Far right women sell xenophobia with pretty faces

On February 22, Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen, took the stage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. She railed against globalism, decrying the European Union for turning France “from the eldest daughter of the Catholic Church to the little niece of Islam.”

Maréchal-Le Pen's presence at CPAC demonstrates a disturbing trend where the Republican Party is increasingly abandoning its conservative principles for nationalistic “blood and soil” rhetoric. Just as disturbing --- and surprising --- is the number of women advocating for nationalism in movements that are strongly anti-feminist.

Anti-feminism is ingrained in various far-right groups, with outright misogyny sometimes on display.

Anti-feminism is ingrained in various far-right groups, with outright misogyny sometimes on display, yet there are a number of prominent women speaking out against globalization and immigration, like political activists Lauren Southern and Tara McCarthy.

Southern, a far-right Canadian political activist, has over 330,000 Twitter followers and has contributed to Rebel Media and Breitbart. In 2016, she authored and self-published Barbarians: How Baby Boomers, Immigrants, and Islam Screwed My Generation, which “expose[s] the frauds, liars, idiots, and above all, barbarians” as those responsible for the decline of Western civilization.

Tara McCarthy, a British white supremacist, hosts Reality Calls, a webcast promoting ethnonationalism and anti-globalism. She co-hosted the webcast, Virtue of the West, with Brittany Pettibone, a self-proclaimed American Nationalist before its GoFundMe was taken down for promoting racism.

Like Maréchal-Le Pen, Southern and McCarthy are focused on national identity, often combining their criticisms of globalism with a pursuit for racial homogeneity.

“I view ethnonationalism as the healthiest way for our world to function in accordance with nature as it has done since the beginning of humankind, and also as the most desirable way for it to continue,” McCarthy argued in a now-archived YouTube video.

Southern shares a similar sentiment in her book.

“Unchecked immigration is a moral eyesore,” Southern wrote. “It asks our states to fail their most basic obligations by putting the needs of faceless, dubiously friendly strangers over the needs of the citizens they exist to protect and serve.”

These women are not just pretty faces.

While Southern or McCarthy is unlikely to appear on stage at CPAC anytime soon, they shouldn’t be mindlessly dismissed as just white supremacy Barbies. These women are not just pretty faces. They have found a way to repackage xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments into a more palatable narrative: protecting women and preserving tradition.

Far-right nationalists like Southern have used the migrant crisis, which roughly began in 2015 and saw millions of African, Middle Eastern and Asian migrants fleeing to European shores, as proof of a Muslim invasion of white Christian Europe. The majority of migrants are indeed Muslims fleeing their war-torn homes in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, in search of security and better economic opportunities, but a portion are Yazidi Christians running from religious persecution from ISIS.

Nevertheless, far-right nationalists don’t see the overwhelming flow of refugees as a human rights crisis but as a threat toward European identity.

Génération Identitaire, a European alt-right movement, led a mission called Defend Europe to stop nongovernmental organizations like SOS Méditerranée from conducting search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean.

Southern, joined by Brittany Pettibone, an American alt-right activist, helped crowdfund for Defend Europe missions. In May 2017, Southern joined a mission to try and stop the SOS Méditerranée’s vessel Aquarius from bringing migrants to the coast of Sicily last July.

“If the politicians won’t stop the boats, we’ll stop the boats,” Southern said during a live stream of her Defend Europe mission.

Defend Europe, along with Southern, have argued the NGOs are complicit in human trafficking and are responsible for migrants drowning by acting as a “pull factor.” The group alleges that the NGOs presence leads migrants to think the passage to Europe is safer than it actually is.

This is a shallow attempt to rebrand their anti-migrant efforts as concern for migrants’ lives, as Defend Europe’s ships are decorated with banners reading, “You will not make Europe home.”

In a similar vein, far right activists have painted their xenophobia as concern over sexual assault.

A far-right campaign, promoted by Génération Identitaire, called 120 decibels is attempting to co-opt the MeToo movement to raise awareness of sexual assault committed by migrants. Pettibone herself has advocated for this movement.

The far-right’s concern over sexual assault in this matter is a thinly-veiled attack on migrants, an attempt to demonize them in the minds of politicians and the public. They present an apocalyptic vision of a migrant crime wave sweeping across Europe with white women as the primary victims suffering from sexual violence.

The campaign’s website argues there is a surge in sexual assaults by migrants which is caused “by the misogynistic cultural-conditioning that migrants inherit from majority-Muslim countries where in many cases women are treated like second-class citizens.”

The truth is far more complicated than 120 decibels wants people to believe. In 2005, Sweden broadened the legal definition of rape to include incidents where a man removes a condom during sex. This expansion along with victims feeling more comfortable going to the police may account for an increase in rape statistics.

They only care about promoting nationalism.

As Mona Charen argues in National Review, “the image of hordes of immigrants raping Swedish women, however, is, to say the least, overheated.”

A wave of sexual assaults committed by migrants is also overblown in Germany.

Far right women like Southern and Pettibone may claim they care about human rights and sexual assault victims, but the reality is they only care about promoting nationalism. No amount of flawless foundation and glossy lips can hide the ugliness of white nationalism.

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Lindsay Marchello is a Young Voices Advocate and an Associate Editor with the Carolina Journal. Follow her on Twitter @LynnMarch007.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

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Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.