Sunset News: "Right-wing extremism" is nothing but a "political hack job"

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

"Right-wing extremism" is nothing but a "political hack job"

A conservative Christian leader says a new Department of Homeland Security report warning of a potential rise in "right-wing extremism" is nothing but a "political hack job" by the Obama administration to silence its conservative critics.

The unclassified report from Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines "rightwing extremism in the United States" as including not just racist or hate groups, but also "groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

However, the report notes that DHS "has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emerging issues." It also contends that the return of war veterans could grow the ranks of white-supremacist militias.

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Dr. Don Wildmon, chairman of the American Family Association, says he is ashamed the U.S. government would issue such a report.

"They say [to] watch these soldiers coming home from Iraq because they could turn out to be terrorists in our own country," Wildmon notes. "These are kids basically who have gone over there and risked their lives -- and many of them have given their lives -- and here we put out a nine-page report from Homeland Security saying, 'Watch these soldiers that come home because they could be possible terrorists in their own country.'

"This is nothing in the world but using tax dollars to belittle anyone who disagrees with the current administration's social policies," he exclaims.

Wildmon says the Homeland Security Department under Janet Napolitano is attempting to portray anyone who opposes abortion, same-sex "marriage," and illegal immigration as a "right-wing extremist" or potential domestic terrorist.

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