I'm honored to have been invited to speak at the American Freedom Alliance's conference on school shootings on Sunday, May 20. I'll be talking about shootings and "toxic masculinity."
AMERICAN FREEDOM ALLIANCE
Invites You To Our Spring 2018 Conference Sunday, May 20th
9AM - 4 PM
Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel
more we look into these horrific shootings and the media's "coverage"
of them, the more we're convinced of how important and unique this
Make no mistake: The Left has created the conditions that foster these
shootings, and then exploits them to make conditions even worse, in a
seemingly never-ending downward spiral where we all are made more
vulnerable and, of course, less free.
This conference aims to STOP that spiral and turn it around, so that our
children and our society as a whole can be protected, strengthened and
This conference isn’t only about school shootings. It’s about
protecting our rights, protecting our kids, protecting our values, our
families and our boys and the mental well-being of our children, and all
of this, each and every aspect, is required for self-governance to
work. It’s just that simple.
I spoke yesterday to the Bookworm Room blogger's lunch group in Marin County about chivalry and the war on masculinity,
and it seems she very kindly (way, WAY kindly) knocked out a writeup about my talk...
Mark Tapson wages war against whole idea of toxic masculinity
The Speaker’s group that I co-chair hosted a wonderful speaker today:
Mark Tapson. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because you’ve
seen his writing on quality conservative websites such as Front Page
Magazine, the now defunct Truth Revolt (which is making way for a
different, even better project), Breitbart, etc. As is true for me, Mark is a former Democrat who found the cognitive
dissonance between his values and the modern Democrat party too
difficult to tolerate. Unlike me, he is not a gadfly but is, instead, a
really deep thinker and a very knowledgeable man. Today, the thoughts
and knowledge he shared with us revolved around the culture war on men
and ways to counter the deep damage this war is inflicting on our
fathers, sons, husbands, and brothers. Moreover, if these men are the
primary victims, every woman in each man’s life becomes collateral
The talk was wonderful. Mark is a very engaging speaker — he has a
pleasant voice and his tone walks the fine line between lecture and
conversation. You know he’s standing there educating you, but it feels
as if you’re just at a party listening to the most interesting man in
the room. Add knowledge and passion to the mix and you’ve got a talk
that flies by. I was absolutely stunned when I realized that he’d been
talking for 40 minutes. It felt like half that length. If we hadn’t had
to clear the room, I think my group would still be there listening to
So what did Mark talk about? I didn’t take notes, so the rest of this
post will be a little ragged, since my memory is more surreal than
photographic. Anything intelligent in this post is Mark’s. Any mistakes
or stupidities are mine.
After editing the David Horowitz Freedom Center website TruthRevolt for nearly three years, I am excited to announce that I now hold two brand new positions at the Center: serving as its Director of Marketing and Media, and doing weekly writing and video commentary as its Journalism Fellow on Popular Culture.
This is to announce that TruthRevolt will be closing up shop as of the end of today, Wednesday, March 7. Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz created TruthRevolt
with a mission to expose the leftist news media and hold them
accountable for their hypocrisy and bias. Launched in October 2013, it
was not just a media watchdog, but a media bulldog. TruthRevolt sought to help loosen the leftist death grip on the organs of culture: the news media, academia, and entertainment.
As the editor of TruthRevolt for nearly three years, I am proud of the fight we waged and grateful for the support of our readers and supporters. We aren’t giving up that fight, however; I want to emphasize that TruthRevolt
is shuttering to enable the David Horowitz Freedom Center to focus on
exciting new developments which will give us a more prominent presence
and make us an even more formidable foe of the radical left. Again, thanks to all our readers. For now, stay with us at the Freedom Center by following our flagship site FrontPage Mag, edited by Jamie Glazov, and keep an eye out for big changes in the very near future.
Pew survey reported that the total number of Catholics in the United States
dropped by 3 million since 2007, now comprising about 20 percent - or one-fifth
- of the total population. Catholicism is losing more members than it gains at
a higher rate than any other denomination – a recent development which the
radical progressives at Salon celebrate.
Why is this an issue that should worry Americans and the Western world at large?
One key reason is
that the fastest-growing religion in
the country and around the world is Islam – something Salon radicals also no
doubt celebrate. But the fundamentalist brand of Islam that is once again on
the rise is antithetical, indeed openly hostile, to the values of Western
civilization, and for many centuries Catholicism as a central component of
European identity was a bulwark against its spread. But for various reasons the
West has lost confidence in its cultural identity and moral authority in recent
decades, and the result has been submission to decadence, to cultural Marxism,
and to Islam. If we are to reverse a civilization in rapid decline, we must undertake
a resurgence of Western exceptionalism with a militant Christian ethos at its
For Catholics who
have backslid or grown apathetic, that means waking up to what is at stake, and
then making a renewed commitment to understanding and manifesting the tenets of
their own religion, a religion that has been steered toward emasculation, socialism,
and interfaith suicide by the radical left. For non-Catholics as well – even
atheists – it means acknowledging how crucial a revivified Christianity is to a
defense of Western civilization, and educating themselves about the myths and
realities of Catholicism.
Zmirak’s timely book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to
Catholicism, published by Regnery. Zmirak is an editor, teacher, screenwriter,
political columnist, and the author of the popular Bad Catholic's Guides and The
Race to Save Our Century: Five Core Principles to Promote Peace, Freedom, and a
Culture of Life. His work has appeared in First Things, The
Weekly Standard, USA Today, and FrontPage Magazine, among
The book’s cover declares
Catholicism to be “the most politically incorrect institution in the world!”
and features a trinity of grinning nuns with guns – itself politically
incorrect enough to trigger leftists who prefer a less militant, more social
justice-oriented, and submissive Christianity. The cover also features such
triggering bullet points as:
Catholic teaching favors gun rights, capitalism,
and a strong defense
empires, great powers, can fall apart very fast. Collapse can come suddenly,
like a thief in the night. And we should be very wary of assuming that our
civilization, the civilization of the early 21st century West, will
oblige us by declining gradually.”
That warning from
noted historian Niall Ferguson is the opening and the theme of the vital new
documentary The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against
the West from filmmaker Gloria Z. Greenfield.
previous work includes Body and Soul – The State of the Jewish
Nation in 2014 (which I reviewed for FrontPage Mag here), Unmasked Judeophobia in 2011, and The
Case for Israel – Democracy’s Outpost in 2009. She is the president of Doc Emet
Productions, the simple and powerful motto of which is “Truth in film.” Unlike,
say, propagandist Michael Moore’s front-and-center, demagogic presence in his
films such as Fahrenheit 9/11, director Greenfield gets out of the way
and crafts her narratives about anti-Semitism, history, Judeo-Christian values,
freedom, and democracy from the authoritative, articulate arguments of the many
intellectuals who lend their expertise to her projects.
Such is the case
with her latest documentary, which features compelling observations and
insights from well-known historians, journalists, and thinkers such as Niall Ferguson,
Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips, Bruce
Thornton, Raymond Ibrahim, Brooke Goldstein, Ibn Warraq, Alan West, and many
more respected commentators from academia, human rights organizations, and
think tanks. [Full disclosure: I am included among the featured speakers, as
are David Horowitz Freedom Center Fellows Thornton and Ibrahim.]
The Fight of Our Lives addresses the
various internal and external threats facing Western civilization today, and
cautions that if we don’t recognize these grave dangers now and rouse ourselves
to resist and overcome them, then it is no hyperbole to say that the West as we
know it will come to – as Ferguson warned – a swift and inexorable end.
“In the fall of
2016,” New York University professor Michael Rectenwald recently told The Daily
Caller, “I was noting an increase of this social justice ideology on
campuses, and it started to really alarm me. I saw it coming home to roost here
at NYU, with the creation of the bias reporting hotline, and with the
cancellation of the Milo Yiannopoulos talk because someone might walk past it
and hear something which might ‘trigger’ them.”
Rectenwald, himself a leftist, created an
initially anonymous Twitter account, @antipcnyuprof,
to speak out against that ideology and the “absolutely anti-education and
anti-intellectual” classroom indoctrination he was witnessing, as well as the
collectivist surveillance state that the campus was becoming, as students were
urged to report each other for the sin of committing microaggressions.
In October of that
year, he outed himself as the man behind the controversial Twitter account, and
“all hell broke loose.” He swiftly found himself the target of shunning and harassment
from his colleagues and the NYU administration. In true Cultural Revolution
fashion, several colleagues in his department in the Liberal Studies Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion Working Group published an open letter declaring him
guilty of incorrect thinking. “The thing that is interesting here is that they
were saying that because I don’t think like them, I am sick and mentally
ill,” Rectenwald said to the Daily Caller.
kowtowing to the campus totalitarians, Rectenwald
declared himself done with the Left in a February 2017 tweet (“The Left has
utterly and completely lost its way and I no longer want anything to do with
it.”) and has gone on to be an even more fervent defender of free speech and
academic freedom. He has appeared often in conservative media to discuss those
issues and the harassment he has received from the Left.
Rectenwald even filed a lawsuit against NYU and four of his colleagues for
defamation. He consented to answering some questions for FrontPage Mag about
his conflict with the NYU ideologues.
Mark Tapson: A year ago on
Twitter you wrote, “Goodbye to the Left, goodbye.” Can you describe your
intellectual journey from “left-liberal activist” to outspoken “deplorable” and
what drove that seemingly sudden transition?
The David Horowitz Freedom Center is hosting another Wednesday Morning Club luncheon this Thursday at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. I'll be introducing the speaker, radio talk show host and bestselling author Michael Savage. Savage's new book is a very personal rumination on God, Faith, and Reason. Check out the event details here.
Next month's WMC luncheon speaker will be the fearless journalist Melanie Phillips.
With the possible
exception of freedom fighter and European political party leader Geert Wilders,
there is arguably no critic of Islam more despised and feared by the Religion
of Peace’s apologists than the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s own Robert
Spencer, director of the indispensable Jihad Watch website and the author of
nearly twenty books.
routinely labeled a so-called Islamophobe by those who conflate criticism of
Islam with bigotry toward Muslims. This makes him the target of an astonishing
amount of hatred and even threats of violence because our media and political
elites have inflated the purported danger of “Islamophobia” to a degree of
cultural concern greater than the danger of actual Islamic terrorism.
Soros-funded smear organization known as the Southern Poverty Law Center has
designated the “extremist” Spencer “one of America’s most prolific and vociferous
anti-Muslim propagandists” (note the use of the inflammatory terms
“propagandist” and “anti-Muslim,” the latter of which falsely paints him as a
hater of Muslims themselves rather than as a critic of the ideology).
engagements, when they are not disrupted by protesters or cancelled by those
who refuse to debate him or even hear him out, require personal security to
protect him from the violence of those who accuse him of inciting violence. After
a presentation in Iceland earlier this year, Spencer was actually poisoned by a
suspected opponent who wanted to silence him permanently.
Robert Spencer is
certainly not alone in being branded an Islamophobe; he is simply one of the most
prominent because he is the best-educated about Islam and the most relentless
thorn in the side of those who would whitewash it. Any public critic of Islam’s
demonstrably hateful, violent, and supremacist tenets risks being smeared by
the ugly label.
excited about this documentary that the David Horowitz Freedom Center is premiering in
Santa Monica in 2 months. The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against the West features luminaries such as Niall Ferguson,
Victor Davis Hanson, and many others on the
internal and external threats to western civilization. I'm honored to be among the lineup as well, discussing the war on masculinity. Documentary filmmaker Gloria Greenfield (Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation and The Case for Israel - Democracy's Outpost, among other films) has put together a riveting discussion of the crucial fight we face today.
I'll have more news about this as time goes on. Meanwhile, if you'll be in the SoCal area on February 19th, do your best to attend this event in Santa Monica.