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Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Another Mass Shooting: San Bernardino - 14 dead and 18 injured - This has got to stop!
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Republicans Have Blood On Their Hands For Inciting Deadly Domestic Terrorism

Americans can make a very accurate inference that Republicans have blood on their hands for inciting rage and more violence towards women's healthcare providers; just like they are…
So after another mass shooting, and anticipating another round of funerals for innocent victims, President Obama said “Enough is enough…this is not normal. We can’t let it become normal.” At about the same time the President was making his remarks, a spokesman for the Washington D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, Ibrahim Hooper said, “The picture is getting increasingly bleak. There’s been an accumulation of anti-Islamic rhetoric in our lives that I think has triggered these overt acts of violence and vandalism.”
President Obama, in this case is wrong; this is normal and regardless what decent Americans want, as the Muslim spokesman said the picture is getting increasingly bleak and not just because there are too many guns in America. There are too many hate-filled wingnuts and Republicans inciting violence against other Americans. And sadly there are enough angry white guys, with guns, who are going to do the Republicans’ bidding and start shooting innocent Muslims. That was the threat leveled at an Islamic Center in Kentucky and it was the latest result of Republican “anti-Muslim rhetoric” providing exactly the results Republicans intended; violence against American citizens who practice Islam.
The threats of violence targeting the Islamic Center of Lexington Kentucky prompted the Imam, Mahmoud Shalash, to contact Lexington police and federal Homeland Security officials at about the time a maniac was killing innocents in a Colorado Springs women’s healthcare clinic. The death threat came by way of email saying, “I’m going to kill everyone I there (sic) you Muslim f–ks. Salabis is coming for you.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, requested stepped up protection from state and local law enforcement authorities for the mosque and its adherents.
No-one on the planet should be surprised at the escalation of violence and animus toward Muslims, whether they are American citizens or not. Republicans have made whipping up hate toward the Muslim community their current cause célèbre after spending no small amount of time and effort demeaning Hispanic immigrants ad nauseam. In fact, the violence targeting Muslims is no different than the violence toward Planned Parenthood and it is “Mission Accomplished” for Republicans inciting terror attacks against Americans they despise.
Although law enforcement officials are withholding information about the motive behind the Colorado Springs’ gun rampage, the city’s mayor said that people can make very accurate “inferences from where it took place.” Fine, then Americans can make a very accurate inference that Republicans have blood on their hands for inciting rage and more violence towards women’s healthcare providers; just like they are inciting violence against American Muslims.
CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper said what any decent American believes and was brave enough to say what Washington leaders are afraid will incite Republicans to abject rage; the Republican cabal incites domestic terrorism. Hooper said,
This clear terroristic death threat targeting a house of worship must be treated seriously by local, state and federal law enforcement authorities and the perpetrator should be apprehended and brought to justice. Our nation’s leaders must send a clear message challenging the rising Islamophobia that leads to such threats.”
To punctuate his point, Mr. Hooper cited a current FBI alert to New York City police about an armed anti-Islam extremist who is traveling across the country to “confront” Muslims. Hooper also noted that in Connecticut, the FBI and local police are investigating multiple gunshots fired at the Baitul Aman mosque. In Florida, two Tampa Bay-area mosques received threatening phone messages on Friday night and the FBI said the person also made threatening calls to the Islamic Society of St. Petersburg. In a suburb of Austin, Texas, the Islamic Center of Pflugerville discovered feces and torn pages of the Quran that had been thrown at the door of the mosque. Muslim leaders encouraged authorities to investigate the act as a hate crime and law enforcement is doing just that. Still in Texas, in a suburb of Houston authorities arrested a man accused of threatening on social media to “shoot up a mosque” and he was charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony.
CAIR attributes this latest spike in anti-Muslim terrorist incidents to remarks by political candidates and lawmakers in the run-up to the 2016 general election. In a statement, CAIR said the glaringly obvious;
“Of particular concern is the extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric and falsehoods being espoused by leading Republican pretender candidates Trump and Carson. Another contributing factor to this marked rise in Islamophobic hostility is state governors and lawmakers playing on public fears and spreading misinformation about Syrian refugees being resettled into the United States.”
The national director of CAIR said his organization has made official appeals to law enforcement officials to step up patrols at mosques and other Islamic institutions. “We urge public officials and presidential candidates not to scapegoat American Muslims and not allow Islam to be demonized by Islamophobes or by the anti-Islamic actions of terrorists. We have men, women and children who come to the masjid to pray every day, and since these attacks, they have reduced the frequency of their visits to the masjid with fear for their lives.” Republicans are likely damn proud of themselves for demonstrating how much they detest and oppose this pathetic country’s so-called freedom of religion by having a major hand in prohibiting the “wrong” religious adherents from worshiping out of fear for their lives; it is very ISIL-like.
Despite all the Republican-incited domestic terrorism against practitioners of a religion the evangelical religio-wingnuts want eliminated from America, the spokesman for the New York mosque that was shot up, Salaam Bhatti, said the shootings, vandalism, and death threats are “A teachable moment. As we do raise awareness of attacks in mosques, we will see mosques do not respond in violence. Islam teaches us to teach peace.” So does christianity teach peace, but this is America and its most visible representatives of the neo-christianity polluting this country have spent years preaching violence against Muslims as part of their drive to make America the most “structurally violent nation” on the face of the Earth. Sadly, they are succeeding beyond their wildest dreams and with every new act of domestic terrorism, whether against women’s health clinics or American Muslims’ houses of worship, they get more blood on their hands. With all due respect to the White House, despite what President Obama says, these Republican-incited acts of violence are normal and it is all down to Republicans inciting terrorists to action against American citizens.

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Edited Republican Videos Inspired Domestic Terrorist Attack On Colorado Planned Parenthood

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The mayor of Colorado Springs called the shootings at Planned Parenthood domestic terrorism while it is being reported that the shooter has made references to baby parts and anti-abortion views to law enforcement.
CNN reported, “Suspected Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear mentioned “baby parts” to investigators and in later interviews expressed anti-abortion and anti-government views.”
It is not a coincidence that the deadly attack occurred on Planned Parenthood after Republicans in Congress spent years coordinating an attack on Planned Parenthood that featured heavily edited videos.
The Hill reported that Republican members of Congress coordinated the attack on Planned Parenthood with anti-choice organizations like the Center For Medical Progress:
Weeks before the first undercover Planned Parenthood video surfaced, Diane Black was given a sneak preview of three hours of the not-yet-released footage.

Black said she was invited to the screening by two other anti-abortion lawmakers who had been given early access to the footage. She said the viewing was to help understand the wealth of footage and “so I could be prepared for comment” when the videos became public.
Republicans coordinated an attack on Planned Parenthood that involved the spread of false information that resulted in the deaths of a police officer and two civilians.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers called the attack an act of domestic terrorism on ABC’s This Week:
RADDATZ: But would you say, Mr. Mayor, this is an act of domestic terrorism?

SUTHERS: It certainly appears that way. We have, Martha, something that occurs quite a bit. We have a person that’s pretty much off the grid and acting for whatever motivation, very hard to ferret out those folks. You know, I — I was an attorney general that was a head of a committee looking at things that are consistent about these kinds of incidents. And one of the things we don’t do very well is identify these people, sometimes with mental health problems, and prevent their access to weapons. And I — you know, we’ll wait and see here, but all indications are this guy, as I say, was off the grid.

As Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said, the attack on Planned Parenthood was an unintended consequence of Republican rhetoric. The biggest immediate terror threat in the United States is coming from domestic lunatic fringe religio-wingnut extremism.
Coordinated inflammatory partisan stunts like the fake Planned Parenthood videos provide motivation of mentally unstable domestic terrorists who subscribe to the extreme right-wing agenda and treat Republican lies as truth to attack.
Those Republican members of Congress, who plotted and carried out the campaign against Planned Parenthood, are indirectly responsible for an act of domestic terrorism.
Trump and other Republicans are trying distance themselves from the domestic terrorist by calling him a maniac, but Republicans can’t escape the fact that the shooter was inspired by their attacks on Planned Parenthood.

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