Country Initiates New Measures to Combat Spread of Radical Islam

By Washington Free Beacon. Austria’s government initiated new measures Friday to curb the spread of radical Islam amongst the nation’s Muslim community by Turkish-funded mosques.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has served at the helm of Austria’s coalition government since December 2017, announced the closure of seven mosques and the expulsion of upwards of 40 Imams, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The chancellor declared Austria was committed to ensuring the country’s Muslim population was safe to practice its religion without the subversion of foreign influence aligned with radical extremists. . .

The government is alleging six mosques and a Turkish prayer house – operated by a militant, ultra-nationalist Turkish group – are in violation of a 2015 law banning foreign governments from funding mosques or paying imam salaries.

The government’s announcement came on the heels of an investigation by national law enforcement agencies to determine if radicals had infiltrated the country’s mosques and were working to undermine religious co-existence. The investigation found a number of mosques were receiving financial backing from the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB), a Turkish government institution regulating religious affairs. (Read more from “Country Initiates New Measures to Combat Spread of Radical Islam” HERE)

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Austria to Shut Down Mosques, Expel Foreign-Funded Imams

By Reuters. Austria’s right-wing government plans to shut seven mosques and could expel dozens of imams in what it said was “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups that Turkey condemned as racist.

The coalition government, an alliance of conservatives and the far right, came to power soon after Europe’s migration crisis on promises to prevent another influx and restrict benefits for new immigrants and refugees.

The moves follow a “law on Islam”, passed in 2015, which banned foreign funding of religious groups and created a duty for Muslim organizations to have “a positive fundamental view towards (Austria’s) state and society”. . .

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said the new policy was part of an “Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory wave” in Austria. (Read more from “Austria to Shut Down Mosques, Expel Foreign-Funded Imams” HERE)

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U.S. Sex-Trafficking Sting Results in Hundreds of Children Rescued

By The Daily Wire. A total of 39 law enforcement agencies conducted a massive sex-trafficking sting operation which concluded this week and resulted in hundreds of arrests and hundreds of children rescued. . .

“They are crimes of special concern to the FBI and to law enforcement generally,” Special Agent in Charge Matt Alcoke told WSB-TV. “Because the victims are so vulnerable as children and because the offenders could be from just about any walk of life, from a gang member all the way up to someone who is highly successful and wealthy.” (Read more from “U.S. Sex-Trafficking Sting Results in Hundreds of Children Rescued” HERE)

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Metro Sex-Trafficking Sting Rescues Nearly 160 Children, Authorities Say

By WSB TV Atlanta. A sting on the sex-trafficking trade in metro Atlanta netted dozens of arrests and the rescue of dozens of children forced into sexual servitude, the FBI announced this week.

Operation Safe Summer was a collaborative effort between the FBI’s Atlanta field office and 38 law enforcement agencies in six metro counties, assistant Special Agent in Charge Matt Alcoke told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. . .

The sting ended with nearly 160 children rescued, including one as young as 3 years old, and nearly 150 arrests, convictions or sentences, officials said.

Alcoke said the operation was scheduled before the summer months as a way to put a dent in a trade that preys on children at a time when they have more freedom. . .

Among those charged, Alcoke said Trevey Parks was a convicted sex offender out of prison who forced a juvenile to work in the sex trade for him. (Read more from “Metro Sex-Trafficking Sting Rescues Nearly 160 Children, Authorities Say” HERE)

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Next Supreme Battle? Yet Another Christian

It might not be the next case at the Supreme Court, but it could be coming soon: Barronelle Stutzman’s complaint that her home state of Washington unconstitutionally violated her First Amendment rights when it sued her for refusing to support a homosexual wedding with her floral artistry.

In a similar case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the state of Colorado showed hostility toward the Christian faith of baker Jack Phillip in the process of penalizing him for refusing to create a wedding cake for a homosexual duo.

Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom said the Phillips decision makes clear the government “must respect Jack’s beliefs about marriage.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy, in an overwhelming 7-2 ruling, said “the record here demonstrates that the commission’s consideration of Phillips’ case was neither tolerant nor respectful of his religious beliefs.” . . .

“While the attorney general failed to prosecute a business that obscenely berated and discriminated against Christian customers, he has steadfastly – and on his own initiative – pursued unprecedented measures to punish Barronelle not just in her capacity as a business owner but also in her personal capacity. In its Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling, the Supreme Court condemned that sort of one-sided, discriminatory application of the law against people of faith.” (Read more from “Next Supreme Battle? Yet Another Christian” HERE)

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New Browser Created That Can Hide All Your Personal Info

. . .TraceFree Corp. has announced the creation of the “first web browser that makes it impossible for any site, including Google, to see or share a user’s personal data.” . . .

The company says the technology “leapfrogs, and will ultimately replace, a virtual private network by giving complete anonymity and security while also hiding browsing activity from the internet provider.”

The promotion explained the recent Facebook controversy and new government data regulations have forced companies to update their website privacy policies.

“However, there is still NO WAY a user can be sure their data does not continue to be shared or sold improperly. TraceFree eliminates this fear by NOT allowing a website to see, capture, share or track their personal data.” (Read more from “New Browser Created That Can Hide All Your Personal Info” HERE)

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Disaster: Agent Who Quit Over Rigged Hillary Investigation Heads To Congress

An FBI agent who allegedly quit the bureau over his belief that the Hillary Clinton email investigation was rigged will testify before the House of Representatives, The Hill reported . . .

Democrats, of course, have complained that it exists at all, since anything that distracts from the endless investigation into how President Donald Trump is really a Russian plant is simply frivolous — particularly if it implicates former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or former President Barack Obama in any wrongdoing.

Well, now we’re finally about to see some fireworks. Three top witnesses are going to testify before lawmakers: John Giacalone, who was in charge of the Clinton investigation for the first seven months; Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division; and Michael Steinbach, former head of the FBI’s national security division and the man who succeeded Giacalone.

All three are of particular interest, especially since Priestap was the supervisor of FBI agent Peter Strzok, whose anti-Trump text messages have thrown the objectivity of the entire investigation into doubt.

However, the real headliner here may be Giacalone. Shortly after then-FBI Director Comey announced he wouldn’t be pursuing charges against Hillary Clinton for the email server, Fox News pundit Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote a column in which he claimed Giacalone had quit the bureau because he believed the investigation was rigged. (Read more from “Disaster: Agent Who Quit Over Rigged Hillary Investigation Heads To Congress” HERE)

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Armed Citizen Kills Mass Shooter at Restaurant

By The Daily Wire. An armed citizen shot and killed a mass shooter at a restaurant in Oklahoma on Thursday after the gunman walked in and opened fire, hitting several people.

“A man walked into the Louie’s restaurant and opened fire with a gun. Two people were shot,” police said, CNN reported. “A bystander with a pistol confronted the shooter outside the restaurant and fatally shot him.”

Oklahoma City Police tweeted: “ALERT: The only confirmed fatality is the suspect. He was apparently shot-to-death by an armed citizen. Three citizens were injured, two of whom were shot. A large number of witnesses are detained. There is no indication of terrorism at this point.” (Read more from “Armed Citizen Kills Mass Shooter at Restaurant” HERE)

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2 Shot at Louie’s on Lake Hefner; Suspect Killed by Armed Citizen

By News 9. A mother and daughter were shot Thursday night at a popular restaurant on Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City, police said.

The shooting occurred at Louie’s Grill & Bar at 9401 Lake Hefner Parkway around 6:30 p.m.

According to Captain Bo Mathews with the Oklahoma City Police Department, the suspect described as an 18 to 20-year-old white male entered the restaurant and opened fire.

A mother and daughter celebrating a birthday were the shooting victims. They were both transported to OU Medical Center. News 9 has learned that the victims are Natalie Will and her daughter, Niah. (Read more from “2 Shot at Louie’s on Lake Hefner; Suspect Killed by Armed Citizen” HERE)

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Billboard: Get Your Guns, Pro-Impeachment Liberals

By Indy100. A pro-Trump billboard that tells liberals to ‘get their guns’ if they try to impeach President Trump has kicked off a storm on social media.

The sign, which is posted on private property in Maryland, around 30 miles from Washington, reads:

Hey liberals, better get your guns if you try to impeach President Trump. From all of your deplorables in Calvert County.

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Residents of the area have had a mixed response to the sign’s message. Speaking to AB7 News, Michelle Rinker said: “I love the billboard. We’re conservative and there’s a lot of corruption that’s happened in this country and I don’t think it’s threatening.”

Other people have been less enthusiastic: “I hate that billboard,” a woman said. “I think it’s very threatening. I don’t like it at all.” (Read more from “Billboard: Get Your Guns, Pro-Impeachment Liberals” HERE)

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Pro-Trump Billboard in Maryland Sparks Social Media Debate

By NBC News. A billboard in Maryland warning liberals to arm themselves if they continue efforts to impeach President Donald Trump led to an uproar on social media after a photo of the sign was posted to an anti-Trump Facebook page.

The billboard is staked on private property along Maryland Route 4 in Huntingtown, around 30 miles southeast of Washington. It reads, “Hey Liberals: Better Get Your Guns if You Try to Impeach President Trump,” in dark red letters, adding, “From All of Your Deplorables in Calvert County.” (Huntingtown is in Calvert County.) . . .

Payne said the message on the billboard is changed about once a month. In April, [a pro-life] message on the billboard led several community members to contact police. (Read more from “Pro-Trump Billboard in Maryland Sparks Social Media Debate” HERE)

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Monica Lewinsky Just Openly Attacked Clinton Privilege

. . .The woman who was at the center of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment from her White House intern days in the 1990s has mostly stayed out of the headlines since those dramatic days, but when she resurfaces it’s almost always humiliating for the entire Clinton clan . . .

In a Twitter post published Wednesday, Lewinsky chided an anonymous event organizer for inviting her, but then canceling her invitation when Bill Clinton decided to be there, too.

Within an hour of Lewinsky’s tweet, the liberal website (which apparently moves in the same circles as Lewinsky and the Clintons) reported that the organization was Town & Country magazine.

According to the Huffington Post, Clinton attended a “summit” hosted by Town & Country on Wednesday in New York City, where he introduced young Emma Gonzalez, one of the teenagers who has turned February’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, into an extended 15 minutes of fame. That was the event Lewinsky had been banned from.

Lewinsky followed up her post with one that implied Town & Country tried to mollify her by offering a makeup puff piece.

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Why the FBI’s Raid on Michael Cohen Sets a Dangerous Precedent

. . .It has been long recognized that, for the right to counsel to have any value, clients must have absolute confidence in their ability to communicate confidentially with their lawyers, whether in person, by phone, or on email. That is what is known as the attorney-client privilege, and it is indispensable to the practice of law. After recent events, however, only a fool would place any trust in it.

Like most folks with day jobs, I do not generally follow the ins and outs of the special counsel investigation. But no attorney in America could possibly have missed last month’s news. The FBI, on referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, raided the office, home, and hotel room of Michael Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, and hauled off “thousands if not millions” of pages of documents. In court filings, the feds further revealed that, for weeks prior to the search, they had been secretly reading Cohen’s emails as he was sending them.

Moreover, prosecutors apparently convinced a federal magistrate to issue this warrant on the flimsiest of pretenses—the so-called “crime-fraud exception” to the attorney-client privilege. If media reports are to be believed, Cohen is being investigated for one or more payoffs to old Donald Trump paramours, payments that, because they theoretically benefitted a candidate for president, could be deemed an unreported “in-kind” campaign contribution.

Folks my age and older will remember the ‘90s edition of Mueller, another budding Inspector Javert named Ken Starr. Starr was originally tasked with investigating a shady Clinton land deal but ended up stinging a White House intern into confessing an illicit relationship with the president. He then produced a salacious report that needlessly humiliated and traumatized a young woman, who still seems not to have fully recovered.

But even Starr never raided a law office. At least not that of a living lawyer. He did try to grab the privileged communications of a deceased one: Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster. At some point, Starr moved beyond the land deal and took to investigating President Clinton’s firing of the White House’s travel staff, a ridiculous endeavor if ever there were one. When the investigation began, Foster turned to the law firm of Swidler Berlin for legal advice. Nine days later, he took his own life, launching a decade’s worth of conspiracy theories. Starr then tried to subpoena Foster’s privileged communications. (Read more from “Why the FBI’s Raid on Michael Cohen Sets a Dangerous Precedent” HERE)

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Met Gala Slammed for Mocking Christianity

Tommy Hilfiger proclaimed that his inspiration for the Met Gala Monday was “In the name of the father, the son and Holy Spirit,” USA Today reported. . .

Just plain mockery of faith, according to a harsh critique from Daily Mail columnist Piers Morgan.

“Next year’s Met Gala is going to have an ‘Islam’ theme. Yes, guests in 2019 will be encouraged to wear skimpy, provocative dresses that ‘celebrate’ the Prophet Mohammad, Islamic clothing including hijabs and burqas, and the Quran,” he wrote. “I can also reveal that the 2020 Met Gala will have a ‘Jewish’ theme. Yes, a bunch of celebrities and models will be posing for the world’s paparazzi dressed in all manner of Jewish attire and regalia, including dressing up as Rabbis and wearing kippahs.

“Oh, wait. Neither of these things is actually going to happen. In fact, just by suggesting it, I’m sure I will be subjecting myself to immediate anger from many Muslims and Jews,” he wrote.

“The Met wouldn’t dream of having an Islam or Jewish themed, but Catholicism is apparently fine. Monday night was titled ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ and the stars and their designers threw themselves into the theme. Rihanna came as a silver pope. Yet apparently it’s absolutely fine to have a ‘Catholic’ theme, as we saw at last night’s Met Gala.

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