The West Point Combating Terrorism Center has released a new report called Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right, which catalogs the many threats posed by far right movements with a long history of domestic terrorism. The Worldnutdaily, predictably, is throwing a fit about it.
A new West Point study released by the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center is linking opposition to abortion and other “fundamental” positions to terrorism, and pro-life leaders say it’s just a way to paint them in a negative way…
Author Arie Perliger cites “anti-abortionists” as an active threat for terrorist activity.
“The anti-abortionists have been extremely productive during the last two decades, amassing 227 attacks, many of them perpetrated without the responsible perpetrators identified or caught,” Perliger wrote. “And while, in both cases, the 1990s were more violent than the last decade, in the case of anti-abortion, the trend is much more extreme, as 90 percent of attacks were perpetrated before 2001.”
American Life League President Judie Brown believes this is a smear tactic.
“I can see exactly what is going on with reference to the pro-life movement. The use of two words expose the bias and hatred for what we stand for as a movement. Those words are ‘attacks’ and ‘violence’,” Brown said.
Yeah, how dare they use the words “attack” and “violence” when referring to “more than 80 successful arson attacks, 31 attacks with various explosive devices, almost 30 incidents of chemical vandalism, and approximately 10 assassination attempts.” Arson, assassination attempts and explosive devices? Those aren’t violent attacks! They’re Jesus sending them a post card!
Herb Titus, a constitutional law professor, former dean of the Regent University School of Law and distinguished fellow with the Inter-American Institute for Philosophy, Government, and Social Thought, says it’s an attempt to link conservative thought with violence.
“Professor Perliger has adopted the strategy of many left-wing members of the professoriate, concentrating on the behavior of a few in order to discredit many who hold similar views but who do not engage in any form of violence,” Titus said.
Nonsense. If I see a report about violent attacks on scientists by radical animal rights activists or environmentalists and they are referred to as “far left” groups, I don’t think for a moment that this is an attempt to link liberal thought with violence. Those groups should be, and are, condemned by both left and right. I certainly don’t think that the average person who opposes abortion is violent in the least, nor does this report ever imply that they are. But there is simply no question that the more reactionary elements of the anti-abortion movement have been a breeding ground for people to commit violence. More than 200 attacks in the last 35 years is hardly a limited data set.