Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Small But Honest Columnist Again Forced to Correct Highest-Rated Show on Cable TV

Ann Coulter | Aug 26, 2015

 
 To support his insane interpretation of the post-Civil War amendments as granting citizenship to the kids of illegal aliens, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly is now taking job applications for the nonexistent -- but dearly hoped-for -- Jeb! administration, live, during his show.

(Apparently my debate with O'Reilly will be conducted in my column, Twitter feed and current bestselling book, Adios, America, against the highest-rated show on cable news.)

Republicans have been out of the White House for seven long years, and GOP lawyers are getting impatient. So now they're popping up on Fox News' airwaves, competing to see who can denounce Donald Trump with greater vitriol.

Last Thursday's job applicants were longtime government lawyers John Yoo and David Rivkin.
In response to O'Reilly's statement that "there is no question the Supreme Court decisions have upheld that portion of the 14th Amendment that says any person, any person born in the U.S.A. is entitled to citizenship ... for 150 years" -- Yoo concurred, claiming: "This has been the rule in American history since the founding of the republic."

Yes, Americans fought at Valley Forge to ensure that any illegal alien who breaks into our country and drops a baby would have full citizenship for that child! Why, when Washington crossed the Delaware, he actually was taking Lupe, a Mexican illegal, to a birthing center in Trenton, N.J.

If one were being a stickler, one might recall the two centuries during which the children of slaves were not deemed citizens despite being born here -- in fact, despite their parents, their grandparents and their great-grandparents being born here.

Wouldn't anyone who wasn't applying for a job in the nonexistent, never-to-exist Jeb! administration remember slavery?

Incongruously, Yoo also said, "The text of the 14th Amendment is clear" about kids born to illegals being citizens.

Wait a minute! Why did we need an amendment if that was already the law -- since "the founding of the republic"!

An impartial observer might contest whether the amendment is "clear" on that. "Clear" would be: All persons born in the United States are citizens.

What the amendment actually says is: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."

The framers of the 14th Amendment weren't putting a secret trap door in the Constitution for fun. The "jurisdiction thereof" and "state wherein they reside" language means something. (Ironically, Yoo -- author of the Gitmo torture memo -- was demonstrating that if you torture the words of the Constitution, you can get them to say anything.)

At least Rivkin didn't go back to "the founding of the republic." But he, too, claimed that the "original public meaning (of the 14th Amendment] which matters for those of us who are conservatives is clear": to grant citizenship to any kid whose illegal alien mother managed to evade Border Patrol agents.

Whomever that was the “original public meaning” for, it sure wasn’t the Supreme Court.

To the contrary, the cases in the first few decades following the adoption of the 14th Amendment leave the strong impression that it had something to do with freed slaves, and freed slaves alone:
-- Supreme Court opinion in the Slaughterhouse cases (1873):
"(N)o one can fail to be impressed with the one pervading purpose found in (the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments), lying at the foundation of each, and without which none of them would have been even suggested; we mean the freedom of the slave race, the security and firm establishment of that freedom, and the protection of the newly-made freeman and citizen from the oppressions of those who had formerly exercised unlimited dominion over him."

-- Supreme Court opinion in Ex Parte Virginia (1879):
"[The 14th Amendment was] primarily designed to give freedom to persons of the African race, prevent their future enslavement, make them citizens, prevent discriminating State legislation against their rights as freemen, and secure to them the ballot."

-- Supreme Court opinion in Strauder v. West Virginia (1880):
"The 14th Amendment was framed and adopted ... to assure to the colored race the enjoyment of all the civil rights that, under the law, are enjoyed by white persons, and to give to that race the protection of the general government in that enjoyment whenever it should be denied by the States."

-- Supreme Court opinion in Neal v. Delaware (1880) (majority opinion written by Justice John Marshall Harlan, who was the only dissenting vote in Plessy v. Ferguson):
"The right secured to the colored man under the 14th Amendment and the civil rights laws is that he shall not be discriminated against solely on account of his race or color."

-- Supreme Court opinion in Elk v. Wilkins (1884):
"The main object of the opening sentence of the 14th Amendment was ... to put it beyond doubt that all persons, white or black, and whether formerly slaves or not, born or naturalized in the United States, and owing no allegiance to any alien power, should be citizens of the United States ... The evident meaning of (the words, "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof") is, not merely subject in some respect or degree to the jurisdiction of the United States, but completely subject to their political jurisdiction, and owing them direct and immediate allegiance. ... Persons not thus subject to the jurisdiction of the United States at the time of birth cannot become so afterward, except by being naturalized ..."

One has to leap forward 200 years from "the founding of the republic" to find the first claim that kids born to illegal immigrants are citizens: To wit, in dicta (irrelevant chitchat) by Justice William Brennan, slipped into the footnote of a 5-4 decision in 1982.

So to be precise, what Yoo means by the "founding of the republic," and Rivkin means by "the original public meaning" of the 14th Amendment, is: "Brennan dicta from a 1982 opinion."

Perhaps, if asked, the Supreme Court would discover a "constitutional" right for illegal aliens to sneak into the country, drop a baby, and win citizenship for the kid and welfare benefits for the whole family. (Seventy-one percent of illegal immigrant households with children are on government assistance.)

But it is a fact that the citizenship of illegal alien kids has never been argued, briefed or ruled on by the Supreme Court.

Yoo and Rivkin aren't stupid. It appears that the most significant part of their analysis was Yoo's legal opinion: "I don't think Trump is a Republican. I think actually he is ruining the Republican Party." Please hire me, Jeb!! (or Rubio)!

O'Reilly could get more reliable constitutional analyses from Columba Bush than political lawyers dying to get back into government.

Townhall

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Coulter: Fox News Anchored in Stupidity on 14th Amendment


Based on the hysterical flailing at Donald Trump -- He's a buffoon! He's a clown! He calls people names! He's too conservative! He's not conservative enough! He won't give details! His details won't work! -- I gather certain Republicans are determined to drive him from the race. 

These same Republicans never object to other candidates who lack traditional presidential resumes -- Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain, to name a few. I'm beginning to suspect it's all about Trump's opposition to mass immigration from the Third World.

Amid the hysteria, Trump is the only one speaking clearly and logically, while his detractors keep making utter asses of themselves.

By my count -- so far -- Fiorina, Chris Christie, Rick Perry and the entire Fox News commentariat are unfamiliar with a period of the nation's history known as "the Civil War." They seem to believe that the post-Civil War amendments were designed to ensure that the children of illegal aliens would be citizens, "anchor babies," who can then bring in the whole family. (You wouldn't want to break up families, would you?)

As FNC's Bill O'Reilly authoritatively informed Donald Trump on Tuesday night: "The 14th Amendment says if you're born here, you're an American!"

I cover anchor babies in about five pages of my book, Adios, America, but apparently Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the scholars on Fox News aren't what we call "readers."

Still, how could anyone -- even a not-very-bright person -- imagine that granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens is actually in our Constitution? I know the country was exuberant after the war, but I really don't think our plate was so clear that Americans were consumed with passing a constitutional amendment to make illegal aliens' kids citizens.

Put differently: Give me a scenario -- just one scenario -- where guaranteeing the citizenship of children born to illegals would be important to Americans in 1868. You can make it up. It doesn't have to be a true scenario. Any scenario!
 
You know what's really bothering me? If someone comes into the country illegally and has a kid, that kid should be an American citizen! 

Damn straight they should!
 
We've got to codify that. 

YOU MEAN IT'S NOT ALREADY IN THE CONSTITUTION?
 
No, it isn't, but that amendment will pass like wildfire! 

It's like being accused of robbing a homeless person. (1) I didn't; (2) WHY WOULD I DO THAT?
"Luckily," as FNC's Shannon Bream put it Monday night, Fox had an "expert" to explain the details: Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox's senior judicial analyst.

Napolitano at least got the century right. He mentioned the Civil War -- and then went on to inform Bream that the purpose of the 14th Amendment was to -- I quote -- "make certain that the former slaves and the native Americans would be recognized as American citizens no matter what kind of prejudice there might be against them."

Huh. In 1884, 16 years after the 14th Amendment was ratified, John Elk, who -- as you may have surmised by his name -- was an Indian, had to go to the Supreme Court to argue that he was an American citizen because he was born in the United States.

He lost. In Elk v. Wilkins, 112 U.S. 94, the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment did not grant Indians citizenship.

The "main object of the opening sentence of the Fourteenth Amendment," the court explained -- and not for the first or last time -- "was to settle the question, upon which there had been a difference of opinion throughout the country and in this court, as to the citizenship of free negroes and to put it beyond doubt that all persons, white or black ... should be citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside."

American Indians were not made citizens until 1924. Lo those 56 years after the ratification of the 14th Amendment, Indians were not American citizens, despite the considered opinion of Judge Napolitano.

Of course it's easy for legal experts to miss the welter of rulings on Indian citizenship inasmuch as they obtained citizenship in a law perplexingly titled: "THE INDIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT OF 1924."

Yeah, Trump's the idiot. Or as Bream said to Napolitano after his completely insane analysis, "I feel smarter just having been in your presence."

The only reason the 14th Amendment doesn't just come out and say "black people" is that -- despite our Constitution being the product of vicious racists, who were dedicated to promoting white privilege and keeping down the black man (Hat tip: Ta-Nehisi Coates) -- the Constitution never, ever mentions race.

Nonetheless, until Fox News' scholars weighed in, there was little confusion about the purpose of the 14th Amendment. It was to "correct" -- as Jack Nicholson said in "The Shining" -- the Democrats, who refused to acknowledge that they lost the Civil War and had to start treating black people like citizens.

On one hand, we have noted legal expert Bill O'Reilly haranguing Donald Trump: "YOU WANT ME TO QUOTE YOU THE AMENDMENT??? IF YOU'RE BORN HERE YOU'RE AN AMERICAN. PERIOD! PERIOD!" (No, Bill -- there's no period. More like: "comma," to parents born “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States “and of the state wherein they reside.”)

But on the other hand, we have Justice John Marshall Harlan II, who despite not being a Fox News legal expert, was no slouch. He wrote in the 1967 case, Afroyim v. Rusk, that the sponsors of the 14th Amendment feared that:

"Unless citizenship were defined, freedmen might, under the reasoning of the Dred Scott decision, be excluded by the courts from the scope of the amendment. It was agreed that, since the 'courts have stumbled on the subject,' it would be prudent to remove the 'doubt thrown over' it. The clause would essentially overrule Dred Scott and place beyond question the freedmen's right of citizenship because of birth."

It is true that in a divided 1898 case, U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, the Supreme Court granted citizenship to the children born to legal immigrants, with certain exceptions, such as for diplomats. But that decision was so obviously wrong, even the Yale Law Journal ridiculed it.

The majority opinion relied on feudal law regarding citizenship in a monarchy, rather than the Roman law pertaining to a republic -- the illogic of which should be immediately apparent to American history buffs, who will recall an incident in our nation's history known as "the American Revolution."

Citizenship in a monarchy was all about geography -- as it is in countries bristling with lords and vassals, which should not be confused with this country. Thus, under the majority's logic in Wong Kim Ark, children born to American parents traveling in England would not be American citizens, but British subjects.

As ridiculous as it was to grant citizenship to the children born to legal immigrants under the 14th Amendment (which was about what again? That's right: slaves freed by the Civil War), that's a whole order of business different from allowing illegal aliens to sneak across the border, drop a baby and say, Ha-ha! You didn't catch me! My kid's a citizen -- while Americans curse impotently under their breath.

As the Supreme Court said in Elk: "[N]o one can become a citizen of a nation without its consent."
The anchor baby scam was invented 30 years ago by a liberal zealot, Justice William Brennan, who slipped a footnote into a 1982 Supreme Court opinion announcing that the kids born to illegals on U.S. soil are citizens. Fox News is treating Brennan's crayon scratchings on the Constitution as part of our precious national inheritance.

Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is America's most-cited federal judge -- and, by the way, no friend to conservatives. In 2003, he wrote a concurrence simply in order to demand that Congress pass a law to stop "awarding citizenship to everyone born in the United States."

The purpose of the 14th Amendment, he said, was "to grant citizenship to the recently freed slaves,"
adding that "Congress would not be flouting the Constitution" if it passed a law "to put an end to the nonsense."

In a statement so sane that Posner is NEVER going to be invited on Fox News, he wrote: "We should not be encouraging foreigners to come to the United States solely to enable them to confer U.S. citizenship on their future children. But the way to stop that abuse of hospitality is to remove the incentive by changing the rule on citizenship."

Forget the intricate jurisprudential dispute between Fox News blowhards and the most-cited federal judge. How about basic common sense? Citizenship in our nation is not a game of Red Rover with the Border Patrol! The Constitution does not say otherwise.

Our history and our Constitution are being perverted for the sole purpose of dumping immigrants on the country to take American jobs. So far, only Donald Trump is defending black history on the issue of the 14th Amendment. Fox News is using black people as a false flag to keep cheap Third World labor flowing.

Truth Revolt

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Illegal Alien Crime Wave in Texas: 611,234 Crimes, 2,993 Murders

 by J. Christian Adams

The murder of Kathryn Steinle on the Embarcadero in San Francisco by an illegal alien is the most familiar example of a crime committed by an alien.  But an unreleased internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety reveals that aliens have been involved in thousands of crimes in Texas alone, including nearly 3,000 homicides.

PJ Media obtained an never-before-released copy of a Texas DPS report on human smuggling containing the numbers of crimes committed by aliens in Texas.   According to the analysis conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults.

The report describes an alien crime wave of staggering proportions exacerbated by federal officials unwilling to enforce immigration laws.

The Texas DPS report says well over 100,000 individual criminal aliens have been booked into Texas jails:
From October 2008 to April 2014, Texas identified a total 177,588 unique criminal alien defendants booked into Texas county jails. These individuals have been identified through the Secure Communities initiative, in which Texas has participated since October 2008.
There are almost certainly more criminal aliens who haven’t been identified as aliens.  The 177,588 criminal aliens identified by Texas through the Secure Communities initiative only can tag criminal aliens who had already been fingerprinted.  Arrests of illegal aliens who have not been fingerprinted prior to arrest are not included in these arrests numbers derived from the Secure Communities initiative.

That means that the already stratospheric aggregate crime totals would be even higher if crimes by many illegal aliens who are not in the fingerprint database were included.

Confessed hammer killer Juan Francisco De Luna Vasquez
Confessed Texas killer Juan Vasquez

The Secure Communities initiative is an information-sharing program between the Department of
Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. Presumably, both departments would have data on the number of fingerprint searches conducted that revealed a criminal act involved an alien.

Texas has been ground zero in illegal alien crossings into the United States.  The Texas DPS report shows that in the Rio Grande Valley, 154,453 illegal aliens were apprehended in 2013.

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Total illegal alien apprehensions by sector. (Source: Texas DPS report).

Other Texas sectors saw approximately 86,000 illegal aliens apprehended.  All other sectors combined on the southern border only saw approximately 170,000 illegal alien apprehensions in the same time period.  The Obama administration releases a sizable portion of the illegal aliens captured.

The criminal aliens identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety have been responsible for the most heinous types of crimes — and in astonishing numbers. From the Texas DPS report:
A review of these 177,588 defendants shows that they are responsible for at least 611,234 individual criminal charges over their criminal careers, including 2,993 homicides and 7,695 sexual assaults.
One such murder was committed by Juan Francisco De Luna Vasquez. Vasquez confessed to killing his wife with a hammer in Laredo.

The increasing flood across the border combined with the existence of sanctuary cities bolstered by Obama administration policies allowing the release of the most violent criminal aliens has fueled these crimes.

(Source: Texas DPS)

“Other Than Mexican” apprehensions. Most are released. (Source: Texas DPS report)

The House Judiciary Committee has passed the Davis-Oliver Act, introduced (S.1640) in the Senate by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and in the House (H.R.1148) by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), which would address many of these issues.

Yesterday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña about the 104,000 criminals that ICE released in 2013, and the 68,000 criminals against whom ICE refused to start deportation proceedings.  Saldaña calls it “good news” that only 30,558 criminal aliens were released by ICE in 2014.



PJ Media

Sunday, July 19, 2015

CHATTANOOGA: Is What Happens When You Don’t Have the Balls to Name Your Enemy

by Ashley Intartaglia
July 18, 2015


 Today, I feel rage. Real, hateful, all-consuming rage. Which is not an emotion I feel very often. As a matter of fact, the last time I felt exactly as I feel right now was 14 years ago when terrorists flew commercial airplanes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. If it’s possible to be so angry that you can feel the blood in your veins rising in temperature…that was how I felt then, and that is how I feel now.

Because on July 16, four United States Marines and a Navy Sailor were brutally murdered on American soil by what appears to be a radical islamic terrorist. Five people who voluntarily chose to defend this country, were shot to death, executed, on American soil.

Let me reiterate where they were murdered…by a radicalized muslim. On American soil. To make matters worse, they faced this lone-wolf extremist completely unarmed.

While the dead gunmen who carried out this plot can be held responsible for pulling the trigger, the blood of five members of our military stains the hands of countless others in American “leadership” who have sat idle as our President protects his legacy, and neglects our safety.

What took place in Chattanooga is what happens when you don’t have the balls to name your enemy. It’s what happens when you prioritize domestic feel-good-policies over a strategy to stop evil in its tracks.

In my opinion, the calculated execution of these service members by a radicalized muslim terrorist is equivalent to the acts of war we faced on September 11th, and when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In both cases, the loss of American life on our own soil was unacceptable, and we retaliated with full force against those who had committed such atrocities.

Like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor, the Chattanooga murders were a shot across the bow. Will we now seek justice for the fallen by finally declaring war on an enemy who is already at war with us? Or will our “leaders” stamp some asinine classification on this shooting the same way they did with Ft. Hood, in an attempt to defer going to war. All in the name of Obama’s legacy as the “President of Peace”?

Two of the Marines and the sailor murdered yesterday leave behind children. And it’s crippling to imagine that one day those kids may have the following conversation with their mothers:
Child: Mom, how did Daddy die?

Mom: Well sweetheart, he died serving in the Marine Corps. He was killed by a terrorist.

Child: What country was he deployed to when he died, Mom?

Mom: Well honey…he wasn’t deployed. He was killed by that terrorist right here on American soil.

I don’t know about anyone else…but I can’t get that damn scenario out of my head. I can’t stop feeling rage because three families will have to have that conversation with their children and their grandchildren. I can’t stop feeling rage because a complete lack of “leadership” has led us to this place where our enemy is one step ahead of us.

Today, we are mourning the lives of four brave Marines and one Navy Sailor because our “leaders” are more concerned about not offending certain groups of people, than protecting this country from evil. Because they’re more concerned with the optics of the President’s term in office rather than making sure we are strong and safe from those who want to run a black sheet up the flag pole on the White House lawn.

To the families of GySgt. Thomas Sullivan, LCpl. Skip Wells, SSgt. David Wyatt, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, PO2 Randall Smith, we’re praying for you, and we stand with you. Because #MilitaryLivesMatter.

God Bless our brave men and women in uniform, and God Bless America.

Clash Daily

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Trump is Right: Illegal Alien Crime is Staggering in Scope and Savagery

by FSM NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM
July 10, 2015
 
FSM EXCLUSIVE

Non-Americans commit over five times more serious crimes per capita than Americans.





It is estimated that there are some 133,741 foreign criminals in prisons and jails in the USA (1).  They are not there for spitting on the sidewalk or jaywalking, and very few are there for immigration violations, as those illegal alien criminals are typically deported in fairly short order or simply let go as we have seen time and time again. They are there in large part for molesting, raping, killing, maiming and murdering people in America, as you will see below.

Add in the 168,680 convicted criminal immigrants who have final orders of removal but who remain at large in the U.S., and another 179,018 convicted criminal aliens with deportation cases pending but who are also at large (2), and we have a total non-American felon population of 481,439...a number the size of our 35th largest city, Sacramento, California, and larger than the entire populations each of Atlanta, Kansas City, Omaha, Miami, Minneapolis - and more.
And remember, for most of these felons, there was a victim.

Looking at it another way, illegal aliens constitute 27% of the federal prison population (3). This means that a group which comprises less than 5% of the population nationally is committing 27% percent of the federal crimes.  So just by that metric alone, illegal aliens commit over five times more serious crimes on a per capita basis than residents do.

But here's another fact.  According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in an April 7, 2005 report to Congress entitled "Information on Criminal Aliens Incarcerated in Federal and State Prisons and Local Jails", "The percentage of all federal prisoners who are criminal aliens has remained the same over the last 3 years--about 27 percent. * The majority of criminal aliens incarcerated at the end of calendar year 2004 were identified as citizens of Mexico."  Sorry to report the truth here, but quite a few people owe Mr. Trump an apology.

That doesn't even include all the other criminal aliens that the government desperately tries to hide from the public even though they must announce it: according to Jessica M. Vaughan, Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, the 36,007 criminal immigrants that the Obama administration released in 2013 to prowl the streets of America even though they had a collective 88,000 convictions, including 193 homicides, 426 sexual assaults, 303 kidnappings and 1,075 aggravated assaults. And that was just one year's worth of criminal illegal aliens let go to continue to prey on the citizens of the USA.

In 2014, in a cynical move that can only be described as depraved especially because Mr. Obama ‘s most important job is to protect  Americans, the Obama administration released another 30,558 criminal immigrants, who had a total of 79,059 convictions, into America to mingle with its unsuspecting, innocent, law-abiding citizens.  Someone ought to tell the man what his job is.

The following are just a few of the victims of illegal aliens in the USA.  We are warning you now, gird your loins to read these news reports, as the descriptions of the crimes are horrifying.

Just a selection of Crimes Committed against Americans by Illegals 

The Sanctuary city of San Francisco protected the previously convicted illegal alien gang member charged in the murder of Michael Bologna, 20, his brother Matthew, 16, and his father Anthony, 48
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=588

Illegal alien stabs to death 24 year old college student Lauren Bump
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1374

Illegal alien charged with murder for vicious stabbing death of Kathleen Byham in a Wal-Mart parking lot
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1037

Twice deported illegal alien charged with murder of Sheriff's Deputy Josie Fox, 37
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1054

Mary Nagle - was raped and murdered by illegal alien who then uses her cell phone to brag about crime to her friends and family
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=40

Illegal Alien Kidnaps, Rapes, and Buries Alive an 8 Year Old Girl
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=115

Illegal Alien Abducts, Rapes, and Murders 10-Year Old Girl
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=256

Illegal Alien Kidnaps, Molests, Strangles, and Kills Esmerelda Nava, just 4 years old.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=361

Mary Sadler, 74, is sexually assaulted and beaten to death by illegal alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=15

Twice deported illegal alien charged with raping Chandler, AZ girl, 14
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=450

Illegal Alien Charged With Raping 6 Year Old Girl
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=234

Drunk Illegal Alien Sexually Assaults and Murders 23 Year Old College Girl, Danielle Gorectke
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=315

Two illegal aliens charged with kidnap, rape, torture, and attempted murder.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=437

Illegal alien rapes and brutally kills Natasha Ramen, 20
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=20

Two Illegal Aliens Brutally Rape NJ Woman
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=83

Illegal alien runs a red light and kills Pamila Yoder, a mother of three, who was headed home for her own birthday celebration
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1068

Carina Saunders, 19, tortured then beheaded in Oklahoma
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1079

Two Illegal Aliens Kidnap, Rape, Beat, and Leave for Dead an 18 Year Old Woman
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=238

6 Year Old Girl Raped by Illegal Alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=64

Illegal alien pleads guilty to attempted rape, sex abuse charges and murder of 15 year old Dani Countryman
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=570

Illegal alien charged with brutal rape, attempted murder in Newport News
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1008

21-year-old homecoming queen, Jennifer Lee Hampton, was raped and strangled to death in motel room by an illegal alien working at the motel.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=925

Illegal alien convicted of murdering Gloria Marie Applegate in alley after attempted rape
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=568

Illegal Alien Kidnaps and Sexually Assaults Girl, 6
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=223

Previously deported illegal alien rapes 12 year old girl
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=460

Illegal alien from Guatemala was arrested after he was caught raping a 2-year-old girl in her home and stabbing the girls father who came to her rescue
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1201

Sean Marti, 24, and 5-month-old Sage Sea Marti were killed by drunk driving, illegal alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=45

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Slams into Car - Kills 3, Seriously Injures 1
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=277

Twice Deported Illegal Alien Executes LA Cop David March
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=335

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills Bicyclist, Brandon Haley, in Hit and Run Accident
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=157

Illegal Alien Arrested for Raping and Killing Woman, 74, After Being Convicted of Raping girl, 10
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=347

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Runs Over Angel Avendano, 4, At Bus Stop
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=101

Previously Deported, Drunk Driving Illegal Alien with 4 Prior DUIs Kills  Amy Kortlang, 22, in Hit-and-Run Accident
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=180

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Who Had Been Deported 14 Times Kills Famous Mandolin Maker Charlie Derrington
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=210

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills 3, Seriously Injures Another
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=139

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien with 5 Prior DUIs Kills Mt Juliet, TN Couple.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?crimetype=dui&sb=120

 UNC Student Min Chang Killed by Drunk Driving Illegal Alien with 3 prior DWIs and Who Had Been Deported 17 times!
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=41

Illegal Alien Brutally Rapes and Murders Britney Binger16
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=156

Illegal Alien with Long Criminal History Kills Motorcyclist Justin Goodman in Hit-and-Run Accident
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=324

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien with 3 Prior DUIs Kills Maria Ortiz, 49, and her Pregnant Daughter, Vanessa, 18
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=288

Twice Deported Drunk Driving Illegal Alien with Two Prior DUIs Kills 8-month Pregnant Woman Leanna Newman
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=387

An intoxicated illegal alien was charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of Cheryl Ceran, 47, and two of her young children Ian, 15, and Julianna, 7.  Three other family members were seriously injured.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=575

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills Marine Brian Matthews, 21,  on Leave from Iraq and His Date Jennifer Bower, 24, on Thanksgiving.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=316

Illegal Alien with 5 Deportations and 4 Prior Felonies Arrested for Murder
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=36

Illegal Alien Janitor Rapes 14 Year-Old Girl at School
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=200

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills Meghan Hughes, 22, Ben Leonard, 16, and Jennifer Carter, 18 in North Carolina
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=110

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Crashes Into Family Car, Killing Antione Bumvu, 43, and Eddy Bumvu, 2, and Seriously Injuring 2 more.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=185

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Crashed Into Parked Car Killing Crystal Cargua and Sylvester McLean.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=198

Illegal Alien Gang Lines Up Four Youths and Shoots Them - 3 Die, 1 Survives
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=375

Illegal alien runs over off duty police officer, Vincent D'Anna, drags him to death as he tries to flee the scene
 http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1044

Twice deported illegal alien charged with raping Chandler, AZ girl, 12, and suspected of numerous other assaults
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=446

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills Nicole Allen,  21, and Seriously Injures Two Others
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=308

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills Movie Director Bob Clark and His Son Ariel.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=206

Tessa Tranchant, 16, and Allison Kunhardt, 17, were killed in Virginia Beach, VA by by drunk driving illegal alien Alfredo Ramos
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=11

Twenty-five year old mother Amy Bartelmay killed by drunk, speeding illegal alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=597

Illegal Alien Arrested for Killing Three and wounding Two
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=342

Drunk Driving IIlegal Runs Stop Sign - 2 Killed & 2 Critically Injured on Thanksgiving
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=357

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien with Previous DWIs Seriously Injures Bettie Coates in Wrong-Way Crash
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=321

Diane Bronson, 44, and daughter Anna, 11 killed by illegal alien driving the wrong-way on  I-435
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=993

Drunk driving illegal alien kills nun, injures two others
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=928

Illegal alien charged with felony drunk driving in the death of teenager Joshua George on prom night
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=573

Drunk driving illegal alien slams into couple's car causing extensive injuries, long rehabilitation time, and massive medical costs.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=944

Louella Winton, 91, was killed by an illegal alien driver as she slept in her bed
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=581

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Slams into Car - Kills  Christopher Shackleford, 19, Julieanne Pascoe, 18, and  Kelli Bourgeois, 19.  Matthew Hunt, 24, was severely injured and is now permanently crippled.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=275

Illegal Alien Smashes Into Car, Killing Dustin Inman and Seriously Injuring Two Others
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=130

Illegal Alien Murders Off-duty Police Officer Cop Hugo Arango and Injures Another Man
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=86

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Runs Down Annie Cumpston, 6, In Crosswalk.  Driver flees and Annie Dies a Few Hours Later.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=170

Norfolk Police Officer Shiela Herring Murdered by Illegal Alien Who Had Been Deported Three Times
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=46

Illegal Alien Rapes Two Catholic Nuns, Kills Sister Helen Chaska
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=296

Illegal Alien Truck Driver Crushes Family of Four on I81 in Tennessee
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=107

Illegal Alien Kidnapped, raped, and murdered Vinessa Hora, 23
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=39

Illegal Alien Kidnaps and Rapes Girl, 10
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=339

Illegal Alien Sexually Assaults Westborough, MA Woman, 58, and Five Others
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=218

Illegal alien smugglers cause massive traffic accident killing 6 and injuring 15
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=427

Illegal Alien Shoots and Kills Police Officer Brandon Winfield
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=154

Illegal Alien Murders 3 Children, Beheads One, Nearly Decapitates Two
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=162

Illegal Alien Shoots Two Denver Cops - Kills Officer Donald Young and Seriously Injures  Detective Bishop
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=336

Dallas Police Officer Brian Jackson gunned down by illegal alien while responding to a domestic disturbance call.
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=16

Two Illegal Aliens Kill Hispanic Leader Aniceto Armendariz On His Way Home from Church with Shotgun Blast
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=182

Huntsville, Alabama police officer Daniel Golden shot to death by an illegal alien while getting out of his patrol car
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=544

Twice Deported Illegal Alien Driving HIgh on Meth Kills College Dean Peggy Keller
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=303

Illegal Alien Murders Carly Snyder, 20, by Stabbing Her 37 Times
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=94

Illegal Alien Runs Red Light and Kills Middle School Principal Margaret Campbell
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=389

Navy Police Woman Christy Ayala, 24, Murdered By Illegal Alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=62

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien with 5 Prior DUIs Kills Mt Juliet, TN Couple, Donna and Sean Wilson
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=279

Lori Rountree, 44, and Daughter Adrian, 16, Murdered by Sixteen Year Old Illegal Alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=51

Illegal Alien Kills Ex-Football Coach David Bassore While Drag Racing on I-35
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=334


Illegal alien shoots ex-girlfriend Amanda Duran in the back of the head with a shotgun
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=549

Illegal Alien Stalks, Kidnaps and Beats Wirh Rubber Mallet a Woman Who Rejected His Advances
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=250

Officer Rodney Johnson was murdered by an illegal alien apprehended at a traffic stop
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=574

Illegal Alien Charged with Running Over Jogger Kimberly McDaniel and Leaving Her for Dead
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=386

Deputy Brian Tephford fatally shot by illegal alien during traffic stop
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1042

Actress and talented screen writer Adrienne Shelly was murdered by an illegal alien in her Manhattan office
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=37

Illegal Alien Opens Fire on Cops - Kills Officer Corey Carbocci and Seriously Injures Deputy Brian Tephford
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=155

Drunk Driving Illegal Alien with 2 Prior DUI Convictions Kills Dwane Braswell, 35,
and His 9 Year Old Son Jerry
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=281

Illegal Alien Runs Over Eleven-Year-Old Gladys Reyes  and Drags Her for 500 Yards
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=385

Illegal Aliens Kidnap, Torture, and Murder Linoshka Torres and Luis Campos, 20
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=254 

Josh Morrow, 4, run over and killed by an illegal alien who fled the scene of the accident
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=552

Joey Zhang-Liu, 4,  is sexually assaulted and murdered by illegal alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=21

Twice Deported, Drunk Driving Illegal Alien Kills George Smith
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=295

TSU track star Joycelyn Gardiner killed by drunk driving illegal alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=9

Nine year old Jordin Paulder murdered with an ax by an illegal alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=553

Deputy Frank Fabiano, a United States Marine, was murdered by a DUI illegal alien pulled over for a traffic violation
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=579

Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty To Raping Boy, 13, Near School
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=226

Twice deported illegal alien sexually assaults woman
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=442

Illegal Alien Arrested for Sexual Assault on Girl, 13, in Store
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=165

Illegal Alien Runs into 5 Highway Construction Workers Killing James Cronin and Martin Ruffin
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=350

Family of 3 Burned to Death When Their Car Is Hit by Drunk Driving Illegal Alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=47

Illegal Immigrant Charged With Raping Elderly Woman, 83
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=61

Officer Nick Erfle  killed in shoot out with illegal alien
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1045

Illegal Alien Arrested in California I-5 Freeway Rape
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=381

Illegal Alien Hit and Run Driver Kills Wheelchair Bound Mother Mary Denise Richey, 40
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=307

Bible Store owners killed by suspected illegal alien who cut their throats
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=1046

Illegal alien convicted of vehicular homicide after running stop light and killing two women and a three year old child
http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php?id=594

So...don't ever allow another opponent of Donald Trump's to accuse him of saying untrue or racist things about illegals who commit horrific crimes against Americans.  Mr. Trump was 100% correct, and the very dismaying facts back him up.

* The most recent data, from  a FY 2014 USSC report, shows illegal immigrants represented 36.7 percent of federal sentences, so numbers listed in this article, if anything, understate the problem which continues to grow.

-      The FSM Editorial Team 

(1) According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2,266,800 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails at year-end 2011 - about 0.94% of adults in the U.S. resident population.[7] The World Prison Brief puts the total number of foreign prisoners in all federal, state and local facilities at 5.9%.

(2) March 2, 2015 "ICE Weekly Departures and Detention Report"

(3) "GAO-05-337R Information on Criminal Aliens Incarcerated in Federal and State Prisons and Local Jails" (PDF). General Accounting Office. April 7, 2005

Family Security Matters

Sunday, July 5, 2015

They're Just Committing the Crimes Americans Won't Commit

July 5, 2015
By Selwyn Duke

 
 With the San Francisco woman murdered by one of Barack Obama’s “new Americans,” we should ask: how much innocent blood will be spilled on the altar of the Left’s “fundamental transformation” of America? While callow and cowardly corporations are severing ties with Donald Trump because he dared speak a truth in an age of lies, the reality of far too many of the illegals invading our country is this:

They are just committing the crimes Americans won’t commit.

Some will say, of course, that Americans sometimes do such evil as well. But it’s also true that Americans do sometimes take the menial jobs so often performed by illegals, yet we nonetheless hear the statement, “They’re just doing the jobs Americans won’t do.” So since we’re indulging rhetoric and generalizations here, turnaround is fair play.

Will people ever rise up and make that sickening agenda-facilitating suppression of truth known as political correctness exactly what it should be: a recognized vile heresy, to be stamped out with extreme prejudice? I recently heard someone take exception to the term “illegals,” making that now stale point that “no one is illegal” (cue the tiny violin). This person argued that bank robbers break the law as well, but we don’t brand them “illegals.” Point taken. We call bank robbers “criminals.”

And if the Left wants to apply the same descriptive to illegal aliens, it works for me.
(Or would “undocumented criminals” be preferable?)

It would be wholly accurate, too. Generally lost in our self-flagellating, suicidal pander-fest is that every illegal migrant is a criminal by definition. This is why the lying Left — ever engaging in language manipulation — dislikes the word “illegal”: accurate terminology relates the truth of a matter. This is intolerable when your agenda is completely contrary to Truth.

An even better adjective for illegals, however, is “invaders.” And Francisco Sanchez, the vile murderer of the San Francisco woman, Kathryn Steinle, certainly fits the bill. He repeatedly invaded our country for the purposes of destruction, dealing drugs and being convicted of felonies seven times until he finally took a life. Yet he is not the only one culpable in his malevolent act.



 What do you call government officials who not only abdicate their responsibility to halt an invasion, but actually aid and abet it? Quislings? Traitors? Leftists? But I repeat myself.

These terms are not too strong. I previously reported on Obama’s plan to “seed” communities around America with foreigners who would, as the scheme goes, “navigate” and not assimilate as they “push citizens into the shadows” (that is, those they don’t push into graves). Again, what do you call such people?

It isn’t just Obama, of course. These traitors have many names, such as Jerry Brown, Jeb Bush, Rahm Emanuel, Hillary Clinton, Luis Gutierrez and Mark Zuckerberg. But, hey, who can blame them, right? They’re just pushing the policies Americans won’t push.

Unfortunately and as has been said before, treason today is now the norm. If you don’t drink deeply of the cup of multiculturalism, internationalism, Western demographic genocide and cultural suicide, you’re a “nativist” or, worse still, a “racist,” the latter of which has just come to mean “anything bad” to young skulls full of mush whose now putrefying gray matter endured endless sanitary spin cycles in the propaganda mills masquerading as universities. The inmates not only run the asylum, they’re numerous enough to classify the normal as abnormal. You’re a boy who’s sure he’s a girl? You’re white but identify as black? You think an invader is the equivalent of a citizen? Those people who’d cramp your style with that pesky Objective Reality are the problem. Off to re-education camps with them.

Another fancy is that Mexico isn’t a profound enemy. If you’re an illegal alien in Mexico, the best thing that can happen to you is that you merely get deported; also possible is that the police will beat you Pelosi-senseless or even kill you (it’s said that you can buy your way out of a fatal hit-and-run in Mexico for $450; the rule of law isn’t exactly big there). And no ACLU will come running and sue the government on your behalf. None of this stops that dysfunctional cartel-ridden nation from issuing its people actual instructions on how to better invade the U.S. and game our system. Nor does it stop them from lecturing us on the humane treatment of undocumented criminals. This is why a real president would tell the Mexican regime that if it didn’t stop weaponizing its population against us, we’d demonstrate that borders can be transgressed both ways and make Black Jack Pershing look like a missionary.

Instead, people are more worried about the Confederate flag flying in America than the Mexican flag flying here. As for Obama and his ilk, they welcome invaders because, upon being naturalized, 70 to 90 percent of them vote for leftists. And our leftists truly would rather reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

But who is really to blame? Our Hell-raisers are only in power because far too many of us are just voting for the politicians Americans wouldn’t vote for.

Contact Selwyn Duke, follow him on Twitter or log on to SelwynDuke.com

American Thinker

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage Unmasked: Predicted Consequences of Redefining Marriage Are Becoming a Reality

By Ken Connelly
June 4, 2015


 As the nation waits for the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges this month, one thing is clearly true: The proverbial cat has officially been let out of the bag in terms of what some people have in mind if the high court does not allow states to affirm the definitions of marriage they have always had.

Supporters of marriage have for years predicted that redefining the institution to encompass same-sex relationships would permanently alter its child-centered purpose and imperil religious liberty. Though born of historical knowledge, experience, and logic, these predictions have been met with derisive mockery by the purveyors of same-sex marriage. But after the recent oral arguments at the high court, we can finally put to rest the pretense that their project will have no harmful consequences in the real world.

Chief Justice John Roberts, very early on in the argument, noted that same-sex marriage advocates are not seeking merely to join an existing institution but rather to change its core definition. In response, an attorney representing petitioners in the case waxed eloquent about the 14th Amendment and its “enduring guarantees,” which are irrelevant to the question. The only honest answer would have been a simple “Yes, that is true. We are intentionally seeking to transform marriage forever, most notably its purpose and its effects. And it is our contention that the Constitution requires this.”

That such a frank admission was not forthcoming is understandable—it would have been politically unpalatable. But counsel’s silence on the matter still spoke volumes. Truth may make for poor press on the grandest litigation stage, but that does not mean that those with eyes to see and ears to hear cannot discover it.

Take for instance E.J. Graff, senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, who said that once “same-sex marriage becomes legal, that venerable institution will stand for sexual choice, for cutting the link between sex and diapers.” Or author and radio host Michelangelo Signorile, who suggested that same-sex couples should “demand the right to marry not as a way of adhering to society’s moral codes but rather to debunk a myth and radically alter an archaic institution” (“Bridal Wave,” OUT magazine, Dec.-Jan. 1994, p. 161). Or LGBT activist Masha Gessen, who admitted that “fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there—because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change.” Or Boston College Professor of Law Kent Greenfield, who has written that supporters of marriage are right when they “argue[] that [redefining marriage] will lead to marriages among more than two people and between adults who are related.”

Same-sex marriage advocates do mean to change marriage—in fact, it is the movement’s very reason for being. But perhaps even more ominous than the confirmation of this long-obvious fact was the revelation that an invented constitutional right to same-sex marriage almost certainly would endanger the religious liberty of those who refuse to compromise their belief that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

Justice Samuel Alito asked U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli whether a university or college that opposed same-sex marriage stood to lose its tax-exempt status as a result, and the federal government’s chief litigation officer quite candidly, perhaps even unwittingly, admitted that “it’s certainly going to be an issue.” The government’s confirmation that those who fail to celebrate same-sex marriage will be punished for their religious convictions might have been the biggest news of the day.

But to anyone who has been paying attention, this shouldn’t have been news at all. Alliance Defending Freedom, for example, has been predicting for more than a decade that the government would use tax exemptions as a sword to compel believers to compromise their faith on the issue of marriage. In fact, ADF argued that this development was not merely a possibility, but rather a logical necessity of the project to redefine marriage. And that is because this is a movement that seeks to challenge, marginalize, and ultimately punish traditional religious belief and its expression in the public square.

Take for instance Frank Bruni, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, who recently characterized Christian beliefs regarding homosexual behavior and marriage as “prejudices that they needn’t cling to and can indeed jettison … [by] … rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity.” Apparently, so long as we can “shake[] … beliefs ossified over centuries,” it appears Bruni is content to grant us a warm welcome back into polite society. Others, however, do not appear eager to permit even that degree of rapprochement. Signorile recently declared that the “debate is over,” called on the media to stop “show[ing] ‘both sides’ of the gay issue,” and encouraged “confrontation[]” rather than magnanimity. To the question as to when the “fight will be over,” he pointedly stated that “I’m not sure it’s ever truly over … .”

Signorile’s admission confirms the suspicion that there really is no logical end to the same-sex marriage project, which has at its heart an essentially totalitarian impulse demanding complete obeisance and affirmative celebration. It is a project that has shown itself to be insatiable and ever-expanding. A look at its historical arc proves this.

Not too long ago, we were told that laws passed to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity were merely designed to ensure equality, inclusion, and tolerance—they were emphatically not surreptitious attempts to seek official government sanction for same-sex relationships. “We just want to be left alone!” was the mantra. Then we were told that the state must officially recognize same-sex couples in some manner, but only for the purpose of garnering the same rights and benefits as married couples. “Why would we want marriage?” was the query. Then we were surprised to learn that by withholding the official title of marriage, the state inflicted not only an epic dignitary harm to same-sex couples, but also an unconstitutional deprivation that demands an immediate judicial remedy.

Additionally, constitutional amendments that merely reaffirmed an understanding of marriage that had been universally accepted for millennia, long before sexual orientation was even a concept, have now been tagged as products of bigotry and animus against same-sex couples. “Excluding gay and lesbian couples from marriage demeans the dignity of those couples,” Verrilli intoned at oral argument.

Throughout this deliberate progression, activists reassuringly promised us that no Americans would be forced to compromise their faith. Any such concerns were dismissed as completely unfounded—mere scare tactics floated by recalcitrant religious cranks. But now the mask has been removed. Now we know the truth. “It’s certainly going to be an issue.”

Any failure to accept this new vision of marriage—any failure to publicly bend the knee to this new orthodoxy—will result in very public and very damaging punishments, namely the loss of tax-exempt status for non-profit institutions. Can anyone claim with a straight face that once the government tries to strip schools of this status, attacks on churches and other religious ministries will not soon follow?

Of course, this is not so much a development as it is the official government announcement of what we have known for years—that the proponents of same-sex marriage are not really interested in compromise or peaceful co-existence. In fact, casualties are par for the course.

For example, after courts rewrote the marriage laws in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts, Catholic Charities, one of the world’s most effective and reliable adoption and foster-care placement agencies, was forced to stop doing what it does best simply because its religious precepts prevent it from placing children with same-sex couples. Driving Catholic Charities from this vital work deprives vulnerable children of a great resource for finding a permanent home with a mom and a dad. Apparently, same-sex marriage advocates trot out the “for the dignity of the children” rationale only when it suits their purposes.

When 70-year-old floral artist and grandmother Barronelle Stutzman politely declined to create floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding based on her religious conviction that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman, the state of Washington came calling. The state attorney general and the ACLU targeted her business, her home, and her retirement assets for destruction and repossession. Of course, it made no difference that she had openly served all customers, regardless of their sexual orientation, for almost four decades. No amount of good faith is sufficient to justify one’s failure to fully embrace same-sex marriage and all it demands.

When Aaron and Melissa Klein, a couple running a successful and popular bake shop, had the temerity to politely decline a request to bake a same-sex wedding cake based on their religious convictions about marriage, they too were targeted for their stubborn faith. For their trouble they suffered boycotts, vandalism, and death threats directed at their children and themselves, and they eventually lost their business. Now they have been saddled with a $135,000 fine for refusing to compromise their beliefs.


Perhaps most notable from this affair, however, was the fact that the crowdfunding account set up to help pay for, or at least defray, this massive penalty was suspended by GoFundMe, which determined after receiving complaints from LGBT activists that the Kleins’ religious decision amounted to a “heinous crime” in violation of the company’s Terms of Service. GoFundMe suspended an account developed for Barronelle Stutzman as well. These developments reveal once again that the imperative of same-sex marriage knows no limit. It is not enough to merely stifle dissent—even the attempt to survive unjust persecution must also be thwarted.

Before his recent death, Francis Cardinal George predicted the future in a world in which the state “go[es] bad, claiming an absolute power, deciding questions and making ‘laws’ beyond its competence.”  He said, “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison, and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”

Nine judges should not determine the future of marriage in our nation. Nevertheless, it appears possible that the Supreme Court might attempt to redefine marriage for all of us. Although such a result would be disappointing, we can at least be thankful for the illumination that the recent oral arguments brought us.

No one can credibly doubt that the purveyors of same-sex marriage mean to redefine the institution once and for all. Nor can one doubt that such a change will gravely imperil religious liberty. Solicitor General Verrilli did us a great favor by telling the truth.

Another important truth is this: those who would redefine marriage seem willing to fight without end to achieve their vision. Religious believers and others who know marriage to be the foundation of a stable and healthy culture must now decide if they, like Cardinal George’s successors, are committed to resisting such a campaign with all the courage such a battle requires.

Ken Connelly is legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the marriage cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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