We were involved in the presentation of the documentary Losing Our Sons, which details the events leading up to and following the jihadist attack on the Little Rock Army recruiting station, in Abita Springs last month. And the response and attendance at that event was so enthusiastic that, together with the LSU College Republicans, we decided to put on a showing of the movie in Baton Rouge on Friday, September 21.
The showing will be at the LSU Union Theater at 7 p.m. We’re pleased to announce that Daris Long and Melvin Bledsoe, the two fathers depicted in the movie, will be on hand for a panel discussion after the film.
Our program will include a brief reception and meet-and-greet with a cash bar in advance of the screening.
Friday the 21st is the night before LSU will play Auburn at Auburn.
For more information on Losing Our Sons, here’s an excerpt of an article which appeared here at the Hayride in advance of the showing in Abita Springs…
In the end, the best we can do is acknowledge the evil is real and do what we can to purge as much of it as possible from our society to prevent the loss of more innocent lives.
Just last night, I spent time talking with Dr. Charles Jacobs, president of the Boston-based Americans for Peace and Tolerance, about another tragic killing—the death of U.S. Marine Andy Long, gunned down in Little Rock at a military recruiting office in 2009.
You might remember the story, even though it never got the press it should have gotten.
Jacobs, a human-rights activist, has made it his life’s work to sound a clarion call about a particular brand of evil inundating America that’s responsible for Long’s murder—Islamic extremism.
Long was killed by Carlos Bledsoe, a young man from Memphis who became a terrorist after being indoctrinated by radical mullahs while attending Tennessee State University.
Bledsoe, who now calls himself Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, came from a Christian family who Jacobs describes as “salt-of-the-earth.” He didn’t seem like to kind of person you might expect to be swept up in the hatred preached by Muslim fundamentalist, but it happened.
His conversion to radical Islam set him on a path that led him to Yemen and back to the United States, where the hatred he had been taught for his homeland resulted in the cold-blooded killing of Long for the “crime” of serving in the military. An 18 year-old recruit, fresh out of basic training, was also shot in the Little Rock attack but survived.
Jacobs chronicles Bledsoe’s descent into bigotry and anti-Americanism that resulted in Long’s murder and the way the media is turning a blind-eye to the danger of the radical Islamic propaganda that’s permeating throughout our institutions and culture in his documentary, Losing Our Sons:
The tragedy might have been portrayed by most in the media as a “street crime”—as Bledsoe’s father, Marvin, puts it—-but it was, in reality, a terrorist act produced by extremists sowing seeds of hatred across our country. That hatred is being spread as vehemently as ever and the media remains silent, Jacobs said.
“We work in several states and this story is a pattern. This is something that’s going on all over America—only, in this case, there is a dead body,” he said. “If anyone tries to tell the truth about what is going on, they will be labeled a bigot, racist and an Islamophobe. The media is tied to political correctness and feels that any questioning of Muslim culture is racism aimed at an immigrant minority and so they cover-up for them.”
It’s time for more people to be made aware of the religious hatred of radical Muslims against Christians and Jews in the United States, Jacobs said, as well as the complicity of the media and our leaders in the spread of Islam-fueled domestic terrorism.
“The real story here is the failure of the media, our clergy. universities and elected officials. These people are failing us because of political correctness,” Jacobs said.
And here was a segment CBN’s Eric Stakelbeck did on the documentary…
It’s an important story, well-told, and something we need to keep in mind as we choose the future of this country.
Please join us next Friday for a screening of this important film.
Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for non-students in advance (it’s $2 more at the door) and can be purchased here. We’re also offering free admission for Haymaker Club members; in addition, the first 50 people to join the Haymaker Club between now and the event will also get a free copy of the Losing Our Sons DVD.
We look forward to seeing you next Friday!