Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Open Letter to Liz Wolfe Regarding Chase Oliver's Views on Puberty Blockers for Minors

     1. Introduction

 

      On Monday, May 27th, 2024, the Libertarian Party nominated Chase Oliver to be its presidential candidate, at its national convention in Washington, D.C..

     Earlier that same day, at 8:09 A.M., Oliver tweeted the message "The age of consent is too damn high" (a nod to New York gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan's slogan "the rent is too damn high").


      Within the following several days, numerous Libertarian Party members - especially those who didn't vote for Oliver to be the party's nominee - expressed concern and disapproval regarding Chase Oliver's stance regarding puberty blockers for minors.

     Oliver has stated that, while he does oppose giving bottom surgery (i.e., genital surgery) to people under the age of 18, he does not think that the state should be in the business of preventing parents from, or punishing parents for, making the decision that puberty blockers are appropriate for their children.


      On May 31st - four days after receiving the L.P.'s nomination - Chase Oliver appeared on the "Just Asking Questions" podcast, hosted by Zach Weissmuller and Liz Wolfe, to discuss the issue. The "Just Asking Questions" podcast is affiliated with libertarian news outlet Reason Magazine, whose website is www.reason.com.

     That interview was published to YouTube, under the title "What does Chase Oliver believe about trans kids?". That video can be viewed at the following address:

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obFBd8AAMNs

     I would urge my readers to watch that video before proceeding, as the remarks which follow below, are a direct response to the comments made by Oliver and Liz Wolfe in that interview.





     2. The Letter

 

     On June 12th, 2024, I sent an e-mail to Liz Wolfe, to explain why I agree with her concerns and criticisms regarding Mr. Oliver.

 

     [Notes about the formatting of this article:

     1. The portions of the letter below which appear in brackets, and/or italics, were added to the text after it was sent.

     2. For the reader's convenience, lengthy author's notes have been placed between brackets and appear in italics, in order to contrast against the original portions of the e-mail, which appear without either brackets or italics.]

     3. Single words which appear within brackets were either added, or edited (but without significantly modifying the meaning of the text).

     4. Paragraph breaks and spaces between lines have also been added for the reader's convenience.]

 

     That e-mail read as follows:

 

 

     Hi Liz. Thanks for pushing back against Chase Oliver in your recent interview. I appreciate your trying to get him to be consistent.

     I'm a former Libertarian and this is one of the reasons why I left.

 

     Oliver isn't even correct that bottom surgery is irreversible. Walt Heyer underwent bottom surgery, and then had it reversed.

     Not that that makes it OK, of course! The damage which bottom surgery and puberty blockers do to the body should not be underestimated, and Oliver was clearly trying to avoid discussing it.

     Some women have described testosterone as "poison to women", and one of the puberty blockers commonly used is Lupron, which is used to chemically castrate sex offenders. So we are treating "gender-questioning kids" like sex offenders, while ignoring the possibility that they feel that way because they were sexually abused as children.

 

     Oliver also avoided discussing how these forms of transitioning re-affirm harmful gender stereotypes (like the stereotypes that tall people cannot be feminine, and that short people cannot be masculine; and that if you are a boy who is attracted to other boys then you must really be a girl inside).

 

     The conversation also got nowhere near entertaining the possibility that diagnosing a kid with gender dysphoria tends to distract from any and all prior ailments from which they may be suffering, which may have overlapping symptoms with gender dysphoria, or which may have caused that dysphoria. Particularly, Dissociative Identity Disorder, general body dysmorphia, gender-based bullying and harmful gender stereotypes, and prior sexual abuse [as well as homosexuality, bisexuality, autism, fear of being sexually assaulted or abused or objectified, and/or desire to please adults to want to send the child chest binders]. In my book, ignoring previous sexual abuse is basically the same thing as pedophile enabling.

 

     Walt Heyer was forced to wear a dress by his grandmother, and raped by an uncle, and developed gender dysphoria. I suspect that Heyer internalized that harm, and reasoned that he might have an easier time getting penetrated by his uncle, if he were to attempt to transition to female.
     [Note: Heyer has stated that he desired to become a female in order to get away from the abuse, but in my opinion, it's possible that making the abuse easier on himself could have been a subconscious additional motivation. And even if he didn't feel that way, it's possible that other people who suffered similar fates, have felt that way.]

 

     Also, there is a man who is developing a line of swimsuits, for his gender-dysphoric "daughter", which tucks the genitals back.

     [Source:

     http://www.today.com/parents/dad-designs-swimwear-transgender-girls-daughter-t206361]

     I would be shocked to discover that that father did not sexually abuse his child.
     Even if he didn't, the sheer amount of attention being paid to the child's genitals is creepy, and amounts to indirect sexual abuse.

     But according to these "pro-trans" people (such as Briahna Joy Gray), wanting children to remain unmutilated is the only real form of "obsession with children's genitals".

 

     Oliver was clearly trying to suggest, indirectly, that your [i.e., Liz Wolfe's] concerns are motivated by the desire to paint all pro-trans people and gays as pedophiles and groomers.

 

     He claims to be against tattooing and giving plastic surgery to minors, but nowhere in his interview did he discuss what to do about it. I would say that he has a knee-jerk reaction to any attempt, by the state, to "make decisions on parents' behalf", but he is clearly biased when it comes to his own community.

     [Note: By "his own community", I am referring to "G.S.M.", an initialization which stands for "gender and sexual minorities". Oliver is a same-sex-attracted cisgender male; i.e., a homosexual.]

 

 

     And his admission that he'd support a "religious exemption" to a ban on circumcision for minors, is idiotic. There is a pedophilic cult called the Children of God. They have a [“]holy book[“] that depicts adults raping minors. I shudder to think what society would be like, if their book The Story of Davidito could not be legally banned from children's libraries, or if the Children of God were to receive a "religious exemption" to a ban on minors having sex.

     [Note: The possibility that bans on people under 18 years of age getting married or having sex, could be defeated - based on the need to account for the supposed need to provide religious exemptions - is not as far-fetched as some of my readers might imagine. In 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declined to sign a law that would have prohibited marriage for people under the age of 18, saying that it would "violate the cultures and traditions of some communities" if an "exclusion without exceptions" for parental and/or judicial consent were to become law.

       Source:
     http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/new-jersey-chris-christie-child-marriage-ban-fails-religious-custom-a7735616.html
     New Jersey is far from being the only state where judicial and parental permission can override the minor's lack of ability to consent; other states have this law too. The website of the Tahirih Justice Center has more information about various state laws regarding this topic. Governor Phil Murphy signed a law banning marriage for people under 18, without exceptions, in June 2018.

      Source:
     http://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562018/approved/20180622b_child_marriage_ban.shtml
]

 

     Also, his statement that parents should make decisions about transitioning, because "parents have unconditional love for their children", is patently absurd. My father raped me when I was [eight] and [nine] years old. He did not have unconditional love for me (unless you count lust as love).

 

     If I had been any stupider, or more gullible, or had become financially independent from my parents any later in life, then there is a good chance that I would have fallen for the lies told to me by my peers and family, which is that I seemed gay or effeminate, or that "If you decided to come out as transgender, we would support you." If I had not begun to recover memories of the childhood sexual abuse at the age of [twenty-seven], then for all we know, I might have begun identifying as gay or transgender out of confusion.

 

     There is a study that says 20% of minors with gender dysphoria suffered previous sexual abuse.
     [Note: The study to which I referred, which says that 19% (not 20%) of transgender minors experienced sexual abuse, can be found at the following address:

     http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8344346/]

     The same study says that minors with gender dysphoria are twice as likely as the general population to have suffered sexual abuse.

     These studies are out there, and Oliver either doesn't know about them, or doesn't want to talk about them.

 

     I don't know if Oliver is afraid to look like a "self-hating homosexual", or maybe he sees that there is a lot of money in being pro-transition (for example, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker's "sister" Jennifer is the world's only transgender billionaire, and "she" has been supporting pro-transition causes).

 

     It's also possible that Oliver is an actual pedophile. He said that "the age of consent is too damn high". (see attached image). Which he wouldn't say, if he knew about the "federal generic age of consent" of 16 years old. He wouldn't say that if he knew about the case of Esquivel-Quintana v[.] Sessions (which essentially held that state laws establishing an age of consent of 17 or 18 are now invalid, giving an incentive for 16-to-20-year-olds to traffic their victims across state lines, if they're less than four years younger; because then, it would be a federal case instead of a state case). He wouldn't say that if he knew that there are reduced penalties for someone between 16 and 20 if they rape someone less than four years younger than they are. This is why some people claim that the age of consent is actually twelve years old.

 

     Libertarians began this discussion, about [five] or [ten] years ago, by (appropriately) criticizing making teenagers into registered sex offenders for life, if they sext-message other teenagers and acquire nudes of other minors that way. But after that, they stopped paying attention to the erosion of the rights of the child, which ha[s] played out in the courts since then. He is probably not even aware that there are several states that have failed to establish an absolute minimum age for tattooing and marriage, because their laws allow judges and parents to make decisions on children's behalf. You read that correctly; there are states where an infant could theoretically get married (and have sex) or get a tattoo, if the parents and/or a judge are stupid or insane enough to allow it.
     [Note: In my opinion, many Libertarians fail to understand that some activities are so dangerous for children to engage in, that parental, judicial, and/or physicians' permission, could not possibly turn that dangerous activity into something that is safe, or wise, or harmless, as if by magic. I blame Libertarians' adoption of the idea that adults' permission can safely guide children through something harmful, on a line of thinking which I heard an approximately 70-year-old man say to a ten- or twelve-year-old girl at the 2018 Illinois Libertarian Party Convention: "There's a safe way to do everything".

     I suspect that this line of thinking is motivated by the idea that the approach which the government of the Netherlands takes towards activities such as drug use and prostitution. This holds true for adults, but unlimited freedom - and the freedom to take dangerous risks which carry lifetime consequences - is not for children; it's for adults.

     This regulatory approach is arguably indistinguishable from the approach which the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration undertook during the New Deal, when it closed banks and then opened them back up again just several days later, and then created the F.D.I.C. (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), in order to create the illusion that the regulations being passed, were really for everybody's benefit, and were really working, and were really being written and enforced by moral and well-meaning people. They weren't. And Libertarians, as some of the staunchest critics of the New Deal in America, ought to notice this. But sadly, most of them they haven't.

     Early libertarian C. Frederic Bastiat once said that people should not accuse liberals of wanting nobody to raise grain, simply because they don't want the state to do it. And that is a valid statement. But while some Libertarians wisely reason that the state shouldn't be trusted to solve a problem, they sometimes then fail to explain whom, aside from the state, should solve that problem, and so, the problem continues, and festers.]

 

     Please reach out to me if you have any questions or [need] clarifications. I am so tired of seeing people drastically oversimplify how age of consent and statutory rape laws work, and treat people concerned about kids as if they're full of hate.


     Thanks for reading and keep pushing back.

     - Joseph W. Kopsick
     
jwkopsick@gmail.com
     618-751-3229

 

 

 

 

 

E-mail written and sent on June 12th, 2024.

This article originally published, in shorter form, on June 12th, 2024.

Edited, expanded, and completed - and most notes added - on June 17th, 2024.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Why the Market Isn't Free, and Why Congress Should Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act: New PowerPoint Presentation and Video Available

      On Saturday, May 4th, 2024, I spoke at the free speech forum Chicago College of Complexes, for May Day, and explained why I believe that repealing the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act would result in greater freedoms for both consumers and workers, expanding both market and labor freedoms simultaneously. This presentation puts specific focus on how to expand the right to boycott.

     The video recording of that presentation is available at the following link, which leads to Chicago College of Complexes's YouTube channel, run by Tim Bolger.
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akzda6AWPkU

     The link below contains the same video, located on my Rumble channel. [Remember to subscribe to my channel if you have a Rumble account if you like the content.]
     http://rumble.com/v4vj4tt-why-the-market-isnt-free-and-why-congress-should-repeal-the-taft-hartley-ac.html

     [Note: I apologize for the issue at 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 23 seconds; there is a gap in the video there because internet access was temporarily lost at that time.
     What was cut-out was my comment on the Citizens United ruling (regarding campaign finance reform). My full views on that ruling can be found in my March 2024 article, "Response to the Illinois Green Party's State Candidate Questionnaire for the 2024 Election", available at the following address:
     http://aquarianagrarian.blogspot.com/2024/03/response-to-illinois-green-partys-state.html]



     On May 10th, I added several slides, and more information, to the PowerPoint presentation which I used to present on May 4th. Today, I am making that expanded PowerPoint presentation available for download here. It is a .pptx file.
     Click the following link in order to download my PowerPoint presentation "Why the Market Isn't Free: The Rigged Market / Rigged Economy, and Why Congress Should Repeal the Taft-Hartley Act":
     http://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1cS9YfGmWL57Wl7TFIDW453Cv5w5HgLig/edit?usp=drive_link&ouid=102305766771072733176&rtpof=true&sd=true





Video of presentation at College of Complexes filmed on May 4th, 2024.

Video of presentation published to Tim Bolger's YouTube channel on May 6th, 2024.

PowerPoint presentation created between late April and May 10th, 2024.

PowerPoint first published to this blog on May 10th, 2024.

This article written on May 10th, 2024.

Expanded on May 16th, 2024.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Would Burning of Red Heifer Really Require Destruction of al-Aqsa Mosque and/or the Dome of the Rock Temple?

Table of Contents

 1. Rabbis to Slaughter and Burn Red Heifer in Holy Land

2. Where I First Heard About This, and Where I First Reported on It

3. Background on the Red Heifer and its Ancestors

4. Why I Am Writing About This Now, and When Will the Heifer Will Be Burned?

5. Background on al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Temple, the Third Jewish Temple, and Prayer at the Temple Mount

6. Significance of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock Lost on Christians and Westerners

7. 
Post-Script

 

   

 

Content

  

 

1. Rabbis to Slaughter and Burn Red Heifer in Holy Land

     Over the last six months, there has been increased discussion of the prospects that a red heifer will be ceremonially slaughtered and burned by rabbis in the Holy Land.

 

     For example, in December 2023, podcaster Tim Pool posted a video titled, "Reports Say the Red Heifer Was Born, ANOTHER Sign Pointing to the END OF DAYS", and a shorter version of the same video, titled "Why is the Red Heifer So Important?".

     Those videos can be viewed at the following links:
     - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lrCG2QyqUE
     - http://www.youtube.com/shorts/FtTDmqB1-xI


     On April 9th, 2024, Al Jazeera reported that there are five red heifers which could possibly be selected for burning: "They have come from halfway across the world and are kept under tight security and raised according to the strictest rules. They are five pure red heifers without blemish who have never worked, given birth, been milked or worn a yoke."
     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/9/what-do-texan-red-heifers-have-to-do-with-al-aqsa-and-a-jewish-temple
     The "blemishes" referred to include black and white hairs.

 




2. Where I First Heard About This, and Where I First Reported on It

      In my July 2011 article "A Jewish and Democratic State", I reported that red heifers from America had already been procured, for the purposes of establishing a breeding line of heifers from which a perfect heifer may be selected for future slaughter and burning.

     [Note: That article is available at the following address:
     http://aquarianagrarian.blogspot.com/2011/07/jewish-and-democratic-state.html]

     I wrote:

     "The Temple Institute has made and procured several items which are to be used in ritual services in the Temple. Such services would involve the use of sacred vessels, a mock-up of the Ark of the Covenant, and a red heifer bred to have attributes specifically outlined in the Bible. This red heifer is to be sacrificed, becoming only the tenth or eleventh in history, and its ashes are to be used in order to purify the souls of those who have come into contact with the corpses of the dead, or with their graves.

     "In the last two decades, Christian cow farmer Clyde Lott of Nebraska has assisted the Temple Institute to obtain hundreds of heifers from which the sacrificial animal is to be bred. A candidate for slaughter named Melody was even produced back in 1996, and another was born in 2002, but both were subsequently found to be unsuitable for sacrifice. However, in March 2010, a representative of the Temple Institute claimed that there was [']definitely a kosher red heifer here in Israel.[']"

 

     [Author's Notes: 1) The Temple Institute is an Israel-based rabbinic organization dedicated to restoring the Temple of Jerusalem. Its Hebrew name is Machon HaMikdash. 2) The red heifer to be burned would be the tenth in history, not the eleventh, and its slaughter is not considered by Jews to be a sacrifice.]

     The article from Al Jazeera states that, in 2022, "five red yearlings were donated by an evangelical farmer from Texas, United States, and flown to Israel as [']pets['] to get around restrictions on importing live animals as livestock at the time."

     That article did not mention Clyde Lott by name, but considering that Lott is from Nebraska (and also has ties to Mississippi) rather than Texas, it's possible that either a second farmer donated red heifers, or else that the article from Al Jazeera accidentally misnamed the home state of the farmer who provided the cows.
     There are several sources which specifically name Texas as the home state of the cows. One source was Bashem Youssef, and the other is the following article from CBSNews.com, titled "What these red cows from Texas have to do with war and peace in the Middle East""
     http://www.cbsnews.com/news/israel-war-hamas-red-heifers-from-texas-jerusalem-jewish-temple-al-aqsa/

 

     I wrote that article shortly after becoming aware, in either 2010 or 2011, that there were ongoing attempts to rebuild the Temple in either 2010 or 2011, when I saw a video on YouTube by a young Christian man (who was at that time about 20 years old) saying that he had interviewed a rabbi whom had told him that rabbis in Israel were interested in procuring red heifers.

     I read a rumor, somewhere online - after that video was posted - alleging that the young man had not been heard from since coming out with the news about the heifers. Essentially, he had "disappeared", according to some people following the story at the time. I did not mention that young man, in my original article, because I was unable to find his name, or the video. But that is how I became aware of this story.

     It is worthwhile to note, here, that - prior to 2010 - it was not exactly a secret that some rabbis wanted to rebuild the Temple. After all, there was an attempt to lay a cornerstone for the Jewish temple twenty years prior to that date.
     [Note: There will be more information on that towards the end of section 5 of this article.]

     As would be expected, when it comes to a news story steeped in biblical history, some explanatory background will be necessary here; specifically, regarding why these red heifers are being procured, and what making use of them would require and entail.




3. Background on the Red Heifer and its Ancestors

     In Jewish tradition, the blood of a red heifer - and the ashes of a ritualistically slaughtered and burned red heifer, mixed with water (creating the "Waters of Sanctification") - can spiritually purify people who have come into contact with the corpses of the dead. But the red heifer chosen must not have any blemishes, nor may it have ever carried a burden.

     The first burned heifer in modern history would be the tenth in history to be burned; at least, from the Jewish perspective.

     According to John J. Parsons's article - quoting "Mishnah, Parah 3:5" - this tenth red heifer will be the final red heifer, and will be burned by Mashiach himself "at the time of the rebuilding of the future Temple".
      According to the article "The Tenth Red Heifer: The Superiority of Yeshua's Sacrifice" (by John J. Parsons, writing for Hebrew4Christians.com), the Christian view is that Jesus was (or at least symbolized) the tenth heifer.
     The article at the following link contains some information about the first nine red heifers that were burned (the last of which was burned in the first century A.D.):
     [Source: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/Tenth_Red_Heifer/tenth_red_heifer.html]
     That Christian view also holds that Jesus is not only the heifer, but also the new Temple.


     While that disagreement exists, there are also people - some of whom describe themselves as "Jews for Jesus" or "Messianic Jews" - who would say that Christians have an obligation to attempt to fulfill as much of Jewish law as possible, including burning the red heifer and rebuilding the Third Temple.
     One such pastor, Texas-based Byron Stinson, whom I e-mailed - and whom supports the burning of the heifer, and Christians' involvement in it - said that it's not that the heifer's burning is necessary because Jesus's sacrifice wasn't enough; it was enough. It's just that - according to Stinson - despite the fact that burning the red heifer isn't necessary to honor Jesus's sacrifice, that doesn't mean it's the only thing that Christians are commanded to do to honor Jesus (while Jews honor the Father). Stinson argues that Christians - all Christians - are still called-on and obligated by their Creator to fulfill as many of the 613 or 618 commandments of the G-d of Abraham.
     The following passage from the Bible helps explain and clarify that perspective. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."

      [Note: You can learn more about Byron Stinson by visiting his website, which can be found at the following link:

  http://www.byronstinson.me]

     Based on the information that I gathered while writing "A Jewish and Democratic State" - as well as the articles that I am reading today - the burning of a red heifer is supposed to precede the construction of the Third Temple of Jerusalem.
       According to "a senior Palestinian source in contact with Hamas leadership", "the slaughtering of the red heifers" ... is "the signal to rebuild the Third Temple".
     [Source: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-west-bank-settlers-red-cows-third-temple]
     Presumably, a fair number of Muslims share this view.

    The following article from the Temple Institute clarifies that the heifer will not be slaughtered in the Temple, specifying that it is to be slaughtered and burned at the "Mount of Anointment", which is located on the Mount of Olives.
     http://templeinstitute.org/red-heifer-numbers-19/
     Evidently, this means that the Temple does not need to exist - in whole or in part - in order for the red heifer to be slaughtered. But for the Jews, it is the next logical step, and an eventuality, and a hope.
     Tennessee-based Christian evangelical preacher Perry Stone cautions that the burning of a red heifer "does not mean the immediate rebuilding of the Temple". 

     What this all means is that Zionist Jews will continue to support efforts to slaughter and burn a red heifer at the Mount of Olives - without needing a Temple (yet) in order to make that happen, and prior to the rebuilding of the Third Temple - but as a signal that the Temple will be rebuilt.

 

 

4. Why I Am Writing About This Now, and When Will the Heifer Will Be Burned?

      The reason why I am writing about this now - beginning on April 11th, 2024 - is that there seems to be a dispute regarding exactly when such a red heifer will be burned.

     In Tim Pool's reporting from December 2023, he stated that the burning will occur on or before Passover (called Pesach in Hebrew), which occurs on April 22nd this year.

     A woman using the TikTok username "karressmarie4" posted a video in March, saying that she had heard that March 29th was the date of the planned burning. However, since encountering that video, I have not seen any information which corroborates her claim.

     Egyptian-American surgeon-turned-comedian Bassem Youssef stated in a recent interview that the red heifers being considered for burning were going to turn three years old on April 10th.
     [Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbsYrZapzqA; see 27-minute mark]
     Readers and viewers should note that, after making this statement - from 27:30 to 27:35 - Youssef refers to the new Jewish Temple potentially being built "over" al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the two mosques on top of the Temple Mount (that is, the group of religious buildings on top of Mount Moriah in Jerusalem). This will come up again shortly.
     [Note: Muslims call Al-Aqsa mosque "Masjid Al-Aqsa". The building was constructed, at first under the leadership of Abdul Malik ibn Marwan, between approximately 685 and 715 C.E.. Abdul Malik ibn Marwan died in 705.
     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd_al-Malik_ibn_Marwan]


     According to Perry Stone, the red heifer "must remain unblemished until it is three-and-a-half years old".
     [Source: http://mycharisma.com/propheticrevival/40-year-old-warning-amid-red-heifer-false-prophecies/]

     Stone also notes that the heifer must go unburdened for that entire period of time.
     He cites the Book of Numbers, Chapter 19, when pointing to how such a heifer is to be prepared for burning.

     Presumably, this would imply that the heifers will not be ready for slaughter until October 2024 (depending on who has their information right).

     According to the Temple Institute, the very organization which is making preparations for the burning of the heifer and the rebuilding of the Temple, "The heifer must be three years old and perfect in its redness." However, this same article goes on to say that "The Commandment calls for the animal to be a [']heifer,['] that is, 3 or 4 years old; although an older animal could also be used."

     [Source: http://templeinstitute.org/red-heifer-numbers-19/]

     The article linked above does not contain any mention of Pesach / Passover; nor of any particular date on which the heifer can or must be burned. [Note: The article clarifies that the heifer is not viewed as a sacrifice, saying "...the red heifer is not a sacrifice per se, for it is not slaughtered in the Temple...".]

     What this all means is that, unfortunately, it's possible that - even if we knew which heifer is due to be burned, and knew its precise birth date - we might not be able to figure out even the approximate timing of the ceremony.
     However, according to the article from Al Jazeera, Christian preacher Michael Samuel Smith says that, in his opinion, "the first successful red heifer sacrifice will take place in the spring of 2024 around the Passover to Pentecost timeframe".
     That estimate would put the timeframe at between Monday, April 22nd and Sunday, May 19th, 2024.
     Granted, that span of time is nearly a month long. But it's a more specific estimate than is the guess of Passover and Passover alone; and considering that March 29th and April 10th have passed with no reports of heifers having been burned, it's probably accurate.
     It's probably safe to assume that, if this slaughter happens, then it will happen within a year.

     Setting aside speculation regarding the timing of the ceremony, here's what we do know.




5. Background on al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Temple, the Third Jewish Temple, and Prayer at the Temple Mount

     As I explained above, for the red heifer to be slaughtered and then burned, does not require the rebuilding of the Third Temple beforehand, nor is such a ceremony supposed to take place inside such a temple.
     Moreover, as noted above, Bashem Youssef (a Muslim) refers to the new Jewish temple's potentially being built "over" al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore we can assume that this possibility is being discussed in the Muslim world.
     And, if I'm not mistaken, Bill Clinton may have considered the possibility of building over the Mosque as part of his role in the negotiations between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the year 2000 [Note: I wish I could provide a source for this, but unfortunately, I can't remember where I heard or read it.].

     Part of the difficulty Christians and secularists have, in understanding the importance of al-Aqsa Mosque, is the issue of what, exactly, constitutes al-Aqsa. First of all, al-Aqsa is a complex which consists of several religious buildings, and contains both al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock Temple.
     A second difficulty is establishing the previous locations of the First Jewish Temple and the Second Jewish Temple, which are not precisely known. Jews call the First Temple Beit Ha-Mikdash, while Muslim speakers of Arabic refer to this area by a linguistically related phrase; Bay-al-Maqdis.
     It could be argued that these facts make it exceedingly problematic to declare that any particular portion of al-Aqsa compound must be replaced or destroyed in order to build a Third Jewish Temple. While this fact is detrimental to the Zionist rabbis' argument, it is a fact which does not threaten the safety of Jewish people, because it could theoretically allow for coexistence of Jewish and Muslim sites upon the Mount. Accepting this fact could also help Muslims keep their holy sites (i.e., the two mosques) intact.

     So if the red heifer doesn't require the Temple, and the Temple doesn't require the destruction of al-Aqsa, then why is there this controversy about al-Aqsa Mosque. Why are people worried that al-Aqsa may have to be destroyed (either in whole or in part) in order for the Jewish Temple to be built, if another option exists?


     Perhaps it's because "building the new Temple on top of al-Aqsa" could easily be used as code for "building the new Temple on top of the ruins of al-Aqsa, after it's been destroyed".
     I say this because it is a concern, amongst Palestinians, and a valid one.
     In 2012, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Israeli authorities "were preparing models of what they call the Temple, in order to build it on the ruins of al-Aqsa."
     [Source: http://jcpa.org/article/abbas-temple-denial/]


     Additionally, controversy and worry arise from the supposition that the burning of the heifer foretells the rebuilding of the Temple, or at least that its burning precedes and/or allows the rebuilding of the Temple in the order of exegetic events in the Jewish tradition.
     On March 5th, Chris Livesay of CBS News reported that "fervent believers" "insist" that the temple can rise again "only with that offering".
     [Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/israel-war-hamas-red-heifers-from-texas-jerusalem-jewish-temple-al-aqsa/]



     In my article "A Jewish and Democratic State", the burning of the red heifer and the rebuilding of the Temple are both listed as part of the seventh of sixteen sets of events prophesied in the Bible. That seventh set of events is titled "Chapter 7: The Rebuilding of the Holy Temple", in the second part of that article, titled Transubstantiation,
     [http://aquarianagrarian.blogspot.com/2011/07/jewish-and-democratic-state.html]


     As I explained in that chapter, the First Temple (Solomon's Temple) began construction in 954 B.C.E., and was destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 B.C.E.. The Second Temple (Herod's Temple) was renovated in 19 B.C.E., and destroyed by the Romans in 70 C.E..

     Those temples were located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, in the eastern part of the center of the city. The Temple Mount is located on top of Mount Moriah, and is referred to in Hebrew as Har HaBayit.
     [Source: http://www.ajc.org/news/what-to-know-about-jerusalems-temple-mount-and-the-status-quo-agreement#:~:text=The%20Temple%20Mount%2C%20known%20in,central%20to%20the%20Christian%20Gospels.]

     Muslims call this site "Haram ash-Sharif", meaning Noble Sanctuary.
     [Source: http://decipherblogsite.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/jacobs-ladder-muhammads-miraj/]

     Currently located at that site are the Dome of the Rock Temple (which was completed in 691 C.E.) and al-Aqsa Mosque (completed in 705 C.E.).

 






     Administrative control over the Temple Mount is currently wielded by the Jordanian Islamic Waqf, a religious endowment and trust. Each the Waqf, the rabbinic authorities, and the Israeli Defense Forces wield some degree of influence and control regarding people's behavior while visiting the site (for example, the manners in which they may dress, whether they may pray openly, and at what times and locations, and depending on whether they are a tourist or a citizen, and depending on their religion).
     Here are some links that explain the conditions for visiting the Mount:



     One purpose which the rabbis have in policing behavior at this site is to ensure that people do not trample on the Qodesh Ha-qadashim. This refers to what is called, in Latin, the "sanctum sanctorum" (which translates to "Holy of Holies"), the Tabernacle where the Ark of the Covenant is believed to have once rested. According to Britannica.com, the Holy of Holies was located toward the West end of Solomon's Temple.
     [Source: http://www.britannica.com/topic/Holy-of-Holies]
     That spot may only be visited by the High Priest (the Nasi) and only on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Since 1967, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has ruled that Jews must not be permitted to walk on that ground. 
     This is the reason why open prayer upon the Temple Mount is a hotly-debated topic.

     Especially so, prior the restoration of the Temple (by which I mean, between now and when the Temple is built). That's because, when the Temple is constructed, only then would Isaiah's prophecy of its becoming "a house of prayer for all nations" (Isaiah 56:7) truly be fulfilled.
     From what I can glean, the notion that humanity would be instantaneously converted to Judaism via an obvious miracle, wherein all people would suddenly know the word of G-d by heart, without having to read it, is part of Jewish beliefs about the Olam Ha-Ba (which means "World to Come", but is sometimes erroneously translated as "End of Days" or "End Times").
     Hence, if all people suddenly became Jewish - or at least obeyed all of G-d's commandments (or became Noahides) - their prayers would share the same significance, all being directed toward the same god. This would make the presence of people of all faiths - and having their prayer be open, public, or even unregulated - more of an acceptable and viable solution to the so-called "problem" of restrictions on open prayer at the Mount.
     Unfortunately, it's unclear whether Isaiah 56:7 really means that everyone praying at the Temple will be Jewish, or else that people will be free to pray in the Third Temple even if they're praying to a god other than the G-d of Abraham. After all, it says "for all nations", not "for all faiths".
     But that is a discussion which lies beyond the scope of this article. However, you can read "A Jewish and Democratic State" if you would like to know more about my views regarding how to geo-politically interpret these ongoing attempts, by Israelis, to fulfill Jewish prophecy.


     It's probably a safe bet to assume that some of the people whom have ignored restrictions upon open prayer (and other activities) at the mount, are probably not aware of all of the issues which I have mentioned above.
    Such people include the rabbis of the Temple Mount Faithful Movement, Rabbi Susan Silverman (the sister of Jewish-American comedienne Sarah Silverman), and Rabbi Yehuda Glick.

     Articles about several attempts by Jewish people to pray at the Temple Mount follow below:

     1. Seventeen Palestinians were killed, and many Israelis and Palestinians were injured, after the Temple Mount Faithful Movement decided to lay the cornerstone for the Temple.
     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990_Temple_Mount_killings

     2. In 2013, Rabbi Susan Silverman and her daughter were arrested for praying at the Western Wall while wearing blue and white shawls ("tallilot").
     http://www.nydailynews.com/2013/02/11/comedienne-sarah-silvermans-sister-and-niece-arrested-for-praying-at-the-wailing-wall-in-jerusalem/

     3. In 2015, Rabbi Yehuda Glick urged Jews to ascend the Mount, but within the boundaries outlined in the Midrash. At least eight hundred fifty Jews ascended the Mount as a result of Glick's urging. This article mentions the fact that a man named Dr. Motti Inbari has pointed out that the motives for Jews ascending the Mount include causing the Israeli government to see it as a site which should not be relinquished to Palestinian or Jordanian authorities on account that it is not unoccupied.
     http://www.timesofisrael.com/as-support-widens-for-jewish-prayer-on-temple-mount-should-we-fear-apocalyptic-consequences/



     Back to the mosques.

     The Al Jazeera article mentioned above, is titled "What do Texan red heifers have to do with Al-Aqsa and a Jewish temple?". Written by Mersiha Gadzo, the articles answer to the question in its headline, reflects and summarizes the unease felt by Muslims at the prospect of the red heifer's burning:

     "These red heifers [-] and the archaic ritual they were brought to Israel for [-] stand at the heart of a convoluted effort by a segment of ultranationalist Jews to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam that has stood on a hill in the Old City of Jerusalem for more than 1,000 years, and replace it with a [']Third Temple[']".


     Gadzo goes on to write that a Third Temple "[...]can only be constructed after the coming of the awaited Messiah[...]".
     To be specific, Jewish law obligates the Jewish people to build the Temple, if and when they are able to do so, and the group of people who participate in the rebuilding of the Temple are called the zemach, which means "branch". The zemach is (or are) an expression of the Messiah (Mashiach), and Mashiach is to supervise the construction of the Temple.

     Of course, the difficulty comes when we have to figure out how a Third Holy Temple of Jerusalem is supposed to appear atop the Temple Mount, while the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa are already standing there.
     From the Muslims' point of view, the burning of the red heifer constitutes a threat to destroy those mosques, because that is apparently the quickest and easiest way to make room for such a Jewish temple.
     This is why the discussion of the prospect of the potential upcoming burning of a red heifer, worries Muslims so much. This is a time of inflamed violence between Israelis and Palestinians; especially since October 7th, 2023, since which time some 1,300 to 1,500 Israelis, and over 34,000 Palestinians, have been killed. And a number of other events are happening simultaneously; including the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (as well as a solar eclipse over the United States on April 8th, N.A.S.A.'s ionosphere experiments which involved firing three rockets at the eclipse, and an experiment by C.E.R.N. in Europe).
     Moreover, Muslims in the area are aware that rabbis in Israel are planning to burn a heifer (or heifers). It's possible that this awareness could explain the motivation for some of the attacks originating from the Palestinian side. The reasons which Palestinians would have, to be worried about the burning of the heifer and the establishment of the Temple, include the possibilities that those events would be touted by Israelis as successes which ostensibly prove the Jewish prophecies and religion correct; and that this could potentially serve to justify and excuse further oppression of - and violence against - Palestinians in the future.
     You can read about some of the clashes at - and conflicts over - the Al-Aqsa compound, over the last two years, by visiting the following links:
     1. 2023 Al-Aqsa Clashes:
     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2023_Al-Aqsa_clashes
     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/9/17/israeli-forces-attack-palestinian-worshippers-at-al-aqsa-mosque
     http://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2023/04/israel-opt-second-night-of-horror-at-al-aqsa-mosque/#:~:text=Israeli%20forces%20regularly%20raid%20al,cities%20and%20towns%20inside%20Israel.
     2. 2024: Jordan Says Israel's Al-Aqsa Restrictions Risk Explosion:
     http://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/jordan-says-israels-al-aqsa-mosque-restrictions-risk-explosion-2024-03-11/

     
     These clashes - and the reasons which follow - show why we should be concerned about the potential for an escalation of violence, surrounding these events - especially the potential upcoming heifer ceremony - whether we are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or even secular or atheist.



6. Significance of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock Lost on Christians and Westerners

     What I am about to say, I say, not necessarily in order to advocate for the preservation of Christian artefacts in particular - nor primarily in the interest of promoting and preserving Western or Judeo-Christian traditions - but so that people of all faiths may see their holy sites remain intact, and be respected; and so that historically valuable sites may be preserved.

     The reason why the consequences of burning the red heifer would be so potentially dire - for people of faith, and for science-minded agnostics and atheists and humanists alike - is that the Dome of the Rock Mosque (which sits atop the Temple Mount, and is part of the Al-Aqsa compound) is the location where the Crusaders set up their first and most important prayer site, once conquering the Holy Land (resulting in the Dome of the Rock fall under Christian control in the year 1099). The Crusaders called it "Templum Domini", the Temple of the Lord.
     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templum_Domini

     The Crusaders converted the mosque into a church in 1099.
     http://aleteia.org/2021/06/03/when-mass-was-celebrated-in-the-dome-of-the-rock/

     The following year, Bolduan (born in France in the 1060s) became the first Christian King of Jerusalem, taking the name King Baldwin I.
     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_I_of_Jerusalem


     According to the same article above - from Aleteia.org - the Dome of the Rock is the same site from which the Islamic prophet Muhammad is said to have ascended to Heaven during the famous "Night Journey" or "Night Flight". Muslims call this journey the "Mi'raj", and believe that Muhammad spoke to G-d during this journey.
     It is not universally agreed upon, by Muslim scholars, whether Al-Aqsa Mosque is the site from which that journey began or ended, nor whether that mosque was involved in the journey at all (given that it was not constructed until after Muhammad's death). However, Muhammad is said to have been taken from the "Sacred Mosque" (i.e., the mosque in Mecca) to the "Farthest Mosque", which Muslims generally agree is a reference to Al-Aqsa.
     [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isra%27_and_Mi%27raj]
     According to a Muslim commenting on Quora.com, hadiths claim that Muhammad felt that he had a duty to build an Islamic temple on Mount Moriah because the temples of David and Solomon had sanctified the site.

     Also, Jews believe that this is the same site where Abraham - the father of all Abrahamic religions - was ready to sacrifice his son Isaac, but was stopped by the Angel of the Lord (as detailed in Genesis 22).

     Additionally, the Dome of the Rock is named for the rock which is located inside the building, around which the temple was built (serving to protect the rock).
     It was on this rock that biblical patriarch Jacob (son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham) is said to have laid his head, and dreamed of a ladder leading to Heaven.
     This event is detailed in Genesis 28, and is followed by G-d telling Jacob "I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying" (Genesis 28:13).
     http://biblehub.com/genesis/28-13.htm

     But perhaps what's most important of all - to all Abrahamic faiths - is what's underneath that rock (dubbed "the Foundation Stone", and also called the "Pierced Stone" or "Noble Rock").
     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_Stone

     And that is the Well of Souls.
     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well_of_Souls


     Thus, if either Al-Aqsa or the Dome of the Rock - or both - were to be damaged, then Christians and Muslims the world over - as well as those who value history and the preservation of historical sites - would suffer a tremendous loss.
     That is why this is so important.

     U.N.E.S.C.O. (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) refers to Al-Aqsa by its Arabic name only.
     [Source: http://www.dw.com/en/unesco-approves-resolution-on-jerusalem-holy-site/a-36162918]
     However - and unfortunately - al-Aqsa Mosque is not on U.N.E.S.C.O.'s list of World Heritage Sites.
     [Source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/]

     That is the situation we are in.


     So, even if the rebuilding of the Third Jewish Temple is not necessary for the red heifer to be slaughtered and burned, eventually news may come that a red heifer has been slaughtered. And, according to Jewish tradition, the rebuilding of the Temple is to follow.
     And, in the rebuilding of the Temple (whether Mashiach will be around for the beginning of its construction or not), the questions of which particular locations atop Mount Moriah are appropriate for that site - and of whether building a Jewish temple there will require the partial or total destruction of Al-Aqsa compound - will have to be answered.
     But - hopefully prior to that happening - Al-Jazeera writer Mersiha Gadzo and others will caution us that the Mashiach is supposed to return in-between these two events - i.e., slaughter of heifer, followed by burning of heifer, then return of Mashiach, then construction of the Jewish temple - and we should be careful not to forget this fact, because it may come up later. Especially so if rabbinic groups burn a heifer, and then make significant strides towards the construction of the temple, without near-universal agreement among Jews that the Mashiach has come, and regarding what his (or its) identity is.

     Therefore, today - especially considering the recent violence - Mount Moriah and Al-Aqsa compound are under considerable danger.
     That is why it is such a shame that Christians, Muslims, and secular people have lost sight of - and forgotten - what is precious about these sites. The Dome of the Rock has come to be associated so much with Islam, that those who are eager to support U.S. involvement in the State of Israel's wars, have caused us to forget its Catholic, Christian history.
     People who are concerned about this should do anything and everything they can to encourage interfaith dialogue and education about other religions (of course, in a manner which does not directly instruct children and other unwilling people to write or utter prayers of religions they don't wish to practice), or else religious sites of historical significance could be threatened in future wars.
     Until the end of the occupation of the Golan Heights, the cordoning-off and blockading of the Gaza Strip, and the curtailing of liberties in the West Bank, it will always be controversial for Jews to practice their religion freely and openly, and construct monuments, and protest, atop Mount Moriah; and it will always be provocative, in the minds of Muslims, for Jews to attempt to do so.
     Therefore, I would recommend that Jews and Muslims (and other groups) in the area, use communal autonomy and decentralized federations or confederations, to resolve their disputes. That is a method which would satisfy Jewish scriptural recommendations that each community have its own court of rabbis, but that Jerusalem's court does not have universal authority over every Jewish community. Moreover, it would allow Muslims to exercise authority over Muslim-majority communities.
     I would also urge people to familiarize themselves with, and consider supporting, the 1947 U.N. partition plan, which would have made Jerusalem into a U.N.-administered international zone.




7. Post-Script

     Please read my recent article "Israelis' and Palestinians' Unwillingness to Forgive Casualty-Free Attacks Leads to Deaths on Both Sides", which can be accessed at the following address:
     http://aquarianagrarian.blogspot.com/2023/10/israelis-and-palestinians-unwillingness.html

     You can also read my August 2020 article "Why I Support Autonomy, But Not Statehood, For Palestinians" at the following address:
     http://aquarianagrarian.blogspot.com/2020/08/why-i-support-autonomy-for-palestinians.html

     My 2011 article "A Jewish and Democratic State" - which has links to the bottom that lead to numerous other articles I've written on Israel and Palestine - is available here:
     http://aquarianagrarian.blogspot.com/2011/07/jewish-and-democratic-state.html

     Additionally, there is a search bar on my blog (located at the top-right of this article and all articles) which will allow you to search for any and all articles that I have written about Israel, Palestine, and any other topic.
     
     



Majorities of Sections 1 through 5
were written, and published incomplete, on April 11th, 2024.

Originally published under the title
"Sacrifice of Red Heifer May Require Destruction of
al-Aqsa Mosque and/or the Dome of the Rock Temple"

Edited and expanded on April 12th, 2024.

Edited, expanded, and completed on May 8th and 9th, 2024.

Friday, March 22, 2024

List of Community Gardens (and Forest Preserves) in Lake County, Illinois

Community Gardens in Lake County

Community CARE Garden, 1200 American Way, Libertyville, IL 60048

Community Garden Green, 17 E. School Ct., Fox Lake, IL 60020 / 224-225-1404

Community Garden of Fox Lake, 17 Forest Ave., Fox Lake, IL 60020

Community Garden Site, Waukegan, IL 60085

Gardeners of Central Lake County, in Evangelical Free Church, 431 W. Austin Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048 / 847-772-2186

Grayslake Community Garden, 42 Barron Blvd., Grayslake, IL 60030

Grayslake Community Garden, 119-129 Library Lane, Grayslake, IL 60030

Green Oaks Memorial Garden at Green Oaks Village Hall, 2020 o’Plaine Rd., Libertyville, IL 60048 / 847-362-5363

GreenTown Waukegan / GreenTown Grows, 128 N. West St., Waukegan IL 60085 / 847-241-4481

Gurnee Community Garden & Mother Rudd Garden, 801-975 Kilbourne Rd., Gurnee IL 60031

Hawthorn Gardens, 24481 N. Old McHenry Rd., Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047 / 847-726-0627

Heiden Gardens Condo Association, 13000 W. Heiden Circle, Lake Bluff, IL 60044 / 847-234-
            7810

Highland Park Community Garden, West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Rd., Highland Park IL 60035
            or 60040

Island Lake Victory Garden, 3613 Lakeview Dr., Island Lake, IL 60042 / 847-526-8764

Island Lake Victory Garden, Veterans Park, 316 Island Dr., Island Lake, IL 60042 / 847-526-8764 (possibly)

Libertyville Gardens, Sports Complex, 1950 N. U.S. Highway 45, Libertyville, IL 60048

Madeleine Fuqua Garden, in Henry Pfau Callahan Park; 12101-12199 W. Yorkhouse Rd., Waukegan IL 60087

Mundelein Community Garden, 416 Banbury Rd., Mundelein, IL 60060 / 847-388-5450

Mundelein Community Garden, 667-899 Dunbar Rd., Mundelein, IL 60060 / 847-388-5450 (possibly)
Prairie Crossing Community Garden, 32400 N. Harris Rd., Grayslake 60030

Vernon Hills Community Gardens - Century Park North Garden / Century Park Pavilion Garden,1401 Indianwood Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Vernon Hills Community Gardens – Century Park Boat Dock Garden, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Vernon Hills Community Gardens - Hartmann Park Garden, 292 Oakwood Rd., Vernon Hills, IL 60061 / 847-996-6800

Village Green Memorial Garden, 1312 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062

Volo Community Garden, 500 IL-60, Volo, IL 60030

Waukegan Garden Club, 1911 N. Sheridan Rd., Waukegan, IL 60085







Forest Preserves, and Sites in Lake County Which May Have (or Be) Community Gardens

Bowen Park Greenhouse in Bowen Park, 1800 N. Sheridan Rd., Waukegan IL 60085 / 847-360-4725

Century Park Arboretum, 1002 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061; 847-996-6800

Elawa Farm, 1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest, IL 60045

Greenbelt Forest Preserve, 1110 S. Green Bay Rd., North Chicago, IL 60036 / 847-367-6640

Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 W. Buckley Rd., Libertyville IL 60048 / 847-968-3499

Lake Forest Open Lands: Derwen Mawr Nature Preserve, Golf Lane, Lake Forest, IL 60045 / 847-234-3880

Lake County Forest Preserves, 21950 Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods, IL

The Sheridan at Green Oaks, 19330 N. Waukegan Rd., Lake Bluff, IL 60044 / 847-857-6261


For More Information Regarding Community Gardens

The Lake County Community Foundation, 1200 University Center Drive, Suite #333, Grayslake
            IL 60030 / 847-377-0520 / www.lakecountycf.org






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Compiled and Published on March 22nd, 2024

Expanded, and .PDF file made available, on March 24th, 2024

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Anti-War and Pro- Peace in Gaza Protests in Illinois and Wisconsin, Scheduled for Between March 22nd and April 27th, 2024

      The following is a list of protests, in favor of peace in Gaza and in other parts of the world, which are scheduled to take place in Illinois and Wisconsin, between March 22nd and April 27th, 2024.

     This list was compiled by Joe Kopsick of the Green Party of Lake County, Illinois. You can obtain physical flyers, or call to add protest dates, by contacting Joseph W. Kopsick at jwkopsick@gmail.com (by e-mail) or at 618-751-3229 (by text or phone call).

     Sources: The following websites, managed by Peace Action Wisconsin, Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine, and Muslim Civic Coalition:

Peace Action Wisconsin (www.peaceactionwi.org)

Facebook page for Chicago Coalition for Justice for Palestine (C.J.P.)
(http://www.facebook.com/groups/chicago.cjp)

Muslim Civic Coalition
(c/o Impact House, 200 West Madison St., Suite #300, Chicago, IL 60606)
 (http://muslimciviccoalition.org)

     Click the following link in order to download a three-page .PDF file containing the information below:
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Friday, March 22nd

- 4:00 P.M.: No Happy Birthday for Genocide Enabler Terrible Tammy Duckworth, with Chicago Coalition for Justice for Palestine (C.J.P.). Rally outside Senator Tammy Baldwin’s birthday celebration / fundraiser. Please wear masks for safety. 222 North Canal St., Chicago.


Saturday, March 23rd

- 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon: Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Vigil. In Viroqua at Decker and Main. Email driftless.solidarity@gmail.com for more information.

- 12:00 Noon to 1:00 P.M.: Stand for Palestine, at the intersection of King and North in Milwaukee, with Peace Action Wisconsin.

- 12:30 PM: M.L.K. Plaza, 909 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Racine.

- 5:30 P.M.: 15th Annual Benefit: Iftar Dinner for the Voices of Gaza. At the Muslim Civic Coalition / Impact House, at 200 West Madison St., Suite #300, Chicago, IL 60606.

- 6:30 P.M.: Potluck Iftar. At the Muslim Civic Coalition / Impact House, at 200 West Madison St., Suite #300, Chicago, IL 60606.


Sunday, March 24th

-10:00 A.M – 11:30 A.M.: Mohammed Webb Foundation Adult Discussion Series. At Muslim Civic Coalition / Impact House, at 200 West Madison St., Suite #300, Chicago, IL 60606.


Tuesday, March 26th

- 11:00 AM: How to Fight the Climate Crisis and Militarism, with Veterans for Peace.


Thursday, March 28th

- 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.: Bushra Amiwala’s Muslim Civic Coalition Grand Iftar. At Holiday Inn, 5300 West Touhy Avenue, Skokie, Illinois.


Friday, March 29th

- 11:00 A.M.: Illinois Muslim Chamber of Commerce Suhoor Festival. At Muslim Civic Coalition / Impact House, at 200 West Madison St., Suite #300, Chicago, IL 60606

- 6:30 P.M.: Ramadan Interfaith Iftar. At Muslim Civic Coalition / Impact House, at 200 West Madison St., Suite #300, Chicago, IL 60606.


Saturday, March 30th

- Noon to 1 P.M.: Stand for Palestine, at the intersection of Cesar Chavez (16th St.) and Greenfield, with Peace Action Wisconsin. Northwest corner of Highways 20 & 31. Drive into the Kohl’s parking lot, park near the AT&T store. 5502 Washington Ave., Racine, Wisconsin.


Wednesday, April 3rd

- Noon to 1 P.M.: Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War.: Soldiers in Revolt. Ron Haeberle, David Cortright, and Susan Schnall. In Alumni Memorial Union Lunda Room at Raynor Memorial Library. With Marquette University.



Thursday, April 4th

- 12:30 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.: Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War.: Healing War’s Legacies. Chuck Searcy and Ngo Thien. In Alumni Memorial Union Room 227 at Raynor Memorial Library. With Marquette University.

- 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.: Muslim Association of Greater Rockford Ramadan Interfaith Iftar. At Muslim Civic Coalition / Impact House, at 200 West Madison St., Suite #300, Chicago, IL 60606.


Saturday, April 6th

- 11 A.M.: Fox Valley Peace Coalition vigil for a ceasefire in Gaza, at intersection of College and Appleton streets, Houdini Plaza, Appleton. Email ronnajean61@gmail.com for more information.

- 12:00 Noon to 1 P.M.: Stand for Peace, with Peace Action Wisconsin. Location T.B.A.. [unclear whether for peace in Palestine in particular]


Tuesday, April 9th at 9:00 A.M. – Wednesday, April 10th at 9:30 P.M.

- Eid-al-Fitr.


Wednesday, April 10th

- 7 P.M.: Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed theWar.: Live, online-only screening of documentary film “Sir, No Sir”, and Q&A with director David Zeiger.


Thursday, April 11th

- 9 A.M. – 12:30 P.M..: Volunteers needed for Peace Action Wisconsin. Visit peaceactionwi.org for more information.


Saturday, April 13th

- 12:00 Noon to 1 P.M.: Stand for Peace, with Peace Action Wisconsin. Location T.B.A.. [unclear whether for peace in Palestine in particular]


Sunday, April 14th

- 1:30 P.M.: Rachel Corrie commemorative event, and benefit for Middle East Children’s Alliance, at Alliance Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison. With Madison Rafah Sister City Project.

- 5:30 PM: Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War.: Livestream from Wisconsin Historical Society, performance with Vietnamese musician Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, plus documentary film.


Monday, April 15th

- 4:00 – 5:00 PM: Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War.: Author Le Ly Hayslip, “child of war, woman of peace”, Vietnam War survivor. In Beaumier Suites B & C at Raynor Memorial Library.


Wednesday, April 16th

- Noon – 1:00 P.M.: Anti-R.O.T.C. Vigil at Marquette Union Library on WisconsinAvenue. Sponsored by Milwaukee Catholic Worker.


Thursday, April 18th

- Noon – 12:30 P.M.: Women in Black for Justice Against War’s Weekly Peace Vigil. At Main Street & 4th Street in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Email dbuffton@yahoo.com for more information.



Friday, April 19th

- 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Monthly Peace Stand in Eau Claire. Meet at Trunk and N. Golf roads. Email helpsmeet@usa.net for more information.



Saturday, April 20th

- Noon to 1 P.M.: Stand for Peace, with Peace Action Wisconsin. Location T.B.A..


Sunday, April 21st

- 2 PM: Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans Who Opposed the War.: Live, online-only screening of Hunting in Wartime documentary about veterans returning from the Vietnam War.



Saturday, April 27th

- Noon to 1 P.M.: Stand for Peace, with Peace Action Wisconsin. Location T.B.A..

- 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.: Oasis Community Sanctuary Ramadan Benefit Gala. At Muslim Civic Coalition / Impact House, at 200 West Madison St., Suite #300, Chicago, IL 60606.

 

 

 

 

Compiled and created on March 20th, 2024.

Originally published to this blog on March 21st, 2024
under the title
"Anti-War and Pro- Peace in Gaza Protests in Illinois and Wisconsin,
Scheduled for Between March 20th and April 27th, 2024".

Edited / Updated on March 22nd and 29th, 2024.

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