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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Life Begins at Conception, Improving Healthcare Includes Unborn

Christian Post reports:

In a development that has drawn ire from abortion supporters and praise from pro-life groups, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has affirmed in a new document that life begins at conception and that improving healthcare in America includes the unborn.

The Department’s recently-released draft of the agency’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022 includes language expressing a commitment to caring for unborn children.

“The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services,” the plan’s introduction says.

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‘Miracles really do happen,’ Scalise says to House

Baptist Press has the story:

Steve Scalise, the House’s majority whip and a leading conservative in the Republican Party, spoke today (Sept. 28) after walking into the packed chamber with the aid of crutches. He was shot June 14 at an Alexandria, Va., park as GOP members practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.

His ability to return to the House “starts with God,” Scalise said. “When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and I couldn’t move anymore was I just started to pray. And I tell you it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm, knowing at that point it was in God’s hands.

“But I prayed for very specific things,” he told his colleagues. “And I’ll tell you, pretty much every one of those prayers was answered, and there were some pretty challenging prayers I was putting in God’s hand. But He really did deliver for me and my family. And it just gives you that renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is something that you just cannot underestimate.”

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The Briefing 09-20-17

‘Will and Grace’ returns, but is it edgy enough?

Rolling Stone magazine for sale: How cultural artifacts quickly become more of the past

Millennials cast their ballots, or not: Will their failure to vote hurt Democrats?

Why the Australia same-sex marriage vote will tell us a lot about the future of marriage, mail, and millennials

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The Briefing 09-19-17

Why a Catholic theologian’s cancellation at a Catholic seminary should have our attention

The LGBT revolution is inevitably a theological revolution

China no longer harvesting organs of prisoners, which it said it never did

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RenewAmerica Newsletter 09/15/2017

September 14, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Despite the election of President Trump, which seemed to momentarily disrupt Democratic Party plans for total control, conservatives are losing politically. Trump’s basic failure was the inability to seize control of the Pentagon and intelligence agencies away from Obama and his holdovers. Conservatives that Trump tried to put in were systematically purged. He’s the ultimate target. It’s unclear whether he can save himself…. (more)

September 14, 2017
THE HILL — Anti-fascist activists, or “antifa,” increasingly mobilized in the wake of President Trump’s election, are unapologetic about what they describe as the necessary use of violence to combat authoritarianism…. (more)

September 14, 2017
NEWSMAX — South Korea is assembling a “decapitation unit” in its military in a thinly veiled threat to North Korean leader Kim Jung Un and his top aides as they escalate a nuclear missile program, The New York Times reported…. (more)

September 14, 2017
DAILY CALLER — Democrats are “fearful” that the Trump dossier is “a piece of fiction,” one that the FBI used to form the basis of its investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government. That’s one theory that South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy is proposing for why Democrats are pushing back so hard against a GOP effort to get answers about the dossier from the FBI and Justice Department…. (more)

September 12, 2017
CHERYL CHUMLEY — Faith-based groups – – Christian nonprofits, specifically – – have been busy bees of late, providing more aid to hurricane victims than even FEMA, the federal agency that’s supposed to swoop to the scenes of natural disasters, assess the situation and speed the recovery and rebuilding process…. (more)

September 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Three Texas churches that sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency when they were banned from participating in federal hurricane recovery programs because of their faith now are getting support from President Trump as well as at least one member of Congress…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is floating the idea of putting the entire National Security Council staff through a lie detector test to ferret out leakers, Axios reported…. (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The administration imposed visa sanctions Tuesday on four countries that have refused to cooperate in taking back their immigrants whom the U.S. wants to deport, making good on one of President Trump’s campaign promises…. (more)

September 12, 2017
BYRON YORK — President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA was only hours old when the Democratic attorneys general of 15 states filed a lawsuit to stop him. The president’s move is “cruel, short-sighted, inhumane, and potentially devastating to hundreds of thousands of immigrants and millions of people who work with, study with, love, and care for them,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told a campaign-style rally at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice…. (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said Tuesday he endorsed Judge Roy Moore over Sen. Luther Strange in this month’s Alabama Senate runoff election in part because of the way the Republican establishment worked against fellow HFC member Rep. Mo Brooks during the August primary…. (more)

September 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — The international wire service Associated Press has been called out for “pushing the Democratic Party’s line” in a story about Republican Congress members planning to retire. John Hinderaker, at the popular Powerline blog, noted the AP “gleefully” headlined its story “Republicans jumping ship amid dissatisfaction in Trump era.”… (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The country’s voting machines are susceptible to hacking, which could be done in a way so that it leaves no fingerprints, making it impossible to know whether the outcome was changed, computer experts told President Trump’s voter integrity commission Tuesday…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ART MOORE — When the FBI was asked to release files related to Hillary Clinton’s famous 33,000 deleted emails, the bureau insisted the former secretary of state and presidential candidate’s privacy outweighed the “public interest” in disclosing the information…. (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — According to local media in Charlottesville, about 100 students, faculty and local residents shrouded the statue in black and hung a banner on it saying “Black Lives Matter” and that “White Supremacy” should commit a sexual act. Others in the small rainy-night crowd carried signs reading “Thomas Jefferson is a racist and a rapist” and chanted “No Trump, No KKK, no racist UVa.”… (more)

September 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Ken Burns had promised himself there would be no more war films. After documentaries on the Civil War and World War II, the filmmaker famous for his exhaustive, multipart deep dives into history was looking forward to more films along the lines of his “Jazz” and “Baseball” works…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE — Even knowing that there are radicals in all movements doesn’t lessen the startling admission recently by lesbian journalist Masha Gessen. On a radio show she actually admits that homosexual activists are lying about their radical political agenda. She says that they don’t want to access the institution of marriage; they want to radically redefine and eventually eliminate it…. (more)

September 12, 2017
MEDICAL KIDNAP — A law professor at the oldest law school in the nation believes that there is no inherent right to parent one’s own children. In an interview for CRTV about homeschooling, Professor James G. Dwyer told syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin that: The reason that parent-child relationship exists is because the state confers legal parenthood on people through its paternity and maternity laws…. (more)

September 12, 2017
LLOYD MARCUS — Moving to a tiny town in the hills of West Virginia took me out of the loop for about a month – – no TV or internet with horrible cell phone service and too much static on the radio to listen to Rush. Upon finally getting back on line, I learned that the airways have been dominated by a bunch of scumbag haters calling themselves Antifa…. (more)

September 12, 2017
JIM TERRY — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat, recently said that Confederate monuments are propaganda. If that is the case, they are propaganda of the supporters of slavery, the supporters of the KKK, the supporters of Jim Crow laws, the supporters of anarchy. In other words, they are the propaganda of the Democrat Party. Those, and many more dubious qualities, are what the Democrat party has stood for historically and stands for today…. (more)

September 12, 2017
MICHAEL BRESCIANI — This year makes an even fifty years that I have been studying the subject of Biblical prophecy. I have watched as some of the best biblical expositors on this subject have arisen to help guide the believers and some of the worst as well…. (more)

September 12, 2017
ALAN KEYES — “From the beginning of our nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God’s blessings and guidance. As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'” (President Trump’s National Day of Prayer Proclamation)… (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The war against Islamic terrorism has not “really” changed in the 16 years since the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday, but he’s not “particularly surprised” by that…. (more)

September 12, 2017
BLOOMBERG — Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference. Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on record. Then something called the Bermuda High intervened and tripped it up…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — Hurricane Irma knocked out power to about 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida, even as the storm weakened as it crept up the state’s west coast, according to state officials and local electric utilities…. (more)

September 12, 2017
NEWSMAX — The national debt has exceeded $20 trillion for the first time ever – – rising the same day President Donald Trump signed a bill into law suspending the debt ceiling and allowing unlimited federal borrowing. The debt ceiling had been frozen at about $19.84 trillion since mid-March, and the Treasury Department was forced to use “extraordinary measures” to prevent borrowing from exceeding that level, the Washington Examiner reported…. (more)


Weekend Snapshot 09/16/2017

Weekend Snapshot

Sept. 16, 2017
Top Stories This Week
Quote of the Week

“The Left’s view of America was encapsulated in then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s statement in 2008. ‘We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,’ he said. Now, if you were to meet a man who said that he wanted to fundamentally transform his wife, or a woman who said that about her husband, would you assume that either loved their spouse? Of course not.” —Dennis Prager

Top Weekly Stories from for 09/16/2017


Teenage Boy Who ‘Transitioned’ to Girl Changes Mind: ‘I Realized I Could Be Happy Without Changing’   Sep 12, 2017 06:49 pm

A teenage boy who “transitioned” to a girl two years ago with his mother’s help has now changed his mind, as he has realized that he is not really a girl and is actually comfortable with the way he was born. Patrick Mitchell, now 14, and his mother Ellie, who hail from Australia but currently live in the U.K., recently appeared on “60 Minutes” to share their…

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Discovery of Ancient Human-Like Footprints Challenges Evolutionary Narrative   Sep 11, 2017 06:00 am

Photo Credit: CRETE – Scientists have discovered human-like footprints in Crete that, according to evolutionists, predate the origin of modern humans by more than one million years. According to evolutionary scientists, the ancestry of modern humans can be traced back to the 4.4-million-year-old Ardipithecus ramidus—an ape-like species that lived…

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Michigan Mother Who Sacrificed Her Life to Save Unborn Daughter Passes Into Eternity   Sep 09, 2017 11:53 pm

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A Michigan mother who refused recommendations that she abort her unborn child in the midst of a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, and instead decided to forgo treatment in order to save her baby, has passed into eternity just days after her daughter was removed from her womb. “Carrie entered into the presence of our Lord early…

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Ohio Teenager Now Facing Murder Trial as Prosecutors Believe Mother Set Newborn on Fire   Sep 09, 2017 02:25 pm

CARLISLE, Ohio — An Ohio teenager is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse after it is now alleged that she burned her newborn baby before burying the child’s remains in her parents’ back yard. Brooke “Skylar” Richardson, 18, of Carlisle will go on trial on Nov. 6 after being indicted…

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Homosexual Seattle Mayor Resigns After Fifth Man, a Cousin, Accuses Him of Past Sexual Abuse   Sep 14, 2017 04:38 pm

SEATTLE, Wash. — The openly homosexual mayor of Seattle has resigned from office after a fifth man, a cousin, has accused him of past sexual abuse. Despite his decision to step down, Mayor Ed Murray continues to deny any wrongdoing. He has asserted that the accusations are political and meant to target him as a homosexual. “While the allegations against me…

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California Secretary of State Gives Abolitionist Green Light to Collect Signatures for Ballot Initiative to Criminalize Abortion   Sep 10, 2017 03:32 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California secretary of state has cleared a proposed initiative that would criminalize abortion in the state as murder, allowing supporters to begin collecting signatures in an effort to have the proposal placed on the 2018 ballot. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced on Friday that the initiative had been given the green light and…

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Controversial Couple Who ‘Abusively’ Pranked Kids on YouTube Sentenced to Five Years Probation   Sep 13, 2017 06:16 pm

IJAMSVILLE, Md. — A controversial Maryland couple that had been investigated by authorities following outcry from viewers of their “DaddyOFive” YouTube channel, in which they cursed at and tormented their children to a point of tears, has been sentenced to five years probation for child neglect. According to reports, Michael and Heather Martin of Ijamsville were…

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Trump Administration Backs Baker Who Declined to Make Cake for Same-Sex Celebration   Sep 09, 2017 04:40 pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a Colorado baker who was ordered to make a cake for an event celebrating the union of two homosexual men. “The department filed an amicus brief in this case today because the First Amendment protects the right of free expression for all Americans,”…

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City Transfers Land Surrounding Cross to Private Foundation to Bring Closure to Complaint From Atheist Group   Sep 11, 2017 11:59 am

NEOSHO, Mo. — A prominent professing atheist organization has expressed its skepticism after a Missouri city recently transferred a section of land surrounding an 80-year-old cross display to a private foundation in an effort to assuage the organization’s concerns about government endorsement of Christianity. “If the intent is to save the religious display,…

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UK Couple to Take Legal Action Against Church of England School After Male Student Allowed to Wear Dress   Sep 13, 2017 03:00 pm

ISLE OF WIGHT — A couple in the United Kingdom has pulled their son out of school and plans to file a legal challenge after it was suggested that they might be “transphobic” for expressing concern that a boy was permitted to present himself as a girl on-and-off at the Church of England school their son attended. “A Church of England school, especially, should…

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The Briefing 09-11-17

What the unpredictability of a hurricane says about human vulnerability

Dependence on technology revealed as many are in the dark after Hurricane Irma

New York Times amazed that hurricane strengthens, rather than weakens Christians’ faith

In the face of nature’s chaos, New York Times asks, “Why can’t we stop asking ‘Why?’”

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The Briefing 09-08-17

Religious liberty under fire in a hearing of the United States Senate

Physician assisted suicide is not a fundamental human right, says New York court

Why one federal sex education program has more to do with morality than money

The redefinition of childhood as sales of Lego products decline

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The Briefing 09-05-17

Lessons small become lessons large: North Korean threat reveals necessity of stability and order

The strength of relationships vs. the fragility of stuff in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Two rival visions of Christianity on display in the response to the Nashville Statement

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Colleges rocked by left-wing rallies face backlash from parents, donors

According to Fox News:

Both the University of Missouri and Evergreen State College have been rocked by left-wing demonstrations, some of which administrators in both schools allowed. Now both have had to deal with falling enrollment and a decline in funds – and there are fears the situation could spread to other schools.

The defining issue is whether parents and donors see administrators as capable of containing clashes and responding firmly when protests get out of control, experts say.

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“Merkel’s Historic Folly” – Pipes in Die Achse des Guten, #1550

by Daniel Pipes
Achse des Guten
August 22, 2017

Mr. Pipes, You have written that Angela Merkel’s decision to open the border to over a million migrants in 2015 “will likely be seen as a turning point in European history.” You are a historian, so, what do you mean by this expression?

I expect that when the evolution of European civilization is studied in the future, August 2015 will be seen as a key moment. The decision to allow unlimited immigration into Germany has had profound implications for Europe by raising this issue in a more acute way than ever before, creating divisions both among native Europeans who are for and against large-scale immigration and between native and new Europeans.

Angela Merkel’s nationally broadcast encounter with a 14-year-old Palestinian girl in July 2015 may have set the stage for her opening Germany’s borders a month later.

What basic questions do Europeans face?

Lacking sufficient children, the question is whether Europeans will they continue passively to accept whomever turns up, even if they lack skills and come from a largely hostile culture or whether they will develop a plan of controlled immigration, selecting people around the world most suited to bring skills and fit in? Germany’s decision to open the borders meant choosing the latter option.

Why are relations between Europeans and Muslim immigrants so fraught with tension?

They are fraught because Islam is an imperialist faith and many Muslim immigrants want to replace existing European civilization with Islam. Exacerbating matters, Europeans and Muslims are opposites on several key issues: Europeans have a low birthrate, Muslim immigrants have a high one. Europeans have a weak religious identity, Muslims have a strong one. Europeans feel guilty for their historical sins; immigrants have boisterous confidence in the superiority of their civilization.

Many Germans argue that as a rich nation, they morally must open their doors to people in need.

I admire that humanitarian impulse but it is unrealistic. Can Germany take in, say, 2 billion people? If not, how does it morally pick the tiny percentage it does allow in?

What, then, is the answer?

Practically speaking, see the world in terms of cultural and geographic zones: Westerners in need should stay in the West, Middle Easterners should stay in the Middle East, and so forth around the globe. Is it not strange that migrants from Syria and Iraq move to places like Germany and Sweden? They would be better off going to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, where the climate, the language, the religion, and the mores are all like their own; plus, these countries are much closer to Syria.

The 100,000 permanent, almost-always empty tens in Saudi Arabia can hold 3 million migrants.

Cultures and customs change. Perhaps Muslims will adapt to European cultures if given the opportunity?

In theory, yes; in practice, no. Experience shows that the first generation of Muslim immigrants to Europe is more adaptable than its children and grandchildren, as cultural separation increases over time. It is hard to find any place in Europe where Muslim immigrants have assimilated, leading me gravely to doubt that this will take place in the future. Chileans, Chinese, and Congolese fit better into European culture than do Muslims.

Many Muslims of immigrant origins point to discrimination as a factor hindering them from fully integrating into German society.

Yes, discrimination is a problem. I would not want to be named Muhammad and look for a job in Hamburg. But that supports my argument that it is better to be named Muhammad in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait. Why push together peoples who, as the last 55 years have shown, cannot live easily together? As Thilo Sarrazin has showed, the experiment of Muslim immigration has failed; continuing it will increase tensions.

You stress that Islamism, not Islam, is the threat. How do you define Islamism?

Islamism is a specific understanding of Islam that holds if Muslims wish to return to the riches and power of 1,000 years ago, they must apply the Islamic law in its entirety. Islamists argue among themselves how to do so: the modern-oriented Gülen movement in Turkey represents one extreme and ISIS, which wants to return to the seventh century, represents the other. Some Islamists use violence, others work through the political system. In this way, they resemble communists, with their major tactical differences but similar goals.

Fethullah Gülen (top) and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are polar opposites in terms of modernity and violence.

You describe “the Islamist threat” as “arguably the most consequential issue of our time” facing the West. Islamist terror can certainly do damage but how can Islamists threaten the West as a whole, given the West’s dominant economic and military power?

I see Islamism as the third great totalitarian threat after communism and fascism, a seductive and powerful body of ideas that threatens our way of life. And just as we had to fight against the fascism and communism, we now must fight Islamism.

When you say that the West needs to fight Islamism, what kind of fight are you thinking of – cultural, political, or military?

Fighting violence is the easy part because murderous jihadi attacks are frightening and the West has police departments, intelligence agencies and armed forces competent to deal with this problem. Further, this low-level violence destroys property and kills people but cannot shift civilizations. Lawful Islamists, in contrast, by working within the system, in the political, educational, philanthropic, or media arenas, have a potentially profound influence. While I’d rather encounter a lawful Islamist rather than a violent jihadi on the street, only non-violent tactics change the face of society; and relatively few Westerners even notice what’s happening.

How do you view Europe’s response to Islamism?

Compared to 20 years ago, a great leap in awareness has occurred – but not enough yet to make a difference in policy. Virtually everywhere in Europe, political parties exist that make immigration and Islamism a priority, but almost none of them has been in power because these groups tend to be staffed by amateurs, contain too many extremists, and are ostracized. As a result, they cannot reach 51 percent.

Like the Alternative für Deutschland in Germany, the only party that consistently opposes Muslim immigration?

Precisely. The AfD is an excellent example of amateurs mixed with extremists trying to figure out who they are – liberals, Neo-Nazis, or something in between? As long as they leave this question open, their electoral potential is limited, and they are dangerous. But I expect that eventually the AfD will mature, and I think and hope it will move toward the mainstream for there clearly exists a need for such a party in Germany. But every year that goes by, the danger grows.

Will the anti-immigration remain excluded from power?

No, I expect this will change, that these parties will start to gain power within a decade.

The AfD stands below 10 percent in the polls while Merkel’s CDU gets almost 40 percent. Does this signal that Germans are not that unhappy with Merkel’s immigration policies?

I am surprised by and cannot explain the lack of a CDU challenge to Merkel.

Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, one of the most prominent politicians against Muslim immigration, has been put on trial for hate speech. Your organization helped cover his legal costs; why?

We at the Middle East Forum believe in the freedom publicly to state opinions on matters concerning Islam and Islamism, whether or not we happen to agree with that opinion. Toward this end, our Legal Project often helps defendants pay legal costs, including Wilders‘ a few years ago. I disagree with his views on who the enemy is (he says Islam, I say Islamism) but that is secondary; I will help him, as any Westerner, assert the right to talk about Islam without getting hauled into court.

Geert Wilders (center, facing away) at one of his trials for speaking about Islam.

Is Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” a useful way to keep Islamists out of the United States?

The Trump administration’s ban of the citizens of six majority-Muslim countries was well-intentioned but poorly executed. One should not look at a person’s passport but at his ideas. Some Canadians are our enemies and some Iranians are our friends. Of course, ideas are more elusive than nationality. But banning certain nationalities does not offer protection; that requires a serious effort to know each person entering the country.

The city of Hamburg in 2012 signed an accord, a “Staatsvertrag” with Muslim groups such as Ditib, Schura, and VIKZ to regulate Islamic classes and holidays. Members of those organization have been accused of Islamism and antisemitism, yet the authorities cannot find clean Muslim organization. Your comment?

Islamists are much better funded and organized than non-Islamist Muslims, in part because they receive help from Middle Eastern states such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey. This permits them routinely to dominate Muslim life in the West, appearing on television, engaging in interreligious dialogue, teaching in classrooms, and (as in this case) partnering with governments.

You want Western governments to empower moderate Muslims but in Germany, only a few Muslims have showed up to protest Islamism, so who and where are the moderates?

Calls for mass Muslim support against Islamism always fail in the West. (Muslim-majority countries are another matter.) In part this results from a lack of funding and organization, in part to intimidation: it takes an awful lot of courage to be a Muslim and to come out publicly against Islamism. The new liberal Ibn Ruschd-Goethe mosque in Berlin is a good example: its founder, Seyran Ateş, has received death threats.

What should Western governments do?

Strongly support non-Islamist Muslims – and especially anti-Islamist Muslims. Islamists like Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claim there is only one kind of Islam, namely theirs. No: there are many versions of Islam and non-Muslims should reject, and certainly not enable, Islamist hegemony. Rather, brave anti-Islamists like Ateş should get official recognition and other forms of support.

Asked in 2015 to address the German fear of Islamization, Chancellor Merkel suggested that instead of fearing Islam, Christian Germans should learn more about their own religious roots and go to church more often. Your response?

Merkel’s infuriating reply is typical of the elites in western (not eastern) Europe who remain defiantly unaware of the problems that Muslim immigration creates. The reasons are several-fold: guilty feelings, living in a bubble, looking for votes, political correctness, and fear of being called “Islamophobic.”

Why guilty feelings?

The cover of Pascal Bruckner’s “The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism.”

Because, as French novelist and essayist Pascal Bruckner explained in his 2006 book, La tyrannie de la pénitence, many Europeans feel deep personal remorse about the trio of imperialism, fascism, and racism, even when they themselves are not implicated in those evils. For some Europeans, white skin itself signals guilt. Accordingly, they feel compelled to show unlimited tolerance and goodwill to non-Westerners. The fact that non-Western peoples also sin does not register – which implies a certain arrogance, even racism: only white sins count.This sense of guilt is the more striking considering Europe’s great advances. I remember visiting Finland in 1987 and thinking as I walked its streets: “This prosperity, freedom, rule of law, and democracy is what humanity has always worked toward and now it’s been achieved.” How strange that a Europe which attained such success today drowns in guilt, has too few children, and chooses not to protect itself from a rival civilization. As an historian, I say: Such weakness has no precedent.

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