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American Martyrs: New Docuseries Interviews Canceled Conservatives and Christians

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Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, one of the first conservatives to be canceled back in 2010-2012 (along with me as collateral damage), has started a docuseries profiling other Christian conservatives who the left targeted. “For many years, a quiet crisis affecting millions of Americans has grown and gone without remedy,” he opens. “In the early 21st century, a militant secular Left captured America’s centers of wealth and power. Because of prejudice and hostility from monied and powerful left-wing interest groups, those who publicly opposed the Left often lost their careers, businesses, livelihoods or reputations.”

 

In his first installment, the Harvard Law educated author showcases a Congressman who was canceled due to false accusations of white supremacy, a coach who was fired over writing “All Lives Matter” and a small business that was destroyed due to same-sex marriage objections. 

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Former Iowa Rep. Steve King, an outspoken conservative who was the late Phyllis Schlafly’s favorite member of Congress, lost his career due to a reporter who deliberately misquoted him.  In January 2019, a journalist reported King saying, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” The reporter left out the full context, King only meant how ridiculous it is that the meaning of Western civilization is now associated with racism. He’d also said, “No one ever sat in a Western civilization class listening to classes on white supremacy or white nationalism.” 

 

But the RINOs running the Republican Party were already gunning for him. Curiously, a GOP candidate backed by the establishment announced he was running against King a day before The New York Times published its hit piece. Republican powerhouses shut down his fundraising and threatened his donors, and he was defeated for reelection. Unlike other prominent recently retired Congressmen, King has not been offered lucrative job opportunities. 

 

Kurt Beathard, a former college quarterback who became a coach for Illinois State, is no longer employed as a coach due to a Black Lives Matter controversy. One day he showed up at work and found a poster on his door at work that said “Black Lives Matter.” He took it down and replaced it with a sign that said, “All Lives Matter to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.” Some of the players said they would no longer play under him, so he was fired. He has been unable to get another job coaching — even at a Christian college. 

 

Richard and Betty Odgaard, a Mennonite couple in Iowa, lost their restaurant and events hall because they would not allow it to be rented for a same-sex wedding. The state came after them, forced them into a settlement agreement, and a lawmaker launched a boycott, eventually forcing them to close what was supposed to be their source of retirement. Their church gave them no support so they eventually left it.

 

Sadly, Thomas says, churches aren’t stepping forward to help these people, they’ve turned their backs on those persecuted. Instead, churches give aid to the same old clients, the ones favored by the left, such as how the Salvation Army gives money to vagrants engaged in destructive lifestyles. Yet the government already provides an ample safety net for these people funded by taxpayers. They are duplicating this. It’s because they don’t want to anger the left.

 

Thomas says the church ignores the problem because of cowardice, self-preservation or both. Churches should be helping the canceled find jobs. Christian colleges and universities need to step up — why hasn’t a Christian college hired the coach? What about having them speak at graduations? College speakers are never these lesser known martyrs, who could use the honoraria. 

 

Thomas brings up the tragic suicide of conservative Christian writer Mike Adams, who killed himself after being hounded by the left in academia. Adams found doors closed to him by Christians who would not help him at his darkest hour. 

 

Bobby Lopez, a professor and writer who was canceled both by the left and a Christian university that turned on him, wrote about Adams, “It sickens a person to hear the distorted logic Christians have used to rationalize abandoning people who made sacrifices to defend the Christian faith. One can lose faith in everything as a result of the slow realization that many people who presented themselves as valiant defenders of Christianity were nothing more than phonies, opportunists, egomaniacs, and otherwise horrible people. I can understand why these hard feelings could lead a person to decide that nothing could redeem the pain of continuing to live.” 

 

Thomas says if pastors won’t stand up for their members, parishioners need to find different churches. The powerful Republicans who run the country don’t stand up because of their interest in self-preservation and the fact that Republican voters don’t hold them accountable at the polls. “They settle for the candidate with the best TV ads and cliches,” Thomas says. 

 

He recognizes that “The election of Trump was the first major breakthrough against this apathy.” Thomas recommends starting a program to employ those canceled in academia. “We must meet the left with tactics that are smart, tough and relentless.” 

 

Fighting back hard isn’t for everyone. “The sacrifices of a brave few allow many to enjoy lives of peace and prosperity. Or course, not everyone can find it within themselves the courage to take such a stand for their beliefs.”

 

He ends with strong words for Christian leadership. “To avoid being modern day scribes and Pharisees — those leaders denounced by Christ for collaborating with the Romans for their own gain — Christian ministers, priests and other leaders should remember one of Christ’s explicit injunctions: ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

The docuseries is located at the Liberty Anvil channel on YouTube and Rumble, and includes short films drawing lessons from history, politics, philosophy and other sources on how to withstand and defeat the tyrannical Left. Thomas concludes, “Our founders deserved the freedom they secured. But given our apathy in the face of this onslaught, do we?”

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



 
 
 

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Antisemitic college demonstrators should be expelled

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Jewish students are being assaulted on American and European campuses with a viciousness that is reminiscent of 1938 Nazi Germany. The demonstrators, many of whom are professional agitators in their 40s who have been trained to cause mayhem, scream “kill the Jews” as they physically prevent Jewish students from attending classes. Jewish students were told to “go back to Poland.” In New York City, Jewish students at Cooper Union sheltered in a library while pro-Palestinian demonstrators banged on its glass windows and doors. Protesters at Tulane University assaulted a Jewish student, breaking his nose.

“This truly has been the worst antisemitism crisis on campus that we have seen for a generation,” said Edward Isaacs, president of the Union of Jewish Students in the UK, “and its impacts run deep throughout the Jewish student population.”

With few notable exceptions, college administrators have coddled the demonstrators instead of expelling them for committing assault, destroying university property and creating an unsafe environment. Local police have been told to stand down instead of enforcing the law.

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When it comes to choosing sides between violent antisemitic demonstrators and Jewish students who simply want an education, I am clearly coming to the defense of the innocent students. Instead of hearing angry responses from people who object to the flagrant contempt by the demonstrators for law and order, we have witnessed members of Congress, led by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Cori Bush (D-Minn.), express their demands that police should protect the violent demonstrators.

Omar and Bush have compared police responses after pro-Hamas protests on campus to the so-called Kent State massacre of May 4, 1970, where four students were killed by the Ohio National Guard. The students in that case were protesting against American military involvement in Vietnam. “On the 54th anniversary of the Kent State Massacre, students across our country are being brutalized for standing up to endless war,” Bush tweeted on X. “Our country must learn to actually uphold the rights of free speech & assembly upon which it was founded. Solidarity with our students.”

Are we denying the free speech and assembly rights of the demonstrators? The real question is, should we protect speech when it becomes violent? The answer is straightforward. When violence occurs, it is no longer about protecting free speech—the rule of law must be upheld. “Violence, vandalism, and antisemitic harassment and intimidation are not free speech and those engaging in this behavior should be held accountable,” read a statement from Congressman Adam Schiff’s office.

When it comes to free speech, the pro-Hamas protestors are intolerant of opposing points-of-view. One student at Columbia University made that clear when she expressed sympathy with pro-Palestinian protesters and not with students of opposing views. “At the end of the day,” she said, “I don’t want a relationship with students who don’t support the cause.” Free speech for me but not for thee.

Many of the current crop of demonstrators who are physically assaulting Jewish students, shouting “death to the Jews,” believe they have the right to exercise violence in support of their views and think they should bear no consequences for their violent actions. They are upset at the prospect of being suspended or expelled. Most of them wear keffiyeh and Covid masks, presumably to protect their future Goldman Sachs job prospects.

“I think that the university needs to start with dismissing all their charges against the students if they want to rebuild trust,” said a deluded student at Columbia. Alex Morey, director of campus rights advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, disagreed. “That doesn’t mean that students are immune from the consequences of their actions,” Morey said. “You don’t want to see cops in riot gear descend on peaceful student protests. But if they’re breaking the rules and engaging in civil disobedience … sometimes that’s what has to happen,” she says.

Beating up Jewish students and destroying campus property do not come under the heading of civil disobedience. They constitute a flagrant contempt for law and order. Such activities must be stopped right at the outset. Jewish students across America are terrified, as they should be. They will not feel safe on their college campuses as long as hateful, antisemitic rhetoric, violence or intimidation go unaddressed.

Violent, antisemitic demonstrators deserve to be arrested, put in jail, and then expelled from the university. Campus administrators like Minouche Shafik at Columbia who attempt to negotiate with the neo-Nazis are doing a disservice to our republic. University leaders should take “personal responsibility” for protecting Jewish students on campus, said UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. This is not 1938 and we must not give an inch to the haters.

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator and author of two No. 1 Amazon Best Sellers, AMERICA ON ITS KNEES: The Cost of Replacing Trump with Biden, and THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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Joe Biden’s policies reflect the contempt he and his handlers have for our country. The latest example is Joe’s announcement that he wants to bring thousands of Palestinian “refugees” into the US with a pathway to citizenship. This will certainly include members of the terrorist organization known as Hamas. In what conceivable way does this benefit America? “Whatever hurts America the most,” said author Sean Parnell, “is often where the Biden Administration lands on any given issue.”

According to CBS News, “The Biden administration is considering bringing certain Palestinians to the US as refugees, a move that would offer a permanent safe haven to some of those fleeing war-torn Gaza, according to internal federal government documents.” Which Palestinians? Those “who have immediate family members who are American citizens or permanent residents. Those who pass a series of eligibility, medical and security screenings would qualify to fly to the US with refugee status, which offers beneficiaries permanent residency, resettlement benefits like housing assistance and a path to American citizenship.”

Requiring a connection to “American citizens or permanent residents” is a subterfuge when you consider that activists in Dearborn, Michigan were heard chanting “death to America.” These people, who support Hamas and its terrorist activities, make it likely that we would be admitting Hamas terrorists. It is important to recognize, as pointed out by journalist Katie Pavlich, that the Palestinian Center for Policy Survey and Research found that 72 percent of Palestinian respondents believe that Hamas’ attack on October 7 was “correct.”

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As reported in Townhall, “A ‘path to American citizenship’ would also mean that these people would get to vote, likely one more tactic of how Biden is looking to gain support from the far-left, anti-Israel part of the Democratic Party. The Biden administration would thus not just be bringing over future potential Democratic voters, but be bringing over ones who are among a population that we know supports Hamas and their attack against our ally in the Middle East.”

A wave of commentators condemned Biden’s plans. “We are ruled by malicious traitors,” said Blaze commentator Auron MacIntyre. “Horrifying,” said NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck. “We are a nation committing suicide.”

“Anyone seeing the protests on college campuses right now should not need to be told why ideology matters when conferring the privilege of access to the United States to outsiders,” said Daily Wire reporter Megan Basham. “We do not need more people here whose worldview so clearly clashes with that of the American founding. We should not accept immigrants from among people known to harbor terrorists.”

More than two dozen Republican senators are calling Biden’s policy a national security risk. As reported in The Hill, “The GOP senators doubt that the Biden administration could prevent Hamas-members or other members of a terrorist group from entering the US. ‘We are not confident that your administration can adequately vet this high-risk population for terrorist ties and sympathies before admitting them into the United States,’ they wrote.”

“The open border isn’t enough,” Senate Republicans added. “Now Biden wants to import people who supported the murder and rape of Israelis. Unfortunately, the risk of terrorists entering our homeland is no hypothetical matter,” the senators wrote, citing that in 2023 border officials arrested 169 people on the FBI terror watchlist.

“President Biden consistently undermines our national security with reckless decisions like this,” said Sen. Tim Scott. “We have no clue who is coming into our country, whether on our southern border or from war-torn regions run by terrorists. Not a single Hamas sympathizer should be let into this country.”

The administration kept its intentions secret until this week. No one knew about it. Commentator Mark Levin is angry that Congress did not seem to know about it, or if they did, nothing was done to stop it.

Biden’s anti-American actions prove that he is an infiltrator. Does he do the bidding of Iran or China? The Squad also are infiltrators—they have infiltrated our Congress. They hate America. What sort of country allows this? If he gets another four years, Joe and his Obama/Soros puppet masters will complete the destruction of our country.

“Other insanities aside,” someone tweeted, “this is politically insane. Biden is forcing people to consider voting for Trump. I have every intention of leaving President blank in Nov, but not if Biden insists on opening the doors to a terrorist state.”

Ed Brodow is a conservative political commentator and author of two No. 1 Amazon Best Sellers, AMERICA ON ITS KNEES: The Cost of Replacing Trump with Biden, and THE WAR ON WHITES: How Hating White People Became the New National Sport.

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