Blaming Conservatives for Muslim Terrorism

, Cliff Kincaid, 14 Comments

image via screenshot from CNN video

image via screenshot from CNN video

Admitting that “the full facts” were still unknown, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) nevertheless issued a statement on Sunday afternoon on “the senseless act of domestic terrorism in Orlando,” saying that “it is not surprising that the LGBT community was targeted” because “This community has long been vilified by those opposed to LGBT rights and is too often the target of violent hate crimes.” This was a clever but dishonest way of trying to shift the blame to conservatives for terrorism committed by a devoted follower of Islam.

Notice how the SPLC made no mention of the killer’s religious affiliation or motivation, or his acknowledgement of inspiration from ISIS.

Remember that the SPLC is a group which has been consulted by law enforcement authorities at the federal and other levels, including the FBI, and is frequently cited by the media as a legitimate and authoritative “civil rights” organization.

In the days ahead, expect media denunciations of conservatives as somehow responsible for the “homophobia” that drove a faithful follower of Islam to commit mass murder. This is how the SPLC will drive the discussion in the media and cause law enforcement agencies to miss even more terrorist plots. The FBI, which consults the SPLC and failed to uncover Omar Mateen’s terrorist connections, appears to have no understanding of the deadly ideological game that is being played.

President Obama initially blamed the guns, his standard ploy. But the Southern Poverty Law Center was floating a different explanation that is now getting some traction on the left. And that is that conservatives are really to blame for the anti-gay motivation of the Islamic terrorist, because conservatives have opposed the homosexual agenda and have, therefore, made it acceptable to kill gays. Hence, Omar Mateen was really just a patsy of the right-wing. After all, he detested gays kissing one another in public, just like conservatives do.

The Orlando massacre at a gay club put the left-wing legal group in a difficult situation, since it has been focusing on conservatives as the major threat to the homosexual agenda. The group’s demonizing of conservatives, such as depicting the Family Research Council (FRC) as a “hate group,” led to a terrorist attack on the FRC headquarters in Washington, D.C. A homosexual sympathizer walked into the building and opened fire, wounding a security guard before being apprehended and disarmed. He had planned to massacre other employees and testified that an SPLC “hate map” showed him where to go. He was angry at the FRC for opposing the homosexual agenda and was egged on by the propaganda from the SPLC.

Yet, the Department of Justice still cooperates with the SPLC. Despite the SPLC’s indirect involvement in the terrorist attack on the FRC, Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin spoke at an October 14, 2015, event co-sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security’s Program on Extremism.

Incredibly, Carlin said, “SPLC has a long history of tracking and countering hate, and their efforts will continue to be critical.” He added, “We are grateful to have the Southern Poverty Law Center and the George Washington Program on Extremism on our side, working with us to tackle some of today’s most pressing national security threats.”

No wonder the FBI missed the terrorist clues in the Orlando case.

Rather than being a force against terrorism, the Southern Poverty Law Center sets up groups and individuals for terrorist attacks inside the United States. The FRC is just one example. Pamela Geller emerged on a list of extremists assembled by the SPLC and then was targeted for death by the jihadists. ISIS said “…we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter.” This writer has been labeled as an extremist by the SPLC for opposing the agenda of the gay rights movement.

By claiming to fight poverty and target political extremists, the SPLC has assembled a reserve fund, or endowment, of $301.8 million. Honest liberals understand and deplore the despicable tactics of the SPLC.

The reality of the Islamic nature of the massacre presented a dilemma for the SPLC. The group regards Muslims as being in the same category as homosexuals—victims of an oppressive American system and police state. The SPLC decries so-called “Islamophobia” and “Homophobia.” Yet, in Orlando, a Muslim killed homosexuals. The perpetrator was not a conservative Christian. How can this be? What should the left do?

An answer soon presented itself. Junaid S. Ahmad, director of the Center for Global Dialogue, tried a variation of the SPLC theme, declaring that while the “conservative” orthodoxy of Islam “may be homophobic,” Muslim thought, practice and behavior “has become much more intolerant of homosexuality” because of the “imposition and importation of Western homophobia…” He said that “contemporary Muslim homophobic rhetoric” reflects “less of Islamic tradition, and far more of Western Victorian and Protestant Fundamentalist vitriol…”

In other words, Islam is really a religion of peace. But it has been distorted and transformed by Western religious traditions and practices.

The real poison in this case is the involvement of those on the left who see all the extremists as being on the right. How else do you explain the fact that a speaker from the Southern Poverty Law Center was advertised as participating in the recent Left Forum conference in New York? The event’s theme was “Rage, Rebellion, Revolution: Organizing Our Power.” The conference organizers declared, “We know that we can do better than capitalism and its state violence and endless bullshit.”

Evelyn Schlatter, the deputy director of research of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, was at a conference that also featured Lynne Stewart, the pro-terrorist lawyer freed from prison by the Obama administration, and members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), a group raided by the FBI. Stewart once told Monthly Review magazine that Islamic terrorists were “basically forces of national liberation.” This is how many on the left have viewed the Islamic terrorists. After all, they’re fighting the West.

Schlatter spoke on a Left Forum panel entitled, “Right on the Rise: Neo-Fascism and Far-Right Politics in the U.S. and Europe.” In addition to Schlatter, the advertised speakers included Gerd Wiegel, editor of Marxist Renewal Magazine; Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin, another Marxist publication; and Ethan Earle, a champion of Rosa Luxemburg, the Marxist revolutionary and participant in the Russian Revolution.

It looks like the SPLC has a “no enemies on the left” mentality, otherwise known as “partisan tolerance.” It is the idea that anybody opposing the right-wing must be treated as an ally in the struggle to overturn the existing order.

The focus on “the right,” where extremism does exist, is proper at times. But the SPLC has gotten into bed with extremists on the left who themselves have been monitored, investigated, and even imprisoned. It’s time for the Congress to hold hearings into the Department of Justice’s involvement and collaboration with the SPLC.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted atcliff.kincaid@aim.org

 

14 Responses

  1. Pollos Hermanos

    June 16, 2016 11:30 am

    This guy spoke along side Ted Cruz and several other presidential contenders back in November:

    One thing you should learn about the gay community is that we don’t forget words and deeds.

    We remember Lou Sheldon and his gang throwing urine filled water balloons at gay pride. We remember Anita Bryant calling us child molesters. We remember Pat Buchanan’s fiery culture war speech at the 1992 GOP convention. We remember Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell saying that gays were partially to blame for 9/11.

    Don’t sit here and cry your crocodile tears over the victims in Orlando while you keep pretending that you’re side isn’t bad because you didn’t pick up the gun.

    You helped load it.

  2. objectivefactsmatter

    June 21, 2016 10:52 am

    But you already forgot who shot up the night club in Orlando. How convenient.

    Perhaps you should get together with BlackLiesMatter.

  3. Pollos Hermanos

    June 21, 2016 10:56 am

    Most of us can walk and chew gum at the same time. I know who shot up Orlando and I can also call out bad behavior when I see it.

    You don’t get a pass just because the other guy was worse.

  4. objectivefactsmatter

    June 21, 2016 11:00 am

    “You don’t get a pass just because the other guy was worse.”

    You don’t realize how unhinged you are taking a jihadi terror attack and trying to blame everyone that you hate. It’s irrational.

    Now you identify me as one of the “bad guys” for pointing out your irrational reactions.

    Hint: I don’t need a pass.

    Hint #2: The attack wasn’t about Judeo Christian values versus confused people aggravated by Marxist propaganda.

  5. objectivefactsmatter

    June 21, 2016 11:05 am

    “Most of us can walk and chew gum at the same time.”

    Apparently you have a problem identifying saliency and relevance. Snark about gum is also irrelevant deflection.

    You’re just a hateful person out targeting people that you mindlessly identify as your tormentors based on mendacious paraphrases from history. But your cult constantly tells you that you’re a victim so you can run around hating just about whoever you feel like.

    Anita Bryant? So she’s not dead? When did she hurt your fragile little feelings last?

  6. objectivefactsmatter

    June 21, 2016 11:06 am

    Pollos Hermanos objectivefactsmatter • a minute ago
    “”Marxist propaganda”??? Nice foil hat ya got there.”

    Excuse me, but where do you think this idea of “social equality” came from? Do you think suddenly “scientists” discovered the “gay agenda gene” or something?

  7. Pollos Hermanos

    June 21, 2016 11:11 am

    Just a history lesson, slick. The Christian right has been at it for 40+ years and we’re not going to let them forget it.

  8. objectivefactsmatter

    June 21, 2016 11:11 am

    You’re completely clueless. You’re a tool that politicians exploit.

    Where would anyone get the idea that people need to march in streets and have lifelong campaigns demanding “respect” rather than settling for rule of law?

    When did “the People” decide that rule of law was insufficient or perhaps even an “oppressive” tool of the Judeo Christian (capitalist) establishment?

    You are completely without a clue. All you have are feelings.

  9. objectivefactsmatter

    June 21, 2016 11:14 am

    Pollos Hermanos objectivefactsmatter • a few seconds ago:

    “Just a history lesson, slick. The Christian right has been at it for 40+ years and we’re not going to let them forget it.”

    The Jacobins have been at it for centuries and the Marxists joined them well over a century and a half ago. The “Christian right” is just some group that you’re instructed to isolate and attack.

    I really don’t care what you say or do. Your words have no impact because they are not informed by any critical thinking whatsoever.

    If I want to hear people emote and lash out based on ignorance I’ll volunteer to babysit for someone.

  10. Pollos Hermanos

    June 21, 2016 11:16 am

    You might be able to fool some people into thinking you’re some great thinker by using ten dollar words but I’ve yet to see anything resembling a coherent argument from you.

    Take your thesaurus and exchange it for a history book, perhaps a political science course or two and maybe a little sociology and then get back to me.

  11. objectivefactsmatter

    June 21, 2016 11:22 am

    “You might be able to fool some people into thinking you’re some great thinker by using ten dollar words…”

    Something confused you? Just ask or look it up yourself. Apparently you have an Internet connection.

    “…but I’ve yet to see anything resembling a coherent argument from you.”

    What argument? I pointed out that you’re an irrational hater. You can’t even deny it. You think it’s awesome that all of the idiots are running around exploiting a terror attack to attack your political enemies. You don’t care at all about facts or even what is real at all.

    “Take your thesaurus and exchange it for a history book, perhaps a political science course or two and maybe a little sociology and then get back to me.”

    Guess what? I have plenty of “history books” and I’m also familiar with the moronic and mendacious “Critical studies” books that have apparently driven you mad with rage.

  12. objectivefactsmatter

    June 21, 2016 11:28 am

    Hopefully you’ll have a chance to grow up some day.

    Good luck.

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