Activists Urge Timely Action from Tillerson on Efforts to Save Religious Minorities from ISIS

Catholic leaders and key human rights activists said they were encouraged by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement Tuesday that ISIS is one of the world’s biggest threats to religious freedom and is responsible for genocide, but added the administration must take action in the next few months to save minority religious groups in Iraq.

The State Department released a much-anticipated annual report on religious freedom Tuesday. In the preface to the report, Tillerson made his clearest statement to date that ISIS’s mass slaughter of Yazidis, Christians and other religious minorities constitutes a genocide and vowed that the Trump administration will make the protection of these groups a "priority."

"ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement, and death," Tillerson stated in the preface. "ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims in areas it controlled."

"ISIS is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups, and in some cases against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities," he continued. "The protection of these groups—and others who are targets of violent extremism—remains a human rights priority for the Trump Administration."

Tillerson followed up with a statement he said was aimed at removing "any ambiguity from previous statements or reports by the State Department."

"We will continue working with our regional partners to protect religious minority communities from terrorist attacks and to preserve their cultural heritage," he said.

The religious freedom report assesses the degree of religious freedom in 199 foreign countries and chronicles what the United States is doing to help protect those rights.

Human rights activists and dozens of members of Congress have spent months pressing the Trump administration to firmly declare the ISIS mass murders of ethnic minorities in the region genocide and quickly change the way the U.S. aid is distributed on the ground in Iraq in an effort to save these religious communities from the edge of extinction.

Andrew Walther, vice president of communications for the Knights of Columbus, one of the largest Catholic fraternal organizations in the world, praised Tillerson for his statement and said the survival of these religious minorities now depends on how swiftly the U.S. government can act over the next several months.

"It’s very important that the genocide committed by ISIS continue to be recognized as a serious threat to religious freedom and it continues to be recognized as a genocide, which the secretary clearly has done," Walther said. "The next few months are critical not only to the final defeat of ISIS militarily but also ensuring that their ideology is not successful in removing these minority religious groups."

"If they are defeated militarily but their agenda—their stated purpose [of wiping out other religions]—continues unabated, then even in defeat they would have achieved the ideological win, and a win that will have consequences for generations for pluralism and the makeup of that region that will have worldwide consequences."

The Knights of Columbus have spent years working with the local Catholic archdioceses in Iraq to try to ensure U.S. aid reaches these communities. Christian Iraqis don’t go to refugee camps where U.S. and U.N. aid is distributed out of fear they will be targeted for persecution.

Congress, in several recent appropriations bills, has specifically designated millions of dollars of funds to try to save the groups from extinction, but the State Department has yet to act on those directives.

"There are ways in which these communities have been left out [of U.S. and international efforts to help ISIS victims]," Walther said. "There is a very clear willingness among the political appointees of this administration. It’s just important that it gets executed in a very timely manner."

"Time is not on our side here," he added.

Nina Shea, an international human rights lawyer who directs the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, and other activists recently criticized the State Department, saying it spent months this year removing or preventing the word genocide from being used in official documents or speeches in relation to ISIS persecution of Christians, Yazidis, and other groups in Iraq.

Shea, a former commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, has applauded statements Tillerson and others at State have made to try to respond to the criticism and clarify its position on the genocide issue.

She lauded Tillerson on Tuesday for going further than he has before in stating that ISIS is responsible for genocide in Iraq.

"The secretary’s comments are strong and wide-ranging," she said. "He not only clearly designated ISIS’s genocide but spoke to the immediate crisis of defending the targeted religious minorities and also of the need to act to preserve their culture in the aftermath."

"The last is an urgent issue as their numbers dwindle and their spirits flag from marginalization, not only by their own government but by the U.N., from its aid programs," she added.

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Rebels of Google: Senior Vice President Led BLM Chant on Google Stage

Rebels of Google: Senior Vice President Led BLM Chant on Google Stage

15 Aug, 2017
15 Aug, 2017

An exclusive interview with a high ranking former Google engineer who wishes to remain anonymous reveals more aspects of the company’s politically correct office culture, including senior employees leading a Black Lives Matter chant on stage.

The former Google engineer (alias “Arthur”), worked at Google for several years in a relatively prominent position within the company. Arthur provided Breitbart News with direct insight into the company’s politically correct culture and blatant displays of political affiliations from higher-ups within the company.

When asked if he felt that there was a bias against conservatives at Google, Arthur stated, “Yes. That was the case especially during the 2016 election, but well before that as well. After Trump was elected, there was a mammoth outpouring of anti-Republican and anti-Trump sentiment. There was a meme applauding punching ‘Nazis,’ which had a massive number of upvotes. (I believe the lawyers or HR took that one down.)”

Arthur went on to elaborate on a specific moment saying, “Most memorably, there was an open meeting in Charlie’s (the largest meeting space on campus) where people could deal with their grief at Trump’s election. It was either Ruth Porat (the CFO) or Eileen Naughton (the head of HR) who actually shed tears on stage; my memory was that it was Ruth. At some point in the meeting, she asked everyone to hug the person next to them.”

When discussing the political leanings of Google’s upper management, Arthur pointed out that Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt held fundraisers for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at his home, and attended Hillary Clinton’s post-defeat meeting following the 2016 election.

WikiLeaks also revealed how Schmidt wanted to be “head outside advisor” to the Clinton campaign, and was prepared to “fund, advise, and recruit talent” for Clinton. As early as 2014, Schmidt was feeding campaign ideas to Clinton.

Arthur said that despite this, there was an even more blatant display of political leanings. “the most overt act was during the Trayvon Martin trial,” said Arthur, “where David Drummond, a senior VP who is black, interrupted an all-hands meeting by leading a group of people up on stage chanting ‘What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!’”

This isn’t particularly surprising given that Drummond has appeared alongside BLM activist Deray McKesson on a panel questioning how technology can help social justice,

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Arthur also talked about the number of Google employees supporting a series of petitions that called for the boycott of Breitbart News. Arthur stated, “the only one that I have personal knowledge of was the petition to ban advertising on Breitbart. It got somewhere between 750 and 1000 signatures. There was also a counter-petition that had about 250. In the end, I don’t think the company changed anything.”

Arthur finished our interview with a final thought relating to Google’s decision to cancel their diversity town hall meeting over fear of internal leaks saying,

“Since the town hall meeting was canceled because of people’s fear of ‘doxing,’ here’s a quote from Eric Schmidt, ‘if you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.’”

“All those people said hateful, vicious, threatening things to Damore, and now they’re upset that they’ve become public. Maybe they shouldn’t have said them?”

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News, covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or email him at lnolan@breitbart.com.

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VIDEO – H.R. McMaster: Muslim Terrorist Groups Are ‘Really Un-Islamic,’ ‘Irreligious’

TEL AVIV – In a 2014 speech on the Middle East, embattled White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster claimed that Islamic terrorist organizations are “really un-Islamic” and are “really irreligious organizations” who cloak themselves in the “false legitimacy of Islam.”

McMaster’s comments represent views of Islamic terrorism that are diametrically opposed to those espoused by President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly utilized the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.”

McMaster, who serves in a critical national security position, seems to be minimizing the central religious motivations of radical Islamic terrorist groups who are waging a religious war against Western civilization. Indeed, in his speech, McMaster urged the audience to focus on the “human factors” that he says drive conflict while downplaying any religious motivation.

McMaster was speaking at the 136th general conference and exhibition of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) in a thirty-minute speech reviewed by Breitbart Jerusalem. He addressed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism.

Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of McMaster’s speech [emphasis added]. (Comments begin at the 9:08 mark in the above video):

War is profoundly human. What do all of these conflicts have in common? Of course, there are a lot of differences, right? And we have to be sensitive to local differences and realities that drive conflict. But what you see is you see these really irreligious organizations. These criminal organizations, who cloak themselves in this kind of false legitimacy of Islam. But they are really un-Islamic.

They want to portray themselves as patrons and protectors of aggrieved parties. So their strategy has been to pit communities against each other. Get them to fight each other and then come in as patron and protector and gain control of a chaotic situation and then establish control through brutality, through intimidation. Use control of populations and resources to conduct more attacks, more mass murder of innocent people to drive retribution attacks like you saw maybe these Shia militias conduct this execution in the mosque in Diyala province. That is what they want. They want this kind of cycle of violence to accelerate–to get more and more destructive.

McMaster went on to describe what he believes are the motivators of conflict in the war on terrorism, failing to mention religion:

And so the drivers of conflict is what we have to remember. What is driving a conflict? Sometimes when we look at very quick and easy military solutions to problem sets, we are not thinking about what is the nature of this conflict. What is the nature of this war? What are the human factors? Really, people fight, I think, for the same reasons the Greek philosopher and historian Thucydides identified 2,500 years ago: Fear. Honor. You might say sense of honor. And interest. So understanding those human dimensions and being able to affect them is important, and we have to remember that.

The comments are not the only time McMaster has seemingly denied the Islamic motivations of America’s terrorist enemies. In February, CNN cited a source inside a National Security Council meeting quoting McMaster as saying that use of the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” is unhelpful in working with allies to fight terrorism.

In May, McMaster spoke on ABC’s This Week about whether Trump would use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” in a speech that the president was about to give in Saudi Arabia. “The president will call it whatever he wants to call it,” McMaster said. “But I think it’s important that, whatever we call it, we recognize that [extremists] are not religious people. And, in fact, these enemies of all civilizations, what they want to do is to cloak their criminal behavior under this fall idea of some kind of religious war.”

In the speech, Trump eventually urged Muslim-majority countries to take the lead in “combatting radicalization,” and he referred to “Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.”

Shia and Sunni Islamic terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the Islamic State each openly espouse Islamic motivations, repeatedly cite the Quran, and claim they are fighting a religious war. Some of the Sunni groups are violent offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to create a global Islamic caliphate.

Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda, infamously cited Quranic scripture and was heavily influenced by Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader, ideologue, and Islamic theorist Sayyid Qatb, considered the Brotherhood’s intellectual godfather. Writing in the New York Times magazine in 2003, author Paul Berman dissected the Quranic origins of Qatb’s book Milestones – utilized by bin Laden as a sort of religious guidebook – as being drawn from Qatb’s massive commentary on the Quran, titled In the Shade of the Qur’an.

Hamas’s original charter repeatedly cites the Quran and other mainstream Islamic texts. In March, Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, claimed that “removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle because it appears in the Book of Allah.” Zahar was referring to the entire state of Israel.

While there are legitimate arguments about how much these terrorist groups in some cases may utilize an extremist interpretation of Islam, McMaster is clearly downplaying the transparent religious motivations of America’s terrorism enemies.

Reacting to McMaster’s statements on terrorism, Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, told Breitbart News that he believes McMaster is endangering U.S. national security by seeming to scrub Islam as a motivating factor.

Stated Gaffney, “It is no small irony that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster – a man who wrote a book entitled Dereliction of Duty about malfeasant political interference in the U.S. military’s conduct of a war – is now perpetrating the greatest reprise of such dereliction since Vietnam with his insistence that the wellspring for jihadist terror is not authoritative Islam and its supremacist Sharia doctrine. President Trump must treat such incompetence as a firing offense.”

Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.

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Texas Gov. Abbott Permanently BANS Taxpayer Funded Abortions

Texas Gov. Abbott Permanently BANS Taxpayer Funded Abortions

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new law banning taxpayer funded abortions. “The new law will keep Texans from having to pay for elective abortions through their insurance plans,” reports Lifesitenews.com.

Lifesitenews.com reports:

“As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” Gov. Abbott said. “This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”

HB-214, which the House passed last week and the Senate approved Sunday, applies to “elective” abortions and specifically includes an exemption for cases of medical emergency to save the mother’s life.

“What we’re saying here is: If you want to buy this coverage, you can buy it,” Republican Rep. John Smithee said during the House debate. “This isn’t about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion.”

In the past, Texas law on abortion has faced major headwinds. In June of last year, the Supreme Court struck down a law which would have shut down nearly all of the state’s abortion centers.

Guardian UK reported:

The US supreme court on Monday struck down one of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country and potentially paved the way to overturn dozens of measures in other states that curtail access, in what might be the most significant legal victory for reproductive rights advocates since the right to abortion was established in 1973.

The 5-3 ruling will immediately prevent Texas from enforcing a law that would have closed all but nine abortion clinics. But in a coup for abortion rights supporters, the court also in effect barred lawmakers from passing health measures backed by dubious medical evidence as a way of forcing large numbers of abortion clinics to close.

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the opinion for the majority and was joined by justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Anthony Kennedy, whose support was key to determining if the liberal or conservative bloc of the court would prevail.

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes,” Breyer’s opinion read. “Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access … and each violates the Federal Constitution.”

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Corey Stewart: Violent Left, Antifa Will Be Emboldened by Charlottesville

Corey Stewart: Violent Left, Antifa Will Be Emboldened by Charlottesville

15 Aug, 2017
15 Aug, 2017

Corey Stewart, at-large chairman of the Board of County Supervisors in Prince Williams County, Virginia, spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday regarding his run for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia against Democrat Tim Kaine and discussed media coverage of recent events in Charlottesville.

While pointing out bias in media coverage of Charlottesville events and the lack of condemnation of violence by leftists, along with others, Stewart said, “The left, namely Antifa, is going to get emboldened. They already are.”

“And the left never condemns their own people,” added Stewart. “It’s always the right. We always condemn ourselves.”

Stewart went on, “Not that some of these groups are our own people, but for some reason, we feel obliged to apologize for these neo-Nazis and these KKK guys. We have nothing to do with them.”

“But the left is very, very smart,” he added, “They never apologize for Antifa. And now, because Antifa has essentially gotten away with this, they come across as the good guys, even though they were violent. They’re going to continue to attack conservatives like the attack on Steve Scalise and others. It’s going to happen again.”

Stewart predicted there will be killings of conservatives by “these groups,” in large part because no one is standing up to criticize the violence on the left.

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Americans Emotionally Devastated by Trump’s Election Turn to Professional Cuddling

Americans emotionally devastated by the election of President Donald Trump are turning to an unorthodox form of therapy: professional cuddling.

Rolling Stone recently profiled the Love Dome, an event space in Venice, Calif. that hosts bi-weekly group cuddling meetings. These meetings are put on by Cuddle Sanctuary, an organization that provides group cuddling events, professional cuddling training, and connects interested parties to professional cuddlers.

For $80, clients of "all genders and orientations" are treated to an hour-long session of "hugging, spooning, holding hands, and sharing compassion and kind words" from a professional cuddler on the huggable team, "selected for integrity, professionalism, and clear communication skills."

Rolling Stone described the scene at a cuddle party organized by Cuddle Sanctuary:

Along one wall, participants sit stacked snugly in between another person’s legs, one person using another’s body as a support pillow; in the middle of the room is a spooning train; others sit side-by-side coloring. Just as touch is optional, so is speaking.

According to Cuddle Sanctuary’s website, arousal—a common concern—is not an issue. The organization recommends clients simply "shift positions and move your attention to bring the experience back to platonic."

Here is Cuddle Sanctuary’s founder and CEO, Jean Franzblau, demonstrating what a typical private cuddling session looks like for the UCKYA website:

Since November and the election of Trump, the number of people seeking out professional cuddling services has increased, according to Rolling Stone. Cuddle Sanctuary has gained 252 new clients since Trump was elected. The day after Trump’s victory, Cuddle Sanctuary held a workshop entitled "Election Detox" where five of the 21 attendees were new.

The owners and operators of cuddling services organizations profiled in Rolling Stone all attribute the spike in numbers to trauma associated with Trump’s election.

The co-founder of Cuddle Party, Marcia Baczynski, told Rolling Stone her organization’s work has become a "political" response to the government’s violation of "boundaries" and said Trump is "essentially an abusive asshole." She said her clients feel "triggered by Trump’s actions, history of sexual abuse allegations, and manipulative behaviors." She also likened Trump to an "out of control, abusive father."

"A significant number of those seeking professional cuddling services have experienced abuse, and some see in Trump qualities that remind them of past trauma," Rolling Stone claimed

One client raised the possibility of Trump’s election "subconsciously" driving him to seek out professional cuddling.

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Nearly 100 percent of unborn babies with Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland

Nearly 100 percent of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland, according to CBS News.

In a report from Iceland, “CBSN: On Assignment” said that since screening tests were introduced in the country in the early 2000s, almost 100 percent of women who received a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis terminated their pregnancy. According to CBS, abortion is legal in Iceland after 16 weeks “if the fetus has a deformity.”

While Iceland’s Down syndrome termination rate is high, other countries aren’t far behind. According to CBS News, in France, 77 percent of women who received a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis terminated their pregnancies in 2015 and 98 percent did so in Denmark. In the United States, that rate is estimated to be 67 percent.

CBS News noted that the screening test is only 85 percent accurate.

When Thordis Ingadottir discovered she was pregnant with her third child at the age of 40, she underwent the screening test. The results showed her odds of having a child with Down syndrome were only 1 in 1,600. Ingadottir’s daughter Agusta, who is now 7, was diagnosed with Down syndrome after her birth in 2009.

Ingadottir told CBS News that Agusta was one of only three children born with Down syndrome in the country that year. In contrast, according to the National Down Syndrome Society, about 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born each year in the United States.

Ingadottir has since become an activist fighting for the rights of people with Down syndrome in Iceland.

“I will hope that she will be fully integrated on her own terms in this society. That’s my dream,” Ingadottir said of her daughter. “Isn’t that the basic needs of life? What kind of society do you want to live in?”

Geneticist Kari Stefansson, the founder of deCODE Genetics, a company that studies the Icelandic population’s genomes, told CBS News: “My understanding is that we have basically eradicated, almost, Down syndrome from our society — that there is hardly ever a child with Down syndrome in Iceland anymore.”

Stefansson said the Down syndrome termination rate “reflects a relatively heavy-handed genetic counseling” in the country with a population of around 330,000.

“And I don’t think that heavy-handed genetic counseling is desirable. … You’re having impact on decisions that are not medical, in a way,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with aspiring to have healthy children, but how far we should go in seeking those goals is a fairly complicated decision.”

Helga Sol Olafsdottir counsels women who have a pregnancy with a chromosomal abnormality at Landspítali University Hospital in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. She told CBS News that she tells women, who are wrestling feelings of guilt about the decision to abort, that “This is your life — you have the right to choose how your life will look like.”

“We don’t look at abortion as a murder,” Olafsdottir said. “We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication … preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder — that’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is gray.”

Actress Patricia Heaton criticized the report, tweeting that “Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They’re just killing everybody that has it.”

“Big difference,” she noted.

Other Twitter users criticized the report as well:

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GOOD TRUMP: Economy Continues To Boom, Sales Up

Despite all the ongoing chaos, the economy continues to grow, thanks to the pro-business nature of the Trump administration.

According to the Department of Commerce, retail sales increased by 0.6% in July, the highest increase in seven months and exceeding the 0.4% figure forecasted by economists. When automobile and gasoline sales are taken out of the equation, retail sales increased by 0.5%.

Here is Reuters‘ breakdown of the specific retail sales:

Retail sales in July were also buoyed by a 1.2 percent increase in receipts at building material stores. That followed a 1.1 percent gain in June. Sales at online retailers vaulted 1.3 percent in July, the largest gain since December 2016, likely buoyed by Amazon.com’s (AMZN.O) Prime Day promotion.

Sales at restaurants and bars rose 0.3 percent. Receipts at sporting goods and hobby stores also increased 0.3 percent.

But sales at electronics and appliance stores slipped 0.5 percent last month. Sales at clothing stores fell 0.2 percent after rising 0.7 percent in June. Clothing retailers are struggling with falling traffic in shopping malls and increased competition from Amazon and other online retailers.

Additionally, there was a 1.2% increase in automobile sales, likewise the biggest increase in seven months.

The retail sales figures for June and May were each revised from a 0.2% decrease to a 0.3% increase and from a 0.1% decrease to remaining even, respectively.

The dollar also increased by 0.47% to 93.90, putting the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in September.

The engine behind the latest economic growth figures has been consumer spending, which was at 2.8% in the second quarter of 2017. However, the savings rate declined to 3.8% from 6.2% from the second quarter of 2015, suggesting that some consumers are having to borrow to fuel the spending.

Still, the latest retail sales and dollar index numbers combined with the over 200,000 jobs created in July shows the economy is steadily improving thanks to the economic stability under President Trump, largely stemming from the quiet dismantling of onerous regulations. Good Trump indeed.

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WATCH: ‘Cowards’ Remove Confederate Statues, Says Black Fmr. Dallas Councilwoman

WATCH: ‘Cowards’ Remove Confederate Statues, Says Black Fmr. Dallas Councilwoman

15 Aug, 2017
15 Aug, 2017

A black former Dallas city councilwoman joined with Confederate history organizations to oppose the tearing down of statues honoring the historical figures from the past.

Former Dallas city councilwoman Sandra Crenshaw told a local CBS reporter, “I’m not intimidated by Robert E. Lee’s statue. I’m not intimidated by it. It doesn’t scare me.”

“We don’t want America to think that all African Americans are supportive of this,” Crenshaw said. She expressed that she believes the thoughts of those wanting to tear down these statues are “misguided.”

“Some people think that by taking a statue down, that’s going to erase racism,” she explained.

She is now joining with Buffalo Soldier historians and Sons of Confederate Veterans groups to protect the statues that many seek to tear down.

A current member of the Dallas City Council disagrees. “What we don’t do is leave up a monument that celebrates the very idea that some of us are not equal to the others,” Councilman Philip Kingston told CBSDFW. “These monuments distort history, they don’t teach history.”

Skylar Craig, an Austin, Texas, resident, told CBSDFW he believes Confederate statues must remain in place. “It’s a part of history. And even if it’s a bad part of history, it’s something you have to remember,” he expressed.

Crenshaw has a personal link to these historical markers. We found out that we are the children of the sons and daughters of the Confederacy,” she explained.  “I call the people out here fighting to remove statues … I call them cowards.”

Dallas historian, Dr. Michael Philips, disagrees with Crenshaw.

“I find Ms. Crenshaw’s comments peculiar, particular after what happened to Charlottesville,” Philips explained. “The man who ran over the counter-demonstrators was shaped by this.” He is calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the Dallas area and the renaming of Dallas schools named after Confederate leaders.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has yet to weigh in on the issue, saying he will hold a press conference later this week.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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Sheriff: I’ll Prosecute People Who Pulled Down Confederate Memorial Statue

After a Durham, North Carolina, monument of a Confederate soldier holding a rifle was pulled down by protesters on Monday, Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said Tuesday his office will seek charges against the protestors.

The statue, erected in 1924 outside the county courthouse, had the inscription, “in memory of the boys who wore the gray.”

Andrews stated, “Collectively, we decided that restraint and public safety would be our priority. As the Sheriff, I am not blind to the offensive conduct of some demonstrators nor will I ignore their criminal conduct. With the help of video captured at the scene, my investigators are working to identify those responsible for the removal and vandalism of the statue.”

Takiyah Thompson, 22, who claimed she is a member of the Workers World Party, a group that helped organize the protest, told ABC 11 she climbed the ladder to put a nylon rope around the statue to enable others to topple it. She added, “I feel like it’s important to tear down these vestiges of white supremacy.”

One of the organizers of the protest, Loan Tran, told WNCN, “It needs to be removed. These Confederate statues in Durham, in North Carolina, all across the country. When I see a confederate statue in downtown Durham, or really anywhere, it fills me with a lot of rage and frustration.

Gov. Roy Cooper, assuming the statue should be removed, tweeted:

Durham Police stated:

The DPD is aware that a Confederate monument was toppled at the old Durham County courthouse. Because this incident occurred on county property, where county law enforcement officials were staffed, no arrests were made by DPD officers.

Early Tuesday morning, Durham County issued a statement; it did not mention the statue-toppling:

Our elected officials and senior staff understand the unrest in our nation and community, particularly following the senseless acts that took place in Charlottesville, VA. We share the sentiments of many communities around the nation that admonish hate and acts of violence as we believe civility is necessary in our every action and response. Governmental agencies dedicated to public safety will continue to work collectively to ensure Durham remains a community of excellence where all of our residents can live peacefully, grow and thrive.

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