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April 15, 2009

Conservatives Decry Homeland Security `Extremism' Report

Conservative Christian groups blasted a new report from the Department of Homeland Security on "rightwing extremism," calling it an example of "guilt by association" for linking anti-abortion activists with hate groups.

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The 10-page "assessment" from the department stresses that the report is not based on specific threats.

"The HDS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis ... has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence," the April 7 report says, "but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues."

The report draws parallels between the "current national climate" with the 1990s, when there was evidence of "white supremacists' longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, interracial crimes, and same-sex marriage."

It cites the economic downturn and the election of the nation's first African-American president as potential "drivers" for recruitment by rightwing groups.

Janice Shaw Crouse, director of Concerned Women for America's Beverly LaHaye Institute, called the report alarmist.

"It is the worst sort of extremism for a government agency to stir up fear against those groups who hold biblical views on social issues," Crouse said. "It is even worse to link those views with `interracial crimes.' What unconscionable guilt by association!"

In a statement released Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the assessment is one of a series that is sent to law enforcement agencies across the country. The department also issued a Jan. 26 assessment on "leftwing extremists" that focused on potential cyber attacks.

"We don't have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence," she said. "We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not -- nor will we ever -- monitor ideology or political beliefs."

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, called it "a shockingly biased new report," and Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, said it unfairly characterized those with anti-abortion views.

"This is an outrageous characterization that raises serious questions about the leadership and direction of the agency charged with protecting Americans in the ongoing battle against terrorism," said Sekulow.

Comments

Given the violence that has been a trait for most of the history of this country. The report is well justified in it's conclusion. When the President is sworn in, he states to defend the Constitution and the nation from enemies within and without.

Those within are even more dangerous than the withouts. Remember the David Koresh, the McVeights, the church bombings in Atlanta in the 60's, the Jim Jones, the KKK's, the unabomber and on and on. The weird and strange love affair of so many with weapons etc. All the way back to the Salem witch hunt, the torture of the Quakers by the Congregationalist, the assasination of Lincoln. What more could be added? It will fill several volumes, with could include the statistics on crime, including the more than 10,000 murders every year since 1969.

Well done for the DHS and Ms. Napolitano.

Napolitano is offensive and incompetent. She stopped enforcement of illegal immigration laws. Now she encourages all law enforcement to actively prepare against groups who hold dissenting views.

I don't think that people who hold signs and pray on the sidewalk outside of an abortion clinic - I don't think those people are domestic terrorists. However, the Department of Homeland Security is encouraging all law enforcement to treat those people as potential terrorists.

There are a lot of people with serious concerns about the direction the USA is taking. Many of these people are Christians. They think for themselves and have morals. They've been added to the list of domestic terrorists. Just like people with "Ron Paul for President" bumper stickers.

The comment above about David Koresh and Tim McVeigh is offensive and out of line. It's the same type of guilt by association smokescreen thinking going on right now at DHS.

Is "guilt by association" always a wrong judgement, a fallacy? Not quite.

We are all under God's judgement for belonging to the human race. I was not there when Adam and Eve choose to dissobey God. However like everybody else Im subject to the same death penalty and judgement. Paul writing to the Romans said: Ro 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,...

Now, what is the case with people who knowingly or even in ignorance join or associate themselves in one way or another, with the wrong crowd. Is ignorance of the law a case for acquittal? In a society where Justice has been perverted to an EXTREME degree it could.

A country, a nation and a people, that time and again through their history. Have shown a Fascination with guns, with violence, even as to depict it in some "art" forms.

But who ignore a real and present danger within it's own for harm. Ought to certainly be judge in this manner by it's own. Those in the DHS, know what they're talking about. The rest of us, know what they are talking about too.

Is just that some, suffering from an endemic case of selective memory choose to ignore the historical lessons. In their perversions they choose to adopt as their own the attitude of the Pharisees, when they strained the gnat but swallowed the camel.

So, yes Koresh and McVeight were the camels and the rest were the gnats.

Napolitano is obviously making veiled threats to induce fear and to intimidate anyone who identifies with right wing politics.

People who feel ardently about moral issues that conflict with the new administration's rightfully should wonder about their definition of "extremism".

Wow, I am at a loss for words. Ephesians 6:18: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."

Couldn't have said it better. May God CONTINUE to have MERCY on the PEOPLE of this country.

Don't you just love the seventh chapter of Matthew? I do. Especially verse 21.

Taxes weren't very fair in Jesus day either, but you never read of Jesus, or the Apostles, organizing any kind of protest against the government of that day. Christians are out of focus when they spend their time trying to protest in this manner. Just look at all the money that goes into such activities, and then think how many people it would feed, how many homeless it would help, and more importantly what Jesus told us to do. Though it is legitimate for Christians to be involved in politics, Jesus did not tell us to change the world politically. He told us to be the Light of the World, and the Salt of the Earth. We should be adding Christ's Light and Flavor to society, pray for our President and leaders, and stop complaining about the government.

@Rev Bill

Very naive and our forfathers that were Christians gave us the Us Constitution so that if the Government became corrupt and tried to usurp to authority of the states (and people) then we must us the US constitution to legally fight against corruption and tearany! Even if Jesus is coming back sooner than later he wants us to fight for our rights and preserve this country! Lets stop this weak Christian view of laying down for those that want to kill us (figuratively and literally) and pray and make real moves to protect our country

So while standing up for our rights as Us Citizens and helping with our vote and support throught petitions we are doing our part! And being a light in the world and the salt of the earth goes without saying. No one should be sitting around doing nothing on both those accounts!

"Even if Jesus is coming back sooner than later he wants us to fight for our rights and preserve this country!"

Really? Wow, I must have missed the verse in the Gospels where he says that.

I just think that Homeland Security should focus on the real terrorist, the ones who have threatened to blow the U.S. off the map. But, we as Christians should not be surprised at the persecution that we are receiving right now, in our own country. They persecuted Jesus, also and they even knew that He was innocent, but they hung Him on the cross. The reason they did that was because He was a threat to them, but also Jesus was crucified to fulfill prophesy. He died that we may have life. We as Christians, are supposed to walk in love and pray for those in authority and God will do the rest. God has a perfect plan for His children. He loves all of us and the people who persecuted and hung Him on the cross. But, we as Christians do need to take a stand against what is going on in our country today. I have heard about a Great Awakening. We all need to get on our knees and pray for that Great Awakening to God. It happended before and it can happen again. It doesn't help to get angry or bitter and we, as Christians, need to Guard our hearts to keep our hearts in line with the word of God. Yes, pray about what we need to do and do it. The American Family Assoication has some really good things going on and they should be commended and not labled as terrorist. So, cry out to God and let's do our part in love, the way Jesus wants us to do it. He gave His life that we would have life and have it abundantly, to the full and overflowing, so we need to get in line with the word of God and do things His way.

It is wise to warn of rightwing and left wing extremism. However, to associate pro-life advocates with extremists opens the door for greater hate crimes towards people whose only "crime" is to include unborn babies as human beings with the same inalienable rights as those babies who have actually been born.

I see this government / administration manipulating the facts making anyone who disagrees with THEIR views, a terrorist. So if you are an America who wants this country to continue under the Constitution, who is for protecting our boarders, who are for pro-life and same sex marriage, who believes in the rights to bare arms as a citizen, then you are a (Extremist / terrorist).
THAT is nothing short of the liberals manipulating the facts for the media.

And the attack on the returning soldiers as vulnerable targets to these types of people is just absurd.
This administration knows in advance that so many of our soldiers returning would fight for this country and they are trying to make them out as "brainwashed" if they ever do.
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