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Dimitrios Pagourtzis pictured after he was booked at Galveston County Sheriff’s Office after being arrested on suspicion of murdering ten at Santa Fe High School in Texas (Picture: Galveston Sheriff’s Department)
SANTA FE SCHOOL SHOOTER IDENTIFIED
AS 17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT
The Santa Fe High School shooter who killed ten people has been named as student
Pagourtzis, 17, shared chilling photos on his – now removed – Facebook of a ‘Born to Kill’ t-shirt shortly before Friday morning’s massacre.
An Instagram account that appears to belong the 11th-grader shows him following multiple gun-related accounts, including ‘sickguns,’ ‘gunspictures’, as well as others called Guns Fanatics, Guns Lovers and Guns Glory.
Only three photos were uploaded to it – a toy rifle attached to an arcade video game, a photo of a frog, and a picture of a gun, knife as well as torch lying on a bed.
His Facebook bio declared: ‘YouTube is a Comma Kazi. It’s the one with the kamikaze pilot.
A photo of the trenchcoat that Santa Fe gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis allegedly wore during this morning’s school shooting shows both Communist and Nazi symbols.
At least 10 students are dead after 17-year-old Pagourtzis went on a rampage with a sawed off shotgun at the Santa Fe High School earlier today.
Images that appeared on his Facebook page before it was deleted include one of the trenchcoat he was wearing during the attack, which shows badges for both the Communist hammer and sickle and the Nazi iron cross.
Pagourtzis attempted to explain the meaning of the symbols in the caption to the post, writing, “Duster Hammer and Sickle = Rebellion Rising Sun = Kamikaze Tactics Iron Cross = Bravery Baphomet = Evil Cthulhu = Power.”
A t-shirt emblazoned with the words “born to kill” was also uploaded to Pagourtzis’s Facebook feed.
Other photos show a handgun, a knife and a torch resting on a bed, as well as a a toy rifle attached to an arcade video game.
It is important to emphasize that these photos have not been confirmed as being posted by Pagourtzis, but they are circulating on social media and being widely reported by the media.
According to reports, Pagourtzis was bullied by other students and a teacher despite being a celebrated member of the Santa Fe Indians football team.
Update: Explosives were found at the high school and the surrounding area, according to Chief Walter Braun of Santa Fe Independent School District Police.
Update #2: Multiple media outlets identified the suspect as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, citing police sources. Witnesses said the suspect was known to wear trench coats every day, which included neo-Nazi, communist hammer & sickle and Baphomet pins. Pagourtzis claimed to be an “atheist” on Facebook, yet he also predominantly featured a pentagram on his profile page.
Update #3: An earlier version of this report stated that 12 were reported dead and 12 injured, but Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has so far confirmed 10 dead and 10 injured. This article has been modified to reflect that revised figure.
At least 10 people are dead after a gunman opened fired at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas:
The suspect, who apparently fired into an early morning art class, was later apprehended by police – and another person has been detained, according to media.
#UPDATE There have been explosive devices found in the high school and surrounding areas adjacent to the high school. Because of the threat of explosive items, community members should be on the look-out for suspicious packages and anything that looks out of place.
A police officer was also reported as injured, but his injuries are currently unknown.
The suspect was “throwing explosives into a classroom,” according to some student witnesses as reported by WNCT.
“This morning an incident occurred at the high school involving an active shooter,” the school district said in a statement. “The situation is active, but has been contained. There have been confirmed injuries.”
“Details will be released as we receive updated information. Law enforcement will continue to secure the building and initiate all emergency management protocols to release and move students to another location. All other campuses are operating under their regular schedules.”
Santa Fe is roughly 30 miles southeast of Houston and has a population of around 13,000.
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Kaitlin Bennett Ar10 Kent State
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Oath Keepers is offering a free Personal Security Detail (PSD) for Kent State Graduate Kaitlin Bennett, who open carried an AR 10 rifle on campus on graduation day. She has since received death threats from rabid anti-gun leftists. We feel honor bound, as a matter of duty, to step up in direct support of this brave young patriot, by offering our protection, free of charge. We have highly trained and professional retired police officers and Special Forces veterans who are standing by to serve on this volunteer detail if she accepts our offer.
Below are screen shots from her twitter page showing her open carrying on campus, one of the death threats, and our offer of protection.
Her original tweet, protesting the lack of campus carry on Kent State, by carrying on campus after she had graduated, and hence was no longer a student:
Kaitlin Bennett Ar10 Kent State Original Tweet
After that tweet, she promptly received death threats from the usual suspects on the left, who are so full of hatred and violence, while accusing her of somehow being full of hatred and violence for daring to arm herself for self-defense (only confirming the wisdom of being a well armed woman!):
Kaitlin Bennett Ar10 Kent State Twitter Death Threats
And here is Kaitlin’s tweet noting that the account of the threat-maker has been suspended, and our reply offering a volunteer protective detail, free of charge:
Kaitlin Bennett Ar10 Kent State Twitter Death Threat Account Suspended
We would consider it an honor. We have several of our most experienced men standing by, including Brian Krogmann, who is a retired Washington DC Metro Police LT and also a Special Forces combat medic veteran.
However, if you are a suitably trained and experienced police or military veteran who is a member of Oath Keepers in Ohio or in a nearby state, and you are willing to assist with this volunteer protective detail if she accepts, please let us know using our [email protected] email. Be prepared to be vetted closely and carefully, as usual for such details.
God bless all American patriots who are willing to stand in the gap, and especially our next generation of patriots who will carry the torch forward. Let us stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them.
For the Republic,
Stewart RhodesFounder of Oath Keepers
About Oath Keepers:
Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, reserves, National Guard, veterans, Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of like-minded citizens who take an Oath to stand with us, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us, God. Our Oath is to the Constitution.
Gun rights advocate Jeffry Smith and Kent State senior Kaitlin Bennett held an open carry event at Risman Plaza on Kent State's main campus Friday afternoon. The event went on without incident despite local residents opposing it on social media.
Demonstrators carry loaded guns on Kent State campus
ABOVE: Mike Gendron seeks to convert Catholics to evangelical Christianity (Image from interview by The Master’s Academy International)
Wednesday’s CrossTalk program on VCY America featured a conversation about the danger of Catholicism merging with Islam to create the false one world religion warned about in the biblical book of Revelation. VCY America is a Milwaukee-based Christian broadcasting operation that owns 25 full-power radio stations, mostly in the Midwest, and reaches others through affiliate stations and online.
The featured guest was Mike Gendron, described as a former Catholic and the founder and director of Proclaiming the Gospel ministry, which is dedicated to trying to rescue Catholics who are “victims of deception” and convert them to “biblical Christianity.” Gendron’s group also sells an audio recording of his one world religion warning.
As RWW has reported, major Religious Right figures have said that Islam is not really a religion but a totalitarian ideology and therefore not worthy of First Amendment protection. Gendron has similar thoughts about the Catholic Church. He says that Catholicism is, like Islam, not only a religion but a political identity, and says that “they share a similar political ideology.”
On the Crosstalk page promoting the show, they list what Gendron calls the “common bonds” between the two religions, and he and host Jim Schneider talked through them. He says Catholicism and Islam both:
esteem and honor Mary.
seek messages from apparitions of Mary.
embrace another Jesus.
seek world dominion.
deny the authority of Scripture.
use prayer beads to avoid punishment.
take pilgrimages to obtain favor from God.
have human mediators.
have a works righteousness salvation.
Gendron is unsparing in his criticism of the Catholic church, what he calls its “false Christ” and false theology of salvation, and its devotion to apparitions of Mary that he calls “signs and wonders of Satan.” He says that Catholics and Muslims both worship the God of the world, who is Satan.
For additional “evidence” of the coming merger with Islam, Gendron cites ecumenical comments by Pope Francis along the lines of “all people are the children of God” as well as older Church documents about Christian-Muslim dialogue. Host Jim Schneider read a news story about a Catholic University in Iowa dedicating a room to be available for daily prayers by Muslims and other students who didn’t want to use the chapel.
Religious Right expressions of anti-Muslim bigotry are commonplace, but given the close political relationship between conservative evangelicals and conservative Catholics in opposition to abortion and LGBT equality, it can be jarring to be reminded of how much theological enmity many evangelicals have for the Catholic Church. For example, Trump cheerleader Robert Jeffress, who prayed at the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, has described the Catholic Church as a “corruption” and “counterfeit” of Christianity that reflects “the genius of Satan.” Ralph Drollinger, who teaches weekly Bible studies to members of Trump’s Cabinet and members of Congress, has called Catholicism “the world’s largest false religion.”
One caller referred to “Chrislam,” a term that has circulated in Religious Right circles for years. In October 2017, Crosstalk broadcast audio from a September 2017 VCY Rally in which speaker Sharhram Hadien warned that Chrislam is sneaking into America’s churches via the “satanic strategy” of interfaith dialogue. Kamal Saleem, the supposed “ex-terrorist” who is a popular speaker at Religious Right events, has warned evangelical activists that American churches are being “invaded by ‘Chrislam.’”
In 2011, retired Gen. Jerry Boykin (now Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President) and Michigan televangelist Jack Van Impe even cited megachurch pastor Rick Warren as promoting Chrislam. In 2013, Walid Shoebat and his son Theodore warned about Glenn Beck, saying that Mormonism is “an extreme version of Chrislam.”
One self-proclaimed prophet of the End Times imagines that the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem will be destroyed during the Gog/Magog War and replaced with a “Chrislamic / UN Religion multi-faith temple.”
The idea that Christianity and Christians will be threatened by the creation of a big merger of religions formed the basis of creation of “Persecuted,” a 2014 film screened at CPAC about religious liberty in America being destroyed by the sinister forces of equality and religious pluralism.
U.S. President Donald Trump warned Thursday that North Korea would be met with the same “decimation” as Libya if a deal was not made regarding the country’s nuclear weapons.
The president was asked while speaking with reporters in the White House about repeated claims from National Security Advisor John Bolton that the “Libya model” was being used for North Korean denuclearization.
Bolton’s remarks refer to a 2003 deal in which Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed to shutter his country’s nuclear weapons program in an attempt to strengthen ties with the U.S.
While attempting to distance himself from Bolton’s stance, Trump appears to have confused the Libya denuclearization model with the 2011 NATO campaign that saw Gaddafi overthrown and brutally killed by U.S.-backed insurgents.
“The model, if you look at that model with Gaddafi, that was a total decimation. We went in there to beat them,” Trump told reporters. “Now, that model would take place if we don’t make a deal, most likely.”
Concerns over Bolton’s comments arose earlier this week when North Korea threatened to back out of the Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore.
In a statement Tuesday from North Korea’s First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan, Pyongyang accused the Trump administration, citing Bolton specifically, of making unrealistic demands.
“World knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which have met miserable fate. It is absolutely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development,” Gwan wrote. “We shed light on the quality of Bolton already in the past, and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him.”
Though attempting to reassure North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that a deal would work in his favor, Trump’s threat may have inadvertently confirmed Pyongyang’s biggest fears concerning the West.
“Bolton’s ‘Libya model’ and Trump’s ‘Libya model’ are two different things; by emphasizing the latter, Trump showed North Korea that it had been right all along to be wary of Bolton’s comments,” The Diplomat’s Ankit Panda writes. “For North Korea, a Libya-style disarmament deal with the United States sets the Kim regime down the road to a painful and undignified end.”
Pyongyang pointed to the death of Gaddafi in 2011 as one of the primary reasons it could not trust the U.S. in making a nuclear deal.
“It was fully exposed before the world that ‘Libya’s nuclear dismantlement,’ much touted by the U.S. in the past, turned out to be a mode of aggression whereby the latter coaxed the former with such sweet words as ‘guarantee of security’ and ‘improvement of relations’ to disarm itself and then swallowed it up by force,” North Korean state-run media said.
Aside from threatening to end the Trump-Kim summit before it begins, North Korea this week canceled high-level talks with South Korea and barred members of its media from attending next week’s closure of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
Intelligence officials speaking with the Washington Times say North Korea’s current posturing is part of a “highly calculated” strategy “to harden its negotiating position against a quick ‘Libya-style’ surrender.”
North Korea has thus far declined to respond to the president’s remarks.
A woman in California filmed herself confronting a transgender person using the women’s restroom.
Jazmina Saavedra, who is running for a congressional seat in California’s 44th District, posted a video to Facebook Tuesday in which she enters a Denny’s restroom and tells a man using the facilities to leave.
“A man in a ladies room saying he is a woman. (Obama legacy),” Saavedra wrote in the video comments. “As your next Congress woman I will fight to get our right to have a ladies room just for us.”
In the video, Saavedra says she’s uncomfortable using the restroom with a man inside.
“I’m trying to use the ladies’ room and there is a man here claiming that he is a lady,” she says as she proceeds to enter the restroom.
“You’re invading my privacy,” the man using a stall tells her.
“You’re invading my privacy because I’m a woman and I deserve to use the woman, the ladies’ room,” Saavedra tells him.
“So, that guy is violating my right to use the ladies’ room here, and he’s saying he’s a lady! Stupid guy,” she continues.
She next waits outside the restroom for the man to exit.
“Excuse me, I was using the toilet,” the man tells Saavedra. “Why are you singling me out, lady? And I see you yesterday following me.”
Saavedra claimed she was prepared to defend herself had the altercation turned violent.
“I was with my pepper spray ready and I called the manager so he helped me,” she says. “How can I be with a man inside of the ladies’ room just because he thinks he’s a lady? This is unbelievable. Only in California this happens.”
Saavedra’s opponent, Democrat incumbent Nanette Barragán, condemned the video.
“I was appalled by the treatment that this woman received for simply trying to use the restroom. Everyone has the right to their own identity, and the right not to be discriminated against for who they are,” Barragán said.
A 16-year-old Chechen Muslim has admitted to murdering a 7-year-old girl in Vienna, telling police he was in a “bad mood” at the time. The victim was found in a dumpster, nearly decapitated. The teen told police he was “having a bad day,” which contributed to his “bad mood” and “general rage” at the time of the vicious stabbing. The girl, Hadishat, and her killer, Robert K., were familiar to each other as neighbors, family friends and fellow Chechens. According to reports, he lured her into his vacant apartment, leading her into the bathroom, where he attacked her with a serrated bread knife, stabbing her so savagely in the neck that her head was nearly dismembered. He eventually wrapped her body in plastic and threw it in a nearby dumpster, which police discovered after seeing her protruding feet. Austrian media reports that Robert K. faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, and is currently under careful state protection because he has been threatened by fellow inmates. “My impression is that he is a polite, well-mannered young man,” says his lawyer, who is renowned for representing Islamic migrants in homicide cases. “He seems like a model student to me.” Last week, a Chechen migrant went on a bloody stabbing spree in Paris, killing one and maiming four more victims, while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” Another Chechen connected to the Paris killer was later arrested in France, where he has been employed by the French immigration agency. Chechnya’s population is overwhelmingly adherent to Sunni Islam.
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We see this again and again: schoolchildren have to make the Islamic profession of faith, or affirm Islam as fact, in public schools. Then when administrators are confronted, they claim it was all just an educational exercise, not proselytizing. But we never, ever see Judaism or Christianity or Hinduism or Buddhism taught as fact in public schools, or schoolchildren being forced to make professions of faith in those religions. For some reason this form of educational exercise is only ever used regarding Islam. Now, why is that?
A West Virginia school has come under fire for instructing junior high students to write the Islamic profession of faith ostensibly to practice calligraphy.
Rich Penkoski, a Christian parent and founder of online ministry Warriors for Christ, raised alarms over a packet on Islam his daughter’s seventh grade social studies teacher issued to students, according to Christian Post. The packet, edited from the full version of a world religions workbook, instructed students to practice writing the Shahada, or Islamic profession of faith, in Arabic calligraphy — an assignment that, if left undone, would result in detention, according to Penkoski’s daughter.
The Shahada states: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
[Shahada Calligraphy assignment from ‘Exploring World Beliefs: Islam’ (Screenshot/Teacher Created Resources)]
Penkoski called Mountain Ridge Middle School Principal Ron Branch and objected to the packet, saying it disturbed him and had misinformation about the history of calligraphy.
“I saw the assignment of writing the Shahada in Arabic. Their excuse was calligraphy,” Penkoski told The Christian Post. “I was like, ‘Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!’ First of all, calligraphy was invented in China 3,000 years prior to Muhammad. The fact that they were trying to get my daughter to write that disturbed me.”
“I said, ‘That is not happening. My daughter is not doing that.’ My daughter told me that if she didn’t do the assignment, then she was going to get a [detention] slip,” Penkoski added….
There were two different calligraphy assignments — one involving the Shahada and another instructing students to practice writing English letters in calligraphy, Branch told Christian Post. Hinson “told the students that they could do these activities if they wanted,” Branch claimed.
“The teacher has told her class several times that this is a study of world religions and that she is not trying to advocate for any religion over another. She has told her class that if they had questions about religious beliefs, that those conversations should take place with their parents,” Branch added.
Penkoski claimed the teacher sent students home with the same packet the day after he lodged a complaint — this time, with certain sections crossed out but still including the Shahada assignment. Penkoksi called the principal again and confronted Hinson over the phone.
“I said, ‘This is not OK in asking my kid to write down the Shahada.’ The teacher happened to walk-in and said she made it an option and that the kids didn’t have to do it. My daughter conflicted that story and said, ‘No, that is not what was said.’ What was said was, ‘Do the assignment; and if you want to learn more about the Quran, ask your parents,’” Penkoski told Christian Post.
Each religion studied in the class, including Christianity and Judaism, received “equitable treatment,” Branch also told Christian Post. He said the class spent a week and a half on Christianity and Judaism — other religions took one week — and discussed each religion’s beliefs, history and practices. During the section on Christianity, “Jesus was taught,” Branch claimed.
“The students read the chapter in our textbook that discusses Christianity’s belief that Jesus is the Son of God, and salvation. They also discussed the Sermon on the Mount, the Last Supper and Jesus’ Betrayal, the Trinity, and the Lord’s Prayer, among other topics,” Branch said.
Penkoski and his daughter, Brielle, contested Branch’s claims. The Lord’s Prayer was not taught, and very little time was spent teaching about Jesus, they told Christian Post. “We did [the unit on Christianity] over a week and two days. We watched two different videos. We didn’t finish them. They taught a little bit about Moses and the Ten Commandments, Peter and Paul,” Brielle explained. “We learned about the Israelites and how they are being persecuted by the Romans. We were told about the Jews and told a little bit about Jesus.”
Penkoski also shared with Christian Post the packets on Christianity and Judaism passed out in class and allegedly modified from the original full version. While the packet on Islam contained verses from the Koran, the packets for those religions did not contain scripture and did not encourage students to write prayers or faith statements, he said.
“Notice no Bible verses, no reciting the Ten Commandments or the Lord’s Prayer,” he said.
“[There’s] no practicing writing in Hebrew as compared to the Islamic packet,” he added….
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A Christian parent of a Gerrardstown, West Virginia, student is outraged after his daughter’s school sent home a reported assignment requiring that the students copy the Islamic faith declaration in calligraphy. What are the details? According to The Christian Post, Rich Penkoski, who the outlet identified as a “conservative Christian who runs an online ministry called Warriors for Christ,” revealed that his seventh-grade daughter brought home the assignment this week.
The purported assignment came from the young girl’s social studies class, and included a page that required the students to copy the Islamic faith declaration in calligraphy.
According to The Christian Post, “the packet went into detail about the history of Islam, the prophet Muhammad, and the five pillars of the religion.”
Penkoski, however, was most perturbed by the notion that the children were instructed to write the Arabic form of the Shahada.
The Shahada is the Islamic profession of faith, which roughly translates to, “There is no god but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
“I saw the assignment of writing the Shahada in Arabic. Their excuse was calligraphy,” Penkoski told the outlet. “I was like, ‘Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!’ First of all, calligraphy was invented in China 3,000 years prior to Muhammad. The fact that they were trying to get my daughter to write that disturbed me.”
Penkoski told his daughter that she was not to complete the assignment.
“My daughter told me that if she didn’t do the assignment then she was going to get a [detention] slip,” he explained.
He called the school the next day, where he was told that the packet was not required, simply “optional reading,” according to The Christian Post.
Penkoski doesn’t buy the school’s explanation that it was not required homework, and said that the school had previously assigned similar projects concerning Christianity and Judaism — both projects, he said, were compulsory.
“If it was optional, then why was there no option for comparison for Judaism and Christianity?” he asked. “There was no option to recite any of the Lord’s Prayer and Ten Commandments. There was no option to write Hebrew. Why is it only Islam?”
“I am curious why the other ones were not optional and the Islamic one was optional,” Penkoski mused. “It only seemed to be optional after I raised objection.”
Did the school comment on the incident?
The Christian Post reached out to the middle school’s principal, Ron Branch, who provided the outlet with a statement.
“There were two calligraphy activities in the packet,” Branch said, “One involving the Shahada and one that is just English letters in which the students can write whatever they want in calligraphy.”
“The teacher told the students that they could do these activities if they wanted. I told Mr. Penkoski that the calligraphy activity was optional, but was not assigned,” Branch added.
He continued by noting that the packets were sent home to accompany the classes study of world religions.
“They are reading through the packet as part of the study. The teacher has told her class several times that this is a study of world religions and that she is not trying to advocate for any religion over another,” Branch concluded. “She has told her class that if they had questions about religious beliefs, that those conversations should take place with their parents.
This isn’t the first time such an assignment has been handed out.