Friday, April 17, 2009

Wait, did they just say what I thought they said?

Ok, it’s commentary time. I just heard about a new document released by Homeland Security to all law enforcement officials across America.

The document, titled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment appears to be a guide to law enforcement for what types of people could be “rightwing extremists”.

Ok, sure, the world could use a few less Ted Kazenski’s I’ll admit. So let’s see what some of these criteria are:

“may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration”

So… being opposed to abortion or having a right-winged view is a good indication that a person may be a rightwing extremist? Interesting. The document goes on to mention that:

“rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool,"

Therefore they are:

"antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues”

Such groups have:

“exploited a variety of social issues and political themes to increase group visibility and recruit new members," including "white supremacists' longstanding exploitation of social issues such as abortion, inter-racial crimes, and same-sex marriage."

Um… so, my disagreement with the President on abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and conscious rights of doctors is because I’m a white supremacist who is upset that Obama won the election?

*insert head scratching here*

Now why would Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, think that pro-life people are likely rightwing extremists? It’s possible that she feels this way for the same reason she vetoed every abortion-restricting bill that came to her desk as governor of Arizona before Obama hand picked her for Homeland Security.

Well, I may never know, but it does feel a bit weird knowing that running a Catholic blog means Homeland Security probably thinks I’m a rightwing extremist. It’s also a bit weird that they used white supremacists and abortion in the same sentence. Abortion among minorities is over twice the rate among whites; why would white supremacists oppose something that seems to target non-whites?

This all makes me wish I had never read 1984.

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