Newt Gingrich Wants to Shred the Bill of Rights:

Earlier this week when it seemed like he was still in the running to be Donald Trump’s vice-presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich decided to shred the Bill of Rights:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday that U.S. citizens “of a Muslim background” should be tested to see if they believe in Sharia law. (emphasis mine)

“And if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported,” he added, speaking on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

Gingrich was reacting to the terror attack in Nice, France, that left more than 80 dead, including at least two Americans.

“I think you either kick them out of the country — People tell me, ‘We can’t do that to American citizens.’ We are in a war. We better rethink the rules, or we’re going to lose the war,” Gingrich told Fox host Sean Hannity.

Gingrich appeared to be defining Sharia, or Islamic law, by its strictest interpretation, such as that embraced by the Islamic State terror group in parts of Syria and Iraq. Gingrich pointed to Islamist groups burning women and beheading captives.

The ex-House speaker further called for the U.S. government to aggressively monitor mosques and to “be fairly relentless about defining who our enemies are.”

“Anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS, or al-Qaida or terrorist groups, that should be a felony. And they should go to jail,” he said.

“Everybody who watches this video: This is the fault of Western elites who lack the guts to do what is right, to do what is necessary and to tell us the truth. And that starts with President Obama,” he soon added.

So let’s see…freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, violation of due process, etc., etc., etc.!

But doesn’t it seem odd that he never once mentioned keeping guns away from them…so once again the second amendment remains sacrosanct and all of the other rights play second fiddle.

Thank goodness that Donald Trump selected someone else! But we still need to defeat Mr. Trump to prevent Mr. Gingrich from showing up elsewhere in a Trump administration!

And to be fair, not unlike Mr. Trump, when the levee broke, Mr. Gingrich tried to walk this back:

Gingrich started to walk back his comments Friday morning, saying on Twitter that the media distorted his views.

Direct quotes? Video? Results in distorted views? WTF?

Opposition to Brookfield, Wisconsin mosque clearly not about traffic concerns

Back in March I wrote about some Waukesha County residents’ opposition to a proposed Brookfield, Wisconsin mosque and my concerns over misinformation and fear-mongering. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and not jump to hasty conclusions, but that’s not easy to do when they say things that make it nearly impossible. My hope was that after the meeting at which Islamic Society of Milwaukee President Ahmad Quereshi invited those with concerns or questions to tour the Islamic Society in Milwaukee, people would take him up on his offer. But my hopes have been dashed after reading today’s report by Rory Linnane of the Brookfield Patch.

According to Linnane, 200 people attended an anti-Islam rally in my neighborhood last night. The event was held at the Waukesha Expo Center, sponsored by VCY Radio, and featured Walid Sheobat.

From the Brookfield Patch article:

Shoebat, who says he is an ex-terrorist, has been confronted about his past by media outlets like CNN, who reported they could find no evidence to support his background story. But he stood by his case Saturday, saying the media were the real frauds.

Despite a lack of legitimate evidence to support Shoebot’s claims, some Waukesha County residents bought his message.

Brookfield residents Chuck and Sharon Bloom left the rally Saturday with a plastic bag full of books sold by VCY America, a Christian radio station that sponsored the event. The couple was hoping to learn more about Islam and to build a case against the proposed mosque.

“More than just me and my wife, the community needs to be informed,” Chuck Bloom said. “I think it’s important to find out exactly what questions we need to ask to make sure there’s no sharia law, etcetera.”

Say what? Sharia law? Really?

Unfortunately, yes.

Sharia law was the buzz phrase of the evening, especially surrounding the mosque. Shoebat said while he supports freedom of religion, Islam as an institution stretches beyond religious practice with sharia law. Sharia guides all aspects of Muslim life including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

“It’s not the mosque I have a problem with,” Shoebat said, making no specific reference to the Brookfield proposal. “It’s, where is the funding coming from, and will the mosque sign and swear that they will never be sharia?”

Even though the invited Brookfield Mayor and alderman did not show up, I’m happy to read that they do not appear to have  the same fear of sharia law taking over Brookfield, Wisconsin. At least there’s that.

Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto and Alderman Scott Berg have both previously stated they do not think the religion of Islam should be considered in deciding whether to grant the Islamic Society of Milwaukee the permit they need to build their proposed mosque for land northeast of the intersection of Calhoun Road and North Avenue.

But it seems more than a few area residents do not share the city leaders’ rational viewpoints.

Brookfield resident Robin Couillard said she found out about the proposed mosque for the first time at the event. She said she was especially concerned about Shoebat’s remark that a mosque is like an embassy for Islam and sharia law.

“I’m just shocked that this is being proposed for Brookfield,” she said. “I’m concerned about Islam overtaking our community, and our country, and the world.”

I especially found a local pastor’s thoughts to be disconcerting.

David Ball, a pastor from New Berlin, said he came “to find out if the message about what Islam really is is getting out properly.”

“I hold freedom of religion very dear, but Islam is not just a religion; it is also a state government system, completely contrary to our system of government,” Ball said. “Our Constitution should not be subverted to sharia law.”

There’s an upcoming public information hearing on May 2nd at 5 p.m. in the public safety building courtroom at 2100 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. Hopefully, the information provided at that hearing will be factual, and Waukesha County residents will take a deep breath, step back, and realize what’s going on here…

They didn’t get the memo…..

The tea party did not get the memo that Hate is so last election and not a winning election issue anymore. In the last election hatred of muslims worked, especially in Oklahoma.

Now that the initial stages of the Republican Presidential Primary has started, they are bringing out the old trump card of hate. Recently Republican Representative Peter King, convened convened hearings designed to drum up fear and hatred of muslims. All he was successful at was stoking the fire of islamophobia(lots of phobias in the right), and showing everyone what a great representative Keith Ellison is.

Recently, the fear was on display at Conservative Principles(sorry for the oxymoron) Conference in Iowa, where Herman cain won the presidential straw poll. Here is his winning speech, where he is asked whether he would be willing to appoint a Muslim as a Cabinet officer or judge(not that there is a high probability of that happening).

“No. I will not,” he said. “And here’s why: There’s this creeping attempt — there’s this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government.” According to Cain, many American Muslims “are trying to force their Sharia law onto the rest of us.”