Madness on the March in Indonesia, Harvard and Clemson

God bless the United States -- or at least what it used to be.

Imagine you are running for public office and belong to a religion which most of your constituents do not share. Imagine that some leaders of that other religion claim their religion bars them from voting for someone of a different faith. After you dispute that rigid interpretation of their religion and persist in winning votes from those adherents, you get accused of blasphemy, thrown into prison for two years, and naturally lose the election.

This dystopian nightmare is a real story from purportedly "moderate" Indonesia.

Jakarta Governor Ahok Purnama, a Christian, is off to an Indonesian prison for two years for blaspheming the Koran. The blasphemy? He said that Muslims were free to vote for non-Muslims.  How convenient for his Muslim opponent in the election!

Ahok Purnama on trial for blasphemy (BBC photo).

And if there was any doubt this was some fluke, the local theo-thugs are organized.

"Here we have witnessed that the judge has become a representative of God, that the judge has upheld justice," said Syamsu Hilal, a member of an anti-blasphemy group who reported Ahok to police last year. (Please be sure to watch the madman Hilal in this short video rant about how "peaceful" his faction is after the Christian governor was hauled off to prison.)

Those who degrade and violate the dignity of the individual always have a reason, don’t they? What is more frightening is that a nation of 250 million people adopts this madness as law. This is a perfect example to share with your children whenever they ask what makes America such a great country.

You better hurry though -- because there are plenty of Americans here who want to wreck it.

Many are graduates of Harvard.

Imagine it is 1969, and students at the University of Alabama decide they want to have a separate graduation ceremony with members of only one race. Sure, everyone would attend the regular commencement -- but before that, they would hold a whites-only ceremony.

These were the good old days when the civil rights groups still had moral authority. The outrage and condemnation would have been nationwide, unanimous, and justified.

Not anymore.

At Harvard, black students will indeed gather this month for an apartheid graduation ceremony.

Blacks only. No whites allowed.

Courtney Woods, a student who will earn her master’s in education policy and management, told the Washington Times:

Harvard’s institutional foundation is in direct conflict with the needs of black students.

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There is a legacy of slavery, epistemic racism and colonization at Harvard, which was an institution founded to train rising imperialist leaders. This is a history that we are reclaiming.