in Bloomington, Minn., on Saturday, as worshipers had just begun to gather inside for morning prayers.” Although no injuries were reported, the building’s front window and blinds were damaged. Corasaniti writes, “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.”

Read at The New York Times

Idea of Democrats Funding Anti-Abortion Candidates Draws Ire

posted on August 7, 2017

The Associated Press’s Bill Barrow and David Crary report that abortion-rights activists are challenging Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico after he suggested that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is willing to fund candidates who do not support abortion rights. The DCCC chairman argues that Democrats will only be able to reclaim Congress if they win in Republican-leaning areas, which might require supporting Democratic candidates who oppose abortion rights. Karin Roland, a leading member of a pro-choice advocacy organization, said, “There is no future of the Democratic Party without women – so stop betraying them for a misguided idea of what’s needed to win elections.”

Read at The Associated Press