Category Archives: Egalitarianism / Culture Wars

Court Rules WWI Memorial Must be Torn Down

Bladensburg Peace Cross, located at west entrance to city on MD 450.

In Bladensburg, Maryland, there is a memorial to the 49 men from the area who died in WWI. It was erected in 1925 by the American Legion.

The memorial is known as the Peace Cross and is forty-feet in height.

The American Humanist Association is a group representing people who believe in “being good without a god.” They regard the memorial as unconstitutional because it is a religious symbol giving the impression that it is only honoring servicemen who were Christians.

In 2014, they filed a lawsuit which demanded that the memorial is destroyed, changed or taken away. On Wednesday that suit received a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that agreed with their stance. The court ordered the memorial must be taken down because it is shaped like a cross.

According to the ruling, the cross is the “core symbol of Christianity,” and therefore a government-sanctioned memorial in that shape is a breach of the separation of church and state. The court in its 2-1 ruling stated that an observer would conclude from the memorial that the government endorsed Christianity.

The ruling reverses a prior decision in 2015 that determined the purpose of the cross was not primarily religious and that the site had mainly been used to celebrate federal holidays, not religious holidays.

The memorial was placed at the intersection of Route 450 and Alternate US 1. It stands on a rectangular base that has the words Valor, Endurance, Courage, and Devotion inscribed on it.

According to Roy Speckhardt, the executive director of the American Humanists Association, a government war memorial should be respectful to all veterans, not just those from a particular religious group.

Chief Judge Gregory dissented. In a separate document, he wrote that the memorial was dedicated to the character of the deceased soldiers who bravely fought for their country and the liberty of others during the war. He believes that a monument dedicated as such cannot violate the Constitution that those men defended.

The site is owned and maintained by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. They have spent $117,000 maintaining and repairing the monument. The commission was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 1927 to serve the Montgomery and Prince George’s county areas.

The commission has the option of appealing to the Supreme Court. First Liberty Institute lawyer Hiram Sasser said that the ruling was a “dangerous precedent” because it ignores history and could lead to the destruction and/or removal of memorials across the nation. First Liberty Institute and the Jones Day law firm are representing the American Legion in the legal battle.

Michael Carvin is a lawyer for Jones Day. He said that removing the memorial would be a dishonor to those who died in WWI. He added that the memorial has stood for nearly 100 years and is protected by the First Amendment.

The First Liberty Institute is a group from Texas whose mission is “to defend and restore religious liberty across America.” They look to protect religious expression in all areas of US life.

https://m.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/court-rules-wwi-memorial-torn-down.html

Related:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Humanist_Association

Who’s in control of that?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Niose

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Speckhardt

PBS Host Lindsay Ellis: ‘I Get Really Excited About White Genocide’

A Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) host has a long history of anti-white racism and calling for the genocide of white people, evidenced by multiple Tweets sent from her personal account.

“We anti-whites are coming for you,” Lindsay Ellis Tweeted in 2017. “We know where you live.”

She then replied to her own tweet, saying that she gets “really excited about white genocide.”

“It’s going to be the best genocide ever,” according to Ellis. “I made a pinterest board for it.”

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Ellis hosts a show called “It’s Lit!” on PBS.

“It’s Lit! is a series of smart, funny video essays from PBS Digital Studios about our favorite books and why we love to read,” the show’s description says. “Hosted by Lindsay Ellis, the series delves into topics like the evolution of YA, how science fiction mirrors our own anxieties, and why the book is sometimes just a _bit_ better than the movie.”

Her Twitter account is peppered with anti-white Tweets.

“White genocide sounds rad,” she said in 2015. “How do we make it happen sooner?”

https://bigleaguepolitics.com/pbs-host-lindsay-ellis-i-get-really-excited-about-white-genocide/

Leaked Internal Memo Reveals the ACLU Is Wavering on Free Speech

The American Civil Liberties Union will weigh its interest in protecting the First Amendment against its other commitments to social justice, racial equality, and women’s rights, given the possibility that offensive speech might undermine ACLU goals.

“Our defense of speech may have a greater or lesser harmful impact on the equality and justice work to which we are also committed,” wrote ACLU staffers in a confidential memo obtained by former board member Wendy Kaminer.

It’s hard to see this as anything other than a cowardly retreat from a full-throated defense of the First Amendment.

https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/21/aclu-leaked-memo-free-speech

Eli paraphrases the cultural dialogue of our time

SJWs: “we demand equality!”
White males: “Equal rights? Equality before the law? Equal opportunity?”
SJWs: “no, equal everything…”
White males: “How about we just treat everyone as individuals and don’t make any generalizations even if they’re valid. That would really help you out because people might otherwise tend to generalize you unfavorably…”
SJWs: “no we want an equal share of all the goodies.”
White males: “but you don’t do an equal share of the work, or take an equal share of the risks, or have an equal number or quality of ideas.”
SJWs: “what are you saying, that we’re inferior…?”
White males: “no, you can be equal in dignity or whatever, but be reasonable…”
SJWs “racist, we got a racist over here! Bigot! Homophobe!”
White males: “alright, fuck it, you’re inferior.”
SJWs “[autistic screeching]”
White males: “and so is everyone like you…”
SJWs “arghhhhhhhhhh… Patriarchy! Oppression! Structural racism! Check your privilege!”
White males: “no deal, you get nothing.”
SJWs “Toxic Masculinity! White fragility! You’re going to be replaced!”
White males: “You will not replace us!”
SJWs “Wahhhhh. Nazis! Literally Hitler.”
White males: “See Kyle! Motherfuckers…”