Newsletter #100 – Resolve to Tell the Truth in 2014Posted: January 1, 2014
Deliberate omission is deceitful. It is intended to evade telling the whole story, the truth.
Bob Smietana – Imagine if former Tennessean newspaper (non) reporter Bob Smietana would take off his apologist lenses before writing about the Islamist agenda. Distorting facts to write a fiction of persecution is unethical and a disservice to the public.
Ad hominem should never substitute for objective, fact-based reporting. As with anything Smietana writes on this topic, all Islamists and their supporters are virtuous; naysayers are contemptuous bigoted Islamophobes.
Even when Smietana writes about CAIR, he can’t bring himself to acknowledge the 2009 holding that “[t]he Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF [Holy Land Foundation], the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas”.
Hedy Weinberg – Imagine if the Director of the TN-ACLU had admitted in her 2011 testimony at the Tennessee legislature, that all the issues she alleged as problems had already been resolved in 2010 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled them Constitutionally sound.
Imagine if Weinberg advocated for the religious rights of Christian students the same as she does for Muslim students? Take for example, the 2011 lawsuit filed against the Sumner County school district because of alleged Christian-centric activities. Part of the settlement agreement prohibited the Sumner County schools from taking field trips to religious sites. Except Weinberg didn’t object when Sumner County violated the settlement agreement this year by taking students to a Hindu temple and a mosque where they received free Qurans.
Her 2013 Students’ Rights Conference, with plenty of Islamist representation, was a reflection of Weinberg’s own conservative paranoia. How ironic that a conference including LGBTQ Equality, also included speaker Kasar Abdullah whose sister Jihan, was out and about making fun of gays!
Remziya Suleyman – raises money for her organization American Center for Outreach (ACO) based on an embellished and distorted story about Islamist persecution in Tennessee. The one documented truthful statement she has made is her admission to knowing nothing about Shariah law. Of course that has not stopped her from demonizing anyone who objects to its insertion into American public life. Without this platform, her fundraising would be flat.
It doesn’t appear that she ever addressed the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood Memorandum before bringing CAIR’s Dawud Walid to train Muslim students. What about her work with and support for CAIR? Doesn’t it matter to her that CAIR is connected to Hamas?
Our wish for 2014: try telling the whole story; honesty is good for the soul .