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ACT! For America’s Empty Promises

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By Emperor

The 2016 presidential election season has been punctuated by the implosion of the Republican party, decimated by the long nurtured hatred and xenophobia that it has thrived upon for decades. The Republican elite have for some time either looked the other way or actively pandered to and supported bigoted organizations, hoping to reap electoral dividends.

One such cog in the Conservative movement’s wheels has been ACT! For America. ACT! For America is one of a plethora of Islamophobic hate groups whose shady practices and links have been exposed repeatedly over the years. ACT! is led by Brigitte Gabriel and has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from leading donors of the Conservative movement.

In July 2014, we reported Brigitte Gabriel’s announcement that ACT! For America was launching university campus chapters. ACT!’s purported goal in establishing these university chapters was to counter Muslim Student Associations (MSA), which, in line with the conspiratorial messaging of Islamophobes was a supposed “Muslim Brotherhood” front. ACT! claims that their “goal is for Students Who ACT to be recognized as an official student group on at least 100 campuses by the end of 2016!”

Students Who ACT claims the following platform.:

“As the only group on college campuses focused on promoting national security and defeating terrorism, “Students Who ACT”:

  • Lead the way in encouraging student participation in the defense of American values and liberties in their communities and on the state and federal level;
  • Further their peers’ education of ACT for America’s core issues including raising awareness of global Christian persecution;
  • Combat extreme bias and intimidation by encouraging students to respond and exercise their Constitutional right to free speech;
  • Promote patriotism among fellow students.

Students help raise awareness through group activities such as holding educational events, staying active on campus with like-minded groups, attending the ACT for America National Conference, participating in social media campaigns, and working with the local ACT for America chapters.” (ACT! For America Students)

It’s been two years, so how far along is Brigitte Gabriel and ACT! For America in achieving the establishment of “100 chapters” on University campuses?

By using the good ole’ google maps list, ACT!’s official “Find a Chapter” map, and Facebook we see that only four universities supposedly should have an ACT! For America student group on campus. These are Murray State University, Liberty University, Tulane University, and Oklahoma State University- Stillwater.

However, looking at the most up-to-date list of student organizations at all four universities, neither ACT! For America nor Students Who Act are listed as student organizations at these universities. The student life coordinator at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, and Evan Frejo confirmed that they do not have a student organization related to ACT! For America on the list of student organizations.

Therefore, it’s apparent that ACT For America does not actually have a single official student organization at any American university. Indeed, the goal of 100 chapters by the end of this year is not only unattainable but in the past two years they have opened a grand total of zero chapters! Money well spent for an Islamophobia machine that is funded to the tune of over $200 million dollars!

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  • Tighe McCandless

    I think people generally underestimate how much mileage naked bigotry is going to get them.

    Sure, Trump’s candidacy has turned the Republican Party into a complete dumpster fire, but he’s got a ceiling for support after a certain point. The only group he hasn’t particularly offended at this point are white men without college educations and there are only so many of those. The type of rhetoric he uses only has so much mileage to modern Americans; it’s a way of speaking that seems to fit more with the Know-Nothings or even the Dixiecrats (granted, the latter isn’t ‘ancient history’ but to the average person 60 some odd years ago might as well be 100+). That’s not the kind of discrimination we like. This is the same kind of speech that Islamophobes also like to use and there’s a similar problem: what ACT! has failed to do is properly couch itself in dog whistle terms.

    It’s ‘thug,’ ‘welfare queen,’ ‘illegal immigrant,’ ‘protecting our communities’ etc. that have worked so well for so long. What they needed to do was tap into such sentiments; perhaps trot out how many Muslim countries treat gay men and lesbians, how comparatively women’s rights are pretty terrible (never mind the fact that human rights in general in places like the petro kingdoms and tin pot dictatorships are practically nonexistent). I’m not sure if it would have been greatly effective but it’s a better fig leaf for their purposes other than “ISLAM BAD, WE SMASH.” Admittedly they had a decent idea with chest thumping about the Constitution and “protecting the troops/cops/whatever” but it’s so transparent it’s absurd.

    You’d think that if Islamic and far left sleeper agents’ tactics were so effective as to have a complete stranglehold on the political and social parts of life as much as they claim they do that they would adopt similarly effective tactics in trying to be as innocuous as possible.

  • Khizer

    So most of the idiots who join ISIS only know the following:

    1. Say prayer five times, prayer gooood.

    2. Beard gooood.

    3. Pig baaad.

    4. Dancing baaad.

    5. Music baaad.

    6. Pictures baaad (pictures of ourselves, goood).

    7. Guns goood.

    8. Yazidi men baaaad (women goooood).

    9. Life baaaad.

    10. An Actual career baaaad.

    11. Everything else, baaaad.

    An illiterate Afghan village boy has more Islamic knowledge than these fools. Heck there probably chimpanzees with more Islamic knowledge than these fools. They still call themselves ‘Islamic’ despite the criticisms against them by actual certified Islamic scholars, talk about hubris and pride ( which are also un-Islamic).

  • (((Reynardine)))

    Ah. The gentlemen of whom I speak were from Muslim families, one Pashtun and one Cherkess. In the latter case, at least, “throwback” might apply.

  • 1DrM

    Far less then the amount of dollars white western slaves like you fork over to the “israelis.” Ignorant mindless terrorism supporting animal.

  • George Carty

    No, as in a convert to Islam.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    Actually, even that was a pseudonym, it seems. Maybe she’s Tom Ripley in drag.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    Revert? You mean a throwback?

  • mindy1

    Bahahahaha

  • mindy1

    It’s France, what do you expect

  • Just_Stopping_By

    I’m not a fan of the massive amount of Saudi funding of their interpretation of Islam in the West. But, it’s not the sole, or perhaps even the primary, reasons for what you’re probably afraid of here:

    Leaked ISIS Documents Reveal Most Recruits Know Little on Islam
    “… According to the documents, which were acquired by the Syrian opposition site Zaman al-Wasl and shared with AP, 70 percent of recruits were listed as having just “basic” knowledge of Shariah — the lowest possible choice. Around 24 percent were categorized as having an “intermediate” knowledge, and just 5 percent were considered advanced students of Islam.”

  • Khizer

    Absolutely agree!

  • Khizer

    I will never understand extreme secularists’ obsession with hijabs or whatever Muslim women choose to wear.

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/12/31/world-hijab-day-does-a-disservice-to-women-who-are-forced-to-cover-themselves-up/

    I saw this article and thought it was amusing that Maajid Nawaaz and Asra ‘Hijab leads to terrorism’ Nomani show ‘concern’ for Muslim Women. I understand what the article is trying to say but it is kinda saying that if wear a hijab in solidarity with Muslim Women you are somehow supporting radicals in forcing women to cover up in some countries, which is pretty bullshit as the purpose of this day is to to show SOLIDARITY with these women who wear hijabs and the troubles they go through. I think this French mayor also somewhat believes in the same thing, that by stopping Muslim Women from wearing modest clothing somehow he is promoting women’s right to wear what they want.

  • Yausari

    Zero. You can wear the tin foil hat, but it’s still zero.

  • George Carty

    IIRC the ginger-haired revert is a common stereotype in Britain’s Muslim community.

  • Joey Sanders

    Well, she asked. What’s your answer?

  • Khizer

    I know, hence my reference to American secularism.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    That was her name? Dang.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    Real secularism, or in all events nonsectarianism, means you allow people to follow the dictates of their own faith, or lack thereof, so long as they don’t force them on anyone else.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    I can recall Agnes DeMille discussing how her redheaded, terribly pale-skinned mother wore what was essentially a burkini to the beach, just to keep from burning up. Are redheads to be allowed to cover up, while Muslims are not? What about redheaded Muslims (I have known two?) And if redheads are not allowed to protect their hides, isn’t this imperilling their health based on color?

  • (((Reynardine)))

    Cain’t happen to nicer people.

  • Joey Sanders

    Since when did Brigitte Gabriel care about America to begin with? She has always stated in speeches about how thankful she is to Israel. That money is, probably, no longer in the United States. It probably got funneled to Israel.

  • Laurent Weppe

    So, yet another affinity scam:
    You hate Muslims? Great: I hate Muslims too! Give me some money and I’ll use it to fight the ennemy off!

  • JD

    French mayor of Cannes bans ‘burkini’ swimwear

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/french-mayor-cannes-bans-burkini-swimwear/

    A beachgoer in Cannes, France, can now be fined and asked to leave
    the beach if caught wearing a “burkini,” a full-body swimsuit preferred
    by Muslim women.

  • TheSyndicate2006

    Nice to see Nour Seeman (BG’s name before brown scrubbing herself) fall flat on her behind.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Great investigative work! I have to say that I’m quite happy that Act! hasn’t opened a single student chapter. It gives me some renewed confidence in the quality of students in American colleges.

    One minor nit. I don’t think it makes sense to title this as an article “ACT! For America’s Empty Promises.” As is quoted, ACT! called 100 chapters a “goal,” not a promise. (And, frankly, there are a lot of LW titles or intros that are a bit loose with the facts, but that’s another story.) Besides, I’d rather think that they tried and failed rather than that they lied about trying.

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