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Israel's Assault On Freedom Of Speech In The U.S.

Oh, the sheer irony of it.

Among the right wing, one of the most persistently heard gripes is the complaint about "political correctness." How you can't say anything edgy without being accused of being a bigot. And, to an extent, they have a point - political correctness is, indeed, the fundamentalism of the left. I've never been a big fan of it.

Well, if that neocon Zionist senator from California, Diane Feinstein, and her right wing defense-contractor husband Richard Blum get their way, you won't be able to say anything critical of Israel on the campus of any of the University of California university system campuses as a student, without getting expelled outright.

Doesn't matter whether it is true or not, or even if the criticism is totally fair, and it doesn't matter that the speech is protected by the First Amendment. If it's critical of Israel, you'll be automatically branded an antisemite, and you will be immediately expelled from the university, never to attend again.

Now, it's not up to me to decide whether Israel can censor its own citizenry; that's between Israel's government and its own citizens. But I do have to object when a foreign power, Israel, supported by its minions abroad, start asserting censorship of speech in a country where I happen to be a resident or citizen, and altering my life accordingly. And when Diane Feinstein and people in power who are of her mindset begin to dictate what I may say or not say on legitimate political topics in a nation where my speech is supposedly constitutionally protected, and especially on a university campus where academic freedom is (or at least should be) sacred, that is when I have to strenuously object.

Like Thomas Jefferson, I have sworn an undying emnity to all forms of tyranny, in whatever form it may take, and for that reason, if Diane and her husband or her fellow Zionists wish to censor my right to speak truth to power, she has just earned my undying hostility.

The theory she is advancing, which originated in Israel's ministry of propaganda and is being promoted around the world by Zionism's sycophants, to support the outrageous claim that Judaism is somehow synonymous with and equivalent to Israel, and that therefore any and all criticisim of Israel, no matter how well earned, is therefore inherently a manifestation of "antisemitism."

If, in Diane's view, condemning Israel's war crimes, its apartheid and its pervasive corruption somehow makes me an "antisemite," then that is a badge I must proudly wear. I cannot and will not inhibit my speaking out about egregious injustice just so that those who are apologizing for it can feel comfortable with their own moral terpetude in doing so. And becoming such an "antisemite" is not only morally legitimate, it is morally respectable - even required of the righteous. So, by this action, far from undermining the "delegitimization" of Israel, Israel's propaganda ministry is actually legitimizing true antisemitism itself.

By repressing its critics abroad, Israel's extreme right wing government and its hasbra (propaganda) operations are not at all making in Israel a safe haven from genuine antisemitism; what they are actually doing is the exact opposite - nourishing that very antisemitism from which Zionists claim to seek a haven - in other words, Israel is, by this effort, becoming Judaism's own worst enemy. A fact not lost of many of Judaism's own anti-Zionist sects.

And therefore, Diane and Richard, if you don't like my supposed "antisemitism" (by your definition) and want to know who to blame for spread and unfortunately increasing legitimization of the very antisemitism you fear, just look in the mirror.

Scott Bidstrup, Tobosi de El Guarco, Costa Rica, September 26, 2015

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ESSAYS

Commentary on Politics and Culture

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Why I Left America answers the question that a lot of the readers of my web journal have been asking about why I have gone into exile...

So You're Leaving The States An entire section of this web site, it offers information that those contemplating exile really need to know, from one who has gone through the process of voting with his feet. This section offers critically important information you won't find in the guide books...

Why Do They Hate Us So Much? explores the roots of the terrorism situation America faces, and what we will have to do to genuinely fix the problem, rather than just bandage it with an ineffectual and absurdly expensive "war on terrorism"...

The Great Awful Truths And What To Do About Them is an essay that explains in some detail five great awful truths that are so awful, most people live their entire lives in deep denial about them - and how the ruling elites use the denial about three of those truths to manipulate and control the population - but there are two others that can be used to counter the manipulation by the elites themselves...

Not With A Whimper, But A Bang - The Endpoints Of Capitalism was written before the current depression, but predicted it. It is an essay that explores the fact that capitalism contains the seeds within itself of its own destruction, and why those seeds seem to regularly sprout and grow, yielding a bitter harvest - and what we can do about it...

Free Market Fundamentalism: Neoliberalism, Friedman, and the "Chilean Miracle" discusses the failures of the "neoliberal" economic model, and why it not only has failed, but has increased in popularity since it was first expounded...

The Dubya and Dick Scandal Chart is a downloadable chart, showing all the interconnected unsavory relationships, excessive campaign contributions, insider trading, conflicts of interests, fraud, influence peddling, etc., that characterize the previous administration. It is the document whose publication ultimately ended in my exile...

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The Gathering Darkness: America In The 21st. Century is a discussion of the trends in American culture and politics -- and some of the alarming directions in which America is headed. Written in 1997, it is interesting to see how the predictions in this almost-decade-old essay have been borne out...

The Darkness Arrives: America in the 21st. Century includes some thoroughly shocking examples of the degree to which the Bill of Rights is ignored when the rich and powerful are in jeopardy of being embarrassed. Powerful evidence of the above essay's contentions...

Causes of the Culture Wars explains why the argument between conservatives and liberals is vastly more significant than just a disagreement about politics...

Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives looks at gay marriage and the arguments against legalizing it -- and neatly demolishes them, one by one...

Homophobia: The Fear Behind The Hatred looks at how homophobia has come to be, why homophobia is the right word to describe the hatred, and the terrible price all of American culture pays for its homophobia...

Stranger in Your Own Home Town is an autobiographical essay on the experience of growing up gay in America, and how it is different from the heterosexual experience in some really surprising ways...

The Politics of Ignorance and Self-Interest explores how conservatism is borne of personal inexperience and self interest rather than broad education and a sense of egalitarianism, and therefore has fundamental flaws that prevent it from being a philosophy of politics consistent with cherished American values...

"The Sovereign Individual" - Prescription Or Propaganda? explores how a brilliant propaganda piece has ended up as an influential cult classic, believed in and followed by hundreds of thousands, who have been influenced by it, to work against their own best interests, and against the best interests of society as a whole...

Just What Is A "Secular Humanist Liberal," Anyway? answers the question of just who are those people that "religious right" so loves to hate...

A Shameful Legacy The results of what I've seen from living on the public lands, this essay explains why we have vast forests but don't have enough timber for our needs, why our rangelands are degrading and our cultivated acreage is shrinking every year and why we're ruining the legacy we're leaving for our children...

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Saint Aelred The Queer: The Surprising History of Homophobia is a brief survey of homosexuality in pre-contact Africa, native America and Europe - and the surprising reasons that homophobia has arisen in the Christian church...

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Living to Work or Working to Live is a discussion of the increasing work week, why the length of the work week is rapidly increasing, and why the "Dotcom Generation" should be gravely concerned about it...

Commentary on Religion

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Creationism: An Argument Against Reason is a discussion of the current debate over the nature of Creationism and why it is dangerous to teach it in the public schools...

Mormonism: Legitimate Religion Or Cult? discusses that church's unsettling resemblance to the Cult Awareness Network's definition of a cult...

The Bible and Christianity: The True Origins demystifies the real origins of Christianity and the Bible, and brings a dramatic new perspective to the origins of traditional Christian values...

The Mind Virus is an exploration of how ideas in society can behave like viruses in the body, and a look at the most successful mind virus in world history...

Experiencing God: The Neurology of the Spiritual Experience discusses the recent discoveries of neurophysiology about how the brain produces such experiences as the out-of-body experience, the near-death experience, the visions of religious figures and more...

What the Christian Fundamentalist Doesn't Want You To Know: a Brief Survey of Biblical Errancy is a discussion of some of the more glaring problems with the Bible, and why they are insoluble from a rational perspective...

Towards A New World Religious Philosophy explores the failures of existing religions, the need for a new world religion, and the characteristics that religion should have...

Why Am I Me? discusses the deep significance of that simple question from childhood, and why its answer is deeply important to an understanding of religion and even modern physics...

The Case Against "The Case For Christ" is a look at one of the more popular Christian apologetic propaganda pieces, which attempts to open the minds of skeptics to the Christian meme complex...

Crazy Ideas

Saving The Planet While Saving The Farm shows how an interesting archaeological discovery in the Amazon made a few years ago, could end up revolutionizing tropical agriculture while it saves the planet from the scourge of global warming...

Making The Desert Blossom As The Rose offers a novel way of solving the climate problems of the arid lands of the American west - showing how the desert really can be made to "blossom as the rose"...

Why The SETI Project Is Doomed To Fail A Radio Engineer's Perspective On The Project And Its Prospects - shows how the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is extremely unlikely to succeed - based on simple, well-proven principles of radio communications engineering...

Thoughts On My Experiences In Africa

Scott's Excellent Adventure In Nigeria is a travelogue/essay about some of my truly incredible experiences living in that country and the conclusions I reached about Africa's message for the West...

Africa's Agony: A Plan For Action is my ideas of how Africa can overcome the terrible plight in which it finds itself...

So You're Planning A Trip To Africa is a page of advice for those planning a trip to Nigeria or anywhere else in sub-Saharan Africa. It's sobering reading...

Personal Adventures and What They Mean To Me

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RV Fulltiming: Is It Right For You? is my advice and a few tips for people considering full-time life in an RV...

My Biography surprises me with the amount of mail it generates, compared to the number of hits it gets. Seems everyone who reads it comments on it...

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Humor

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"My Child is GAY! Now What Do I Do?" is a page that is designed to help parents cope with the unsettling discovery that their child is gay. It's also available in Spanish...

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The News: Finding Out What's Going On is a brief compilation of resources, both print and electronic, that can help you become and stay informed about what's going on - news and information that the powerful in Washington or the corporate media have neglected, or worse, actually suppressed...

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