Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Early 'Law & Order' Episode Parallels the Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin Case

I've been revisiting the first season (1990) of "Law & Order" (it was more of a gritty, NYC cop show back then with less knee-jerk liberalism than the current crop, although I still watch SVU for some reason) via Netflix and the second episode, "Subterranean Homeboy Blues" (obviously a play on the Bob Dylan song), has a lot of parallels to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin brouhaha.

In it, a white woman (played by Cynthia Nixon, who had a long career before "Sex & The City") shoots two young black men in the subway, killing one and paralyzing another, and when prosecuted, claims self-defense. The writers apparently based the story on the 1984 Bernhard Goetz subway shooting case, but they added a gender twist to the mix and the race factor doesn't really come up until halfway through the episode. In fact, the woman is represented by a black female attorney--and she's applauded by women all across NYC--who sympathizes with her in sisterly (not "sistahly") solidarity.

When the question of race does arise, it's done so in a much more nuanced fashion than anything I can imagine coming out today, which says a lot about how far we've regressed in that regard. And in the end (which I won't give away), although the case is decided, the viewer is left wondering who really told the truth. That's because, as in today's "he said/they all said" case, no one really knows what happened except for the people involved. And justice is not always a cut and dry affair.

Hartford Seminary's Shameful Ties to Syria's Dictator

In an article published yesterday at American Thinker, journalist Stephen Schwartz exposes the ties between Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and the bloody dictatorship of Syrian president Bashar Assad:

The Hartford Seminary has occupied a leading position among theological faculties around the nation in accommodating Islam, particularly in its radical forms, since appointing its first Muslim faculty member more than twenty years ago. Today, that accommodation extends to the murderous regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Hartford maintains a highly questionable relationship with an Islamic religious and Arabic-language school, the Al-Fatiha Islamic Academy in Damascus, approved by, and allied with, the Assad family. Founded in 1956, Al-Fatiha promotes aggressively sharia-based finance (Islamic banking) and denounces the current international financial system.

On January 30, Hartford announced that "Omer Awass ... has been named Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, starting in Fall 2012." Awass possesses unexceptional standing as a doctoral candidate at Temple University, where he earned his master's degree in religion, with attendance at al-Azhar, the prestigious Sunni Muslim religious university in Cairo. And by way of justifying this rather odd academic appointment, Hartford disclosed that Awass "is a graduate of Al-Fatih Islamic Institute in Damascus, Syria, which has enjoyed a partnership with Hartford Seminary and had students earn degrees at the Seminary."

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Cross-posted from Winfield Myers at the Campus Watch blog.