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Doctor says “Jewish values” drive her to perform abortions that are necessary for women to “create the families they want”

I am not familiar with Judaism and their stance on abortion. Yet in my research, I understand that abortion in Judaism is permitted only if there is a direct threat to the life of the mother by carrying the fetus to term or through the act of childbirth.

There is a pro-choice Jewish woman doctor in DC that the Washington Post (reposted on the SF Gate when I read it) wrote a glowing story about. Her name is Sara Imershein and she performs first-trimester abortions and ritual circumcisions. The article from SF Gate describes her reasons for her work as such: She believes both practices achieve the same goal: allowing women to create the families they want. Given that, she said, her Jewish faith compels her to offer the two services to Washington-area residents.”

Apparently, having the family you don’t want to create can bring suffering to women: “She cited the Jewish concept of “mitzvot,” which means “commandments.” For her, she said: “It means I am commanded, if I have the skills as a physician, to use them to alleviate suffering. Not to use my skills would be wrong.”

The article does acknowledge that Halakhah mandates that abortion is necessary if the woman’s life is in danger.

More from the article: But Jews vary on what constitutes a sufficient threat. By performing abortions for all women who meet the clinic’s standards, Imershein, who is Reform, is taking a “very permissive” position that some more conservative Jews may see as immoral, said Elli Fischer, an Orthodox rabbi and halakhah historian.”

More about Imershein’s work:

“She does not advertise, operating by word of mouth, and she does not “make much,” she said. Of course, Imershein’s advocacy – appearing at Planned Parenthood rallies in a white doctor’s coat, for example – is free.

MiMi Levine, Imershein’s 32-year-old daughter, sees her mother’s work the same way it was explained to her at age 5, when Imershein told her that “it gives women freedom.”

“I have always been super proud of her,” Levine said. “I think she’s a hero.”

Apparently Jews have a different belief than Christian’s as to when life actually begins:

When she performs an abortion, Imershein believes she is not ending a human life. Jewish law – as laid out in the Torah, the Talmud and the “responsa,” rabbinic wisdom gathered across centuries – teaches that human life starts at birth rather than conception, according to Fischer. The fetus “attains the status of a fully human life” when its head emerges, Fischer said.

Eisenberg said some rabbis have understood this to mean the fetus is more akin to a kind of property than a person. Because of that, they say abortion is not murder, defined as the ending of a human life. Some faith leaders believe it still counts as killing, given that it ends a form of life, Fischer said, but halakhah insists there can be extenuating circumstances in which killing is permissible.”

The article concludes with the following:

“When a woman comes to the Falls Church clinic asking for an abortion, Imershein does not second-guess her reasoning. Same goes for when a mother asks her to officiate a brit milah (circumcision) – a less controversial procedure, though a small but growing number of Jews are questioning the tradition’s merits.

“I ultimately give all rights to the mother,” Imershein said. “With brit milahs, they’re having the family they want, and if I’m doing the abortions, I’m just fulfilling the wish of women to have the lives they want.”

Read the whole story on SF Gate here.

As is typical of libtards, there’s some mental gymnastics in this doctor’s reasoning to justify her position on abortion. First she says she does it to allow women to “create the families they want.”

The doctor also states she performs abortions to “alleviate suffering.”

She then states she performs abortions when the woman’s life is in danger.

Then her daughter says she performs abortions to “give women freedom.”

Yet apparently the doctor doesn’t ask WHY a woman wants/needs an abortion. How can she verify that she is performing the procedure within the parameters of her Jewish values?

One look at this doctor’s Twitter timeline and you’ll see she’s all about “reproductive rights” and protecting civil and human rights of “all people.”

It’s obvious to me that the good doctor is performing abortions as Margaret Sanger would prefer: On demand.

One thing I’ve come to understand about liberal logic: It’s not designed to make sense.

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Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein dead a day after unsealing of documents with names of prominent Democrat politicians

Some of us knew he wouldn’t be allowed to live because he would implicate too many powerful people.

And we’re right.

New York Post reports that wwo weeks after billionaire convicted-pedophile (((Jeffrey Epstein))), 66, was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck from a supposed suicide-attempt, law enforcement “sources” just announced Epstein is dead from “suicide” by hanging.

Note: A subsequent NY Post article says “officials” said Epstein was NOT on suicide watch.

Epstein was being held without bail pending trial on child sex-trafficking charges. Around 7:30 a.m. this morning, a gurney carrying a man who looked like Epstein was wheeled out of the Manhattan Correctional Center. The ambulance went to New York Downtown Hospital.

The timing of Epstein’s death is significant because just yesterday, August 9, 2019, some 2,000 documents were unsealed in Manhattan federal court, which reveal the names of dozens of powerful men, with some of whom Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims to be one of Epstein’s sex-trafficking victims, said she had been forced to perform sex acts. Epstein’s victims were as young as 14.

It was Giuffre who reopened the FBI’s probe into Epstein when she provided agents with photos of herself traveling the world with Epstein. In June 2008, then-U.S. attorney in Florida Alexander Acosta, who later became Trump’s labor secretary, helped broker a plea deal with Epstien to just one count of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl, for which he served only 13 months in prison. Acosta resigned from his post when Epstein was re-indicted last month.

The unsealed documents are related to Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit against Epstein’s recruiter, British socialite (((Ghislaine Maxwell))), whose father, British media tycoon Robert Maxwell, died in 1991 supposedly from a heart attack and drowning.

The unsealed documents reveal in great detail the three-year period in which Giuffre claims to have been Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex slave, and was forced to have sex with “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister.” But Giuffre said in an unsealed 2016 deposition that those men do not include Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Giuffre said “Trump didn’t partake in any sex with us … and never flirted with me”, and that although Trump is said to be a good friend of Epstein, she had never seen the two men interact during her time with Epstein.

Giuffre has previously claimed to have had sex with Prince Andrew and noted attorney (((Alan Dershowitz))).

The men named in the unsealed documents with whom Giuffre claims to have been forced to have sex are:

  • Jean Luc Brunel, a modeling agency honcho credited with discovering supermodels Christy Turlington and now-actress Milla Jovovich.
  • (((Glenn Dubin))), 62, billionaire co-founder of Highbridge Capital Management.
  • (((Marvin Minksy)), 88, MIT professor 0f artificial intelligence, died in 2016.
  • George J. Mitchell, 85, Democrat, former U.S. senator from Maine and former Senate majority leader.
  • Bill Richardson, 71, Democrat, former governor of New Mexico.

Other names in the unsealed documents include:

  • Naomi Campbell, supermodel, whom Giuffre said she had met through Epstein.
  • Bill Clinton, former U.S. president, Democrat, who held a private party on Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophile island.
  • Al Gore, former U.S. vice president, Democrat, whom Giuffre said she had met.
  • (((Stephen Kauffman)))
  • Heidi Klum, supermodel, whom Giuffre said she’d met.

Included in unsealed documents are pages of flight logs from Epstein’s private jet. According to the flight logs, prominent individuals who had traveled on the “Lolita Express” include:

  • Former President Bill Clinton and aide (((Doug Band))), who flew four times.
  • Alan Dershowitz.
  • Bill Gates, who flew once.
  • Colombian President Andres Pastrana.
  • Hyatt Hotels Chairman (((Thomas Pritzker))), whose sister Nancy Pritzker is a big Democrat Party donor.
  • Donald Trump, who flew once in 1997 from Palm Beach to New York.

However, flight logs (see below) show Bill Clinton had flown on Epstein’s Lolita Express much more than 4 times. Reportedly, the FBI also has evidence that Hillary Clinton had visited Epstein’s private island.

Dershowitz, Mitchell, and Richardson have denied Giuffre’s allegations. But Giuffre said: “When I was with him, Epstein had sex with underage girls on a daily basis. His interest in this kind of sex was obvious to the people around him. The activities were so obvious and bold that anyone spending any significant time at one of Epstein’s residences would have clearly been aware of what was going on.

In a sworn affidavit, former Epstein employee Juan Alessi states Sen. Mitchell is among Epstein’s associates.

Sources: Fox News; Daily Mail; Gateway Pundit; New York Post

Update (August 13, 2019):

According to flight logs of Epstein’s “Lolita Express”, another prominent Democrat, the economist (((Larry Summers))), 64 — the former Harvard University president and Bill Clinton’s treasury secretary who’s been speaking out against President Trump’s trade negotiations with China — had flown flew on the convicted pedophile’s private jet at least four times:

  • On Sept. 19, 1998, while Summers was Treasury Secretary.
  • On April 15, 2004, while he was Harvard U. president.
  • On his 4th trip, Larry and Lisa Summers flew from Bedford to Epstein’s Island, accompanied by Epstein’s close confidant and alleged Madam Ghislaine Maxwell.

Source: ZeroHedge

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New movie ‘The Hunt’ depicts liberal elites hunting Trump supporters for sport

In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton won the bi-coastal “blue states”, whereas Donald Trump won the “red states” in the heartland — what the MSM call “fly over country” and liberal elites like Katie Couric call “this great unwashed middle of the country”.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, in a speech at an LGBT fundraiser in Manhattan on September 10, 2016, Hillary Clinton called Trump’s supporters “a basket of deplorables” who are “irredeemable” racists, homophobes and xenophobes.

Now there’s a movie depicting rich liberal elites hunting and killing “deplorables”.

On September 27, 2019, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions will release an ultra-violent, R-rated “horror thriller” movie, The Hunt, depicting rich elites hunting Americans in fly-over red states like Arkansas, for sport.

The Hunt is produced by (((Jason Blum))), directed by (((Craig Zobel))), written by (((Damon Lindelof))) and Nick Cuse, and stars Hillary Swank, Emma Roberts, Betty Gilpin, and Ike Barinholtz.

Here’s the trailer, which ESPN pulled over the weekend because of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings.

From Breitbart:

The film, which has been described as a gory satire featuring actresses Hilary Swank and Betty Gilpin, follows a group of elites who stalk and murder conservatives in red states. The hunters are fueled by their hatred of the “MAGA-type” characters and their right-leaning positions. While the term “deplorables” may not be explicitly stated in the trailer, Daily Mail notes that the “hunted” were, in fact, described as “deplorables” in the screenplay.

The film was originally called Red State Vs. Blue State,” the Daily Mail reports. 

It is not clear whether the filmmakers are sympathetic to the “Deplorables” or the “hunters.” Nevertheless, Blumhouse founder Jason Blum is a notorious Trump-hater who was booed off stage at the 32nd Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles last year after blaming the president for the rise of anti-Semitism.

Hollywood Reporter quotes from The Hunt‘s screenplay:

“Did anyone see what our ratfucker-in-chief just did?” one character asks…. Another responds: “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “From a business perspective, The Hunt presents a gamble for Universal in these divided times.”

That’s because a similar movie — the so-called black comedy Assassination Nation, a 2018 movie written and directed by (((Sam Levinson))) — had bombed in the box office. Like The Hunt, Assassination Nation also pitted liberals against conservatives in very violent fashion. Although the movie represented the top sale at Sundance 2018 at $10 million, Assassination Nation fizzled upon its release, earning just $2 million with no international rollout. Says one person involved with that film, “We thought people would get the joke.”

Update (August 11, 2019)

Gateway Pundit reports that President Trump complained about The Hunt in a press conference on Friday, August 9, before leaving for vacation. He said: “Hollywood is racist.… what they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out — it’s actually very dangerous for our country.”

The next day, August 10, Universal announced it was cancelling the film’s release in a statement that reads:

While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film. We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.

“Now is not the right time to release this film” suggests that Universal Pictures has every intentions to release the execrable The Hunt sometime in the future, probably straight to video.

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Actor Tom Arnold threatens to kill Donald Trump Jr.

Here’s yet another example of the violent, murderous, intolerant Left.

Carmine Sabia writes for The Federalist Papers, August 2, 2019, that actor-comedian Tom Arnold, 60, most famous for being the ex-husband of Roseanne Barr, threatened to kill President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., 41, with a buck knife.

Arnold made his threat in a tweet.

On August 2, 2019, Arnold tweeted this about a picture of Trump Jr. holding the tail of an elephant he hunted:

This is Donald Trump Jr. He is holding the tail of a beautiful African elephant he murdered as she got up from a nap. Donald Trump Jr. is the real piece of garbage.

Arnold followed that tweet with another:

Looking forward to the day I’m standing over him wearing my bullet belt & safari khakis, my cartoon sized Daniel Boone buck knife in one hand his his [sic] teeny tiny tail in the other..

Arnold’s murderous threat was responded to by many tweets calling for the Secret Service to get involved.

For his part, Trump Jr. tweeted that he and his family “get daily death threats and exploding packages of white powder sent to our homes”.

John Cage of the Washington Examiner confirms what Trump Jr. says. Cage writes:

There have been multiple documented incidents involving the Trump family over the years.

For instance, in 2018, a Massachusetts pleaded guilty after sending a letter with white powder to Trump Jr.’s apartment. His then-wife Vanessa Trump went to the hospital after opening the letter and feeling nauseous afterwards.

A man was arrested in May by the FBI after making multiple threats on social media to “execute” Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Here’s the Secret Service’s phone number: 1-(202)-406-5708

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Hollyweirdo Sammy Davis Jr. was a satanist

Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990) was an actor/singer/comedian who was one of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack.

Sammy Davis Jr. was also a satanist.

On July 19, 2019, in episode one, season 11 of Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” actor/comedian Eddie Murphy said Sammy Davis Jr. had a “cocaine mouth”. Then Murphy said:

“Then he [Davis] told me he worshipped the Devil. We were in Dan Tanners . . . and Sammy was like ‘You know, Satan is as powerful as God.’

I was like, “What? What the f*ck are you talking about?’

He said ‘Why do you think there’s so much anger in the world, killing and murder, and Satan . . . .’  Then he saw my reaction to it so he sort of lightened up on it.”

Seinfeld laughed and laughed because, you know, satanism is just such a funny thing.

See “Jerry Seinfeld: ‘What you want in a pancake is to have the consistency of young human flesh’

Here’s the video:

On July 30, 2019, a blind item reveal on Crazy Days and Nights confirms Murphy’s account:

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Blind Items Revealed #4

July 22, 2019

Up until his death, this permanent A list singer/actor who was in a very famous unofficial group was the biggest donor to the Church Of Satan.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Posted by ent lawyer at 9:40 AM

Before the recent reveals, there had been accounts in the media of Davis being a satanist.

On May 4, 2016, in an article for SFGate on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, Mike Moffit writes:

LaVey’s unholy house of worship was also drawing Hollywood’s attention. Sammy Davis Jr. was introduced to the Church of Satan at an orgy party, which he later described as “dungeons and dragons and debauchery.” After Davis starred in an ill-fated sitcom called “Poor Devil” — a sort of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in reverse, the church awarded him the title of Warlock II, which may be akin to Angel Second Class.

The source for Moffit’s article is a lengthier article by Jake Austen, “Sammy Devil Jr.,” in VICE, May 1, 2008. Austen writes:

All that Mr. Entertainment [Sammy Davis Jr.] needed to partake in a new vice was an invitation…. Sammy spent years in shame-free indulgence, screening 35 mm porn prints at parties, visiting adult-movie sets where he treated the actresses like Hollywood royalty, and, according to her biography, taking fellatio lessons from Ms. Lovelace herself. As Sammy explained in his 1989 memoir, Why Me?, “I wanted to have every human experience.”

There’s no better example of this than Sammy’s dabblings in Satanism. Christian by birth, Jewish by choice, Sammy started his personal relationship with Satan during a 1968 visit to the Factory, a nightclub he partially owned. He was invited to a party by a group of young actors sporting red fingernails, signifying their allegiance to the Church of Satan. Founded in 1966 by Anton LaVey, a horror fan with a background in carnival work, ghostbusting, and nightclub organ, the San Francisco-based ministry combined LaVey’s interests in ancient paganism, a media-savvy flair for publicity, and a philosophy of indulgence over abstinence.

When Sammy arrived at the party (whose theme he summarized as “dungeons and dragons and debauchery”), all attendees were wearing hoods or masks. The centerpiece of the “coven” was a naked woman chained spread-eagle on a red-velvet-covered alter. Davis was confident though that human sacrifice was not on the menu that evening. “That chick was happy,” he wrote, “and wasn’t really going to get anything sharper than a dildo stuck in her.”

Not all the Satanists at that orgy would be so lucky. As Sammy was getting stoned and serviced, one of the ritual’s leaders tilted back his hood, revealing himself as Jay Sebring, the singer’s barber. Hollywood’s all-time greatest hetero hairdresser, Sebring was responsible for the shaggy style sported by Jim Morrison, helped get Bruce Lee on TV, and was engaged to actress Sharon Tate. During the Manson Family’s infamous 1969 massacre, Sebring would be bound to Tate, shot, then stabbed seven times. His bio on the website for Sebring International (his still-active haircare company) fails to mention his Satanism, though until recently the company’s logo was an ankh, a symbol frequently used by occultists.

Sammy continued to attend Satanic orgies and eventually joined the Church of Satan….”

Impressed by Davis’ Poor Devil sit-com, which LaVey extolled as a “magnificent commercial” for the Church of Satan, LaVey offered Davis an honorary second-degree (Warlock IIº) Church of Satan membership.

Austen writes:

Davis extended [LaVey] an invitation to a Bay Area concert, where he [Davis] gleefully accepted a membership certificate, card, and a IIÞ Baphomet medallion, which he wore during his performance. After the show, Davis invited [Michael] Aquino and LaVey’s daughter Karla to dinner, where he discussed his interest in the occult, and assured them that the Poor Devil shout-out was no coincidence. Soon after, LaVey himself struck up a friendship with Davis, who began appearing in public with a painted fingernail. When Sammy was in the Bay he would reserve front-row seats for LaVey’s entourage and flashed them the Sign of the Horns during the show. In private conversations, Davis revealed a deep, passionate interest in the Satanic philosophies and LaVey reportedly considered making him a senior official of the Church.

Sure makes you wonder who really is the “Candy Man” of one of Davis’ most popular song. (P.S. I had always loathed that song.)

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The Wolves-in-Sheep’s-Clothing Caption Contest

This is the 205th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

About the pic: On July 9, 2019, calling killing unborn babies “sacred work,” a group of ten Christian (Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ) and Jewish (Reform and Reconstructionist) clergy gathered to “bless” an Austin, Texas abortion clinic,  the Whole Woman’s Health. (See my post on this, here.)

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, click here.

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Demonic: Christian & Jewish clergy ‘bless’ abortion clinic in name of ‘god’

LifeNews reports that on July 9, 2019, calling killing unborn babies “sacred work,” a group of ten Christian (Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ) and Jewish (Reform and Reconstructionist) clergy gathered to “bless” an Austin, Texas abortion clinic — the Whole Woman’s Health, an abortion chain known for numerous health and safety violations.

Rev. Amelia Fulbright, a campus minister of the “ecumenical” “Christian” Labyrinth Progressive Student Ministry at the University of Texas, said the “blessing” was organized to encourage the “patients” as well as the abortion workers:

“The first and foremost goal was to say that we support you and the work that you’re doing, especially in a state where you’re constantly having to meet new regulations or deal with critics and protesters. As people of faith, it’s not that we think we’re bringing God to this place; we believe God is already present in that space. But it’s to ask for prayers of safety, healing and peace, to infuse the space with an energy that is life-giving for women, a lot of whom are in an anxious time.”

Fulbright said one of the most meaningful moments during the “blessing” was was when her 4-month-old baby became hungry. She said being able to nurse her child in that setting, surrounded by people who understood the importance of being able to choose motherhood, illustrated to her that abortion clinics are a “life-affirming space” and that “It paints a different picture than what the anti-abortion movement would like you to think happens in abortion clinics.”

The “blessing” was organized by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCFRC) and Texas Freedom Network.

Rev. Katey Zeh, a Baptist minister and executive director of RCFRC, said abortion is “sacred work” and the abortion clinic is a “blessed space”. She writes:

The Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Austin is also a blessed space, not only because of our ritual of blessing on Tuesday but because providing reproductive health services has always been sacred work.

Zeh claims “compassion” means supporting pregnant women who abort their unborn babies:

“Because our prophetic teachings emphasize caring for our neighbors, progressive faith communities are called to respond to pregnant people with compassion and affirmation. We know that making reproductive decisions can be hard work spiritually and emotionally, yet we believe God accepts the decisions of conscience each person makes.”

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Alleged anti-Semitism: Cartoonist Ben Garrison disinvited from White House Social Media Summit; high school principal fired for refusing to state Holocaust really happened

Holocaust denial, the denial of the genocidal killing of approximately six million Jews in Europe by Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, is illegal in Israel and 16 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain).

Here in the United States, notwithstanding the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech, “anti-Semitism” is not just politically incorrect and verboten, the trend is towards banning and criminalizing “anti-Semitism” and Holocaust denial altogether:

  • A bill (HR 1697) in Congress seeks to make it a felony to support any anti-Israel boycott.
  • On May 29, 2019, in Jerusalem, Israel, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill, HB 741, into law banning “anti-Semitism” in Florida’s public schools — the first bill in Florida history signed on foreign soil.

Below are two recent cases of alleged “anti-Semitism”.

(1) Political cartoonist Ben Garrison

Tomorrow, July 11, the Trump administration will host a Social Media Summit  on the “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment,” in the words of White House spokesperson Judd Deere.

Deere made the announcement on June 26, the same day President Trump said the federal government should file lawsuits against some of the tech giants. Trump has accused Google, Facebook and Twitter of being biased against him and other conservatives. (Politico)

Brilliant political cartoonist Ben Garrison was first invited to the Social Media Summit, then the invitation was rescinded because of complaints from the Anti-Defamation League that Garrison is “anti-Semitic”.

This is his statement:

(2) Florida high school principal William Latson

Meanwhile, a high school principal in Florida was fired for refusing to state that the Holocaust of six million Jews in WWII was a factual, historical event.

Sarah Mervosh reports for the New York Times that in April 2018, William Latson, the principal of Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, Fla., wrote in an email exchange with an unidentified parent that “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened,” amd that he had to stay “politically neutral”. He said that the school offered an assembly and courses on the Holocaust, but that they were optional and could not be “forced upon” all students.

Making a distinction between his personal beliefs about the Holocaust and his role as the principal of a public school, Latson wrote: “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee. I do allow information about the Holocaust to be presented and allow students and parents to make decisions about it accordingly. I do the same with information about slavery.”

The emails were recently obtained and published by The Palm Beach Post, which led to an intense backlash in South Florida — an area with a third of the population being Jewish.

Thousands signed an online petition calling for Latson’s resignation. On July 1, the Palm Beach County school district announced that he would be stripped of his position as principal and reassigned to another job in the district.

In its statement, the school district said Latson had made “a grave error in judgment” in refusing to state the Holocaust as fact. Latson was counseled by district officials in a series of meetings, and spent several days at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to increase his awareness. Latson apologized in a statement to The Palm Beach Post: “I regret that the verbiage that I used when responding to an email message from a parent, one year ago, did not accurately reflect my professional and personal commitment to educating all students about the atrocities of the Holocaust.”

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Morgan Stanley’s business confidence index has biggest drop since 2008 financial crisis

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City. JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States, and the sixth largest bank in the world by total assets as of 2018, to the amount of $2.535 trillion. It is the world’s most valuable bank by market capitalization and was named one of the top stocks to buy in 2019.

The Morgan Stanley Business Conditions Index (MSBCI) is an economic barometer based on an internal monthly canvass of industry analysts in JPMorgan’s North America Equity Research. The MSBCI measures general analyst sentiment as well as component indicators that gauge financing, advance bookings, pricing, hiring, capital spending, and expectations. Since its inception in June 2002, the MSBCI has served as a valuable and effective instrument for anticipating directional moves in the U.S. economy.

Morgan Stanley just published its latest Business Conditions Index and it is shocking.

As reported by Maggie Fitzgerald for CNBC, June 13, 2019:

Morgan Stanley’s Business Conditions Index, which captures turning points in the economy, fell by 32 points in June, to a level of 13 from a level of 45 in May. This drop is the largest one-month decline on record and the lowest level since December 2008 during the financial crisis, according to the firm.

Morgan Stanley said June’s conditions index reading showed notable declines in hiring, hiring plans, capex plans, and business conditions exceptions.

Economist Ellen Zentner said in a note to clients that the sharp MSBCI decline “shows a sharp deterioration in sentiment this month that was broad-based across sectors. Fundamental indicators point to a broad softening of activity, but analysts did not widely attribute the weakening to [Trump’s] trade policy.”

In addition to the sharp drop in the Business Confidence Index, here are other economic indicators of a possible economic slowdown:

  • Last Friday’s much-worse-than-expected jobs report from the Labor Department, showing that the U.S. economy added just 75,000 jobs in May.
  • A report on Thursday showed a spike in jobless claims last week.
  • Manufacturing activity last month grew at the slowest pace in two years.
  • The manufacturing subindex business conditions fell sharply to zero, the lowest level for the subindex on record.
  • The services subindex also fell to 18 from 35.

Meanwhile, another CNBC report on June 12 says “risks are rising for an oil price spike as tensions between the U.S. and Iran increase” which would further exacerbate business confidence.

Analysts say oil could be more than 10% higher, but if the situation in the Middle East intensifies, there are risks of price spikes that take oil to as high as $100 a barrel this summer.

Four years ago, in June 2015, Bob Johnson wrote in Veterans Today that the powerful Israeli lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), was trying to push the U.S. into a war against Iran for Israel’s benefit. (See “Yinon Plan“)

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Atheist loses lawsuit to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from U.S. currency

A piece of good news, at last, in the contemporary American wasteland.

Do you remember a man named Michael Newdow?

Newdow, 65, is the Californian atheist who’s been jamming the courts with lawsuits.

Newdow’s most recent lawsuit was to have “In God We Trust” removed from U.S. currency on the grounds that the motto is a government endorsement of religion and so violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Last year, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Newdow — the judges found that the motto on currency “comports with early understandings of the Establishment Clause” and did not coerce people into practicing a religion.

See DCG’s “Lawsuit demands US remove ‘In God We Trust’ from money“.

“In God We Trust” was first put on an American coin in 1864, and added to both coins and paper bills in 1955. A year after, in 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a law making the phrase the national motto.

Leah Klett reports for Christian Post, citing Fox News, that on June 10, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected, without comment, Newdow’s appeal.

In 2013, Newdow had partnered with the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation to sue the U.S. Treasury over the motto on currency. In his petition to the Supreme Court, Nedow, a lawyer whose clients are other atheists, had argued that:

  • The government violated his clients’ “sincere religious belief” that there is no God and turned them into “political outsiders” by placing the phrase “In God We Trust” on their money.
  • The placement of “In God We Trust” on money “has real effects on real children” and subjects atheist children to the same sufferings  historically endured by black children as “second class citizens”.

In the words of Newdow’s petition, which refers to “God” as “G-d” — a Jewish practice:

Petitioners are atheists. As such, they fervidly disagree with the religious idea that people should trust in G-d. On the contrary, their sincere religious belief is that trusting in any G-d is misguided. Defendants have conditioned receipt of the important benefit of using the nation’s sole ‘legal tender’ upon conduct proscribed by Petitioners’ atheism (i.e., upon Petitioners’ personally bearing – and proselytizing – a religious message that is directly contrary to the central idea that underlies their religious belief system).

Unless this Court ends the flagrant governmental preference for belief in G-d (and the implicit concomitant denigration of Atheism), the organizations, adults and children bringing this case will spend the rest of their lives – as they have spent their lives so far – as secondclass citizens.

Mat Staver, founder and chairman of religious liberty law firm Liberty Counsel, praised the court’s rejection of Newdow’s petition: “Our national motto ‘In God We Trust’ has been on all U.S. currency for more than 60 years and it will remain there, despite ridiculous attempts by atheists to remove it.”

Newdow’s past litigation includes:

  • Several failed litigation challenges against the “under God” phrase in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. In 2004, after suing for the removal of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, his case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. But the court did not decide on the merits of the case but instead said Newdow had no standing to sue. See my post, “‘Under God’ stays in Pledge of Allegiance“.
  • Attempts to stop prayers being read at the inauguration of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
  • Attempts to prevent government leaders from saying the phrase “So help me God” in the 2009, 2013, and 2017 presidential inaugurations.

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