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An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Five)

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 15.A, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (Part Nine)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: November 15, 2017

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2017

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 4,863

ISSN 2369-6885

Pardes Seleh

Abstract

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S. She discusses: Liberal indoctrination on campuses; Academia; academic discourse at present; Campus Reform; trends in the US; the American Dream; global warming; diversity policies; economic inequality; illegal immigrants; marriage; secular and religious interpretations; civil partnerships and marriage; bigger draws for men and women regarding marriage; Black Lives Matter; and the partial dissolution of the Democratic and Republican parties.

Keywords: Campus Reform, Daily Wire, Independent Journal Review, Pardes Seleh, The Bruin Standard.

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S.: Former Writer, Independent Journal Review; Former Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform (Part Five)[1],[2],[3],[4]

*Footnotes in & after the interview, & citation style listing after the interview.*

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.*

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citation style listing after the interview.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You spoke on Liberal indoctrination on campuses. Can you give some examples of this, bigger and then nuanced ones?

Seleh: Bigger ones: for me, going to school, it is no big deal to me. For instructors, they have a more difficult time because they have to speak what they know every day. It is much more likely that their political biases will come through when they are lecturing.

I have actually spoken to multiple college professors at my school. They didn’t want this to be talked about in the media, so I didn’t report it. I didn’t mention their names in the media.

But there are a group of professors who feel threatened. They feel like they were walking on eggshells in their lectures. They were careful about what they were teaching, to make sure they didn’t show their political views in class and made sure they didn’t express their views with other college professors.

This was not happening with Leftist professors. It was completely acceptable for them to speak what they were thinking. They would criticize conservatives, heavily. Sometimes, they would talk about conservatives, conservative politicians, religion, and the administration knew this was going on.

It was reported. But they didn’t care. They only reacted to professors who some way or another, not necessarily in class, were found to have complete conservative views. I knew one guy who wasn’t an even professor. He was doing research in epidemiology at UCLA.

He was kicked out for researching certain topics. One example, he did research on Mormons and cervical cancer and cancer in general. He found Mormons who live in Utah and found they had fewer cancer rates than the general population.

He did that kind of research. They concluded, the university, that his research was promoting – he’s not Mormon – a religious agenda. They kicked him out. It wasn’t just that. They concluded that he had a religious agenda.

He is actually back now. He has been at the school for 6 years without pay. That is one example. This person wasn’t even teaching.

2. Jacobsen: Does this speak to other cases or alongside other cases of a growing problem in Academia or the university system broadly speaking?

Seleh: It definitely suppresses Academia. If there are viewpoints that you’re afraid to learn about, then you’ll never know the full picture. If there is a limit to how much you want to know or hear about other lifestyles, then you become infinitely limited. If you aren’t unlimited in your openness to information, then you become infinitely limited in your knowledge.

It limits the extent of knowledge that one can gain from Academia in general. It is a waste of money because you spend a lot of money on an academic education to learn as much as you can.

You are instead having your school with its own worldview. It is afraid to let you know too much.

3. Jacobsen: Where does this leave academic discourse?

Seleh: It leaves it so that the main source of knowledge is the internet. It is the least limited place in order to get your information, especially since the internet is the only outlet for people through social media and for alternative search engines.

I know Google has restricted certain websites. There is always, with growing technology, a comeback for people who feel that they’ve been limited, so they say what they think and feel on the internet.

So, the internet will be the place for them to express themselves when the other platforms are more limiting.

4. Jacobsen: Your articles for Campus Reform covered a broad range of topics.[6],[7],[8],[9],[10],[11],[12],[13],[14],[15],[16],[17],[18],[19],[20],[21],[22],[23],[24],[25],[26],[27],[28] What seem like the general reasons for these trends happening on campuses in California?

Seleh: California is a majority Democrat state so it makes it more likely for incidences of liberal bias to occur there. A lot of the issues discussed on college campuses such as the UC schools were surrounding immigration and race relations.

There are a lot of Republicans in California and public schools in California, but it seems they were suppressed from being vocal about their views. I think that the less you know about something, then the more likely you are to be afraid of it.

The more you are afraid of it, then the more likely you are to want to suppress it. What I think happened with conservatives in California, is that they feel closed off and suppressed, in California I think the conservative population is so silent, in the schools at least, and so shut out, they fear what their views might mean, if they were more vocal, for them.

They do more of these things. The more they are suppressed. It is fear and reactionary politics. They fear to have their views challenged by the Right. They know the conservatives aren’t open about their views.

Conservatives know their views aren’t as comfortable around campus, aren’t as mainstream, so scary. The more foreign those views are then the scarier they seem, so the more suppression has to be done.

The more of these kinds of Leftist suppression tactics occur. The more interventions to try and push one political agenda forward.

5. Jacobsen: Do these trends extrapolate to the rest of the US?

Seleh: Perhaps immigration was an issue more central to Californians because of the large Hispanic immigrant population there, but race seems to have been an especially hot issue all across the country in the past couple of years, shootings and riots and all.

Yes, definitely, it is like this in California. It is far Left. Their school system. Other places like Seattle, Washington, DC, New York. A lot of places are like that, definitely more peer pressure.

I think California is not alone. It is like that all over the country. It could be that in other parts of the country there are other smaller states and different viewpoints, so the politics may not be as reactionary.

6. Jacobsen: Some contentious threads between the Left and the Right of America based on the Campus reform articles: American Dream, climate change, diversity, economic inequality, immigration, marriage, racism, sex and gender, and sexual assault. Let’s explore those as queries to you, what hopes and principles (and, of course, dreams) comprise the American Dream?

Seleh: I think it used to be an American Dream of whatever you want to accomplish. Upward mobility is attainable and as we move towards a more socialist society, or a less free market friendly culture, the American Dream becomes less about attaining what you want to and more about everybody being equal.

Everybody has the same amount and doing the same things. In a video that I did, I interviewed students on what the American Dream was. Most said that the American Dream was the idea of the equal outcome, equality of outcome.

I think that reflects it depending on your political view. It used to be equality of opportunity. Anyone can attain anything they want, but now as we move towards a more modern global society; it is about everybody having the same amount.

7. Jacobsen: Does climate change/global warming exist to you? If so, how much as a result of human activity?

Seleh: I think the climate is changing constantly, but that is not necessarily something we could or should try to interfere with. Just as organisms adapt to their environments, the environment adapts to us. Certain atmospheric qualities might be changing but so are numerous other Earth systems, on a daily basis. I think trying to control the inevitable on a state level, instead of encouraging further environmental research on how we can ourselves adapt to our ever-changing environment, can lead to a monstrous waste of tax resources.

8. Jacobsen: Do diversity policies on American campuses deliver on their purported ends? What policies would reduce divisions?

Seleh: No. They are a recipe for more race-based politics and further divides.

9. Jacobsen: Does economic inequality exist as an injustice by its nature, in most of its forms, in some of its forms, or not at all?

Seleh: No, I don’t believe economic inequality exists as an injustice in a free society. Cultural paradigms, marketing trends, and demographics are constantly changing so as long as there is a spectrum of “winners” and “losers” there is always the opportunity of moving up and likewise, the risk of falling down. That is, of course, most possible where external intervention is limited.

10. Jacobsen: What seems like the best manner to deal with illegal immigrants, and to set the laws to define legal and illegal immigration status – in addition to appropriate management of the border and enforcement of the law in the US?

Seleh: The first step would be to enforce existing laws, which would mean having to do the “dirty work” racked up from previous administrations. It is making sure the borders are being enforced. No matter the strictness of the laws, it is making sure everyone is following the law.

It is making sure nobody is getting out of it (the law). I don’t know what should be done about DACA. I have a friend who is DACA approved. He has lived here most of his life. He is a like a normal citizen here. I know more than one actually.

Those I know are not freeloaders. They are more responsible than most American citizens I know, very hard workers. They work off the books or for people not asking for their papers. I think that the injustice done to them was a lack of law enforcement.

They came across the borders with their parents or groups of people their parents hired. Because it was so easy for them to cross the borders, the ones I’m talking about are Hispanic.

If you had an opportunity to get into the US, and others can, then it is rigged. If others can, and you aren’t, and if nobody is punishing you for crossing the border, then they are telling you that you can do it.

They are allowing you to cross the border. They are punishing you afterward for not enforcing it in the first place – which is their fault – is an injustice. I don’t think DACA approved kids should have their status taken away from them.

I don’t that’s fair. I think it was our fault for not enforcing the law in the first place. These kids grew up here and have their lives here. It might be good for  morale, “We enforce laws.” But there is no point in deporting DACA approved children because the whole point is to show that we’re taking our laws seriously now.

If so, then first and foremost, we should have been enforcing them. Trump promised a border wall. So, the first thing he should do is build the wall, not taking away DACA status from DACA approved people.

It was not a clear enforcement of what we expect from people who immigrate here.

11. Jacobsen: What seems like the best definition of marriage to you?

Seleh: I see marriage as a binding social agreement between a man and a woman to ensure monogamy and a vessel for stable procreation.

12. Jacobsen: This definition implies secular and religious compatibility. What differentiates appropriate secular and religious here? What differentiates binding social agreements between a man and a woman for monogamy and stable procreation?

Seleh: I don’t see marriage as necessarily a religious institution. Most of the benefits of marriage aren’t necessarily tied to being religious. It is about stability. I don’t think the benefits of marriage are tied to religion or even necessarily community, or ideology.

I think it is just an agreement, like what I said before. It is an agreement people make in order to lead a stable family that can grow in a healthy way.

13. Jacobsen: What makes for a reasonable separation between civil partnerships and marriage (as defined in the previous question)?

Seleh: Civil partnership versus marriage, civil partnership is for people who want the same things out of a marriage, but generally with less commitment. If you want to have the benefits of marriage, which are never being alone and having a stable home, and always having a home with someone and being able to rely on a partner to help build a family, and with less commitment and not sure of what you want for your future, then you can call it a civil partnership.

The stigma around marriage is that it is forever. Not the stigma, but the idea of marriage is something that is forever binding, I guess someone who doesn’t have a commitment that you can get out of as easily.

Civil partnership is less long-term.

14. Jacobsen: What do you think are some of the bigger draws for women with marriage? What do you think are some of the bigger draws for men with marriage?

Seleh: For women, it would probably be a sense of emotional stability and for somebody to rely on. Both emotionally and physically, it is much harder for a woman to be sexually active if she is not in a marriage for a lot of reasons. It is less rewarding and less safe.

For a man, I think the same thing. I am basically repeating the same thing for men and women [Laughing]. It would be stability. A man would be able to rely on his woman. I guess men might care less about depending on a person as much as women.

I can say what women want because I am a woman. But what men want, when I hear men talk about marriage, for them, it is a source of pride when they talk about wanting to get married and have a Mrs. and having kids, and a home that is theirs.

They talk about it as if there is a sense of ownership: “This is mine.” To them, it is a thing about pride. It builds into other parts of their confidence. Their sense of self. That’s the idea I get whenever I hear men talk about marriage.

They talk about it as a sense of self-worth. Men who are married and then the idea of having your pride.

15. Jacobsen: Do movements like Black Lives Matter seem justified in the 2010s because the US is as, or more, racist than the pre-1965 Civil Rights era – or simply justified at all or not at all?

Seleh: Racism probably still exists in America – but I don’t think it can be compared to the pre-Civil Rights era. I’d attribute a lot of today’s prejudices to politically charged racial separatist movements like Black Lives Matter. They’re like a female prostitute complaining about female objectification. Those people are simply part of the problem, not the solution.

16. Jacobsen: With President Donald J. Trump, some predict the dissolution of aspects of both the Democratic and Republican parties. Does this seem accurate or like hyperbole to you?

Seleh: Yes, it seems pretty accurate to me. Identity politics is definitely one of the reasons. There is in Obama what people see as ineffective because we were too afraid. PC, politically correct, culture was having politicians and others being too eager to please.

Trump is someone who is a developer. He has a go-getter mindset. 

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  66. Seleh, P. (2014, November 24). UCLA Donor Reverses Decision To Pull Funds After Administration Bucks BDSe to Chancellor’s rejection of divestment resolution. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-donor-reverses-decision-pull-funds-after-administration-bucks-bdse-chancellors-rejection.
  67. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). UCLA institutes faculty ‘bias awareness training’. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6917.
  68. Seleh, P. (2015, March 17). UCLA Newspaper Defends Pro-Terror Student Group. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-newspaper-defends-pro-terror-student-group.
  69. Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Professor Under Fire For Exam Question Relating To Ferguson Shooting. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-professor-under-fire-exam-question-relating-ferguson-shooting.  
  70. Seleh, P. (2015, July 13). UCLA provides internship opportunities to illegal immigrants. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6662.
  71. Seleh, P. (2015, February 5). UCLA Republican Students Attacked for Being White. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-republican-students-attacked-being-white.
  72. Seleh, P. (2015, November 11). UCLA Student Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Against Calling SJP ‘Anti-Semitic’. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-student-council-unanimously-passes-resolution-against-calling-sjp-anti-semitic.
  73. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). UCLA Students Cry Racism Over White Kids Dressing Up As Kim and Kanye. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/324/ucla-students-cry-racism-over-white-kids-dressing-pardes-seleh.
  74. Seleh, P. (2014, September 23). UCLA Students Stand Up To SJP. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-students-stand-sjp.
  75. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). UCSA Votes To Divest From Gun Companies. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucsa-votes-divest-gun-companies.  
  76. Seleh, P. (2015, December 7). UCSB Administration ‘Triggered’ by White Student Union, to Offer Counseling Services. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1633/ucsb-administration-triggered-white-student-union-pardes-seleh.
  77. Seleh, P. (2015, December 2). UCSB White Student Union Releases ‘List of Demands’. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1519/ucsb-white-student-union-releases-list-demands-pardes-seleh.
  78. Seleh, P. (2016, February 16). Univ. of California selectively recruits Latino and black students. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7291.
  79. Seleh, P. (2015, September 11). Univ. of Illinois allows 9/11 memorial. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6799.
  80. Seleh, P. (2015, April 23). University Of Maryland Cancels Screening Of American Sniper. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/university-maryland-cancels-screening-american-sniper.
  81. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/330/university-toronto-dumps-transgender-bathrooms-pardes-seleh.
  82. Seleh, P. (2015, February 22). UPDATE: NY Taxi Driver Yells ‘All Jews Must Die’. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/update-ny-taxi-driver-yells-all-jews-must-die.
  83. Seleh, P. (2015, March 25). USAC President Avinoam Baral Blames Netanyahu for BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/usac-president-avinoam-baral-blames-netanyahu-bds.
  84. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). Victims of Sharia Mandate Respond to Ben Carson’s Comments. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/327/victims-sharia-mandate-respond-ben-carsons-pardes-seleh.
  85. Seleh, P. (2015, May 23). Was a landmark study on gay marriage faked? Looks like it. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6526.
  86. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Was McConnell’s Revote on the Iran Deal a Hoax?. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/124/was-mcconnells-revote-iran-deal-hoax-pardes-seleh.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform.

[2] Individual Publication Date: November 15, 2017 at www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-five; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2018 at www.in-sightjournal.com.

[3] Santa Monica College (2012-2014); B.S. (2014-2016), Human Biology and Society, University of California, Los Angeles; Lifeguard Instructor, American Red Cross.

[4] Photograph courtesy of Pardes Seleh.

[5] LinkedIn. (2016). Pardes Seleh. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/in/pardes-seleh-b5713486.

[6] Some of the topics included a Cinco de Mayo controversy, protests against “mother cows’ milk,” a faked gay marriage study, a graduate (and illegal immigrant) waving a Mexican flag, a USC kinky sex club, internship opportunities for illegal immigrants (10-week paid programs), nudity for trees, Harvard attempts to combat ‘gender bias,’ Berkeley sexual assault and diversity, 9/11 memorial,  colleges urging Pope Francis to divest from fossil fuels, ‘bias awareness training’ at UCLA, the political lobbing maneuver of a lumping economic inequality and climate change, UC Berkeley democrats framing GOP candidates in 2015 as racist, UC Berkeley opening a “minority-themed house” based on focus groups by People of Color Caucus together with the Demographic Inclusion Task Force, chant for Black Lives Matter led by a 4-year-old, safe space guidelines for UC Berkeley, controversy over animal research, 4,000-20,000USD for about 3,500 illegal immigrants (an allotment of 5,000,000USD), Professor Gabriel Piterberg sexual assault investigation and teaching, and (a recent collaborative one) on US students and the best means to achieve the American Dream.

[7] Seleh, P. (2015, May 12). Mizzou dining services apologizes for employee’s ‘insensitive’ Cinco de Mayo costume. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6497.

[8] Seleh, P. (2015, May 13). Berkeley students protest for cows’ rights on Mother’s Day. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6505.

[9] Seleh, P. (2015, May 23). Was a landmark study on gay marriage faked? Looks like it. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6526.

[10] Seleh, P. (2015, June 26). Illegal immigrant graduate flies Mexican flag at graduation. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6629.

[11] Seleh, P. (2015, July 6). Kinky sex club rises at USC. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6650.

[12] Seleh, P. (2015, July 13). UCLA provides internship opportunities to illegal immigrants. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6662.

[13] Seleh, P. (2015, July 22). Protesters at UC Berkeley get nude for trees. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6689.

[14] Seleh, P. (2015, August 6). Harvard project tackles ‘gender bias’ in teens, parents. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6710.

[15] Seleh, P. (2015, September 10). Is a Berkeley student not diverse enough to fight sexual assault?. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6790.

[16] Seleh, P. (2015, September 11). Univ. of Illinois allows 9/11 memorial. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6799.

[17] Seleh, P. (2015, October 9). Students from 82 colleges urge Pope Francis to divest Vatican from fossil fuels. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6877.

[18] Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). UCLA institutes faculty ‘bias awareness training’. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6917.

[19] Seleh, P. (2015, October 28). UC Berkeley study links economic inequality to climate change. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6930.

[20] Seleh, P. (2015, November 8). UC Berkeley Dems to frame GOP as racist during Tuesday’s debate. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6958.

[21] Seleh, P. (2015, November 16). Cal Berkeley to open minority themed house next fall. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6992.

[22] Seleh, P. (2015, November 16). 4-year-old leads chant at UCLA Black Lives Matter walkout. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6998.

[23] Seleh, P. (2015, November 23). UC Berkeley housing co-op establishes safe space guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7022.

[24] Seleh, P. (2015, November 27). Animal research stirs up controversy at UCLA. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7036.

[25] Seleh, P. (2016, February 1). UC system allots $5M in financial aid to illegals, legal immigrants not elligible. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7230.

[26] Seleh, P. (2016, February 16). Univ. of California selectively recruits Latino and black students. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7291.

[27] Seleh, P.  (2016, February 29). Prof. under investigation for sexual assault to continue teaching at UCLA. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7339.

[28] Campus Reform Staff.. (2016, March 4). VIDEO: College students think free handouts are the way to achieve American Dream. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7354.

Appendix II: Citation Style Listing

American Medical Association (AMA): Jacobsen S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Five) [Online].November 2017; 15(A). Available from: www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-five.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Jacobsen, S.D. (2017, November 15). An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Five)Retrieved from www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-five.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): JACOBSEN, S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Five). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A, November. 2017. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-five>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. 2017. “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Five).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A. www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-five.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Five).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A (November 2017). www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-five.

Harvard: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Five)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A. Available from: <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-five>.

Harvard, Australian: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Five)’In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A., www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-five.

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An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four)

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 15.A, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (Part Nine)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: November 8, 2017

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2017

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 3,506

ISSN 2369-6885

Pardes Seleh

Abstract

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S. She discusses: political position of the United States on Israel now and into the future; differentiation of Classical Liberalism of someone like John Stuart Mill from streams of modern Liberalism and Leftism; agreement and disagreement of the political Left and Right; the proper scope and limit of the government; Campus Reform and PragerU; pluses and minuses of PragerU; impacts of PragerU; and big takeaway from CPAC.

Keywords: Campus Reform, Daily Wire, Independent Journal Review, Pardes Seleh, The Bruin Standard.

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S.: Former Writer, Independent Journal Review; Former Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform (Part Four)[1],[2],[3],[4]

*Footnotes in & after the interview, & citation style listing after the interview.*

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.*

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citation style listing after the interview.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What should be the political position of the United States on Israel at the moment and into the future?

Pardes Seleh: An alliance has been beneficial and will be beneficial into the future. I am not saying this from a Jewish perspective. Generally, it is Israel doing well for its region. I lived there for a year.

Its geographic position is good for us to have as an ally. They are in the middle of a bunch of surrounding countries that can be threatening to us at times. It can be beneficial for us to be strongly allied with Israel at times.

They love the US. Israelis love Americans. Culturally, they are this one small population in that area that will always be on our side. It is also very Americanized there. They share the freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and so on.

They are not as good at free markets as we are. But they share a lot of the sentiments. In general, they are good allies to have, but just for us but for them as well. There isn’t any reason we shouldn’t try to sustain this bond as much as possible.

For some purposes, they might be better than we are. Their military is doing really well. Their intelligence is good. Now, I sound like I am advertising for Israel [Laughing].

2. Jacobsen: What differentiates the Classical Liberalism of someone like John Stuart Mill from streams of modern Liberalism and Leftism?

Seleh: So, I am probably going to give you a bunch of answers. I have read a some on this. From what I know, Classical Liberals, most of us are Classical Liberals. Most of us meaning liberals and conservatives in the United States.

Most people in the US believe in equal rights for women, men, children, homosexuals, black people, white people, whatever your ethnicity is, but I think modern Liberalism…I can’t comment on.

Because I see it as Leftism in a lot of ways. It is a resistance movement. It believes in inequality, in promoting reverse inequality in order to get us to the goal of being equal.

So, while Classical Liberalism will say, “Yes, we know most CEOs are men and not women. While we know most colleges are or Ivy League schools are white people and not racial minorities, we will give them all equal opportunities and promote equal opportunities.”

But they might still be unequal for whatever reason. There might not still be equal amounts of racial minorities and whites, of men and women. We will give them all equal opportunities and promote equal opportunities.

There might still not be equal amounts of whites and colored peoples in schools. There might not be equal amounts of men and women who are CEOs in companies. Classical Liberalism promotes equality of opportunity. Leftism is more focused on equality of outcome.

We’re not equal until there is an equal amount of men and women in schools or as CEOs of companies. We are not satisfied until there are equal amounts of everyone. The only way to do this is to engage in equally reverse discriminatory behavior by hiring more women as CEOs and people of color rather than men and people of no color.

Basically, the favoring of the lesser or what is called “the oppressed” in order to reach that level of equality. So, in that way, Leftism is not very Liberal because it is not very Liberal, even though it is influencing a lot of Leftism.

It is not Liberal in the sense that it doesn’t provide equality of opportunity. Even though, a Leftist will say that they are supporting equality of opportunity. It is a forced equality. It is equal but not fair.

I’ll say this simpler. Classical Liberalism focuses on equality of opportunity. Leftism focuses primarily on equality of outcome. Leftism only recognizes social justice. It is, “We believe in equality of opportunity, but we need to have ongoing social justice programs and activities to try and accelerate the move towards an equal outcome. Otherwise, we may never get there. It may be fair, but never equal.”

It is in-between the two. I was reading Sheryl Sandberg. She is the COO of Facebook. She had a series of books on success. She talks about successful women, successful college students. She says that we will never be equal until there are as many women CEOs as there are men.

That is her argument. It is not enough for us to have equality of opportunity. She believes in equality of opportunity, but she still believes that we are not fully equal until the outcome is equal too.

3. Jacobsen: In the United States, what do the political Left and the political Right agree, and disagree, on to you – fundamental and secondary issues/principles?

Seleh: To me, politics in the United States right now are about the Left versus free market capitalists. There is one thing that binds the politics of socialists on the left and totalitarians on the right in the United States and that is the emphasis on raising taxes and expanding the government to enforce their respective positions, thus limiting the free will of the people. Calling oneself a Republican does not necessarily mean one is for limited government.

Everybody agrees on the concept of equality, whether outcome or opportunities. I think we’re all liberals in a sense. We all what we want to say to be okay. Our duties and how we attain that equality may be different.

We all, generally but not every single person, on the Left and Right believe in some form of equality. How they think this can be attained is different.

With President Donald Trump in office, many Right-wingers are as fiscally conservative as they used to be. So, now, I think we have moved more into a nationalist versus globalist situation.

It has moved to a European mentality of Right and Left, which is nationalist versus globalist. In general, being a conservative versus being a Liberal has always been rooted in what you think the role of government is, conservatives always wanted less government intervention.

Liberals always wanted the government to do more. But I think we’re moving, under Donald Trump, towards a globalist versus nationalist spectrum. Those groups, nationalist ones, in the US are becoming isolationist.

So, you have nationalist groups on both the Right and the Left.

4. Jacobsen: There are ideas in political theory about anarchy – no government, minarchy – reduced government, then things scale up from that in terms of the level and extent, the type and extent, that government intervenes in the lives of citizens and organizations. Now, what do you consider the proper scope and limit of government?

Seleh: I think the government is important and should enforce the justice system. Government is there to serve the needs of everyone who it is serving. But I also believe in small government as much as possible, not no government but smaller or limited government.

I know those are two different things. We have a small and limited government, but there is a lot of money being dumped into government programs. Many parts of our government are ineffective because they are limited by different things.

Either bureaucracies or government programs have been around for a long time, it keeps growing. I think a lot of our government is ineffective.

We can afford to be without them.

5. Jacobsen: Now, you work as a California Campus Correspondent for Campus Reform, and as the Chair of Student Ambassadorship for PragerU.[5] What tasks and responsibilities come with these positions?

Seleh:  As a campus correspondent for Campus Reform, I looked for and covered stories of liberal indoctrination on college campuses across California, but mostly at my alma mater, UCLA. As the PragerU Chair of Student Ambassadorship, I got involved with marketing PragerU videos and content on social media and at events. I attended CPAC 2016 with PragerU and helped publicize PragerU’s mission.  

6. Jacobsen: What seems like the pluses and minuses of PragerU for online and free education? It is a university named after Dennis Prager, who is a prominent conservative commentator on culture and society. Even though, there are no certifications. There are conservative discussions of normal university content, which tends to lean to the social, political, and economic left.

Seleh: I think the benefit is taking college classes from a different political perspective because in college I felt as though I had to take everything my professors said with a grain of salt.

Most of my professors were very Liberal. I expected that what they were saying was biased by their view. But I figured a Prager video would have a similar lesson as if I were in school but from a different perspective.

It is always interesting to look at things from a different political perspective.

7. Jacobsen: What have been impacts of PragerU’s mission, vision, and free online education in campus culture, even wider youth culture?

Seleh: People share the videos even if they aren’t conservatives. Prager and most of the people there are conservative. It is majority conservative as an organization. It is a conservative company, but they tend to promote fact most of the time.

I see them shared by people of all political persuasions. They have a reach. The videos can be on relationships, marriages, religion, social success. They are debatable for people from all walks.

I think they are very relatable.

8. Jacobsen: What was the big take-home message from CPAC 2016?

Seleh: Conservatives are winning. It is a new culture. A new wave of young people who were moving towards the Right. To me, it seemed like being a conservative was the new cool.

Democratic politicians were no longer as appealing. People wanted a more refreshed perspective. Being conservative was the new cool, the new black…

9. Jacobsen: …[Laughing]…

Seleh: …Like “Orange is the New Black,” there were girls wearing matching elephant skirts. It almost felt like a carnival, fun. There were lingerie pieces hanging in elevators. You could tell it was a big hookup thing.

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  23. Seleh, P. (2015, March 9). Hillel At UCLA Takes Credit For Publicity Of The Rachel Beyda Incident. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/hillel-ucla-takes-credit-publicity-rachel-beyda-incident.
  24. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). If Radical Islam and Gender Dysphoria Had a Child, It Would Look Like This. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/647/if-radical-islam-and-gender-dysphoria-had-child-it-pardes-seleh.
  25. Seleh, P. (2015, June 26). Illegal immigrant graduate flies Mexican flag at graduation. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6629.
  26. Seleh, P. (2015, September 10). Is a Berkeley student not diverse enough to fight sexual assault?. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6790.
  27. Seleh, P. (2015, July 6). Kinky sex club rises at USC. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6650.
  28. Seleh, P. (2015, October 28). Los Angeles Times Refuses to Reveal Criteria for Reporting Race in Crime Stories. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/732/los-angeles-times-refuses-reveal-criteria-pardes-seleh.
  29. Seleh, P. (2014, November 19). Major UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds If Administration Backs BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/major-ucla-donor-pledges-pull-funds-if-administration-backs-bds.
  30. Seleh, P. (2015, October 17). Media Misrepresent ‘Gay Gene’ Study Without Contacting Lead Author. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/478/media-misrepresent-gay-gene-study-without-pardes-seleh.
  31. Seleh, P. (2015, November 17). Mizzou Administration Refuses To Identify Swastika Pooper. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1183/mizzou-administration-refuses-identify-swastika-pardes-seleh.
  32. Seleh, P. (2015, May 12). Mizzou dining services apologizes for employee’s ‘insensitive’ Cinco de Mayo costume. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6497.
  33. Seleh, P. (2015, November 12). Mizzou Student VP ‘Tired’ of Free Speech. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1079/mizzou-student-vp-tired-free-speech-pardes-seleh.
  34. Seleh, P. (2015, November 3). Momentum Grows on Tarantino Boycott. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/866/boycotting-tarantino-pardes-seleh.
  35. Seleh, P. (2015, October 21). Museum of Tolerance: State Department Responsible for Unfair Coverage of Israel. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/553/museum-tolerance-state-department-responsible-pardes-seleh.
  36. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). New York Jews Backlash Against Politicians Supporting Iran Deal. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/125/new-york-jews-backlash-against-politicians-pardes-seleh.
  37. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). NPR: Aborting Female Babies is Discriminatory. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/634/npr-aborting-female-babies-discriminatory-pardes-seleh.
  38. Seleh, P. (2015, October 1). Obama Utterly Silent as Abbas Incites War Against Israel. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/229/obama-utterly-silent-abbas-incites-war-against-pardes-seleh.
  39. Seleh, P. (2015, October 30). Planned Pregnanthood Discriminates Against Trans Men: No Contraceptives Because Male Pregnancy ‘Not Popular’. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/788/planned-pregnanthood-discriminates-against-trans-pardes-seleh.
  40. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). Pro-Israel Groups At UCLA Address Anti-Semitism While Openly Supporting SJP at UCLA. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/pro-israel-groups-ucla-address-anti-semitism-while-openly-supporting-sjp-ucla.
  41. Seleh, P.  (2016, February 29). Prof. under investigation for sexual assault to continue teaching at UCLA. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7339.
  42. Seleh, P. (2015, April 15). Professor Tormented At Connecticut College For Criticizing Hamas. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/professor-tormented-connecticut-college-criticizing-hamas.
  43. Seleh, P. (2015, July 22). Protesters at UC Berkeley get nude for trees. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6689.
  44. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Republican Congressman Champion for Planned Parenthood. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/123/republican-congressman-champion-planned-parenthood-pardes-seleh.
  45. Seleh, P. (2015, November 24). Satirical ‘White Student Union’ Receives Death Threats for Protesting Anti-White Racism. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1348/white-student-union-receives-death-threats-pardes-seleh.
  46. Seleh, P. (2015, November 20). ‘Scream Queens’ Beats Up Antonin Scalia Physically. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/entertainment/1263/scream-queens-beats-antonin-scalia-physically-pardes-seleh.
  47. Seleh, P. (2015, November 4). Scream Queens: Snotty Sorority Killer Chick’s Dad Supports Ted Cruz. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/entertainment/884/scream-queens-snotty-sorority-killer-chicks-dad-pardes-seleh.
  48. Seleh, P. (2015, April 18). Screening of American Sniper Hotly Contested at UCLA. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/screening-american-sniper-hotly-contested-ucla.
  49. Seleh, P. (2014, November 20). Second UCLA Donor Pledges Funding Cut If Administration Doesn’t Condemn. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/second-ucla-donor-pledges-funding-cut-if-administration-doesnt-condemn-bds.
  50. Seleh, P. (2015, April 8). SFSU President Leslie Wong Bans School-Funded Travel To Indiana. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/sfsu-president-leslie-wong-bans-school-funded-travel-indiana.   
  51. Seleh, P. (2015, October 9). Students from 82 colleges urge Pope Francis to divest Vatican from fossil fuels. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6877.
  52. Seleh, P. (2015). Study: No, There’s No Evidence Of a ‘Gay Gene’
  53. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/445/study-no-theres-no-evidence-gay-gene-pardes-seleh.
  54. Seleh, P. (2015, December 14). The University of Wisconsin Voted On Whether Free Speech Is A Good Thing. Here Are The Results.. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1859/university-wisconsin-voted-whether-free-speech-pardes-seleh.
  55. Seleh, P. (2014, November 21). Third UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds Over BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/third-ucla-donor-pledges-pull-funds-over-bds.
  56. Seleh, P. (2014, November 11). TruthRevolt Students Protest SJP, Supposedly Pro-Israel Groups Undercut. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/truthrevolt-students-protest-sjp-supposedly-pro-israel-groups-undercut.
  57. Seleh, P. (2015, November 8). UC Berkeley Dems to frame GOP as racist during Tuesday’s debate. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6958.
  58. Seleh, P. (2015, November 23). UC Berkeley housing co-op establishes safe space guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7022.
  59. Seleh, P. (2015, October 28). UC Berkeley study links economic inequality to climate change. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6930.
  60. Seleh, P. (2015, November 6). UC Files Amicus Brief Supporting Affirmative Action. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/944/uc-files-amicus-brief-supporting-affirmative-pardes-seleh.
  61. Seleh, P. (2015, November 10). UC Merced Attacker Was A Radical Muslim. The University, Police, and Media Covered It Up. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1024/uc-merced-attacker-was-radical-muslim-university-pardes-seleh.
  62. Seleh, P. (2015, April 21). UCLA Activist Over Screening of American Sniper: “Death to America”. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-activist-over-screening-american-sniper-death-america.
  63. Seleh, P. (2015, April 22). UCLA Activist: “What’s Wrong with Death to America???”. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-activist-whats-wrong-death-america.
  64. Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Adds Cuba To Its List Of Study Abroad Programs. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-adds-cuba-its-list-study-abroad-programs.
  65. Seleh, P. (2015, March 18). UCLA Chancellor Compares Anti-SJP Posters To Swastikas. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-chancellor-compares-anti-sjp-posters-swastikas.
  66. Seleh, P. (2014, November 24). UCLA Donor Reverses Decision To Pull Funds After Administration Bucks BDSe to Chancellor’s rejection of divestment resolution. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-donor-reverses-decision-pull-funds-after-administration-bucks-bdse-chancellors-rejection.
  67. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). UCLA institutes faculty ‘bias awareness training’. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6917.
  68. Seleh, P. (2015, March 17). UCLA Newspaper Defends Pro-Terror Student Group. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-newspaper-defends-pro-terror-student-group.
  69. Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Professor Under Fire For Exam Question Relating To Ferguson Shooting. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-professor-under-fire-exam-question-relating-ferguson-shooting.  
  70. Seleh, P. (2015, July 13). UCLA provides internship opportunities to illegal immigrants. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6662.
  71. Seleh, P. (2015, February 5). UCLA Republican Students Attacked for Being White. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-republican-students-attacked-being-white.
  72. Seleh, P. (2015, November 11). UCLA Student Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Against Calling SJP ‘Anti-Semitic’. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-student-council-unanimously-passes-resolution-against-calling-sjp-anti-semitic.
  73. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). UCLA Students Cry Racism Over White Kids Dressing Up As Kim and Kanye. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/324/ucla-students-cry-racism-over-white-kids-dressing-pardes-seleh.
  74. Seleh, P. (2014, September 23). UCLA Students Stand Up To SJP. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-students-stand-sjp.
  75. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). UCSA Votes To Divest From Gun Companies. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucsa-votes-divest-gun-companies.  
  76. Seleh, P. (2015, December 7). UCSB Administration ‘Triggered’ by White Student Union, to Offer Counseling Services. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1633/ucsb-administration-triggered-white-student-union-pardes-seleh.
  77. Seleh, P. (2015, December 2). UCSB White Student Union Releases ‘List of Demands’. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1519/ucsb-white-student-union-releases-list-demands-pardes-seleh.
  78. Seleh, P. (2016, February 16). Univ. of California selectively recruits Latino and black students. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7291.
  79. Seleh, P. (2015, September 11). Univ. of Illinois allows 9/11 memorial. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6799.
  80. Seleh, P. (2015, April 23). University Of Maryland Cancels Screening Of American Sniper. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/university-maryland-cancels-screening-american-sniper.
  81. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/330/university-toronto-dumps-transgender-bathrooms-pardes-seleh.
  82. Seleh, P. (2015, February 22). UPDATE: NY Taxi Driver Yells ‘All Jews Must Die’. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/update-ny-taxi-driver-yells-all-jews-must-die.
  83. Seleh, P. (2015, March 25). USAC President Avinoam Baral Blames Netanyahu for BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/usac-president-avinoam-baral-blames-netanyahu-bds.
  84. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). Victims of Sharia Mandate Respond to Ben Carson’s Comments. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/327/victims-sharia-mandate-respond-ben-carsons-pardes-seleh.
  85. Seleh, P. (2015, May 23). Was a landmark study on gay marriage faked? Looks like it. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6526.
  86. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Was McConnell’s Revote on the Iran Deal a Hoax?. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/124/was-mcconnells-revote-iran-deal-hoax-pardes-seleh.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform; Staff Writer, Daily Wire.

[2] Individual Publication Date: November 8, 2017 at www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-four; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2018 at https://in-sightjournal.com/insight-issues/.

[3] Lifeguard Instructor, American Red Cross; Undergraduate Student, Human Biology and Society, University of California, Los Angeles.

[4] Photograph courtesy of Pardes Seleh.

[5] LinkedIn. (2016). Pardes Seleh. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/in/pardes-seleh-b5713486.

Appendix II: Citation Style Listing

American Medical Association (AMA): Jacobsen S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four) [Online].November 2017; 15(A). Available from: www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-four.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Jacobsen, S.D. (2017, November 8). An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four)Retrieved from www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-four.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): JACOBSEN, S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A, November. 2017. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-four>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. 2017. “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A. www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-four.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A (November 2017). www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-three.

Harvard: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A. Available from: <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-four>.

Harvard, Australian: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A., www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-four.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Scott D. Jacobsen. “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 15.A (2017):November. 2017. Web. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-four>.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Jacobsen S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Four) [Internet]. (2017, November; 15(A). Available from: www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-four.

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An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Three)

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 15.A, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (Part Nine)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: November 1, 2017

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2017

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 3,678

ISSN 2369-6885

Pardes Seleh

Abstract

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S. She discusses: naïvete; language proficiency; studies; volunteer capacities; BDS and SJP; and anti-semitism.

Keywords: Campus Reform, Daily Wire, Independent Journal Review, Pardes Seleh, The Bruin Standard.

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S.: Former Writer, Independent Journal Review; Former Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform (Part Three)[1],[2],[3],[4]

*Footnotes in & after the interview, & citation style listing after the interview.*

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.*

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citation style listing after the interview.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You noted the naïvete, characteristic awkwardness, and lack of preparedness for culture in “the ‘real world.’” It seems like a negative to me. However, you overcame it. What positives came from development throughout early life in an isolated community? What negatives and positives might come from development in early life in the ‘real world’ or the mainstream culture? 

Pardes Seleh: I was a lot more awkward and timid during my elementary, junior high, and high school years. I think going to college and being exposed to so many opportunities gave me the courage I needed to pursue the things I wanted.

I haven’t thought about this enough [Laughing]. It is a really good question. Entering the secular world and not knowing anything about politics and entering the political world/scene, I think the biggest benefit was that it made me feel not embarrassed to ask questions.

In my head, I’m thinking, “Okay, I don’t know anything. I am coming to this knowing this. Not being exposed much.” In my head, I had an excuse as to why I didn’t know anything. So, I didn’t feel small or stupid or asking questions.

I found myself asking questions and trying to learn a lot in a very short amount of time, growing a lot faster in my career if I didn’t have that background. Also, I have the advantage of coming into this society with a clean slate.

I don’t have all of these preconceived notions about things. I didn’t have boyfriends or anything like that. I didn’t have negative experiences that a lot of my peers have now. I have a more optimistic worldview in some ways, which makes it easier for me to stay in my relationships.

Because I don’t have a lot of preconceived notions around a lot of things we’re dealing with now, I can analyze it with a fresh look. It is much less likely to be biased some deeper feeling I may have on the issues because I didn’t have exposure to it, if that makes sense.

Everything in politics, I didn’t know everything [Laughing]. I still don’t know a lot. I need to learn a lot. Every issue coming up, I had to think about. I didn’t grow up knowing what my perspective would be on various issues.

2. Jacobsen: You speak four languages – English, Hebrew, Farsi, and Spanish – at varying levels of proficiency. Where does this talent source itself?

Seleh: My first language was Farsi, which my parents spoke to me at home. I learned English and Spanish at school and in the community, and Hebrew during a gap year I spent studying in Israel after high school.

3. Jacobsen: You studied at Santa Monica College from 2012 to 2014, and then at University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA, (Human Biology and Society) from 2014 to 2016. How does the specialization inform perspectives on social and political issues? What research paradigms tend to acquire the most funding? How does this bias research?

Seleh: Politics and social issues influence everything. Even scientific study – true, experimentally derived facts are objective and no longer theory based – but there are billions of studies and experiments yet to be conducted just on Earth.

There is an infinite amount of facts yet to be derived, and if you look hard enough you can find at least one fact out of them to contribute to your version of an absolute scientific reality. I’m not saying science is not absolute, just that it is constantly evolving based on ongoing study. And how do scientists and their research sponsors choose what kind of studies they pursue?

Most contemporary scientists are not drowning in inherited cash to fund random and rather expensive studies with no specific purpose other than aimlessly ‘exploring’ the scientific realm of nature.

The study of science is human-driven, and politics and social issues often drive humans, whether we choose to recognize it or not. Especially in the modern industrial society, science is heavily influenced by politics. Even subconsciously, what you choose to hypothesize about nature is no doubt influenced by your conscious past, as any Freudian can tell you.

I can go on and on about my opinions on this but I’ll spare you the boredom. Bottom line is, my interest in politics influences my perspectives on science just as my deep interest in population genetics influences sociopolitical thought.

4. Jacobsen: You have certification from the American Red Cross as a lifeguard.[5] In fact, this reflects lifeguard experience, multiple volunteer, or even research – such as perioperative medical research, capacities: volunteer at Bikur Cholim, student researcher at UCLA, student researcher, independent student volunteer, and TCAB volunteer at Cedars-Sinai.[6] How do these volunteer experiences benefit professional life and inform personal perspective?

Seleh: In high school, we did a lot of volunteer work. It was part of being in a community. That was one of your obligations as a community member, to help out. It was contributing to your community, doing your part in the community.

My mom was involved in things too. It was part of my life growing up, volunteering. Then in college, the volunteer work was something to put on my resume because I ,wanted to go to medical school. Any profession that I wanted to follow, which at the time was something medical or healthcare related, required volunteer hours.

It was a no-brainer. I wanted to get as much volunteer experience as possible.

5. Jacobsen: You were a student contributor for TruthRevolt. You covered a range of topics such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), and anti-semitism.[7],[8],[9],[10],[11],[12],[13],[14],[15],[16],[17],[18],[19],[20],[21],[22],[23],[24],[25],[26],[27],[28] What defines SJP and BDS to you?

Seleh: SJB, Students for Justice in Palestine, and BDS, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, are to boycott Israel. It is to try and cripple Israel’s economy. For me, it comes from hatred or fear. Israel is a thriving country. It is doing really well, economically. From many perspectives, it is doing well. Its military is doing well.

Its tourism is doing well. Tourism may be their main income. They also manufacture a lot of products around the world. They also have skilled labour, which is known for technical expertise and inventions.

They are doing well. People feel threatened by that. Whether or not they pose a threat to anybody else, the argument against them is really completely based on their success. The BDS movement is a way to try and hinder their success because that is seen as the main threat.

I don’t think that trying to boycott another country is the best way to cripple their progress because this boycott movement has been going on for a while. It does not get affected by it. It is only affecting the people using it. It only hurts them.

The best way to get over that is for people to invest in their own economies and try and do well themselves. I think that all boycott movements, in my opinion, are a joke. The only person you end up hurting is yourself.

Because there will always being a buyer. When there is a valuable product on the market and in demand, there is always going to be somebody who wants it and to take you business. You will hinder progress by going after consumers and people who want to do business with a country.

Otherwise, it would have worked by now [Laughing]. It would have worked on some level. People say, “It is hurting Israel.” How often do you hear the Israeli Prime Minister going off on the BDS movement?

I can’t recall. From where I’m standing, it doesn’t seem to have an effect on them.

6. Jacobsen: What defines anti-semitism to you – actions and behaviors? 

Seleh: “Anti-Semitism” refers to an innate desire to destroy anyone who makes you feel inferior simply for being, in your eyes, ‘better’ than you, such as in terms of success or morality. It’s a human instinct, and probably everybody has it in them on some level towards the people they feel they have to compete against.

You might not always take action against them, but that feeling is always there until you feel that you no longer feel threatened by it. I’m not saying people hate Jews because Jews are ‘better’ than them- as a Jew, I am in no position to make that statement. But I do suspect “Anti-Semites” feel that way.

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  11. Seleh, P. (2015, December 1). Brown Students Can Finally Discuss Topics Freely… In a Secret Facebook Group. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1504/brown-students-can-finally-discuss-topics-freely-pardes-seleh.
  12. Seleh, P. (2015, November 16). Cal Berkeley to open minority themed house next fall. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6992.
  13. Seleh, P. (2016, March 3). Calling Out in Kind: Students for Justice in Palestine. Retrieved from http://thebruinstandarduc.wix.com/bruinstandard#!Calling-Out-in-Kind-Students-for-Justice-in-Palestine/cjds/5700eed90cf2b279cdbc97e3.
  14. Seleh, P. (2014, November 24). Congressman Henry Waxman, State Senator Ted W. Lieu, and State Senator-Elect Ben Allen Condemn BDS Vote By UCLA Student Government. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/congressman-henry-waxman-state-senator-ted-w-lieu-and-state-senator-elect-ben-allen-condemn-bds.  
  15. Seleh, P. (2015, September 25). Cubans Not Pope Fans. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/159/cubans-not-pope-fans-pardes-seleh.
  16. Seleh, P. (2015, December 16). Daily Wire Reached Out to Academics Who Ripped ‘Racist’ Scalia. Here’s What They Said.. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1891/daily-wire-reached-out-academics-who-ripped-racist-pardes-seleh.
  17. Seleh, P. (2015, October 1). Featuring the Bernie 2016 Supporter. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/entertainment/223/featuring-bernie-2016-supporter-pardes-seleh.
  18. Seleh, P. (2015, November 4). Feds to Pull $6 Million from School for Not Allowing Boy in Girls’ Showers. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/877/feds-pull-6-million-school-not-allowing-boy-girls-pardes-seleh.
  19. Seleh, P. (2015, August 6). Harvard project tackles ‘gender bias’ in teens, parents. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6710.
  20. Seleh, P. (2015, November 18). Here’s How the Left Manipulates Research to Prove Your Wife is a Lesbian. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1190/heres-how-left-manipulates-research-prove-your-pardes-seleh.
  21. Seleh, P. (2015, September 25). Hillary Says Obamacare Is A ‘Moral Issue’, Americans Disagree. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/158/hillary-says-obamacare-moral-issue-americans-pardes-seleh.
  22. Seleh, P. (2015, November 4). Hillary Wants to Force Employers to Hire Ex-Cons. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/882/hillary-wants-force-employers-hire-ex-cons-pardes-seleh.
  23. Seleh, P. (2015, March 9). Hillel At UCLA Takes Credit For Publicity Of The Rachel Beyda Incident. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/hillel-ucla-takes-credit-publicity-rachel-beyda-incident.
  24. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). If Radical Islam and Gender Dysphoria Had a Child, It Would Look Like This. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/647/if-radical-islam-and-gender-dysphoria-had-child-it-pardes-seleh.
  25. Seleh, P. (2015, June 26). Illegal immigrant graduate flies Mexican flag at graduation. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6629.
  26. Seleh, P. (2015, September 10). Is a Berkeley student not diverse enough to fight sexual assault?. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6790.
  27. Seleh, P. (2015, July 6). Kinky sex club rises at USC. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6650.
  28. Seleh, P. (2015, October 28). Los Angeles Times Refuses to Reveal Criteria for Reporting Race in Crime Stories. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/732/los-angeles-times-refuses-reveal-criteria-pardes-seleh.
  29. Seleh, P. (2014, November 19). Major UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds If Administration Backs BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/major-ucla-donor-pledges-pull-funds-if-administration-backs-bds.
  30. Seleh, P. (2015, October 17). Media Misrepresent ‘Gay Gene’ Study Without Contacting Lead Author. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/478/media-misrepresent-gay-gene-study-without-pardes-seleh.
  31. Seleh, P. (2015, November 17). Mizzou Administration Refuses To Identify Swastika Pooper. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1183/mizzou-administration-refuses-identify-swastika-pardes-seleh.
  32. Seleh, P. (2015, May 12). Mizzou dining services apologizes for employee’s ‘insensitive’ Cinco de Mayo costume. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6497.
  33. Seleh, P. (2015, November 12). Mizzou Student VP ‘Tired’ of Free Speech. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1079/mizzou-student-vp-tired-free-speech-pardes-seleh.
  34. Seleh, P. (2015, November 3). Momentum Grows on Tarantino Boycott. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/866/boycotting-tarantino-pardes-seleh.
  35. Seleh, P. (2015, October 21). Museum of Tolerance: State Department Responsible for Unfair Coverage of Israel. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/553/museum-tolerance-state-department-responsible-pardes-seleh.
  36. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). New York Jews Backlash Against Politicians Supporting Iran Deal. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/125/new-york-jews-backlash-against-politicians-pardes-seleh.
  37. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). NPR: Aborting Female Babies is Discriminatory. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/634/npr-aborting-female-babies-discriminatory-pardes-seleh.
  38. Seleh, P. (2015, October 1). Obama Utterly Silent as Abbas Incites War Against Israel. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/229/obama-utterly-silent-abbas-incites-war-against-pardes-seleh.
  39. Seleh, P. (2015, October 30). Planned Pregnanthood Discriminates Against Trans Men: No Contraceptives Because Male Pregnancy ‘Not Popular’. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/788/planned-pregnanthood-discriminates-against-trans-pardes-seleh.
  40. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). Pro-Israel Groups At UCLA Address Anti-Semitism While Openly Supporting SJP at UCLA. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/pro-israel-groups-ucla-address-anti-semitism-while-openly-supporting-sjp-ucla.
  41. Seleh, P.  (2016, February 29). Prof. under investigation for sexual assault to continue teaching at UCLA. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7339.
  42. Seleh, P. (2015, April 15). Professor Tormented At Connecticut College For Criticizing Hamas. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/professor-tormented-connecticut-college-criticizing-hamas.
  43. Seleh, P. (2015, July 22). Protesters at UC Berkeley get nude for trees. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6689.
  44. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Republican Congressman Champion for Planned Parenthood. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/123/republican-congressman-champion-planned-parenthood-pardes-seleh.
  45. Seleh, P. (2015, November 24). Satirical ‘White Student Union’ Receives Death Threats for Protesting Anti-White Racism. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1348/white-student-union-receives-death-threats-pardes-seleh.
  46. Seleh, P. (2015, November 20). ‘Scream Queens’ Beats Up Antonin Scalia Physically. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/entertainment/1263/scream-queens-beats-antonin-scalia-physically-pardes-seleh.
  47. Seleh, P. (2015, November 4). Scream Queens: Snotty Sorority Killer Chick’s Dad Supports Ted Cruz. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/entertainment/884/scream-queens-snotty-sorority-killer-chicks-dad-pardes-seleh.
  48. Seleh, P. (2015, April 18). Screening of American Sniper Hotly Contested at UCLA. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/screening-american-sniper-hotly-contested-ucla.
  49. Seleh, P. (2014, November 20). Second UCLA Donor Pledges Funding Cut If Administration Doesn’t Condemn. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/second-ucla-donor-pledges-funding-cut-if-administration-doesnt-condemn-bds.
  50. Seleh, P. (2015, April 8). SFSU President Leslie Wong Bans School-Funded Travel To Indiana. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/sfsu-president-leslie-wong-bans-school-funded-travel-indiana.   
  51. Seleh, P. (2015, October 9). Students from 82 colleges urge Pope Francis to divest Vatican from fossil fuels. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6877.
  52. Seleh, P. (2015). Study: No, There’s No Evidence Of a ‘Gay Gene’
  53. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/445/study-no-theres-no-evidence-gay-gene-pardes-seleh.
  54. Seleh, P. (2015, December 14). The University of Wisconsin Voted On Whether Free Speech Is A Good Thing. Here Are The Results.. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1859/university-wisconsin-voted-whether-free-speech-pardes-seleh.
  55. Seleh, P. (2014, November 21). Third UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds Over BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/third-ucla-donor-pledges-pull-funds-over-bds.
  56. Seleh, P. (2014, November 11). TruthRevolt Students Protest SJP, Supposedly Pro-Israel Groups Undercut. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/truthrevolt-students-protest-sjp-supposedly-pro-israel-groups-undercut.
  57. Seleh, P. (2015, November 8). UC Berkeley Dems to frame GOP as racist during Tuesday’s debate. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6958.
  58. Seleh, P. (2015, November 23). UC Berkeley housing co-op establishes safe space guidelines. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7022.
  59. Seleh, P. (2015, October 28). UC Berkeley study links economic inequality to climate change. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6930.
  60. Seleh, P. (2015, November 6). UC Files Amicus Brief Supporting Affirmative Action. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/944/uc-files-amicus-brief-supporting-affirmative-pardes-seleh.
  61. Seleh, P. (2015, November 10). UC Merced Attacker Was A Radical Muslim. The University, Police, and Media Covered It Up. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1024/uc-merced-attacker-was-radical-muslim-university-pardes-seleh.
  62. Seleh, P. (2015, April 21). UCLA Activist Over Screening of American Sniper: “Death to America”. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-activist-over-screening-american-sniper-death-america.
  63. Seleh, P. (2015, April 22). UCLA Activist: “What’s Wrong with Death to America???”. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-activist-whats-wrong-death-america.
  64. Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Adds Cuba To Its List Of Study Abroad Programs. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-adds-cuba-its-list-study-abroad-programs.
  65. Seleh, P. (2015, March 18). UCLA Chancellor Compares Anti-SJP Posters To Swastikas. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-chancellor-compares-anti-sjp-posters-swastikas.
  66. Seleh, P. (2014, November 24). UCLA Donor Reverses Decision To Pull Funds After Administration Bucks BDSe to Chancellor’s rejection of divestment resolution. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-donor-reverses-decision-pull-funds-after-administration-bucks-bdse-chancellors-rejection.
  67. Seleh, P. (2015, October 23). UCLA institutes faculty ‘bias awareness training’. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6917.
  68. Seleh, P. (2015, March 17). UCLA Newspaper Defends Pro-Terror Student Group. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-newspaper-defends-pro-terror-student-group.
  69. Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Professor Under Fire For Exam Question Relating To Ferguson Shooting. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-professor-under-fire-exam-question-relating-ferguson-shooting.  
  70. Seleh, P. (2015, July 13). UCLA provides internship opportunities to illegal immigrants. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6662.
  71. Seleh, P. (2015, February 5). UCLA Republican Students Attacked for Being White. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-republican-students-attacked-being-white.
  72. Seleh, P. (2015, November 11). UCLA Student Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Against Calling SJP ‘Anti-Semitic’. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-student-council-unanimously-passes-resolution-against-calling-sjp-anti-semitic.
  73. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). UCLA Students Cry Racism Over White Kids Dressing Up As Kim and Kanye. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/324/ucla-students-cry-racism-over-white-kids-dressing-pardes-seleh.
  74. Seleh, P. (2014, September 23). UCLA Students Stand Up To SJP. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-students-stand-sjp.
  75. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). UCSA Votes To Divest From Gun Companies. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucsa-votes-divest-gun-companies.  
  76. Seleh, P. (2015, December 7). UCSB Administration ‘Triggered’ by White Student Union, to Offer Counseling Services. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1633/ucsb-administration-triggered-white-student-union-pardes-seleh.
  77. Seleh, P. (2015, December 2). UCSB White Student Union Releases ‘List of Demands’. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1519/ucsb-white-student-union-releases-list-demands-pardes-seleh.
  78. Seleh, P. (2016, February 16). Univ. of California selectively recruits Latino and black students. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7291.
  79. Seleh, P. (2015, September 11). Univ. of Illinois allows 9/11 memorial. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6799.
  80. Seleh, P. (2015, April 23). University Of Maryland Cancels Screening Of American Sniper. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/university-maryland-cancels-screening-american-sniper.
  81. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/330/university-toronto-dumps-transgender-bathrooms-pardes-seleh.
  82. Seleh, P. (2015, February 22). UPDATE: NY Taxi Driver Yells ‘All Jews Must Die’. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/update-ny-taxi-driver-yells-all-jews-must-die.
  83. Seleh, P. (2015, March 25). USAC President Avinoam Baral Blames Netanyahu for BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/usac-president-avinoam-baral-blames-netanyahu-bds.
  84. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). Victims of Sharia Mandate Respond to Ben Carson’s Comments. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/327/victims-sharia-mandate-respond-ben-carsons-pardes-seleh.
  85. Seleh, P. (2015, May 23). Was a landmark study on gay marriage faked? Looks like it. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6526.
  86. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Was McConnell’s Revote on the Iran Deal a Hoax?. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/124/was-mcconnells-revote-iran-deal-hoax-pardes-seleh.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform; Staff Writer, Daily Wire.

[2] Individual Publication Date: TBD, 2016 at www.in-sightjournal.com; Full Issue Publication Date: TBD, 2016 at www.in-sightjournal.com.

[3] Lifeguard Instructor, American Red Cross; Undergraduate Student, Human Biology and Society, University of California, Los Angeles.

[4] Photograph courtesy of Pardes Seleh.

[5] LinkedIn. (2016). Pardes Seleh. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/in/pardes-seleh-b5713486.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Seleh, P. (2014, September 23). UCLA Students Stand Up To SJP. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-students-stand-sjp.

[8] Seleh, P. (2014, November 11). TruthRevolt Students Protest SJP, Supposedly Pro-Israel Groups Undercut. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/truthrevolt-students-protest-sjp-supposedly-pro-israel-groups-undercut.

[9] Seleh, P. (2014, November 19). Major UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds If Administration Backs BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/major-ucla-donor-pledges-pull-funds-if-administration-backs-bds.

[10] Seleh, P. (2014, November 20). Second UCLA Donor Pledges Funding Cut If Administration Doesn’t Condemn. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/second-ucla-donor-pledges-funding-cut-if-administration-doesnt-condemn-bds.

[11] Seleh, P. (2014, November 21). Third UCLA Donor Pledges to Pull Funds Over BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/third-ucla-donor-pledges-pull-funds-over-bds.

[12] Seleh, P. (2014, November 24). Congressman Henry Waxman, State Senator Ted W. Lieu, and State Senator-Elect Ben Allen Condemn BDS Vote By UCLA Student Government. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/congressman-henry-waxman-state-senator-ted-w-lieu-and-state-senator-elect-ben-allen-condemn-bds.

[13] Seleh, P. (2014, November 24). UCLA Donor Reverses Decision To Pull Funds After Administration Bucks BDSe to Chancellor’s rejection of divestment resolution. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-donor-reverses-decision-pull-funds-after-administration-bucks-bdse-chancellors-rejection.

[14] Some of these topics included critiques of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) with their calls for an Intifada and calling Israel an apartheid state, or the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) in connection with SJP, and funding cuts from donors for UCLA, a Cuba study abroad program, attacks on Republican students for being white based on diversity, ‘all Jews must die’ yelled by a UCLA taxi driver, anti-semitism, divestment from gun companies by UCSA, UCLA student council unanimously passing resolution to condemn anti-semitism from SJP, comparison of SJP posters to swastikas by the UCLA chancellor, blaming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for BDS, banning of funding for school-funded travel to Indiana by SFSU president Leslie Wong based on condemnation “of the enactment Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” the “torment” of a Connecticut College professor that criticized Hamas, and a UCLA newspaper that “defends pro-terror student group,” contested screening of American Sniper, Seth Ashernasserpal Newmeyer’s call for “death to America,” and the cancellation of American Sniper at the University of Maryland.

[15] Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Professor Under Fire For Exam Question Relating To Ferguson Shooting. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-professor-under-fire-exam-question-relating-ferguson-shooting.

[16] Seleh, P. (2014, December 11). UCLA Adds Cuba To Its List Of Study Abroad Programs. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-adds-cuba-its-list-study-abroad-programs.

[17] Seleh, P. (2015, February 5). UCLA Republican Students Attacked for Being White. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-republican-students-attacked-being-white.

[18] Seleh, P. (2015, February 22). UPDATE: NY Taxi Driver Yells ‘All Jews Must Die’. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/update-ny-taxi-driver-yells-all-jews-must-die.

[19] Seleh, P. (2015, March 9). Hillel At UCLA Takes Credit For Publicity Of The Rachel Beyda Incident. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/hillel-ucla-takes-credit-publicity-rachel-beyda-incident.

[20] Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). Pro-Israel Groups At UCLA Address Anti-Semitism While Openly Supporting SJP At UCLA. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/pro-israel-groups-ucla-address-anti-semitism-while-openly-supporting-sjp-ucla.

[21] Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). UCSA Votes To Divest From Gun Companies. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucsa-votes-divest-gun-companies.

[22] Seleh, P. (2015, November 11). UCLA Student Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Against Calling SJP ‘Anti-Semitic’. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-student-council-unanimously-passes-resolution-against-calling-sjp-anti-semitic.

[23] Seleh, P. (2015, March 18). UCLA Chancellor Compares Anti-SJP Posters To Swastikas. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-chancellor-compares-anti-sjp-posters-swastikas.

[24] Seleh, P. (2015, March 23). SJP At UCLA: SJP Not Anti-Semitic. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/sjp-ucla-sjp-not-anti-semitic.

[25] Seleh, P. (2015, March 25). USAC President Avinoam Baral Blames Netanyahu for BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/usac-president-avinoam-baral-blames-netanyahu-bds.

[26] Seleh, P. (2015, April 8). SFSU President Leslie Wong Bans School-Funded Travel To Indiana. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/sfsu-president-leslie-wong-bans-school-funded-travel-indiana.

[27] Seleh, P. (2015, April 15). Professor Tormented At Connecticut College For Criticizing Hamas. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/professor-tormented-connecticut-college-criticizing-hamas.

[28] Seleh, P. (2015, March 17). UCLA Newspaper Defends Pro-Terror Student Group. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-newspaper-defends-pro-terror-student-group.  

Appendix II: Citation Style Listing

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American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Jacobsen, S.D. (2017, November 1). An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Three)Retrieved from www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-three.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): JACOBSEN, S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Three). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A, October. 2017. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-three>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. 2017. “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Three).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A. www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-three.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Three).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A (October 2017). www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-three.

Harvard: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Three)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A. Available from: <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-three>.

Harvard, Australian: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Three)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A., www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-three.

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An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Two)

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 15.A, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (Part Nine)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: October 22, 2017

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2017

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 3,314

ISSN 2369-6885

Pardes Seleh

Abstract

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S. She discusses: definition of God; God and family; bigotry and prejudice; the reverse perspective on it; and assuming knowledge.

Keywords: Campus Reform, Daily Wire, Independent Journal Review, Pardes Seleh, The Bruin Standard.

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S.: Former Writer, Independent Journal Review; Former Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform (Part Two)

*Footnotes in & after the interview, & citation style listing after the interview.*

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You mentioned not following Orthodox Judaism at the moment. I imagine, though, the conceptualizations are the same or similar for you. What defines God to you?

Pardes Seleh: It depends on your definition of an Orthodox Jew. I do not practice it. In that, I do not believe in it as something for myself. I am having trouble with a lot of the core thinking. Most people will tell you Orthodox Judaism is defined by two things mainly. One is to keep Shabbat and the other is to keep Kosher. If you keep those two things, people will say you are an Orthodox Jew.

Some mean not using electricity. Somebody who doesn’t work, keeps Kosher always (never eats pork, and so on). There are so many laws associated with Shabbat and Kosher. When you’re Orthodox, you’ll likely only eat at a Kosher restaurant. That is a restaurant that has a Kosher certification that is defined by a Kosher certifying agency, like the OU.

In California, we have the Rabbinic Authority of California. In DC, it is something else for Greater Washington. There are different ones in different states, different Rabbinic councils. it is another way of saying that the two main qualifiers for Orthodox Judaism are eating Kosher and keeping Shabbat and also being Jewish means that your mother is Jewish, according to Orthodox Judaism.

2. Jacobsen: You mentioned God and family. What makes for stability and family structure? Does gender-specific schooling assist in this more than non-gender-specific schooling?

Seleh: I think so. I think for me it did. Being in a gender-specific school, it was just easier. We didn’t have the kind of problems that I would hear people say from public schools. We were all girls. We didn’t have to get makeup or our hair done to impress boys. We had a uniform. We all looked pretty much identical. We had to wear basically the same colored shoes and tights, navy blue skirts, and also the school had a uniform sal every year.

I benefitted a lot from the discipline. We had a lot of rules in our school growing up. In the Orthodox school I went to, so the rules at home, in community, in school, it does lead to a very disciplined lifestyle.

3. Jacobsen: Some might stereotype the isolationist community philosophy. From this, individuals from the isolated community might experience bigotry and prejudice. Any bigotry and prejudice experienced based on it?

Seleh: Even though now I am living in a more pluralistic community, I don’t mind the sense of the community, but I can see why some people may described it as bigotry and them as bigoted because in any isolationist community they are trying to keep outsiders out and their followers in. Music is harmful. The internet is harmful. Cable television is harmful. Secular literature is harmful. Anything that is not from the culture and community, the isolated one, is unnecessary contamination for them.

For them, it is a means of protecting themselves for what they see as a threat to their community structure. If it didn’t work that way, they wouldn’t exist. You could say it is bigotry, but I don’t think it is. I only say “bigotry” to speak in secular terms. It is setting up a wall. Their isolationism makes it so that their propaganda is not directed at anyone else except those inside the community.

So, anyone reacting to it is not being affected it because someone inside the community is reaching out and trying to harm them. Anyone affected negatively affected by someone in the community used to be part of the community and so have negative feelings about it, or they are engaging with those types of community members closely.

It is highly unlikely that if you have nothing to do with the community that they’ll have a negative effect on you. They are not spreading their protectionist views to those outside of the community. It is only meant for those ears inside of their own bubble. Anyone outside of the bubble should not be negatively affected by it. That’s why I don’t like to call it bigotry.

4. Jacobsen: The question that I had in mind was the reverse perspective. Not people outside of the community and looking in, seeing it as bigoted or oppressive, but someone in the isolationist community coming out of it and experiencing secular culture and then experiencing bigotry/prejudice from the secular culture, e.g., passive aggressive comments, inappropriate jokes, and so on, about the community that you grew up in.

Seleh: Someone like myself. I don’t believe in bigotry myself. They both do it. People in the bubble. People inside of it. Even outside of that bubble, there are bubbles within the secular world too. There will be negative comments from both sides from people who see me as too secular and others who see me as too much the product of my religious upbringing.

It is a lack of understanding on their part. Maybe, they don’t know my life well enough; maybe, they feel threatened by some views that I hold. I don’t see one side. Do I think people show bigotry because I grew up in a religious community? I do think people make negative comments, but, for me, they sound the same as the type of comments that would come out of the isolationist community in reverse. They are reactive comments.

“They are a threat to our culture.” It is a kind of culture war. They will direct them at me, when they do I think that they don’t understand my upbringing. Maybe, they don’t know where I am at. Maybe, they don’t want to see the nuances. There are so many different levels in others. It is not as black-and-white. In the isolationist community, there are different levels; that was one type of isolationist community.

The Orthodox community can be isolationist. The one in New York is another type. It is as much as the letter of the Law as the one I grew up in. I think there are all kinds of isolationist communities. In the political world, there are isolationists. Many conservatives and progressives are isolationist. I guess anyone who doesn’t want to allow themselves to be exposed to other views or lifestyles might be viewed as an isolationist.

Thinking that you can be harmed, that your lifestyle and views are in danger by simply being exposed to another lifestyle or view. It is all of the same concept. It is all the same kind of attitude; no matter the community that you’re a part of.

5. Jacobsen: It also might be a situation where you can ask the question, “Do you know my middle name?” They wouldn’t know. So, it would be extraordinarily myopic in terms of their knowledge about your own individual experience. They would assume to know so much about you. Yet, they probably couldn’t even name your middle name, as a case in point.

Seleh: There’s a saying in Farsi. My mom would say it to me all of the time: “Those who know, know and ask; those who don’t know, and don’t ask.” If you feel secure in your own knowledge of things, then you don’t feel threated by asking more questions and wanting to know more. There are so many things to say off about that [Laughing].

My parents, despite having been raised in a very Orthodox community, bring a different perspective. In the home, they always encouraged us to know as much about the world as possible. They tried to keep us exposed to as many countries as much. We didn’t travel an insane amount, but we travel a decent amount. They wanted us to explore as much as possible.

So, I think we definitely have those values, even though we were not in an educational system that was not much into exploring. The idea of people who don’t know and don’t ask. I think it is not about how much you know, but about how much you want to know. People who are smart are generally people who are always learning more about new things.

There is never a cap to how much you can know about anything. There is always more to learn. When you set a standard for yourself, and a task for yourself, and you think you already know you think it is that you need know, you don’t think you need to be exposed to any information outside of what you know. As an individual, you think that you know everything.

You are setting yourself up for a disaster because people outside your world. The knowledge outside of the bubble is big and growing. When you have a definite number next to infinity, it becomes zero because infinity can go on forever and that number simply shrinks smaller and smaller. If infinity reaches infinity [Laughing], then your definite number becomes so infinitely small that it [Laughing] might not reach zero, but it becomes almost zero.

There’s my humble philosophical thought for the day.

Jacobsen: [Laughing].

Seleh: Like my mom said, always ask questions, I think it’s my mom’s fault that I am like this [Laughing].

Jacobsen: [Laughing].

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  85. Seleh, P. (2015, May 23). Was a landmark study on gay marriage faked? Looks like it. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6526.
  86. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Was McConnell’s Revote on the Iran Deal a Hoax?. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/124/was-mcconnells-revote-iran-deal-hoax-pardes-seleh.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Former Writer, Independent Journal Review; Former Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform.

[2] Individual Publication Date: October 22, 2017 at www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2018 at www.in-sightjournal.com/insight-issues/.

[3] Santa Monica College (2012-2014); B.S. (2014-2016), Human Biology and Society, University of California, Los Angeles; Lifeguard Instructor, American Red Cross.

[4] Photograph courtesy of Pardes Seleh.

Appendix II: Citation Style Listing

American Medical Association (AMA): Jacobsen S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Two) [Online].October 2017; 15(A). Available from: www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-b-s-part-two.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Jacobsen, S.D. (2017, October 22). An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Two)Retrieved from www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-b-s-part-two.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): JACOBSEN, S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Two). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A, October. 2017. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-b-s-part-two>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. 2017. “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A. www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-b-s-part-two.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A (October 2017). www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-b-s-part-two.

Harvard: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Two)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A. Available from: <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-b-s-part-two>.

Harvard, Australian: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Two)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A., www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-b-s-part-two.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Scott D. Jacobsen. “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 15.A (2017):October. 2017. Web. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-b-s-part-two>.

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An Interview with Patricia Grell, B.Sc., M.Div.

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 15.A, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (Part Nine)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: October 15, 2017

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2017

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 3,457

ISSN 2369-6885

Patricia Smiling

Abstract

An Interview with Patricia Grell. She discusses influence of religion on upbringing; similar experiences for other Christians; the different experiences for men and women in the Catholic Church; biggest negative of the Catholic Church in Canada; biggest positive of the Catholic Church in Canada; and current relationship with the school board.

Keywords: Catholic, Edmonton, Patricia Grell, Trustee.

An Interview with Patricia Grell, B.Sc., M.Div.: Trustee, Edmonton Catholic School Board (Ward 71)[1],[2],[3],[4]

*Footnotes in & after the interview, & citation style listing after the interview.*

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, what was the influence of religion on your own upbringing?

Patricia Grell: It was everything. I was born and raised in a Catholic family going to church every Sunday.  If you missed going to church it was considered a mortal sin. Both my parents were Catholic and many of my relatives were priests or in religious life.  Even my mother considered religious life and entered the novitiate.  When I was studying my MDiv at St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, there were three of us from the same family there!

So, my whole life, a way of thinking, worldview was governed by Catholicism. I remember thinking that God had a plan for my life that I had to figure out. It was very much impressed upon me that I was to make the world a better place, to serve God and bring others into a relationship with Christ.

2. Jacobsen: Do you think this is a similar experience for those – as you are in Alberta growing up – in the Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox (all orthodoxies, e.g. Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, and so on) – in other churches at their own experienced reflections on the Christian church?

Grell: Maybe; I think there are more parallels between Catholicism and Mormonism. In both faiths, it’s important that you marry someone of the same faith, that you raise your children in that faith, and that you attend the schools and universities that the faiths sponsor.

I think it’s a little different with people of other Christian denominations.  I think they are a bit more open-minded about marrying outside their faith and raising their children outside of their specific faith.

I’m an older Catholic so maybe younger Catholics wouldn’t say this, but for my generation staying close to the faith was highly valued.

3. Jacobsen: Do you think that the experience for men in the Roman Catholic Church is different than for women? If so, how?

Grell: Absolutely. Men don’t see how women experience the church as misogynist. Men will ask “Why do women need to be ordained? Women can serve in so many ways in the church other than as priests.”  But this is insulting to women because by denying women ordination, the church keeps women out of every position of power in the church.

When I worked in Northern Ontario I saw women religious running parishes as administrators in remote communities because there were not enough priests.  In these communities, they performed many of the duties of a priest such as presiding at baptisms, marriages, and funerals.  Once a month a priest would celebrate mass and consecrate enough hosts to last until his next visit the following month.  The nun would then lead Liturgy of the Word with Communion which is basically mass but without the consecration.  So women were called upon to be leaders when the church was desperate.

But here in Edmonton, where there also is a shortage of priests, the archbishop decided to close parishes instead of permit lay women (or lay men) for that matter, to be parish administrators.

So, the archbishop closed our parish and split up a wonderful community of people who had been together for over 50 years. Many were heartbroken and many stopped attending church altogether.  As a woman with a MDiv., it was hard to watch this happen in the interest of keeping celibate men in positions of power.

Women are good enough to run parishes in remote Northern communities but not here in Edmonton.  [Laughing].

4. Jacobsen: You’re an educated person, so you’re giving an articulate answer. I appreciate it.

Grell: [Laughing] But I think it’s easy for men to belong to a church when they see themselves on the altar. They see themselves making decisions in positions like the bishop or the Cardinals, but it’s very hard for a woman. I did hope that one day that would change, but it’s not going to happen [Laughing]…anytime in the next 500 years.

5. Jacobsen: What do you consider the biggest negative of the church in this country, in Canada?

Grell: Wow!  Which one do I pick?

6. Jacobsen: [Laughing] it’s very funny.

Grell: The main thing is their stance on the LGBTQ community.  The Catechism of The Catholic Church is very insulting to gay people when it states that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered, are acts of great depravity and cannot ever be approved.  Pope Francis has also been very unkind in his comments directed toward the transgender community in encyclical Laudato Si.  He says that transgender people need to accept the body God gave them and that we cannot choose our gender.  This is a simplistic answer to a very complex issue.

And how many times I have heard priests quote Genesis that “male and female God made them” referring to God creating only 2 genders.  Then what about hermaphrodites? There are biological gray areas in gender and so it’s very likely there are also psychological gray areas as well.

It’s hard for me to watch such supposedly educated people as Pope Francis and the church hierarchy with degrees in Theology, choose a very simplistic, uninformed, unscientific approach to something very complex as gender identity.

I think that’s the biggest thing that I can see creating discord between secular society and the Catholic faith – it’s the total lack of openness to research, scientific study, or even “Googling it”.  There are doctors who specialize in working with transgender people – has the hierarchy ever contacted them?

So the biggest issue I think today is the total disconnect between the church and science

7. Jacobsen: What do you consider the biggest positive in this country?

Grell: With Catholicism?

8. Jacobsen: Yes, ma’am.

Grell: Biggest positives… boy! I’m hard-pressed.  I guess the positives are reading about people like Father James Martin, SJ who recently published a book called Building a Bridge:  How the Catholic Church and the LGBTQ Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity. He is a brave man who has experienced a lot of pushback from members of the church as well as the hierarchy.  But he is pressing on because he knows it’s important for the Church to stop persecuting this community with its lack of understanding.

Other positives are people like Dorothy Day who served the poor and put to shame the Catholic church leaders of her day who lived in opulence.

Fr. Henri Nouwen is another – he was a priest who wrote many books in which he shared his spiritual and internal struggles.  He was a very authentic person who tried hard to live his spirituality authentic to the Gospel.  After he died it was revealed that he was gay and struggled greatly with his sexual orientation.

So, I guess these people in the Church are the positives – the people who show me how to live the Gospel authentically [Laughing], not so much the hierarchy.

9. Jacobsen: How did you find yourself where you are now in terms of the relationship with the school board or system?

Grell: I would say it all started by taking a degree in theology from St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology.  I am eternally grateful to my professors because they taught me that I didn’t have to put my intellect on hold to have a faith in Jesus and follow Jesus. St. Michael’s College took a historical-critical approach to the Bible, not a literal approach, and an intellectual ‘faith seeking understanding’ approach.

So I came out of university with an intellectual understanding of my faith.  I brought a deep understanding of the historical Jesus and his message everywhere I went. I worked as a Pastoral Associate in a parish in Timmins, as a Program Coordinator in a retreat center and then as a Catholic school trustee.  Each place I worked, I got a glimpse into the Catholic Church behind the scenes and I became more and more scandalized.  [Laughing]. I was scandalized because deep down I had this understanding of the Gospel that was very rooted in the historical Jesus.  And then I would see nuns, priests and so-called devout Catholics not living at all according to the Gospel.

I heard, for example, the archbishop’s representative state to the Board that perhaps Catholic schools are not the place for transgender students.  I saw the school district with the support of the archbishop, deny a transgender girl access to the girls’ washroom, insisting she uses the gender-neutral washroom on the other side of the school.  I saw the resistance by the church to allow GSAs.  All these things led me to conclude that the church had lost its way.

I think working in the school district was the ‘watershed moment,’ where I realized that “Wow! This is a social club. This is not a faith.” These people act as though they belong to a bike club or dance club. They are not together because of their faith in Jesus and his message of love, acceptance, and mercy.  Catholicism, I concluded, had become a social club.

I thought this is not where I can be anymore. I can’t be here. They’re not living what they’re talking about. It’s all window dressing. That’s how it is; it’s all window dressing. We’d have signs in our schools, for example, that state ‘Christ is the reason for this school’ and then we’d go on our merry way and do things that totally contradicted this.

For example, we have an academic high school that requires students to get a 75% average in grade 9 in order to be accepted.  If a Catholic student who lives near this school misses the mark by even 1%, they are not admitted. This student then can’t attend high school with their friends and must travel outside their community because the district can’t make any exceptions for fear of lowering the standards of the school.  To add insult to injury, the academic school will offer any vacant spots to non-Catholic students who do achieve the required average.  The lack of compassion and mercy in the interest of competitiveness seems to fly in the face of “Christ is the reason for this school”.

Another example is the denial of attendance at grad ceremonies if students don’t complete the required amount of the religion curriculum by a particular date.  The School Act in Alberta does not require completion of religion credits in order to earn a high school diploma.  The district then uses attendance at grad ceremonies as the carrot to ensure students complete their religion credits.  It seems odd to me to use coercion as a way to encourage students to learn about Jesus.

I would think that if our Catholic schools were teaching by example, and living according to the Gospel then we wouldn’t have to coerce anybody to take religion; students would want to take religion. They would want to learn about this rebel named Jesus. Teenagers are rebellious anyway! [Laughing]. I think they would really think he’s pretty cool if they could learn about who he was and what he stood for.  You don’t have to coerce someone by saying you must take this or we’re not going to let you come to grad. What kind of example is that? What are we trying to do here?” One of the moms who had a son in high school last year and was concerned about this grad rule, said, “Geez, with the legacy of residential schools, you would think that they wouldn’t be interested in coercing people to take religion through Catholic schools.”

These are publicly funded schools.  I’d rather try to invite kids to be interested in the faith by our example of love and compassion rather than coercion.  We can invite students to learn about our faith by being merciful people.  Students will be attracted to that [Laughing]. So that’s the kind of stuff – that really…I just was disappointed, I was heartbroken… literally heartbroken to see people acting this way in the name of Christ [Sobbing] I’m sorry.

10. Jacobsen: It’s okay.

Grell: [Sobbing/weeping] I guess…I’m still grieving.

11. Jacobsen: It’s okay. Take the time you need.

Grell: It really upset me that we had schools for elite students.  Parents came to a Board meeting when I put forward a motion to request the district make exceptions for Catholic students, to show some mercy and these parents said: “We want our kids to get ready for this competitive world.” I thought, “That isn’t what I thought Christianity or Catholicism was about,” competition.

Anyway, it’s really broken my heart. I’m an honest person. I couldn’t run again to be a Catholic trustee, I might run one day to be a public-school trustee, but I couldn’t in good conscience put my name on that ballot and say, “Yeah, I’m a Catholic school trustee. I want to be a Catholic school trustee.”

No, I don’t want anything to do with this Catholic Church; if Catholic means being like this, sorry, not interested. That’s not what I learned about and learned what Jesus was about at all. So, I must distance myself. Anyway, sorry I got emotional. I guess I didn’t realize I was still this upset. But we’re not then I heard that priest say that our Catholic schools were not for transgender kids, I thought, “That’s it. That’s the last straw.” If that’s what they’re about, I am NOT interested in this church.

I have invested a lot of my life in the Catholic Church; I spent a lot of money on my education. Fifty thousand dollars to get a MDiv. We used to pray for laypeople to come forward in service to the Church. Then I noticed they stopped praying for that. They started praying again for more vocations to religious life and more priests. I remember I saw this shift happening around 1992.  Prior to this, there was a great push to have more lay people educated in theology so they could take leadership roles in the church.  But that approach seems to have fallen by the wayside.

I have spoken with other women, who have left the church and I agree with them when they say:  “I didn’t leave the church, the church left me”.

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Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Trusted, Edmonton Catholic School Board (Ward 71).

[2] Individual Publication Date: October 15, 2017 at www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-patricia-grell; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2018 at www.in-sightjournal.com/insight-issues/.

[3]Bachelor of Science, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto; Master of Divinity, St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology, Toronto School of Theology., University of Toronto.

[4] Individual Publication Date: October 15, 2017 at www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-patricia-grell; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2018 at www.in-sightjournal.com/insight-issues/.

Appendix II: Citation Style Listing

American Medical Association (AMA): Jacobsen S. An Interview with Patricia Grell [Online].October 2017; 15(A). Available from: www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-patricia-grell.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Jacobsen, S.D. (2017, October 15). An Interview with Patricia GrellRetrieved from www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-patricia-grell.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): JACOBSEN, S. An Interview with Patricia Grell. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A, October. 2017. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-patricia-grell>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. 2017. “An Interview with Patricia Grell.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A. www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-patricia-grell

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An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One)

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 15.A, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (Part Nine)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: October 8, 2017

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2017

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 2,729

ISSN 2369-6885

Pardes Seleh

Abstract

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S. She discusses: linguistics, geographic, and cultural family background; daily life for parents in Iran; core values of Orthodox Judaism; false claims about values of Orthodox Judaism; family background influence of personal development; definition of God; and stability and family structure.

Keywords: Campus Reform, Daily Wire, Independent Journal Review, Pardes Seleh, The Bruin Standard.

An Interview with Pardes Seleh, B.S.: Former Writer, Independent Journal Review; Former Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform (Part One)

*Footnotes in & after the interview, & citation style listing after the interview.*

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: In terms of geography, culture, and language, where does your familial background reside?

Pardes Seleh: My parents emigrated from the Islamic Republic of Iran to Los Angeles, California by way of Vienna, Austria in the 1980’s. My four siblings and I were raised speaking English and Farsi at home, and Hebrew and Spanish in school. We practice Orthodox Judaism.

2. Jacobsen: In the Islamic Republic of Iran, for your parents, what was daily life?

Seleh: From what they described, they both had very different lives, but they both lived in Tehran. They described it as very different from what it was like before the Revolution. It was more westernized. They went to cinemas. That was popular. Fashion was trending. Post-Revolution, there were different school systems and curricula being introduced for students.

Boys were being drafted into the army during The Gulf War. Their lives changed after it. It was then a question of when and how the children would be able to step out, when the parents would be able to send their children out of the country, e.g. avoid being drafted, be able to go to university outside of the country, and so on.   

3. Jacobsen: What was the age kids were drafted?

Seleh: I believe 18-years-old. My father said as early as 13-years-old. In his school, they were taught to shoot. They have training for the army. All of the boys did, at his age. I don’t remember what age he said he was. The kids were taught at a young age. My mom was really young when it started. Her school, they had regular daily songs, which kids would sing. It would be songs that were anti-Shah and anti-United States. It was down with the USA, the “Great Satan,” and down with the Shah.

They both lived in Vienna first. You couldn’t get a visa to the US from Iran. They went to Vienna and got a visa from Vienna and moved from Austria to Los Angeles after that.

4. Jacobsen: What was their description of life comparing time in Iran and living in Vienna and in Los Angeles?

Seleh: They said it was simpler in Iran. My dad, he never once thought of living back in Iran. My mother wanted to go back to visit family members. Unless the situation changes, they may never go back. They said it was nice to have things simpler, which was different than Austria and the United States. There wasn’t a lot of mobility in people’s social classes.

Work wasn’t the biggest priority. There was one breadwinner for the home. Everything else was taken care of. It was a traditional lifestyle at home. They love LA.

5. Jacobsen: If practiced in the right way, what core values does Orthodox Judaism inculcate in adherents?

Seleh: I currently don’t practice Orthodox Judaism. The way I was raised. If followed properly, it would be the letter of the Law and following Rabbinic Statutes. That was the main thing that was emphasized. It was following the letter of the law as dictated by the Old Testament, but as interpreted by Rabbinic scholars. Their word was the last word. If you had a disagreement with something written in the Old Testament, it always goes by what the rabbinic scholars of the time interpret it to be.

6. Jacobsen: Some make false claims about values espoused by Orthodox Judaism. What individuals and groups tend to make false claims about Orthodox Judaism? What are the false values some claim Orthodox Judaism teaches and espouses?

Seleh: I think Orthodox Judaism is similar to other sects of Judaism. Even the Ultra-Orthodox community is isolated from the rest of the Jewish community because it is so isolated, people assume they are Liberal like other Jews. It is definitely a very communal religion, so it is like other sects of Judaism in that respect. To me, it is similar to Catholicism, more so than mainstream Judaism or the way mainstream Jews are.

7. Jacobsen: What are some of the complex social and cultural consequences of the differences in theology?

Seleh: There are so many. One example would be Orthodox Judaism saying, “We don’t eat certain meats because they are not Kosher. They don’t have a Kosher certification. They weren’t manufactured in a Kosher enough way.” The reason will be the Law, because this is what the Law says. If you further ask them, they will tell you more technicalities of the Law and why this doesn’t benefit you.

Liberal Judaism is more interpretive, “I do humanitarian things. I don’t hurt animals or eat animals in this certain way because God doesn’t want us to harm animals. The difference would be differences between the Catholic Church and Protestantism.

8. Jacobsen: How did the family background influence development for you?

Seleh: My siblings and I grew up in a traditional home centered on God and family. We attended gender-specific private schools with rigorous Yeshiva-centered curricula that focused mainly on biblical and scholarly Hebrew texts. Because of our religious and cultural influences combined with an isolationist community philosophy, we were somewhat immune to external contemporary influences evident in most American public schools. We were trained to plan for marriage from a very early age.

My parents tried to encourage us to become well rounded with extra-curricular activities such as travelling, music lessons, and physical sports. Sometimes I question whether my religious upbringing caused me to be naïve, characteristically awkward, and culturally unprepared for the ‘real world.’ However, I acknowledge that more than everything, it imbued my siblings and me with a sense of family structure and stability.

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  68. Seleh, P. (2015, March 17). UCLA Newspaper Defends Pro-Terror Student Group. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucla-newspaper-defends-pro-terror-student-group.  
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  75. Seleh, P. (2015, March 10). UCSA Votes To Divest From Gun Companies. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/ucsa-votes-divest-gun-companies.  
  76. Seleh, P. (2015, December 7). UCSB Administration ‘Triggered’ by White Student Union, to Offer Counseling Services. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/1633/ucsb-administration-triggered-white-student-union-pardes-seleh.    
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  79. Seleh, P. (2015, September 11). Univ. of Illinois allows 9/11 memorial. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6799.
  80. Seleh, P. (2015, April 23). University Of Maryland Cancels Screening Of American Sniper. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/university-maryland-cancels-screening-american-sniper.  
  81. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/330/university-toronto-dumps-transgender-bathrooms-pardes-seleh.    
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  83. Seleh, P. (2015, March 25). USAC President Avinoam Baral Blames Netanyahu for BDS. Retrieved from http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/usac-president-avinoam-baral-blames-netanyahu-bds.
  84. Seleh, P. (2015, October 8). Victims of Sharia Mandate Respond to Ben Carson’s Comments. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/327/victims-sharia-mandate-respond-ben-carsons-pardes-seleh.
  85. Seleh, P. (2015, May 23). Was a landmark study on gay marriage faked? Looks like it. Retrieved from http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6526.  
  86. Seleh, P. (2015, September 22). Was McConnell’s Revote on the Iran Deal a Hoax?. Retrieved from http://www.dailywire.com/news/124/was-mcconnells-revote-iran-deal-hoax-pardes-seleh.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Former Writer, Independent Journal Review; Former Staff Writer, Daily Wire; Former Editor-in-Chief, The Bruin Standard; Former California Campus Correspondent, Campus Reform.  

[2] Individual Publication Date: October 8, 2017 at www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2018 at www.in-sightjournal.com/insight-issues/.

[3] Santa Monica College (2012-2014); B.S. (2014-2016), Human Biology and Society, University of California, Los Angeles; Lifeguard Instructor, American Red Cross.

[4] Photograph courtesy of Pardes Seleh.

Appendix II: Citation Style Listing

American Medical Association (AMA): Jacobsen S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One) [Online].October 2017; 15(A). Available from: www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Jacobsen, S.D. (2017, October 8). An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One)Retrieved from www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): JACOBSEN, S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A, October. 2017. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. 2017. “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A. www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A (October 2017). www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one.

Harvard: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A. Available from: <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one>.

Harvard, Australian: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A., www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Scott D. Jacobsen. “An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 15.A (2017):October. 2017. Web. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one>.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Jacobsen S. An Interview with Pardes Seleh (Part One)[Internet]. (2017, October; 15(A). Available from: www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-pardes-seleh-part-one.

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An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five)

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 15.A, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (Part Nine)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: October 1, 2017

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2017

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 4,517

ISSN 2369-6885

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Abstract

An interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. She discusses: Christian theology and its impact on children’s and women’s rights; violation of women’s and children’s rights; religious or secular motivation; humanistic and humanitarian motivations; changes over the 5 years of its operations; greatest impact on a single child seen by her; need of a birth certificate for education access; importance of training opportunities; importance of work opportunities for community and staff; possibilities for post-secondary education geared towards the knowledge economy in the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution; clarity and education on the improper distribution of donations to corrupt organizations; the viability of the original dream of becoming a veterinarian; using new coordination skills; ways to donate resources; and meaning of awards.

Keywords: Humanitarianism, Little Footprints Big Steps International Development Organization, Morgan Wienberg.

*Footnotes in & after the interview, & citation style listing after the interview.*

*This interview has been edited for clarity and readability.*

*Images in Appendix I: Photographs.*

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You mentioned a pastor would say, ‘Men own women before or upon marriage.’ To me, there are some undercurrents in Canada. However, nothing as explicit as that to personal observations. According to statistics, it is a majority Christian nation. There are more believers than non-believers in Christianity. How does Christian theology impact children’s and women’s rights?

Morgan Wienberg: It is a delicate subject. I have seen ways religion has been powerful in Haitian’s lives. It has helped them. I have seen religion used to manipulate people. For example, the woman running the orphanage, which I lived in for a time. She would enter the churches. She was seen as a saint by the communities. She would approach people’s churches. The majority of parents who were convinced to give their children to the orphanage.

They gave the children away in the church. Their child died and so on. It was deceptive. She would take donations from the orphanage – clothes, food, and so on. She would not give them to the kids in the orphanage. When she went on these “mission trips,” as she called them, to the mountainside and approached people’s churches to recruit kids, she would give out the donations to demonstrate wealth.

I know genuine pastors, but I know corrupt pastors who are looking for money. Many people use Christianity to abuse people’s trust because they believe a fellow Christian over someone that does not go to church. There are people like the woman running the church. She abuses the trust. For women, in terms of personal freedom of choice, there are churches with seminars about the reason being gay is wrong, even turning that into violence.

Pastors preaching that women need to be obedient. It varies from one church to another. There are ways that religion is being used to oppress people.

2. Jacobsen: It’s really, really hard hearing these things. Of course, it is not the same as being there. [Laughing]

Wienberg: Yea! [Laughing]

3. Jacobsen: There is a distinction between Constantinian Christianity and Non-Constantinian Christianity. Constantinian Christianity with Emperor Constantine making Christianity the religion of the persecutors. Before that, it was the religion of the persecuted with the image of The Cross. There was Liberation Theology in Latin America with the attempt to instantiate the religion of the persecuted.

The Jesuit intellectuals, priests, were assassinated. The former is used for power. Your statements represent the concept and actuality of women as second class. If you look at women, does this seem like the violation women’s rights to you? If you look at children, does this seem like the violation of children’s rights?

Absolutely, in the Convention of Child Rights, we are talking about the child’s best interest always being priority. Obviously, this woman’s actions are based on ulterior motives for personal benefit. It is not in the child’s best interest. It is completely manipulating women and stripping them of independent thought. The attempt to control them and the sense of the right to their own body.

4. Jacobsen: Does a religious or secular framework motivate you, or both, for an overarching metanarrative, code of conduct, and belief system for life?

I do not think I am motivated by religion. I am motivated by equality of human rights. That’s what has always driven me, and empathy. Many staff, local Haitian staff in particular, are motivated by religion. For me, human rights violations need to be addressed.

5. Jacobsen: To me, that sounds humanistic and humanitarian. The two themes at play here.

Yes.

6. Jacobsen: I want to look at the progression. You started five years ago. We covered the three main components of Little Footprints Big Steps International Development Organization. What changes occurred throughout these 5 years?

The development of a team of local employees who I can trust. They understand the vision. It was not an easy feat. It was in the last two years. It was not an easy feat. I have loyal staff. I needed o not take the whole suite of responsibilities one myself. I learned not to do the change for them and let them influence themselves. It was a realization for me. It has allowed me to make changes to the programs of the organization.

It increased the impact. It increased the number of impacted people. One major thing is the relationship with local authorities. In the beginning, it was not great. Now, we have a great relationship. It solidifies our relationship in and with the community. It allows the impact to be culturally appropriate and effective. Those are the main things.

7. Jacobsen: If you take into account a single child, what is the greatest impact seen by you?

Ysaac is the best example. I always talk about him. This was a child who was in the streets from age 9 to 12. At age 9, his mom died. The man who he thought was his father rejected him. He was on the streets during the earthquake, during hurricanes, and through a lot of violence and abuse. He has been attacked by dogs, hit by motorcycles, and not even gone to the hospital.

He is a little kid somewhere curling up on the side of the street. In addition to that, he had a tumor. It was a huge deformity. It was s 13-inch tumor on his cheek. He was completely separated from other kids. The community thought he was crazy. That is, he was not considered human like everyone else. With the tumor, he made more money by baking.

That made him a target for the other street kids. He would be attacked at knife point or with razors while sleeping to have his money stolen. He would have shoes stolen off his feet. He would have his eyes crazy glued closed while sleeping or being burned while asleep. In reaction to that, he became the most violent kid in the streets. He became the chief street kid for that one intersection.

He was probably the most violent kid I’ve ever met. When I met him, he would not communicate. When you think about it, he was isolated and no one would talk to him. He had been on the street for 3 years. I met him at age 12. No one ever talks to him; of course, he stopped communicating. When I first met him, I sat with the other street kids. He never talked to me.

He never got closer than an arm’s length away. When I spoke to him, he would not come and talk to me. He would never get closer than an arm’s length away. If I spoke to him, he would make animal noises. He would make a crazy laugh or shriek. He would be shrieking and make wide eyes in my face, run away, or run around. [Laughing] That is the only communication that I got from him.

Also, he was not only the most violent, not only was not communicating, but was the slowest kid to trust out of the all of the kids that I have worked with here. Other street kids started to live in the safe house or were reunited with their families, directly. Ysaac did not trust us enough to live in the safe house. He would come in the day for food.

He would survive by fishing. He would take a stick or a metal clothes hanger, bend it into a spear, go to a beach, and catch 20 little fish on the spear with his hands. He would go to the water and spear them. He has amazing hand-eye coordination. He would come, cook them up in the safe house, leave, and sleep on the street. Eventually, he was one of the last kids on the street.

I would sit with him everyday. I would talk to him. He would not respond to me. I thought, “Am I wasting my time with this kid that does not respond or pretends that he is not listening?” One day, I was late going to visit him. Usually, I went at 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon. I went at 11:00 at night. He was laying on this roundabout in the middle of the intersection.

When I came, he was pouting and said, “I thought you weren’t going to come.” He said that he cried. That was when I realized that it was impacting him, even having the interaction and stability. They have no stability. Nothing is consistent in their lives. To have me sitting beside him, that was the most consistency in his life for the last 3 years.

When I came late, that set back his trust in me. It was ten steps behind. I had to build that trust again before communicating with me. He started living in the safe house. Even living in the safe house, he would have psychotic episodes. He would act like an animal, run on the roof, and running around screaming with a knife. No one could talk to him.

After three or four months of living in a safe house and having consistency, with part of that as testing me because everyone leaves them, it was seeing his actions are bad, but I still believe in you. He sees it. It takes time for the street kids to realize this. Even living in the safe house, it is temporary. It is day-by-day. If they do something bad, they think will kick them out, immediately.

After three or four months, he realized that I won’t give up on him because he does something crazy. All of the sudden, the psychotic episodes stopped. With the street kids’ lack of communication, they will not tell someone to stop it, but will turn around and beat them up. It is teaching them to use words or tell an adult. It takes a year. If you look at Ysaac now, I do not remember the last time he got in fight, hit anyone, or even hit a dog.

He is protective, loves structure and principle. If someone else does something that they are not supposed to do, he will call them out on it. He had never been to school at the time – at 12 years old when he came into the safe house. He is such a perfectionist in school. Once they took away the exam paper before he was done, he was crying, so upset about it.

He is consistently in the top of his class for his level of discipline and academics. Ysaac started living in the safe house. I took him to Miami for surgery, twice. I became the legal guardian. We travelled to Miami for five months. He had major surgery. They cut open half of his head. It took six hours the first time. We did not know if the tumor was cancerous or not, which it was not.

That experience being an only child. He has the travelling to the US. Even being an only child living with me in an apartment helped us bond, I took him to see a psychologist while in Miami. The psychologist said he was 14 and did not have a birth certificate. It took a year to get the paper work ready.

8. Jacobsen: He couldn’t attend classes without the birth certificate.

No, he could not attend classes without it. We had one made, though. The psychologist said he had the emotional maturity of a 6-year-old. After the surgery, we went back to Haiti. Six months later, when he was 15, we went for follow-up surgery with two surgeons. We were in Miami for five months. We went to see the psychologist again. Now, he was at the emotional maturity of s 12-year-old.

The experience of bonding as an only child with the experience coming here. The trust of that permanency with me helped him mature in those 6 months, which was equivalent to 6 years of emotional maturity. The first time in Miami, if someone communicated with him, and if he was uncomfortable, he would make animal noises and act crazy.

Everyone had perceived him as crazy. It was a protection mechanism. Now, you would not tell that at all. He is at a 4th grade level in school. He is in an English immersion school and doing a mechanics apprenticeship. He is 16 now. He will be 17 soon. His level of personal growth is ridiculous. His level of confidence. His interaction with people and animals. He is protective and kind.

He is a different person. He has strength of character. Other individuals that went through the same difficulties might not become who he is today.

9. Jacobsen: What’s the importance of training opportunities?

It is important to increase staff capacities. You can always learn more. There are numerous subjects applicable to our work. You can go into personality types and communication are applicable to work for us. Also, the training in first aid and psychology. Many different things. Not only are we increasing their capacity and efficiency, we are showing their importance. We make them feel like valued members of the team.

We invest in them. They feel empowered. They have the skills and feel it. They can make an impact. They are motivated and engaged. With staff, anything learned can be passed on to the families and children. It is investing in them and the community.

10. Jacobsen: You mentioned the mechanics apprenticeship for Ysaac. What about work opportunities for the community and the staff?

Those are one of the most important and difficult things to find here. We have staff in post-secondary studies. Most of the time, it does not guarantee a job. We have mechanic apprenticeships, various vocational schools like plumbing, electrical, and computer classes, and English classes. English classes can open numerous job opportunities. Hotel job training, sewing and cook for women, there is another initiative.

We have training for working on cruise ships. The strength in the training is a secure contract to work on cruise ships, which is exciting. We have parents or older kids. If they have carpentry skills or can sew school uniforms, we have 300 kids sent to school. Each needs hand sewn uniforms. If we have parents or staff with the skills, we will give them that job.

Again, that is a temporary source of income. We have parents with garments. We have youth training with local agronomists. We provide them with materials to use the training at home to produce a garden. We have purchased some of the food from the families’ gardens. We have used tat for the safe house, which for families in the rural areas is a primary source of income for them.

It is selling produce or surviving off the land. There are families supported by us. We help them raise livestock or start a small business. We have a few students going through nursing school as well.

11. Jacobsen: You have farming, trades, services, and healthcare. If you look at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he was in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum earlier this year. He talked about women’s rights. He was talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We are looking at a future of robotics and artificial intelligence on a large scale.

A main part is the knowledge economy, which means secondary and post-secondary education. What can be done for Haitians for post-secondary education in the sciences and engineering, which are crucial for this new and ongoing economy?

Universities exists in Haiti. Unfortunately, the majority are based on Port-au-Prince. People are prevented from attending post-secondary education through not only being able to afford the education, but the cost of living for them to attend university or college is too high. They are forced to enter work via trades or odd jobs to survive because they can not go to school.

At that age, they need to be working or can not afford to eat and have housing while going to school. Maybe, more programs in supporting them with those costs while going to school.

12. Jacobsen: The provisions of infrastructure for stability in society, and in the family unit, need to be in place to provide the basis from which success in educational pursuits can be accomplished for the young people at the standard post-secondary readiness age. It’s hard to work and learn at the same time. I want to turn back to donors.

What might clear the fog of deceit for American churches, and others, to develop the proper route for the monetary funds and other support meant for children and families in need of assistance – instead of the exploitative criminals?

Definitely, I feel being more aware. In general, funding should not be directed to orphanages. People should see community-based initiatives and attempt on focus on those. If people want to be helping orphanages or do not know the place to go for it, you can approach the local authorities, IBESR, is a good source. They know the registered or not registered orphanages.

They have the foster family program where kids who are misplaced are placed in foster homes rather than orphanages. That is another alternative. You can support the foster families rather than orphanages. Also, you can find programs that commit to family reunification and after care programs for youth. Those investments will have a greater impact. You are not feeding into the corruption of orphanages.

13. Jacobsen: Originally, you had a dream of becoming a veterinarian. You have not abandoned the dream. Will this become a viability in the future?

I always wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 6 years old. My first time in Haiti. I wanted to go to veterinary support, but I could not do it. After the first trip to Haiti, I changed the dream. I wanted to become a pediatric surgeon. I applied to nursing school with intentions of specializing in pediatric surgery. I got accepted, full scholarship to McGill.

I deferred for 3 years in a row before I realized that I am not going to be going. [Laughing] Definitely, I do not regret it. I feel life is stressful for me. I want to do a lot of things. However, I feel fulfilled with life. I feel like I am meant to be doing this. If I returned to university, I would not enter medical school. I loved biology. However, my passion is more in psychology, social work, and international relations.

At the same time, if I talk about medical conditions and wanting to help children, there are specialists for every child issue. Those specialists exist. Someone to link the child on a mountainside in Haiti to that specialist is missing. I can impact more people by linking the children or people in need and making the connection with the people who can help them.

14. Jacobsen: That would take advantage of the coordination skills developed now, too.

Exactly. [Laughing]

15. Jacobsen: For those with the desire or intent to donate, please see go here: https://www.littlefootprintsbigsteps.com/donate/safehouse/. You can sponsor a child through here: https://www.littlefootprintsbigsteps.com/sponsor-a-child/. What other ways can people contribute time, connections, money, associations, organizations, and so on?

Donations help, the monthly donations, for me, are more appreciated by me. It takes a lot of stress ‘off my shoulders’ to have more stability of knowing that when I am increasing monthly expenses that we have a monthly income as well. Definitely, there is a lot of responsibility in terms of marketing and fundraising activities, communications with sponsors, and helping manage the website. My mother takes on a lot of them.

Assistance with the website and fundraising would help a lot. We had Ysaac’s surgery done through connections based on doctor’s donating time. It was incredible. We would never have been able to afford it. We are open if people approach us with ideas, especially in how they can help us. We are open to hearing it.

16. Jacobsen: You earned the Meritorious Service Cross Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General of Canada Academic Awards, Yukon Commissioner Award. What do these awards mean to you?

It is a huge honor. It demonstrates Canada’s support and encouragement for this work. It is easier for me to feel isolated and disconnected from Canada. Sometimes, I am met with criticism from Canadians. They say, “There are homeless people in Canada. Why are you doing that?” It is a different situation. You cannot compare the levels of poverty.

It is a statement, which crushes those criticisms from individuals. It is a statement that Canada is encouraging me, is behind me. Even if I am spending the majority of personal time out of Canada, I am a proud Canada. It speaks strongly of Canada’s connection with Haiti. It felt good to be recognized by Canada. It made me feel more connected as a Canadian. In that, what I am doing is not ‘out of sight, out of mind’ from my home country.

An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C.: Co-Founder, Coordinator, and Head of Haiti Operations, Little Footprints Big Steps International Development Organization (Part Five)[1],[2],[3],[4]

 

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Appendix I: Photographs

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Appendix II: Footnotes

[1] Co-Founder, Coordinator, and Head of Haiti Operations, Little Footprints Big Steps International Development Organization.

[2] Individual Publication Date: October 1, 2017 at www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2018 at www.in-sightjournal.com/insight-issues/.

[3] Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C.), Government of Canada; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; Governor General of Canada Academic Awards; Yukon Commissioner Award; Finalist, Young Women Impacting Social Justice, The Berger-Marks Foundation; Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Humanitarian Impact, Rotary International; Keynote Speaker (2013), United Nations Youth Assembly.

[4] Photograph courtesy of Morgan Wienberg.

Appendix III: Citation Style Listing

American Medical Association (AMA): Jacobsen S. An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five) [Online].October 2017; 15(A). Available from: www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Jacobsen, S.D. (2017, October 1). An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five)Retrieved from www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): JACOBSEN, S. An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A, October. 2017. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. 2017. “An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A. www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott “An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 15.A (October 2017). www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five.

Harvard: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A. Available from: <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five>.

Harvard, Australian: Jacobsen, S. 2017, ‘An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five)In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 15.A., www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Scott D. Jacobsen. “An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 15.A (2017):October. 2017. Web. <www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five>.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Jacobsen S. An Interview with Morgan Wienberg, M.S.C. (Part Five)[Internet]. (2017, October; 15(A). Available from: www.in-sightjournal.com/an-interview-with-morgan-wienberg-m-s-c-part-five.

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