Colombus, Ohio Somalis complain about census

A group of Somalis held a press conference today to complain that the census forms are not in their language and by golly they need to be counted because their political power is growing!  Did you get that!  The census is all about competing groups wanting their piece of the American pie.  Truth be told, that is how the census has been selling itself—fill out the forms so your group will get its fair share of the government goodies!

From the Columbus Dispatch:

About three dozen Somali leaders gathered today to complain that census forms aren’t distributed in their language and the government isn’t doing enough to make sure that members of their community are counted.

“We need to know the real numbers of Somalis in Columbus because our population is growing and has a powerful impact on the community,” said Hawa Siad, executive director of the Somali Women & Children’s Alliance, which organized the press conference at the Global Mall on the North Side.

The groups complained that the U.S. Census Bureau hasn’t done enough to educate the Somali community about why it is important to fill out the form.

They said the census should be available in more than six languages that it is currently available. And they said the Census Bureau hasn’t hired any local Somalis to go door to door in their communities, talking to individuals who have failed to return their forms.

Census officials said they have spent more than a year presenting workshops to Columbus’ Somali community explaining why the census is done and how it should be filled out.

Nevertheless, census officials are now hiring locals to find out why the Somalis aren’t getting those forms filled in.

Don’t you think its funny that they know how to call a press conference but can’t fill out the forms.

Lindsey Graham says “immigration reform” dead for this year

Maybe, maybe not, but we’ll take if for now.  Thanks to Susan for sending this story from The Hill.   Senator Graham (R-SC) says that the healthcare debate has “poisoned the well.” 

Let’s now hope that Michael Steele doesn’t see any need to meet with the agitators who sat-in at RNC headquarters recently.  You can bet the DNC would have called the cops if there had been 75 conservatives who parked themselves inside DNC headquarters.

Comment worth noting: the German approach to society

We received the following comment from “Whatever” in response to a post from January on a German home-schooling family receiving asylum in the U.S.:

The reason why the Germans are so against home schooling is because they have a different philosophy. Germany is a free country, yet is has gun control. That is not a contradiction, as Germans can move about more freely, knowing their fellow citizens are most likely unarmed. It creates a far less hostile environment and the death toll, in percentage, is lower.

As for the mandatory public school system, its main goal is to ensure that each child is granted its right to access unprejudiced knowledge based on facts, proof, and reason. In other words that what is understood under the term “natural sciences”.

There is also religious freedom in Germany. You may raise your child in any religion you choose, as long as the child’s human rights are not offended. German schools are obligated to teach Religion and the child has the right to choose which course it wishes to participate in, may it be Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, or interested in general ethics or philosophies.

The reason that these parents left for the USA is because they wanted to teach their child solely a creationist world view, which is not based on empirical data. The place for this theory would have been the appointed Religion class, in which arguments could be held and views could be shared. But to withhold scientific evidence and conclusions from a child is considered a violation of human rights, at least to the Germans. Because of this, the Germans have decided that in order to ensure the children’s free access to knowledge, private schooling may only be an addition to publish schooling, but it may never replace it.

I hope this helps understand the German approach.

“Whatever” then apologized for typos, and added:

Sorry for so many postings, but what I forgot to mention was the very important right of children to attend religious schools. But these schools are of course also subject of a curriculum, but the religious schools of course integrate their views into their science teachings, which does cause some unrest. It is very mild though, no real disapproval is common among Germans.

I commented:

Thanks for your comment, Whatever. Coincidentally, I just had the European view of society explained to me by my daughter, who was engaged to a Belgian for a while, or rather an American who grew up in Belgium. He found Americans’ “individualism” very abrasive. And he defined individualism as any outright disagreement. He saw all people as connected, almost one organism, so that they should work things out by gently working toward a consensus. This is a very alien concept to Americans, who like to work things out by firmly stating their views and arguing about them.

There is a fine article in the current Touchstone Magazine ( showing that we reach spiritual maturity by wrestling with spiritual matters as Jacob wrestled with the angel from God. Without wrestling with issues we do not grow. And applying that to political life, I think this is why Europeans are childlike — they refuse to wrestle with anything, and do not grow up. They have expected the United States to be their parent, protecting them from enemies. This is not possible any more, and they will have to grow up or be destroyed. This is the reason for the huge reaction against Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, putting him on trial for hate speech because he identified Europe’s enemy, radical Islam.

And I add:

My comment is a generalization about Europeans, of course, and does not apply to everybody. The Brits are not really Europeans, and have a great tradition of open disagreement. Watch the C-SPAN broadcast of the House of Commons sometime to see it. The French like to argue, and so do Italians. It is more the northern Europeans who are like this, and with the Muslim influx many citizens are not so happy about not being able to speak up, and having to accommodate everybody.

Open borders activists bullied RNC into meeting with them!

Now imagine if this had been 75 Tea Party activists sitting in at the DNC headquarters, it would be a front page story about violence and intimidation at the Washington Post and New York Times!  I hadn’t even heard about this until I found it at some Open Borders blog!   This is who FIRM represents!  (Refugee agencies too!)

From Standing FIRM “Activists Shut down RNC:”

While everyone was still riding high on the wave of excitement from the March for America, there was a group of 75 activists that woke up that next morning ready for more.

Early Monday morning, the group of youth, faith leaders and immigration advocates entered the Republican National Committee (RNC) headquarters with one goal: a meeting with RNC Chairman Michael Steele about GOP support for immigration reform.

The group quietly and peacefully walked into the headquarters and staged a sit-in, praying, singing and sharing stories while RNC employees tried their best to ignore them and go about business as usual.

They bullied Michael Steele into a meeting!

And we won. Eventually, we got a hold of RNC Deputy Director of Coalitions Manuel “Manny” A. Rosales, who talked to Steele. Steele agreed to a meeting on March 31st with 6 of our representatives from around the country.

Learn all about what happened and who sponsored the March on America, here.

Comment worth noting: USCCB bearing false witness

This is a comment we received yesterday at this older post.  However, it also relates to the post I wrote three days ago about Glenn Beck and the Lutherans.  The comment from ‘momoseven’ reflects views we have expressed here on many occasions about the nature of charity. (See also momoseven’s blog here)

The Pharisees Bear False Witness – The Perversion of Social Justice

The recent controversy surrounding radio talk show host and television personality Glenn Beck’s assertions about the meaning of social justice has me confused. Why are Christian leaders like the Reverend Jim Wallis bearing false witness against Glenn Beck? Before criticizing or slandering him, they should read the full transcript containing the statements in question from the show (that can easily be found on; and they may, consequently, find themselves guilty of rash judgment. Beck didn’t tell people to abandon their religion or faith denomination. He did, however, encourage people to leave individual parishes if said parishes touted a social justice teaching that aligns itself with the progressive movement and socialistic teachings. There is abundant truth in his admonition. Perhaps that’s why it struck a nerve and evoked such a strong response from people like the Reverend Jim Wallis.

I, for one, am grateful to Glenn Beck for shining a spotlight on this issue that is in much need of our scrutiny. Much evidence suggests that the social justice teaching espoused in the majority of churches today does not comport with Christian Truth. It is, all too often, a proselytization of socialistic and progressive policy wrapped in a distortion of the Gospel and the Truth.

As a devout Catholic, I have witnessed firsthand the hypocrisy of the social justice movement. In my opinion, it has been a scourge on Christianity and, in particular, the Catholic Church; a perversion of Truth that has had far-reaching consequences.
One only need search the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to see evidence of this at work. Just last fall, a scandal was uncovered in the social justice arm of the USCCB known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), whose mission, according to their website is “to address the root causes of poverty in American through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations, and through transformative education.” The CCHD annually holds a nationwide fundraising campaign in November for the purposes of supporting the above endeavors. A report on funding practices issued by the Bellarmine Veritas Ministry (BVM) a self-described “Catholic grass-roots organization ministry dedicated to the truth and action” found that the CCHD was funding such organizations as The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), The Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP), and Young Workers United (YWU). Contrary to Catholic teaching, these organizations support and promote abortion, contraception, same-sex marriage, and legalized prostitution.

I watched in anguish as some of my Catholic brothers and sisters were led astray by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ complicity, or willful ignorance, in shaping the current healthcare legislation that from every angle, with or without an abortion amendment, amounts to anti-life legislation. The U.S.C.C.B. continues to lobby for other progressive legislation such as immigration reform that would grant amnesty to approximately 12 million illegal immigrants. The enactment of this legislation would serve to cripple our economy and adversely affect the lives of millions of Americans. Does it not bring into question the possibility that our shepherds may be sacrificing their own flock’s physical, economic, and even spiritual well being on the altar of social justice? This gives further evidence of the social justice movement run amuck in the name of Christianity.

We are like sheep being led to the slaughter by the very shepherds who should be protecting us. To me the timeliness of it all is no coincidence; it seems appropriate that this controversy should play itself out during Lent, the holiest season of the Catholic/Christian calendar year. Are our shepherds and religious leaders, in working with legislators to fundamentally transform our country, selling us out to the government for “thirty pieces of silver”?

There is no justice of any kind without Truth. Jesus Himself said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. Oftentimes, people who purport to be promoters of social justice align themselves with progressive principles that, by their very nature, have no regard for God, Truth, or the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. All too often, these self-professed seekers of social justice use a false interpretation of Scripture to further their own political agenda on such issues as gay marriage, illegal immigration, abortion, global warming, euthanasia, and, currently, universal healthcare legislation.

To be true conduits of social justice, one must begin with the Truth and end with the Truth. We must understand that individual human rights come from God, not from government, and they are rooted in Natural Law. As the Declaration of Independence says, “We have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.

Consequently, promoters of government imposed social justice, even our own religious leaders, seek to deprive the rest of us the opportunity to grow in the virtue of charity. As Christians we have an obligation to care for the poorest among us, to practice charity through the corporal works of mercy – to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. But true charity and social justice must emanate from our own free will. The bishops and religious leaders who preach government mandated social justice abdicate their Christian duty to practice, and cultivate within their flock a desire to live out, the Christian virtue of charity. It is not the role of government to legislate charity. In so doing, they are stealing from us an inheritance greater than what they see as a right to healthcare.

A government enforced social justice is an injustice to all – rich, poor, young, old, feeble, and strong alike. Christians and all Americans of faith and good will who look to government to legislate social justice are in grave error. They are allowing themselves to be the “useful idiots” of those with an insidious agenda. Again, this was made manifest as we watched the USCCB and groups like the Catholic Health Association or the Evangelical Sojourners who, in the name of Christian charity and social justice, colluded with politicians in a government takeover of our healthcare system. Contrary to what they profess, healthcare is not a right. Our rights come from God, not government, and they are rooted in Natural Law.

Rather than promoting universal healthcare and amnesty for illegal aliens, our religious leaders, by example, should be promoting Truth and obedience to the Seventh and Tenth Commandments – namely, Thou shall not steal and Thou shall not covet thy neighbors goods. To our own great peril, however, their zeal for social justice blinds them and, in their own minds, overrides their obligation to the Faith and the faithful.

A compass for social justice must center on three principles – namely, 1) a dedication to the Truth, 2) a respect for Life at all stages, and 3) a respect for the God-given gift of individual free will. Their enthusiasm in supporting universal healthcare legislation is evidence that they have abandoned these principles and, consequently, their flock. This is a perversion of the Gospel; and it is a disgrace.

Scripture says, “God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God.” 1 Corinthians 26-29.

The truth of the matter is that both our legislators and religious leaders have sold us out. They slander and bear false witness against Glenn Beck and the rest of us who try to bring truth in this regard. They ignore the will of the people, dismissing those who protest as those who count for nothing.

I am not a community organizer or a union member or a religious leader of prominence. I am not a politician, a Washington insider, or a member of the mainstream media. What I am is a mom who loves and wants to protect and defend my God, my family, my country, and my Constitution. Those in authority, in both our government and our churches, may discount me as misinformed, insignificant, or merely naive about the issues at hand. But, my compass is God-centered, leading me to seek and speak the Truth in all things, to respect life at all stages, and to protect my God-given gift of free will. It compels me to defend the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, tenets of the American dream that have made our country so great and so blessed.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them.” Mt. 7:15-16

I implore all citizens of faith and good will, heed Glenn Beck’s warning. Just as we are determined to hold our elected officials accountable, we must also hold our religious leaders accountable, who purport to speak for us in the name of a distorted sense of social justice. They do not! We must begin to speak out against this injustice. We must inform our fellow parishioners, our neighbors, family members, and friends of the true meaning of social justice and encourage them to join with us in setting the record straight in this regard.

The Pharisees bear false witness. “By their fruits you will know them.” Mt. 7:16

For new readers arriving here for the first time, all of this relates to refugees because the USCCB is one of the largest, if not the largest, of the federal refugee resettlement contractors. For the refugee program they receive 95% of their funding from the taxpayer, from you!  The program originally called for a public-private partnership where they would put up much of their own money.  (It is my view that there should be no public funding of these quasi-religious non-profits.)

Adding insult to injury, refugees, as we chronicle every day, are suffering having been left in the lurch in American cities by the federal contractors. Citizens of  those cities are stressed from the overload of immigrants in need of services and having difficulty assimilating.    And, now we learn that the USCCB has become deeply entwined with government (the US State Department even pays for its DC office!) and with  progressive political agitation —using your money—your 30 pieces of silver!

Here, here , here and here are just four of our recent posts on the USCCB and the push for Amnesty.