If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a terrorist. (Updated)
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Without identifying the Southern Poverty Law Center by name, it quotes approvingly from the SPLC’s 2006 report that claimed “large numbers of potentially violent neo-Nazis, skinheads, and other white supremacists are now learning the art of warfare in the [U.S.] armed forces.”
The problem is that relying on data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which I previously profiled, is always problematic. The reports it publishes are slow, painful journeys through tortured thinking.
One example of the Center’s bizarre outlook is that decades after the civil rights movement forever changed America, the SPLC claimed that race relations in the nation were worse than in the days of Jim Crow.
And then there are all those Nazis the Center fantasizes about. Even Indiana Jones, it seems, can only kill so many of those guys.
According to an edition of the Center’s Intelligence Report publication, admirers of the Third Reich have infiltrated the U.S. armed services, and the fact that Aryan Nations graffiti somehow turned up in occupied Baghdad is a big problem.
The SPLC also published an article claiming that the immensely popular film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, was “little more than a glorified vision of white patriarchy.” Another SPLC author argued that the “Harry Potter” book series, which uses the term “half-blood” in a discussion of how characters acquire magical powers, was racist. Who knew the endearing little magicians of Hogwarts were actually agents of Nazi-like racial pseudoscience?
One SPLC article warns against the dangers of little girls dressing up as princesses on Halloween: “Too often, beautiful at Halloween means white, blonde, princess masks. What statement does your Halloween costume make about what constitutes beauty — and about who is beautiful and who isn’t?”
The Center lumps all sorts of groups on America’s political right together, labeling them enemies of the Republic. Conservative, libertarian, anti-tax, immigration reductionist and other groups are all viewed as legitimate targets for vilification. To the SPLC, you practice “hate” whenever you fail to genuflect with politically correct reverence before every human difference.
The SPLC also accuses the American Enterprise Institute, the influential conservative think tank, of links to racism, in part because it has employed a well-known conservative intellectual, writer Dinesh D’Souza, as its John M. Olin Fellow. AEI is part of “an array of right-wing foundations and think tanks [that] support efforts to make bigoted and discredited ideas respectable,” noted the summer 2003 issue of SPLC’s Intelligence Report. D’Souza, an outspoken critic of political correctness and affirmative action, has views “seen by many as bigoted or even racist.”
When else have we heard SPLC-style allegations against conservatives?
Bill Clinton accused talk radio and conservatives in general of inciting the kind of violent hate that led Timothy McVeigh to blow up a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
But more recently we’ve been hearing this kind of slander from left-wing thinkers and media figures who seem to be running out of arguments in favor of President Obama’s radical restructuring of society.
No longer content merely to condescend to the benighted masses, liberals are now smearing as hate mongers those who oppose their Big Government objectives.
In a discussion aired March 20 about conservative talk radio’s opposition to President Obama’s Big Government agenda, the host of Real Time with Bill Maher, pulled a Clinton.
Repeating the former president’s smear against conservative talkers, Maher said, “but you know I must say Tim McVeigh in 1995 if you recall, this was the same kind of talking that made him blow up that building.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?