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Senate Confirms Biden Nominee as First Muslim Federal Judge

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The federal judiciary now has its first Muslim jurist after the Senate on Thursday confirmed a nominee of President Joe Biden to a U.S. District Court seat in New Jersey.

Judge Zahid Quraishi was confirmed in an 81-16 vote to the lifetime appointment. All of those who voted against his confirmation were Republicans.

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Quraishi served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2006, according to CBS News.

He has been a U.S. magistrate judge since 2019. In addition to private practice, he worked for five years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey and was an assistant chief counsel at the Department of Homeland Security.

Quraishi, who is the child of immigrants from Pakistan, was born in New York City and joined the military after the 9/11 attacks.

“Those events of that day inspired Judge Quraishi to consider a career in public service. He applied to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he was commissioned as an officer and attained the rank of captain,” Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said, according to NBC News.

Biden pledged to use his judicial appointments as a vehicle to increase the racial and gender diversity of the federal court system.

“Mr. Quraishi will be the first American Muslim in United States history to serve as an Article III federal judge. The third largest religion in the United States, and he will become the first to ever serve as an Article III judge,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, according to CNN.

“We must expand not only demographic diversity, but professional diversity, and I know that President Biden agrees with me on this, and this will be something that I will set out to do,” the New York Democrat said.

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said the confirmation of the first Muslim federal judge was “something that should have been achieved a long time ago.”

When nominated by Biden in March, Quraishi suggested the appointment of a Muslim was long overdue, according to The New York Times.

“Candidly,” the judge said, “I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

He added, “I understand what it means to the community.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations raised questions about his service in Iraq and with the Department of Homeland Security.

In an April 28 news release, the group said, “Aspects of Judge Quraishi’s work history, including his service as a ‘detention legal adviser’ during the American occupation of Iraq from 2003 to 2007 when prisoner abuse was rampant, and his service with [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] during the final two years of the Bush Administration, have sparked concern in the civil rights community.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Tyranny: Concerned Parents Arrested After School Board Cuts Off Comments on Trans, CRT Policies

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Two Virginia parents protesting critical race theory and transgender policy proposals at their children’s schools were arrested Tuesday during a meeting of the Loudoun County School Board. The public comment session was held so parents could voice their concerns over the teaching of CRT as well as a new policy on “transgender and gender-expansive students.” Instead, the board ended the meeting midway and two parents were arrested. Two arrests made at the Loudoun County, Virginia school board meeting after it was declared an unlawful assembly and some parents here to protest against critical race theory and a transgender policy refused to leave right away #CriticalRaceTheory pic.twitter.com/dsZDrqJ0Gp — Gabriella Borter (@gabriellaborter) June 22, 2021 A total of 259 people had signed up to offer public comments, but the meeting was shut down after just 51 had spoken, according to Fox News. Ian Prior, a father of two students and a spokesman for the parent advocacy group Fight for Schools, slammed the board for refusing to allow parents to have a say in how their children are educated on controversial topics such as critical race theory and transgenderism. Prior told Fox News that it’s imperative for parents to “get a seat at the table” to help shape what their children learn in the classroom. Otherwise, schools become vehicles for the mass brainwashing of children with destructive left-wing propaganda. https://youtu.be/AntKpOTq0Fc The brouhaha at the Loudoun County School Board meeting came after former Republican state Sen. Dick Black slammed the board for suspending teacher Tanner Cross in May for stating at a school board meeting that he doesn’t believe “a biological boy can be a girl and vice-versa.” Two weeks ago, a judge ordered Cross’ school to reinstate him, saying his statements were constitutionally protected free speech under the First Amendment. After…

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Confirmed: Disguised Leftists Infiltrated Trump Crowd on Jan. 6, Said They Told FBI How to Infiltrate MAGA

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Recently released videos prove what conservatives have been saying for months now: Trump supporters were not the only ones at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Two leftists infiltrated the Jan. 6 mob that stormed the Capitol and later said they told the FBI how to “infiltrate Trump rallies.” The two men are Walter Masterson and Peter Scattini and a quick look skim through their respective Twitter feeds shows that they are, indeed, leftists. It’s been stoked by the media & by the president. It goes beyond institutional distrust & disgust. So many are painting these protestors as a monolith, when in reality it was an amalgam of families, business owners & anarchists who believed they were fighting for “their” America — Peter Scattini (@jpscattini) January 7, 2021 COVID Nurse at the MAGA Rally does not believe in wearing a mask. pic.twitter.com/1SvKyFpPCf — Walter Masterson (@waltermasterson) December 13, 2020 Multiple videos on Scattini’s YouTube channel show him and Masterson — disguised as reporters from One America News Network — asking questions to a number of Trump supporters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6uCSMnHO7w&t=1556s An additional video blog posted on Feb. 17 features Scattini explaining how FBI agents approached the two men after their Jan. 6 stunt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WajJZZfoLXg “They introduced themselves as two agents of the FBI and one officer of the NYPD and asked if they could come inside and, of course, we said yes,” Scattini said. “We talked to them for about an hour, we are not in any trouble, but that was super weird.” “Walter is giving them tips on how to infiltrate Trump rallies.” This lines up with a recent assertion made by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson that the FBI had agents on the inside during the Jan. 6 incursion. “Strangely, some of the key people who…

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