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Providence Magazine: To Defeat the Islamic Fascism of Iran and Turkey, We Must Delegitimize the Ideology

Patriot Voices President Nadine Maenza and Freedom Research Foundation Executive Director Brandon H. Wheeler wrote this excellent article in Providence Magazine with a strategy forward for defeating Islamic Fascism and saving Christianity in Iraq and Syria. 

The rhetoric about the so-called “War on Terror” has led us down the wrong path for 20 years. Terrorism is a tactic. We are not at war with terror. Similarly, our fight is not against radical or extreme Islam. When it comes to the Middle East, particularly Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, it is imperative that we understand the true nature of the threat. We are fighting Islamic Fascism—the political idea in which state actors or nonstate actors are using Islam to rule people through the use of violence. This is not about Islam itself, but rather about belligerents hijacking the religion for their own political purposes. With this definition, it is clear that you can be a good Muslim and not be a fascist. This is the reality for thousands of Sunni Arabs who fought and died alongside Christians and Kurds against ISIS as members of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

We are fighting a political idea that currently manifests itself in the violent actions from Turkey and Iran as well as non-state actors who seek land and governing structures—ISIS, Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq, thugs in Idlib, and even those in al-Hol refugee camp. The ongoing war in Afghanistan has shown that we can’t win with just guns and money; we have to win the war of ideas. To permanently defeat the Islamic Fascists, we must first delegitimize their ideology. The only way to do this is by ensuring the success of two areas being governed in the exact opposite manner, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and the proposed Nineveh Plains Province. You can’t make people care about each other or respect each other’s religion; it has to be organic. Both of these areas are religiously diverse and include some of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

 

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Capitol Hill Day on December 12th

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Ask Congress to pass bills condemning the violence against Religious Minorities in Burma!

Religious freedom needs to be a priority in U.S. foreign policy!

When Burma came out of 60 years of military rule, many were hopeful that religious freedom conditions would improve as the military began a power sharing agreement with the civilian government. In 2015, former political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi became the civilian leader of this majority Buddhist country. Buddhist nationalism has continued to grow with radical monks using hate speech to incite violence against Muslims, Christians, and other religious minorities. On August 25, 2017, the Burma military led a brutal attack on Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state forcing over 700,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has not condemned the violence.

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Santorum Defends Life

Christine Quinn on CNN's "Primetime with Chris Cuomo" argues with Senator Rick Santorum saying, "When a woman is pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her." He then asked,"Is it biologically a human life?" and she shouted "no!" You can watch the exchange below:

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Patriot Voices Launches New Paid Family Leave Website

Visit www.paidleaveforfamilies.com 

No mandate on business. No new taxes. No new entitlement. With 48% of Americans unable to cover a $400 emergency, a new baby could be a financial catastrophe. Numerous studies have shown that families are stronger when there is a solid bond between parents and their child. What if we could help all families to have the opportunity to start off strong by have time together those first few weeks?

As a pro-life community, supporting paid family leave is consistent with our values and helps us support mothers who choose life!

If you agree, contact your Member of Congress and Senators here and ask them to support paid family leave that fits our values! If you are not sure yet, learn more at www.paidleaveforfamilies.com. Many conservatives who are now strong supporters started out skeptical until they learned about this unique approach. 

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