News of the Week (July 12th, 2015)


News of the Week for July 12th, 2015


Obama Scandals


New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Plan to Seek Criminal Charges of Obama Opponents
Judicial Watch today released new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents that include an official “DOJ Recap” report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI to plan for the possible criminal prosecution of targeted nonprofit organizations for alleged illegal political activity.

Judge Says Federal Officials Must Personally Appear In Court For Violating Amnesty Injunction
A federal judge in the district court of South Texas has ordered top officials with the Department of Homeland Security — including Secretary Jeh Johnson — to appear in person in his court in Brownsville next month to show why they should not be held in contempt for violating an injunction issued against President Obama’s executive amnesty order.

US: More than 21 million affected by government data breach
Hackers stole Social Security numbers, health histories and other highly sensitive data from more than 21 million people, the Obama administration said Thursday, acknowledging that the breach of U.S. government computer systems was far more severe than previously disclosed.

Lois Lerner Is Longtime Friends With Regulator Who Targeted Scott Walker
Lois Lerner, the former IRS official accused of targeting conservative non-profit groups, is longtime friends with a Wisconsin state regulator who helped local prosecutors investigate aides and conservative allies of Gov. Scott Walker.


Gun Rights


Fed’s gun used in San Francisco pier slaying
The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

U.S. High Schools Embrace Shooting as Hot New Sport
The giddy 13-year-old boys oohed and aahed as they stared down the black shotgun barrels and aimed at clay targets they imagined whizzing through the air.

Fed’s gun used in San Francisco pier slaying
The gun used in the seemingly random slaying of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said Tuesday.


Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”


Time to Start Closing Down Law Schools? Progressive Official: Student Loan Debt isn’t so Bad
It’s not paranoia if they’re actually plotting against you. Out the EPA Didn’t Come Up with the Talking Points for Its Controversial Power Plant Program
Newly-surfaced emails revealed that a prominent left-wing group played a large role in the creation of the talking points for the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial new power plant regulations.

Aussie PM Tony Abbott Cancels All Government Wind Farm Subsidies
Australia has slammed the door shut on any new government-funded investment in renewable energy schemes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott extends his “war on wind power”.



Government in Healthcare


Massive health insurance hikes hit Oregon
Some Oregon residents could pay up to 38 percent more for health insurance next year, the latest salvo in an ongoing battle between Obamacare’s supporters and opponents over premiums.


War & Terror


Will Russia Revoke Recognition of Baltic Independence?
On July 3, Max Boot wrote here asking whether Russian aggression could trigger the next great war; he is right, of course.

Russia rehearsed “takeover” of Denmark
A new US report reveals that thousands of Russian soldiers took part in a huge military exercise which simulated a takeover of Bornholm, the second such Russian exercise aimed at the Danish island.

Rapid Reaction?
In recent weeks, NATO has been trumpeting the creation of its new “Very High Readiness Joint Task Force,” aimed (in part) at deterring future aggression from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Boko Haram extremists ‘agree to release 216 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls in exchange for 16 brutal terror leaders who are imprisoned by the Nigerian government’
Human rights activist says Nigerian terror group have agreed to free girls

Background to Asia’s Expensive Naval Arms Race
The great East Asian naval arms race has definitely begun. It is and will be quite costly.

3,000-strong Ethiopian force crosses into Somalia
A large contingent of Ethiopian troops has crossed into Somalia, reports from Gedo region in southern Somalia indicated Wednesday.

Syrian War Takes Rising Toll on Hezbollah
As the Lebanese militia takes over the fight to save Assad’s regime, casualties are rising and so are the risks of overreach.

Dispatch from Iraq: The Ghosts of Old Baghdad
A few hours in the Shorja open market in Baghdad can teach you a lot – about the Middle East’s past, its present and its apparent future. What’s to be found there is informative. What is absent – equally so.

Second Tunisia terror attack foiled: Five ISIS extremists are shot dead in Islamic stronghold as thousands of British tourists are evacuated
Five Islamic extremists were killed by Tunisian special forces in El Ktar




Judge To Bakers: No Free Speech For You
A judge has forbidden a pair of bakers who wouldn’t participate in a gay wedding from talking about their moral beliefs. Ever.

Democrat Senator Proclaims That First Amendment Does Not Apply to Individuals
Disingenuous authoritarians will sometimes pretend that the Second Amendment does not honor an individual right to bear arms, but only a group right — that is, only well-regulated militias have a right to bear arms. Why stop at the Second Amendment? Publicly homosexual Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) wants to use the same fallacy to destroy what’s left of the First.

Obama’s Daughter Scores Internship With Notorious Sex Offender
Do you think the Obamas are even aware of Lena Dunham’s admitted offenses? Or the fact she also made up a story about being raped? Does any of this even matter to these people?

The Rape of Pocahontas: Did We Eviscerate the Native Americans?
In this PJTV series, we look at whether America is a country of hostility or prosperity. The first episode covers the treatment of Native American’s.

Bernie Sanders Once Blamed Cervical Cancer on a Lack of Orgasms
The New York Times ran a frontpage investigative report on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders‘ early political history on July 4th. But buried in the piece is the bizarre fact that Sanders once questioned whether or not cancer– and cervical cancer in particular– was caused by a lack of orgasms

Robots Build Large Structures With Brick and Concrete
It’s expensive to make things. Making food, making furniture, making electronics, making cars… It’s all a lot of time consuming labor requiring a variety of skilled and semi-skilled labor. Industrial robots have been very successful at taking over some of the semi-skilled stuff in structured environments like factories, but other than in a few art projects, it’s relatively new to see industrial arms doing productive things out in the world, like laying bricks.

Sorry, Slate: Oregon Did Put a “Gag Order” on Those Christian Bakers
On Thursday, The Daily Signal published an article about Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Commissioner Brad Avakian ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christian bakers who had refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, to pay the couple $135,000 for “emotional” damages and issuing a gag order against the Kleins.

Democrats Looking Surprisingly Weak in Kentucky’s Race for Governor
This year, three states hold gubernatorial elections — Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Idaho: Yeah, we’re in no rush to remove traditional marriage language from our constitution
While known for its potatoes and Napoleon Dynamite, the Gem State is also as red as they come concerning politics. The composition of the state legislature is overwhelming Republican, and the state constitution has marriage defined as a union between one man and one woman. The problem is that section of state law has been struck down with the recent Obergefell decision from the Supreme Court, which said there’s a constitutional right to gay marriage.

Maine Governor LePage demonstrates how not to veto a bill
Governing is hard, and it’s not always just the poisonous, partisan politics or tricks of the media which can trip you up. There’s so many rules to follow! Who can keep track of them all?

Memphis City Council Votes to Remove Confederate General’s Grave
How far will this trend go?

Facebook updates “Friends” icon to reflect gender equality
Facebook’s 1.4 billion active users may need to strain their eyes to see the social network’s subtle new design change.

Is Seattle doing away with single-family homes?
If adopted, ideas being considered by a Seattle housing committee would be devastating to the city’s appeal, KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson said.

HUD unveils regs to diversify neighborhoods
The Obama administration announced new rules on Wednesday that are meant to racially integrate America’s neighborhoods but some conservatives claim are an attempt by Washington to play a heavy-handed role in creating “utopias.”

Baltimore Mayor fires Police Commissioner
Union report: He “led us officers to slaughter”

College Sex Contracts – Life Imitates Parody
But this time it’s not funny.

Massive Government Overreach: Obama’s AFFH Rule Is Out fullscreen Under new management?
Secretary Julian Castro announced the finalization of the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. A front-page article preemptively defending the move appears in today’s Washington Post. The final rule is 377 pages, vastly longer than the preliminary version of the rule promulgated in 2013.

Alpha Brewing Scraps “Submission Ale” — But Not Necessarily a Beer Mocking Islam
A St. Louis-based craft brewery is backing away from plans to market a new beer mocking Islam called Submission Ale, after outrage immediately flared on Twitter this morning.

H8 Wins: Oregon Threatens Home of Christian Bakers
Fox News is reporting that the fascist state of Oregon is ramping up its persecution campaign against Christian bakers who declined to bake a wedding cake for a same sex lesbian couple. Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, have been told that if they don’t pay the $135,000 awarded to the lesbian couple who sued them, a lien will be placed against their home next week.

Whole Foods CEO: Economic Freedom Has Lifted Humanity Out of the Dirt
It’s day one here at Freedom Fest and one of the most interesting speakers at the event is Whole Foods CEO John Mackey.

Are Senate Dems Already Willing to Threaten Religious Tax Exemptions?
Over at the Weekly Standard, John McCormack reports on his inquiries to a number of Senate Democrats on their willingness to end tax exemptions for religious entities that refuse to recognize same-sex marriage. The responses are interesting. While none of the Democrats expressed a desire to end tax exemptions for churches, when pressed about their position on religious institutions like Christian schools and colleges, the responses were much less certain.

Democrats Scurry From Sanctuary Ship
Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from sanctuary city policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN interview Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about San Francisco’s refusal to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez.

Map: Over 200 ‘sanctuary cities’ in 32 states and D.C.
There are over 200 “sanctuary cities” in 32 states that give safe harbor to illegal immigrants, even violent ones with felony records like the man accused of killing a San Francisco woman last week, according to a new analysis.

Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations
The list of things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get a tattoo — even go to a tanning bed.

State Department Hid Clinton Aide’s Special Job Status, Grassley Charges
State Department officials “failed to disclose” a special employment status granted to Cheryl Mills who was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, according to Sen. Charles Grassley.

Animal brains connected up to make mind-melded computer
Two heads are better than one, and three monkey brains can control an avatar better than any single monkey. For the first time, a team has networked the brains of multiple animals to form a living computer that can perform tasks and solve problems.

“Racialised” College Group Warns Whites: “Your Race is Taking Up Space and Silencing Others”
The “Racialised Students’ Collective” of Ryerson University is warning “whites/non-racialised people” that their “race and ethnicity is taking up space and silencing others.” The Social Memo was the first site to report on the campaign.

Democrats want to ban words “husband” and “wife”
We just knew it would not be long before the progressive Democrats would call for “gendered terms” to be replaced by “gender-neutral” words like “spouse” or “married couple.”

California Family Discusses 4-Year-Old Transgender Child
Some parents are preparing to transition their children from one gender to the other as early as pre-school. National Public Radio interviews one Oakland, Calif. family with a young child who started life out as “Jack” but became “Jackie” by age four.

Churches refusing to perform same sex marriages may be denied liability insurance
And the piecemeal dismemberment on religious liberties continues.

Veteran Video Game Developer Attacked for Pinching Breasts of Animé Girl Mouse Pad
Cliff Bleszinski, former design director for video game developer Epic Games and founder of Boss Key Productions, posted a vine in which he pinched the pop-out breasts of a mouse pad depicting an animé girl.

House Conservative Opportunity Society: SCOTUS Marriage Ruling Is About Tyranny, Not Equality
The Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage is being painted as a loss for those who believe in traditional marriage. However, for those who believe in the Rule of Law it is a loss for the American people and our Republic.

Ellen Pao Steps Down as CEO After Reddit Revolt
Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao resigned today after facing an all-out revolt on the site in the wake of the firing of a popular employee. Steve Huffman, Reddit’s original CEO and co-founder of the site a decade ago, is taking over the job as permanent CEO ( according to Huffman), effective immediately.

Walmart to “melt” class rings bearing Confederate flag rather than complete orders
An Arkansas woman who went to pick up the class ring she ordered from Walmart left disappointed, after store officials told her the retailer’s new policy barred them from turning the item over — because it bore an image of the Confederate flag.

For Churches That Won’t Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Insurance Begins to Look Iffy
In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges, pastors and church members are experiencing a wave of anxiety over what many of them deem the “nightmare scenario”: lawsuits or government action designed to force them to perform or recognize same-sex marriages. While there are — so far — no meaningful judicial precedents that would permit such dramatic interference with churches’ core First Amendment rights, lawsuits challenging church liberties are inevitable.

Watchdog Group Uncovers Obama Conspiracy To Jail Conservatives
Did we win the Cold War only to see the United States transformed into the former USSR?…

Professor’s Manifesto: Vegans Must Illegally Overthrow Society to Save the World
A professor at the University of Texas at El Paso wrote a manifesto saying that animal-rights activists must rise up and commit “illegal raids” and “sabotage attacks” in order to save the world from a “mass extinction.”

Liberals Now Want to Eliminate Words “Husband” and “Wife” from Federal Law…
Yes, it’s exactly what you’ve just read in the title. More than two dozen Democrats have come together and proposed a bill to totally remove the words “husband” and “wife” from United States federal law. No word yet on “pitcher” or “catcher.”

Black judge under fire for refusing to perform a gay ‘”arriage” on religious grounds
A judge in the Toledo area is under fire from homosexual activists after he cited his religious beliefs while refusing to perform a same-sex “marriage.

Thousands expected for La Raza Convention
Thousands of Hispanic leaders from across the country are coming to Kansas City Friday.

Obama’s Education Secretary Loves Common Core For Your Kids, BUT NOT HIS
Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s wife has moved to Chicago so the couple’s two daughters can attend the University of Chicago Lab School, arguably the most elite private school in Chicago – and certainly among the most expensive.

Federal Government Grants $300K To Make Engineering Classes “LGBTQ-Affirming”
The National Science Foundation is granting almost $300,000 in taxpayer funds for a two-year “diversity research” study examining aspects of engineering culture that serve as “impediments” to increased numbers of gay, lesbian and transgender students.

“Offended” flea market shopper calls 911 over Confederate merchandise
A shopper perusing the merchandise at the Redwood Country Flea Market was so offended by a vendor selling Confederate and Nazi historical memorabilia, the person actually called 911.

NAACP leader says Baltimore mayor told him not to host Republicans
Hassan Giordano, a leader of a Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said he was told that hosting Republican outreach in his office is off limits.

Stop the Presses: A Congressman Just Did What He Promised Voters He Would Do
Read this, and be refreshed by the new, or only, contender for most honest man in Washington.

How does Heck’s background stack up with Cortez Masto’s?
Joe Heck has made it official. He is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Harry Reid who has hand picked Catherine Cortez Masto to be his successor.

First Tampon For Transgender Women To Hit Shelves Next Month
Joe Heck has made it official. He is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Harry Reid who has hand picked Catherine Cortez Masto to be his successor.


Economy & Taxes


Greece Plans Cyprus-Style Raid on Bank Deposits
The Financial Times has reported that Greece plans to raid Greek bank deposits to deal with its financial crisis

Chinese chaos worse than Greece
WHILE the world worries about Greece, there’s an even bigger problem closer to home: China.

China stock market freezing up as sell-off gathers pace
China’s tumbling stock market showed signs of seizing up on Wednesday, as companies scrambled to escape the rout by having their shares suspended and indexes plunged after the securities regulator warned of “panic sentiment” gripping investors.

China’s President Faces Rare Backlash
Market turmoil in China invites doubts over Xi Jinping’s autocratic leadership style

Welcome to “Fundamental Transformation”: America Now Officially Broke
The Welfare State devours its own.




Instagram is blocking use of the Israeli flag in comments
Instagram blocking use of Israeli flag emoji “to protect the community”.They are allowing all other flag emojis, including countries like Syria.

The Whitest Privilege
The American’s Left’s blond-haired, blue-eyed fantasyland

Sweden’s “Creative Destruction”
The Swedish government is now preparing a law that will force all Swedish municipalities, against their will, to provide public housing for newly arrived refugees.

Pope Francis Smiles As He’s Given COMMUNIST CRUCIFIX in Bolivia
It seemed like a good idea – considering this pope’s statements and beliefs. But Pope Francis was not so enthused when Bolivian Marxist leader Evo Morales gave him a hammer and sickle Crucifix during his visit to the impoverished South American nation.

China Orders “Reeducation” for Catholic Priests and Nuns
The Communist government of Shanghai has mandated that Catholic priests and nuns of the diocese undergo “reeducation” classes on the central theme of the National Congress of the Communist Party.

Russia unveils a “straight flag”, to counter the rainbow one
Russia has unveiled its answer to the rainbow gay pride flag by issuing a blue and white design depicting the outline of a straight couple and three children above the words “a real family”.

Pope rails against unbridled capitalism, ‘idolatry of money’
Pope Francis appealed to world leaders on Saturday to seek a new economic model to help the poor, and to shun policies that “sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit.”

Red Francis Praised Marxist Bolivian Leader for Redistributive “Reforms” After Accepting Communist Necklace
God, save your people from the evils of Socialism.




The New Totalitarians Are Here
Totalitarians want their rule, and their belief system, to be accepted and self-sustaining – even if it takes bludgeoning every last citizen who disagrees.

Is the World Becoming Fed Up?
Faster, please: A great pushback is awakening here and abroad, but its timing, nature, and future remain mysterious.

How to insult a “progressive”
Tell them the truth when the truth is incorrect.

Government Crushes People – Then Writes Them Checks
No one or nothing produces more garbage than government. And their trash has nowhere to go except all over the private sector – us.

The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State

Hey Slate, Bullying Microbreweries Won’t End Misogyny
The writers at Slate should get off their high horses and just drink a beer already.

The Whitest Privilege
The American’s Left’s blond-haired, blue-eyed fantasyland

Reddit Chiefs Eat Humble Pie as Competitor Voat Approached by Venture Capitalists
“We screwed up” isn’t a phrase you’d expect to hear from a former lawyer who used to keep a grievance chart to track colleagues who slighted her.

Overwhelmed, Sad and Lonely
The children of the American elite class suffer from a form of oppression that most of us can never understand.

Laci Green Talks Dirty to Girls
Laci Green (@GoGreen18) is a large-breasted blonde who is famous for talking dirty to girls on YouTube. She is an atheist who hates all religions because she hates her parents.

Vox Pundit: American Revolution Was Bad, Abolish Senate & Constitution
Dylan Matthews is a millennial pundit who has all the answers history isn’t looking for.

America, Like Greece, May End with a Lawless Whimper
Barbarians at the gate usually don’t bring down once-successful civilizations. Nor does climate change. Even mass epidemics such as the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture.

The Sexual Train Wreck Behind “Yes Means Yes”
Over the past few years, American power brokers have developed a charming tendency to obsess over favored topics (putting “diversity training” at the top of the federal Office of Personnel Management’s priority list, for instance) while ignoring the colossal and urgent (like, say, that same office’s obvious vulnerability to crippling cyberattacks, which recently exposed millions of federal employee records to the Chinese).

Helicopter Parents and the Kids Who Just Can’t
Sometimes I despair for the kids these days, I really do.

College students “are so ignorant that it’s hard to accept how ignorant they are”
I guess they have, they’re never ever any shortage of complaints. And it’s true. It’s something one really has to keep in mind that any generation looking back is likely to be wistful and nostalgic on how great it used to be. Of course, we’ve made progress in a million ways. How about dentistry? An obvious example. We’re so much wealthier in the middle class; we take this for granted, but I think of my parents’ generation, the middle class has made enormous progress.

How To Escape The Age Of Mass Delusion
Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression. That’s why the First Amendment’s a target.

Which Same-Sex Marriage Supporter Is Correct?
Some same-sex marriage supporters say redefining marriage will strengthen it. Others say it will destroy marriage. They can’t both be right.

Disregard For the Law is America’s Greatest Threat
Barbarians at the gate usually don’t bring down once-successful civilizations. Nor does climate change. Even mass epidemics like the plague that decimated sixth-century Byzantium do not necessarily destroy a culture.

“Diversity” and “Inclusion” Litmus Tests for Tenure
When a faculty member goes up for promotion and tenure, he prepares to have his whole academic career put under the microscope. That’s appropriate for the prospect of lifetime job security and the commitment that a college or university is being asked to make.

The Revenge Of The Lost Boys
Western societies are producing more and more Lost Boys, the fail-to-launch young men who carry dangerous social grudges.

Stop Treating Kids Like Sex Objects
Children, like the little boy crying in New York, can’t know their sexual identity because they don’t have one yet.

Sorry, Everyone, America Isn’t That Racist
Statistics show the United States has become markedly less racist, and recent race violence doesn’t change that.

Fleur de lis the next social justice warrior target?
How long before all the “troubling” history has been expunged from the record?

What’s after the Confederate flag?
It’s never enough. You know it. I know it. Hell, they know it. They get a victory and they keep going, convinced the world, history, and even reality bend to their will. The problematic Confederate Flag has come down in South Carolina, and its image is under assault everywhere else. The Fighters Against All Offensive Things Ever have declared their next target: The fleur de lis.

Want to Revisit Your Youth? Why Not Try Paper-and-Pencil Roleplaying Games
So you experimented in college. Why is unimportant. Maybe you grew up being told that this thing that you now wanted to try was wrong, and you decided to find out for yourself. Maybe you always really wanted to try it, but you were afraid of social ostracism if it ever came out that you were that way. And maybe you just sort of drifted into doing it because your new friends all liked it, so they figured you would. And you did! So you got into it, then after a few years you got out of it because you felt you needed to conform to society’s expectations of you. Only, lately, you’re starting to feel that urge again.

The Humpty Dumpty remedy for the Church’s gay marriage problem
The fact that I’ve been too busy to blog does not mean I’ve been too busy to think. My thoughts of late have turned to gay marriage. I predicted a long time ago that turning gay marriage into a Constitutional right would open the way for a direct attack on religion — or, more accurately, on traditional Christian faiths — and I was entirely correct. NRO’s David French has been busy tracking the immediate legal, political, and financial attacks aimed at the church in the wake of the execrable Supreme Court decision. It no longer matters that the Court could have reached a similar, constitutionally correct, outcome without destroying religious freedom. The reality is that the Court did what it did, and the Left is armed and ready to fire.

Sorry, @AsheSchow: “Due Process” IS a Left-Right Issue – and Here’s Why
Ashe Schow is a brilliant young journalist, and one of the few reporters who have been steadily covering the attempt by feminists to criminalize heterosexuality on college campuses.

Feminist Tumblr: It’s Not As If They Hate Men or Anything Like That
The fascinating thing about Feminist Tumblr is that it’s totally unfiltered. Nearly all of the participants are very young – a 25-year-old is a senior citizen on Tumblr – and also anonymous.

Fundamental Concepts – The Tao of Poo
Every day, many of us look around and frankly wonder what’s going on in this country of ours. It’s obvious that President Obama has been a disaster for the country, but there is endless speculation as to the nature of the disaster, whether it’s incidental or intentional. Is this all some malevolent plan, or simply the wages of unprecedented incompetence?

Magical Comrade Sanders Will Urge His Way to Socialist Glory!
On Face the Nation this morning, Senator Bernie Sanders criticized Barack Obama for having failed to follow through properly on his 2008 election victory. If you elect me, Sanders suggested, things will be different.

Why Do Drunk Sluts Get Drunk?
Pardon the deliberately provocative clickbait headline, but the campus “rape culture” discourse keeps avoiding this issue. There is an obvious connection between (a) claims that sexual assault is an “epidemic” among college and university students; (b) the phenomenon of binge drinking among students, most of whom are below the legal drinking age; and (c) the adamant insistence of feminists that it is “slut-shaming” and “victim blaming” to suggest how (a) and (b) are most likely related.

One of the things the founding fathers were most driven by, and indeed much of the settlement and foundation of the United States of America, was religious freedom. Many of the immigrants to the Americas were driven by persecution from established religions in various European countries. Jews, Moravians, Hugenots, and many other groups fled to the new world to start up a new life free from tyranny and oppression.

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