Mark Collett, one of Britain’s highest-profile white supremacists, has openly called himself a “Nazi sympathizer.” In an April video posted on Twitter that showed a group of Muslims peacefully praying, Collett decried that European culture “is being replaced.” Another tweet by Collett showing praying Muslims read, “The Western world is under siege.” He has been retweeted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who never deleted the tweet and continues to dabble in white supremacist rhetoric. … [Read more...] about Trump’s ‘Culture’ Comments About Immigrants Echo European White Nationalists’
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"Gun culture" most often denotes that strange and paranoid corner of America represented by the NRA at its most strident. But the idea of a gun culture originally included us all, even if we experienced guns only through TV, movies, or 'Battlefield: Bad Company.' The historian Richard Hofstadter coined the expression in a 1970 essay in the magazine 'American Heritage,' in which he contended not that America has a gun culture, that America contains a gun culture, or that America tolerates a gun culture, but that America is a gun culture — that the gun as a symbol is so deeply ingrained within the American character as to be inseparable from Mom, apple pie, and all the rest. … [Read more...] about I’m an American who loves guns, but I can’t stand the culture of the NRA
Early in 2014, Slide Fire Solutions, a manufacturer of bump stocks, put up billboards in Chicago bearing three images, side by side: a baseball mitt folded around a ball, an apple pie, and an AR-15-style rifle equipped with a Slide Fire bump stock. Across the bottom of the billboard was a row of symbols: the Statue of Liberty, an ichthys (the Jesus fish), an American flag as stylized for military uniforms, and an oval containing "2A," referring to the Second Amendment. This is what makes America great: God, Liberty, and Guns. Here we find a gun culture within the broader gun culture that is America, a culture that declares the gun to be as American as Mom and apple pie and as sacred as Jesus himself. This is the gun culture I detest: the corner of the American mind that takes the rifle for a crucifix. And its adherents increasingly presume to speak for everyone who owns a gun. … [Read more...] about I’m a North American who loves guns, but I can’t stand the culture of the NRA
Guns are an incredibly divisive subject in the U.S. today. In his book, 'Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun,' A.J. Somerset discusses what it means to own guns in contemporary America. He says the gun is often a symbol as deeply ingrained within the American character as apple pie. And while he likes guns, he does not like this part of the modern 'gun culture' — and says not all pro-gun American citizens align with the ideals of the National Rifle Association. The following is an excerpt from 'Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun' by A.J. Somerset: … [Read more...] about I’m love guns, but I can’t stand the culture of the NRA
Church buildings certainly color all kinds of memories. I, for one, asked my wife's hand in marriage on a boat that cruised on the Seine. Her hand, now with an engagement ring, clutched mine as we admired Notre Dame. Years later, our kids played at the park behind the cathedral in a hot summer morning. … [Read more...] about Notre Dame isn’t just a cultural landmark. Remember that a church was on fire.