Friday, March 25, 2016

Removal of Confederate symbols turns nasty in New Orleans

Removal of Confederate symbols turns nasty in New Orleans | Daily Mail Online

Backlash against a plan to remove
prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans has been tinged by death
threats, intimidation and even what may have been the torching of a
contractor's Lamborghini.

now, at least, things have gotten so nasty the city hasn't found a
contractor willing to bear the risk of tearing down the monuments. The
city doesn't have its own equipment to move them and is now in talks to
find a company, even discussing doing the work at night to avoid further

Initially, it
appeared the monuments would be removed quickly after the majority black
City Council on Dec. 17 voted 6-1 to approve the mayor's plan to take
them down. The monuments, including towering figures of Gens. Robert E.
Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, have long been viewed by many here as symbols
of racism and white supremacy.


Getting Out the Vote

American Muslims are watching in growing horror as Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz battle for the Republican presidential nomination, outdoing each other with provocative proposals that have included Muslim registries, immigration bans and fleets of police patrolling their neighborhoods.
With round tables, summit meetings and news releases falling on deaf ears, national advocacy groups are planning to fend off policies they consider hostile to Muslims with a more proactive strategy: driving up the Muslim vote.

Organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR, the Islamic Circle of North America and the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations are encouraging mosques to turn themselves into voter registration centers before the November election so that Muslims can make their voices heard at the polls. Registration drives are expected to ramp up significantly in June, during Ramadan, when attendance at Islamic centers peaks.

“The fear and apprehension in the American Muslim community has never been at this level,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR. “The anti-Islamic tidal wave is spurring civic participation.”

“Call me when they insult Mohammed during Ramadan”

Maclean’s just mailed its special Easter edition of the magazine. The cover story is: “Did Jesus Really Exist? The science is in: