HH: Talking now with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, whose team, Milwaukee Bucks, sadly not in contention to ever beat the Cavaliers, but nevertheless in the great city by the Lake. Governor Walker, I saw you on TV last night. Welcome to the jewel, the city by the Lake. It’s great to have you in town.
SW: It’s beautiful being…I raised my family on a great lake city like Milwaukee, I’m pleased to be here. What a spectacular view.
HH: Now you were very gracious and didn’t bring up the Packers vis-à-vis the Browns, so I’m glad you didn’t go there, Governor. Let me begin…
SW: I joked with somebody yesterday about that. I figured that was probably one too many.
HH: Yeah, you don’t want to bring up, I have to deal with Mark Murphy occasionally, so I just don’t, I don’t need to hear it from the Governor as well. Hey, you’ve got to tell people about Sheriff Clarke. He’s new to a lot of people. My guess is he goes back to your county executive days. I don’t know how long he’s been the sheriff of Milwaukee.
SW: He does. He and I came in, I was county executive starting in 2002. He was appointed sheriff at that same time. He’s a plain-spoken law enforcement professional, and spent most of his career in the Milwaukee Police Department. He was appointed sheriff back then, and obviously doesn’t mince any words. And America, you had a chance to hear him directly yesterday. Continue Reading
What happened in Nice – That’s extremist. Whether the perp was a jihadi, a wanna-be jihadi, jihadi inspired, or just a nutcase with an obviously Islamic name what he did was extremist. But apparently most Americans cannot tell the difference between that and peaceful efforts at religious conversion. Seriously – a Barna study released last February indicates that between 50 and 79% or Americans consider the following religious activities, beliefs or expressions “extreme“:
- Demonstrate outside an organization they consider immoral
- Preach a religious message in a public place
- Attempt to convert others to their faith
- Teaching their children that sexual relationships between people of the same sex are morally wrong
- Distribute religious material door-to-door
- Pray out loud in public for a stranger
- Believe that sexual relationships between people of the same sex are immoral
- Protest government policies that conflict with their religion
In none of those activities do people get hurt or die, and yet they are extremist? I look at that list and I cannot tell if people are using the label “extremist” to banish that which they find irritating (I know I find it a little irritating when the doorbell rings and I get handed a pamphlet) or if people are really so intellectually lazy that they just want to dump all religion into the “extremist” bin and be done with it. Continue Reading
Newt Gingrich made a sweeping demand for a “sharia test” last night in talking with Sean Hannity. I discussed it with Sidewire’s Jon Allen this morning:
NG: Let me start with where I’m coming from, and let me be as blunt and as direct as I can be. Western Civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western Civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizens, perfectly happy to have them next door. But we need to be fairly relentless about defining who our enemies are. Anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS or al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, that should be a felony and they should go to jail. Any organization which hosts such a website should be engaged in a felony, it should be closed down immediately. Our forces should be used to systematically destroy every internet-based source. And frankly, if we can’t destroy them through the internet, we should destroy them with kinetic power, using various weapons, starting with Predators, and just frankly, just killing them. I am sick and tired of being told that the wealthiest, most powerful civilization in history, all of Western Civilization, is helpless in the face of a group of medieval barbarians, who for example, recently burned 20 young women to death, burned them to death, because they wouldn’t have sex with them, a group which beheaded recently in the Philippines two Canadian businessmen. And we’re told to be reasonable, to be passive, to not judge. Well, I just want to tell you tonight, everybody who watches this video, this is the fault of Western elites who lack the guts to do what is right, to do what is necessary, and to tell us the truth, and that starts with Barack Obama.
HH: I am joined now on the Hugh Hewitt Show by Jon Allen of Sidewire. Jon Allen, that’s the most incendiary statement made in the aftermath of the destructive 84 dead attack with two Americans included, 50 injured in France last night. Your reaction to former Speaker Newt Gingrich?
JA: I’m sort of, I wish that I wasn’t speechless on the radio. There are so many things that he said yesterday that run counter to not only American ideals, but American law, and not only American law, but the American Constitution. To start with, he’s talking about a religious test, which is against the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. He’s talking about a felony for what you say in addition to what you think, also against the 1st Amendment. You can’t deport U.S. citizens, certainly can’t deport natural-born U.S. citizens, and it’s very difficult to deport people who have been naturalized. So the idea that you’re going to give a religious test and then deport anyone who believes in Sharia, you would obviously be including a lot of people who were born here. Just to start, I mean, that’s just a start, Hugh, and it’s interesting to me, I, you know, that there’s such a call to compromise our values when the argument is that our values are better than our enemies. Continue Reading