Oklahoma, Islamic religion, and the First Amendment

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Oklahoma Representative for Ardmore, Pat Ownbey, was asked whether he thought Islam was a religion that should have First Amendment protection after posting a local writer’s essay on facebook that seemed to suggest otherwise. The post said that Islam was not a religion, Muslims shouldn’t be granted First Amendment religious protections, and because our political leaders didn’t appear willing to protect us we may have to take matters into our own hands.

Representative Ownbey’s response was not a resounding “yes” to the question. Instead, he said: “That’s an interesting question,” “Frankly, I haven’t done the studying on the Islamic religion to know everything there is to know about it, so to speak at it from an expert opinion would not be right for me to give you a particular opinion, unless I was jumping in there and doing a lot of research on it.”

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November Prediction for Oklahoma

Trump will win Oklahoma–sadly enough. However, he will lose the race overall. Oklahoma is Trump safe zone. That being said, the state is on the verge of becoming a GOP dictatorship with a proposed bill in the state legislature dealing with the election of our judiciary. If that were to go through, Fallin would be in charge of the governor’s office, the legislature, and the judiciary. That’s still in the works.

However, in Nov. some of the State questions on the ballot in Oklahoma are the real totalitarian things of nightmares, if passed I hope they will be challenged and thwarted. If the judiciary thing were to go through next year or sometime in the future, conceivably, there would be no great decent way to challenge them in the future.

That leads us to State elections, there are the seats we have to fill. Hopefully, we will fill them with sane people who love Oklahoma. Adding good people to Oklahoma seats will help in a big way. Anyway, rest assured that Trump will not be the next president of the United States. I just wish we all could get together to challenge the GOP and the Libertarian party in Oklahoma in a better way.

 

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Law and Order Christians

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“Law and Order” was a dog whistle used by the Nixon campaign in its well documented Southern Strategy to take the White House. It was heard by many, especially in the South, as a way of putting black people back in their place. If the concepts and practice of law and order are used to provide equality of opportunity and equal protection under the law, then they are an important basis for a flourishing society, but that was not what Nixon was appealing to. He and his advisors knew the message that an emphasis on law and order would send to white conservative voters, especially in the South. It was a law that protected the interests of white male supremacy and order that kept inequality in place. Sadly, that legacy continues to this day.

“Law and Order” Christians are also using similar language to keep persons who are LGBTQIA in…

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Gary Johnson is Worse than Donald Trump

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Since Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, I’ve heard a number of Sanders supporters indicate that they’re considering supporting Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s nominee. We need to nip this in the bud right now. Gary Johnson is by far the most reactionary and right wing candidate in the race, especially on economic issues. I didn’t write him a candidate evaluation because in 2012 he received less than 1% of the vote, but a recent poll says 10% of Sanders supporters are now willing to support Johnson. If you are a Johnson supporter or you know someone who is, there’s some important information about Johnson and the Libertarians that everyone needs to know.

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Oklahoma Calling on Congress to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

OKLAHOMA CITY – A coalition of business and community leaders in Oklahoma is calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Supporters launched the Reasons to Reform campaign Tuesday as part of a national effort to encourage Congress to work toward simplifying citizenship guidelines and creation of a guest worker program. Republican state Sen. Brian…

via Oklahoma coalition calls for national immigration reform — KFOR.com

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Charter schools and Oklahoma

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I saw a post last week that the Oklahoma government was considering an investigation into radical Islamic terrorism in the state. I was also listening to the BBC news recently in their discussions about the Turkish coup and how Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, was accused of being involved with the coup. Even though he denies this, he is still considered a “controversial” person and is supposed to be involved with a number of “questionable” charter schools across the United States. Oklahoma was specifically named in the BBC program. I couldn’t grasp the gist of what they were saying at the time but I found this article which explains more. Apparently in 2015, the Center for Security Policy named four Gulen-affiliate charter schools in Oklahoma.

I quote from the article:

“The Turkish government accused Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen of organizing Friday’s failed military coup. While the reportedly…

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Watch it: Colonia

In 1973, Daniel and Lena, a young German couple, become entangled in a Chilean military coup at a time when supporters of deposed President Salvador Allende are getting rounded up by the military under General Augusto Pinochet. wiki

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