On a lower post, Jen Shroder seems to think that I've blocked her from commenting. She's wrong.
Ed, why does it appear that I'm blocked from an Aug 11 page where you make a lot of ridiculous claims?
I have no idea, but it's not true. It's not possible to block someone from commenting only on one specific post without blocking the comments on that post completely. The comments are open. But I have no idea what you're referring to, since the only thing I posted on August 11th was about the Worldnutdaily and Reverend Moon.
I don't have time to really go over all of your claims, but a huge faux pas is that I wrote my clinton article long before Newsmax did. And a lot of the research you claim other authors didn't do, is backed up at my extended Clinton article, which the one you quoted links to.
Well in one of your articles on the subject, you cite the Newsmax article. Regardless, it simply is not true that Alamoudi "wrote" the "guidelines" (which was really just a statement of what the courts have ruled on various church/state issues that involved public schools). The reality is that one person who represented one of over thirty organizations, including many conservative groups like the Christian Legal Society and the National Association of Evangelicals, has now been accused of fundraising for another organization that is believed to have ties to Palestinian extremists. That accurate reality gets turned into "terrorists are writing our school guidelines to teach Islam!" and other hysterically overblown claims.
There are numerous false statements in your article on the subject. First, these are not "Clinton's guidelines". President Clinton only asked that they be distributed to public schools because they are an accurate statement of what the courts have ruled over the years on various issues that school administrators face in terms of church and state. This was done to protect religious liberties. Furthermore, the guidelines are entirely reasonable and true as statements of current case law. And nowhere in your article do you even attempt to show a single statement in them that is false. I especially like this bit of stupidity:
School districts are pressured to utilize Clintons guidelines which he sold to America as "issued by 35 religious groups," failing to disclose they include many civil rights groups and are all described by the ACLU as committed to separation of church and state.
They "fail to disclose" that those 35 religious groups included many civil rights groups? Wow, that really changes everything, doesn't it? Civil rights groups? What's next, people who support freedom? How absurd. Schools are not "pressured" to accept those guidelines, the guidelines tell them what the courts have ruled previously. That's important information for school administrators to know, isn't it? And in most cases, the court rulings are much more reasonable than many administrators and teachers think they are. For example, when a teacher assigns a paper to be written about someone the student admires and then tells a student that they can't write about Jesus, that teacher is acting illegally according to previous court rulings in similar circumstances. And the guidelines in question point that out:
7. Students may express their religious beliefs in the form of reports, homework and artwork, and such expressions are constitutionally protected. Teachers may not reject or correct such submissions simply because they include a religious symbol or address religious themes. Likewise, teachers may not require students to modify, include or excise religious views in their assignments, if germane. These assignments should be judged by ordinary academic standards of substance, relevance, appearance and grammar.
Again, these guidelines were designed to give teachers and administrators an accurate statement of current law in this regard so that they would not overstep their boundaries and violate the religious liberties of students. The rest of the article is about Clinton's ties to Muslims, which I just couldn't possibly care any less about. I don't care if Clinton has ties to Satan himself, I am not a Clinton supporter and it has nothing to do with whether those guidelines are accurate and reasonable or not.
Shroder has actually written about this several times on her website. In this article she makes more ridiculous statements about these guidelines. She writes:
Therefore Clinton colluded with secular and religious-sounding groups and based his new Presidential Guidelines (2) on a document drafted by the American Muslim Council, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU which owns the copyright and many of the very groups attempting to censor Christianity today. This document can now be easily viewed (3).
For some reason, they linked to a Google cached version of the guidelines themselves; for the easier version, click here. It's amusing that she focuses solely on the American Muslim Council, the ACLU and Americans United and dismisses the other 32 organizations that signed the document as merely "religious-sounding", all in an attempt to support the ridiculous thesis that this is part of some big indoctrination program to convert our kids to Islam. In point of fact, the American Muslim Council is the ONLY Muslim group on the list of organizations that signed on to support this document, and the list includes some very conservative Christian groups, like the National Association of Evangelicals, the Christian Legal Society, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. But that's just the beginning of the nonsense:
In the guidelines, every single "religious expression" that opens the door for Islam came equipped with a clause of escape, (2a) a backdoor for the ACLU to attack should anything Christian dare enter public schools under the same guidelines as Islam employs.
Now folks, I've given the link to the entire document. If you can find one "backdoor" that says Islam is allowed and Christianity is not, I'll eat my hat. Hell, I'll eat your hat. This is pure delusion.
Clinton then presented these guidelines as originally drafted by "35 religious groups" and named it "Religious Expression in Public School. "Clinton failed to inform us, however, that these particular "religious groups" share a commitment to separation of church and state, as stated on the ACLU original draft.
LOL. Actually, these groups have very different views on what separation of church and state should mean, but they signed on to these guidelines as an accurate representation of what the courts have ruled, which was the whole purpose. I love the attempt here to make groups like the Christian Legal Society out to be some fake religious group that's really a liberal front group. Go look at the CLS webpage and look at their positions and tell me that's not incredibly stupid to imply. They supported the Federal Marriage Amendment; they support Bush's faith based initiative policy; they supported the Boy Scouts in their legal fight over gay and atheist chaplains; they filed a brief opposing Newdow in the pledge of allegiance case along with Concerned Women for America. This is a very conservative Christian group that would be opposed in most cases by the ACLU. Yet they agreed that the guidelines in question were an accurate statement of current case law, which is all it was intended to do. Oh, but she's not done yet. She actually claims that these guidelines, because they say that children are allowed to talk to their fellow students about their religion (which is true) and distribute religious literature to them (also true), are promoting Islam.
To be granted rights to perform Dawa in America's public schools was a huge victory for Islam. Clinton gave them Dawa, our schools, our very children with his religious guidelines and cloaked it with a false inclusion of Christianity.
Uh, Jen, Clinton didn't "give them" anything. The courts ruled long ago that students have the right to talk to others and give them literature about their religious views. 99% of the time when this is done, it's done by Christian students, but Muslim students have exactly the same rights. Does that bother you? Should Muslims not have that right, only Christians? It's just hilarious that you take perfectly true and reasonable guidelines that say kids are allowed to talk about their religion, guidelines that are used 99% of the time to defend Christian students doing so, and claim that because they protect Muslim students doing the same thing that therefore this constitutes a conspiracy to "give" our children to Islam. Are you really this fucking stupid, or are you pretending to be? It hardly seems possible that someone could be this clueless and still manage to log on to a computer.
All of this is sheer lunacy. There is nothing in those guidelines that is inaccurate, and they were issued by a wide range of organizations from across the political spectrum. Shroder is simply delusional if she thinks they were issued as part of some conspiracy to indoctrinate our children in Islam and destroy Christianity. This is the martyr pose taken to insane extremes.
It won't work, Ed. You're entirely too reasonable. You make too much sense.
I would like to predict the future. (Bet you didn't know that I was the famous Psychic Skeptic, did you? Hmn? Yup. I have Psychic Powers™, even though I doubt their existence.)
Jen Shroder will never address any of your alledged "ridiculous claims". Instead, she will talk about unrelated, or only tangentally related subjects. She will attribute you with things that you did not say, then attack these strawmen. She will claim that you are a big meany for calling her article "stupid". She will stick to her claim that your original entry was on August 11, not August 10, and that contrary to what you have said about commenting, you somehow were able to prevent her from commenting on your original entry (you sneaky meany, you.)
She will not address the core issue, which is the fact that the article's title, "Accused Terrorist Wrote School Guidelines with ACLU" is simply NOT TRUE. It is FALSE. Even by reading and using her own references.
I want to Congratulate you on your Psychic Skeptic Powers. (giggle)
I think you are right on target with what you have predicted.
Jen is either delusional or a liar.
Ed said: In point of fact, the American Muslim Council is the ONLY Muslim group on the list of organizations that signed on to support this document, ...
I checked the linked document Ed, and doesn't it also list the North American Council for Muslim Women as a signatory?
Oops, you're right Dave. There are two. I did miss that one.
Oh, let's be charitable. It's not really fair to kick her too much, is it, given that she's out of her freaking mind? (But it's fun, innit?)
Holy crap, Jim, I hadn't even seen that part of the website. Unbelievable.
Ed wrote: On a lower post, Jen Shroder seems to think that I've blocked her from commenting.
Ms. Shroder doesn't appear to be the most technically ept (well, it should be the opposite of 'inept') person. Some time ago, she appears to have misunderstood the concept of an email worm that lies about it sender address, and blown it up into a massive conspiracy in which her computer was 'hacked' by the Democratic Party and/or the ACLU and/or CAIR, etc., in an attempt to frame her.
Best quote from her 'investigations' of the hacking: Also, security stopped my "windows explorer" from trying to send data to 127.0.0.1. For those not familiar with the vagaries of IP, that address refers to your own computer.
Oh, let's be charitable. It's not really fair to kick her too much, is it, given that she's out of her freaking mind?
Holy Crap (to coin a phrase.)
Can you say "lunatic"? I knew you could. ;)
She sounds like the type of person who might kill her kids and then say "God told me to do it".
I'm only and engineer so I'm not an expert but she sounds psychotic to me... mabye a bit of delusional paranoia thrown in for good measure.
Aaron's comment about the computer worm and Ms. Shroder's paranoid delusions has me laughing so hard I can hardly see to type. Funniest thing I've seen in quite some time.
Wow, I just followed the link that Aaron left and I'm laughing my ass off too. Can you imagine those poor FBI agents on the other end of the phone as this fucking whacko rants incoherently about her suspicious netstats and the grand conspiracy of gay Muslim pedophiles and textbook publishers who are out to get her? They must have been just shaking their head and biting their tongues to avoid saying, "Lady, you got a virus emailed to you. It happens to millions of people every day and it was probably sent by a teenager in Lithuania who doesn't know Jen Shroder from Ricky Shroder."
It is possible to block a person without closing comments. It can be done on purpose or accidentally. (That said, people can eventually get around the blocking.)
Most blog software has spam blocking-- it might work by IP address, or it might work by recognizing certain URL's, or certain phrases (generally words of the 4 letter variety--but also ooften certain types of items often sold via spam. I will not give an example, or this post may be blocked!)
If the person's post contains anything in you spam filter, it could be blocked!
Either way, people who have blogs can obviously respond.
As you can probably tell from the volumes of spam comments I get and have to delete manually, I cannot run mt-blacklist, which would block those comments. mblog allegedly has it installed, but since the support people absolutely will not respond to my emails on how to activate it, it doesn't work on this blog. So no one is blocked here without the comments being turned off. Having read the absolutely hilarious posts she has up on her webpage about this vast conspiracy to discredit her, one can only conclude that this woman is simply out of her mind and imagining things. Hell, she's probably busy swearing curses on me to go blind or adding up the numbers of my IP address to see if it adds up to 666. She's simply nuts.
Her site is addictive.... I couldn't help reading her list of IP address. Guess what? If you run a whois, lots of the SPAM is from.... China and other far flung places.
Nothing about her blog is addictive unless you are addicted to nonsense. She is just asking for Ed to make the remarks he makes. I think she is a gluten for punishment LOL
>>Nothing about her blog is addictive unless you are addicted to nonsense
But I am addicted to nonsense! And it looks like Ed is temporarily addicted too.
How can one help marveling what she might say next? Or have said before?
It's a lot like watching a train wreck. You don't wanna look, but you just can't help yourself. It reminds me of David Cross' routine about how being in New York means constantly having to choose between looking at the most beautiful woman in the world, or the weirdest man in the world.
You must be right Lucia, and I see Ed agrees with you.
Lucia and you Ed have a morbid curiosity when it comes to Jen Shroder aka Jennifer Shroeder, She is the one who cut off her fingertip on her little finger to make a statement. Why give her credence by even acknowledging her existence?
>>She is the one who cut off her fingertip on her little finger to make a statement.
Oh no! Did she blog about that?
What was the statement? Theory 1: I don't need to type the letters 'a', 'q' or 'z'? LOL!
After having a conversation with Lynn just now about it, I think maybe she's right. Maybe I should spend less time on mocking the obviously insane and set my sights a little higher. I really do find people on the fringe fascinating, but am I merely feeding their problems by going after them with a verbal meat cleaver? It's certainly something to think about.
Thank you honey:-)