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Fake News: Islam Is Blameless!

The Amish Strike Blow for Freedom of
Lancaster, Penna. Feb. 22 – We are still reeling from the news of Christian
terrorism when a fast-moving Amish buggy deliberately side-swiped a tractor-trailer
hauling steel plates to go into the new border wall with Mexico, sending the
trailer into a ditch, injuring the driver and his companion, and scattering the
fifty one-ton plates in the the highway divide on State Route 30. The driver
and his co-driver were taken to Lancaster General Hospital.

An Amish Weapon of Terror

The “road rage” snarled traffic for hours, backing traffic up for
several miles from as far away as East Petersburg. Arrested at the scene was
Amos Yoder of Lancaster, a farmer and the driver of the buggy, and his son,
Elmer, age 17.
In a statement, Mr. Yoder said they took the perilous action to protest
the “Mexican Trump wall” and President Trump’s immigration ban of Muslims. Mr.
Yoder said he would like to see more illegals and Muslims settle in the region.
“We have always opened our hearts to the dispossessed and the oppressed
in this country. We are not worried about the government settling Muslims in
our midst or allowing Mexican illegals to flourish here. We are a peaceful
people and are not concerned about Muslims or wayward Mexicans raping our
daughters and women, or invading our homes to rob us, even though we could not
protect ourselves, for we do not believe in violence. They would never cause us
harm. They know this.”
When asked how he and his family could know anything about Muslim rapes
and murders and how Islam is a religion of peace, when they have no electric
conveniences at home such as a  television,
he said that he and his family watch a lot of news on TV in a local Wal-Mart
  Lancaster Police and the state Highway Patrol
have deemed the incident an “unmistakable act of terrorism.” The incident puts
paid and contradicts the recent statements by Pope Francis that there is no
Christian terrorism, or Jewish terrorism, or Islamic terrorism, and statements
made by German leader Angela Merkel that Germany needs more Muslims. Mr. Yoder
and his son have been remanded to the custody of the local office of the State
Police and the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas to await arraignment,
This, of course, is a “fake news” report that could have easily have
been broadcast by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, the BBC, or MSNBC. They are all fake news
outlets. It’s fake except for these quotations from Angela Merkel and Pope
Francis. Those are very real. Also very real is the government’s
concerted campaign
to salt the Lancaster region with especially Muslim “refugees”
so that the largely “white” communities there are upended with populations of
different colors and creeds and non-peaceful outlooks on the world. Angela
claims that the European Union still has a “responsibility” to take
in more so-called refugees, and pleaded to Islamic governments to help convince
people that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.
Angela Merkel can’t seem to make up her mind.
Amid the
there’s the horrible irony that just some three months ago German
national daily Die
Welt here
published a piece with the title:
Truck drivers wanted’ – Merkel
gives refugees tips”
Die Welt reported that Merkel was working hard to “rapidly integrate the refugees
and called on industry to get involved. Merkel said that refugees would be able
to trade in their driver’s licenses for a German one for 500 euros, but that of
course loans need to be offered to help them finance it. Paying back the loan
should be no problem, Merkel said:
When one earns, he can then pay this 500 euros back. Everywhere
truck drivers are being sought.”
This was said in the immediate aftermath of the Berlin
festival truck attack
on Germans.
Germany is in
shock after yesterday’s terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market, which is
a stark symbol of German culture. The latest figures show 12 dead and 48
injured – some seriously. Also the Polish driver of the hijacked truck
allegedly was killed.
Daily Star
reported on February 19th:
The embattled
leader says Europe has an obligation to take displaced people from Syria and
Iraq. She also said Islam “is not the cause of terrorism” and
that combating extremism needs the cooperation of Muslim countries.

A reelectable revanchist?
But previously, in October 2016, she sort of panicked and said that
some migrants must be deported from Germany.
After an influx of
almost 900,000 migrants last year, some Germans fear their country is being
overrun by foreigners. Merkel has attracted criticism for her migrant policy
and her conservatives have lost some support to the anti-immigrant Alternative
for Germany (AfD).
An understatement
with a red Magic Marker, to be sure.
In the past, when
smaller numbers of asylum seekers arrived, those who were not granted the right
to stay were not deported rigorously enough and that needs to change now, given
the high number of refugees and migrants, Merkel said.
“We need a national
push to deport those who are rejected. That’s indisputable and we’re working
hard on that at the moment,” Merkel told a conference of the youth wing of her
conservatives in Paderborn.
That’s not going to happen. If she tried it, there
would be “peaceful” rioting and camp-burnings by Muslims. So, it’s unlikely she
will be doing much “pushing.”
those migrants was only one element of Germany’s refugee policy, Merkel said,
adding that the integration of those who are granted protection must be
Unless I’m consulting the wrong thesaurus, integration is not the same thing as assimilation. And assimilation is not what most Muslims in Germany have in mind,
unless it’s into the German welfare state. And Merkel’s policy is that it’s the
Germans who must integrate into Islamic “culture,” if there is such a thing.
A Breitbart
article of February
reports Merkel’s oscillating position on Islam:
co-operation with the United States of America is most important for us, but
what’s also very important to me is that Islamist, Muslim states have been
incorporated in this coalition, because I think those countries, first and
foremost, have to give a contribution.”
to Chancellor Merkel, however, working with such states is the only way “we
will be able to convince people that it
is not Islam that is the problem, but a falsely understood Islam
, and the
religious authorities of Islam have to find strong language in order to
delineate themselves and distance themselves from this fundamentalist and
terrorist [version of] Islam.”
Was the Pope “channeling” Mohammad? Was Merkel? The planets must have
been in magical alignment for them both to deny the existence of Islamic terrorism
within 48 hours of each other. Did they have a conference call to coordinate
their statements?
In an impassioned address Friday, Pope
Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting
that “the ecological crisis is real.”
terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism
does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
he apparently meant is that not all Christians are terrorists and not all
Muslims are terrorists—a fact evident to all—yet his words also seemed to
suggest that no specifically Islamic form of terrorism exists in the world, an
assertion that stands in stark contradiction to established fact.
In keeping with the Marxist notion
that men’s characters are formed by their economic and material conditions and
circumstances, Francis added:
people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent,” Francis said, while also
suggesting—as he has on other occasions—that terrorism is primarily a result of
economic inequalities rather than religious beliefs. “The poor and the poorer
peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different
forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and
will eventually explode.”

Pope Francis: “Upon this staff I will
nonviolently build a caliphate,
depending on the environment.”
At brief glance at his statement, reveals that Francis
seems to be denying the role of economic determinism, a core tenet of his
politics. He also, in the same breath, conceded that terrorism – specifically Islamic
terrorism – does indeed exist, but failed to cite examples of Christian or
Jewish terrorism.
On that note, I am unable to recall the number of
Christians or Jews (whom Francis did not mention) who are terrorists and who
have made headlines in my lifetime.
They are as imaginary and fake as the Amish


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  1. Rob McVey

    Ed: Do you have a separate url or email for questions about your novels? I'd like to ask you what Skeen means in 'First Things' between 'freedom' and 'liberty.' It's a very intriguing issue; and I think I got it. Thanks.

    — Rob McVey, T4B

  2. Edward Cline

    Rob: Here is the pertinent paragraph (p. 9, paperback): Skeen writes — “Freedom is not of metaphysical importance. Rather, it is a metaphysical condition, or a metaphysically important condition or state, in the absence of which I could not function or be able to act. But is it synonymous with liberty? Freedom cannot be abridged. Liberty can be, through obstructionist laws and regulations. Liberty is a socially important requisite to one’s freedom.” I think this explains everything. Freedom can't be taken away from you by the state. It's a metaphysical given. But liberty is dependent on society, or rather by the political condition under which one might live. For example, you can purchase a gun or a can of pepper spray, and you'd have the freedom to purchase it, limited only by the state's regulation or prohibition of the purchase of it. An outright ban would rob you of the liberty to purchase it or anything else. Ideally, the state should not have any say in the matter; in such a circumstance, there would be little difference between freedom and liberty, they would be nearly synonymous. At present they are not synonymous.

  3. Rob McVey

    Ed, Thanks. That's how I take it, having learned from Skeen not to always treat them as synonyms. Plus, I can see it as an instance of Rand's distinction of the metaphysical versus man-made.


  4. Edward Cline

    Freedom can be "abridged" per the First Amendment, but only if certain actions are treated as government dispensed "liberties."

  5. Rob McVey

    Speaking as Cdn, but I think this is correct: freedom can be abridged if the 10th amendment is ignored in the feds acting beyond their enumerated powers to infringe on individuals' liberties (I'm excluding the idea of states' "rights.")

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