Southern Poverty Law Center smears patriots and Christians

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If you happen to be a Christian, believe in the right to bear arms, oppose the over-reaching, big-government policies of Barack Obama and feel the United States should enforce its immigration laws, then you’re a radical right-wing racist prone to erupt in violence at any moment.

At least that’s what a study by the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center would have you believe.

The study, released Tuesday, suggests the number of “patriot” extremist groups on the “radical right” has reached a record level, and experts are warning of a wave of anti-government violence, CNN reported Wednesday.

Defining patriot groups as anti-government militias driven by their fear that authorities will strip them of their guns and liberties, the study counted 1,360 such groups in 2012 — an increase of 813 percent from 2008, just before the birth of the tea party.

Mark Potok, author of the report, also refers to these groups as “patriot organizations, or Christian patriot organizations.”

Any truly patriotic American should have a number of serious concerns about this report, starting with the use of the term “patriot” to describe the so called “hate groups,” and the repeated use of photos of the KKK to illustrate the point.

The study also suggests that Obama’s election as the first African-American president and his affection for gun control have fueled the increase in anti-government groups.

“We are seeing a huge reaction to the potential for gun control, and that reaction is so angry that it’s hard not to be afraid of what’s coming down the road,” Potok told CNN.

While the term “tea party” is never mentioned, “patriot” is a common phrase used by many tea party groups to describe themselves. The tea party is also frequently portrayed by the far left as consisting of Southern white males struggling with a black man being president.

One such “patriot” group finding itself on the Southern Poverty Law Center list is the Granny Warriors.

“I am deadly!” Granny founder Linda Hunnicutt joked, according to CNN. “I’m 74 years old. I have COPD. I have congestive heart failure. I’m sewing a quilt.”

In noting “a bit of good news,” CNN pointed out the number of “immigrant-bashing” extremist groups is way down from 2011.

In reality, it is ideologically-driven nonsense like this that should cause any American to think twice about the federal government compiling enemy lists. Odds are, if you are vocal in your opposition to the policies of the Obama administration, you are on such a list.

Keep in mind that when President George W. Bush was burned in effigy in the streets of America, the media called such dissent patriotic. And despite the extreme violence and decadence visited upon those same streets last year by the far-left Occupy Wall Street movement, CNN makes no mention of the study including any “hate groups” from the left in its count.

I cannot think of anything that adds more credibility to the legitimate question raised this week by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on whether the Obama administration has the constitutional authority to use drone attacks on Americans on U.S. soil than this study. These are indeed times that try men’s souls.


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