The progressive war on Christmas has become one of the fundamental constants of the universe.  Here is one of the more egregious examples from this year’s annual battle to make sure all things religious are exiled from any property that may be considered public and the dreaded Merry Christmas is never uttered.

Indiana Town Removes Cross From Christmas Tree After ACLU Lawsuit

The mythical separation of church and state was once again used as a justification for vanquishing this cross, which was used for decades.  All it took was one complaint and the ACLU bullied the small town into submission with a lawsuit they could not possibly afford to fight.  Yes, the separation church and state is mythical.  It is a fairytale created by Justice Hugo Black when he wrote his decision for the 1947 Supreme Court case Everson versus Board of Education.  Justice Black claimed that the establishment clause of First Amendment prevented any government organization, at any level, from participating in any type religious activity because that clause built a wall of separation of church and state.  This ruling was a complete departure from the reality that existed in this country from the very instant of the ratification of the Bill of Rights right up until the instant he delivered this ruling.  It completely contradicts the transcripts from the writing of the Bill of Rights and the transcripts of the ratification debates in the States.  Here is what James Madison had to say during the debates when this clause was written:

Mr. Madison said, he apprehended the meaning of the words to be, that Congress should not establish a religion, and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel men to worship God in any manner contrary to their conscience.

It is quite clear from this quote, the Establishment Clause prevents the federal government from passing laws that would establish an official religion and it prevents the passage of laws that would force individuals to worship in a specific manner.  Rather than use the official transcripts, Justice Black based this sweeping new constitutional doctrine on a personal letter between Thomas Jefferson and the Danbury Baptist Church.  To add insult to injury, he completely distorted the actual text and meaning of that letter.

What makes the Everson ruling even more inaccurate; Justice Black completely disregarded the free exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment.  This clause specifically prevents the federal government from passing laws that would prevent individuals from freely exercising their religious beliefs.  Free exercise of religion is one of the most important god-given natural rights that every individual is endowed with.  Here is what George Mason had to say about free exercise of religion when he wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776.

That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity, towards each other.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights served as the model for the US Bill of Rights and George Mason played a prominent role in the writing of the US Constitution,

Justice Hugo Black completely massacred one more fundamental constitutional principle when he wrote the Everson ruling = The United States Bill of Rights only applies to the federal government.  It never applied to the States and it most certainly never applied to cities and towns.  That is abundantly clear from the transcripts of the State ratifying conventions for the Constitution when a Bill of Rights was demanded, from the transcripts in the House of Representatives and Senate when the Bill of Rights was written, and from the transcripts when the Bill of Rights was ratified by the States.  How can the establishment clause prevent a town from having a cross on a Christmas tree or any other type of religious display?  It cannot.  There is no constitutional basis or this lawsuit nor any similar lawsuit filed by the ACLU.

Almost exactly two years ago, on December 7, 2014, the Defense Department announced that it had transferred six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, after then-president José Mujica agreed to take them for humanitarian reasons.

Thomas Joscelyn described the group:

The four Syrians transferred — Ahmed Adnan Ahjam, Ali Husein Shaaban, Abd al Hadi Omar Mahmoud Faraj, and Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab — were all allegedly members of the so-called “Syrian Group.” The JTF-GTMO files describe the “Syrian Group” as “comprised of dismantled terrorist cells that escaped Syrian authorities and fled to Afghanistan (AF) in 2000.”

For the past two years I’ve been following the story of the Gitmo alumni in Uruguay. They have refused to learn the language or to take job offers, and have been reported to the authorities for domestic violence after being reunited with their families.

Yes, Uruguay also brought in some 42-45 members of five families of the detainees.

The family of Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab , however, refuses to travel to Uruguay and insists on staying in Turkey. Turkey doesn’t want to take Jihad.

Joscelyn describes Jihad’s background,

as a “document forger who provided services to the network operated by” Abu Zubaydah, “supporting European, North African, and Levant extremists” by “facilitating their international travels.”as a “document forger who provided services to the network operated by” Abu Zubaydah, “supporting European, North African, and Levant extremists” by “facilitating their international travels.”

And travel he has.

Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab, a.k.a. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a.k.a. Jihad Ahmad Diyab, a.k.a. Abu Wael Dihab,  a.k.a. Jihad Diyab, after being relocated to Uruguay visited Argentina last February, and declared himself  “ready to fight“, just the thing to say when you want to make yourself welcome to a foreign country and your first name is Jihad.

After that, Diyab tried to enter Brazil three times but was turned away at the border. Authorities lost track of him, much to the alarm of the Brazilian authorities, who were preparing for the Summer Olympics. After a manhunt in six countries, he turned up in Venezuela, 4,600 miles away from Montevideo (a little under the distance from New York to Moscow), where he tried to petition the Uruguayan consulate – which he could do in Montevideo – to “ask for assistance to fly to Turkey or some other country to be reunited with his family.”

As the Wall Street Journal pointed out (emphasis added),

Mr. Dhiab’s travel plans may raise additional concern, given Turkey’s porous border with Syria and its use as an entry point for volunteers looking to join Islamic State.

The Venezuelans put him on a plane and he was returned to Uruguay where he went on hunger strike.

Last week the Uruguayans tried to send him to South Africa. South Africa turned him away at the airport. He’s back in Uruguay.

The Obama administration announced two days ago that it Intends to Transfer 17 or 18 Guantánamo Detainees to Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Good luck with that.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.

This is one of the easiest games to play, the object is to change the Race, Name religion or Party in a story and imagine how the MSM would deal with it.

Let’s start simple with this story out of Legal Insurrection concerning Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas

“I became deeply disturbed upon learning that Justice Thomas’s moving story and incredible contributions to the country are not even mentioned, much less discussed in detail, in the new museum. Making matters worse, the only reference to Justice Thomas is in regard to a single individual’s controversial accusation against him at his Senate confirmation hearing twenty-five years ago — an accusation that was contradicted by numerous witnesses and rejected by The Washington Post, the Democratic-controlled Senate, and the American public at the time,” wrote Cruz. “I’m simply requesting that a fair and accurate portrayal of his powerful story be included, for the great benefit of millions of future museum-goers.”

The entire letter is here:

Ted Cruz Letter to Smithsonian Justice Clarence Thomas by Legal Insurrection on Scribd

If Clarence Thomas was a liberal the entire media would be attacking the National Museum of African History and Culture for the exclusion of the 2nd most powerful and consequential black man in the country and panel after panel would discuss what that exclusion meant, of course if Justice Thomas was a liberal he wouldn’t have been excluded.

OK now you know the rules LET’S PLAY!

Here’s one from the Daily Caller:

The world is still in shock after a rogue police officer gunned down the Russian ambassador to Turkey and shouted “Allahu akbar” Monday, but one of CNN’s priorities was apparently to claim the jihadi doesn’t “speak for Muslims,” as if people might think he were an elected official and not a murderous Islamic extremist.

At the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara, Turkey, off-duty police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, who was standing right behind Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, suddenly took out his pistol and opened fire, shooting Karlov in the back numerous times. Karlov collapsed on the ground immediately and was later pronounced dead on the scene.

Although CNN admitted that the rogue cop “seems to have a religious motivation,” reporter Nic Robertson added directly after that “there is no guarantee he represents Muslims of any sort.”

Now imagine if the shooter had shouted “In the name of Jesus Christ”, instead.
Christians everywhere would be called on to denounce the shooter or be portrayed as accomplices at worst or sympathizers at best to his action.  The Westboro Baptist Church, despite being  “A church that rarely had over 50 members and most of them part of his [Fred Phelps uber Democrat] party“would be constantly invoked and pundits galore would be talking about how Christianity went wrong, how their rules are too strict and how it needs to be reformed into a more “inclusive” mode less violent mode.

Of course the MSM hopes above all hope that they will get a chance to do this sooner or later.

Our next example come from MTV via Twitchy (which calls it the first Trump ad of 2020) via Insty:

Now imagine just for a moment, if this video was titled “Hey Black or Hispanic or Asian Guys: We came up for some New Year’s Resolutions for you”?

The outrage meter on the networks would be at 11. There would be no other story nationally and every advertiser would be confronted by either angry protesters , angry celebrities and angry media to pull their advertising from MTV and the pressure wouldn’t stop until a groveling apology was elicited from every producer, every executive, every actor and crew member involved and even then many would be fired.

Instead it will be treated as no big deal.

Our next story comes via Drudge and Instapundit and WISN

Members of the Black Panthers of Milwaukee, some armed with guns, marched through the Sherman Park neighborhood on Sunday to protest what they called the “genocide” of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

Now picture if instead of the “Black Panthers” and “African-Americans” this story said “Tea Party” and “white Americans”.

You would have pundits beating their breasts over the armed assembly, media types would point to this showing the tea party to be “dangerous” or a “threat to public order” or a “threat to law enforcement”. Furthermore “experts” would be on every network debunking the claims of genocide using stats on shootings and talking about the criminal actions that tea party members were in the act of doing while shot by police.

Instead this will remain a local story, except in the conservative blogosphere.

Finally, again via Insty, we go to the Ithaca voice for another story deemed “local news”

An Ithaca man accused of killing a UPS driver from Candor said in court Monday afternoon that not only did he believe he shot and killed Donald Trump, but that no evidence could be presented to him to suggest otherwise.

Justin R. Barkley, 38, said during his arraignment and subsequent attempt to plead guilty, “I shot and killed Donald Trump purposely, intentionally and very proudly.”

He told the court that he knew where president elect Donald Trump would be on Dec. 8 and waited in the Ithaca Walmart parking lot kill him.

“I went there to purposely shoot and kill him and put him down,” Barkley said.

He told the court that he understood the difference between mistaking a person for being Trump and asserting that he actually killed Trump. When asked if any evidence could be presented to him to suggest he killed a different person, he said, “I would hope not.”

Now picture for a second if we replaced the name “Donald Trump” with the name “Barack Obama”.

The entire press would be in an uproar. Mr. Barkley would be made to represent every conservative who ever lived who would be obliged to denounce him and his actions. Pundits would opine how relentless Obama hatred pushed and whipped up by the right and their media/internet sites had caused this man to break and decide he is a metaphor for every Tea Party member or person who voted for republicans in general and Donald Trump in particular who all want, deep down inside to kill Barack Obama and always have and anchors on every network would nod their heads in agreement.

Instead Mr. Barkley will be consigned to the Ithaca Times as a lone crazy whose murderous delusion is not a national story.

That ends our game for today, but let me leave you with a closing thought. I’m typing this at last sentence at 9:21 PM. I started this post at 8 PM when I woke up and all of these examples came from today’s news and were discovered without any effort in under an hour.

Think about that.

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