There’s often a lot of whining from the atheist “community” about those few states in America where, by “law”, atheists cannot hold public office. Never mind that these laws have all been overturned by the Supreme Court and hold absolutely no legal weight, nor can they be enforced in any way, shape or form. The fact that they exist at all is a travesty. Yet much, much worse can happen, and may happen, in Egypt.
Because Egypt is considering making atheism outright illegal, it would be against the law to not believe in some kind of god. “The phenomenon [of atheism] is being promoted in society as freedom of belief when this is totally wrong,” said Amro Hamroush, head of Egypt’s Parliament’s committee on religion and promoter of the bill. “[Atheism] must be criminalized and categorized as contempt of religion because atheists have no doctrine and try to insult the Abrahamic religions.”
Well hate to say it, but the Abrahamic religions have earned every insult and all the derision they receive. The Abrahamic religions are evil. The Egyptian Committee on Religion is researching how such a law could be implemented, considering there’s no way to determine if someone is an atheist if they don’t openly talk about it.
Now Egypt has had blasphemy laws since 1982, which seek to “promote, through speech, writing, or any other medium, extremist ideas with the aim of spreading discord” or if they “belittle or disdain one of the monotheistic religions or their different sects, or to harm national unity.” Now I’m sure Islamic sects are immune to this law because promoting extremist ideas with the aim of spreading discord is pretty much the definition of a lot of radical Islamic sects. But nah, it just doesn’t apply to them, does it?
So far, no countries out and out ban atheism, although 13 countries do make it a crime to blaspheme against religion, those countries being Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Surprise, surprise, they are all Islamic countries. Islam, as is no surprise, is outright evil.
So what do you think? Certainly, except for Egyptian atheists, none of us will be directly impacted, but is this something that should be accepted? Or is this something that needs to be fought with every tool at our disposal? I pick the latter. Thought-crime cannot be permitted.
This showed up on my radar a while back, where the LAPD said they need more officers to protect people and, predictably, lots of people, particularly on the left, started whining that the police weren’t protecting them and they were expected to protect themselves.
The police do not protect people. They never have. It’s not their job. Police exist to enforce the law. They are reactive, not proactive. They respond when something has already happened, they can’t come arrest someone before they commit a criminal act. They can arrest someone who assaults you, they cannot arrest someone who simply thinks about assaulting you. That’s thought crime and we don’t have that, thank goodness.
But these people seem to have a very bizarre view of the function of police. They seem to think that the police are there to keep them safe so nothing bad ever happens in the first place. That view is not only entirely unrealistic, it’s downright stupid. But what can you expect from the idiots who have no concept of personal responsibility?
It is nobody’s job to take care of you but you. You are responsible for your own safety. You are responsible for reducing your chances of falling victim to violent crime. You are responsible for reducing your chances of falling victim to non-violent crime. It’s all on you, baby, nobody else. Welcome to reality.
When did we lose this view in society that it is other people’s jobs to take care of us and not our own? People don’t want to learn how to drive, they want gadgets in their car to protect them from harm. They want police to stop crime before it happens. They want the banks to catch identity theft before it occurs. They just don’t want to be inconvenienced by anything negative but it’s all someone else’s job to catch, never their own.
I was talking to someone recently and he claimed that the fact that there are so many large payouts in police brutality cases across America proves that there is something seriously wrong with the police in America today. I disagreed. These are all civil cases, not criminal ones. I just think it proves that there are more liberals, or more people with liberal attitudes, sitting on the juries and they are more willing to find for defendants than for police. They haven’t proven objectively that the police have done anything wrong in all of these cases, they are just more willing to hand over money for emotional reasons.
Now I am not, in any way, shape or form, in favor of actual police brutality. I think officers who cross the line and violate the law deserve swift justice and strong retribution, both criminal and civil, as well as being kept from working for the police ever again. Some people are simply not cut out for it and for those who cannot control themselves, they deserve prosecution. But let’s be honest, media outlets are out there looking for stories of police brutality, whether they exist or not, because it sells. There is a certain segment of the population that just laps it up and those people tend to be more left-leaning than right. Especially when it comes to the whole #blacklivesmatter crap, which I’ve certainly talked about before, they don’t seem to care that these black men that are getting shot by the cops are actually guilty of the crimes they are accused of, they just care that it was a black man shot by a white cop and somehow, racism makes the crimes acceptable.
If you want to show that there is a rash of actual police brutality, you’d be able to find a huge number of officers who are being put in prison for killing people without just cause. There are a few, but not many, and that means something. It means that these men and women in blue are doing the job that they are hired to do, there are just a lot of liberals who don’t like the job that they’re supposed to be doing. That’s another matter entirely. If you want to change the job that they’re hired to do, that’s a political issue, one that is solved at the ballot box, not one that is solved in the courtroom. But today, suing someone who isn’t criminally liable, just to get some money out of them and smear their good name, has become fashionable. How someone who is found not guilty of criminal wrongdoing is then found guilty of civil crimes is beyond me. It only happens because the burden of proof is significantly lower in civil cases and you have a lot of people who want to stick it to the man, and apparently have no jobs, who line up to sit on juries. It just isn’t what people assert it is, it’s just people who want to pay someone with someone else’s money because they feel sorry for them. I don’t feel sorry for criminals. It’s really sad that anyone does.
So far, Bill Quigley is 0 for 3 in his reasons why so many black and poor people are in prison. It’s really getting quite comical but he has one chance to pull this out of the liberal morass that he’s quickly sinking in. Let’s see if he can turn it around in this final chapter of his 40 reasons why our jails are full of black and poor people.
For crimes they committed and were convicted of. Are we seeing a pattern here?
Thirty-Four. Everyone can find out people have a record.
Only for serious crimes. Misdemeanors are not searchable. Of course, maybe the solution is just not to have a record in the first place.
Thirty-Five. Race is a multiplier of disadvantage in unemployment for people who get out of prison.
Again, don’t commit crimes, don’t go to prison and you have no disadvantage from it. I wonder why this is something that Quigley never, ever, ever brings up.
Thirty-Six. Families are hurt by this.
It’s typical liberal whining. Families are harmed by things that people make a conscious decision to do, things that if they didn’t do, they wouldn’t have problems, things that if they were responsible and made good life choices, they wouldn’t have problems, yet nothing is ever their fault. Ever.
Thirty-Seven. Convicted people cannot get jobs after they get out.
Then they shouldn’t go in. Actions have consequences. Deal with it.
Indeed we do, but we do it because it’s necessary. If nobody broke the law, if nobody went to prison, we wouldn’t be spending that money. That’s something that liberals refuse to deal with though. They think everyone is a victim. They are wrong. These people are perpetrators.
Thirty-Nine. Putting more people in jail creates more poverty.
No, people making poor life choices creates more poverty. People dropping out of school. People getting involved with drugs and gangs. People having children out of wedlock before they are financially prepared. People committing crimes. People doing stupid things. All of these things create more poverty. The way out is clear. Stop doing stupid shit.
Ah yes, a far left think tank, why am I not surprised? And while they absolutely provide the truth in this quote, they don’t recognize the fact of the matter. Yes, a criminal record will screw up your life. The secret is not to get one. The secret is to live a decent life. It might be difficult. It might be culturally challenging. That doesn’t matter. We all have to make difficult choices every single day. It’s the people who do the right thing, the people who make good choices, those are the people who succeed and better their lives. But liberals don’t care about bettering your life. Everyone is a victim. Nothing is ever your fault. It’s all about pointing fingers at everyone but yourself. That’s why liberalism is so absurd.
Two down, here goes #3 in my series on Bill Quigley’s liberal rant about 40 reasons there are so many black and poor people in prison. He’s failed to come up with anything impressive so far, it’s just empty excuses for why we should ignore the facts and go with emotional platitudes. Maybe this time will be better. No, I don’t think so either.
Twenty-One. Lots of poor people plead guilty.
Yup, lots of black people, lots of white people, lots of rich people, lots of poor people, lots of young people and lots of old people. Again, so what? Is Bill suggesting that these people are too stupid not to do that? That they haven’t been advised by their public defender not to do that if they aren’t actually guilty of the crime? I’m not sure what he’s getting at here.
Twenty-Two. Many are forced to plead guilty.
Forced, huh? At gunpoint? I’d like to see Quigley support that one. Nobody is ever forced to plead guilty. They do it because they are guilty.
Twenty-Three. Almost nobody in prison ever had a trial.
That’s because they chose to plead guilty. Nobody forced them to. They could have had a trial if they wanted. They just knew that the system had them dead to rights and they were actually guilty of the crime they were accused of. Actually, in a lot of instances, there’s a plea deal to keep them from actually being convicted of the real crime they committed, rather they get to plead down to a lesser charge. Personally, I dislike this practice, I think if you commit crime X, you ought to be prosecuted for crime X and if found guilty, imprisoned for crime X. Only being held accountable for crime X-1 is absurd. The only reason they do it is because the courts are overcrowded. Quigley ought to be thankful, not mad.
Twenty-Four. Poor people get jail and jail makes people worse off.
Jail makes everyone worse off. It’s not supposed to be a holiday. It’s supposed to suck. You’re not supposed to want to go there. Is this news?
Twenty-Five. Average prison sentences are much longer than they used to be, especially for people of color.
Really? Please show us the sentencing guidelines that give different lengths for people based on their skin color. This is just ludicrous. Quigley says that drug crimes now bring longer in prison and that 70% of people in prison for drug crimes are black or poor. Again, simple solution, stop dealing drugs. Stop using drugs. Solved your problem right there. In fact, if drug use wasn’t an epidemic among the poor, a lot of them probably wouldn’t be poor to begin with. Yeah, I know, liberals don’t like real world solutions.
And that’s because blacks commit crimes at a greater rate than whites. Remember the FBI statistics that I presented a couple of days ago? Blacks, who make up 12% of the overall American population, commit 49.4% of the murders. They commit 31.3% of the rapes. They commit 56.4% of the robberies. In fact, there are very few categories of crime where they commit less than 12% of the crimes. Across all categories, they commit an average of 28.4% of all crimes of record kept by the FBI. This is not a crime-free bunch, being handed a “Go to jail, go directly to jail, do not collect $200” card. They have earned their treatment by violating the law. I’d like to present similar statistics by economic class but I haven’t been able to find official sources where the FBI or other group is measuring crimes by income. I wouldn’t think that it’s significantly different though, although I welcome actual data to examine that says otherwise.
Twenty-Seven. Almost one of 12 Black men ages 25 to 54 are in jail or prison, compared to one in 60 nonblack men.
And… don’t commit crimes. Yeah, I know, I could just answer that for most of these and take the rest of the day off but that’s too easy. The fact is, there is a ghetto culture in America that has been adopted, not just by poor blacks but by the poor of many racial groups, that has ruined a lot of people. It doesn’t value education. It doesn’t value responsibility. It pushes people into a life of crime, a life of drugs and gangs and single parenthood. If you want to blame anything for the state of the poor in this country, blame that idiotic culture, something that’s pushed by a lot of vocal, and wealthy, black leaders as a means of keeping the poor and downtrodden reliant on them. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have made a mint keeping the black man down. It’s their schtick. Regardless, so long as this poisonous ghetto culture continues, the poor are going to remain victims.
Twenty-Eight. Prison has become a very big private business.
This may be one of the few times in this list I will agree. I don’t think private prisons ought to exist, if we’re going to hold people accountable to the law and put them away, we ought to pay for it directly. Society needs to be just as accountable as the criminals. We need to get rid of private prisons entirely.
Twenty-Nine. The Sentencing Project reports that over 159,000 people are serving life sentences in the U.S. Nearly half are African American and one in six are Latino.
So what? All that means is that an inordinately large number of people that have committed serious crimes, or a string of serious crimes, are black or Hispanic. Welcome to reality. I thought this was supposed to be a list of reasons it was happening unfairly. I haven’t seen one yet.
If they don’t want their families separated, say it with me, they shouldn’t have committed the crimes in the first place. Broken record, I know, but it’s the truth that Quigley refuses to acknowledge. They aren’t taken advantage of, they already screwed themselves over by breaking the law. It’s called consequences. I know that word doesn’t appear in liberal dictionaries.
I really thought that by now, he might have something useful to say but I guess not. All he’s trying to do is make excuses for why black culture and ghetto culture has failed in America. We all acknowledge it, well except for the liberals who would call everything I have to say racism because I’m not giving these people a pass. I hold everyone equally responsible. I expect equal treatment under the law. If you don’t want to end up behind bars, live a responsible life. Like that’s ever going to happen.
With the recent nonsense surrounding Ferguson and other liberal hotspots, I find this news story entirely unsurprising. According to the mayor of Philadelphia, some police officers are getting increasingly frightened of the communities that they are assigned to protect.
Yet the problem isn’t that most cops are crooked and need to be looked upon with distrust, the problem is that lots of citizens have little to no respect for the law or for the people who we have tasked with enforcing it. These are people who are patently anti-social, they care about no one but themselves and if anything bad happens or they even get the feeling something bad can happen, they take to the streets and scream bloody murder.
See, all of these recent cases haven’t been bad white cops out shooting innocent black men on the streets for no reason. That isn’t what happened in a single case. Michael Brown tried to take the gun from a cop. Eric Garner was breaking the law and resisting arrest. Antonio Martin pulled a gun on a cop. In every case, it’s been black criminals breaking the law, acting in a manner contrary to their own well-being and getting shot for it. Yes, it’s a shame when the cops have to use lethal force, but to see the largely liberal public screaming that cops ought to be shot before they ever harm a civilian is absolutely absurd. These cops are not being found guilty of a crime because they haven’t done anything wrong, that doesn’t stop the community from trying them in the court of public opinion. All these communities, and it’s virtually all liberals from what I’ve seen, are ignoring the circumstances of the shootings and only seeing that the dead guy was black and the cop was white and that’s all there is to it. It’s more of that absurd victim mentality that pervades the liberal mind, especially in the black community.
These are not cops that hate their communities, these are communities that hate their cops. In Brooklyn, New York, two cops were brutally murdered in their police car as “revenge” for the police shootings that have happened in recent weeks. The murderer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, murdered his girlfriend and boasted that he wanted to kill cops. After killing officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, he turned the gun on himself. There was a second attempt at a cop shooting in the Bronx that was avoided only because the gun jammed as an unnamed gunman took aim at two police officers. Cops have every right to be afraid of their communities, especially when their communities are cheering attacks on the authorities.
Of course, this wouldn’t be much of a story if the whole premise put forward by these hoodlums is entirely false, which it is. So here’s the actual data. There are 641,208 police officers in the United States, at least as of 1998 when the last study was done. Of those, 87% are white and 11% are black, which for the purposes of this point are all that are relevant. From 1980-2008, black officers were involved in 13% of the justifiable shootings by police. In those shootings, less than 3% of those shot were white and 11% were black. Black officers shoot far more black suspects than white suspects. Is that racism? Nobody on the left will claim so. Further, according to Bureau of Justice statistics, only 1/5000th of 1% of all arrests made nationwide result in the death of the suspect. In the seven years of the study from 2003-2009, there were nearly 98 million arrests made in the United States. Only a minuscule number of those arrests resulted in the death of the arrestee, an average of 1 per every 20,000 arrests. You are four times more likely to be electrocuted in your shower than to be killed during an arrest, yet according to a lot of liberal pundits, police violence is at an all-time high. Nothing could be further from the truth.
According to Policing and Homicide 1976 to 1998, published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and published in March 2001, a disproportionate number of black officers are involved in shootings deemed justifiable in the United States. Remember, I said that blacks made up 11% of the 641,208 officers nationwide, yet they account for more than 17% of all justifiable police shootings. They also, as I mentioned before, are responsible for far more black-officer-shooting-black-suspects than white officers by a wide margin, 32 in 100,000 for black officers vs. 14 in 100,000 for white officers. We see that white-officer-shooting-white-suspects in the same time period is 28 in 100,000, vs. 11 in 100,000 for black officers. Clearly, white officers are not out trying to kill black suspects as “leaders” in the “black community” have claimed. If anything, they should be screaming about black officers because they demonstrably kill more black suspects than anyone else. Of course, black-on-black violence is epidemic in our country, a black man is 6x more likely to be killed by another black man than by a white man, yet the “black community” doesn’t talk about that. There’s no racist angle there to exploit. They can’t play the victim card so they don’t bring it up.
But here’s where things become interesting. According to the studies, young black males murder police officers at a rate 6x higher than young white males do. At the time of the study in 1998, young black males made up less than 1% of the population but accounted for more than 21% of the police murders. And people wonder why cops pay more attention to young black males? Seriously?
The longer this nonsense goes on, the more I wonder if it isn’t better if the cops just pull back from these ghetto neighborhoods and let them all murder each other. It isn’t at all unlikely, studies done of some of the most violent neighborhoods in the nation show that you have between a 1:7 and 1:15 chance of being the victim of violent crime each and every year you spend in these neighborhoods. Take away what law enforcement there is in these areas and there will be blood running in the streets in short order. Hopefully the people who are most likely to attack the police will be the first ones to go, but let’s be honest, if the police did walk away, as they certainly have every reason to do, the black community would be up in arms screaming that they’re not being protected.
The cops just can’t win. Sorry, given a choice between a cop that puts his or her life on the line every day and some career criminals, I’ll take the cop each and every time, without exception. Maybe we need a little gene pool cleaning in this country.
Well, today is Martin Luther King Day and, as you know, I really hate to keep bringing up these things like a broken record but once you start having conversations about a particular subject, it usually turns into fodder for a lot of posts on similar subjects. It happens no matter what kind of subject I’m busy debating, be it Christianity, Islam, free will, sexism, etc. So please indulge me while I bring up a story that came up in a recent discussion that I thought was both tragic and darkly and ironically slightly humorous.
David Ruenzel had made a comfortable life for himself writing about white privilege for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He never missed an opportunity to write about how whites were so bad to blacks and how whites are always going to be racists and white-on-black violence and hatred was endemic. This is something that the Southern Poverty Law Center is infamous for, it’s something they spend a lot of time talking about because, of course, it’s a harbor for extremist liberal thought.
In particular, David Ruenzel held the position that whites were never at risk from black crime, even though the evidence said otherwise and crime statistics in the Oakland area where he lived and worked continued to grow. He figured that his own white privilege made him immune from being attacked or killed by blacks, at least right up to the time when two black men attacked him in a park and killed him.
Unfortunately, liberals like Ruenzel tend to ignore black crime and black racism because their liberal outlook makes it impossible for them to consider that blacks can be just as racist as whites. It’s just not compatible with their Critical Race Theory. Thus I’m sure that when he was fatally shot by two black men, his last thoughts couldn’t imagine that such a thing could happen. After all, black-on-white crime wasn’t possible. Blacks are victims, not perpetrators! Yet he died, having been a victim of the very same black crime he had spent more than a decade excusing.
Certainly I’m not celebrating the senseless death of Ruenzel, every unnecessary death is tragic and my heart goes out to his family, but there’s a certain poetic irony at work here, one that I’m sure will go straight over the heads of my liberal readers. However, there is a problem here that many liberals simply will not acknowledge because it conflicts with their basic worldview. There’s a term that we refer to a view that cannot be changed by evidence and that term is “blind faith”. Atheists among us might remember how well represented that is among theists. Why would they accept it among liberals?
I bring this up on Martin Luther King Day because I feel certain that if King was alive today, he’d be mad at the black community and the liberal community equally. Yes, I could have made a joke about King banging on the lid of his coffin but that would be tasteless. Fully, but tasteless. I honestly don’t think he’d have any respect for where race relations have gone in this country over the past 40 years. He had a dream where things improved. They haven’t improved, blacks have just gotten angry and violent and liberals are only too happy to let them do it and not hold them accountable. In fact, they’re happy to spur them on. The fact remains that blacks are 9 times more likely to be killed by other blacks than they are by whites, yet the media only shines a light on white cops who kill black criminals. The rhetoric is strong but rhetoric doesn’t describe truth, only evidence and reason can do that and the mindless rhetoric of the left has far too little of those qualities.
Can we just admit that there is a problem? Maybe if everyone can acknowledge that there’s an issue to be addressed, we can actually work toward solving it. However, as long as the left remains willfully ignorant of the predicament, how can we ever hope to make it better?