Last night, lawyer Kennith Gosch of Aberdeen sent an e-mail to all 105 South Dakota legislators inviting them to Aberdeen on April 10 for the next local hate fest. I reprint in full:
You are invited to attend a lecture to be given by Aynaz Anni Cyrus, an Iranian-American Human Rights activist, at 6:30 p.m. on April 10, 2018, at the Aberdeen Civic Theater in Aberdeen, South Dakota. (See attachment.) Anni is an apostate of Islam. Learn how she escaped Islam and Iran and why she fears the same Islamic tyranny she experienced is coming to the United States. Also speaking will be Chris Gabautz, a national security consultant who infiltrated CAIR (Council on Islamic Relations) and will reveal its fraud, sedition and terrorism.
I have lived in Aberdeen, SD since 1972. It has been a great place to live. About two years ago I began to see a change my community. Violent crime began to increase significantly and criminal court appointments saw a rapid rise. In 2017, Brown County’s cost for attorneys appointed to defend the indigent exceeded the budget by thousands of dollars. Here is what my investigation revealed.
The main change in Aberdeen was that local government officials and Lutheran Social Services were bringing large numbers of improperly vetted refugees to Aberdeen, ostensibly to work at a beef plant and a fiber glass molding facility. Criminal law defense attorneys confirmed that they were being appointed to defend many of these refugees. Many of these refugees claimed they did not understand English and thus the taxpayers had the additional expense of paying interpreters. It appears they do not understand our system of justice since it is different from sharia law.
I also discovered that Lutheran Social Services (who was paid for bringing them here) and the companies the refugees were to work for (who received government subsidies for the refugees’ wages) were the ones who benefited from the refugees coming to Aberdeen. Shortly after they arrived in Aberdeen our community was left with the burden of providing them extra services through our courts, our schools and our welfare system.
Please note that in the last ten or more years we have had a number of legal immigrants working and living in Aberdeen but they are people who for the most part love America and want to assimilate into our society. I have not noticed that they were a burden on the taxpayers.
At no time did the citizens of Aberdeen have any say over whether refugees should be brought here or who should pay the extra tax burden caused by their being here.
Once I realized what was happening I decided to educate myself to see what could be done. I attended numerous lectures on the subject and purchased and studied a copy of the Koran. I encourage you to do the same and reach your own conclusions rather than get your information from the very people who are bringing the refugees to our community.
I also discovered that our local high school teaches our students the five pillars of Islam but nothing of sharia law. They give the students a test having them explain the five pillars of Islam and then ask them this question, “Now that you are more educated on the major beliefs of Islam, how have your views changed on the global Muslim population?”. The students are then asked to “[c]ompare your views to how the media commonly portrays Islam in the current news”.
I suggest to you learning the five pillars of Islam, without learning sharia law, does not give students enough information to correctly answer these questions. How many of these students do you think would know what a fatwa is, or how it is used today by some? Would they understand what the nine fatwas placed on Annie Cyras are? I encourage you as legislators to be better educated than these students.
There are people in Aberdeen who have a different point of view than mine but I almost never see them at any educational seminars concerning Islam or refugees or see any evidence that they truly understand Islam. They, along with the public, are always invited to attend the lectures that are brought to Aberdeen but seldom do.
I look forward to seeing you all attend. Please listen to both sides and educate yourselves on the issue. Reach your own informed decisions and do not be influenced by who shouts the loudest or gets the most people to come to Pierre. I expect you will be asked to vote on issues relating to refugees.
For your information I am a 1971 graduate of the University of South Dakota Law School and I have practiced law in Aberdeen since 1972. I am a member of an Aberdeen law firm but this email is being sent on my own behalf. I am not running for any office. I am just concerned for my community, my state and my country.
Kennith L. Gosch
315 5th Ave. SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401 [e-mail to all South Dakota legislators, 2018.04.03]
Gosch repeats many lies here, the same anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bunk that Gosch’s small clique of bigots has been throwing around since bringing conspiracy theorist Ron Branstner to stoke hate in August 2016.
Gosch’s implication that crime has increased because of immigration has been rejected many times in Aberdeen. The most apt refutation came at last year’s city commission candidates’ debate, when eventual winner and former DCI agent Dave Lunzman said that increases in crime are not unique to Aberdeen and stem from drugs, and when his opponent Tom Black presented information from Aberdeen police chief Dave McNeil showing that while drug crimes are up, Aberdeen remains “an incredible safe community.”
Gosch continues the Tapio-style false attack on Lutheran Social Services and Aberdeen businesses. How a local lawyer can maintain any credibility in the community while attacking fellow Christians and fellow business leaders remains a complete mystery to me, a liberal blogger who draws immediate fire for even the slightest criticism of religious organizations or the Chamber of Commerce.
Gosch also lies about the welcoming, “public” nature of these events. Attendees at these hate events have ridiculed and attacked members of the public who challenge the hate speakers with questions and facts. Attendees have herded young, skeptical students to the front of the lecture hall where they can be spotlighted and intimidated. When I attempted to attend an event in December and document the proceedings for accurate blogging later, attendees tried to grab my property, blocked my view of the proceedings, and threatened to call the police and falsely accuse me of disorderly conduct. True to their thesis, these hate rallies are the opposite of welcoming.
If Gosch really meant what he says about learning about Islam, you’d think he’d go talk to his neighbors in Aberdeen who practice Islam. Instead, he portrays this event, featuring an apostate and a non-Muslim, both strangers from out of state, as an opportunity to “truly understand Islam.” In this claim, Gosch makes as much sense as I would if I invited everyone to hear an atheist blogger and an imam lead a discussion to help South Dakotans “truly understand Christianity.”
One poster for this deceptive hate rally appeared without permission at a local grocery store. The poster includes a deceptive disclaimer saying that the City of Aberdeen does not support this “women’s event.” This event is not a “women’s event.” It is an anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant even. The only true part of the disclaimer is that statement the city, my city, does not support it. Neither does the unsuspecting grocer: when notified of the poster, the grocer removed it and denigrated the event as hate speech.
Kennith Gosch’s wife Ardys paid the fee to rent the civic theater for November’s Sunday hate rally. Apparently there’s no one in the Gosch household to talk sense into Ardys. Alas.
I’d love to have all of our legislators convene in our fair city. It’s just too bad they’re being invited to see the worst of Aberdeen: the lies, bigotry, and insulting bunk of handful of fearful old white people lamenting the fading of their racist privilege.