Billboard guilt-trip campaign in Tennessee

Long after the citizens of Shelbyville, TN were kept in the dark about how their city had become a magnet for Somali refugees and long after the local newspaper, the Times-Gazette, ran its now nationally distributed series on the influx of refugees and how they aren’t joining the community, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition begins a public relations campaign to make people feel guilty. 

As if a sign campaign is going to make everything o.k.  Go here and check it out.

New billboards at the entrances to Shelbyville are intended to educate the community about immigrants and their contributions.

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) kicked off its Welcoming Tennessee Initiative in Shelbyville by placing the billboards and is planning other events in the next few months to help bridge the wide gap that exists between the community and newcomers of different nationalities.

TIRRC was formed in 2001 around a campaign to support a bill that would increase immigrant access to driver’s licenses. The group is made up of immigrants, refugees and U.S.-born supporters.

Catalina Nieto, public awareness coordinator for TIRRC, said the public relations campaign is being done “to educate the Shelbyville community about their new neighbors. There are many things that they contribute, to the economy and the culture and the city in general.”

They just don’t get it.  If tens of thousands of refugees are being settled in the US each year, the communities in which they are to be resettled need to be consulted in advance.  Not guilt-tripped with a sign campaign after everyone is pretty angry.  Oh brother!

Let us know if your state is doing this, and probably with your taxes!

For more on our on-going coverage of Shelbyville, TN, just type Shelbyville in our search function.


If Utah murder suspect is a Muslim….

On Monday they buried 7-year-old Hser Ner Moo,  a Burmese Karen (Christian) refugee girl.   500 mourners, including the governor of Utah, attended her funeral.  The little girl who loved school and wearing pink clothes, had allegedly been raped and beaten to death by a 21-year-old refugee from the same camp in Thailand.

A week to the day after she disappeared, an estimated 500 mourners, including Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and his wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman, attended her funeral Monday at the South Salt Lake LDS Haven Ward Chapel.

The number of mourners was perhaps larger than Utah’s entire Burmese refugee community to which she belonged.

In the same paper on Tuesday, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the murder suspect faces the death penalty.  

Seven-year-old Hser Ner Moo apparently tried to fight the man who allegedly beat, raped and strangled her last week at a South Salt Lake apartment complex. 

An autopsy revealed she was clutching hair in her right hand similar to that of accused killer Esar Met. And the autopsy showed Hser Ner Moo had been beaten about the head, neck, and torso. Some injuries were consistent with strangulation or suffocation.

That information and more – including evidence of sexual assault and a bloody footprint matching Esar Met – was included in documents charging the 21-year-old with aggravated murder. The crime is punishable by death.

But, no reporter seems to have the guts to go beyond this standard superficial reporting.   

And, yes, before someone pounces and tells me that white American guys are also rapists and murderers, I’m not saying they aren’t.   I am saying that maybe this terrible tragedy could have been averted, and someone now needs to look deeper.

From a reliable source, someone who works with the camps in Thailand, we have heard that Burmese Muslims get into the camps and tensions run high with the Karen people, then our naive (at best) US State Department and the contractors who resettle them in the US place them in the same neighborhoods.  In this case they were placed in the same building.

We have it from those same sources that Met is a Muslim, and we suggest reporters begin to do some serious work on this case, if there are any investigative minds out there!   For those of you saying, it doesn’t matter if he is or isn’t, it does.  It matters because resettlement agencies need to start facing the reality of the tensions in the world and be sensible about what refugees can be placed together.   We also need to ask why are we bringing all these single men in the refugee program.

The proponents of refugee resettlement can’t be running some grand experiment in multiculturalism at the expense of children like Hser.

P.S.   If it turns out I’m wrong  I’ll admit it.   But, someone first needs to find out the truth about how the murder suspect, Esar Met, came to be living in America in the same building with this little girl.

Note: See our earlier coverage of this story here.




Polygamy in the news, do we have a double standard?

With all the attention these days on rounding up Christain polygamists in Texas  (See the latest here)….

I’m anxious to see when we will begin rounding up the Muslim polygamists which we have written about on several occasions.

And, speaking of double standards, note that taxpayers of Minnesota are funding a Muslim religious school (hat tip:  Janet) to benefit Somali refugee kids among others near Minneapolis.   See excellent investigative reporting from Katherine Kersten in the Minneapolis Star Tribune yesterday here.