Patterico's Pontifications


Pew Research Poll: 40% of Millennials Support Speech Bans

Filed under: General — JVW @ 10:50 pm

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The Pew Research Center released the results of a poll last week suggesting that 40% of members of the millennial generation (those born between 1981 and 1997) would support allowing government to ban speech deemed offensive to minorities. That is roughly 50% higher than the percentage of Gen Xers (1965-1980), 67% higher than the percentage of Baby Boomers (1946-1964), and, amazingly, 250% higher than the percentage of members of the Silent Generation (pre-1946) who support these restrictions. I guess we have a pretty good idea of when things started going to hell, don’t we?

In addition, the poll indicates that 7 out of 20 Democrats would support speech restrictions (twice the proportion of Republican support), and nearly 2 in 5 non-white respondents would support the speech restrictions. Here are the poll results in a handy infographic:


As JD would say, we are so screwed.


Two Peas In A Pod: Hillary Clinton and Cecile Richards Make Fools Of Themselves

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:51 am

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Two audacious and calculating shrews tried to convince us that they stand for the plight of the disadvantaged and marginalized, even though we know differently:

Juanita Broaddrick begged to differ .

57,000,000 babies would have cried out at Richards, but were unable to.


In Spite Of President Obama’s Claims, No Refuge In U.S. For 27 Iraqi Christians Fleeing Religious Persecution

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:33 am

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On the heels of the administration’s plans to fast track the entry of Syrian refugees to the U.S., President Obama said after meeting with a group of Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar:

“As long as I’m president, we’re going to keep on stepping up and making sure that America remains as it has always been, a place where people who, in other parts of the world, are subject to discrimination or violence, that they have in America a friend and a place of refuge,” Mr. Obama said. “We have shown that the we can welcome refugees and ensure our security – that there’s no contradiction.”

“When we talk about American leadership, American leadership is us caring about people who have been forgotten or who have been discriminated against or who’ve been tortured or who’ve been subject to unspeakable violence or who’ve been separated from families at very young ages,” he said Saturday.

“That’s when we’re the shining light on the hill,” he said. “Not when we respond on the basis of fear.”

In spite of the president’s claims, 27 Iraqi Christians, who fled their homeland because of religious persecution and crossed into the U.S. from Mexico to join their families already settled in the San Diego area, are finding America anything but a friend and place of refuge:

A total of 27 Chaldean Christians, driven from their homeland by Al Qaeda and ISIS, entered the country in April and May, hoping to join the thriving Iraqi Christian community in and around San Diego. But the door to America is being slammed on the 17 men and 10 women over what their supporters say are technicalities.

“These are families who were split up because of religious persecution, and now the government – which we love – is preventing them from being reunited,” said Fr. Michael Bazzi, of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral, in El Cajon. “We wonder why, for thousands of Muslims, the door is open to America, yet Christians are not allowed to come.”

It is being reported that because two applicants (no confirmation that they were part of this group of 27) were not forthcoming on their applications, the whole group is being denied refuge in the U.S.:

[B]ecause some had first gone to Germany before making their way to the border, and in some cases were deemed to not have been forthcoming about it on their applications for religious asylum, they were held at the Otay Detention Center in San Diego since entering the U.S. while their applications were considered. So far, 22 have been ordered out of the U.S. and the other five are awaiting a likely similar ruling.

“We will continue to seek to remove the ones who have been ordered removed,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack told

Earlier this year, 60 Minutes did a segment about the persecution of Christians in Iraq. There was this exchange between Lara Logan and Archbishop Nicodemus Sharaf of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Mosul, and one of the 125,000 Christians forced to flee after ISIS overran the city:

Archbishop Nicodemus Sharaf: [T]his is the first time we cannot pray in our churches.

As it seeks to erase Christianity from the landscape, the Islamic state allows no Christian symbols.

Just like the Nazis marked the property of Jews, Christian homes in Mosul have been marked with this red symbol. It’s the Arabic letter N – for Nasara – an early Islamic term for Christians. When ISIS puts it on your home, you either convert to Islam, pay an extortion tax or face the sword.

It has become a convert to Islam or die choice for the Christian in Iraq:

Issah Al Qurain is one of tens of thousands who had to make that choice. He was at home with his family in the Christian village where he’d lived all his life, when ISIS fighters came looking for him. He told us the fighters first took all his money – then his wife and children.

Lara Logan: They were telling you convert, convert, convert?

Issah Al Qurain (translated): Yes, convert. In the beginning, I refused. I told them I was Christian and I had my religion and they had their religion. But they told me, if you don’t convert, we will kill you and take your wife and children.

An Iraqi Christian now residing in Australia, was unhesitating in his assessment about the future of Christians in Iraq:

Lara Logan: What do you think the Islamic State intends to do with the Christians here?

Khamis: To wipe them out. To be nothing. No place left that bears the name of Christian or Christianity.

NRO’s Andy McCarthy noted about the Christian refugees:

“If the particular security threat you are concerned about is jihadist terror, there are no Christian jihadist terrorists[.]

Christians in Iraq are now estimated to number less than 200,000 compared to 1,500,000 just 12 years ago.


University Cancels Yoga Class Because of the Oppression

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:51 am

Washington Post (not the Onion): University yoga class canceled because of ‘oppression, cultural genocide’:

In studios across the nation, as many as 20 million Americans practice yoga every day. Few worry that their downward dogs or warrior poses disrespect other cultures.

But yoga comes from India, once a British colony. And now, at one Canadian university, a yoga class designed to include disabled students has been canceled after concerns the practice was taken from a culture that “experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy,” according to the group that once sponsored it.

In a telephone interview with The Washington Post, Jennifer Scharf, who taught the class for up to 60 people at the University of Ottawa, said she was unhappy about the decision, but accepted it.

“This particular class was intro to beginners’ yoga because I’m very sensitive to this issue,” she said. “I would never want anyone to think I was making some sort of spiritual claim other than the pure joy of being human that belongs to everyone free of religion.”

Those crazy Canadians. Nothing like that could ever happen at the bastions of sanity that are universities in the United States.

Vox Helps You Respond to Your Relatives at Thanksgiving

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:42 am

The helpful Voxsplainers at have this wonderful resource that helps young, sophisticated progressives address the backwards yammering of their relatives at Thanksgiving:

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Thoroughly researched and immaculately proofread, the resource gives you powerful arguments to counter (for example) foolish things said by “you niece” about Syrian refugees:

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What naturally occurs to most people reading this is: how do I survive a young punk at my Thanksgiving table quoting Vox’s “How to Survive Your Family’s Thanksgiving Arguments”? I can’t help you there . . . or can I? The article on Bernie Sanders suggests that, in response to your cousin who says “Bernie Sanders doesn’t care about black people,” Vox readers should respond as follows:

Realistically, the correct response to this debate is to stand up, exit the room, go out the front door, drive to an airstrip, rent a small propeller plane, fly to the nearest mountain range, parachute over the highest cliff, and build a new life for yourself up there in the snow.

So: repeat after me: “Bernie Sanders doesn’t care about black people.”

It might help to have pre-printed directions to the nearest airstrip handy.

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