The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) keeps track of various right wing hate groups and issues regular reports (HATEWATCH) on what they are doing. In stark contrast to Pope Francis’s uplifting spiritual message encouraging acts of respect, love and hope for our planet and all of its life forms, especially the poor, the immigrants, the marginalized and the mentally ill, they remind us that the merchants of extreme hatred and twisted evil are alive and well nourishing and celebrating their hatred of all people of good will at the Values Voter Summit conference at the Omni Sheraton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Their report is titled Anti-LGBT and Anti-Muslim Extremists Dominate 2015 Values Voter Summit Lineup.
Here’s a sample,
Brigette Gabriel, head of the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in the country, ACT! for America, is scheduled to address the VVS summit this year. Gabriel has been described by The New York Times Magazine as a “radical Islamophobe,” and it’s not hard to see why.
In a 2007 course at the Department of Defense’s Joint Forces Staff College, she said that any “practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah … who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day — this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States.” The same year, The Australian Jewish News quoted her saying, “Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim.” Four years later, she claimed that “[t]ens of thousands of Islamic militants now reside in America, operating in sleeper cells, attending our colleges and universities.”
In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, ACT has increased its anti-refugee rhetoric and organizing. ACT recently started a Refugee Resettlement Working Group designed to push back against the resettlement of refugees in the U.S., claiming that terrorists are gaining entry to the U.S. through this policy. It remains to be seen whether Gabriel uses her speech to focus on the refugee issue.
Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin, retired, who was a member of a special-operations counter-terrorism unit and now serves as the Vice President of the Family Research Council, will be,
moderating a panel called “The Islamic Threat — Women Who Know the Truth — the Latest to make SPLC’s Hate List.” The panel is a response to an SPLC Intelligence Report article published earlier this year profiling the most prominent women in the anti-Muslim movement.
Joining Boykin are Diana West, a syndicated columnist and the author of two books, and Clare Lopez, a senior fellow at the anti-Muslim “think tank” Center for Security Policy (CSP) run by rabid Islamophobe, Frank Gaffney. The three are among the most predominant pushers of the conspiracy theory that Muslims are infiltrating the federal government to implement Sharia law. West, particularly, has targeted Hilary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, calling her “a veritable Muslim Brotherhood princess” with “privileged access to U.S. policymaking.”
These people are dangerous and determined because they are full of hate, evidence-averse and ruled by their paranoid fantasies and desire for power. I recommend everyone read the linked article, which contains substantial additional information of which we should all be aware. Believe me when I say it gets worse.