Kellogg Community College Students Arrested for Handing out Constitutions

Oh, the irony: arresting several students for distributing pocket Constitutions, allegedly prohibiting the educational process on campus at Kellogg Community College (KCC) in Battle Creek, MI. Apparently, asking college aged adults if they like freedom and liberty is so offensive and obstructive to the educational process that campus supporters of Young Americans for Liberty must now be represented in federal court by the attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). You can check out the formal complaint here.

Students Michelle Gregoire and Brandon Withers are supporters of YAL and were asked to leave campus. When they refused, they were arrested.

Since when did distributing a public, historic, and formally well-respected document in a public location become grounds for arrest?

Evidently, when KCC adapted their 2016-17 Student Handbook. KCC reserves the right to censor its students, and censor them they did. On September 20, 2016 these students were on an open walkway on campus, asking questions such as, “Do you like freedom and liberty?” to students passing by. As YAL is not a registered student organization at the college, they were arrested for trespass and in violation of the solicitation policy listed in the student handbook. The solicitation policy states:

“Soliciting activities on campus are permitted only when the activities support the mission of Kellogg Community College (KCC) or the mission of a recognized college entity or activity. Non-College organizations may conduct solicitation activities on campus only when lawfully sponsored by a recognized College entity. All organizations desiring to conduct soliciting activities on campus must adhere to College policies and procedures. Solicitation shall not impede or interfere with College business, the education process, or public access to and use of the College grounds. The College reserves the right to stop any solicitation when it interferes with or disrupts the normal activities of the College; interferes with the educational process; or violates any of the conditions covering solicitation under this policy. All solicitation activities must have prior approval from Student Life.”

As if other students were unable to continue walking or choose not to engage with the YAL supporters. Again, this is a college campus. With “adults.”

Yet one of the college administrators seems to think that passing out Constitutions and engaging in conversation with other students, especially those from surrounding rural areas, is an obstruction to the education KCC provides.

“[He is concerned that] students from rural farm areas…might not feel like they have the choice to ignore the question.”

Luckily, the ADF has come alongside these students to help dissolve an unconstitutional policy.

“Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s legislators, judges, commissioners, and voters,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “That’s why it’s so important that public universities model the First Amendment values they are supposed to be teaching to students.”
This campus is supposed to be a place which encourages free thought, a place where ideas are challenged, a place where people can change and be changed so they can go out into the world and make an impact. By censoring these individuals, and all individuals attempting to revolutionize their peers’ way of thinking, the college promotes a culture of apathy, safety, and indifference- none of which is going to align with the mission statement that seems to be so precious:

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So once again, oh the irony. The irony of arresting students for handing out a document protecting them from arrest. If it weren’t so sad, I might laugh.

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Justice Served, Federal Jury Sentences Dylann Roof to Death

Dylann Roof, the 22 year old who shot nine African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina one and a half years ago has been sentenced to death by the jury.

The white supremacist attended Bible study with a gun on June 17, 2015 and shot the victims at the conclusion of their Bible study.

Closing arguments were made at his federal sentencing today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson reminded to jury of the “racist hatred,” citing examples of Roof’s scouting of the church multiple times prior to the shooting, his reloading of the gun seven times, and his lack of remorse throughout the entire trial. Richardson’s extensive closing statements were concluded with a tribute to the victims and their lives leading up to the shooting.  

 

“Sentence this defendant to death for killing Clementa Pinckney,” Richardson said. He then repeated the phrase, inserting every victim’s name each time.  

Roof also made his five minute closing argument, as he represented himself throughout the penalty phase of the trial.

“I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence,” Roof said. “But I’m not sure what good that would do. All I know is only one of you has to disagree with giving me the death penalty.”

Roof expounded on his hatred, saying, “Anyone who hates anything, in their mind has a good reason for it. And sometimes that’s because they’ve been misled and sometimes it isn’t. But I would say that in this case the prosecution, along with anyone else who hates me, are the ones who have been misled.”

The jury reached its sentencing agreement after less than three hours’ deliberation, and has since sentenced Roof to death.

Roof faces separate prosecution from the state of South Carolina, in which the death penalty will also be sought. The world will watch and wait for the families of the victims to receive some sense of closure.

The Facts Are Now out on the ‘Muslim Who Cried Wolf’

When something in the world goes awry, everyone has two options. The first, wait until details emerge so clear thoughts and decisions can be formed based on fact. The second, which the Left loves to choose, instantly become outraged before any details are released and claim the most relevant “-ism”.

When Adam Saleh and Slim Albaher were removed from a Delta Airlines flight on December 21. Saleh took a video of himself being removed from the flight. His reason? He spoke Arabic while on the phone with his mother.

Let the boycotts and shouts of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia commence!

Wait…back up…let’s take a minute to hear the other side of the story, right, Tolerant Left? Right?

Right.

According to Saleh, he and his friend were simply having a conversation in Arabic. This made those on the plane uncomfortable and they were removed. Obviously, from his point of view, the people on the plane are racists who are scared of another language regardless of what the words actually mean. If this is true, then Delta took the incorrect path in removing the two passengers.

But then, we get the other side of the story.

Delta released the following statement:

Upon landing the crew was debriefed and multiple passenger statements collected. Based on the information collected to date, it appears the customers who were removed sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior, including shouting. This type of conduct is not welcome on any Delta flight. While one, according to media reports, is a known prankster who was video recorded and encouraged by his traveling companion, what is paramount to Delta is the safety and comfort of our passengers and employees. It is clear these individuals sought to violate that priority.

Does that sound like racism to you? Islamophobia? Xenophobia?

Didn’t think so.

Saleh has pulled several stunts on airlines in the past, including, but not limited to, claiming he spent an entire flight in a suitcase in the baggage hold and counting down from ten loudly in Arabic potentially indicating some sort of explosion or attack was going to happen when he hit zero (You can see his other “hilarious” stunts here). In a video posted shortly before the Delta one came about, he mentions that he was told by airport personnel that he would be in trouble. No reason is given in the video, but one can assume it is due to the general ruckus he is known to cause.

According to passenger Soledad O’Brien’s tweet, another passenger tipped off an attendant- this guy is known for his airplane pranks.

If indeed the situation occurred exactly as Saleh and Albaher describe it, Delta will have to answer to the SJWs of the world. And they should! Racism shouldn’t be tolerated in any situation.

But, unfortunately for the youtube star, all the evidence points in the opposite direction.

“People keep trying to use the fact that we’re pranksters against us, they keep trying to use our past against us,” said Albaher.

Here is the deal, Saleh and Albaher.

When your YouTube channel is chock full of the Muslim Crying Wolf, the age old fable comes back to bite you in the rear. If you are consistently going out of your way to start drama, it should come as no shock when people stop paying attention to your “plight”. Stop devaluing other people’s real life experiences with racial and ethnic prejudices by broadcasting your fake ones. Once you figure that out, maybe the rest of the world will value your opinion.

It is not a game of whether or not they were removed from a flight. The question is why. Maybe it was simply because they were speaking Arabic. Maybe it was because they were causing more of a scene than other passengers appreciated. Maybe it is because he has a history of race baiting others simply to prove it can be done. We do not know what happened before the video began. And quite frankly, Saleh’s YouTube channel is full of pranks or social experiments that leave us wondering. One thing we do know is that the Internet world jumped to conclusions with little evidence.

Hey Liberals, Stop Using ‘Racism’ as a Cop-out

Someone has to say it.

Racism exists. It displays lack of character, lack of intelligence, and lack of self-control. It is entirely perverse and an incorrect way of thinking.

But it is not the root or cause of all crime.

In this year’s election cycle, President-elect Trump displayed, quite possibly, the most depleted tact ever experienced by a presidential candidate. He displayed obscenity and simply could not shut his mouth when it would have been smart, according to conventional wisdom. Some of his most quotables, while maybe not blatantly racist, have racial undertones that to me destroyed much of his credibility as a politician, or his attempt to be a politician.

All of this, in years past, might have disqualified Trump from the highest office in the land (my history teacher would argue this position is filled by a moderate on the Supreme Court, yet I digress). But it did not.

This is not necessarily because the majority of Americans actually agree with what some saw as borderline discriminatory statements on minorities or his (I won’t sugar-coat this one) disgusting comments on women, but because the states who decided the election also decided that what some saw as ‘racism’ and what saw some as honesty was not a deal breaker.

If I am being honest, it should not be.

This concept is difficult for Millennials to grasp, but we cannot allow our hatred of one injustice to always outweigh our hatred for another.

The largest and most prevalent issue with this line of logic is how it encourages a lack of critical thinking. When racism is used as a cop out for causes to real issues, it allows us to imply that racism is the end-all be-all of injustice, when racism is only one small facet of the world’s evil. We can talk all day about whether or not the War on Terror was a smart move, but if the only argument against it is that it provided an opportunity for America to enact her racial vengeance on the world, we are lacking an understanding of foreign policy. And domestic policy. And every policy. As the Left says, it is 2016. It is time to move beyond the racial tensions of the previous centuries and stop making every policy issue into one of skin color.

Take, for example, immigration, and the thought of closed borders suddenly becomes a race issue. It is degrading to one with a stance for tighter border security, as if they are so blinded by their own racial prejudices that they cannot possibly be against a swirling influx of immigrants for any other reason than their skin color. Never mind the crime that, regardless of what we want to think, is brought by illegal immigrants (hence the term, illegal- the Left struggles to grasp that one, too). It simply becomes about race, and not about the threat to America’s homeland security and budget when we host an approximate 11.5 million people who are not registered and paying into the system we established.

As it turns out, America had more beef with Hillary’s alleged crimes of obstructing justice with her emails (and obstructing just about everything else) than we had with Trump’s ‘racism’ and obscene comments about women. Neither one of these, however, needs to be worse than the other.

When we have two choices whose character is less than spectacular, who have both made poor judgement calls, we can stop looking at their character. They are tied somewhere near -14 on the Rate My Character Scale. What we can look at is policy, and stop using racial division as a chance to duck out of the critical thinking the political arena requires.