Donald Trump, Hitler, singing and religion


This video from the USA says about itself:

Meet The Con Artist Leading Trump’s Inauguration Prayer

29 December 2016

Trump’s Inauguration guest list has some pretty interesting characters on it including a shady televangelist who has been investigated by the IRS and Senate. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks discuss Paula White, the TV preacher leading Trump’s Inauguration prayer. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“In 2007, TV preacher Paula White got investigated by the U.S. Senate for her shady fundraising practices.

Ten years later, she will pray at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Yes, really.

White is a televangelist with a huge audience and a knack for stirring controversy. She’s been a Trump booster for years, and she helped organize a summit for him in the early days of his presidential campaign with other televangelists. Her presence at the inauguration is a very strong indicator that Trump’s White House will be a safe space for the Christian right’s most controversial characters.”

Read more here.

This music video from the USA is called Nearer, My God, to TheeMormon Tabernacle Choir.

Not all Mormon choir members want to get nearer to Donald Trump.

By Chris D’Angelo in the USA:

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Singer Resigns Because Trump Reminds Her Of Hitler

She would never sing for Adolf, and she won’t stay in a choir that sings for The Donald.

12/30/2016 04:58 pm ET

A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has resigned in protest over the group’s upcoming performance at Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying she could “never look [herself] in the mirror again” if she sang for the president-elect ― a man she likens to Adolf Hitler.

In a letter sent to the choir and later posted on Facebook, Jan Chamberlin explained that she has “spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony,” reflecting, praying and searching her soul.

“I’ve tried to tell myself that it will be alright and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man,” she wrote. “But it’s no use. I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events. I could never look myself in the mirror again with self respect.”

By performing at the Jan. 20 ceremony, Chamberlin said, the choir will create the impression that it’s “endorsing tyranny and facism [sic].”

“History is repeating itself; the same tactics are being used by Hitler (identify a problem, finding a scapegoat target to blame, and stirring up people with a combination of fanaticism, false promises, and fear, and gathering the funding),” she wrote.

“I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”

More than 200 of the choir’s 360 members are expected to perform at Trump’s inauguration, church officials earlier told The Salt Lake City Tribune.

But Chamberlin is not alone in her distress. Randall Thacker, a lifelong Mormon, launched a petition urging the choir not to perform for an “incoming president who has demonstrated sexist, racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic behavior that does not align with the principles and teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Though many individual members of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may oppose bigotry, official leaders have a history of anti-African American racism, and a present of misogyny and homophobia.

As of Friday, the petition had topped 24,000 signatures.

Chamberlin concluded her lengthy letter thus: “My heart is shattered and broken … but my conscience is clear. And THAT, really is all that matters.”

Todd Starnes of Fox News blasted Chamberlin’s post on Friday, noting that choir members’ participation in the inauguration is strictly voluntary and describing her Hitler comparison as “not only intellectually dishonest ― it’s downright repulsive.”

Trump’s transition team has struggled to find performers for his inauguration. The Rockettes are scheduled to perform, but one member of the famed dance company has also spoken out. She told Marie Claire, “This is making our show, our job, our name, branded as right-wing. An extreme right-wing.”

Far-right media threaten US Jewish family for ‘war on Christmas’ fake news


This video from the USA says about itself:

A White Nationalist & Anti-Semite in the Oval Office: Trump Taps Breitbart’s Bannon as Top Aide

14 November 2016

As the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center are slamming President-elect Donald Trump for naming Stephen Bannon to become his chief strategist, we speak with SPLC President Richard Cohen about Bannon’s role as former head of the right-wing news outlet Breitbart Media and as Trump’s campaign manager.

“Two weeks after the Charleston massacre, [Breitbart News] ran an article talking about how people should proudly fly the Confederate flag,” Cohen says. He argues that the alt-right that Breitbart is associated with “is nothing more than the rebranding of white supremacy, white nationalism, for the digital age,” and calls on President-elect Trump to “speak out forcefully against all forms of bigotry, and then he has to follow talk with the walk.”

By Amanda Terkel, Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post in the USA:

Jewish Family Fears For Safety After Conservative Media Blames Them For Christmas Play Cancellation (UPDATE)

The school says it absolutely did not cancel the production because of religious complaints.

12/22/2016 01:09 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago

A Jewish family in Pennsylvania says it fears for its safety after media outlets across the country ran stories blaming them for the cancellation of a Christmas play.

Local station WHTM reported last week that Centerville Elementary School in Lancaster decided not to put on its production of “A Christmas Carol” this year after two parents complained to the them about the famous line, “God bless us, everyone.” The school had been doing the play for more than 40 years.

But the controversy really took off after conservative outlets including Fox News [owned by Rupert Murdoch], Breitbart News and The Blaze picked up the report and gave it national attention.

WHTM said school officials told the news outlet the play was not canceled because of complaints about that line, although “many parents” believed it was so.

The Fox News commentary piece framed the controversy as part of the so-called “war on Christmas.” “[T]his year, I’m afraid Tiny Tim’s goose has been cooked by the Ghost of Christmas Intolerance,” the article stated.

But the Hempfield School District has vehemently denied this account of why it canceled the play, and a Jewish family that says it’s being blamed for the controversy has left the area, according to LancasterOnline. The earlier articles did not identify the family as Jewish or name them, and later reports said the family had just gone on vacation.

The parents of a fifth grader in the district told LancasterOnline that they never asked for the play to be canceled or complained about it; they simply asked for their child to be excused and were told that was fine.

But they said since the school announced the cancellation last month, classmates had harassed their child. And after the story broke nationally, the school said it received at least 200 phone calls and emails about the play.

The family said they were disturbed by some of the comments on the conservative outlets’ stories ― including one on the Breitbart story asking for information about the family’s address.

And after a fake news story created an uproar over a pizza place in Washington, D.C. ― which resulted in a man coming in with an assault rifle to “self-investigate” whether there truly was a child sex ring there ― the family said they were afraid for their safety.

“There’s no way we’re going to take a chance after the pizza incident,” said the parents, who were not named by LancasterOnline.

But on Thursday night, after the LancasterOnline article was widely circulated, the Anti-Defamation League posted a statement saying that it had contacted the family and that it was incorrect to say they had fled the area.

“We spoke with the family, who explained that they went on a previously-planned vacation for the holidays,” said ADL Regional Director Nancy Baron-Baer. “Stories like this can sow fear in the Jewish community and beyond, and it is important to stop the spread of misinformation.”

Rabbi Jack Paskoff, of a Lancaster reform synagogue, told The Washington Post that although the family are not members of his congregation, he had been in regular touch with them. The child, he said, was being taunted on the bus about the play’s cancellation.

“It was getting prevalent enough that the family got concerned,” he said.

The Hempfield School District has backed up the family’s account. Officials have posted a FAQ sheet on its website and said the play was absolutely not canceled because of complaints over the “God bless us” line. Instead, they dropped the play because it consumed too much instructional time in the classroom. From the FAQ sheet:

Hempfield School District

The school said the principal also offered to work with parents and staff who were interested in producing the play during after-school hours, but “no one was either able or interested to assist with producing the play after school hours.”

“Had the primary concern been with the content of the play,” the school added, “possibilities for continuing the play would not have been sought by Mr. Kramer.”

Fox News has long promoted the notion that there’s a war on Christmas (and even a war on Easter). For more than a decade, host Bill O’Reilly has been a leading voice in network commentators’ fomentation that Christians are under attack over political correctness because people say “Happy holidays,” remove nativity scenes from public buildings or do anything to acknowledge that there are people of other religions in America.

But even Fox, it seems, isn’t always on the right side.

Fox News holiday wishes

Fox News holiday wishes

Homophobic archbishop’s image removed in London


This 2013 video from the USA says about itself:

This first video in the series takes a look at the anti-gay and homophobic pastors and politicians who turn out to be actually gay themselves. These men are hypocrites who repeatedly discriminated against homosexuals and passed legislation to withhold the rights of gay people. The pastors and politicians mentioned in this video are as follows: Ted Haggard, George A. Rekers, Richard Curtis, Roy Ashburn, Albert Odulele, Mark Foley, Christopher Lee, Eddie Long, Jim West, Paul Babeu, Ken Mehlman, and Larry Craig.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Uni removes image of Carey over views on gay marriage

Thursday 22nd December 2016

KING’S College London (KCL) has removed an image of former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton following student concerns about his views on gay marriage.

The picture is one of a number to be taken out of a “wall of fame” at the university, which said that the display “did not capture the diversity of our university community.”

Speaking in 2012 during the debate on gay marriage, Lord Carey said that for “time immemorial” marriage had been between a man and a woman and gay relationships were not the same.

Same-sex relationships are not the same as heterosexual relationships and should not be put on the same level,” he said.

The removal of his image followed a review of KCL’s window display policy, conducted last year.

Lord Carey said he did not wish to comment. The uni has not commented on the student campaign.

George Leonard Carey, Baron Carey of Clifton was nominated as archbishop by fellow homophobe Margaret Thatcher. While he was archbishop, he also opposed LGBTQ people; and defended Chilean ex-dictator Pinochet.

Turkish and other regimes ban Christmas


This video is called 3 Hours of Christmas Music | Traditional Instrumental Christmas Songs Playlist | Piano & Orchestra.

Separation of church and state in the United States means that the government is not allowed to favour Christian holidays over Jewish, Islamic, Hindu etc. holidays. The United States religious right (including President-elect Donald Trump) often makes a fuss about that, calling it a supposed ‘war on Christmas’. By the way, the only time Christmas was really banned in what is now the USA was in Massachusetts, 1659-1681. A ban by Puritan Christians, not by atheists, Muslims or Jews.

Yet, one seldom hears these US conservatives about real ‘war-like’ measures by governments against people celebrating Christmas privately (as opposed to celebration by the government, as the US religious right wants); provided that these governments are NATO members or otherwise military allies.

Whether it is about the royal family of Saudi Arabia, allies in the war against the people of Yemen and in the regime change war in Syria, banning Christmas.

Or about the dictator of Tajikistan banning Christmas. He has banned Christmas trees and New Year celebrations as well.

This blog has blogged about dictator Rahmon of Tajikistan:

Under Rahmon, Tajikistan’s human rights abuses have grown. He has cracked down hard on political opponents as well as independent media. His security forces routinely use torture to obtain confessions, according to Human Rights Watch. They have also targeted lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, and cracked down on religious freedoms. …

The United States, though, considers Rahmon as vital to American interests in Afghanistan and preventing Islamic militancy and opium smuggling from spreading into Central Asia.

In late August [2015], Gen. Lloyd Austin III, head of U.S. Central Command, visited Rahmon in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, to discuss bilateral cooperation in counterterrorism and to fight the drug trade.

This blog has also blogged about the Brunei absolute monarchy:

As this blog reported, the absolute monarch of Brunei has banned Christmas.

The princely dynasty of Brunei are traditionally allies of the British empire. The present Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. Like his father, he has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, of which Brunei was a protectorate until 1984. He holds an honorary commission in the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom as an Air Marshal. He is also an Honorary Admiral of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, a title given to him by Queen Elizabeth II when he took the salute at the passing out parade of the 2001 summer term at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, the Royal Navy’s officer-training school in the United Kingdom. He has an English residence at Binfield Manor in Berkshire. In 1962, a rebellion against absolute monarchy in Brunei was put down by British troops from Singapore.

In the same blog post, also about the warlord government of Somalia:

In Somalia it is prohibited from this year on to celebrate Christmas in public places. … “In our country Muslims should not celebrate Christmas“, said a government spokesman.

The security forces in Somalia are instructed to drive away large groups celebrating Christmas. For foreigners it is allowed to dwell on the Christian holidays, provided they do so in private.

There are few Christians living in the African country, which established sharia law in 2009. Somalia is after Brunei the second country to enact a ban on Christmas. In Brunei Muslims who celebrate Christmas face many years of imprisonment.

The Somali government consists of warlords, relying on military help from the United States Pentagon, British armed forces and other NATO countries, ever since the days of George W Bush.

Most recently, about the Erdogan regime in Turkey. Member of NATO. The boss of NATO has praised Erdogan’s military invasion of Syria. Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

German school in Istanbul not allowed to celebrate Christmas

Today, 09:52

The Turkish government has banned a German school in Istanbul from paying attention to Christmas. The school has received an email stating that nothing about the traditions of the Christian celebration is allowed to be taught about. Also, no Christmas carols may be sung at the school.

The school’s management sent the mail to the German news agency DPA. The school choir on Tuesday was also not allowed to participate in the traditional Christmas concert at the German consulate.

Secular

The German school is part of a major Turkish high school. The teachers of the German part are paid by German taxpayers’ money. The German part of the school has its own board, but that is subordinate to the board of the umbrella school.

The school in Istanbul is known as non-religious. Critics say it happens more often that secular schools are forced by the government to have an Islamic-conservative course.

According to DPA the German Ministry of Education did not want to react to the ban on celebrating Christmas.

European Muslims’ numbers overestimated


This video says about itself:

Young Muslim Americans react to Islamophobia

14 January 2016

Fusion interviewed a group of young, Muslim Americans about the rise of Islamophobic rhetoric in the U.S., and common misconceptions about Islam and Muslim people.

Dutch NOS TV reports today about a poll by Ipsos Mori.

How many Muslims are in the Netherlands? 19% of all residents, Dutch respondents estimated. The real 2010 figure was 6%.

How many Muslims are in France? 31% of all residents, French respondents estimated. The real 2010 figure was 7.5%.

How much of terrorism in Europe is by Muslims? All of it, the racist extreme right says. Most of it, the ‘moderate’ ‘center right‘ says. In fact, international police organisation Europol calculated that in 2009, 0,4% of all terror attacks in Europe were by Muslims. Most terrorism in Europe is by white nationalists.