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Weird: Conservative Catholic Sohrab Ahmari Attacks Thomas Jefferson

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In a strange turn of events, conservative commentator Sohrab Amari attacked Founding Father Thomas Jefferson for being a slaver.

He tweeted on November 12, 2019 “One of the blessings of embracing political Catholicism is never having to defend the atrocious slaver Thomas Jefferson. There are many men in the Founding generation whose life and ideas I can admire. But not Jefferson.”

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Ahmari, an Iranian immigrant who converted to Catholicism in 2016, has become one of the more provocative figures on the Right in recent years.

Despite his publicized brand of Catholic conservatism, Amari ended up taking a page straight out of the cultural leftist playbook.

Jefferson has been a whipping boy for the Left given his background as an aristocratic farmer. One frequent historical critique levied against him is his supposed relation with the slave Sally Hemings, where it is argued that Jefferson slept with Hemings. However, new scholarship has debunked this assertion.

The Catholic Church has made significant contributions to the development of Western civilization, but it has similar blemishes to Protestantism when it came to the slavery question.

In the Western Hemisphere, Spanish and and Portuguese (both intensely Catholic) America featured some of the most squalid slave conditions at the time. The nature of slavery in the sugar field is well-documented, where slaves were often worked to death in order to keep the sugar export bonanza going. This period of colonial history in the Americas was indeed a low point in Western civilization.

But when it came to ending slavery, the West was far ahead of the curve compared to the rest of the world.

Even Ahmari’s native land of Iran was late to the slavery abolition party, after it decided to outlaw the practice in 1929.

The U.S. was founded by a predominately white Anglo-Saxon protestant demographic, but it was known to extend a hand to groups such as Catholics largely due to the country’s respect for religious freedom.

However, attacks on Thomas Jefferson —whether it be for being a slave owner or his ethnic background — fit in very well with the Left’s agenda to undermine the historic American nation.

Ahmari raises interesting points about conservative issues, which is desperately needed after decades of neoconservative dominance. But trying to throw Jefferson under the bus because he held slaves is province of the iconoclastic Left. Comments like these only add more fuel to the Left’s anti-American narrative.

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Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther

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Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.

One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.

On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.

While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley

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Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”

However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.

The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed.  In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.

Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.

She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.

The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.

A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.

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