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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Vampires vs. Nazis: Umair Haque and the Racism of Anti-Racism

In Letter to a 'Racist' Nation, I warned against two phenomena: "Woke Fragility," and "the New Racism."  Woke Fragility arises from the privilege which left-wing ideologues are given in modern American society: control of most the Media, the Academy, and now many important corporations.  When power is crossed, as Robin DiAngelo noted in White Fragility, the powerful often get irritated.  Her prime error lay in failing to recognize that she is among the most powerful people in America today, and a paradigm of political privilage and intellectual fragility.  

The New Racism is exhibited in both White Fragility and Ibram Kendi's How to be Anti-Racist.  The way to be anti-racist, Kendi informed his millions of readers, is to discriminate against white people on acount of their skin color.  This paradox is what I call the "New Racism." 

Probably the most hysterical example of both phenomena I have come across outside of the Nation of Islam confronted me when I made the mistake of opening a piece from "The Medium" recently, by a London business consultant named Umair Haque.  The rage of the man puts DiAngelo's school-marmish white guilt, and Kendi's intellectually-driven fanaticism, in the shade, drinking lemonaide and kicking their heels.  

Yes, a new era of racism has dawned.  Haque's popular rants demonstrate how virulent, nasty, and un-self-critical, this New Racism has become in some quarters.     

Let us go line-by-line through much of this self-styled "vampire's" rant, and see why it does, indeed, belong to the forces of darkness and death, as well as of taudry melodrama. 

I'll underline the words "white" and "minority" to show that vampires, too, can be Manicheans in good standing.  

"Donald Trump revealed a great and terrible truth: who America 'really' is. "


"A white person, especially a white liberal, will cry, shaking their head at events like, for example, the coup at the Capitol: “this isn’t who America is!” And a minority will respond, shaking their head, “this is exactly who America is!”


Hague flaunts his racism from the get-go, because he knows his followers will cheer.  


An idea, even a stupid one like "Most Americans are right-wing, rioting lunatics" is located in the brain, not in the melanin. One can say something ludicrous like this, regardless of the color of one's skin - or refrain from doing so.


And of course there was no "coup," though if there had been one, led by BLM and Antifa, Haque would have cheered loudly.  


"The white person will feel a sense of white rage at the minority, and the minority will feel a kind of weary, bitter disappointment with the white person. This scene is repeated a thousand times a day."


For Haque, what matters is the color of your skin, not the content of your character.  Feelings are divided by skin color, as are the ideas that inspire them.  Racism is a kind of animistic magic, which ascribes thoughts, values, and emotions to inanimate objects or properties like color.  


Nowadays, his anti-racist racism is repeated far more often than the conventional kind.


"Back in 2016, Trump announced a “Muslim Ban.”


Actually, what Trump fought for was a ban on immigrants from Muslim countries which could not be trusted to screen their people accurately. A pretty obvious thing to do.


"White liberals, angry, replied: “We will stand with you! At the airports, if we have to!” And, to their credit, they did. The first time around, at least. By the third time Trump tried his ethnic ban, though, no white “allies,” as we say these days, were to be found."


That's because you're lying about the ban, Haque. Not that I'm a liberal. But your obsession with skin color is calculated to stir up "white guilt," for those foolish enough to be so manipulated. (Make excuses for your own racism.)


And "Muslim" is not an ethnicity, however convenient that would be for Haque's rhetorical purposes.


"Around the same time of my first example, maybe a little before, figures like Steve Bannon began to be hailed in the American press and media — a new vanguard of exciting, glamorous, perhaps even revolutionary leaders."


In fact, the American Media always despised Bannon, including conservative outlets like National Review.  This ridiculous comment, utterly contemptuous of reality, shows what value Haque places on truth.  


"Why wouldn’t anyone say fascism? That is what we minorities wondered."


In fact, plenty of liberals (I hate to give in to this man's racism and mention the color of their skin) in Portland and Seattle attacked police officers in the name of attacking fascism. But what does that word mean? "Might as well call someone as jackass," as Lenin reportedly put it. 


The word "facism" was over-used by Marxists in the past, and has long since lost all real value.  I suspect that communists use the term to distract us from how similar they are to the worst of those they attack: angry, irrational, violent, merciless, and bossy.   


"White liberals imagine themselves to be good and thoughtful people."


I agree that Woke liberalism is neither a good nor a thoughtful ideology, for reasons I explain in Letter to a 'Racist' Nation, though some liberals may be kind and well-spoken.


"And all that is how fascism got normalised and legitimised in America."


This gentleman is enormously attached to the word "facism," as were the Marxist-Leninist-Maoists. I prefer the word "jackass" -- it is much clearer.


"By early 2018, little children were in concentration camps. In those camps, there were allegations of mass sexual abuse. They were ripped away from their parents, some never to be “reunited.” All that is a form of genocide. Not even attempted genocide, but successful genocide."


These are lies. Anyone who cares about the truth probably already knows that, or can learn the facts in a few moments of searching.


The policy referred to began under a black president, actually (for those who think skin color is important). For an explanation, read "DHS Responds To Claims 545 Immigrant Children Have Yet To Be Reunited, Says Some Parents ‘Refused’ Reunions," at the Daily Wire.


"America was a society that would tolerate the worst abuses human beings could make happen."


This is the conclusion Haque wanted to reach, obviously. The mite of unexamined evidence he offered in support of that conclusion was just an excuse for his hatred, as I show was so often the case with fake "racist incidents" that went viral during Trump Admin. In this age of fanaticism, too many are addicted to these accusations, like a heroin addict. The 10 Minute Hate becomes as necessary a part of one's routine as that morning cup of coffee.


"That brings me to my fourth example. Mass death. 400,000 people died of Covid within one year. Much of this was due to a lunatic President leading an army of aggressive anti-maskers. But much of it was also due to white liberals treating all this like some kind theoretical debate or college seminar or game…all over again."


More nonsense. As I explain at The Stream, there are 12 reasons why America was more vulnerable to Covid than most other countries. (We also held a few advantages):


https://stream.org/grading-trump-on-his-covid-performance-did-he-really-kill-all-those-people/

America does not, in fact, have the highest death rate from this disease. Other advanced First World countries do. This is a little surprising, given just one of those factors: how common obesity is in America, and the fact that it increases vulnerability to Covid by 50%.  Given how infrequent obesity is in Italy, for instance, one might expect that nation to suffer far fewer deaths.  And that's just one factor.  But no doubt the Italians and Belgians are also racists.  


"White liberals . . . couldn’t bring themselves to believe math. And therefore, by treating Covid like a game, normalised its spread. Maybe it was freedom not to wear a mask."


Of course this racist offers no evidence that "white liberals" treated Covid "like a game," or didn't wear masks. (When it is perfectly obvious that most did, but not obvious that there is some relationship between melanin and the impulse to wear masks.)


And if white liberals didn't wear masks, wouldn't that make them die at a higher rate than more responsible "minorities?" 


I'm a conservative, and early in this epidemic I fought to import masks . . . My boss sent me hundreds from overseas, and I passed them out, then fought to ease bureaucratic restrictions on import. This is the first time I thought that the color of my skin had anything to do with wearing a mask . . .


"America consists now of three tribes. One, regressive white people, whose entire lives and lifestyles are devoted to supremacy and hate, in harder or softer ways. These are the Trumpists."


I guess this is supposed to include me? Because I voted for Trump the second time, against all that goodness and grace in the streets of America last summer?


Our "entire lifestyles" are "devoted" to supremacy and hate?  Can't we even go to the park and walk our dogs without hating?  Or listen to Christmas carols?  Or watch NFL football?  "Get back to your racial supremacy and hatred, slave!"  


What a concept this warped and angry gentleman has of other peoples' lives.  


Haque clearly has no idea whatsoever of who conservatives are. Maybe he is afraid to find out. His own ideology of hatred is brittle, which may be prompting some of this anger.  


And, of course, despite such rabid rhetoric, Trump increased his vote among minorities this election. The dam of racist anti-racism may be springing a leak.


"Two, the other kind of whites. The ones who think they are much better, much smarter, much more moral, and so on."


Liberals, too, in this gentleman's twisted thinking, are classified by melanin count.


"And finally, there are minorities."


The good guys, presumably.


"Now, whites think they are pitted against one another — and that is the dumb, false story told in the everyday media. But what we minorities know is a very different truth."


Remember, Vampire here speaks for all minorities. If you are a minority and disagree with him, perhaps you should check your melanin count. 


"White people will always choose themselves over us. That is why and how fascism got normalised and legitimised in America. It was white liberals tolerating regressive, hateful white people — and then, flying into fits of rage, calling the rest of us alarmists, hysterics, and hyperbolic for pointing that simple fact out."


Has someone been calling Vampire hysterical? I can't imagine why.


Remember, vampires cannot see their own images.  Imagine the horror Haque would feel if he could see what is so blindingly obvious about himself.  


"Fascism got normalized and legitimised in America. But it wasn’t regressive, hateful whites who normalized it. It was white liberals. Regressive and hateful whites could spread fascism, sure. But they don’t control America’s institutions and power centers and norms. White liberals do. Fascism spread in America because white liberals treated it like some kind of intellectually pleasing game, some kind of deeply absorbing debate, a “provocation,” something to be proven wrong. But what kind of astonishing idiot needs fascism to be proven wrong?"


And who needs to define fascism? Or prove what you define exists?


Interestingly, though, the "minority" Jonah Goldberg agrees that liberals lean towards fascism, for very different reasons. I think he defines the word first, and doesn't classify people by skin color.  (Five uses of "whites" as a synonym for "demons" in this paragraph alone.)


"Fascism is a pattern of escalation of abuse, which happens when fanatics who think some people are subhumans seize control of the state."


Finally, a definition of "fascism!" Not a very accurate one, though.


The temptation to treat other people as less than human is perennial, to every person of every color, sex, or ideology. 


It is obvious whom Haque regards as subhuman. 


"Hate, scapegoating, dehumanisation, bans, camps, raids, genocide, mass death. That’s fascism."


Sounds like communism. And scapegoating (see Rene Girard) is ancient, arising millennia before fascism was invented.  The riots last summer were a textbook example of scapegoating, even the fact that they occured during a pandemic. (I explain their timing and psychological roots in Letter to a "Racist" Nation.) 


"Worst of all, flying into white rage, and hounding those of us who warned that…"


Haque wears his racism on his sleave like a badge of honor.


"Who else puts kids in camps? Tortures them, which is what “family separation” is? And who doesn’t care enough about that to stop it? The answer, sadly, is: white liberals."


I KNEW Joe Biden was a Nazi! But what about sweet Kamala?  She separated a lot of families, too, when she prosecuted criminals.  


"What Donald Trump revealed about America is the following terrible truth. White people will always choose white people over minorities . . . America came to the final endpoints of fascism, mass death and coup. It got there because white liberals legimized and normalized fascism to such a degree that the rest of the world was horrified. Not shocked, mind you — but just horrified."


No mention, yet, of months of BLM riots, which did vastly more damage, expressed more rage and hate, ruined vastly more businesses, and injured exponentially more people. Not that cops (or "pigs" as Colin K called them) are unhuman, mind you.


"We minorities spent the last four years feeling physically ill every single day, afraid for our lives and our loved ones, terrorised by white America. "


Again, Haque presumes to speak for tens of millions of Americans. If he really has felt this way for four years, well being a vampire no doubt takes a toll. But he should see a doctor, a priest, and a psychotherapist.


"You cannot know the feeling in the pit of your stomach that your family might disappear — and have to live with it every day — unless it is happening to you."


Here is is hard to to know what Haque is on about on any level. Are aliens beaming people with high melanin counts off this planet? Maybe he's referring to the fact that America, like every other country on earth (not just the "fascist" ones) has rules about who can enter, and those who break those rules are subject to export? At least we don't rise in the middle of the night to drink peoples' blood.


But I have tried your patience.  If one were a collector of bon mots of inanity, one would feel rich as Bilbo in the dragon's lair after Smaug shuffled off his mortal coil. But let us skip, finally, to the end, or at least the beginning of the end:


"Everything is not fine. Donald Trump revealed to us just how much America hates us. Oh, we always knew that the bad whites hated us. And we had an inkling that the good ones were not that good . . . your entire society hates you, only some a little less than others — is too much to bear . . . "


When a country becomes as horrible as the US, emigration is an honorable option. Might I suggest Venezuala? There seems to be plenty of space down there right now, and they hate fascists and Americans, too.


"Donald Trump revealed the truth of White America.


"We see it, us minorities. The whole world sees it. But white liberals still don’t. And that, strangely, funnily, stupidly, terribly, is the truth of White America. The bad ones want to annihilate the rest of us. The good ones? They’re busy looking the other way."


As a conservative who considers you a dingbat, a racist, a sophist drunk on bad rhetorical whine, and a poor excuse for calling mankind "homo sapiens," I wouldn't raise a finger to hurt, still less "annihilate" you, still less people I love and admire of other races.  May God bring your fevered head peace.  Again, you simply don't understand us. Perhaps you are projecting. Did you participate in the Burning Times last summer? This is a seldom-understood principle of psychology: one's own hateful actions, beget more hateful emotions. This rant bears the stamp, perhaps, of a guilty conscience?  One has to wonder.  


Except in the hypocrisy of its hatred, and utter contempt for truth, in some ways Mr. Haque's rant is a typical sample of the New Racism.  Notice how many times he uses the word "white."  Note that you could swap out the words "demon" and "demonic" for "white" (or "jackass" or "cow demon snake spirit") and the essay would make exactly the same amount of sense.  


"The people of one race I hate are not human, because they all perceive others as subhuman for their race."


Fanaticism is a perennial, but it comes up a different color every year.  Like Saurman's cloak, the color this year seems to be everything but white.  


Gandalf, White Supremacist. 


23 comments:

Gary said...

The fact that Fox News is the most watched news network in the country says a lot about our country. Conservatives are not some small persecuted minority. They constitute almost half of the American electorate. They almost won the last election, even though their candidate had been impeached twice, openly bragged about sexually assaulting women (grabbing their &$%#), and paid hush money to a porn star. So as your holy book says, take the beam out of your own eye before worrying about the splinter in your neighbor's eye. Yes, some liberals are too quick to pull out the race card, but shame on conservatives for supporting such a morally bankrupt presidential candidate.

David B Marshall said...

Gary: Fox News, against CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS?

Conservatives may not be a small minority, but they definitely are a minority, as are liberals. Lots of people fall into some other category, including, I would say, Donald Trump.

I wrote an ebook 5 years ago warning Christians against supporting Trump. But since I oppose everything the Democratic Party stands for, of course I couldn't vote for them, either. This election, after months worth of rioting by people on the Left, I did endorse Trump, in an article that was shared a few thousand times. Now I fervently hope he will go away, and am writing an article encouraging Trumpists to find a better person to represent their legitimate concerns. (Someone who will also care about the soaring National Debt, which I find horribly immoral.)

Gary said...

The GOP has a plethora of good candidates (Christie, Romney, Rubio, Bush, etc.), yet after four years of highly immoral behavior by Donald Trump, evangelicals clamored to re-elect him. The Capitol riot only occurred because evangelicals, Trump's core constituency, backed his false lies of voter fraud and stolen election. Evangelicals have no business lecturing liberals about immoral behavior or rioting.

David B Marshall said...

I don't believe that's actually so. I've seen a study which showed that evangelical conservatives were LESS likely to support Trump than other conservatives. That jibes anecdotally: I know lots of people who voted for Trump, but hardly anyone who supported him early in the confirmation process.
And I often hear concerns expressed, even by nominal supporters. But the converse is repeated, so everyone believes it.

How many sincere conservative Christians rioted, or supported the rioting? I bet the true figure of the latter doesn't hit 5%.

Anyway, it's ridiculous to think I have no right to complain about 6 months of left-wing rioting, which took dozens of lives directly, hundreds indirectly, cost a billion or two, and ravaged several cities probably in a long-term way, because a few of the rioters (how many? how do you know?) on one day last month were allegedly Christians. This reminds me of something Jesus said about the man with a beam in his eye, wanting to take the speck out of someone else's eye. Anyway, most Christians condemned both.

Gary said...

Many conservative evangelical pastors called on their congregations to march on the Capitol and to "fight" the "stolen election". Here is the evidence:

https://lutherwasnotbornagaincom.wordpress.com/2021/01/31/evangelical-pastors-called-on-their-congregations-to-insurrect-against-the-united-states-of-america-on-january-6/

Conservative evangelicals had many good candidates to choose from during the previous primary elections, but they stuck with Trump, the most immoral president in our history. Evangelical pastors could have called a summit at the beginning of the primary season and called on all evangelicals to abandon Trump because of his immorality and to back another conservative Republican. That did not happen.

Evangelicals have no business lecturing liberals about morality and riots.

Arkenaten said...
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Arkenaten said...

@ David
But since I oppose everything the Democratic Party stands for, ...

As a non-American I find this whole republican/democrat thing fascinating.
Serious question; Without rhetoric or hyperbole could you simply explain exactly what the Democrat Party stand for?

Thanks

David B Marshall said...

Gary: There is nothing wrong with peaceful protest. But very few evangelical pastors get that involved in politics at church, even if they have strong political beliefs. I have been to hundreds of churches, and almost never run across such activists.

I don't really care if someone found an exception somewhere. America is a big country.

As I told you, in fact, most evangelicals did NOT prefer Trump. Pew Research showed that during the primary, Republicans who did not attend religious services were more supportive of Trump than those that did:

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/07/21/churchgoing-republicans-once-skeptical-of-trump-now-support-him/

And yes, given that right-wingers rioted just once, and left-wingers rioted for months, also that Republicans condemned those riots immediately, while Democrats denied, played down, and supported their own radicals for months, those of us who have been consistent (which is most Republicans) have every right in the world to call the Left on its utter hypocricy and the domestic terrorism it supported in 2020.

David B Marshall said...

Ark: What is your nationality?

I won't try to be comprehensive. But generally speaking, the Democrats support more government spending, abortion on demand, and increasingly, relatively open borders, distaste for western civilization, what I regard as a neo-Marxist taste for group guilt, allowing children to decide if they are going to "transition" by cutting off primary or secondary sexual organs, etc. They tend to favor extremely well-paid public education and public unions, which Republicans find ineffective and a positive impediment during the present pandemic.

They also tend to support gun control, which I don't care MUCH about, but think they're wrong on, too. They favor socialized medicine, against the present system, which however they created! (I tend to think the Japanese system would be a better model.)

Foreign policy is now confused. Republicans used to stand for stronger defense, but both parties are divided on this issue, now.

Maybe this is simplistic. Again, I'm not trying to be comprehensive or fair. And I know the international press tends to accept the American left's version of things.

Arkenaten said...


My nationality is British.

the Democrats support more government spending,

What do you understand by the term 'government spending'? And spend on what, precisely?

abortion on demand,
As opposed to what?

relatively open borders,
Seems a bit of a vague term. Can you be more precise. How does their policy differ from Republican policy on borders?

distaste for western civilization, what I regard as a neo-Marxist taste for group guilt,
Seems an awful lot to unpack here and maybe a touch of rhetoric? Kennedy was Democrat and I would hardly call him or his policies demonstrating a ''distaste for western civilisation'' neo-Marxist by any stretch of the imagination.
Group guilt regarding what, exactly?

allowing children to decide if they are going to "transition" by cutting off primary or secondary sexual organs,
I am not overly familiar with policy regarding transgender issues but what I have read of what's reported in the UK has some disturbing aspects, which I find disconcerting.

They tend to favor extremely well-paid public education and public unions, which Republicans find ineffective and a positive impediment during the present pandemic.

On this I am all at sea. I know almost nothing about union policies/politics.
Do you mean well-funded public education or well paid public education officials?

They also tend to support gun control, which I don't care MUCH about, but think they're wrong on, too.
Why do you think they are wrong?

Foreign policy is now confused. Republicans used to stand for stronger defense, but both parties are divided on this issue, now.
Are you specifically referring to military spending, or are you including other things? If so can you expand?

David B Marshall said...

Ark: Most modern Republicans rather like Kennedy, apart from his orgies. (And many, of course, envy him that.) Kennedy cut taxes and was strong on defense. I don't think he would have gone far in the modern Democratic Party. Bill Clinton might not, either. Even some of Obama's policies are becoming problematic. Things have changed a great deal.

I appreciate your curiosity, but I'm not the one to offer detailed answers to those questions. You might look at the web site for a few powerful American politicians, to get a feel for their positions. Of course you can't always believe what you read on pages like that.

Arkenaten said...

Based on your reply, David, it sounds like your view is more of an emotionally-driven opinion rather than a view based on thorough investigation.
Much like assuming that just because someone states they are Republican they must, therefore, automatically represent ''my values.''



Just saying ...

And my question regarding abortion? What do you believe should be government policy/law in this regard?

Arkenaten said...

As you didn't get round to answering the question regarding abortion, yet; I understand you are probably busy with your book, this might interest you.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/miscarriages-abortion-jail-el-salvador/

Here's a excerpt from the post.

Seven months pregnant, Manuela, a mother of two, said she miscarried at her modest home in rural El Salvador. But the police, and a judge, didn't believe her. They charged and convicted her for aggravated homicide, sentencing her to 30 years in prison.

But Manuela only served two of those years. In 2010, she died alone in a hospital of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a disease her lawyers say caused her to miscarry.

More than 140 women have been charged under El Salvador's total ban on abortion since 1998, incarcerated for up to 35 years in some of the world's most notorious prisons. Like Manuela, many say they never had an abortion, but instead claim that after suffering a miscarriage they were wrongfully convicted when their doctors accused them of intentionally terminating their pregnancies.

At a moment when Roe v. Wade appears more vulnerable than ever to legal challenges, El Salvador provides a glimpse of what the United States could look like if bans on the procedure are permitted.


Makes you think, doesn't it?

Regards.
Ark




David B Marshall said...

Central America is a mess, generally. The last sentence of that article strikes me as Handmaid's Tale sensationalism: no woman in the US is likely to ever be locked up for 35 years for having an abortion.

The evil in America, realized not feared, is tens of millions of kids being raised without a Dad, sometimes a Mom, due to irresponsibility on the parents' fault. That leads to lots of people in jail, too, and lots dead. Central America isn't lacking in those kinds of problems either, I don't think.

Arkenaten said...

The last sentence of that article strikes me as Handmaid's Tale sensationalism:
I agree. Nevertheless the draconian legislation over this issue is certainly an eyebrow raiser.
I note you still did not address my question regarding abortion. You're not avoiding it, are you?

Arkenaten said...

By the way, I left an updated comment on the Resurrection post, re the lines of evidence. Maybe you missed it?

David B Marshall said...

Why should I comment about abortion? Why should you care what I think about the matter?

Arkenaten said...

Why should I comment about abortion? Why should you care what I think about the matter
You cited it as one of the key policies of the Democratic Party - ''abortion on demand''
I asked you what alternative, if any , - ''as opposed to what?''

And this is why I linked the El Salvador article to demonstrate what a total ban might look like if adopted by another country.

Biden is a Christian and he does not seem to be exhibiting any suggestion that he is gong to implement stricter abortion laws.
As you are also a Christian why do you object to his stance?

Or are you more inclined to agree with El Salvador's approach, at least in banning all forms of abortion?

alfonso said...

David B Marshal & Arkenaten; Dear friends, I wish to clarify the lies about El Salvador's abortion laws among people who do not speak Spanish and are unable to read the Salvadoran press; There is a lot of misinformation on this issue: it is falsely said that a woman can be prosecuted or imprisoned for spontaneous abortion, it is also a lie that there are women sentenced to 30 years for having an abortion; de facto no woman is incarcerated for abortion in El Salvador. Dear friends, I wish to clarify the lies about El Salvador's abortion laws among people who do not speak Spanish and are unable to read the Salvadoran press; There is a lot of misinformation on this issue: it is falsely said that a woman can be prosecuted or imprisoned for spontaneous abortion, it is also a lie that there are women sentenced to 30 years for aborting; de facto no woman is incarcerated for abortion in El Salvador. The 17+ Women in El Salvador: A Case of Infanticide Impunity in the Name of Abortion Rights BY LIGIA DE JESUS ​​CASTALDI
American pro-abortion supporters, Western embassies and international human-rights bodies have taken part in the war against El Salvador’s full ban on elective abortion by supporting a fraudulent campaign that promotes impunity for infanticide in that country. The 17+ Women in El Salvador: A Case of Infanticide Impunity in the Name of Abortion Rights https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/02/59850/ via @PublicDiscourse

alfonso said...

NPR says El Salvador mom was charged for ‘having an abortion’ - but evidence shows she murdered her newborn | News | LifeSite https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/npr-says-el-salvador-mom-was-charged-for-having-an-abortion-but-evidence-sh New York Times Finally Issues Correction on Abortion El Salvador Story | News | LifeSite https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/new-york-times-finally-issues-correction-on-abortion-el-salvador-story

alfonso said...

Yes, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Are Planning to Legalize Abortion Up To Birth - https://go.shr.lc/39IRgca via @Shareaholic

alfonso said...

"CBS report claimed that “more than 140 women have been charged under El Salvador's total ban on abortion since 1998, incarcerated for up to 35 years in some of the world's most notorious prisons. Many say they never had an abortion, but instead claim that after suffering a miscarriage they were wrongfully convicted when their doctors accused them of intentionally terminating their pregnancies.” According to VIDA SV, the trial documents in Hernández’ case indicate that her child died when he was discarded in a latrine shortly after his birth. At trial, Hernández claimed she did not know she was pregnant until she miscarried in the latrine. Prosecutors presented evidence that she discarded her child while he was alive, and argued that evidence indicated she’d done so knowingly. A jury agreed with the prosecution.

Sara Larín, president of the Fundación VIDA SV, and Ligia Castaldi, a professor at the Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, published this year in the International Human Rights Review an exhaustive legal investigation of 25 cases, which explains in detail "the fraud involved in the Hernández case before the Inter-American Court" and the other cases.

Speaking June 3 to ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, Larín said that the Center for Reproductive Rights had "sent an intimidating letter” requesting Hernández’ name be redacted from that investigation, “alleging that it is necessary to protect the privacy of the relatives of the alleged victim."

Larín pointed out that "CBS News itself and a documentary made by the Center for Reproductive Rights show the faces of family members and the family's living conditions to emotionally manipulate public opinion in favor of this case."

Larín further noted that Hernández "was not a victim, but a victimizer," given her conviction for aggravated homicide.

"The sentence is public precisely because the right to privacy is reserved to the victims and not to the victimizers," Larín stressed.

"She never disputed her guilt, did not file any appeal for review, and gave conflicting versions of the facts. The evidence shows that she committed the crime and those false versions were never found reasonable by the Court. It’s not true that she didn’t know that she was pregnant, she had already had three children previously,” Larin explained.

In her testimony, “Maria Edis said that she had fallen into the river, that she had inadvertently expelled the child in the latrine, which according to forensic doctors was not possible; there was no evidence of any injuries from the alleged fall into the river. It was determined that the child was born alive, breathing, and survived between 10 and 20 minutes after being thrown into the latrine," Larín said.

The court’s sentence said that Hernández’ statements were "contrary to logic and medicine," and concluded that she deliberately caused the baby's death. De Cardenal emphasized that in El Salvador miscarriage is not punishable, and that "this farce is so absurd because women are not even imprisoned for induced abortion."

"Why? Because the penalty for induced abortion is 2 to 8 years (not 40) and the judges don’t hate or persecute the women, instead they give them alternative sentencing, " she explained. Editor's note: This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by Catholic News Agency and is reprinted with permission.El Salvador pro-life groups decry 'misleading' CBS report amid abortion fight https://pregnancyhelpnews.com/el-salvador-pro-life-groups-decry-misleading-cbs-report-amid-abortion-fight a través de @phc_news

David B Marshall said...

Thanks, Alfonso. One can generally assume that the Left-wing Media is lying about everything, until proven to the contrary. (Interesting, I came across a letter from C. S. Lewis saying the same thing about the Media in his era.)

The claim that Joe Biden is a "Christian," seems far-fetched in the extreme. Maybe in the same sense that Donald Trump is a "Christian," that is, identifying as such is seen as good for one's political career.