Monthly Archives: February 2013

Burqa Day in Texas

imagesLast week, a teacher at Lumberton High School had the girls in her class wear the hijab.  The ensuing debate pitted multicultural education against “traditional” American values.  As usual, the outraged parents came off as uncultured Christian bigots – Texans, for short.

Jeremiah wonders if there are any feminists on staff at Huffington Post.  To a feminist, this activity sounds like plain child abuse.  What if, next week, this teacher makes your daughter wear hot pants and high heels?

This is really a lesson on how women are objectified by different cultures around the world.  Note that boys were not included in the exercise.  To be clear – if a woman wishes to wear the veil, heels, or combat boots, that’s her choice alone.  This is the relevant American value, and we all should defend it.

Gaffes like this show that the multicultural movement is not really about equal and unbiased study of all cultures.  Imagine the outrage if some teacher made her Muslim students take off their hijab – strictly for education, you understand.  Go ahead.  Try that in your classroom.


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Extrajudicial Killing

During the Bush administration, we had illegal wiretaps, detention without trial, and torture.  Do you remember the infamous DOJ memo defending torture?  At the time, people said that if America abandoned our own principles in order to fight the terrorists, then the terrorists would already have won.

Well, the Guantanamo prison is still operating in 2013.  New admissions are off, though, because the Obama administration has replaced “detention without trial” with – you guessed it – death without trial.

NBC News has obtained a new DOJ memo, this one defending the use of “extrajudicial killing.”  We hope that the news media pursue this outrage as vigorously as they did the earlier one.  Jeremiah feels an uncomfortable sense of continuity – new president, same old police state.

A Justice Department white paper argues that the government has the right to carry out the extrajudicial killing of American citizens [whom] the government believes are affiliated with a terrorist organization.

Like its forerunner in the Bush administration, this doctrine is aimed – so to speak – at bearded American citizens hanging out in Waziristan.  However, a close reading shows that anyone, anywhere, can be summarily executed, so long as “an informed high-level official” says you’re a terrorist.

If you are now urgently rereading your Bill of Rights, “due process” is in the Fifth Amendment and “public trial” is in the Sixth.  Silly document, that – parchment, and all –  extrajudicial killing is justified by the war on terror, which is a little funny because CNN says that al Qaeda is on the back foot.

Over the last ten or so years, our government has arrogated to itself unprecedented powers to spy on its own citizens, to arrest and detain them without trial, to torture them, and now to murder them outright.  This is not the America we were born to.  The terrorists have won.

See also: Justice Department’s White Paper on Targeted Killings

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